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VELVET REVOLVER: 'Fall To Pieces' Tops Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart

VELVET REVOLVER have taken over the top slot of Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart this week with their second single, "Fall to Pieces", according to Billboard.com. The group is familiar with the top of this chart, where their debut single, "Slither", spent nine weeks earlier this year. "Fall" ends the three-week reign of LINKIN PARK's ...

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Sworn Allegiance - UNLEASHED

After five years of stomping around in the wilderness from 1997-2002, UNLEASHED are back hacking out albums and on a roll again. While this is undeniably a good thing for death metal in general, it wouldn't necessarily be the second coming of (the anti) Christ as musical comebacks go. This is based on the train ...

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MASTERPLAN Singer Says New Album Will Contain 'Very Progressive' Parts

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande, recently entered Crazy Cat studio in Hamburg, Germany with producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, SKINLAB) to begin recording their second album, tentatively due in early 2005 through AFM Records in Europe and ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Singer: New Songs Are Completely Different To Anything Done In The Past

QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate recently spoke to Greece's Metal-Temple.com webzine about the group's past recorded output 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: Metal-Temple.com: Though I know you said you don't care about other ...

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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Bassist Embraces 'Emo-Metal' Tag

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE bassist Mike D'Antonio recently spoke to The Winnipeg Sun about a new breed of beast on the scene: emo-metal. "I feel a lot of bands don't know if they're happy, sad or what — they just go out and put on the metal face," he said. "We don't go out and pretend to ...

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THE CLAN DESTINED: Former SKYCLAD, IMMORTAL Members Launch New Project

THE CLAN DESTINED, the new project featuring vocalist Martin Walkyier (ex-SKYCLAD, SABBAT) and bassist Iscariah (ex-IMMORTAL), have announced the details of the group's lineup. Joining Walkyier and Iscariah in the new formation are Lee Cassidy (guitar), Kara Sutra (vocals), Emily Dolan Davies (drums), and Tony Wildwood (guitar). The band are currently working very hard to ...

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AS HOPE DIES Reform, Begin Writing New Material

Roughly one year after breaking up, Southern California metal/hardcore band AS HOPE DIES have reformed with a new line up. The group have reportedly completed five new songs for an upcoming record, with three more songs in the works. According to the band, their new material is "very similar to the old stuff, just a ...

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P.O.D. Guitarist To Release Solo Album

P.O.D. guitarist Jason Truby, who replaced founding member Marcos Curiel in February 2003, is planning to release a 24-track solo acoustic album before the end of the year. "String Theory" will be available on P.O.D.'s web site beginning in September. Truby reportedly played a remarkable nineteen guitars (including McGill, Ryan, Charis, Breedlove, Lowden, Langejans, Pimentel, ...

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RUSH Guitarist Says Court Case Won't Delay U.K. Tour

Andy Coleman of the U.K.'s Evening Mail is reporting that RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson today promised Birmingham fans the band's forthcoming NEC shows will definitely go ahead — despite a court case hanging over his head. The 50-year-old musician says he was due to appear in a Florida court in September but a deal has ...

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THE DARKNESS Asked To Sign Dead Dog

The Irish Examiner is reporting that British rockers THE DARKNESS encountered a strange request from a fan — to sign his grandma's dead dog. The group's drummer Ed Graham recalls the bizarre request from an admirer — who believed he could obtain a peace of mind with his late estranged grandmother if they ...

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NONPOINT To Film New Video In Los Angeles

NONPOINT will be filming the video for their new single, "The Truth", in Los Angeles next week. The video will be directed by Matt Bass who previously worked with the group on the "Endure" clip. NONPOINT will also be doing a four-song acoustic in-store performance at FYE #180 (29 West Town Mall) in Madison, WI ...

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TRAVERS & APPICE Album Due In October

TRAVERS & APPICE, the new band featuring guitarist/vocalist Pat Travers and drummer Carmine Appice (CACTUS, VANILLA FUDGE, OZZY OSBOURNE), will release their debut album, "It Takes A Lot Of Balls", on October 14 through SPV Records. The CD also features an appearance by veteran bassist T.M. Stevens. Pat Travers has been one of America's most ...

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AT THE GATES Launch New Web Site

Long-defunct Swedish thrashers AT THE GATES have launched a new official web site at this location. Included on the site are a bunch of rare photos, recordings and other memorabilia. One of the more melodic death metal bands to expand beyond Sweden and spread their sound across the world alongside peers such as ...

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HELMET, CLUTCH, KITTIE Confirmed For LOCOBAZOOKA 2004

HELMET, CLUTCH, JOSH TODD, KITTIE, MONSTER MAGNET and TESLA are among the bands confirmed to appear at Locobazooka 2004, a two-day event set to take place September 25-26 at the Fitchburg Municipal Airport in Fitchburg, MA. Also scheduled to appear are BREAKING BENJAMIN, CROSSFADE, DROPBOX, EARSHOT, SALIVA, SHINEDOWN, TANTRIC and UPO. For more information, click ...

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DANKO JONES To Launch Spoken-Word Tour

Canadian rocker Danko Jones is about to launch his first-ever spoken-word tour, according to Chart Attack. The tour will cover various cities in Norway and Sweden throughout the month of August while the band maintain their regularly scheduled European festival dates. In addition, Jones' record label, Bad Taste Records, will put out a spoken-word album ...

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JELLO BIAFRA Drops DEAD KENNEDYS Suit

The Associated Press is reporting that former DEAD KENNEDYS lead singer Jello Biafra has dropped his remaining lawsuit against members of his band. In May 2000, a jury convicted Biafra and his record label of breach of contract and fraud. In June 2003, a state appeals court upheld that decision and ordered Biafra to pay ...

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OZZFEST 2004 Hits Boston: Reviews Posted Online

The Boston Globe and the Boston Herald have published separate reviews of the second date of the Ozzfest 2004 tour, which took place Monday (July 12) at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, MA. A couple of review excerpts follow: Boston Globe: "The show sold out, though the one-night stand was down from two nights in ...

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Review: BLACK SABBATH Sounded As Pertinent And Vital As Ever At OZZFEST 2004 Kick-Off

Phillip D'Amour of The Republican reviewed BLACK SABBATH and JUDAS PRIEST's performances at the opening show of this year's Ozzfest, which took place Saturday (July 10) in Hartford, Connecticut. "SABBATH opened its 60-minute set with its 1971 metal masterpiece 'War Pigs' from the classic album 'Paranoid'," he wrote. "'War Pigs' sounded as pertinent and vital ...

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DAVE MUSTAINE: 'DAVID ELLEFSON Is Suing Me And MEGADETH'

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Here is what I have been saying in the interviews, what happened chronologically that caused the demise of the band, why [drummer] Nick [Menza] was fired, [guitarist] Marty [Friedman] quitting, records turning out the way they did, and finally me ...

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