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Blood Run - UNSANE

There's a classic left-brain, right-brain dilemma at work when trying to review UNSANE albums. From a strictly analytical point of view, all their shit pretty much sounds the same — Chris Spencer writes a bunch of harsh, angular riffs and yells a lot over them, and the rhythms are all angular and quirky, and jeez, ...

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TESTAMENT: Two More U.S. 'Reunion' Dates Announced

The original lineup of TESTAMENTChuck Billy (vocals), Eric Peterson (guitar), Alex Skolnick (guitar), Greg Christian (bass), and Louie Clemente (drums) — will play two shows at Jaxx in Springfield, Virginia in early June, immediately preceding their appearance at the Louder Harder Faster festival on June 5 at the Crocodile Rock Cafe in Allentown, ...

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HELMET: European Dates Announced

HELMET have lined up the following European appearances during June: Jun. 03 - Winterthur, SWI @ Salzhaus Jun. 04 - Nurburgring, GER @ Rock am Ring Jun. 05 - Bavaria, GER @ Rock im Park Jun. 06 - Herford, GER @ X (w/ PAPA ROACH) Jun. 07 - Hamburg, GER @ Docks (w/ PAPA ROACH) ...

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CHIMAIRA Pull Out Of Belgium's GRASPOP METAL MEETING; MEGADETH, MADBALL Others Added To Bill

CHIMAIRA and BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE have cancelled their participation in this year's Graspop Metal Meeting, set to take place June 24-26 in Dessel, Belgium. Meanwhile, MADBALL have re-confirmed their appearance at the festival, along with latest additions MEGADETH, SKITSOTY, TERROR, AMEN, PRO-PAIN, DRAGONFORCE, GOREFEST, PETER PAN SPEEDROCK and SIRENIA. The billing for the 10th-anniversary ...

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TESTAMENT Frontman Comments On 'Reunion' Tour

TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy has issued the following statement regarding the band's upcoming "reunion" tour: "Well, it is really happening. Alex [Skolnick], Greg [Christian], Johnny [Tempesta], Eric [Peterson], me and Louie [Clemente], we are joining together to play some shows in Europe in May and a few in the U.S. in June. We are all ...

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GOREFEST And SIRENIA Confirmed For Belgium's GRASPOP METAL MEETING

GOREFEST and SIRENIA have been confirmed for this year's Graspop Metal Meeting festival, set to take place June 24-26 in Dessel, Belgium. The billing for the 10th-anniversary edition of the the Graspop Metal Meeting is shaping up as follows: Friday, June 24: SYSTEM OF A DOWN WITHIN TEMPTATION PAPA ROACH HELMET ALTER BRIDGE KREATOR CHIMAIRA ...

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TESTAMENT: 'Reunion' Tour Dates Announced

TESTAMENT lead vocalist Chuck Billy and founding guitarist Eric Peterson will be joined by original guitar player Alex Skolnick and original bassist Greg Christian (HAVOCHATE) for a 10-date European run in May. Handling the drums on the upcoming trek will be either previous TESTAMENT drummer Johnny Tempesta (HELMET, ex-ROB ZOMBIE) or the group's original skinsman, ...

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Classic TESTAMENT And LAAZ ROCKIT Band Lineups Confirmed For Holland's DYNAMO OPEN AIR Festival

Following ANTHRAX's example, both TESTAMENT and LAAZ ROCKIT have confirmed appearances at this year's Dynamo Open Air festival in their classic '80s lineups. TESTAMENT lead vocalist Chuck Billy and founding guitarist Eric Peterson will be joined by original guitar player Alex Skolnick and original bassist Greg Christian (HAVOCHATE), along with previous TESTAMENT drummer Johnny Tempesta ...

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Guitarist ALEX SKOLNICK Comments On TESTAMENT 'Reunion' Tour

Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick has issued a statement confirming his participation in the upcoming TESTAMENT "reunion" tour alongside lead vocalist Chuck Billy, guitarist Eric Peterson, bassist Greg Christian and drummer Johnny Tempesta (HELMET, ex-ROB ZOMBIE). The tour will last for a total of nine shows and will cover several European countires between May 7 ...

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TESTAMENT To Embark On 'Reunion' Tour

TESTAMENT lead vocalist Chuck Billy and founding guitarist Eric Peterson have announced that original guitar player Alex Skolnick and original bassist Greg Christian (HAVOCHATE), along with previous TESTAMENT drummer Johnny Tempesta (HELMET, ex-ROB ZOMBIE), will be joining them for a reunion tour of Europe, taking place between May 7 and May 15 ONLY. The tour ...

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Former POWERMAN 5000 Guitarist Won't Be Touring With NINE INCH NAILS

A source close to former POWERMAN 5000 guitarist Mike Tempesta (M.33) has informed BLABBERMOUTH.NET that there is no truth to the rumors that Tempesta will be playing guitar for NINE INCH NAILS on their upcoming tour. Tempesta, who is the brother of veteran hard rock/metal drummer John Tempesta (HELMET, ex-ROB ZOMBIE, TESTAMENT, EXODUS), was conspicuously ...

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EXTOL Finish Filming 'Pearl' Video

Norwegian progressive thrash/death metallers EXTOL have finished filming a video for the song "Pearl" off their forthcoming fourth full-length album, "Blueprint" (short for "The Blueprint Dives"). Commented the band: It took us two days to get things right, and it was just like the '24' series! The guys in Helmet Productions didn't sleep for like ...

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CHEVELLE, HELMET Confirmed For SNOCORE Tour

CHEVELLE, HELMET, CROSSFADE, FUTURE LEADERS OF THE WORLD and STRATA will be teaming up for the 10th Winterfresh SnoCore tour, according to Billboard.com. The trek will play 32 North American dates this winter and spring, beginning Jan. 22 in Vail, Colo., and wrapping March 13 Orlando, Fla. "Originally, we just wanted to go snowboarding and ...

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VOLBEAT To Support HELMET In Amsterdam

Danish metallers VOLBEAT will support HELMET at the Melkweg in Amsterdam, Holland on December 16. VOLBEAT's recently completed debut album, "The Strength/The Sound/The Songs", is expected to surface in early 2005 via New Aeon Media (a subsidiary of Holland's Karmageddon Media). The CD was recorded at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen ...

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Size Matters - HELMET

When listening to early HELMET, I always got this feeling of a massive wall of concrete rumbling across and flattening everything in its path. The band sounded so tight, so heavy, and so monolithic that it always generated a feeling of massive, controlled power. Frontman Page Hamilton's vocals veered effectively between a raging howl and ...

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PAGE HAMILTON: 'HELMET Is My Band'

HELMET mainman Page Hamilton recently told East Bay Express that after four albums and near-constant touring, HELMET's nine-year run screeched to a halt when bassist Henry Bogdan and drummer John Stanier had a bitter falling-out with their frontman after a particularly grueling tour. "We were really sick of each other," Hamilton says now. ...

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