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PERRY FARRELL's SATELLITE PARTY Sign With COLUMBIA

Billboard.com is reporting that Perry Farrell's new band SATELLITE PARTY has signed with Columbia, which will release the group's self-titled debut album later this year. The project boasts guest appearances by RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS members Flea and John Frusciante, plus NEW ORDER bassist Peter Hook. The group also features former EXTREME guitarist ...

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LEEWAY: Tour Dates Announced

Legendary New York hardcore/metal act LEEWAY have lined up the following dates during the coming weeks: Jun. 04 - Farmingdale, NY @ Club Loaded/Crazy Donkey Jun. 17 - New London, CT @ Club Hypnotiq (w/ MADBALL) Jun. 18 - New York, NY @ CBGB Jun. 23 - Stuttgart/Backnang, GER @ Backnanger Strassenfest Jun. 24 - ...

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DEF LEPPARD Frontman: 'We Have Half The Next Album Written'

Ari Bendersky of The Associated Press recently conducted a short interview with DEF LEPPARD frontman Joe Elliott: AP: Why now, after 25 years of playing hard rock, did you decide to cover the glam rock era of the '70s? Elliott: "People would ask if we're a heavy-metal band and we'd say, 'No, that's BLACK SABBATH, ...

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AUDIOSLAVE's Record Label Explains European Tour Cancellation

Sources at AUDIOSLAVE's record label have told Launch Radio Networks that the band made the decision to cancel their previously announced European tour after being advised that it would be better to hit the road with a new album to support. The group's third effort, titled "Revelations", is not due out until September at the ...

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Rio Grande Blood - MINISTRY

Uncle Al has gotta be pushing 50 at this point, but he's never been more enraged. Following MINISTRY's big comeback in 2004 with "Houses of the Molè", the cranky ringleader has assembled some new players (notably riffmeister Tommy Victor of PRONG and DANZIG fame, and PRONG/KILLING JOKE bassist Paul Raven), without changing the band's mission ...

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SATYRICON, KHOMA Confirmed For U.K.'s DOWNLOAD Festival

SATYRICON, HENRY ROLLINS (spoken word) and KHOMA are among the latest acts confirmed for Download festival, set to take place at Castle Donington, Leicestershire, over the weekend of June 9-11 June. Download 2006 will go something like this: Friday, June 9: Main Stage: TOOL DEFTONES FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND COHEED & CAMBRIA SOULFLY STRAPPING YOUNG ...

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ALTER BRIDGE Part Ways With WIND-UP RECORDS

ALTER BRIDGE have announced that they have terminated their recording, publishing, and merchandising agreements, effective immediately, thereby severing all of the ban's contractual relationships with Wind-Up. "We're very excited about concluding this chapter in our lives and focusing on the future,” explains Grammy Award-winning songwriter and guitarist Mark Tremonti. "We have been working on new ...

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SLIPKNOT Guitarist To Embark On IBANEZ Clinic Tour

SLIPKNOT guitarist Mick Thomson is setting out on a 5-city guitar clinic tour, during which he hopes to create an intimate setting for interacting with his fans, as well as unveiling his new custom-designed Ibanez MTM1 Mick Thomson signature electric guitar. The MTM1 was custom designed to Mick's exact specifications, including his choice of pickups, ...

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DEAN GUITARS Unveils DIMEBAG's REBEL RAZORBACK Creation

Dean Guitars has announced the release of what it believes is one of the finest guitars Dean has ever made — the Rebel Razorback guitar (photo), a creation of the late "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. Sculpted with razor-like edges, and points-to-kill, Dean's Rebel Razorback is a visual six-string weapon made for those who play ...

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EMPIRE: 'Raven Ride' Track Listing Revealed

EMPIRE, the brainchild of German guitarist Rolf Munkes (MAJESTY, RAZORBACK, ex-VANIZE), have finalized the track listing for their third album, "Raven Ride", due on May 12 via AOR Heaven Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Trading Souls" (Lion Music) features guest appearances by singer Tony Martin (ex-BLACK SABBATH), drummer Andre Hilgers (AXXIS, SILENT FORCE, RAZORBACK) and ...

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The Trident - UNEARTHLY TRANCE

Relapse has a nose for sniffing out those special kinds of acts that usually bridge gaps, push boundaries, or possess that something extra to help set them apart from the rest of the herd. NYC's UNEARTHLY TRANCE is not quite as "out there" as vocalist/guitarist/noise-maker Ryan Lipynksy's black metal expeditionary force, THRALLDOM, but this third ...

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The Dominion Gate - NIGHTMARE

Fans of power metal desperate enough for a new fix to avoid being too picky will want to seek out this French band, originally formed in 1979 (!) and reactivated since '99. "The Dominion Gate", their American debut, is chock-full of choir-backed choruses, muscular power metal riffing, tough but melodic lead vocals, and epic tales. ...

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DIMEBAG DARRELL's 'Cowboys From Hell' Guitar Unleashed

Dean Guitars has unleashed another guitar honoring the legacy of late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN axeman "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. This time, it's the Cowboy from Hell (photo), an exact reproduction of Dimebag Darrell's customized Dean ML which was pictured on PANTERA's 1990 release "Cowboys from Hell". Dimebag referred to this guitar as the "Dean from Hell". ...

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UGLY Tap Producer RICK PARASHAR For Full-Length Debut

UGLY, the Detroit-based band featuring former members of BRIDGE and OUTSPOKEN, have tapped legendary producer Rick Parashar (PEARL JAM, NICKELBACK, ALICE IN CHAINS, ROB ZOMBIE) to produce their debut album, tentatively due this fall via Rust Records. Pre-production will begin in Cleveland on March 20. Parashar and the UGLY boys will begin work on the ...

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Eclipse - AMORPHIS

One of the few times in recorded metal history when a vocalist change didn't provoke a nerd riot among a band's followers, the ascension of Tomi Joutsen to the singer position in AMORPHIS has signaled instead a renaissance for these enigmatic Finns. Yes, the death growls are back, in limited quantity, and yes, there's that ...

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Founding VENOM Guitarist To Tour With German Techno Band SCOOTER

According to PowerMetal.de, original VENOM and current MANTAS guitarist Jeff "Mantas" Dunn will be accompanying German techno group SCOOTER on their upcoming tour as the band's live guitarist. Dunn is presently working on MANTAS' follow-up to the group's acclaimed debut, "Zero Tolerance", tentatively due in September. SCOOTER's "Who's Got the Last Laugh Now?" tour dates ...

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