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GWAR Frontman Apologizes To PHILIP ANSELMO: 'I Hurt Some People I Really Love And Respect'

GWAR frontman Dave Brockie (a.k.a. Oderus Ungurus) has issued an apology for his scathingly negative comments (Story#1, Story#2) about former PANTERA/current SUPERJOINT RITUAL singer Phil Anselmo and his girlfriend Kate. Brockie's statement, as sent to BLABBERMOUTH.NET by Adrenaline PR, reads as follows: "I want everybody to know that this past weekend ...

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DIMEBAG DARRELL Says PHILIP ANSELMO And REX BROWN Took PANTERA For Granted

DAMAGEPLAN guitarist Dimebag Darrell (ex-PANTERA) recently spoke to SMNnews.com about the group's upcoming second album, the possibility of a PANTERA reunion and Dimebag's plans to record a guitar album with Zakk Wylde (OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) and Kerry King (SLAYER). Several excerpts from the interview follow: On the upcoming DAMAGEPLAN album: Dimebag ...

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PHANTOM-X Recording With PANTERA/KING DIAMOND Producer

PHANTOM-X, the new project featuring OMEN singer Kevin Goocher along with guitarist Russell D. Contreras (TYR), bassist Glenn Malicki (STRANGERS) and drummer Danny White (ASKA), will enter the studio later this month to begin recording their new CD with producer Sterling Winfield (KING DIAMOND, PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN). The new album is expected to include guest vocal ...

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Former MACHINE HEAD Drummer To Form New 'Full-On Metal' Band

Chris Kontos (drums, ex-MACHINE HEAD, ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT), Sean Smithson (guitar, ex-SACRILEGE B.C., GRINCH) and Sean McGrath (guitar, IMPALED) are in the process of forming a "full-on metal" band in the vein of EXODUS, THE HAUNTED, PANTERA, SHADOWS FALL and MEGADETH, according to a recent online posting by Smithson. The as-yet-unnamed group, who already have a ...

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DAMAGEPLAN: 'Explode' Video Posted Online

DAMAGEPLAN's video for the song "Explode" has been posted online at the group's official web site. Check it out at this location. "Explode" is the second DAMAGEPLAN video to be directed by David Lockard (a.k.a. Red Ezra), who has previously worked with the group on their "Breathing New Life" clip. Prior to working ...

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DREAM THEATER Begin Recording New Album

Progressive heavy rock giants DREAM THEATER are scheduled to enter a New York City studio on Monday (Nov. 1) to begin recording the follow-up to 2003's "Train of Thought". A spring/summer 2005 release through Elektra Records is expected. DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy played a set with classic East Coast thrashers OVERKILL on Friday (Oct. ...

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DAMAGEPLAN's DIMEBAG DARRELL Parts Ways With WASHBURN GUITARS

After a successful 10-year partnership, Washburn Guitars and Randall Amplifiers are parting ways with DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell. U.S. Music Corp. is shifting its focus toward new product development that will appeal to a wider variety of musicians. "We've had a great working relationship with Dimebag over the past 10 years," said Rudy Schlacher, President ...

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CROWBAR: In Mixing Mode

New Orleans sludge-meisters CROWBAR are currently mixing their new album, "Life's Blood For The Downtrodden", in Miami, FL for a February 8, 2005 Stateside release through Candlelight Records. "Life's Blood For The Downtrodden" was produced by the working team of Warren Riker (DOWN) and Rex Brown (PANTERA, DOWN). Brown also handled the bass duties on ...

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DAMAGEPLAN Drummer Calls COLD Singer An 'Asshole'

In the latest installment of his "Ask Vinnie" column in Revolver magazine, DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul was asked which bands he used to get into fights with on the road, and which ones he would want to fight if he had the chance. "We always made friends with all the bands we ever toured with," ...

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DAMAGEPLAN: Enter To Win WASHBURN Prize Package

DAMAGEPLAN, the new band featuring former PANTERA members Dimebag Darrell (guitar) and Vinnie Paul (drums), are offering one lucky fan a chance to win Washburn Dime 332 prize package, including the Washburn Dime 332 signature series guitar, a Seymour Duncan SH-13 Dimebucker pickup, a free shirt, a free hat, and Dimebag strings. Click

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DAMAGEPLAN's VINNIE PAUL Offers Drumming Tips To TOMMY LEE

In a recent interview with Rhythm magazine, former PANTERA and current DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul was asked to offer some drumming tips. "Okay, well first off, every drummer I meet wants to know how to play [PANTERA's] 'Becoming'," Vinnie replied. "The way I came up with that part was just messing around in the studio ...

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PANTERA's 'Best Of' CD Certified Gold

PANTERA's career overview CD, "The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys' Vulgar Hits!" (Elektra/Rhino), has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of more than 500,000 copies in the U.S. The 16-song "Vulgar Hits!" CD, originally issued in September 2003, was packaged with a bonus DVD ...

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Ashes Of The Wake - LAMB OF GOD

LAMB OF GOD leads the pack in what some are already calling "the New Wave of American Heavy Metal." While we're not quick to start categorizing things again — after all, look what happened to the so-called "nu metal" movement — it seems clear that there's some sort of underground uprising that's been occurring, and ...

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SHADOWS FALL, DAMAGEPLAN Comment On Upcoming Tour

SHADOWS FALL are set to embark on a massive co-headlining U.S. tour with DAMAGEPLAN this fall. The trek, scheduled to begin on October 27 and run through December 9, covers major markets and will see both SHADOWS FALL and DAMAGEPLAN swapping the closing spot each night, which will also feature THE HAUNTED in the support ...

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DAMAGEPLAN To Play Free Show In Illinois

DAMAGEPLAN, the new band formed by ex-PANTERA members Dimebag Darrell (guitar) and Vinnie Paul (drums), will play a free concert at at Davis Park in Rockford, IL on September 18, according to the Rockford Register Star. No opening acts have yet been announced for the show. Gates open at 4 p.m., with the first band ...

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SUPERJOINT RITUAL's PHILIP ANSELMO: 'It's Time To Rise'

SUPERJOINT RITUAL frontman Philip Anselmo recently spoke to KNAC.com about the group's participation in this year's Ozzfest and their upcoming recording plans. Several excerpts from the interview follow: On when the third album from SUPERJOINT RITUAL will arise: Philip Anselmo: "Well, we have done an extensive amount of touring since then. I think ...

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SOULFLY Hard At Work On First DVD

SOULFLY are currently working on their first DVD, tentatively titled "The Song Remains Insane". The disc, which is unlikely to surface before early next year, will feature "lots of European festival footage, maybe even footage from the band's South Africa travels," according to the band's label, Roadrunner Records. More information will be made available soon. ...

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DEF LEPPARD, PANTERA Reach New Multi-Platinum Heights

DEF LEPPARD's breakthrough 1983 album, "Pyromania", has been certified at the RIAA's (Recording Industry Association of America) diamond level (10 million copies shipped) last month, according to Billboard.com. Produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange, "Pyromania" benefited greatly from MTV's relentless airing of the album's first two singles, "Photograph" and "Rock of Ages". The U.K. group ...

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CROWBAR Sign With CANDLELIGHT RECORDS

New Orleans sludge-meisters CROWBAR have signed a worldwide deal with Candlelight Records. The group's new album, "Life's Blood For The Downtrodden", is expected to see a February 8, 2005 Stateside release date. Final studio work on the album, produced by the working team of Warren Riker (DOWN) and Rex Brown (PANTERA, DOWN), is planned in ...

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