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SLAYER Frontman TOM ARAYA Talks About DIMEBAG's Murder

SLAYER frontman Tom Araya recently spoke to KNAC.com 's Brian Davis about his upbringing and the murder of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, among other topics. An excerpt from the interview follows: KNAC.com: Jeff has his thing with war, and you have a kind of fascination with serial killers. What is it that ...

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LUPARA: Lineup Revamped

LUPARA, the Illinois-based band featuring former BROKEN HOPE guitarist Jeremy Wagner, have been off the map since April of last year due to some significant lineup changes. Joining Wagner and singer Craig Gross in the group's new formation are drummer Scott Creekmore, bassist John and second guitarist Tom Brandner. Photos of the new lineup can ...

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MÖTLEY CRÜE To Ring In New Year On 'Tonight Show'

ABC ePrep is reporting that MÖTLEY CRÜE will help ring in the New Year on the Dec. 31 installment of "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno". The band will perform on the show, and they're scheduled to make a special announcement during their appearance. The show will feature comedian Tom Green live from Times Square, ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Confirmed For NEW ENGLAND METAL AND HARDCORE FESTIVAL

Maniacal Canadian extremists STRAPPING YOUNG LAD have been confirmed for next year's edition of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, a three-day metal and hardcore extravaganza set to be held Friday-Sunday, April 22-24, 2005 at The Palladium in Worcester. Also scheduled to perform at the festival are CRYPTOPSY, NIGHTWISH, BEHEMOTH, KING DIAMOND, NILE, MNEMIC, ...

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BALLISTIC Frontman To Form 'Punk' Project

BALLISTIC mainman Tom Gattis (ex-DEUCE, TENSION, WARDOG) has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "The positive: [2004] in retrospect was everything I had hoped for. Once again Europe did not fail to deliver the metal fans they are so famous for, and the fantastic people that I have come to love ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Finalize Track Listing For 'Alien'

Maniacal Canadian extremists STRAPPING YOUNG LAD have finalized the track listing for their new album, "Alien", tentatively due on March 22, 2005 via Century Media Records. The follow-up to the group's critically acclaimed 2002 release, "SYL", was recorded at the Armoury and Greenhouse Studios (both in Vancouver) as well as in SYL mainman Devin Townsend's ...

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MACHINE HEAD's ROBERT FLYNN Gets Dissed By SLAYER's KERRY KING

MACHINE HEAD frontman Robert Flynn has posted another installement in his online "diary" at the group's official web site. An excerpt from the entry follows: "Played in Paris with SLIPKNOT and SLAYER. MASTODON opened the show, which was really cool. Hung with them for a while, really nice guys, drinking absurd amounts of booze together, ...

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PARAGON Set Tentative Track Listing For 'Revenge'

German power metallers PARAGON have set the tentative track listing for their new album, "Revenge", due in February/March 2005 through Remedy Records. "Revenge" marks the follow-up to the band's successful album "The Dark Legacy", released by Remedy last year. The new record was recorded in part at Karo studios with the help of an engineer, ...

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Former MÖTLEY CRÜE Singer Completes Work On Autobiography

Former MÖTLEY CRÜE singer John Corabi's authorized autobiography is finished, and is reportedly being bid over by several publishers. Expect a summer 2005 release date. In April 2005, co-author Jake Brown will begin work with HANOI ROCKS members Michael Monroe and Andy McCoy on the band's authorized autobiography. In other rock biography news, the Brown-authored ...

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Producer NEIL KERNON Offers Update On Recent And Upcoming Projects

Acclaimed metal producer Neil Kernon (NEVERMORE, QUEENSRŸCHE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, DEICIDE) has posted the following update on the Perpetual Motion message board: "I've been really busy of late, getting stuck into work after moving for the second time in 6 months. After fighting my way through walls of boxes and home remodelling, I'm now finally back ...

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SLAYER: Early Live Videos Posted Online

SLAYER fan site SlaverSaves.com is currently hosting live videos from SLAYER's 1983 performance at the Woodstock in Los Angeles. The tracks available for download are "Black Magic", "Tormentor" and "Blitzkrieg (Final Command)". SLAYER recently issued a live DVD, "Still Reigning", via Universal Music. The disc features, for the first time ever, the original ...

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DRAGONLAND's 'Starfall' Cracks Japanese Top 100

DRAGONLAND, the Gothenburg, Sweden-based melodic metal sextet, have entered the Japanese national album chart (Oricon) at position No. 94 with their third album, "Starfall". The follow-up to 2002's "Holy War", "Starfall" was recorded at Tom Englund's (EVERGREY) Division One Studios in Sweden with Englund producing. The Japanese edition of the album, available via King Records, ...

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Former FATES WARNING Drummer Completes EP/Demo With New Band

Former FATES WARNING drummer Steve Zimmerman has completed work on an EP/demo with his new band INTERFACE, featuring former members of his previous group, MILLENNIUM X (Tom Blardo on guitars/vocals and Brian Doyle on bass). The band entered HomeGrown Recording Studios in Deltona, FL sometime in the fall and finished the final mixes on November ...

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KURT COBAIN's Letter To COURTNEY To Be Auctioned Off

According to The New York Post, a never-before-seen letter from NIRVANA frontman Kurt Cobain to his then-wife Courtney Love, written as the doomed rock star was hallucinating on LSD in a British hotel, is expected to fetch between $12,000 and $14,000 as part of a sale of rock 'n' roll memorobilia at Christie's on Dec. ...

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KERRY KING: I Hope DAVID ELLEFSON Wins Lawsuit Against DAVE MUSTAINE

SLAYER guitarist Kerry King and bassist/vocalist Tom Araya answered a few fans'/competition winners' questions in the latest issue of Britain's Kerrang! magazine. An excerpt from the interview follows: How did you react to Dave Mustaine's [MEGADETH] recent comments that Kerry King is SLAYER's weakest link? Tom: "Fuck him." Kerry: "The funny thing is, if you ...

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PARAGON Finish Recording Backing Vocals For New CD

German power metallers PARAGON have finished laying down the backing vocals for their new album, "Revenge", due in February/March 2005 through Remedy Records. "Revenge" marks the follow-up to the band's successful album "The Dark Legacy", released by Remedy last year. The new record is being partly recorded at Karo studios with the help of an ...

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SLAYER Frontman Talks About 'Wall Of Blood', Show Cancellations

SLAYER frontman Tom Araya has spoken to Rolling Stone magazine about the "Wall of Blood" concert effect, where the band, their instruments, and the stage are drenched by a downpour of "blood" during their song "Raining Blood". The band first introduced the "Wall of Blood" at the Civic Center in Augusta, Maine, for the taping ...

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