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Pitchfork and Lost Needles - CLUTCH

With everyone appropriately ga-ga over the last couple CLUTCH albums, it's easy to forget that the shaggy, tinfoil-hat-wearing stoner rock artisans used to be a pretty abrasive, heavy, and goddamn mean sounding band. There's a vocal minority out there who think the band peaked right out of the starting gate with their vicious "Passive Restraints" ...

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GIGANTOUR, CINDERELLA, WHITESNAKE, DEF LEPPARD 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: Gigantour: MEGADETH, DREAM THEATER, FEAR FACTORY, NEVERMORE, LIFE OF AGONY, SYMPHONY X, DRYKILL LOGIC, BOBAFLEX Venue: Thomas & Mack Center City/State: Las Vegas, Nev. Date: July 22, 2005 Attendance: 1,312 Capacity: 6,500 Artist/Event: SYSTEM OF A ...

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SCUM OF THE EARTH To Guest On XM SATELLITE's 'Seizure'

SCUM OF THE EARTH, the band founded by former ROB ZOMBIE guitarist Riggs, will be appearing on XM Satellite Radio channel 34 today ("Seizure") at 3:00 p.m. EST. They will be taking over the "Seizure" studio for one hour playing whatever they want and talking about their debut album, "Blah…Blah…Blah…Love Songs for the New Millennium", ...

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INSTITUTE: Media Player Available

An INSTITUTE media player, featuring the group's new single, "Bullet-Proof Skin", can be accessed at BandBuilder.com. "Bullet-Proof Skin" is the first single from the group's debut album, "Distort Yourself", due September 13 via Interscope. The CD features former BUSH frontman Gavin Rossdale alongside guitarist Chris Traynor (BUSH, HELMET), bassist Cache Tolman (RIVAL SCHOOLS) ...

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HELMET: 'Smart' Video Posted Online

HELMET's video for the track "Smart" has been posted online at HelmetMusic.com. "Smart" comes off the group's latest CD, "Size Matters", which was released last October through Interscope Records. The CD was recorded by Ryan Boesch, Chris Holmes, and former NINE INCH NAILS keyboardist Charlie Clouser at Cello studios (formerly Western Recorders) in ...

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EXTOL To Open For OPETH In Europe

Norwegian progressive thrash/death metallers EXTOL have been confirmed as the opening act for OPETH on their upcoming European tour in September. A complete list of currently confirmed tour dates can be found at Opeth.com. As previously reported, EXTOL's video for the track "Pearl" has been posted online at CenturyMedia.de (Real Media). ...

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TESTAMENT: Tacoma Photos Posted Online

TESTAMENT's original lineup — Chuck Billy (vocals), Eric Peterson (guitar), Alex Skolnick (guitar), Greg Christian (bass), and Louie Clemente (drums) — performed at the Old Shipwreck in Tacoma, WA on July 8. Check out pictures from AbrasiveRock.com. TESTAMENT recently completed a two-week European tour and made an appearance at the Louder Harder Faster ...

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INSTITUTE: Former BUSH Frontman To Release New Album In September

Billboard.com is reporting that former BUSH frontman Gavin Rossdale will reelase the debut album from his new band, INSTITUTE, on September 13 via Interscope. Entitled "Distort Yourself", the CD features Rossdale alongside guitarist Chris Traynor (BUSH, HELMET), bassist Cache Tolman (RIVAL SCHOOLS) and session drummer extraordinaire Josh Freese (SPLIT LIP/CHAMBERLAIN skinsman Charlie Walker has since ...

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TESTAMENT: More 'Reunion' Tour Dates Announced

TESTAMENT's original lineup — Chuck Billy (vocals), Eric Peterson (guitar), Alex Skolnick (guitar), Greg Christian (bass), and Louie Clemente (drums) — have lined up the following dates during the coming months: Jul. 02 - Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre (w/ JUDAS PRIEST) Jul. 08 - Tacoma, WA @ Old Shipwreck Jul. 09 - San ...

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Original TESTAMENT Lineup To Open FOR JUDAS PRIEST In California

San Francisco Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT have been added to 107.7 The Bone's "Bone Bash VI" concert on Saturday, July 2 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. They will share the main stage with JUDAS PRIEST, QUEENSRŸCHE and CARBOARD VAMPYRES (featuring former ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell and ex-THE CULT guitarist Billy ...

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EXTOL: 'Pearl' Video Posted Online

EXTOL's video for the track "Pearl" has been posted online at CenturyMedia.de (Real Media). The clip was directed by Øystein Moe and Alexander Soma of Helmet Productions and was filmed in Norway. "Pearl" comes off the Norwegian progressive thrash/death metallers' fourth full-length album, "Blueprint" (short for "The Blueprint Dives"), available now on Century ...

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SCUM OF THE EARTH To Film 'Pornstar Champion' Video In Chicago

SCUM OF THE EARTH, the band founded by former ROB ZOMBIE guitarist Riggs, will be shooting a video for their track "Pornstar Champion" on Friday, June 17 at the Metro in Chicago. "Pornstar Champion" comes off the group's debut album, "Blah…Blah…Blah…Love Songs for the New Millennium", available now on Eclipse Records). The CD features Riggs ...

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TESTAMENT Schedule Tacoma Date

TESTAMENT's original lineup — Chuck Billy (vocals), Eric Peterson (guitar), Alex Skolnick (guitar), Greg Christian (bass), and Louie Clemente (drums) — have confirmed a show at the Shipwreck in Tacoma, Washington on July 8. The original TESTAMENT lineup will also headline the Thrash Against Cancer benefit on July 9 at The Pound SF outdoor amphitheatre ...

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HELMET Fill Bassist Slot

HELMET have enlisted Jeremy Chatelain (ex-HANDSOME, JETS TO BRAZIL) to handle the bass duties during the band's current European tour. Chatelain fills the slot left vacant by the departure of Frank Bello, who has since gone on to rejoin the reunited classic lineup of ANTHRAX. HELMET are continuing to tour in support of their new ...

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GAVIN ROSSDALE Says INSTITUTE Debut Will Be 'Heavier' And 'Stronger' Than BUSH

INSTITUTE, the new band fronted by former BUSH frontman Gavin Rossdale, will release their self-titled debut album in the early fall. The first single, "Bulletproof Skin", is expected at radio later this summer. Rossdale's first post-BUSH project was produced by HELMET mastermind Page Hamilton and features former HELMET/ORANGE 9MM guitarist Chris Traynor; bassist Cache "Utah ...

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HATESPHERE Confirmed For Belgium's GRASPOP METAL MEETING

Danish thrashers HATESPHERE have been confirmed for this year's Graspop Metal Meeting, set to take place June 24-26 in Dessel, Belgium. HATESPHERE will perform on Sunday, June 26 between 1:20 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on the Marquee II stage. The billing for the 10th-anniversary edition of the Graspop Metal Meeting is shaping up as follows: ...

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The Wreck of the Minot - WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE

You may actually have to do a little digging to find the new album from this under-underground Boston trio. But put in the time, and you'll be rewarded with some of the most potent, crushing, timeless hard rock and roll to come down the pike this year. WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE marry clenched-fist riffs and ...

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HELMET Guitarist Auctioning Gear

HELMET guitarist Chris Traynor is currently auctioning a whole bunch of his pedals, guitars, rack equipment, and more via eBay, accoring to a posting on the group's web site. There's too many items to link to each of them, but you can view the seller's auction list here. Most of the items there ...

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TESTAMENT To Play Benefit Concert In San Francisco

TESTAMENT and friends will be playing a benefit concert on July 9, 2005 at The Pound in San Francisco. Proceeds from "Thrash of the Titans"-style show — the band's first in the San Francisco area in over two years —will benefit a family who had a child with cancer. For more information, click

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