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CATTLE DECAPITATION To Enter Studio This Weekend

San Diego extreme metallers CATTLE DECAPITATION have posted the following message on their official web site: "CATTLE enter the studios this weekend in Burbank, CA with Bill Metoyer (SLAYER, W.A.S.P., SIX FEET UNDER) at the helm!!! We'll be recording all the drums starting this weekend and then heading down here in San Diego to the ...

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VOIVOD's Classic 'War And Pain' CD To Be Reissued

VOIVOD's classic debut album, "War and Pain", will be re-released in the official 20th Anniversary "ultimate deluxe" edition on April 5 through Metal Blade Records. Originally released in 1984, the album will be reissued in a three-CD-release in a stunning package with "shitloads of bonus stuff, all lyrics and lots of cool photos included as ...

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TESTAMENT Announce Hometown Show

San Francisco Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT have announced a hometown headlining show at the Avalon Ballroom on March 27. As previously reported, TESTAMENT are continuing work on the material for the follow-up to 1999's "The Gathering" and are planning on entering the studio in April/May to begin recording the album for a late 2004 release ...

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NIGHTWISH Confirmed For Holland's DYNAMO OPEN AIR Festival

Finland's NIGHTWISH is the latest band confirmed for Dynamo Open Air, a one-day Dutch heavy metal festival scheduled to be held Saturday, June 5 in the Goffertpark in Nijmegen, Holland. Also scheduled to appear are headlinders SLAYER, plus LIFE OF AGONY, DIMMU BORGIR and CHILDREN OF BODOM. There will be a total of 14 bands ...

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SUPERJOINT RITUAL's BOWER: The DAMAGEPLAN Album Is A 'Piece Of Shit'

SUPERJOINT RITUAL guitarist Jimmy Bower recently spoke to Rob Ridner about the war of words between SUPERJOINT singer Philip Anselmo and his former PANTERA bandmates Dimebag Darrell (guitar) and Vinnie Paul (drums). "Fuck Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul, fuck them!" Jimmy said. "They fucked me out of a deal with Randall, personally. The things they ...

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New SLIPKNOT Song To Appear In 'Mototrax' Videogame

A brand-new SLIPKNOT track, titled "Don't Get Close", will be featured in the upcoming PS2 game "MTX: Mototrax", due on March 3. Also included in the game is an unreleased instrumental version of SLIPKNOT's "The Heretic Anthem" and "Wait And Bleed", along with 21 other vocal tracks and 12 instrumental tracks. A slightly reworked version ...

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OZZFEST 2004: The Official Press Release

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 20, 2004--"The day OZZfest comes to town is the best day of summer for hardcore fans of hard rock and metal music. They know they're getting value beyond what they paid for." So says OZZfest founder Sharon Osbourne. "The music starts at 9:30 a.m. and doesn't stop until Ozzy leaves the stage ...

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OZZFEST 2004: Lineup, Tour Dates Announced!

The organizers of the annual Ozzfest announced the details of this year's festival at a press conference held this morning at Avalon in Hollywood, California. The lineup is as follows: Main Stage: OZZY OSBOURNE JUDAS PRIEST SLAYER DIMMU BORGIR SUPERJOINT RITUAL BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Second Stage: SLIPKNOT HATEBREED LAMB OF GOD Rotating: ATREYU ...

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SUPERJOINT RITUAL Confirmed For OZZFEST Main Stage

SUPERJOINT RITUAL, the New Orleans-based band fronted by ex-PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo, have been confirmed to appear on the main stage at this year's Ozzfest, according to a posting on the band's official web site. Other groups believed to have secured slots on the main stage include SLAYER, JUDAS PRIEST and headliner OZZY ...

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New TESTAMENT Lineup Comments On Working Together

TESTAMENT have posted the following message on their official web site: "TESTAMENT is pleased to announce the addition of Paul Bostaph (ex-SLAYER, ex-FORBIDDEN, ex-SYSTEMATIC) to the line-up. As most of you know, Paul is not a stranger to band. He filled in for the departed Louie Clemente in 1993 to help out with touring duties. ...

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Former TESTAMENT Guitarist Comments On The Group's Early Albums

Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick recently gave an interview to JamBands.com in which he discussed his time in TESTAMENT and his progression away from the heavy music scene into a more jazz/fusion-influenced approach. Asked if playing in front of large crowds during TESTAMENT's early days was a strange experience for him at such a young ...

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TESTAMENT Singer: 'PAUL BOSTAPH Is Steamrolling Through Old Material'

TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy has posted the following message to the group's official Testament Legions message board: "We just completed construction on a recording room in our new studio. Everything is set up, and it is full-steam ahead. After completing the studio and starting rehearsals with Johnny Tempesta [ex-WHITE ZOMBIE, EXODUS], we got on a ...

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Former SLAYER Drummer PAUL BOSTAPH Joins TESTAMENT

Former SLAYER/SYSTEMATIC drummer Paul Bostaph has officially joined TESTAMENT, informed sources have told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. The band, whose most recent drummer, Jon Allen (SADUS), reportedly left the group over an "extremely fragile and urgent family situation" involving the health of his 11-year-old daughter, are currently rehearsing with Bostaph for their upcoming live shows in March, including ...

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OZZFEST Press Conference Pushed Back A Day

The press conference to announce the exact lineup for this year's Ozzfest will now take place one day later than originally announced — on Friday, February 20. The venue for the press conference will remain the same: Avalon (web site, 1735 N. Vine Street) in Hollywood, California. The following bands are believed to ...

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MTV: SLIPKNOT To Headline OZZFEST's Second Stage

SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison has confirmed to MTV.com that the Iowa-based nine-piece will headline the second stage of this summer's Ozzfest (as first reported here on Jan. 25). Jordison said he prefers the secondary platform over the main stage for one simple reason. "It has a pit," he said dryly. Joining SLIPKNOT on ...

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THE DARKNESS Set For OZZFEST's Main Stage

British rock sensation THE DARKNESS have secured a slot at this year's Ozzfest, informed sources have told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. They will join OZZY OSBOURNE, JUDAS PRIEST and SLAYER on the main stage at the festival, which is set to kick off in early July. As previously reported, SLIPKNOT and HATEBREED are expected to co-headline Ozzfest 2004's ...

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IRON MAIDEN, SLAYER Managers Involved In GRAMMY Brawl

IRON MAIDEN manager Rod Smallwood and SLAYER manager Rick Sales (both of whom work under the Sanctuary umbrella) were involved in a fistfight with record executive Happy Walters at the BMG Grammy party over the weekend. According to a posting at Hits Daily Double, "Big talk of the night was the free-for-all at the Avalon ...

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DIMMU BORGIR For OZZFEST 2004?

Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR are "90% confirmed" for the main stage at Ozzfest 2004, an informed source has told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. As previously reported, JUDAS PRIEST and SLAYER are also said to be in talks to play the main stage at the annual traveling festival, which will once again be headlined by OZZY OSBOURNE. ...

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DAVE GROHL Responds To ZAKK WYLDE's Threat

Former NIRVANA drummer/current FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl has responded to Zakk Wylde's infamous 2001 quote in which the OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist threatened to "kick [Grohl's] ass" because he wrote this cheese-dick song for OZZ that Zakk had to play on during the recording sessions for OSBOURNE's "Down To Earth" CD. In the November 2001 ...

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SLAYER Set For OZZFEST 2004?

SLAYER are strongly rumored to be close to landing a slot on the main stage at this year's Ozzfest, informed sources have told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. As previously reported, OZZY OSBOURNE will once again be headlining the annual traveling festival while SLIPKNOT and HATEBREED are said to be "all but confirmed" to co-headline the festival's second stage. ...

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SLIPKNOT Set Release Date For New Album

SLIPKNOT have set a May 25 release date through Roadrunner Records for their much-anticipated, as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2001's "Iowa". The band are currently preparing to hit the road as part of the fourth installment of the Jägermeister Music Tour, beginning March 30 in Orlando, Florida. FEAR FACTORY and CHIMAIRA are also onboard for the five-week ...

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