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Through The Ashes Of Empires - MACHINE HEAD

MACHINE HEAD's fifth studio album, "Through The Ashes Of Empires", is the band's most brutally heavy effort since the one-two punch of their 1994 debut, "Burn My Eyes", and its '97 follow-up, "The More Things Change…". Parts of this album rank right up there as classic MACHINE HEAD moments in terms of sheer aggressiveness, yet ...

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Former NILE Bassist/Vocalist CHIEF SPIRES: 'I Don't Like KARL SANDERS'

Former NILE bassist/vocalist Chief Spires has spoken out for the first time about his departure from the group and his decision to form SHAITAN MAZAR with fellow ex-NILE member John Ehlers (guitar) Speaking to Poland's Masterful Magazine, Spires explained his reasons for leaving NILE. "Well the official press release was something like 'Spires leaves the ...

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SHAITAN MAZAR: More Live Dates Announced

SHAITAN MAZAR, the new band featuring former NILE members Chief Spires (bass, vocals) and John Ehlers (guitar), will play the following dates in late November/early December: Nov. 27 – Masquerade - Atlanta, GA (w/ PSYCHOTIC SUSPENSIONS, MIRAGE) Nov. 28 - Uncle Doctors - Columbia, SC (w/ DROP COMIX, GODS OF MARS, SOUTHPAW) Dec. 12 - ...

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MACHINE HEAD's ROBERT FLYNN Checks In From Switzerland

MACHINE HEAD frontman Robert Flynn has posted the following message on the group's official web site (www.machinehead1.com): "Hey, hey, hey. "Got a day off in Zurich, Switzerland today. Just chillin' at the Intercontinental Hotel Business Center at 1:05 AM. Being on tour is a trip, it's like working the graveyard shift. I go to bed ...

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JASON NEWSTED To Partake In Recording Session For Real-Life 'School Of Rock'

Former METALLICA and current OZZY OSBOURNE/VOIVOD bassist Jason Newsted will team up with Tom Johnson (DOOBIE BROTHERS), blues guitarist Roy Rogers and singer Austin Willacy to record cover versions of songs written by the students of Little Kids Rock, an innovative non-profit organization that teaches low-income kids how to play and compose their own, original ...

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STONE TEMPLE PILOTS: DELEO Brothers Confirm Split

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS guitarist Dean DeLeo and bassist Robert DeLeo have confirmed in a brand-new interview with Guitar One magazine that they have officially closed the book on the band with the recent release of their "greatest hits" package, "Thank You". "It was time to move on to other things," Dean said. "Life and personalities ...

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Renowned Session Drummer Loses Battle With Cancer

Renowned drummer Tony Thompson, who performed with LED ZEPPELIN's Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones during the 1985 Live Aid reunion, and who also rehearsed with the members of ZEPPELIN for a short-lived project in 1986, passed away earlier today after a battle with renal-cell cancer. Donations can be made at

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KID ROCK Tapes Christmas Special

KID ROCK taped a concert Tuesday night (November 4) for a 90-minute holiday-themed television special, according to the Associated Press. "A Kid Rock Christmas", which is to air Dec. 14 on VH1, will include clips from Tuesday's show, an animated short that features KID ROCK doing his own version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" ...

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Rock Magazine CREEM To Publish Again

Long-defunct rock magazine Creem is making a comeback. Currently a web-only publication (www.creemmedia.com), Creem is expected be on store shelves in a print edition next spring, according to publisher Robert Matheu. Creem began in Detroit in March 1969 and ran monthly until folding in November 1988. A revival was launched in the early ...

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BLACKMORE'S NIGHT Go Gold In The Czech Republic

BLACKMORE'S NIGHT, the band featuring former DEEP PURPLE/RAINBOW guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and his wife Candice Night, were awarded gold albums in the Czech Republic for the "Fires At Midnight" and "Ghost of A Rose" CDs at a special ceremony held at Cartouche in Prague on October 17. Sir Robert of Normandie and Squire Malcolm also ...

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RELEVANT FEW To Release Sophomore Album

RELEVANT FEW, the Swedish grindcore band featuring bassist Robert Hakemo (GARDENIAN, ex-GOOSEFLESH), will release their sophomore album, "The Art Of Today", on November 24 through Sweden's No Tolerance Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Who Are Those Of Leadership?" features original drummer Daniel Moilanen (RUNEMAGICK, ex-LORD BELIAL), who has since left the group. Download two MP3s ...

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Police Called After MARILYN MANSON Cuts Show Short

TheKansasCityChannel.com reports that police were called out (KCTV Video) to control a crowd of concert-goers unhappy after MARILYN MANSON, featured attraction at a "Freakers Ball" event Thursday night (October 30), ended his show early when fans pushed down a barrier. According to accounts from people attending the concert at the Kansas City International ...

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THE HELLACOPTERS Outline Upcoming Activities

THE HELLACOPTERS drummer Robert Eriksson has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Here we are again, another tour over, this time Australia and I must say this one has been fantastic! A big THANKS goes out to all people involved, friends, bands including M-16'S, WARPED, TURBONEGRO among others, you know who ...

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Former WHITE ZOMBIE Drummer Joins Forces With Ex-STRIFE Guitarist

Former WHITE ZOMBIE drummer Ivan de Prume has teamed up with ex-STRIFE guitarist Andrew Kline in a new band called HEALER. Joining the duo in the group are violinist/Canada native Martin St-Pierre and bassist John McLaughlin (ex-NEW PAST LIFE). The band, whose musical direction is described as "world music meets SEPULTURA, NINE INCH NAILS and ...

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PUDDLE OF MUDD Give Fans Chance To Join The Band On Tour

PUDDLE OF MUDD, whose sophomore album, "Life on Display", will be released Nov. 25 through Flawless/Geffen Records, are giving fans a chance to join the band on tour for a week. The "Puddle Of Mudd Platinum Pass" contest will plant 11 passes in random pressings of the initial run of the new album. Ten first-prize ...

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BOB DAISLEY Reacts To OZZY Court Ruling: 'It's Still Not Over!'

Former OZZY OSBOURNE bandmembers Bob Daisley (bass) and Lee Kerslake (drums) have vowed to continue their 20-year battle regarding royalties and proper credits on the early OZZY albums "Blizzard Of Ozz" (1980) and "Diary Of A Madman" (1981), despite a court ruling earlier this week that upheld the dismissal of their lawsuit against Ozzy and ...

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ROBERT PLANT On VH1 Classic

VH1 Classic will air a one-hour "Robert Plant Special" on November 1 and 4 to coincide with the release of his solo career "best of" double album, "66 to Timbuktu". The show will feature an interview with Robert (during which he talks of his experiences at The Festival in the Desert 2003) and will include ...

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TOTAL CHAOS Blame Immigration For Montreal Riot

Graeme Hamilton of National Post reports that the leader of a punk rock group whose fans rioted Tuesday night (October 14) after their concert was cancelled blamed Immigration Canada yesterday for the destruction, saying authorities had no business checking band members for criminal records. Hours before they were supposed to take the stage at a ...

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Review: 'LED ZEPPELIN' Rock Akron Crowd

Malcolm X Abram of the Cleveland Beacon Journal reports that "the Akron Symphony Orchestra collectively loosened its tie Sunday night with 'The Music of Led Zeppelin: A Rock Symphony' (see previous story) and was rewarded with rock-star treatment from an enthusiastic audience. "For two-plus hours, E.J. Thomas Hall was transformed into a rock ...

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Vancouver Police Cited In GUNS N' ROSES Riot

Amy O'Brian of the Vancouver Sun reports that at least two Vancouver Police officers appeared to use "unnecessary and excessive" force during the GUNS N' ROSES riot last fall, the police complaint commissioner said Friday (October 10). Commissioner Dirk Ryneveld made the statement in a written notice for a public hearing that will examine the ...

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ZEBRA Singer Joins AKRON SYMPHONY In LED ZEPPELIN Tribute

Amy Bracken Sparks of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Akron Symphony Orchestra will tackle the work of Page, Plant, Bonham and Jones this weekend at the E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall in Akron, Ohio, the orchestra's regular home. According to Jeffrey Sperry, executive director of the 52-year-old orchestra, 50 members of the 83-member ...

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MACHINE HEAD: Shaking The Rust Off

MACHINE HEAD frontman Robert Flynn has posted the following message to the band's official web site: "After reading a recent article that referred to the music of LAMB OF GOD as 'Nu-Metal', I am officially retiring the word 'Nu-Metal' from my vocabulary. It is THE most played out, overused and generic term, OF ALL FUCKING ...

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