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HELMET Announce First Tour In Seven Years

As HELMET get ready to release their first album of new material in seven years — "Size Matters", due September 14 on Interscope Records — the band have announced a return to the road beginning September 17 in Atlanta. This five-week club swing marks their first trek in seven years and they’ll return to some ...

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HAVOCHATE: In Mixing Mode

New York-based metal band HAVOCHATE, now featuring drummer Jon Dette (ex-SLAYER, TESTAMENT) and bassist Greg Christian (ex-TESTAMENT), have commenced the mixing process for their second album, tentatively due before the end of the year. The follow-up to last year's "This Violent Earth", which was released through Root Of All Evil Records, was recorded at Pyramid ...

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JAMES MURPHY: Fearing The Wrath Of HURRICANE CHARLEY

Renowned metal guitarist/producer James Murphy (ex-TESTAMENT, DEATH, OBITUARY) has issued the following alert: "Hurricane Charley (CNN) is barreling its monstrous way on a path that will bring it right down the throats of me and my family.. in just a few hours. I'm wrapping up all the gear I've managed to accumulate since ...

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Former HALFORD Axeman Announces Guitar Clinic

Former HALFORD and current TESTAMENT/PAINMUSEUM guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak will partake in a heavy metal guitar clinic presented by Jackson Guitars and M & M Music, Vineland, New Jersey. Metal Mike will perform live selections from his three solo instrumental albums, answer questions and talk in-depth about his first choice in guitars: Jackson Guitars. Concluding ...

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ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO To Hit The Road

ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO, the jazz ensemble led by former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick, will be embarking on a short tour in August. "After months coordinating and preparing our next release (due Sep. 14th) and working on other projects, we are stoked to be hitting the road again," Alex writes on his web site. "We will ...

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Weight Of The World - METAL CHURCH

That characteristic chug from the Bay Area is perhaps as much of a reference point in these times as it was back in the heyday of scrotum-squeezing pants and decent METALLICA albums. Wisely, it could be argued, bands like TESTAMENT have brutalized their sound further to keep up with the seething new breed (THE HAUNTED ...

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DECONSTRUCT: New EP To Feature Last Tracks Recorded By HEATHEN Drummer

Northern California's DECONSTRUCT have released a limited-edition five-track EP of songs from the band's forthcoming full-length release, "The Human Condition". Entitled "The Human Condition - Act I", the EP was produced by DECONSTRUCT guitarist Joe Fraulob and mixed by Grammy award winner Michael Rosen (TESLA, SANTANA, AFI, RANCID, TESTAMENT). The CD features the last tracks ...

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LAMB OF GOD Film New Video

On July 23, LAMB OF GOD filmed the first video for their upcoming CD on Epic, titled "Ashes of The Wake". The video was shot for the track "Laid to Rest", which is the song featured on the Ozzfest CD sampler that is being handed out at the festival. The "Laid to Rest" video was ...

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JAMES MURPHY Benefit Concert Scheduled For September

A benefit concert for former TESTAMENT/DEATH guitarist James Murphy, who is currently receiving treatment for a massive brain tumor with which he was diagnosed in August 2001, will be held September 17-18 at The Token Lounge, Westland, Michigan. Dubbed International Metalfest, the two-day event will feature performances by the following acts, among others: Friday, September ...

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CRASH MUSIC To Release WACKEN DVD And CD

Crash Music, Inc. has announced that they have signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Germany's Armageddon Music to market and distribute the "2003 Armageddon Over Wacken" DVD and Audio CDs for North America. Wacken Open Air is a yearly metal festival held in the small farming town of Wacken, Germany. The festival started out 14 ...

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Heavy Metal's Premier Guitarists Pick Their Dream G3 Lineups

Norway's Imhotep zine recently asked more than 100 guitarists to choose their own dream G3 lineups. "The respect that the guitar players have for Joe Satriani and Steve Vai is a proven fact," writes the magazine's Thiago Pinto Corrêa Sarkis (also of Brazil's Whiplash). "Anyway, talking with some musicians, I could realize that the G3 ...

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HELMET: New Album Preview Posted Online

A two-song preview of HELMET's new album, "Size Matters", is currently available at this location. "Size Matters", due on September 14 through Interscope Records, was recorded by Ryan Boesch, Chris Holmes, and former NINE INCH NAILS keyboardist Charlie Clouser at Cello studios (formerly Western Recorders) in Hollywood as well as Charlie's personal studio, ...

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