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OVERKILL Singer Discusses New Album 'ReliXIV'

Eagle Rock/Spitfire Records has set a March 22 North American release date for the new OVERKILL album, "ReliXIV". With 2005 marking the 20-year anniversary of their first record-deal signing, and 14 full-length studio albums under their belt, OVERKILL continue to present high-quality, no-frills, solid working-class thrash on their latest album. "We're the real deal, and ...

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DIAMOND HEAD To Support MEGADETH In Europe

NWOBHM legends DIAMOND HEAD have been confirmed as the support act for MEGADETH on their upcoming European headlining tour. Confirmed dates are as follows: Feb. 01 - Dublin, Ireland @ Ambassador Feb. 02 - Belfast, Ireland @ Ulster Hall Feb. 03 - Glasgow, Scotland @ Academy Feb. 04 - Birmingham, UK @ Academy Feb. 05 ...

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EDDIE VAN HALEN And PEAVEY End Long-Term Partnership

Peavey, the world-famous musical instrument manufacturer, has announced that it has parted with Edward Van Halen after a 13-year partnership. Peavey collaborated with the guitarist on his signature-model Peavey Wolfgang Series electric guitars and Peavey 5150 Series amplifiers. According to the company, Van Halen retains the rights to the names 5150 and Wolfgang, as well ...

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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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SHADOWS FALL Drummer Reports From DIMEBAG's Funeral

SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bittner has issued the following report from the funeral services and public memorial for slain DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, which were held on Tuesday (Dec. 14) in Arlington, Texas: "I have just gotten to my computer today after returning home from Dimebag Darrell Abbott's funeral and I wanted to share ...

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Update: PHILIP ANSELMO Barred From DIMEBAG's Funeral; JERRY CANTRELL Performs Acoustically

BLABBERMOUTH.NET has confirmed that former PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo did NOT attend the the funeral of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott — apparently because he was told that he was "not welcome" at any of the events honoring the late musician who was slain last week at a nightclub in Columbus, Ohio. Anselmo's former PANTERA/DOWN ...

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LIONSHEART Announce New Bassist, Keyboardist

LIONSHEART, the British melodic hard rock outfit fronted by former GRIM REAPER/ONSLAUGHT singer Steve Grimmett, have posted the following message on their official web site: "Following Eddie's departure from the band, ex-BATTLEZONE (Paul Di'Anno) bass player Gavin Cooper has stepped into the breach. At the same time as welcoming Gav into the band we would ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE's ROCKENFIELD Releases 'Operation: Mindcrime' Commemorative Snare Drums

QUEENSRŸCHE drummer Scott Rockenfield, founder and owner of RockenWraps.com, has released a small number of limited edition "Operation: Mindcrime" commemorative snare drums, for sale exclusively at Queensryche.com. Each drum is hand made by Scott himself. Each snare comes complete with: - 14" 10-PLY 100% ALL MAPLE SHELL, with precision cut bearing edges - RockenWraps very ...

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SAVATAGE Guitarist: 'We Were Stripped Of A Modern-Day Guitar Legend'

SAVATAGE guitarist Chris Caffery has issued the following statement regarding the death of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell: "Recently we were suddenly stripped [of] a modern-day guitar legend. Darrell was one of the few guitarists in history that had his own unique spot. His own style, his own sound. "When you hear someone say 'the Eddie ...

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CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's KEENAN Says DIMEBAG's Death Is 'Tragic'

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY guitarist/vocalist Pepper Keenan and producer John Custer, who are at a Raleigh studio working on the band's new album, spoke to The News & Observer about the death of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, a longtime friend of COC. "It's tragic, a shame," Keenan said Thursday. "I've known Darrell for years and ...

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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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DON DOKKEN Says GEORGE LYNCH Is His Own Worst Enemy

DOKKEN mainman Don Dokken recently spoke to KNAC.com's Jeff Kirby about his reputation for being "difficult" and ex-DOKKEN guitarist George Lynch, among other topics. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow: KNAC.com: There was a report that DOKKEN was slated to do a show at the Anaheim House of Blues, but that ...

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UNHOLY GHOST To Embark On 'Reigning Florida Tour'

UNHOLY GHOST, the band featuring PESSIMIST founder/guitarist Kelly McLauchlin and former DIABOLIC members Jerry Mortellaro (guitars) and Paul Ouellette (bass/vocals), will be teaming up with COUNCIL OF THE FALLEN and THE CLASSIC STRUGGLE for the "Reigning Florida Tour" beginning on December 31. The tour kicks off New Year's Eve near Daytona, FL and ends the ...

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5 BILLION DEAD: 'It Was Never' Video Posted Online

5 BILLION DEAD, the Orlando, Florida-based metal band featuring EQUINOX singer/bassist Matt Wagner, and DNS singer/artist Strain, have posted a sample video of their track "It Was Never", taken from their debut EP. The video is available for viewing in the "Media" section of the group's official web site. 5 BILLION DEAD, will ...

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