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ESP GUITARS Introduces New DAVE MUSTAINE Signature Guitar Model

ESP Guitars has debuted the Axxion, a new Signature Series guitar from MEGADETH founder Dave Mustaine. The Axxion (pronounced "Action") represents an entirely new custom-designed body style built to Mustaine's specification. It's the guitarist's second ESP signature model, joining the DV-8 introduced last year. "Working with Dave on his signature models has been terrific," says ...

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ESP Announces New JAMES HETFIELD Signature Guitar Model

James Hetfield, one of the founding members of rock icons METALLICA, has created his fifth signature guitar model. The Truckster is a new ESP Signature Series guitar that is precisely based on Hetfield's personal custom ESP. "The Truckster offers every minute detail of James' ESP, down to the 'aging' of the finish," says Matt Masciandaro, ...

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ISIS: 'In Fiction' Video Posted Online

ISIS' video for the track "In Fiction" has been posted online at Launch.com. "In Fiction" comes off the group's third full-length album, "Panopticon", released last October through Ipecac Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Oceanic", "Panopticon" was produced by Matt Bayles (MASTODON, PEARL JAM) and features a guest appearance on the track "Altered Course" ...

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Reunited DEFIANCE To Record New Studio Album

Long-defunct San Francisco Bay Area thrash band DEFIANCE have issued the following statement regarding their reunion plans: "Last year we were talking with each other about possibly doing a reunion show. Since then Matt [Vander Ende, drums] has moved to New York and landed a gig in a touring company that will be crossing North ...

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THROWDOWN Prepare To Record New Album

THROWDOWN are about to enter the studio with producer Zeuss (HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL) to begin work on their new album, "Vendetta", and the band, as always, are on a mission. "We want to remind the hardcore and metal world what this music is and isn't about, because some people seem to have forgotten," proclaims singer ...

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DAVE MUSTAINE Signature Guitar Goes Up For Auction On EBAY

A limited-edition, collectible 2004 ESP Dave Mustaine Signature Series Electric Guitar signed by more than 30 music superstars was put up for auction on eBay today to benefit The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports music education in schools across the country. The guitar was signed by each music superstar live on ...

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DREAM THEATER Frontman To Release New Solo Album In March

InsideOut Music has set a March 15 release date for the third solo album from DREAM THEATER frontman James LaBrie. Musicians appearing on the album include Matt Guillory (DALI'S DILEMMA) on keyboards, Mike Mangini (EXTREME, ANNIHILATOR) on drums, Bryan Beller (STEVE VAI) on bass, and a new guitar prodigy from Italy named Marco Sfogli. The ...

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SOCIETY 1: 'It Isn't Me' Video Nears Completion

SOCIETY 1 have finished shooting their fourth video, a nerve-rattling clip for the song Isn't Me". An adrenalized slab of SOCIETY 1's trademark industrial-metal shock-rock stomp, "It Isn't Me" is the lead-off track on the band's upcoming album, "The Sound That Ends Creation". With director Danny Roew at the helm, shooting took place December ...

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MUCHMUSIC VJ's Best Moment Of 2004: Meeting DIMEBAG

MuchMusic asked their VJs what their best moments were in 2004, and Matt Wells talked about hanging out with DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, who was murdered on stage in Columbus, Ohio last month. "Before December 8th, my favorite moment of my 10 years in the music industry was by far meeting, interviewing and playing ...

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ISIS Confirmed For Norway's QUART Festival

According to HeavyMetal.no, indie-metal behemoths ISIS have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Quart festival, set to be held July 5-9 in Kristiansand, Norway. Other groups scheduled to appear at the festival include FOO FIGHTERS, GREEN DAY, MADDER MORTEM and MANES. ISIS are currently touring in support of their third full-length ...

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RESURGE Seek Vocalist

RESURGE, the new band featuring guitarist Dave Urban (ex-25 TA LIFE, FACTION ZERO) and drummer Bryan Essing (ex-BLITZSPEER), have reportedly lost their singer due to "illness" and are currently seeking a replacement. If you are a frontman "with energy and a strong voice," contact the group at [email protected] If anyone has contact with Matt Holt ...

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VELVET REVOLVER Talk About Making Of 'Dirty Little Thing' Video

VELVET REVOLVER spoke to MTV.com about the making of their "Dirty Little Thing" video, the third single from their debut album, "Contraband". "Basically the concept is the train's gonna be animated and everything on the outside is gonna be animated, and once you climb inside it's gonna be real human beings in there partying," drummer ...

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INFAMY Begin Recording New Demo

Los Angeles death/grinders INFAMY entered Shiva Industries with producer Matt Fisher (ex-MINDROT, EYES OF FIRE) on December 18 to record their latest demo, titled "Gates of Purgatory". Finally, INFAMY have overcome all obstacles, including the death of bass/vocalist Joshua Jagger Heatley in 1997 and the death of his replacement, Daryl Parvin, in 2003. The follow-up ...

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QUIET RIOT Bassist Offers Update On Recent Activities

QUIET RIOT bassist Chuck Wright has posted the following message on his official web site: "Early October I hit the road with Steven Adler from GUNS N' ROSES and his ultimate party band. I also spent a good portion of October working on art-related projects, one of which was for a female vocalist named Stefana. ...

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EXHUMED Ink Licensing Deal With LISTENABLE RECORDS

Californian gore-metallers EXHUMED will release their upcoming covers CD, now officially retitled "Garbage Daze Re-Regurgitated", in Europe via an exclusive licensing deal with Listenable Records. "A deal has been inked with Listenable to bombard all slaughtercultists across the pond with not only the 'Garbage Daze...' album, but also the band's DVD, which will be released ...

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ISIS To Tour Australia For First Time

Indie-metal behemoths ISIS will be touring Australia for the first time in early Febrary. Support at the dates will come from THE STOCKHOLM SYNDROME. The details are as follows: Feb. 10 - Brisbane, AUS @ The Rev Feb. 11 - Sydney, AUS @ Annandale Hotel Feb. 12 – St. Kilda, AUS @ Gershwin Room ISIS ...

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VELVET REVOLVER Ink Publishing Deal With CHRYSALIS MUSIC

VELVET REVOLVER have inked a worldwide publishing deal with Chrysalis Music (administed by Mushroom in Australia and New Zealand). As previously reported, VELVET REVOLVER will tour Australia and New Zealand for the first time in 2005. The band will begin the tour in Christchurch, New Zealand on February 19. As members of GUNS N' ROSES, ...

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SINGLE BULLET THEORY's DIFABIO: DIMEBAG Will Be 'Sorely Missed'

SINGLE BULLET THEORY vocalist/guitarist Matt Difabio has issued the following statement regarding the death of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell: "It's been almost 14 hours since I heard the report that dime had been shot and killed. At first I assumed it was a hoax. I mean, who would shot Dimebag? I sit here still completely ...

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UPDATED: Tributes From Metal Musicians Pour In For DIMEBAG DARRELL

A number of heavy metal musicians have paid tribute to Dimebag Darrell (DAMAGEPLAN, ex-PANTERA) who was tragically murdered last night. ------------------------------------------------- Ozzy Osbourne: "Dimebag was a dear friend of mine. I'm absolutely beside myself with grief. I can't for the life of me understand why someone would do this. PANTERA toured with me many, many ...

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VELVET REVOLVER To Tour Australia

VELVET REVOLVER will tour Australia and New Zealand for the first time in 2005, according to Undercover News. The band will begin the tour in Christchurch, New Zealand on February 19. As members of GUNS N' ROSES, Slash, Matt Sorum and Duff McKagan toured Australia in 1993. Slash returned in 1995 with SLASH'S SNAKEPIT. VELVET ...

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DAMAGEPLAN Shooting Update: VINNIE PAUL Uninjured; Metal Musicians Mourn DIMEBAG's Passing

Scoop of the Columbus, Ohio radio station The Blitz 99.7 FM has confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET that DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul was uninjured in the shooting incident at a Columbus nightclub which resulted in the death of Paul's brother, Dimebag Darrell. According to Scoop, who attended the concert and briefly saw Vinnie following the incident, Paul ...

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TRIVIUM: New Album To Surface In March

Roadrunner Records has set a March 1, 2005 relase date for TRIVIUM's "Ascendancy". Featuring the talents of Matt Heafy on guitars/vocals, Travis Smith on drums, Corey Beaulieu on guitar and Paolo Gregoletto on bass, TRIVIUM is a band whose youth (Heafy is 18, the oldest member is 22) belies their sound. Currently, TRIVIUM are on ...

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