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The Politics of Ecstasy - NEVERMORE

A decade ago Seattle's NEVERMORE released an album that would be the first of several demonstrating its truly unique blend of heavy power/thrash/death metal, gloriously dark melody, and intelligent lyrical content. 1995's self-titled debut and the "In Memory" EP hinted at the massive potential that existed with the band, but it was "The Politics of ...

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Former WHITESNAKE Guitarist MICKY MOODY Plays With Trumpets

M3 guitarist Micky Moody (ex-WHITESNAKE) has just had his book, "Playing with Trumpets - A Rock and Roll Apprenticeship", released by SAF Publishing. The book's description reads as follows: "In 1981, whilst onstage with hard rockers WHITESNAKE at the Monsters of Rock Festival at Donington Park, in a rare moment of self-analysis as he raised ...

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CRIMINAL ELEMENT: 'Criminally Contaminated' Single Now Available

CRIMINAL ELEMENT — the band featuring Vince Matthews (DYING FETUS) on vocals, Terrance Hobbs (SUFFOCATION) on guitar, Derek Boyer (SUFFOCATION) on bass, Joe Cincotta (CATASTROPHIC) on guitar, Rob Maresca (CATOSTROPHIC, PYREXIA) on drums, and Chris Yuastella on backing vocals — has released a three-song limited-edition seven-inch single, entitled "Criminally Contaminated", via Relapse Records. Tracks featured ...

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DISTURBED, AVENGED SEVENFOLD Singers Perform With METAL SKOOL In NYC: Photos Available

DISTURBED frontman David Draiman and AVENGED SEVENFOLD singer M. Shadows were among the guest musicians who performed with the the '80s metal/hard rock tribute band METAL SKOOL last night (Wednesday, August 30) at Oakley's Pre-MTV Video Music Awards Bash at Snitch in New York City. The following first-hand eyewitness report was submitted by a BLABBERMOUTH.NET ...

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M3: U.K. Tour Dates Announced

M3, the "classic WHITESNAKE" tribute band featuring Bernie Marsden (guitar, ex-WHITESNAKE), Micky Moody (guitar, ex-WHITESNAKE), Neil Murray (ex-WHITESNAKE, BLACK SABBATH), Jimmy Copley (drums, ex-PAUL RODGERS, GILLAN, BECK), Mark Stanway (keyboards, ex-MAGNUM) and Stefan Berggren (vocals, SNAKES IN PARADISE, COMPANY OF SNAKES, RAZORBACK), has lined up the following U.K. dates: Dec. 13 - The Brook - ...

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CLUTCH To Enter Studio In October

CLUTCH will enter the studio in October on the West Coast with producer Joe Barresi (QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, KYUSS, TOOL, WEEZER, MELVINS) to begin recording its new album, due in early 2007. In other news, CLUTCH's "Burning Beard" single is out now CD featuring the video for "Burning Beard". The U.K.-released vinyl 7" ...

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ION VEIN Finishes Tracking Bass For New Album, Continues Vocalist Search

Guitarist Chris Lotesto from Chicago-based progressive-power metallers ION VEIN has issued the following update: "Just a quick update to let everyone know that we finished tracking bass for the new album on Tuesday and everything is sounding absolutely crushing so far! Everything is complete musically except guitar solos and some final colors/textures, which will take ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE Voted 'Britain's Silliest Celebrity'

ITV.com reports that Ozzy Osbourne has been voted Britain's silliest celebrity. The BLACK SABBATH frontman has taken the coveted top spot on the list, which was compiled from a survey of more than 2,000 people. The Top 20 Britain's silliest celebrities, according to ITV.com: 01. Ozzy Osbourne 02. Boris Johnson 03. Chris Eubank ...

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Origin of the Species - LED ZEPPELIN

You surely know that the roots of LED ZEPPELIN's trailblazing music descended directly from America blues. But how much do you really know about the inspirations and influences of guitarist Jimmy Page, vocalist Robert Plant, bassist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham, specifically the years before the seminal self-titled debut rocked worlds around the ...

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AKERCOCKE To Support MORBID ANGEL In London

U.K. satanic death metal act AKERCOCKE has been confirmed as last-minute support to MORBID ANGEL in London this coming Tuesday, August 22 at the Mean Fiddler. AKERCOCKE released their fourth album, entitled "Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone", in October 2005 via Earache Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Choronzon" was recorded at the ...

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RESISTANCE Begins Recording New Album

Los Angeles power/thrash metallers RESISTANCE have entered Desert Moon Recording Studios in Anaheim, California to begin recording their new album, "Patents of Control". The follow-up to 2005's "Lies In Black" (Lion Music) is being produced by RESISTANCE and Patrick Miller, with the final mix set to be handled by famed producer Neil Kernon (QUEENSRŸCHE, NEVERMORE, ...

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BLIND MELON: 'Live At The Palace' Reissue Due In October

BLIND MELON's "Live at the Palace" CD will be reissued on October 17 with expanded packaging on Capitol/EMI. Recorded in Los Angeles on October 11, 1995, BLIND MELON's "Live at the Palace" CD captured the band at their creative and dynamic peak: the group was touring in support of their second album and had hit ...

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3 INCHES OF BLOOD To Embark On Canadian Tour

Vancouver, British Columbia-based metallers 3 INCHES OF BLOOD will kick off a Canadian tour around September 7 on the West Coast and make their way east and then finish up back on the West Coast in mid-October. A JAVELIN REIGN will provide support on the trek. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon. As ...

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TWISTED INTO FORM to Release Long-Awaited Debut Next Month

TWISTED INTO FORM, the Norwegian band featuring Kaj Gornitzka (guitar, ex-SPIRAL ARCHITECT), Erik Aadland (bass), David Husvik (drums, EXTOL) and Leif J. Knashaug (vocals, ex-SPIRAL ARCHITECT session), will release its long-awaited debut album, "Then Comes Affliction to Awaken the Dreamer", on September 19 via Sensory Records. The CD was recorded between January 2004 and March ...

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USURPER Parts Ways With Vocalist DAN TYRANTOR

Due to ongoing circumstances and issues in vocalist Dan Tyrantor's personal life, he has resigned from Chicago's USURPER. The remaining four members will indefinately continue as a four-piece, with guitarist Rick Scythe and bassist Jon Necromancer taking over the vocal duties. USURPER is still confirmed and will perform at both the Minneapolis Mayhem 3 festival ...

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PAMELA MOORE: Solo Album Featuring QUEENSRŸCHE, NEVERMORE Members Now Available

Pamela Moore, the voice of "Sister Mary" from QUEENSRŸCHE's legendary concept album "Operation: Mindcrime" and its sequel, "Operation: Mindcrime II", has finally released her long-awaited new solo album, "Stories from a Blue Room". The CD, which was produced by Neil Kernon (QUEENSRŸCHE, NEVERMORE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, DEICIDE), features guest appearances by Michael Wilton (QUEENSRŸCHE, SOULBENDER), Jeff ...

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