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SUFFOCATION Cancel ROTTERDAM DEATHFEST Appearance, ABORTED Step In

Reunited death metal legends SUFFOCATION have pulled out of their previously announced headlining appearance at this year's Rotterdam Deathfest, set to take place May 14 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. An official statement from the festival organizers regarding the cancellation reads as follows: "We are very sorry to inform you that SUFFOCATION cancelled their Rotterdam Deathfest ...

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ANTHRAX's BELLADONNA: I Could Have Done 'The Sound Of White Noise' Album

Blasting-Zone.com recently conducted an in-depth interview with returning ANTHRAX vocalist Joey Belladonna. Several excerpts follow: Blasting-Zone.com: Personally, I thought it was odd that they chose to re-record your material using John [Bush]. You are both completely different singers... Joey: "Yeah, totally. You can't even compare us on any given level, unless people are ...

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Guitarist RALPH SANTOLLA Discusses Working With SEBASTIAN BACH

Guitarist extraordinaire Ralph Santolla (SEBASTIAN BACH, ex-DEATH, ICED EARTH) recently spoke to FourteenG.net about his influences, his experiences in the music industry and the recent SEBASTIAN BACH European tour, among other topics. Several excerpts from the interview follow: FourteenG.net: Like legendary greats as DEATH, CONTROL DENIED, EYEWITNESS, and MILLENIUM as well ICED EARTH. ...

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GAIA EPICUS Slam Label For Changing Song Order

Norwegian power metallers GAIA EPICUS have posted the following message on their official web site: "GAIA EPICUS has told Sound Riot Records to stop the release of their upcoming album 'Symphony of Glory', and to pull back all CDs that have been sent out. "The reason for this is that Sound Riot has changed the ...

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MACHINE HEAD, DEVILDRIVER, THE HAUNTED: Tour Flyer Contest

The following message has been posted at MACHINE HEAD's official web site: "Calling all artists! MACHINE HEAD, DEVILDRIVER, THE HAUNTED and IT DIES TODAY are asking YOU to design a tour flyer for the States Turn Blue To Gray Tour, and one of the biggest Grand Prize packages that we've ever had the pleasure of ...

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TESTAMENT Guitarist: 'If We Do Another Record I'd Rather Have The Original Lineup'

TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson recently spoke to RockConfidential.com about the new DRAGONLORD CD and TESTAMENT's upcoming reunion tour with guitarist Alex Skolnick, bassist Greg Christian and drummer Louie Clemente. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow: RockConfidential.com: There's just been some classic TESTAMENT footage released on DVD for the first time. How ...

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DEVOLVED To Record 'Automation 002' EP For Australian Market

Drummer John Sankey and guitarist Brett Noordin of Australian tech-metallers DEVOLVED have posted the following update on their official web site: "Hey all!!! John and Brett from DEVOLVED here with an update for all you guys. "We know it's been a while since we filled everyone in on what's happening in the DEVOLVED camp. Let ...

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'THE DIME SHIRT' Continues To Thrive

"The Dime Shirt" creator Dan McDougall, erstwhile merchandise printer and vocalist for Melbourne, Australia-based act BLOCK, has created a monster. Since last week's announcement on BLABBERMOUTH.NET that The Dime Shirt — a tribute to slain PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott — was available worldwide via eBay, his web site, www.blocknation.com, has received 55,000 ...

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SOILWORK Singer Explains Lack Of Solos On New Album

SOILWORK vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "First of all, thank you so much for all the positive reactions on the new album! It also feels great that SOILWORK is giving a lot of inspiration to the people out there both in a musical and a ...

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Queen Elizabeth Doesn't Recognize Famous Guitarists

The Associated Press is reporting that Queen Elizabeth II met four of Britain's most famous guitarists Tuesday (March 1), asking them: "And what do you do?" QUEEN's Brian May, Jimmy Page of LED ZEPPELIN, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck were all guests at a Buckingham Palace party to honor the British music industry. "It's great ...

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PHILIP ANSELMO Working On BODY IN BLOOD Project

In an interview with SMNnews.com conducted last Thursday (Feb. 24), CROWBAR frontman Kirk Windstein was asked about the current whereabouts of his DOWN bandmate and SUPERJOINT RITUAL/ex-PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo following the recent death of ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. An excerpt from the interview follows: SMNnews.com: If you don't mind me asking, ...

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Former MUSHROOMHEAD Singer Explains His Departure

Former MUSHROOMHEAD frontman J. Mann (a.k.a. Jason Popson) recently spoke to DomainCleveland.com about his departure from the group, about his Fractured Transmitter record label and his other projects. Several excerpts from the interview follow: DomainCleveland.com: I'll just cut right to the chase, First and foremost, many MUSHROOMHEAD fans have been asking, Why, J. ...

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Drummer JÖRG MICHAEL Talks About SAXON And STRATOVARIUS

SAXON/STRATOVARIUS drummer Jörg Michael has posted the following message on his official web site: "Probably you guys have heard about the tragic accident of last weekend when Biff's [Byford, SAXON singer] house burnt down in the north of France. It´s very hard to cope with a tragedy like this but on this way I like ...

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