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DUFF MCKAGAN's LOADED: EP Title Announced

LOADED, the band formed by current VELVET REVOLVER bassist Duff McKagan (on guitar and vocals) after he left GUNS N' ROSES, will release a five-song EP entitled "Wasted Heart" on September 22 via Century Media Records. A new full-length album will follow in early 2009. The sessions with producer Martin Feveyear are progressing well and ...

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INTEGRITY: London Footage Posted Online

VICE/VBS.tv has posted footage from Cleveland, Ohio-based hardcore metallers INTEGRITY's recent performance at The Old Blue Last venue in London, England. Watch the clips below. INTEGRITY, formed in 1989, is said to have been one of the first bands to successfully incorporate heavy metal elements into hardcore punk. Lyrical themes include religion, the supernatural, individualism, ...

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BETRAYAL Signs With MEDIASKARE RECORDS

Mediaskare Records has announced the signing of the Los Angeles, California-based hardcore/metal band BETRAYAL. The group's debut EP, "The People's Fallacy", will be released on September 16 exclusively through iTunes and the Mediaskare online store. The effort was recorded at Undercity Studios and mixed by Zack Ohren (AS BLOOD RUNS BLACK, FIRST BLOOD). Three tracks ...

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Misanthropy Pure - SHAI HULUD

Of the bands I can think of off the top of my head that have taken their name from the realm of sci-fi/fantasy cinema (and I know there are probably several I'm not thinking of), SHAI HULUD is one that ranks near the top of my list. Not only because I really dug those sandworms ...

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Former SMASHING PUMPKINS Members Sue VIRGIN

TMZ.com reports that two former members of the SMASHING PUMPKINS are suing Virgin Records America, claiming the label has screwed them out of ringtone fees and other stuff. James Yoshinobu Iha and D'Arcy Wretzky-Brow claim in 2005, five years after the band broke up, Virgin negotiated a deal solely with frontman Billy Corgan ...

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STIGMATA BC Signs With DEBELLO RECORDINGS

Debello Recordings has announced the signing of the hardcore punk band STIGMATA BC. Formed in Brandon, Florida in 2007, STIGMATA BC consists of former and current members of KHANN, LEGIONS, BODIES IN THE GEARS OF THE APPARATUS and HEADVICE. STIGMATA BC vocalist Joshua Vitale comments on the signing: "We are very proud to be working ...

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ENSLAVED Signs With INDIE RECORDINGS

Indie Recordings has announced the signing of the Norwegian extreme avantgarde/black metal band ENSLAVED. The group's new album, "Vertebrae", will be released in September 2008. According to a press release, "Vertebrae" is ENSLAVED's "most important achievement to date, and will convince through haunting songs, the most powerful production and unmatched integrity." Commented the band: "We've ...

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COLISEUM: Video Interview Posted Online

Louisville, Kentucky's punk/metal act COLISEUM kicks off its European tour alongside CONVERGE and INTEGRITY today in Wiesbaden, Germany. This month-long trek will cover ground throughout Eastern Europe and the United Kingdom. In other news, COLISEUM is confirmed to perform at this year's Oya Festival in Oslo, Norway on August 8 alongside GRINDERMAN, SONIC YOUTH, MY ...

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The Rebuilding Of MEGADETH - In DAVE MUSTAINE's Words

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the band's official web site: "So, we go out on tour with Shawn [Drover, drummer] and Glen [Drover, now-former MEGADETH guitarist] and everything is documented, and we have James MacDonough [bassist] with us at the time too. Shawn ends up in ...

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Former EVANESCENCE Guitarist Launches Record Label

Former EVANESCENCE guitarist/songwriter Ben Moody has taken his love for the music in a new direction; as head of the new, artist-centered label, FNR Records! Since his departure from EVANESCENCE in 2003, Moody has collaborated with some of the hottest stars in the music business; the established and the up-and-comers. His songwriting and producing credits ...

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HATEBREED Bassist Checks In From The Road

HATEBREED bassist Chris Beattie has posted another update to his official tour blog from the band's Jgermeister Music Tour with TYPE O NEGATIVE and 3 INCHES OF BLOOD. Read it at HardTimes.ca. An excerpt follows. "We've been grinding it hard across the USA. Today will be the 18th show we've played in a ...

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Guitarist GREG HOWE To Release 'Sound Proof' Next Week

On June 24, Greg Howe will release his latest studio album, "Sound Proof", through Tone Center Records. "Sound Proof" holds a raw energy element as well as a more of a spontaneous quality to it. Keeping the music organic, a lot of the material was assembled, and in some cases written, in the studio. "The ...

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VELVET REVOLVER Singer Rumors

The Pulse of Radio reports: An unconfirmed item at Idolator.com suggests that VELVET REVOLVER may be in talks with an unnamed Australian singer to replace vocalist Scott Weiland, who was dismissed from the band two months ago. The anonymous source wrote, "I have some new information coming from fans/family close to the hard rock Australian ...

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UK Digital Radio Station PLANET ROCK Sold

Award-winning radio station Planet Rock has secured a fantastic future with a little help from its friends! Four British rock stars and one rock and radio fanatic have teamed up to save the digital radio station from closure and help build the brand, it was announced today (Wednesday, June 4). Rock and radio fan Malcolm ...

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SLAYER: 'Reign In Blood' Book Now On Sale

Continuum Books' "33 1/3: Reign in Blood", the first English-language book about SLAYER, is now on sale. The book made its world debut at Square Records in Akron, Ohio Saturday, May 31. The first three copies were signed by author D.X. Ferris, on sale for a special price of $6.66, and numbered 6, 66, and ...

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THE OCEAN's 'Precambrian' Honored With VISUELT Graphic-Design Award

"Precambrian", the extensive concept album from Berlin, Germany's THE OCEAN, was honored with the "silver" award at Visuelt, Norway's leading competition in graphic design. "Precambrian" was released last November via Metal Blade Records. The double-disc effort is the soundtrack to the beginning of evolution, subdivided into two successive geological eons ("Hadean/Archean" and "Proterozoic"). The songs ...

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THE OCEAN: New Video Interview Available

Hungarian metal magazine "Kettngy" has uploaded an interview with Berlin, Germany's THE OCEAN conducted prior to the band's May 11, 2008 concert in Budapest, Hungary. Watch the footage below. THE OCEAN's extensive concept album, "Precambrian", was released last November via Metal Blade Records. The double-disc effort is the soundtrack to the beginning of evolution, subdivided ...

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DRY KILL LOGIC: Recharging Batteries

DRY KILL LOGIC frontman Cliff Rigano has posted the folowing message on the band's MySpace page: "Just wanted to hit you all up and let you know that we are NOT dead, broken up or MIA. When you bleed the dream for 18 years like we have, at some point you need downtime to decompress, ...

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FOR TODAY: 'Agape' Video Available

"Agape", the new video from the Sioux City, Iowa band FOR TODAY, can be viewed below. The song comes off the group's debut full-length, "Ekklesia", which was released on April 1 via Facedown Records. The CD was produced by Jamie King (BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, THE HUMAN ABSTRACT). For two years, FOR TODAY has ...

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Domestic Violence - GRINDMINDED

Fairly rote death metal from the Netherlands, GRINDMINDED dishing up the kind of simple, third-tier grind CD destined to wind up in the $5 clearance box in your favorite metal distro in the back of a concert hall. Riffs are rudimentary, vocals unremarkable, and the songs differentiated only by what gear the drummer's in — ...

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COLISEUM Announces More Tour Dates

Lousiville, Kentucky's COLISEUM has announced more international tour plans in support of its recent release, "No Salvation". The band will join CONVERGE, THE RED CHORD, and GENGHIS TRON next week for the remainder of the "Lions For Lambs Tour". Immediately following, COLISEUM will head out on its first headlining run since "No Salvation"'s release last ...

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SMASHING PUMPKINS Sue VIRGIN RECORDS

The Associated Press reports that the SMASHING PUMPKINS are suing Virgin Records, saying the record label has illegally used their name and music in promotional deals that hurt the band's credibility with fans. In a breach-of-contract lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday, the rockers said they have "worked hard for over ...

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