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SLAYER Set For OZZFEST 2004?

SLAYER are strongly rumored to be close to landing a slot on the main stage at this year's Ozzfest, informed sources have told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. As previously reported, OZZY OSBOURNE will once again be headlining the annual traveling festival while SLIPKNOT and HATEBREED are said to be "all but confirmed" to co-headline the festival's second stage. ...

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RAG MEN: European Dates Announced

RAG MEN, the New York-based band featuring frontman Jorge Rosado (MERAUDER, GOD IS I), guitarist Mitts (SKARHEAD, CROWN OF THORNZ), bassist Ian "Bulldog" Edwards (FREYA, ex-EARTH CRISIS), and drummer Rigg Ross (SKARHEAD, ex-HATEBREED), will be embarking on a European tour in late March. Prior to the European dates, RAG MEN will complete a short East ...

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Spokesperson: OZZY Will 'Definitely' Headline OZZFEST 2004

Ozzy Osbourne will "definitely" perform at this year's Ozzfest, a spokesperson for Sharon Osbourne Management has told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Osbourne will top a main-stage bill that will probably include veteran British heavy metallers JUDAS PRIEST. Also expected to appear are SLIPKNOT and HATEBREED, who will likely co-headline the festival's second-stage. Other rumored contenders for the festival ...

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Source: JUDAS PRIEST '90 Percent A Go' For OZZFEST 2004, SLIPKNOT To Headline Second Stage

According to a reliable industry source, JUDAS PRIEST are "90 percent a go" for this year's Ozzfest, which is tentatively expected to kick off late June/early July. OZZY OSBOURNE, who is recovering from a nasty all-terrain-vehicle crash, will reportedly try to headline the festival once again, although any complications with his recovery may indefinitely postpone ...

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THE CENTURY FAMILY Becomes Majority Owner Of NOW OR NEVER RECORDS

Century Media Records has joined forces with New Jersey-based label Now Or Never Records. This collaboration will result in The Century Family, and its affiliated imprints, handling the manufacturing, marketing, and retail distribution of current and upcoming Now Or Never releases (including those from DIECAST, DEVILINSIDE and THE POSTMAN SYNDROME). According to an official press ...

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BLOODSHOTEYE Sign With GALY RECORDS

Leamington, Ontario-based metallers BLOODSHOTEYE have inked a deal with Galy Records for the release of their debut album, "Without Any Remorse". "We are very excited to be part of such a great label and look forward to working together," the band write on their web site. "We have started the album design working with Dissonance ...

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Bassist JOHN BECHTEL Leaves SYSTEMATIC

Bassist John Mark Bechtel has left San Francisco Bay Area metallers SYSTEMATIC. No reason was given for his departure. Bechtel, who played on SYSTEMATIC's sophomore album, 2003's "Pleasure To Burn", will reportedly be performing with CORETEZ when they open for HATEBREED on January 28-29 at Downtown in Farmingdale, New York. It is not presently clear ...

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RAG MEN: East Coast Dates Announced

RAG MEN, the New York-based band featuring frontman Jorge Rosado (MERAUDER, GOD IS I), guitarist Mitts (SKARHEAD, CROWN OF THORNZ), bassist Ian "Bulldog" Edwards (FREYA, ex-EARTH CRISIS), and drummer Rigg Ross (SKARHEAD, ex-HATEBREED), have lined up the following shows in late February: Feb. 27 - Albany, NY @ Valentine's (w/ BLOOD FOR BLOOD, MURDERER'S ROW) ...

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HATEBREED Singer In The Studio With AGNOSTIC FRONT

HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta is currently at Planet Z studios in Massachusetts doing pre-production for the new AGNOSTIC FRONT album, tentatively titled "Another Voice". Says Jasta: "This stuff is amazing. It's easily their heaviest most crossover album yet! [AGNOSTIC FRONT singer] Roger [Miret] leaves for tour with THE DISASTERS soon so when we finish up ...

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LAMB OF GOD Singer Guests On BLOODSHOTEYE Track

LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe has contributed guest vocals on the track "F.U.B.A.R" by the Canadian band BLOODSHOTEYE. The song is set to be included on the band's upcoming debut CD, "Without Any Remorse", due later this month through the group's own label. Three full-length cuts, including the aforementioned "F.U.B.A.R", can be downloaded from ...

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FEAR FACTORY: New Audio Clip Posted Online

FEAR FACTORY guitarist Christian Olde Wolbers has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "What the fuck is up FF Soldiers?! Merry Fucking X-mas y'all!! Hohoho! "Just got back from Vancouver. Mixing is almost done, just doing some final vocal mixes and [producer] Rhys [Fulber] just finished up 'Ascension' (final outro track). ...

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LUPARA Part Ways With Bassist, Seek Replacement

LUPARA, the new Illinois-based band featuring former BROKEN HOPE guitarist Jeremy Wagner, have parted ways with their bassist and are currently seeking a replacement. "LUPARA's original bassist recently left the group as he was unable to adhere to the work-ethic demanded by the band," reads a post on the band's web site. "LUPARA now seeks ...

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RAG MEN Finalize Track Listing For Full-Length Debut

RAG MEN, the New York-based band featuring frontman Jorge Rosado (MERAUDER, GOD IS I), guitarist Mitts (SKARHEAD, CROWN OF THORNZ), bassist Ian "Bulldog" Edwards (FREYA, ex-EARTH CRISIS), and drummer Rigg Ross (SKARHEAD, ex-HATEBREED), have finalized the track listing for their self-titled debut album, due on February 17, 2004 through Eulogy Records. The CD, which will ...

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MADBALL: Live Dates Announced

Reunited New York hardcore heavyweights MADBALL have lined up the following dates during December/January: "Stillborn Fest" w/ AGNOSTIC FRONT, SICK OF IT ALL, SUBZERO, HATEBREED, MADBALL and more: Dec. 26 - Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA Dec. 27 - The Worcester Palladium - Worcester, MA Dec. 28 - Starland Ballroom - Sayerville, NJ Dec. 29 ...

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SKINLAB: 'Expect Nothing Less Than A Sick-Ass Record'

SKINLAB frontman Steev Esquivel has posted the following message on the band's web site: "Yo yo, what up everyone, we're back and coming to you proud and clear!! The SLAYER tour has been an experience that we'll never forget. We had such a killer time hanging with all the bands/crews and of course all our ...

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PAPA ROACH: Getting Away With Murder

PAPA ROACH singer Jacoby Shaddix has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Was up, kids. It's Jacoby aka Johnny Vodka aka Coby Dick!!! How ya doin'? I'm doing good, just singin' my ass off. I'm so excited about this record, I'm singin' better than ever. I just finished vocals on this ...

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ARCH ENEMY's MIKE AMOTT: 'I Am The Biggest Bitch Of All'

ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott has posted the following message on the band's web site: "Hey ya'll..we're in Texas! And it's fuckin' awesome! The show last night in Houston was really great as we got to play 2 more songs (due to a situation with HATEBREED)...so it was 8 songs instead of the usual 6 ...

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ARCH ENEMY's MIKE AMOTT: 'Heavy Metal Fans Are Such Bitches'

ARCH ENEMY founder/guitarist Mike Amott recently told Canada's Chart Attack that some fans take their favorite bands so seriously, they end up becoming a bigger pain in the ass than self-important journalists and their mocking questions. "Heavy metal fans are such bitches," he half-joked. "I hate our fans sometimes! They're so adamant about what they ...

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ANAL CUNT's SETH PUTNAM: 'CHRIS BARNES Is A Pussy'

ANAL CUNT frontman Seth Putnam reportedly caused SIX FEET UNDER singer Chris Barnes to cut short his band's headlining performance at The Living Room in Providence, Rhode Island on October 24 by screaming obscenities at the former CANNIBAL CORPSE vocalist and challenging him to a fight. The following is Putnam's account of the incident, as ...

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ARCH ENEMY To Play With HATEBREED In Nevada

ARCH ENEMY have been invited to open for HATEBREED at Stoney's in Reno, Nevada on November 22. Says ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott, "The guys from HATEBREED (who have been super-cool with us, by the way — they've really helped us out a lot on [the Jagermeister] tour!) have invited us to support them at ...

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CORETEZ To Make Live Debut In November

CORETEZ, the new band featuring former ILL NINO members Roger Vasquez and Marc Rizzo (SOULFLY), will make their live debut on November 13 at The Downtown in Farmingdale, New York. Also performing on the bill will be BLOODSIMPLE (featuring VISION OF DISORDER members Tim Williams (vocals) and Mike Kennedy (guitar), along with ex-MEDICATION bassist Kyle ...

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RAG MEN Sign With EULOGY RECORDS

RAG MEN, the New York-based band featuring frontman Jorge Rosado (MERAUDER, GOD IS I), guitarist Mitts (SKARHEAD, CROWN OF THORNZ), bassist Ian "Bulldog" Edwards (FREYA, ex-EARTH CRISIS), and drummer Rigg Ross (SKARHEAD, ex-HATEBREED), have signed a North American record deal with Eulogy Records. The group's self-titled debut CD is scheduled for release in February. Download ...

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FEAR FACTORY To Contribute New Song To 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' Soundtrack

More information has surfaced about "Archetype", FEAR FACTORY's contribution to the forthcoming "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" soundtrack, due on November 4 through Nitrus Records. The track, which was composed by the group's bassist-turned-guitarist Christian Olde Wolbers and drummer Raymond Herrera and features lyrics written by frontman Burton C. Bell, was self-produced at the band's own recording ...

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HATEBREED: New Music Available For Listening

A HATEBREED "jukebox player", featuring streaming versions of the tracks "Live For This", "Doomsayer" and "This Is Now", can be accessed online at this location. All three cuts come off the group's third album, "The Rise Of Brutality", due on October 28 through Republic/Universal Records. The follow-up to last year's "Perseverance" was recorded ...

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SLAYER's KERRY KING Talks About Upcoming Box Set

SLAYER guitarist Kerry King recently spoke to Guitar.com about the group's long-awaited box set, "Soundtrack To The Apocalypse", due on November 25 through American Recordings/Ume. "There's tons of stuff on there," he said. "The problem was that we had too much stuff. I've got five big Tupperware boxes — the big storage boxes that you ...

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