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Singer ZETRO SOUZA Quits EXODUS (Again)

Vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza has quit EXODUS on the eve of the band's South American headlining tour, BLABBERMOUTH.NET can exclusively reveal. Although EXODUS have attributed Zetro's absence from the trek to an illness suffered by the singer during the band's recently completed Japanese tour, Souza is said to have in fact left the group over ...

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Former Producer Slams TWISTED SISTER Over 'Stay Hungry' Re-Recording

Veteran hard rock producer Tom Werman has shot back at TWISTED SISTER over their comments regarding his collaboration with the group on the double-platinum "Stay Hungry" album. In a recent press release announcing the release of the re-recorded and expanded version of the classic 1984 album (under the new title "Still Hungry"), guitarist Jay Jay ...

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New ZACK DE LA ROCHA Song To Appear On 'Fahrenheit 9/11'-Theme Album

New songs from former RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE frontman Zack de la Rocha and THE NIGHTWATCHMAN, an alter ego of Tom Morello, the former RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist, will be included on a "Fahrenheit 9/11"-theme compilation album being spearheaded by director Michael Moore, The New York Times reports. The collection, which will be issued ...

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LACUNA COIL's SCABBIA Tops List Of Favorite Female Metal Singers

InsidePulse.com's Tom D'Errico and Gloomchen recently compiled a list of the top 10 female metal vocalists as part of the web site's "Opposing Elements" column. "Keeping with the theme of the column (Opposing Elements), we can't agree on everything," Tom writes. "So, while we each offered up three picks unopposed, we'll have to argue about ...

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SYSTEM OF A DOWN, TOM MORELLO Join Project To Aid Sudanese

AUDIOSLAVE/ex-RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello's political folk alter ego THE NIGHTWATCHMAN and SYSTEM OF A DOWN are among the artists contributing songs to "Genocide in Sudan", a benefit CD for the United Nations Refugee Agency and UNICEF to help build awareness of the humanitarian crisis in Sudan. The album is scheduled for release ...

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SLAYER's 'Still Reigning' DVD To Surface On October 26

The release date of SLAYER's upcoming DVD, "Reign in Blood Live: Still Reigning", has been pushed back to October 26. The disc will feature, for the first time ever, the original SLAYER lineup — Tom Araya (vocals, bass), guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman, and drummer Dave Lombardo, who permanently rejoined the band in 2003 ...

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NAPALM DEATH To Record Third CD Of Cover Songs

NAPALM DEATH frontman Mark "Barney" Greenway recently spoke to Denmark's Antenna webzine about the group's new CD, "Leaders Not Followers: Part II", and the band's plans to record yet another album with cover songs. Several excerpts from the interview follow: Antenna: How do you pick which songs to be covered? Barney Greenway: "I ...

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SLAYER Explain Myrtle Beach Cancellation

A representative at SLAYER's management company has sent the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET regarding the band's cancellation of their scheduled headlining appearance in Myrtle Beach, SC Wednesday night (Sept. 1): "Tom Araya, SLAYER's bassist/vocalist, was treated and released from a Myrtle Beach, NC hospital on Wednesday after experiencing severe pain due to a kidney stone. ...

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DEEP PURPLE To Enter Studio In February

According to DEEP PURPLE fan site The Highway Star, DEEP PURPLE drummer Ian Paice revealed during a recent Canadian drum clinic that the band will be returning to the studio in February 2005 to begin recording their new CD, tentatively due before the end of 2005. DEEP PURPLE's most recent album, "Bananas", was ...

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SYSTEM OF A DOWN To Release New Album In December

MTV.com reports: SYSTEM OF A DOWN are still eyeing a December release for their fourth album. "We're in the thick of it still, doing a lot of overdubs," singer Serj Tankian said. "It's going great. I'm happy with all the songs, the diversity of it." Tankian is also working on mixing a song he and ...

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TWISTED SISTER: 'Stay Hungry' Re-Recording To Arrive In October

Eagle Rock Entertainment has set an October 5 release date for TWISTED SISTER's "Still Hungry" CD — a re-recorded and expanded version of the classic 1984 album "Stay Hungry". "Still Hungry" — which was produced by Mark Mendoza, a longtime producer/engineer in addition to his bass guitar duties with TWISTED SISTER — finally gives the ...

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AEROSMITH Frontman To Star In 'The Polar Express'

AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler will star in the upcoming big-screen adaptation of the Caldecott-winning children's book "The Polar Express" by Chris Van Allsburg, according to Zap2it.com. In keeping with the holiday theme, Tyler will play one of Santa's elfin helpers. "Polar Express" tells the story of a skeptical young boy who is transported along with ...

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RIVERRED: 'Industry' Demo Available For Download

Pacific Northwest rock act RIVERRED have made available for download all five songs from their new industry demo, entitled "Agricultural Real Estate Purchase". Mixed and mastered by rock kingpin Jack Endino (NIRVANA, SOUNDGARDEN, GRUNTRUCK), the demo was produced by singer/guitarist James Francis and RIVERRED and engineered by Chris Hanson (VIO-LENCE, THE SERVANTS). The new demo ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD: Studio Report

Maniacal Canadian extremists STRAPPING YOUNG LAD have just entered Armoury Studios in Vancouver to record the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2002 release, "SYL". Devin Townsend (vocals, guitars) checks in with the following studio update. "Here's a heads up from the Dev, speaking on behalf of the STRAPPING camp. We recently put in a long ...

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LUPARA Add New Guitarist, Prepare To Enter Studio

LUPARA, the Illinois-based band featuring former BROKEN HOPE guitarist Jeremy Wagner, recently relocated to Mercenary Digital Studios in Zion, IL where they are rehearsing and preparing to record close to 20 new songs. "We've spent the last few months (late spring and all of summer) basically writing and trying to move forward with the band," ...

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CROOKED Enter Studio To Record Full-Length Album

San Francisco Bay Area's CROOKED (formerly NMSO4) will be entering a Des Moines, Iowa-based studio this week to record a full-length album with producer Tom Tatman (STONE SOUR). Additional production and engineering will come from Dave Dominguez (STAIND, PAPA ROACH, POWERMAN 5000, ORGY, GUNS 'N ROSES). 13 songs are expected to be included, including three ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD: New Album To Include TOM JONES Cover

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, the Canadian extreme metal band led by guitarist/vocalist Devin Townsend, entered The Armoury Studios in Vancouver, B.C. on Thursday (August 19) to begin recording their fourth album. Devin is producing the effort, while engineering duties are being handled by Shaun Thingvold. A "making of the record" documentary is being filmed for the ...

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AUDIOSLAVE's TOM MORELLO Believes BUSH 'Can Be Beaten'

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that AUDIOSLAVE guitarist Tom Morello will assume his NIGHTWATCHMAN persona on the Rock Against Bush tour, which is being launched by activist organization Punk Voter this fall. The lineup will also feature MIDTOWN, ANTI-FLAG, the AKAS and others, with Morello confirmed to perform on about half of the 15 scheduled ...

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SLAYER's Next Studio Album To Land On INTERSCOPE?

Rick Rubin's American Recordings label — home to veteran Los Angeles thrashers SLAYER — is making the move from Island Def Jam to the Interscope side, according to Hits Daily Double. SLAYER had previously announced that they were putting the recording sessions for their new album on hold while Rubin began negotiating a new deal ...

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EVERGREY To Support SCORPIONS In Stockholm

Swedish progressive dark metallers EVERGREY will support German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS at Annexet in Stockholm, Sweden, on September 2. As previously reported, EVERGREY will be filming a hometown show in Gothenburg, Sweden on October 9 for an upcoming DVD. The band released their most recent studio album, "The Inner Circle", in April through InsideOut ...

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