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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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Producer: SLIPKNOT To Find New Kind Of Extreme On Upcoming CD

Producer Rick Rubin (SLAYER, SYSTEM OF A DOWN, AUDIOSLAVE, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS) recently spoke to Guitar One magazine about SLIPKNOT's decision to relocate to a mansion in the Hollywood Hills for the recording of the follow-up to 2001's "Iowa", due this summer through Roadrunner Records. "By nature, all bands grow apart," Rubin said. "When ...

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ROTTING CORPSE To Reunite For Album, Tour

Renowned '80s thrash band ROTTING CORPSE, whose original lineup included current SOLITUDE AETURNUS mainman John Perez, will finally record and release an album, according to guitarist Walter Trachsler (former DEATH touring guitarist/roadie). "Many well-known guest musicians have expressed interest in playing on and playing with Texas' first thrash metal band," says Walter. "CORPSE will than ...

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SLAYER Drummer Completes 'Dawn Of The Dead' Recording Session

SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo recently completed a one-day recording session for the soundtrack to the upcoming remake of the horror film classic "Dawn of the Dead". "It was absolutely amazing!" Dave said of working with Tyler Bates, composer of the Universal release. A blood-and-guts classic! Working with Tyler Bates was a great experience." The movie ...

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CRUACHAN: 'Pagan' Cover Artwork Posted Online

Irish folk metal band CRUACHAN have posted the cover artwork for their forthcoming album, "Pagan", at this location. Cover artwork for "Pagan" was created by John Howe, the leading JRR Tolkien illustrator and the conceptual artist from "The Lord of the Rings" movies. The group's fourth full-length album, "Pagan" is scheduled for release ...

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FEAR FACTORY Added To SLIPKNOT Tour?

According to Clear Channel Entertainment (web site), FEAR FACTORY has been added to the forthcoming SLIPKNOT-headlined "Jagermeister" tour beginning in late March. It is not presently clear how many of the shows will feature FEAR FACTORY or which additional acts will provide support on the trek. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: ...

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SLIPKNOT: U.S. Tour Dates Released

Roadrunner Records has released what is believed to be the first batch of dates for SLIPKNOT's spring 2004 Jagermeister-sponsored U.S. tour. The dates are as follows: Mar. 30 - Hard Rock Live - Orlando, FL Mar. 31 - Sound Advice Ampitheater - West Palm Beach, FL Apr. 02 - Sloss Furnace - Birmingham, AL Apr. ...

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GODHATE Announce Swedish Dates

Swedish death metallers GODHATE (formerly THRONEAEON) have lined up the following dates in March/April: Mar. 27 – Sundsvall, SWE @ Folkets Hus (w/ NAGLFAR, NOCTURNAL RITES) Apr. 24 – Trollhättan, SWE @ Club Extreme As previously reported, GODHATE recently put the release of their self-titled debut "on hold" while they are exploring all available options ...

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GRIP INC. Set U.S. Release Date For 'Incorporated'

GRIP INC., the forward-thinking metal outfit featuring Dave Lombardo (SLAYER, FANTOMAS), will release "Incorporated", their fourth studio album, on March 16 in the U.S. through SPV Records. The GRIP INC. lineup is rounded out by guitarist/composer/in-demand producer Waldemar Sorychta (LACUNA COIL, MOONSPELL) and vocalist Gus Chambers. The track listing for "Incorporated" is as follows: 01. ...

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SLAYER Named 'Best Band' By Readers Of REVOLVER Magazine

Veteran Los Angeles thrashers SLAYER have been voted "Best Band" by the readers of Revolver magazine. Revolver has committed to putting SLAYER on the cover of the May issue, out March 30. The band will apparently share the cover with Bam Margera of "Jackass" fame (Margera's MTV show "Viva La Bam" won for "Best TV ...

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SLIPKNOT For OZZFEST 2004?

SLIPKNOT are strongly rumored have secured a slot at this year's Ozzfest. No further details are currently available. The Iowa-based nine-piece are currently finishing up the recording of their as-yet-untitled new album with producer Rick Rubin (SYSTEM OF A DOWN, SLAYER, AUDIOSLAVE). A brand new SLIPKNOT track, entitled "Don't Get Close", will be featured in ...

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SLAYER Schedule 'Monster Garage' Appearance

According to drummer Dave Lombardo's official web site, SLAYER will be performing on the TV show "Monster Garage" on Friday, April 19 at midnight (PST) on the Discovery Channel. Dave will also be performing drums for the soundtrack to the upcoming remake of the classic horror flick "Dawn of the Dead". FANTOMAS, Lombardo's ...

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THE CENTURY FAMILY Becomes Majority Owner Of NOW OR NEVER RECORDS

Century Media Records has joined forces with New Jersey-based label Now Or Never Records. This collaboration will result in The Century Family, and its affiliated imprints, handling the manufacturing, marketing, and retail distribution of current and upcoming Now Or Never releases (including those from DIECAST, DEVILINSIDE and THE POSTMAN SYNDROME). According to an official press ...

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NAMM 2004: Even More Photos Posted Online

Dave Mustaine of MEGADETH, Dan Donegan of DISTURBED, DOPE, DROWNING POOL, KORN, Paul Stanley of KISS, SLAYER, SLIPKNOT, STATIC-X, SLAVES ON DOPE and Michael Anthony of VAN HALEN were on hand for the NAMM convention on Saturday (January 17) at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Check out pictures from Wire Image. ...

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Report: IRON MAIDEN Helps SANCTUARY Buck The Downbeat Trend

Richard Wray of The Guardian is reporting that live music's return to popularity helped Sanctuary Group, one of the world's largest independent music companies, buck the downbeat trend set by the industry last year. The group, which counts IRON MAIDEN, SLAYER and JANE'S ADDICTION among its bankable live acts, saw sales for the year to ...

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NAMM 2004: More Photos Posted Online

Launch has posted exclusive photos from the NAMM 2004 (National Association of Music Merchants) convention, which took place in Anaheim, California over the weekend. Among the artists featured in the photos are current and former members of such bands as SLIPKNOT, SLAYER, MURDERDOLLS, MEGADETH, QUEENSRŸCHE, GUNS N' ROSES and ALICE IN CHAINS. Check out the ...

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Report: The Perils Of The 'Mosh Pit' Examined

Jodie Minus of The Australian is reporting that when Stephen Taylor saw the Austrian extreme-metal band PUNGENT STENCH at a Sydney pub eight years ago, he came home with more than a bad smell and a ringing in his ears. "I was stage diving. I jumped off the stage and my mate was there – ...

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