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Dimensions - WOLFMOTHER

That rumbling sound you hear is the onrushing freight train of hype that'll be dumped on the United States in the near future, as Australian sensations WOLFMOTHER make their belated way to our shores. Already bigger than big down under, this lean, mean power trio could actually bridge the gap between the stoner rock underground ...

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MANOWAR Video Director NEIL JOHNSON Speaks

Acclaimed music video director Neil Johnson (MANOWAR, RHAPSODY) recently gave an exclusive interview to Metal Temple magazine's Chiara Pelegrini. Johnson spoke about his longtime involvement with MANOWAR as well as his upcoming projects, such as the first-ever live DVD of Italian power metallers RHAPSODY, among other subjects. Here are a few excerpts from ...

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DOWNLORD Trapped In 'Scandinavian Black Metal Arctic Hell'

DOWNLORD, the Danish death metal band featuring former members of BOLT THROWER/BENEDICTION, INIQUITY, and SACRIFICIAL, hit a major snag during their initial attempt at travelling to Reno Kiilerich's (ex-DIMMU BORGIR, OLD MAN'S CHILD) studio to record drum tracks for their next demo project Commented vocalist Dave Ingram: "We set off towards Skjern (western Denmark) where ...

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Vol. 4 - LULLACRY

Sure, it'd be possible to get through a LULLACRY review without mentioning several international superstar bands who combine bubblegummy pop-metal with female vocals. But what would the fun of that be? Besides, find me a NIGHTWISH fan who doesn't like this band — if you do, they're either lying or being deliberately difficult. And really, ...

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PEAVEY Announces DAVID ELLEFSON Signature Bass Guitar

Peavey has announced the Zodiac DE Scorpio, the first signature-model bass guitar in the Zodiac Series. Designed with veteran metal bassist David Ellefson (ex-MEGADETH, currently in F5), Peavey Zodiac DE bass guitars are solid rock basses featuring both J-style and P-style pickups. "I wanted to create a bass that incorporates the best sound qualities of ...

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CELTIC FROST 'Have No Interest In Perpetual Reconstruction Of Classic Albums'

According to a posting on CELTIC FROST's official web site, the band's former record company, The Sanctuary Group (formerly Noise Records), has approached the group's management with the intention of compiling and releasing a CELTIC FROST/HELLHAMMER anthology and re-releasing the band's older albums. The following correspondence betweeen Sanctuary and CELTIC FROST was included on the ...

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FIRST BLOOD Sign With TRUSTKILL RECORDS

Trustkill Records has announced the signing of San Francisco Bay Area's hardcore act FIRST BLOOD. The band, which features ex-TERROR bassist Carl Schwartz on vocals and current TERROR member Doug Weber on guitar, formed in early 2002 from the ashes of SWORN VENGEANCE, a group of which Carl and Doug were both members. Even without ...

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MACHINE HEAD Frontman Offers New Album Update

MACHINE HEAD frontman Robert Flynn recently took time out to update the group's fans on the songwriting process for the group's new album, tentatively due in late 2006/early 2007 via Roadrunner Records. "So what does are new shit sound like?" Flynn wrote. "Well... it doesn't sound like [METALLICA's] 'Master of Puppets' [as Flynn was quoted ...

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DARK NEW DAY Schedule 'Rockline' Appearance

DARK NEW DAY, the new "supergroup" featuring Clint Lowery (ex-SEVENDUST) on guitar, Brett Hestla (ex-CREED, VIRGOS MERLOT) on vocals, Will Hunt (ex-SKRAPE, TOMMY LEE) on drums, Clint's brother Corey Lowery (ex-STEREOMUD, STUCK MOJO) on bass, and Troy McLawhorn (ex-DOUBLE DRIVE) on guitar, will be the featured guests on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" airing ...

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DREADLOCK PUSSY Call It Quits

Dutch metal band DREADLOCK PUSSY have announced plans to split up following their upcoming Dutch mini-tour, which is scheduled to conclude at the end of May. A statement (in Dutch) regarding the band's decision to call it quits has been posted online at this location (a statement in English is forthcoming as well). ...

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AXIS OF JUSTICE Launches 2006 With NOAM CHOMSKY

"The Axis of Justice Radio Network", the monthly radio program hosted by Tom Morello (AUDIOSLAVE) and Serj Tankian (SYSTEM OF A DOWN), will launch its 2006 season with a very special show set to air Friday, January 13. Morello and Tankian will welcome Noam Chomsky, the famed scholar, political activist and libertarian socialist. "The Axis ...

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STURCH To Perform At WACKEN OPEN AIR BAND BATTLE

Germany's STURCH have been confirmed for the Wacken Open Air Band Battle on January 13 at Markthalle in Hamburg. The winner will play at next year's Wacken Open Air festival and will also receive a record deal. STURCH have just finished pre-production on their upcoming debut album, tentatively due in 2006. A demo track, entitled ...

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IN FLAMES, SEPULTURA: More European Tour Dates Announced

More dates have been announced for IN FLAMES' upcoming European headlining tour. Direct support on all dates will come from Brazilian thrashers SEPULTURA. The dates are as follows: Mar. 12 - Oslo, NOR - Rockefeller Mar. 14 - Tampere, FIN - Pakkahoune Mar. 15 - Helsinki, FIN - House of culture Mar. 17 - Stockholm, ...

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AUDIOSLAVE Guitarist Plays Solo Show In Kenya

Launch Radio Networks reports: AUDIOSLAVE guitarist Tom Morello's solo alter ego, THE NIGHTWATCHMAN, was back on duty earlier this month for a show in Nairobi, Kenya, according to his publicist. Morello was visiting relatives in the African nation and hanging out at a local club called the Cork one night when the house band recognized ...

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FOZZY Frontman Signs Deal To Write Memoir

Former WWE champion and FOZZY lead singer Chris Jericho has just signed a book deal to write his memoir, according to MTV.com. The book, called "A Lion's Tale", will focus on his formative years in the wrestling business. FOZZY's third album, "All That Remains", was released in January 2005 via SPV Records. A video for ...

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BLEED THE SKY Cancel European Tour

Orange County, California-based sextet BLEED THE SKY have been forced to cancel their previously announced "Demotivation" European tour with BRIDGE TO SOLACE. The band, who had their trailer with all of our equipment stolen from a residence in Mableton (suburb of Atlanta), Georgia the night of November 13, are hoping to reschedule the dates for ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE: 'Operation: Mindcrime II' Details Revealed

QUEENSRŸCHE returned to the studio this summer to record the long-anticipated sequel to 1988's acclaimed concept album "Operation: Mindcrime". Praised by critics and certified platinum, the original remained on Billboard's album chart for more than a year and its dynamic music and powerful message still resonate today. Rhino Records helps unravel the mysteries of the ...

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Emerald Vulture - SOURVEIN

Oh it's ugly alright...hairy and sticky too. SOURVEIN has returned with another helping of viscous swamp dirges. Guitars cranked to 10, the four stings just a buzzin, and T-Roy Medlin's (ex-BUZZOV*EN) vokills a tad less scratchy and every bit as brain-fried and miserable as WEEDEATER's Dave "Dixie" Collins. "Emerald Vulture" is the first of three ...

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FOZZY: U.K. Dates Announced

FOZZY, the band featuring vocalist Chris Jericho (of WWE wrestling fame) and members of STUCK MOJO, have lined up the following U.K. tour dates during January/February: Jan. 28 - Head Charge @ Barfly - Birmingham, UK Jan. 29 - Barfly - Liverpool, UK Jan. 30 - Rock City - Nottingham, UK Jan. 31 - Lemon ...

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AMONGST THE SWARM Complete New Demo

Indianapolis deathcore band AMONGST THE SWARM, featuring former members of Midwest hardcore act BURN IT DOWN (Escape Artist/Trustkill Records), have just completed a brand new four-song demo with Joel Lauver (DEMIRICOUS, ABOUT THE FIRE) at Burning Bridge studios in hopes of securing a new label home for a full-length release in 2006. This demo marks ...

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'Ozzfest 10th Anniversary' DVD/CD Preview Available

Several tracks from the forthcoming the DVD and bonus live CD release, "Ozzfest 10th Anniversary", have been made available for streaming in audio and video formats. The following tracks can currently be previewed at 98rock.com: BLACK SABBATH – "War Pigs" VELVET REVOLVER – "Sucker Train Blues" ROB ZOMBIE – "More Human than Human" ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE: More 'Operation: Mindcrime II' Details Revealed

QUEENSRŸCHE drummer Scott Rockenfield and guitarist Michael Wilton recorded their parts for the group's new album, tentatively titled "Operation: Mindcrime II", in August at Synergy Studios in Redmond, WA. Michael Stone cut guitars in a studio in a "secret location" in the Bay Area. Singer Geoff Tate is recording vocals now, and will be joined ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Set Release Date For 'Operation: Mindcrime II'

QUEENSRŸCHE have set a March 14, 2006 release date for the sequel to their platinum 1988 concept album, "Operation: Mindcrime", tentatively titled "Operation: Mindcrime II". Guitar overdubs for the CD were completed last week, according to a posting on the group's web site. As previously reported, QUEENSRŸCHE have tapped Reiner Design Concepts — the art ...

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THE DISTANCE Sign With ABACUS RECORDINGS

Connecticut-based hardcore act THE DISTANCE have inked a deal with Abacus Recordings. THE DISTANCE is a four-piece whose tireless hard work and dedication, with their do-it-yourself ethic, has been making waves in all facets of the hardcore underground scene. This can be seen in their prolific nature featuring an EP with Bridge 9 Records, a ...

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