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Dark Ages - SOULFLY

It's been a while since I dove headfirst into a SOULFLY album. After the self-titled debut and "Primitive", I stopped paying attention and missed out on "3" and "Prophecy". I half-expected album number five to be a watered down, more commercially oriented, "nu" type of album. To say I was "shocked" at the blisteringly metallic ...

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THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN Turning Heads With 'Unretrofied' Video

Relapse Records recording artists THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN are breaking new ground with the release of their latest music video, "Unretrofied". The hyper-advanced clip is taken from the band's forward-thinking release, "Miss Machine". The DILLINGER video was written and directed by Josh Graham (ENON, NO DOUBT, JURASSIC 5) and features the band "assembled as retro ...

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ANNIHILATOR Guitarist Says New Album Is '100 Percent Thrash Metal With An Attitude'

Long-running Canadian metallers ANNIHILATOR have set the following 2005 worldwide release dates for their eleventh studio album, "Schizo Deluxe": Japan (Marquee Inc.) on October 21; North America (Locomotive/Warner) on November 8; and Europe (AFM Records) on November 14. Says ANNIHILATOR guitar legend Jeff Waters: "This CD is dedicated to our fans and all metal fans. ...

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FIVE YEAR STARE: New Song Posted Online

FIVE YEAR STARE, the new band featuring former STEREOMUD guitarist John Fattoruso, ex-SCAR CULTURE bassist Frank Cannino, ex-CODED guitarist Joe Festa and drummer Glenn Moss, have posted a third demo song ("Overcome") on their MySpace.com page. Check it out (along with the previously posted tracks "My God" and "Liquify") at this location. "We ...

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The Battle of the Common - LABEL THE TRAITOR

Once upon a time (2004 to be exact), five guys, including ex-members of BIGWIG and STALEMATE, got together and combined the aggression of hardcore with gang-chorus-infused street punk. A self-produced demo soon followed. Here in 2005, the band releases its full-length debut, "The Battle of the Common", an album that's heavy on hardcore/punk delivery and ...

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HOLY TERROR: New Lineup Revealed

More information has surfaced about the newly reformed Los Angeles thrashers HOLY TERROR, who have set "Stillborn" as the title of their upcoming CD box set, tentatively due in early 2006 on Candlelight Records. As previously reported, the set will feature never-before-heard remixes, outtakes, live stuff and video footage. In addition to guitarist Kurt Colfelt ...

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LIBERTY N' JUSTICE Continuing Work On 'All-Star' CD

Christian rockers LIBERTY N' JUSTICE have been busy for the last year finishing their new all-star CD, entitled "Soundtrack of a Soul". On Saturday, July 30, they will post two more sound clips from the forthcoming CD, featuring Mike Lee (BARREN CROSS) and Joe Cerisano (SILVER CONDOR, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA). Joe's track will also feature two ...

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SKINLESS To Release New Studio Album In Early 2006

SKINLESS guitarist Noah Carpenter has issued the following update: "SKINLESS would like to say thanks to DEICIDE, IMMOLATION, DESPISED ICON, WITH PASSION and their crews for a great tour, and probably the best tour SKINLESS has ever been a part of. Also a huge thanks to all of our fans who came out to support ...

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QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS Announce U.S. Dates

Legendary rock icons Brian May and Roger Taylor of QUEEN, and Paul Rodgers of BAD COMPANY and FREE, just off a sold-out, 32-date arena tour of Europe under the banner of QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS, are headed for the U.S. later this year. They will bring their acclaimed show to the U.S. for two rare ...

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Vocalist JOE LESTE Says BEAUTIFUL CREATURES Is 'A Gang'

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES will release their sophomore album, "Deuce", on August 23, via Spitfire Records, an imprint of Eagle Rock Entertainment. The first single from "Deuce" will be "Anyone". The group, who were recently joined by former FLOTSAM AND JETSAM axeman Mark Simpson on second guitar, are excited about the return of the band. "It took ...

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WARMACHINE Clean House

Toronto's WARMACHINE have parted ways with bassist Andrea Zanini, guitarist Mike Miolla and recently recruited drummer Michael Amaral. "Unfortunately, [Michael] can no longer afford to play drums for us, but is focusing his time on his band, ENDORPHINS," vocalist/guitarist Joe Di Taranto writes on the group's web site. "I wish him all the luck in ...

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ACE FREHLEY In Talks To Compose Material For Movie Soundtrack

Original KISS axeman Ace Frehley is in talks with guitarist Karl Cochran (ACE FREHLEY, JOE LYNN TURNER, NUCLEAR ASSAULT) about getting together next month to write new material, possibly for a movie soundtrack. More information will be made available soon. In related news, Cochran has been selected as the new guitar player for VAN HELSING'S ...

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MUDVAYNE Schedule 'Rockline' Appearance

MUDVAYNE will be the featured guests on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" airing Monday, August 22. The live show begins at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET, and fans are encouraged to call in with questions during the program at (800) 344-ROCK (7625). To find a station near you, check out

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AEROSMITH's JOE PERRY Is A Closet Country Fan

John Gerome of The Associated Press recently conducted a question-and-answer session with AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry. Read on: AP: I hear you listen to quite a bit of country music. Joe Perry: There are guys in country music who are wizards on the guitar. If you're a country fan, you're used to it. But as ...

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Review: OZZFEST Turns To Sweatfest

The Philadelphia Inquirer has published several photos taken at yesterday's (July 19) Ozzfest stop in Camden, New Jersey. Check them out at this location. An excerpt from David Hiltbrand's review of the day-long event follows: "Some of the bands performing on the second stage are SOILWORK, TRIVIUM and MASTODON. HEAT PROSTRATION was a ...

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RAGING SPEEDHORN To Tour U.S. With NILE

RAGING SPEEDHORN have secured an opening slot on an American tour with NILE in early 2006. More details will be made public as they develop. In other news, RAGING SPEEDHORN's video for the track "How Much Can A Man Take" will debut on the Fuse network's "Metal Asylum" program on Thursday, July 28. "Metal Asylum" ...

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DEF LEPPARD Offer Chance To Win Autographed Guitar

UMe and Jackson Guitars have teamed up to offer one lucky fan a chance to win a brand new blue Jackson JS1 Dinky guitar, autographed by DEF LEPPARD members Joe Elliott, Phil Collen, Vivian Campbell, Rick Savage and Rick Allen. According to the contest announcement, "We want to make sure a true DEF LEPPARD fan ...

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TWISTED SISTER Guitarist Signs Solo Deal With BLACK LOTUS RECORDS

TWISTED SISTER guitarist Eddie Ojeda has inked a solo deal with Greece's Black Lotus Records. Ojeda's solo debut, "Axes to Axes", will feature guest appearances by such acclaimed hard rock/heavy metal musicians as Ronnie James Dio (DIO, RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH), Dee Snider (TWISTED SISTER), Joe Lynn Turner (RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Rudy Sarzo (QUIET ...

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