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THE CULT: Touring Bassist Announced

Chris Wyse, who performed on THE CULT's 2001 disc, "Beyond Good and Evil", and has worked with Ozzy Osbourne and Jerry Cantrell since, will now be THE CULT's touring bassist, according to MTV.com. As BLABBERMOUTH.NET exclusively reported on Tuesday (Feb. 14), John Tempesta (EXODUS, TESTAMENT, HELMET, WHITE ZOMBIE, ROB ZOMBIE) has been hired ...

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Drummer JOHN TEMPESTA Joins THE CULT!

After two auditions, John Tempesta (EXODUS, TESTAMENT, HELMET, WHITE ZOMBIE, ROB ZOMBIE) has been hired as the new drummer for THE CULT. Tempesta will make his debut with the group when they perform on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" on Friday, February 24 on the CBS-TV network. THE CULT's upcoming tour, tagged "A ...

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Sis Masis - HARMFUL

Exercises in futility don't get much more futile than this one. I'm not talking about "Sis Masis", obviously, because it's a monster of an album with a high rating. But it almost seems silly to write a review for a disc so obscure I had to hunt it down and special order it for $35 ...

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HELMET: PAGE HAMILTON ESP Signature Guitars Announced

Page Hamilton, singer and guitarist for the influential band HELMET and longtime ESP player, has designed his first signature models for the company. The LTD PH-600 and the ESP Page are part of ESP's 2006 Winter NAMM show offering of 22 new guitars. "Page Hamilton has been an ESP evangelist since the early days of ...

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Age of Winters - THE SWORD

How much more self-conscious orc rock can you fit into your Viking helmet? Not to be confused with the half-decent Canuck '80s metal outfit of "Metalized" and "Sweet Dreams" fame, these guys are an altogether more unwashed and skunk-weed-reeking prospect. Tumbling down thirdhand from SABBATH's loins as midwifed by SLEEP, old MONSTER MAGNET and HIGH ...

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ZAO Are 'Excited' About Upcoming Tour With IN FLAMES

Greensburg, Pennsylvania's ZAO will be supporting Sweden's IN FLAMES on their upcoming U.S. tour beginning in late January. Also on the tour will be buzz-making heavy music bands TRIVIUM and DEVILDRIVER. Commenting on their addition to the tour, ZAO guitarist Scott Mellinger said, "I listen to IN FLAMES albums 'Clayman' and 'Reroute To Remain' all ...

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HELMET Confirm Split With INTERSCOPE

As BLABBERMOUTH.NET first reported on November 19, HELMET have now confirmed that they have have split with Interscope Records following the disappointing sales performance of their latest CD, "Size Matters", which came out in October 2004. The band "are currently in discussion with a number of other labels," reads a posting on the group's web ...

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SCUM OF THE EARTH Announce Dates With DISTURBED

SCUM OF THE EARTH, the band founded by former ROB ZOMBIE guitarist Riggs, will support DISTURBED on the following dates on their Jägermeister Music Tour: Feb. 13 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues Feb. 14 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues Feb. 16 - Miami, FL - Cinema Club Feb. 17 - Atlanta, ...

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ANTHRAX Drummer On Upcoming Tour: 'Bring A Helmet'

ANTHRAX have officially announced the January kick-off of their 2006 headline reunion tour with support acts GOD FORBID and SWORN ENEMY. This tour steamrolls straight through January 21, including a January 7 hometown show at New York City's Nokia Theater in Times Square, a January 13 stop at the renowned Chicago House Of Blues and ...

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DEFTONES To Headline Next Year's TASTE OF CHAOS Tour

According to PunkNews.org, DEFTONES have been confirmed as the headliners of the 2006 edition of the Taste of Chaos tour. The popular alternative metal act recently released their "B-Sides & Rarities" DVD+CD compilation which included the band's interpretations of JAWBOX, HELMET, THE SMITHS and DURAN DURAN, as well as various rarities. The band ...

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JUDAS PRIEST, MÖTLEY CRÜE, QUEENSRŸCHE, MEGADETH: More Concert Attendance Figures Revealed

The following are a few select recent heavy metal/hard rock concert attendance figures, as reported by Billboard magazine: Artist/Event: JUDAS PRIEST, ANTHRAX Venue: Bell Centre City/State: Montreal, Quebec Date: Oct. 12, 2005 Attendance: 4,747 Capacity: 5,000 Artist/Event: JUDAS PRIEST, ANTHRAX Venue: John Labatt Centre City/State: London, Ontario Date: Oct. 15, 2005 Attendance: 2,910 Capacity: 3,199 ...

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KISS: Updated Collectibles Guide Now Available

A KISS collectibles guide, entitled "Warman's KISS Collectibles Field Guide", is currently available for order via the book's companion web site, www.kisshall.com. Featuring 512 high-gloss pages packed with over 525 full-color photographs of rare KISS collectibles (no black-and-white photos on poor grade paper here!), this vast identification and price guide is the second ...

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Former BUSH Frontman: 'I Love The Hard Music But I'm A Sucker For Melody'

Launch Radio Networks reports: Former BUSH frontman Gavin Rossdale admits that his new group, INSTITUTE, doesn't sound too different from his previous band. But with INSTITUTE's first album, "Distort Yourself", out today (Tuesday, September 13), Rossdale told Launch there are subtle differences between the two bands. "The whole concept of INSTITUTE really was born and ...

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HELMET: U.S. Tour Dates Announced

HELMET have announced the following dates during September/October: Sep. 22 - Providence, RI @ Lupo's Sep. 23 - Boston, MA @ Axis Sep. 25 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Sep. 26 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre Sep. 27 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza Sep. 28 - New York, NY @ CBGB's ...

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DEFTONES: 'B-Sides & Rarities' Due In October

Since the textured aggression of the DEFTONES' 1995 debut, the Northern California quintet has become an icon approved by mosh pits and critics alike for its exquisitely sculpted sonic roar. While the DEFTONES record the follow-up to their self-titled 2003 album, Maverick Records releases "B-Sides & Rarities". Filled with import-only B-sides, intriguing covers, unreleased mixes, ...

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Coextinction - PLAYERS CLUB

Fans of pavement-scraping New York hatenoise along the lines of UNSANE and early HELMET should already be familiar with the liverish slice of rancid loud that is JJ PARADISE PLAYER'S CLUB. Put simply, if you buy FUDGE TUNNEL CDs out of the dollar bin to impress upon unwary friends, and if the words "produced by ...

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