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ION DISSONANCE Announces New Vocalist

Montreal's ION DISSONANCE has announced the addition of singer Kevin McCaughey (SHAOLIN, THE LAST FELONY, DESPISED ICON) to the group's ranks. McCaughey joins the band as the replacement for Gabriel McCaughry, who left ION DISSONANCE earlier this year. Commented the band: "We are really proud to welcome our really good friend Kevin McCaughey to the ...

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The Scattering of Ashes - INTO ETERNITY

Usually, throwing a whole shitload of genres together and trying to make them stick is a fool's errand. You either come across as a needlessly showoffy musical dilettante, being difficult for its own sake, or you just make a big unlistenable mess with something to alienate everyone. That's why it's so damn impressive when INTO ...

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Former MEGADETH 'She-Wolf' Selling Entire Collection On eBay

Former Miss Arizona and longtime Megadeth.com "She-Wolf" columnist Heather Keckler is selling off the entire MEGADETH collection that she accumulated in the 14 years that she was a MEGADETH fan. When asked why she is getting rid of the material now, Keckler reportedly declined to comment other than to say that she is no longer ...

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CONSTRUCDEAD: In Pre-Production Mode

CONSTRUCDEAD, the Swedish band featuring TERROR 2000 drummer Erik Thyselius, has issued the following update: "We've been kinda busy recording pre-production songs for the upcoming album. Most of the songs are finished. Now we just need to get them to Jocke Skog (producer) and make sure he likes them, otherwise we'll just re-arrange them in ...

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Scene of the Crime - KILLWHITNEYDEAD

"Never Good Enough for You" and "So Pretty, So Plastic" are brilliant blends of grindcore and thrash with ripping solos that incorporate the now omnipresent movie samples as part of the arrangements, rather than as mere garnishment. Musical plaudits aside, the most intriguing quality of KILLWHITNEYDEAD was the mystery surrounding the group. Mystery musicians, including ...

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ARCH ENEMY Frontwoman Offers Free Singing Advice

ARCH ENEMY frontwoman Angela Gossow has posted the following message on her MySpace page: "I collected some mails regarding techniques, problems, nodules, etc. Maybe you got the same questions and find some answers here. Q: I am a fellow female death/black metal singer, who was recently diagnosed with vocal nodules. It's hard for me not ...

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New POISONBLACK Video To Make Its 'Headbanger's Ball' Debut This Weekend

POISONBLACK's captivating new video for "Rush" will make its "Headbanger's Ball" debut this Saturday at 10:00 p.m. EST/7:00 p.m. PST. The track is from the group's new acclaimed album, "Lust Stained Despair", and features ex-SENTENCED frontman Ville Laihiala on lead vocals and guitars. This offering is a voracious hard rock assault laden with mesmerizing gothic ...

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OVERCAST Album Update

In a forthcoming interview with the U.K.'s PowerPlay magazine (web site), KILLSWITCH ENGAGE bassist Mike D'Antonio gives more details about when the recently recorded OVERCAST CD will become available. D'Antonio's pre-KILLSWITCH band which also featured SHADOWS FALL vocalist Brian Fair, OVERCAST recently reformed and played the New England Hardcore and Metal Festival. Commented ...

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SYBREED: 'We're Gonna Blow Away Our First Album'

Swiss metal group SYBREED is currently working on the follow-up to its critically acclaimed debut, "Slave Design" (Reality Entertainment). The band has issued the following update: "We are still alive with full of work. Our second album is still into the recording process. We are a bit late due to technical problems and as we ...

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AMORPHIS Guitarists Sing ESP's Praises

AMORPHIS members Tomi Koivusaari and Esa Holopainen have joined the growing ranks of ESP artists. The two guitarists recently received their brand-new Eclipse guitars straight from ESP's custom shop, where the instruments had been built according to their own design and specifications. The endorsement had been initiated by Musamaailma, importer and distributor for ESP in ...

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A Static Lullaby - A STATIC LULLABY

"Static" defined: "lacking movement, development, or vitality". What about the definition of lullaby? A "song used to lull a child to sleep; cradlesong" (Thank www.dictionary.com for the definitions). Get the picture? There was a time when I could stomach some of the bands playing this brand of sugar coated grow-n-croon "metal", based on a some ...

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REVENGIA Putting Finishing Touches On 'Eraser'

REVENGIA, the Swedish metal band featuring ARCH ENEMY drummer Daniel Erlandsson, is putting the finishing touches on its new album, entitled "Eraser". Commented guitarist Matti Almsenius: "Still have some intros to do and some vocals are left too. Otherwise I'm in editing mode, cutting away noises etc. We still don't know who will mix the ...

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Tales of Rock 'N' Roll - MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP

Considering the U.S. release date was August 1st and the disc arrived sometime thereafter, the review arrives a tad late. But hey, it's the MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, so better late than never. After 25 years (not counting the early UFO/SCORPIONS work), the German guitar god can still squeeze out a phenomenal batch of weepy chords, ...

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Savior Sorrow - MUSHROOMHEAD

It's been a long three years for Cleveland-based shock metallers MUSHROOMHEAD. They changed vocalists, changed labels, changed masks (not that anyone over 14 should care) and watched their public profile diminish slightly as their media-inflated “feud" with SLIPKNOT was allowed to fade into obscurity. Making the move from Universal to Megaforce seems to cement the ...

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'SUPERNOVA' : First Two Tracks Posted Online

Two new "Rock Star: Supernova" tracks — featuring singer Lukas Rossi alongside Tommy Lee (MÖTLEY CRÜE), Jason Newsted (VOIVOD, ex-METALLICA), and Gilby Clarke (ex-GUNS N' ROSES) — have been posted online at the band's MySpace page. Listen to the tracks "It's All Love" and "Be Yourself & 5 Other Cliches" at this location. ...

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CANNIBAL CORPSE To Tour Europe In Early 2007

Legendary death metallers CANNIBAL CORPSE will embark on a European headlining tour in February/March 2007. The tentative routing is shaping up as follows: Feb. 22 - France Antipode Rennes Feb. 23 - Spain TBA Bilbao Feb. 24 - Portugal hard Club Oporto Feb. 25 - Spain TBA Mardid Feb. 26 - Spain TBA Barcelona Feb. ...

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SUPERNOVA Frontman Named

Canadian rocker Lukas Rossi was crowned the winner of reality TV show "Rock Star: Supernova", according to The Sydney Morning Herald. Rossi is described on the "Rock Star: Supernova" web site as a gifted singer with a "Jeff Buckley meets Freddie Mercury" style. Lukas will front SUPERNOVA, the band made up of MÖTLEY ...

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Pride of the Wicked - WAR OF AGES

The acts on Christian hardcore/metalcore label Facedown may not be agreeable to every heavy music fan due to its bands' lyrical philosophies, but a good sized chunk of the releases are of decent fare. By the same token, those sick of being constantly clobbered over the head with hardcore and metalcore discs every single week ...

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