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GENE SIMMONS: 'I Believe In Total Honesty'

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons recently spoke to Blender.com about the women he's loved, bands he's helped break out, his parenting skills, the Kiss Coffeehouse and the "Gene Simmons Family Jewels" reality TV show. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow: Blender.com: So, tell us a secret: How did you get Shannon Tweed ...

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Chapter 1: Between the Bridges - TO THIS DAY

It's a horribly inappropriate metaphor, given the eating and drinking habits of many in this scene, but aren't good old-school hardcore records kind of the audio equivalent of a bacon cheeseburger and a cheap cold beer? Sure, it's nice to see bands spreading their wings, getting all technical, melding styles, whatever. But sometimes you just ...

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Christ Illusion - SLAYER

Everyone's known it for years: while SLAYER is widely considered one of the greatest live metal acts of all time, the band has not made an equally great album since 1990's "Seasons in the Abyss". That record brought together the speed and fury of "Reign in Blood" (1986) with the experimental nature of "South of ...

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Come What(ever) May - STONE SOUR

Before we got all mixed up with eighteen million different subgenres of metal, there was just one single genre: heavy metal (or hard rock), a musical space marked by a significantly harder edge than the mothership of rock and roll but also a field wide open to many different sounds and styles. Thus in the ...

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AUDIOSLAVE Honor Rebellion In 'Original Fire' Video

Corey Moss of MTV.com recently spoke to AUDIOSLAVE guitarist Tom Morello about the band's video for their upcoming single "Original Fire", which was shot last week in Los Angeles with graphic designer/video director P.R. Brown, whose résumé includes clips for MATISYAHU and DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE. "The video, in some ways, is about ...

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The Chthonic Chronicles - BAL-SAGOTH

It must piss off BAL-SAGOTH to no end that those puffy-shirted Italian rogues in RHAPSODY get the real Christopher Lee to add narration to their albums. They'd certainly give the old ham more scenery to chew on — a good portion of the vocals on these blustery, unbelievably pretentious tracks are delivery in a haughty, ...

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MUSHROOMHEAD: New Track To Be Given Away With FYE Sampler

A demo version of a new MUSHROOMHEAD track, entitled "Burn", will be included on a FYE sampler to be given away exclusively with the purchase of two qualifying CDs at FYE stores starting today, June 26, 2006. It is limited to 25,000 copies and is being done in conjunction with Decibel magazine. More information is ...

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SEPULTURA Comment On Drummer IGOR CAVALERA's Departure

The remaining members of SEPULTURAAndreas Kisser (guitar), Paulo Xisto Pinto Jr. (bass), and Derick Green (vocals) — have issued the following statement regarding the departure of drummer Igor Cavalera: "Since the beginning of SEPULTURA the ideas of the band were based on the open mindedness, a strong attitude, and the belief in what ...

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Metalcore Label FACEDOWN Inks Deal With RED DISTRIBUTION

RED Distribution and Facedown Records have finalized terms for an exclusive distribution agreement, it was announced today by Bob Morelli, Executive Vice President and General Manager, RED Distribution and Jason Dunn, President and Founder/Owner, Facedown Records. Under the new agreement, RED will partner with Facedown to maximize visibility and exposure for a variety of new ...

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KISS Frontman: 'If Someone Wants To Take A Potshot At The Band, You Don't Do It In My House'

KISS' official web site, KissOnline.com, has been updated with part one of a brand new interview with KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley. It is reproduced here in its entirety: KissOnline.com: Recently we've seen some changes on KissOnline.com. What's your involvement in those changes? Paul: "Over the years it was obvious to anyone who looked at it ...

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THE ESOTERIC Begin Work On New Album

Lawrence, KS innovators THE ESOTERIC have begun work on their sophomore release for Prosthetic Records, entitled "Subverter". The cutting-edge outfit begins recording May 8 at Black Lodge Recording in Eudora, KS as well as in an undisclosed location in Kansas City with producer/engineer Paul Malinowski (SHINER, OPEN HAND, SEASON TO RISK). The follow-up to last ...

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HATEBREED Add Second Guitarist

HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta has posted the following message on the band;'s official web site: "We've decided to become a five-piece again. Mainly because of the new album having a lot of parts that involve second guitar, but also because me and [bassist Chris] Beattie started this band as a five-piece and feel like it's ...

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TOOL Drummer: 'We Truly Are An Alternative Band'

Despite the long wait between TOOL albums, the group remains as popular as ever. Drummer Danny Carey told Launch that he feels the band's integrity has kept the fans coming back. "We truly are an alternative band," he said. "It's an alternative to what other people label as alternative, that actually all sounds the same ...

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METALLICA Frontman JAMES HETFIELD To Be Honored

METALLICA guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield will be honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund and his devotion to helping other addicts with recovery process. Bill Silva will be the recipient of the MusiCares Heart Award for his unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals ...

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Limited-Edition SACRIFICE Vinyl Box Set Due This Fall

Profound Lore Records are tentatively planning on issuing a limited picture-disc set comprised of the first three albums (1986's "Torment In Fire", 1987's "Forward To Termination", and 1990's "Soldiers of Misfortune") from Canadian thrash legends SACRIFICE. "As some of you recall, the first three SACRIFICE albums have been masterfully reissued with pure class and integrity ...

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MUSHROOMHEAD: U.S. Tour Dates Announced

Cleveland, Ohio's MUSHROOMHEAD have scheduled the following dates in March/April: Mar. 23 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's Mar. 24 - Traverse City, MI - Streeters Mar. 25 - Detroit, MI - Harpo's Mar. 26 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection Mar. 29 - Ft. Wayne, IN - Piere's Mar. 31 - Columbus, OH - ...

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MUSHROOMHEAD: New Album Video Preview Available

Cleveland, Ohio's MUSHROOMHEAD are scheduled to release their sixth studio album on June 6 via Filthy Hands/Megaforce. The album's projected first single, "Watch Me Go", is expected in May. A video preview for the new CD can be seen at this location. MUSHROOMHEAD's follow-up to 2003's "XIII" (Republic/Universal) will mark the group's recording ...

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