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DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND Drummer Says New Album Will Be 'Amazing'

DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen has posted the following update on his official web site: "Just when you thought all my guest appearances were done for my solo album. I've added one final guest to the list. "Byron Stroud: Bassist for STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, FEAR FACTORY, and ZIMMER'S HOLE has joined the guest ...

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'Be Cool' Flick Starring AEROSMITH Singer Coming To Theaters In March

AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler plays himself in "Be Cool", the hotly anticipated sequel to "Get Shorty", directed by F. Gary Gray. The flick features Uma Thurman and John Travolta, along with Christina Milian, Cedric the Entertainer, Harvey Keitel, Danny DeVito, Vince Vaughn, and Andre Benjamin (better known as OUTKAST's Andre 3000). Fans at the AEROSMITH ...

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ROUGH SILK: Lineup Revamped, Writing 'Heavy' Songs Again

Singer Ferdy Doernberg of the German epic/melodic metallers ROUGH SILK has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "Hello friends. Well, I'm thinkin' 'bout how to begin this? I guess the best way is to just go for it!!! "Alright. As I'm writing this now I am the only 'surviving' member of ...

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THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN Named MTV 'Advance Warning' Artist

THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN have been named one of MTV's December 2004 "Advance Warning" artists based on the strength of their new video. The video, for the song "Setting Fire to Sleeping Giants", made its world premiere on MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball" this past weekend and comes from DILLINGER's critically acclaimed new release, "Miss Machine". "Advance ...

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Metal For Life - PAINMUSEUM

HALFORD/TESTAMENT guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak has always been very vocal about his love for '80s/early '90s metal, and the traditional heavy metal influences shine through clearly on his latest release, the first to be issued under the PAINMUSEUM banner. Musically, this is exactly the kind of stuff you would expect to hear from someone who ...

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BEECHER Sign With EARACHE RECORDS

Manchester, U.K.-based hardcore/metal combo BEECHER have inked a multi-album, worldwide deal with Earache Records. Fusing the ethics of primal hardcore with a love for the technicalities and aggression of metal, BEECHER have become known as one of the hardest working bands on the live circuit, treading the boards with the likes of THE DILLINGER ESCAPE ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE: Chicago Show To Be Recorded

QUEENSRŸCHE have added a fourth Chicago date to their 2005 winter tour. The concert, which will take place on January 19, 2005 at the House of Blues, will be recorded, according to a posting on the band's web site. "Will it be for a DVD, Internet broadcast, a CD? It's not quite clear what it's ...

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DIMEBAG's Murder Drives Web Search Interest

DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott was the No. 16 most requested search term for the week ending Dec. 11, 2004, according to a press release issued by the Lycos search engine. An excerpt from the release follows: "The murder of heavy metal band guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott sent web users scouring the Internet for news ...

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KORN Guitarist Reveals His Favorite Gig Of The Year

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that KORN's been on the road for much of 2004, appearing on LINKIN PARK's Projekt Revolution tour this past summer and, more recently, headlining their own shows with CHEVELLE, BREAKING BENJAMIN and SKINDRED. But guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer talked about what made a European show with METALLICA and SLIPKNOT his ...

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CRADLE OF FILTH Comment On Denver Neck-Breaking Incident

British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH have commented on the crowd-surfing incident at the group's Denver concert last week that resulted in a 28-year-old New Mexico woman being critically injured. As previously reported, Valarie Markle (photo), a waitress from Farmington, N.M., suffered a broken neck and was in intensive care at Denver Health ...

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OZZY's Sister Says He Deserved To Be Robbed

Ozzy Osbourne's elder sister has told a British newspaper that he deserved to be robbed as payback for the similar crimes he committed in his youth. Gillian Hemming, 59, says Ozzy's teenage past came back to haunt him when his Buckinghamshire mansion was hit by a $3.6 million (£2 million) raid last week (Nov. 22). ...

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Former HELLOWEEN Guitarist, STRATOVARIUS Singer Perform With SHAMAN In Slovakia

Former HELLOWEEEN and current MASTEPLAN guitarist Roland Grapow made a special guest appearance, along with Timo Kotipelto (STRATOVARIUS), during a SHAMAN gig in Martin, Slovakia on Saturday (Nov. 20). Roland and Timo played two songs with the band: "Pride" and a cover of JUDAS PRIEST's "Breaking the Law". As previously reported, MASTERPLAN have set "Aeronautics" ...

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DECONSTRUCT To Open For KORN In Sacramento

Sacramento, California's DECONSTRUCT have landed the opening slot on the KORN, CHEVELLE, BREAKING BENJAMIN, and SKINDRED show this Friday, November 12 at Arco Arena in Sacramento. DECONSTRUCT were chosen by radio station 98 Rock from over 130 area bands to open the show. DECONSTRUCT recently appeared on the debut episode of MTV's "Battle For Ozzfest". ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE: More 2005 Dates Announced

QUEENSRŸCHE have lined up the following dates during January/February: Jan. 20 - Pops - St. Louis, MO Jan. 21 - Uptown Theater - Kansas City, MO Jan. 23 - Barrymoore Theater – Madison, WI Jan. 25 - The Rave – Milwaukee, WI Jan. 26 - Emerald Theater – Detroit, MI Jan. 27 - House of ...

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SATYRICON Comment On 'The Return Of The Antichrist' U.S. Tour

Norwegian black metallers SATYRICON have set "The Return of the Antichrist" as the name of their upcoming U.S. tour, set to kick off on Thursday, December 2 in San Francisco, CA and conclude on December 22. Canadian-based bands INFERNAL MAJESTY and 3 INCHES OF BLOOD will provide support for these dates. SATYRICON frontman Satyr explains ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Bassist Talks About 'Operation: Mindcrime' Sequel

QUEENSRŸCHE bassist Eddie Jackson recently spoke to RockConfidential.com about the group's current tour and their forthcoming CD, the next chapter to the 1988 ground-breaking concept album, "Operation: Mindcrime", tentatively titled "Operation: Mindcrime II". Several excerpts from the interview follow: RockConfidential.com: How is it you're incorporating a preview of "Operation: Mindcrime II"? Is it ...

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FIREWIND To Headlne Norway's RJUKAN FESTIVAL

Greek melodic power metal band FIREWIND have been confirmed to headline Rjukan Festival in Norway on December 26. More information is available at this location. As previously reported, FIREWIND recently signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. The group's third album, "Forged By Fire", is scheduled for release in Europe on January ...

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