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AUDIOSLAVE Guitarist Says Musicians Are Relflecting Others' Feelings For BUSH

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that many musicians have felt the need to involve themselves in this year's presidential election campaign, and they're overwhelmingly in support of Democratic candidate John Kerry. Some people have criticized the active role of entertainers in the campaign, but AUDIOSLAVE guitarist Tom Morello — who cofounded the Axis Of Justice ...

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EVERGREY Request Fan Participation

Swedish progressive dark metallers EVERGREY have posted the following message on their official web site: "For the upcoming DVD release (2005), EVERGREY wants their fans to be able to interact with us as much as possible, therefore, we thought of the idea to have you guys send in questions that you always wondered about for ...

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PRIMAL FEAR Guitarist To Guest On New PARAGON CD

PRIMAL FEAR guitarist Tom Naumann has recorded a guitar solo for the track "Impaler" on the upcoming PARAGON 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 ...

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BALLISTIC Guitarist Suffers 'Mini-Stroke', Undergoes Surgery

BALLISTIC mainman Tom Gattis (ex-DEUCE, TENSION, WARDOG) has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Well, I had a mini-stroke about 3 weeks ago (T.I.A.); Turns out its tied to a hole between the left and right atria of the heart (medical term 'Patent Foraman Ovale') and it shunts unprocessed blood away ...

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STEVEN TYLER, STEVE VAI-Backed Scholarship Winners Announced

Berkleemusic.com, the online extension school of Berklee College of Music, announced the recipients of the world's first-ever online music scholarship program. After reviewing applications and demos from talented musicians worldwide, five gifted musicians and future music industry leaders were selected that exhibited significant promise, achievement, and inspired life stories. Each recipient will receive a scholarship ...

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SLAYER: 'Wall Of Blood' Cities Announced

According to SLAYER fan site SlayerSaves.com, SLAYER have announced the cities on the group's upcoming Jägermeister Music Tour that will include an effect dubbed the "Wall of Blood." At select shows (determined by each venue's technical specs) during SLAYER's classic song "Raining Blood", the band, their instruments, and the stage will be drenched ...

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DAVE MUSTAINE Says JOHN KERRY Will 'Ruin Our Country'

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine recently spoke to Pit Magazine about the group's comeback effort, "The System Has Failed", and the upcoming presidential elections, among other topics. Several excerpts from the interview follow: Pit Magazine: The cover painting [on the new album] is very striking. It marks the return of band mascot Vic Rattlehead ...

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Former EMPEROR Drummer Rejects Reports That He Has Joined HELVETE

Former EMPEROR and current SCUM drummer Bård "Faust" Eithun has issued a statement refuting published reports that he has joined HELVETE, the new band formed by General K (DISIPLIN), Hellcommander Nattefrost (CARPATHIAN FOREST) and Nocturno Culto (DARKTHRONE). "I talked briefly with the guys about it, but before anything were settled down 100% it was already ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD To Release 'Alien' In March

Maniacal Canadian extremists STRAPPING YOUNG LAD have set "Alien" as the title of their upcoming album, BLABBERMOUTH.NET can reveal. The follow-up to 2003's "SYL" is tentatively scheduled for release in March 2005 via Century Media Records. It took drummer Gene Hoglan (DARK ANGEL, ex-DEATH) only three days in late August to pound through 11 tracks ...

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EVERGREY Frontman Says Upcoming DVD Will Be 'Fantastic'

EVERGREY guitarist/vocalist Tom Englund has posted the following message on the group's web site: "To all of our wonderful fans visiting the DVD show this Saturday, YOU made this a night to remember for all of US. We are extremely blessed to have fans that travel all over the world just to catch a show ...

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BLOODSHOTEYE Seek New Drummer

Canadian female-fronted "deathmetalcore" band BLOODSHOTEYE are searching for a replacment for their recently departed drummer. Applicants "must play fast blast beats then stop on a dime into heavy breakdowns with all the tom rolls in between," according to a press release. Interested parties would be expect to learn and send a tape of themselves playing ...

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RUSH: Baroque Tribute Album Out Now

Vitamin Records has just released "A Baroque Tribute to Rush", an album that promises to "revive the strength and unity that was produced in some of the legendary Canadian band's best work such as 'Madrigal' and 'Time Stands Still'," according to a posting on the label's web site. The complete track listing for the effort ...

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DRAGONLAND: New Album Samples Posted Online

DRAGONLAND, the Gothenburg, Sweden-based melodic metal sextet, have uploaded five one-minute audio clips from their third album, "Starfall", at this location. Commented guitarist Olof Mörck: "These five samples we've chosen are just a small tip of the iceberg of 'Starfall', although we think the new direction of our music and our new sound ...

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AUDIOSLAVE Guitarist Has No Plans For NIGHTWATCHMAN Album

Launch Radio Networks reports: Tom Morello's protest-singing alter ego THE NIGHTWATCHMAN has finally appeared on an album, but don't expect a lot more from him anytime soon. The AUDIOSLAVE guitarist said he hasn't thought about doing a full-scale NIGHTWATCHMAN project. "Not that I have plans for," he said. "There's a song on the Michael Moore ...

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AUDIOSLAVE Guitarist Applauds VOTE FOR CHANGE Artists

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that AUDIOSLAVE guitarist Tom Morello isn't part of the Vote For Change tour, but he's supporting the effort. Morello has been a political activist since before his days with RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, and he cofounded the Axis Of Justice political organization with SYSTEM OF A DOWN's Serj Tankian. Morello ...

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AEROSMITH Honored For 'Album Of The Year' At BOSTON MUSIC AWARDS

AEROSMITH earned major label "Album of the Year" honors for the bluesy "Honkin' on Bobo" at the 17th annual Boston Music Awards on Wednesday (Sept. 29). The ceremony, which took place at the Avalon Ballroom in Beantown, honored the region's top musicians. Accepting the award for "Album of the Year", AEROSMITH bassist Tom Hamilton seemed ...

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SINNER To Record WACKEN 2005 Appearance For Upcoming DVD

SINNER, the long-running German band featuring PRIMAL FEAR bassist Mat Sinner, will play a very special show at next year's Wacken Open Air festival. "We tried to bring the band back together for this years event, but it was too short termed and better to prepare this exciting event with the needed time and the ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Singer To Attend 'Dance To The Music' Benefit

QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate is among the celebrities scheduled to appear at the "Dance to the Music" benefit supporting elementary-level music instruction in the Seattle Public Schools on Thursday (Sept. 30) at the Armory on South Lake Union in Seattle, WA. Other celebs expected to appear at the event include, among others, fellow rocker Chris ...

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rEVOLVEr - THE HAUNTED

One listen to "rEVOLVEr", the fourth album in six years from Sweden's prolific THE HAUNTED, and it's clear why they did the not-so-subtle capitalization in the middle of the title. The band is trying to stretch out their sound somewhat, by varying tempos and moods more than ever before, while also bringing back original singer ...

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SLAYER Forced To Cut Munich Show Short After TOM ARAYA Loses Voice

SLAYER were forced to cut their set short in Munich, Germany Monday night (Sept. 27) after frontman Tom Araya lost his voice mid-performance. The following report was e-mailed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET by a web site visitor in Munich: "[The show] started quite good with a lively HATEBREED performance. SLIPKNOT doing a nice show as well. And ...

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BLOODCUM Reunion In The Works

Late '80s Californian thrash outfit BLOODCUM, who are perhaps best known for their loose affiliation with SLAYER (the group's bassist was John Araya, younger brother of SLAYER frontman Tom Araya), are in the process of reforming with a view towards playing a few local shows and having "some fun" all over again, according to original ...

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