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MUDVAYNE Sorry For Missing Virginia Show

Launch Radio Networks reports: MUDVAYNE has been on a "guerilla" club tour of the U.S. for the past several weeks and lead singer Chad Gray has been battling some sort of flu bug for most of that time. But it got the best of him in Springfield, Virginia on February 16, forcing the band to ...

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Singer MATT REARDON Completes Vocals For VIOLENT STORM Debut

Singer Matt Reardon has just finished laying down the vocals for the debut album from VIOLENT STORM, the new band formed by ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/BLACKMORE'S NIGHT bassist Mick Cervino. Hailing from the U.S., Reardon's roots are said to be in "metal, grunge and rock and roll of today." His "deep and unadulterated raw powerful baratone vocals ...

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GODSMACK Drummer Defends AMEN Frontman

Former AMEN and current GODSMACK drummer Shannon Larkin has posted a statement on AMEN's message board defending AMEN mainman Casey Chaos against accusations of fraud and mishandling of funds by other ex-members of the group. His message reads as follows: "Hello, humans. Larkin here. Remember me? I'm the drummer on 95 percent of everything since ...

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SCOTT WEILAND Comments On GRAMMY Win, Performing BEATLES Classic

VELVET REVOLVER frontman Scott Weiland spoke to the Associated Press about the group's unexpected win at this past weekend's Grammy Awards, where the group were honored with an award in the Best Hard Rock Performance category (for "Slither"). "Everyone kind of counted us out from the very beginning," he said. "But we came out smashing ...

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YAKUZA To Enter Studio This Week

Chicago's experimental hardcore/metal band YAKUZA will enter Volume studios (PELICAN, VENOMOUS CONCEPT) in Chicago this week with producer Matt Bayles (ISIS, MASTODON, PEARL JAM) to begin recording the follow-up to 2002's critically acclaimed CD "Way of the Dead" (Century Media). 10 new songs, as well as a few longer, improvisational pieces, will be recorded during ...

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EYES OF FIRE Embark On DANZIG Tour; Complete New Album

Orange County-based quintet EYES OF FIRE will embark on a U.S. tour alongside DANZIG, KATAKLYSM and TRIVIUM this week. The trek, which kicks off on Feb. 18 and runs through March 15, is the group's first official U.S. tour in support of "Ashes To Embers", their critically acclaimed debut album. EYES OF FIRE also just ...

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BELLADONNA Live Videos Posted Online

Video clips and MP3s of BELLADONNA performing live in Toronto have been posted online at the web site of guitarist Matt Zuber. Also available are the MP3s of Matt Zuber's guitar solos from the BELLADONNA disc "03", which was released independently and is available from Belladonna's web site. Matt Zuber co-wrote "03" with ...

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JESUS CHRYSLER SUPERSKUNK Complete Work On Debut Album

JESUS CHRYSLER SUPERSKUNK, the German thrash band featuring drummer Sven Vormann (ex-DESTRUCTION), vocalist Thomas Rosenmerkel (EPHEMERA'S PARTY, ex-DESTRUCTION), guitarist Michael Gerstlauer (DRYROT, ex-HATE SQUAD), guitarist Andreas "Lützel" Lützelschwab (ROCKWELL) and bassist Bernhard "Erna" Matt (NECRONOMICON, EPHEMERA'S PARTY), have completed work on their debut album, "... The Loudest No!" The group are still searching for a ...

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Blessed Black Wings - HIGH ON FIRE

Clattering right into the massive "Devilution", a drum-driven barn-burner worthy of MOTÖRHEAD, HIGH ON FIRE up the adrenaline level on third full-length, "Blessed Black Wings". The Steve Albini recording leaves all the rough edges, managing to sound massive and metallic and dirty and grimy all at once. And unlike the somewhat murky aura of "Surrounded ...

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AUSTRALIAN HEAVY METAL MUSIC AWARDS Winners Announced

The first annual Australian Heavy Metal Music Awards took place on Friday, February 4 at the UC Bar, Canberra. Award winners were as follows: Best Vocalist - Tim Grose (DUNGEON) Best Guitarist - Aaron Bilbija (DAYSEND) Best Bass Player - Mark Palfreyman (ALARUM) Best Drummer - Matt Racovalis (ALARUM) Best Keyboardist - Adam Agius (ALCHEMIST) ...

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AUDIOSLAVE: U.K. Dates Announced

NME.com is reporting that AUDIOSLAVE have confirmed details of three U.K. shows for June. The group, featuring members of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, with Chris Cornell (ex-SOUNDGARDEN) on vocals, will play in Manchester and London. The dates are: Jun. 20-21 – London, UK @ Brixton Carling Academy Jun. 24 – Manchester, UK @ MEN Arena ...

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VELVET REVOLVER Guitarist Talks About DIMEBAG's Murder

VELVET REVOLVER guitarist Dave Kushner recently spoke to New Zealand's Stuff.co.nz about the murder of PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott at a nightclub in Columbus, Ohio in early December. "You know, it was weird," Kushner said. "Their tour manager called us only a few nights before it happened and when we heard we weren't sure ...

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BYZANTINE Part Ways With Bassist

West Virginia-based "tech-metal" band BYZANTINE have parted ways with longtime bassist Chris "Cid" Adams due to "musical differences." A replacement bassist has yet to be announced. Along with guitarist/vocalist Chris Ojeda Adams was a founding member of the Morgantown, WV thrash metal band NEW FAMILY in 1998 and then formed BYZANTINE with Ojeda and guitarist ...

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VELVET REVOLVER's MCKAGAN Talks GRAMMIES, 'Dirty Little Thing' Video And ELTON JOHN

VELVET REVOLVER bassist Duff McKagan recently spoke to Dave Hilson of Japan's Daily Yomiuri about nominated for a Grammy and the group's contribution to tsunami-relief cover of ERIC CLAPTON's "Tears in Heaven" (organized by Sharon Osbourne), among other topics. Several excerpts from the interview follow: On landing several Grammy nominations, including best rock ...

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PAUL STANLEY And TED NUGENT Makes Cameo Appearances In '2001 Maniacs'

KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley and Ted Nugent make cameo appearances in Hollywood horror freshman Tim Sullivan's ("Detroit Rock City") directorial debut, "2001 Maniacs", due later in the year. The movie, which has "blood, guts, girls, and more blood," was scored by Matt Sorum (GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) and Lanny Cordola. "Lin Shaye ('Detroit Rock ...

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CAMP FREDDY Resume Work On Debut Album

CAMP FREDDY, the Los Angeles-based "jam" band consisting of JANE'S ADDICTION guitarist Dave Navarro, former THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison (on guitar), VELVET REVOLVER/ex-GUNS N' ROSES drummer Matt Sorum, and vocalist Donovan Leitch (the son of 1960s U.K. folk-rock icon Donovan), have resumed work on their debut album, tentatively due later in the year ...

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DREAM THEATER Frontman Schedules European Solo Tour Dates

DREAM THEATER frontman James LaBrie has lined up the following tour dates in support of his upcoming solo album, "Elements of Persuasion": Apr. 24 - München, GER - Elser Zusatzhalle Apr. 27 - Hamburg, GER - Markthalle Apr. 28 - Düsseldorf, GER - Tor 3 May 02 - Aschaffenburg, GER - Colos-Saal As previously reported, ...

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DREAM THEATER Singer Names New Solo Album, Plans Live Dates

DREAM THEATER frontman James LaBrie has set "Elements of Persuasion" as the title of his third solo album, due on March 15 via InsideOut Music. 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 ...

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THIS IS MENACE: PITCHSHIFTER Offshoot Project To Release Debut Album In April

THIS IS MENACE, a U.K.-based collaborative project spearheaded by PITCHSHIFTER bassist Mark Clayden and drummer Jason Bowld, will release their debut album, "No End In Sight", in April through PITCHSHIFTER frontman J.S. Clayden's PSI Records. Announced in late 2004 as "leviathonic, guitar driven music," this new venture will reportedly feature a whole host of guest ...

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MEGADETH Bassist Switches To ESP Guitars

MEGADETH bassist James MacDonough has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the band's official web site: "Recently I've come to the decision to switch over to ESP guitars. This is a result of repeated headaches I've received from dealing with my old company. There just seems to be too much on their ...

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