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AGNOSTIC FRONT Sign With NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

New York hardcore legends AGNOSTIC FRONT have inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band's new album, "Another Voice", is scheduled for release in November. A video for the song "Peace" was recently shot with director Dale "Rage" Resteghini (FEAR FACTORY, HATEBREED, GOD FORBID, CANDIRIA). The clip, which features an appearance by former AF ...

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ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO Cover JUDAS PRIEST, DIO On New CD

ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO, the jazz ensemble led by former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick, will release their new album, "Transformation", on September 14 through Magna Carta's offshoot label Magnatude Records. Original compositions , which fill just over half the album, are accompanied by new arrangements of tunes by JUDAS PRIEST, DIO, DEEP PURPLE, and more. There ...

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THE ETERNAL: Live Performance To Be Webcast

Australian doom metal band THE ETERNAL (formerly CRYPTAL DARKNESS) will be playing a selection of tracks from their acclaimed debut album, "The Sombre Light of Isolation", live-to-air on "Burning Bitumen with Kene Lightfoot" on PBS-FM 106.7 after 10pm Melbourne time (GMT +10:00) on Wednesday, August 25. There is a webcast of PBS-FM available from the ...

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THROCULT Film New Video

Denver, Colorado-based black/death metal band THROCULT shot a video for the song "Order of the Lunar Temple" on Saturday (August 14) with producers/directors Matt Campell and Andrew Salas, who had previously worked with the group on their "Eclipse of the Blood Moon" clip. THROCULT will release their new album, "Stormbringer - Conjuration Of The Nighthorde", ...

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GUNS N' ROSES Keyboardist To Embark On East Coast Tour

GUNS N' ROSES keyboardist Dizzy Reed and his solo band, HOLLYWOOD BULLDOZER (a.k.a. HOOKERS 'N' BLOW), will be embarking on a two-week East Coast tour beginning in early September. Prior to the East Coast dates, HOLLYWOOD BULLDOZERReed (keyboards, acoustic guitar, and vocals), Alex Grossi (guitar, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, BANG TANGO), Matt Starr (guitar, FASTMASTER, ...

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METALLICA's LARS ULRICH Says His Drumming Is The Best It's Ever Been

In a recent question-and-answer session with Rolling Stone magazine, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich spoke about his upbringing, the group's decreased alcohol intake and Axl Rose, among other topics. Several excerpts from the interview follow: Q: How many beats per minute can you play on your double kick drum? Lars Ulrich: "I don't know, but drumming-wise, ...

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EYES OF FIRE Announce New Drummer, Comment On DANZIG Tour

EYES OF FIRE, the experimental Orange County, California-based featuring Matt Fisher and Dan Kaufman from the legendary cultists MINDROT, have replaced drummer John Haddad (ex-PHOBIA, DEAD AMERICA) with Nicky Bernardi (formerly of Bay Area hardcore/thrash metal band THE SICK). Commented Fisher: "John was a great asset to the band for the past 3 1/2 years. ...

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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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OVERKILL Singer To Guest On DAN LORENZO Solo Album

OVERKILL frontman Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and SINGLE BULLET THEORY guitarist/vocalist Matt Difabio have recorded special guest appearances on the second solo album from former HADES guitarist Dan Lorenzo. Blitz and Difabio appear on the tracks "Too Fast For Hate" and "Naked". The album, which was completed at Crystal Studios, will include "one recording I made ...

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VELVET REVOLVER To Perform On German TV

VELVET REVOLVER will appear on "TV Total", one of Germany's most popular comedy shows, on September 6. The band will perform "Fall To Pieces" live and guitarist Slash will be interviewed by the show's host Stefan Raab. In other news, VELVET REVOLVER drummer Matt Sorum has posted the following message on the band's web site: ...

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NONPOINT To Film New Video In Los Angeles

NONPOINT will be filming the video for their new single, "The Truth", in Los Angeles next week. The video will be directed by Matt Bass who previously worked with the group on the "Endure" clip. NONPOINT will also be doing a four-song acoustic in-store performance at FYE #180 (29 West Town Mall) in Madison, WI ...

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HIGH ON FIRE Joined By Ex-MELVINS Bassist

HIGH ON FIRE will be joined by bassist Joe Preston (THRONES, ex-MELVINS) for their forthcoming U.S. tour. Preston replaces longtime HIGH ON FIRE bassist George Rice, joining the power trio alongside guitarist/vocalist Matt Pike (ex-SLEEP) and drummer Des Kensel. Preston will make his live debut with HIGH ON FIRE when the band kicks off a ...

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FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND Talk About Winning Over IRON MAIDEN Fans

Lead singer Matt Davies and guitarist Darren Smith of the Welsh post-hardcore outfit FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND recently spoke to Canada's Chart Attack about the experience of opening for IRON MAIDEN on tour in Europe. "There were times when those hardcore MAIDEN fans couldn't give a fuck what we were doing," Darren admitted. "The first ...

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THE ETERNAL Part Ways With Guitarist, Announce Replacement

Australian doom metal band THE ETERNAL (formerly CRYPTAL DARKNESS) have parted ways with guitarist Chris Burton. Former NEPLUSULTRA guitarist Matt Castles will be taking Burton's spot in the band for their upcoming tours, including a show in Hong Kong and a slot on the Doomination of Europe II festival. "We will decide when we get ...

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DARKTHRONE: Release Date Set For 'Sardonic Wrath'

Moonfog Records has set a September 6 release date for the new DARKTHRONE album, "Sardonic Wrath". The follow-up to last year's "Hate Them" features cover artwork by Lorenzo Mariani (MARDUK, ABORYM) and contains the following track listing: 01. Information Wants To Be Syndicated (4:20) 02. Sjakk Matt Jesu Krist (4:03) 03. Straightening Sharks ...

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COLD Sign With ATLANTIC RECORDS

COLD have signed a new deal with Atlantic Records following their split with the Geffen label back in March. At the time, the group's frontman Scooter Ward blamed the split on "a disagreement on how to promote our band. They wouldn't do what we wanted, so we asked if they would let us go," he ...

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Swedish Heavy Metal Band VIPERINE Sign With METAL RULES RECORDS

Metal Rules Records has signed the Swedish heavy metal band VIPERINE to an international deal. Founded in 2002, VIPERINE features ex-members of Lion Music recording artists WINTERLONG. The VIPERINE line-up consists of Hussni Mörsare (vocals), Payre Kankanranta (guitar), Erik Tornberg (bass), and Matt Buffalo (drums). Their debut CD of classic, bone-crushing, heavy power metal is ...

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Former SAIGON KICK Members To Collaborate On Movie Soundtrack

Former SAIGON KICK bandmates Matt Kramer (vocals) and Phil Varone (drums) are talking about collaborating on several tracks for the soundtrack to a movie Varone is currently making about his "crazy excessive rock 'n' roll life," according to a posting on Kramer's web site. Matt's solo cut "War & Peas" will also be featured on ...

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BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Singer To Guest On MOONSTONE CD

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT singer Eric Bloom has confirmed his guest appearance on the upcoming CD from MOONSTONE, the new project of Italian guitarist Matteo Filippini. Bloom will be heard on the song "On The Way To Moonstone", written by Filippini and Chris Catena. The musical direction of MOONSTONE is being described as "genuine British-oriented '70s ...

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METALLICA's LARS ULRICH 'Misbehaving' In New York

According to The New York Post's "Page Six" column, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich was misbehaving at Hue in the West Village the other night. Ulrich, who has a wife named Skylar (a former flame of Matt Damon's who was the model for Minnie Driver's character in "Good Will Hunting"), was spotted billing and cooing with ...

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JUDAS PRIEST-Inspired Art Exhibit Opens In Toronto

Mike Doherty of The Globe and Mail reports that an Ontario-based artist has opened a gallery in Toronto dedicated to the work of JUDAS PRIEST. The show "Electric Eye", a fundraiser for Toronto's Sis Boom Bah gallery, features 49 works in various media by 49 artists, each of whom was assigned a song by Birmingham's ...

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5 BILLION DEAD Launch Debut EP

5 BILLION DEAD, the new American metal band featuring EQUINOX singer/bassist Matt Wagner and DNS singer/artist Strain, have just released their debut EP. The CD was produced and mixed by Jason Suecof at Audiohammer studios (TRIVIUM, ADRIFT, MONSTROSITY, CAPHARNAUM) in Sanford, FL and was mastered by Jim Morris at Morrisound. MP3 clips of the tracks ...

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VELVET REVOLVER's SLASH Recalls Days Of Road Excess

VELVET REVOLVER guitarist Slash has told the U.K.'s Guardian that in the decade since he left GUNS N' ROSES, he has become an enthusiastic husband and father, having just flown in from L.A., where his wife had given birth to their second child. "I woke up the other day in my hotel room and I ...

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DARKTHRONE: 'Sardonic Wrath' Track Listing Revealed

Despite DARKTHRONE guitarist/vocalist Nocturno Culto's (a.k.a. Ted Skjellum) previously published claims that the group's new CD would contain nine tracks, the promotional copies of "Sardonic Wrath" that have been distributed to the media include seven tracks with a total running time of 26 minutes and 43 seconds. The follow-up to last year's "Hate Them" will ...

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