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DARK BLUE: Former SEVENDUST, SKRAPE, VIRGOS Members Sign With WARNER BROS. RECORDS

DARK BLUE, the new band featuring Brett Hestla (ex-CREED, VIRGOS MERLOT) on vocals, Will Hunt (ex-SKRAPE, TOMMY LEE) on drums, Clint Lowery (ex-SEVENDUST) on guitar, Clint's brother Corey Lowery (ex-STEREOMUD, STUCK MOJO) on bass, and Troy McLawhorn (ex-DOUBLE DRIVE) on guitar, have officially inked a deal with Warner Bros. Records. The group are currently mixing ...

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Ex-HADES Guitarist DAN LORENZO: New Solo CD Nearing Completion

Former HADES guitarist Dan Lorenzo has issued the following update: "I should finish my third solo CD 'Cut From A Different Cloth' in a couple of days. "Recording at Crystal Studios went even quicker than normal. I think I finally got more than adequate vocal performances. "Ron Lipnicki [HADES] recorded his drum tracks to eight ...

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HEATHEN Sign Distribution Deal With IDN

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers HEATHEN have inked a North American distribution deal with the New York-based based Innovative Distribution Network (IDN). The band, who are currently unsigned, released their latest CD, "Recovered", independently this past spring. The effort featured covers of songs from QUEEN, THIN LIZZY, TYGERS OF PAN TANG and SWEET SAVAGE, ...

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist MARTY FRIEDMAN Looks Back At 2004

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman recently gave an interview to his official web site regarding the events of 2004 as it relates to Friedman's career. Several excerpts from the interview follow: Q: So what stood out in 2004 for you? Marty Friedman: "So much happened for me this year but right now it’s gotta be ...

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Former METALLICA Bassist Comments On Upcoming VH1 Special

Former METALLICA bassist Ron McGovney has revealed more information about the upcomingVH1 METALLICA special called "When Metallica Ruled The World", which is scheduled to air later in the year. In a posting to the METALLICA message board, McGovney wrote, "I haven't been on the boards for a while, so someone may have already mentioned that ...

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ANTHRAX Guitarist: DIMEBAG's Murder Could Only Have Happened In U.S.

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian recently spoke to ElectricBasement.com about the death of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and ANTHRAX's latest album, "The Greater of Two Evils". An excerpt from the interview follows: ElectricBasement.com: I'm asking musicians whether his death has given you second thoughts about live performance. Every time you take the stage, ...

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FOZZY: CHRIS JERICHO Discusses New Album, Religion And DIMEBAG DARRELL

FOZZY vocalist Chris Jericho (of WWE wrestling fame) recently spoke to Rockdetector.com editor Bernard Doe. In the interview Jericho talks about the forthcoming FOZZY album "All That Remains", touring, religion, wrestling and the murder of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell. Several excerpts from the interview follow: Rockdetector.com: When was the decision made to go ...

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DANZIG Bassist: 'Gods Never Die; DIME Lives'

DANZIG bassist Jerry Montano has sent the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET in memory of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott: "I just wanted to say my heart goes out to Vince, Rita, and the entire PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN family. We lost undoubtfully the greatest metal guitarist of all time and a great friend. "I had the honor of ...

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Ex-TESTAMENT Guitarist ALEX SKOLNICK: DIMEBAG Was One Of The Best Metal Players Out There

Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick has sent the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET regarding the death of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell: "I was watching CNN early this morning when they cut to the scene of a conert shooting in Columbus. I was sure it was some local band, then they showed the pictures of Darrell. I ...

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UPDATED: Tributes From Metal Musicians Pour In For DIMEBAG DARRELL

A number of heavy metal musicians have paid tribute to Dimebag Darrell (DAMAGEPLAN, ex-PANTERA) who was tragically murdered last night. ------------------------------------------------- Ozzy Osbourne: "Dimebag was a dear friend of mine. I'm absolutely beside myself with grief. I can't for the life of me understand why someone would do this. PANTERA toured with me many, many ...

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TOMMY LEE Asking $2.6 Million For Malibu Home

MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee is asking $2.6 million for the six-bedroom, six-bathroom Malibu house where he filmed his now-infamous sex tape with former wife Pamela Anderson, according to People magazine. The 7,400 square foot house, which was built on 2.5 acres, and features a media room, a three-car garage and an elevator, also has ...

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MACHINE HEAD's ROBERT FLYNN Gets Dissed By SLAYER's KERRY KING

MACHINE HEAD frontman Robert Flynn has posted another installement in his online "diary" at the group's official web site. An excerpt from the entry follows: "Played in Paris with SLIPKNOT and SLAYER. MASTODON opened the show, which was really cool. Hung with them for a while, really nice guys, drinking absurd amounts of booze together, ...

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LIMP BIZKIT Sued Over Australian Concert Death

The Australian Associated Press is reporting that the parents of an Australian teenager who died after being crushed during a LIMP BIZKIT concert at the Big Day Out music festival almost four years ago are suing for negligence over her death. Jessica Michalik, 16, was caught in a crowd crush during the performance of headline ...

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Former HEAVENLY Members Change Name Of New Project

Ex-HEAVENLY members Frédéric Leclercq (guitar), Pierre-Emmanuel Pélisson (bass) and Maxence Pilo (drums) have changed the name of their new project to MALADAPTIVE from the previously announced SUXEED. "[There are] several reasons to that, but the great point is that we can be called 'ex-SUXEED' or 'formely known as SUXEED,' which sounds good in a way. ...

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BLACKMORE'S NIGHT: The Story Behind 'Once In A Million Years'

In a recent online posting, BLACKMORE'S NIGHT frontwoman Candice Night explained how she and her fiancé, BLACKMORE'S NIGHT guitarist Ritchie Blackmore (ex-DEEP PURPLE, RAINBOW), came to record a reworked version of an old German composition for the group's recently released compilation CD, "Beyond the Sunset - The Romantic Collection", which brings together 13 ballads from ...

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THE RED CHORD Continue Drummer Search

Massachusetts-based metal/grind band THE RED CHORD have issued the following update regarding their drummer search: "We have been busy writing and trying people out for drums. We have had a few options of having people fill in for the record, but we all decided that it would be a better idea if the band searched ...

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DEFLESHED To Begin Laying Down Vocals For New CD This Week

Sweden's DEFLESHED are scheduled to return to the studio on Thursday (Nov. 11) to complete the vocal tracks for their fifth studio album, "May the Flesh Be With You". "Don't worry — we do NOT aim for a sterile or clean production," the group's bassist/vocalist Gustaf Jorde writes on their web site. "Make no mistake ...

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