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EXTREME Guitarist Explains Decision To Reunite

Boston-based rock group EXTREME is set to return in the spring of 2008 with its first album of all new material in 13 years. The band features original members Nuno Bettencourt (guitar), Gary Cherone (vocals) and Pat Badger (bass), along with new drummer Kevin Figueiredo. In the coming weeks, EXTREME will announce its plans for ...

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THE HAUNTED Begins Work On New 'Balls-Out Metal' Album

THE HAUNTED frontman Peter Dolving has issued the following update: "It's on! "We are doing it, again. "We've decided to start making a new album and we're finally into workmode. The twins [guitarist Anders Björler and bassist Jonas Björler] and Per [M. Jensen, drums] are couped up in the rehearsal space, and me in my ...

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PROSTHETIC RECORDS To Reissue Two TESTAMENT Albums

Prosthetic Records has announced reissues from Bay Area metal legends TESTAMENT. Both to feature new liner notes, 1997's "Demonic" was remastered and 1999's "The Gathering" will include the previously only available in Japan, "Hammer Of The Gods". Both will see a worldwide release through the label on Jan. 8, 2008. Previously released through Spitfire Records ...

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THE OCEAN: 'Precambrian' Pushed Back A Week

Berlin's THE OCEAN has had the release date of its extensive concept album, "Precambrian" (Metal Blade Records) pushed back to November 12 from the previously announced November 5. The double-disc effort is the soundtrack to the beginning of evolution, subdivided into two successive geological eons ("Hadean/Archean" and "Proterozoic"). The songs are divided into five subordinate ...

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ANNIHILATOR Guitarist Checks In From ICED EARTH Tour

Canadian thrashers ANNIHILATOR are currently on the road in Europe as the support act for ICED EARTH. Also appearing on the bill is TURISAS. ANNIHILATOR guitarist/mainman Jeff Waters has issued the following update: "Just checking in from awesome Germany; a day off in Berlin. Trying to get rid of a newly acquired cold that ambushed ...

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HIMSA: 'Big Timber' Video Posted Online

Seattle's HIMSA has triumphantly returned with a devastating new offering, "Summon In Thunder", which is already being hailed by critics and fans as the band's career-defining opus. The much anticipated release is now available and the group just completed a month-long European tour alongside AS I LAY DYING, DARKEST HOUR and MAROON. Look for them ...

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SYSTEM OF A DOWN Drummer Launches Online Comic Books Retail Venture

With multi-platinum rock band SYSTEM OF A DOWN currently on hiatus and his SCARS ON BROADWAY project with SOAD's Daron Malakian in the early stages, drummer John Dolmayan will fulfill his other passion of comic books and collectibles by launching Torpedo Comics, an exclusively Internet-based retail store. Torpedo Comics goes live on November 1, 2007, ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE, SLASH, DAVE KUSHNER Featured In MusiCares Addiction Recovery Videos

A series of MusiCares MAP Fund addiction recovery videos featuring Ozzy Osbourne, Slash (VELVET REVOLVER, ex-GUNS N' ROSES), Dave Kushner (VELVET REVOLVER), and manager Bill Siddons (ALICE IN CHAINS) have been posted online at Grammy.com. Established in 1989 by The Recording Academy, MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people ...

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Punishment in Capitals - NAPALM DEATH

Those who dismiss NAPALM DEATH as mere mindless noise would do well to spend some quality time with "Punishment In Capitals". This 2003 live set, just released in the U.S. for the first time, finds the band well into the renaissance they've enjoyed this entire decade, delivering staccato bursts of technical and progressive grindcore with ...

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AT&T's Blue Room Adopts New Policy Following PEARL JAM Censorship Fiasco

According to MTV.com, AT&T's Blue Room, the site where political comments made by PEARL JAM during Lollapalooza were censored a month ago, has announced a new policy to avoid repeating that controversial practice during its webcast of this weekend's Austin City Limits Music Festival. According to AT&T spokesperson Steven Schwadron, "AT&T has developed an AT&T ...

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HIMSA Unveils New E-Card

As the hype surrounding the release of HIMSA's career-defining opus, "Summon In Thunder", continues to build leading up to its September 18 release, the group unveils a new e-card chocked full of captivating material. The e-card includes an exclusive video clip of the band unleashing carnage on the tennis courts, a photo gallery, an MP3 ...

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NUGENT Says Attack On HILLARY, OBAMA Was 'Over-The-Top, Hysterically Funny Rock 'N' Roll'

Legendary rocker Ted Nugent was a guest on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" on Wednesday (August 29, 2007) to discuss the video which recently surfaced of the outspoken musician slamming Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama. Watch footage of Nugent's appearance on the program at FoxNews.com. A transcript ...

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Emo Outrage Over MACHINE HEAD Win Boils Over

MACHINE HEAD's official web site has been updated with the following message: "MACHINE HEAD's 'Best Album' win at last Thursday's Kerrang! Awards over pop-rock powerhouses MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE and FALL OUT BOY has apparently cut deep with fans of both bands, prompting a flood of angry whining and sad-faced emoticons on the Kerrang! message boards. ...

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DEEP PURPLE Frontman Backs Road Protest

Ian McDonald of the U.K.'s Thisisdorset reports that DEEP PURPLE frontman Ian Gillan has joined the fight to halt the building of the Weymouth relief road. Gillan has thrown his support behind campaign group Bypass the Bypass. The rocker, who lives in Lyme Regis, has urged people to get involved and oppose the ...

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SLASH Says His Autobiography Is 'Almost Done'

Glam-Metal.com recently conducted an interview with VELVET REVOLVER/ex-GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow: Glam-Metal.com: A couple weeks ago I was at the 20-year anniversary show [of "Appetite for Destruction"] with ADLER'S APPETITE at the Key Club in Hollywood. Duff and Izzy came out and played and ...

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AEROSMITH Frontman To Guest On 'The Henry Rollins Show'

AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler will be the featured guest on "The Henry Rollins Show" on the Independent Film Channel (IFC) on Friday, September 7 at 11:00 p.m. EST. IFC and "The Henry Rollins Show" extended their season to allow for this fantastic, full-form interview with Steven Tyler that serves as an episode in its entirety. ...

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SLAYER Frontman Says There Are No Plans For Retirement

Christine Carney of MP3.com recently conducted an interview with SLAYER frontman Tom Araya. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow: MP3.com: You guys have reissued "Christ Illusion" with some extra stuff on it recently. What was the motivation behind that? Araya: That was basically a record company thing. And [producer Rick] Rubin ...

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'Get Thrashed' To Be Screened At Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Following a packed house screening in San Francisco and a sold out screening in New York City, "Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal" — the much-anticipated documentary profiling the thrash metal scene of the early Eighties and its impact on the music scene — will screen at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ...

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SAMMY HAGAR Announces Major U.S. Tour Plans

Forget birthday candles, Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer and former VAN HALEN frontman Sammy Hagar will celebrate his birthday in unique rock 'n' roll fashion. Hagar has announced plans to launch an upcoming cross-country tour to include 60 stops starting at his annual birthday bash at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, ...

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