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Former ISIS Frontman Co-Creates SIGE

Faith Coloccia (MAMIFFER) and Aaron Turner (co-owner of Hydra Head, ex-ISIS, MAMIFFER) have formed a new label partnership dubbed Sige, with the label's latest release, MAMIFFER's "Mare Decendrii", set for a Mar. 15 street date. "Sige was formed as an outlet for projects that Faith and I are directly involved in," said Turner. "The idea ...

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RAM Completes Work On New Album

RAM, the traditional Gothenburg, Sweden-based heavy metal band featuring drummer Morgan Pettersson (ex-B-THONG), has completed work on its as-yet-untitled third album. The CD was recorded at Welfare Sounds Studios in the group's hometown and was mastered by Dragan Tanaskovic at Bohus Sound. RAM is currently "in negotiations" with "a number of record companies" concerning the ...

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BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME Frontman Releases 'Sleep Shake' Solo Video

Tommy Rogers, lead vocalist, keyboardist and founding member of the award-winning North Carolina progressive rock band BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, will release his debut solo album, "Pulse", on February 1 via Metal Blade Records. The versatile front man and multi-instrumentalist, who not only self-produced the record, but also arranged, composed and played all instruments ...

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PILGRIMZ Begins Recording New Album

Copenhagen, Denmark-based metal/hardcore act PILGRIMZ has entered Dead Rat and Antfarm Studios with producer Jacob Bredahl (ex-HATESPHERE) to begin recording its sophomore album for a summer/fall release via an as-yet-undetermined record label. Commented vocalist Max Christensen: "We knew that our sound had changed a lot before we went into the studio. We've gone from hardcore ...

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Former WHITECHAPEL Drummer Working With THE LOOKING GLASS SELF

Former WHITECHAPEL drummer Kevin Lane is reportedly doing session work with the Knoxville, Tennessee-based experimental black/death metal band THE LOOKING GLASS SELF. The group is tentatively scheduled to enter Atomic Audio in Oak Ridge, Tennessee in the spring with another former WHITECHAPEL member, guitarist Brandon Cagle, at the helm to begin recording its debut album. ...

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NICK OLIVERI Wants To Teach You How To Play

Music lesson web site PlayThisRiff.com is now featuring guitar and bass lesson videos with Nick Oliveri (QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, THE DWARVES, MONDO GENERATOR, KYUSS). At PlayThisRiff.com you will find the following lesson videos by Nick Oliveri: * "Another Love Song" * "Auto Pilot" * "Auto Pilot" (Outro Line) * "Gonna Leave ...

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KLONE: 'Give Up The Rest' Video Released

"Give Up The Rest", the new video from French metallers KLONE, can be viewed below. The song comes off the group's latest album, "Black Days", which was released on April 19 in France and May 17 in the rest of Europe and Australia via Season of Mist. The track listing is as follows: 01. Rite ...

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KYUSS LIVES! To Record New Studio Album

KYUSS LIVES!, the project featuring three-quarters of KYUSS — the influential American stoner rock/metal band, originally from Palm Desert, California — will record a new studio album following its upcoming tour. The group features bassist Nick Olivieri, drummer Brant Bjork and singer John Garcia along with guitarist Bruno Fevery, who most recently played with Garcia ...

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BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME Frontman To Release Solo Album

Tommy Rogers, lead vocalist, keyboardist and founding member of the award-winning North Carolina progressive rock band BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, will release his debut solo album, "Pulse", on February 1, 2011 via Metal Blade Records. The versatile front man and multi-instrumentalist, who not only self-produced the record, but also arranged, composed and played all ...

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KYUSS LIVES!: Australian Tour Announced

Three-quarters of KYUSS — the influential American stoner rock/metal band, originally from Palm Desert, California — will embark on Australian tour next May under the moniker KYUSS LIVES! Bassist Nick Olivieri, drummer Brant Bjork and singer John Garcia will be joined by guitarist Bruno Fevery, who most recently played with Garcia in the GARCIA PLAYS ...

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KYUSS Lives Without JOSH HOMME

Three-quarters of KYUSS — the influential American stoner rock/metal band, originally from Palm Desert, California — will reunite for a European tour under the moniker KYUSS LIVES!. Bassist Nick Olivieri, drummer Brant Bjork and singer John Garcia will be joined by guitarist Bruno Fevery, who most recently played with Garcia in the GARCIA PLAYS KYUSS ...

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BRANT BJORK Signs With NAPALM RECORDS

Brant Bjork of KYUSS and FU MANCHU fame has inked a deal with Austria's Napalm Records. He is currently working on a "new overdose of riffs and grooves" for a 2011 release. Commented Bjork: "I am pleased to announce that I have joined the good people at Napalm Records for assistance in my contribution to ...

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Three-Quarters Of KYUSS Reunites At France's HELLFEST; Video Available

Three-quarters of KYUSS — the influential American stoner rock/metal band, originally from Palm Desert, California — reunited for an appearance at last weekend's Hellfest, which took place in Clisson, France. Bassist Nick Olivieri and drummer Brant Bjork joined singer John Garcia to perform the songs "Gardenia" and "Green Machine" during a headlining appearance by Garcia's ...

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KLONE: New Song Posted Online

"Give Up The Rest", a brand new track from French metallers KLONE, is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. The song comes off the group's new album, "Black Days", which is scheduled for release on April 19 in France and May 17 in the rest of Europe and Australia via Season ...

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ALTAR OF PLAGUES Signs With CANDLELIGHT RECORDS

Candlelight Records has announced the signing of the Irish experimental black metal band ALTAR OF PLAGUES. Commented the group: "ALTAR OF PLAGUES are very glad to announce we have signed with Candlelight Records in Europe. We are proud to sit on a roster alongside many bands that we have long admired and that have been ...

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BLOODY PANDA: 'Summon' Details Revealed

New York City experimental doom metal act BLOODY PANDA has completed work on its new album, "Summon", for an August 11, 2009 North American release via Profound Lore Records. Fronted by Japanese siren and accomplished visual artist Yoshiko Ohara, whose death-defying wails have at once drawn comparison to Diamanda Galas, Björk and Jarboe, BLOODY PANDA ...

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KLONE Begins Recording New Album

French metallers KLONE have entered Loko Studio to begin recording the drum tracks for their as-yet-untitled new album. Prior to the release of the new CD, KLONE will release a live album, recorded last year on the "All Seeing Eye Tour", as a free download. In the meantime, you can now download KLONE's previously unreleased ...

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EXODUS Bassist Offering Video Lessons

The PlayThisRiff.com web site, which charges $9.99 for a monthly membership, has announced that it now features bass lesson videos from bassist Jack Gibson of San Francisco Bay Area metal veterans EXODUS. Learn how to play the songs "A Lesson in Violence", "Bonded by Blood" and "Deathamphetamine". All lessons are filmed in High Definition and ...

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IRON MAIDEN's MCBRAIN To Perform At U.K.'s DRUMMER LIVE

Nicko McBrain (IRON MAIDEN), Nick D'Virgilio (SPOCK'S BEARD) and Steve Smith (JOURNEY) are among the musicians who are scheduled to perform at the sixth Drummer Live event, which is scheduled to take place in London on June 13-14. Drummer Live features the world's best drummers and this years star studded lineup includes the finest talent, ...

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GRACE WILL FALL To Release 'Second Album' In April

Swedish hardcore punk rock five-piece GRACE WILL FALL has inked a deal with Glasstone Records for the release of its new CD, "Second Album". Due in other parts of Europe on April 3 via Midsummer Records, the LP was recorded and produced in the band's own studio called HoboRec and was mixed by GRACE WILL ...

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PILGRIMZ To Support GOJIRA In U.K., Ireland

Copenhagen, Denmark-based metal/hardcore act PILGRIMZ has been confirmed as the support band for French progressive metallers GOJIRA on their upcoming tour of the U.K. and Ireland. Comment PILGRIMZ vocalist Max Vegas: "No need to say that the expression of GOJIRA is unique and that the band is one of Europe's leading metal bands. However, I ...

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Taiwan's CHTHONIC Receives DALAI LAMA's Blessing For This Year's 'Free Tibet Concert'

Asian symphonic black metal band CHTHONIC, which made international headlines by championing Taiwanese democracy from the Ozzfest and Wacken Open Air stages in 2007, has posted the following message on its MySpace page: "In order to facilitate the 2009 Free Tibet Concert, CHTHONIC vocalist Freddy Lim, along with several musicians from Taiwan, visited the political ...

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PILGRIMZ Confirmed For Holland's WALDROCK Festival

Copenhagen, Denmark-based metal/hardcore act PILGRIMZ has been confirmed for next year's Waldrock festival, set to take place June 13, 2009 in Burgum, The Netherlands. Tickets go on sale on January 17. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: HEAVEN AND HELL MOTÖRHEAD CARCASS EPICA PILGRIMZ "Shake-A-Feather", the latest video from PILGRIMZ, can be viewed ...

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PAIN OF SALVATION Frontman Featured On EPHRAT Debut

Israeli progressive rock/metal band EPHRAT will release its debut album, "No One's Words", on August 25 via Inside Out Music. Mastermind, guitarist, flutist, keyboardist and sole composer of the quartet is Omer Ephrat, who describes his creative visions as follows: "It's sophisticated progressive music that's driven by a rock'n'roll feel. But I really think that ...

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PILGRIMZ, MERCENARY, RAUNCHY To Team Up For MTV HEADBANGER'S BALL TOUR

Copenhagen, Denmark-based metal/hardcore act PILGRIMZ will team up with MERCENARY, RAUNCHY and one more as-yet-undisclosed band for the MTV Headbanger's Ball Tour 2008 beginning on August 8 in Copenhagen. The first show of the tour will also include performances by OBITUARY and AS WE FIGHT. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/headbangersball_live. PILGRIMZ has been ...

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