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Fear in a Handful of Dust - HURTLOCKER

One moment while I Q-Tip the blood out of my ears. There we go. So why does it take a label in Austria to sign a fearsome thrash-beast from Chicago when said band has been in our midst since 2000? For shame U.S. labels, you've missed a golden opportunity to sign a band called HURTLOCKER, ...

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Former EVANESCENCE Manager: AMY LEE Is Creating Version Of Reality That Has No Basis In Fact

Attorney Bert Deixler, who represents Dennis Rider and Rider Management — the former personal manager of EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee — has issued the following response to Lee's lawsuit against his client for breach of fiduciary duty, professional negligence, conversion, sexual assault and battery, and other claims: "Rider Management and Dennis Rider have fully performed ...

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RUSH: 'Piano Tribute' Album To Arrive In January

"The Piano Tribute To Rush", created by Todd Mark Rubenstein, is set for release on January 10, 2006 via Vitamin Records. This is the third RUSH tribute album by Rubenstein, who previously released "Exit Stage Right" and "The String Quartet Tribute To 2112". Like most of the previously released tribute albums, classical or otherwise, the ...

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Hellectric - THE BRONX CASKET CO.

Dark yet catchy gothic metal is not what I would have expected from a band consisting of SAVATAGE/SEVEN WITCHES guitarist Jack Frost, OVERKILL's DD Verni and Tim Mallare, and the MISFITS' Myke Hideous. The band's third album, and first for Regain and Candlelight, suffers from a few pockmarks in the songwriting, but generally succeeds as ...

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GENERAL SURGERY Prepare To Record 'Left Hand Pathology'

Legendary Swedish grindcore merchants GENERAL SURGERY have posted the following message on their official web site: "Just to let you know, the time is drawing near. That's right, we're entering the studio to record our first full-length album which we cleverly enough have entitled 'Left Hand Pathology'. We know, it's thoroughly stupid, but lowbrow morons ...

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Give Me the Fear - TOKYO DRAGONS

Produced by the same guy who brought you THE DARKNESS, and already hyped to the rafters by the ever-fickle U.K. press, London denimboys TOKYO DRAGONS are yet another band pulling the mirrored shades, leather vests, and moustaches so ironic they hurt, all in the name of "real rock and roll". The thing these would-be saviors ...

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Upstairs - ORANGE SKY

You just don't hear a lot about bands from Trinidad and Tobago. These guys are out to change that, and they've got friends in their corner as diverse as KANSAS frontman Phil Ehart and BLACK SABBATH producer Jeff Glixman. They're also touring the U.S. right now with YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, an odd but interesting bill that ...

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CANDLEMASS Bassist Checks In From The Road

CANDLEMASS mainman/bassist Leif Edling has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "We still live and breathe after a week on the road [with German thrashers DESTRUCTION]. It's been good and a bit bad too. "The bad things first: Had to cancel two shows: Oslo (Norway) and Oulu (Finland). Oslo because of ...

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STAIND Frontman Gives Props To KORN's JONATHAN DAVIS

liveDaily recently conducted an interview with STAIND frontman Aaron Lewis. An excerpt from the chat follows: liveDaily: Where does your songwriting inspiration come from? Aaron Lewis: "What I talk about in the songs, I have a really hard time expressing that otherwise. I tend to stuff things down and internalize it until it's ...

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Holy Hell - ROB ROCK

Thanks to labels like SPV and Candlelight, albums like "Holy Hell" that would have once been consigned to import purgatory are seeing the light of day in the USA (albeit months after their release elsewhere). And thank the metal gods for it! Former IMPELLITTERI and AXEL RUDI PELL vocal powerhouse Rob Rock follows in the ...

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Drummer JEROME DILLON Is No Longer A Member Of NINE INCH NAILS

NINE INCH NAILS have officially parted ways with drummer Jerome Dillon. Dillon's ongoing health concerns forced the band to postpone two of their current tour's gigs last month; he dropped off the run following an October 1 performance in Los Angeles, reportedly to seek treatment for an unspecified heart condition. The group have since named ...

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BLACK SABBATH: BILL WARD's 2005 Drum Kit Revealed

BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward's official web site has been updated with the following message: "We often get many requests here at BillWard.com asking what Bill plays. What snare drums, what cymbals, etc... Well, we finally have an answer to these requests online. [Here] is a thumbnail for a diagram showing Bill's kit ...

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CHRIS CORNELL Says SOUNDGARDEN Reunion Will 'Probably Not' Happen

Travis Hay of Seattle Post-Intelligencer recently conducted an in-depth interview with AUDIOSLAVE/ex-SOUNDGARDEN frontman Chris Cornell. A few excerpts from the chat follow: Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Has living outside of the country [Cornell resides in Paris, France with his wife and daughter] helped with things coming full circle? Chris Cornell: "Living outside of the country ...

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To Burn Again - NO INNOCENT VICTIM

After 10 years as leaders of the Christian hardcore movement, Corona, California's NO INNOCENT VICTIM called it quits. Never say never. Now reformed as a quintet with the addition of former XDISCIPLE ADX members Dave Quiggle (guitar) and Neil Hartman (bass), the band pulls no punches its fifth album, "To Burn Again". Long-respected by hardcore ...

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Opening Bands Slam ROYAL HUNT For Cancelling European Tour

Claus Jensen, managing director of Denmark's Intromental Management, has issued the following statement regarding the cancellation of RAINTIME and SECRET SPHERE's European tour with ROYAL HUNT: "As you've probably heard by now, the European tour for ROYAL HUNT has been cancelled. Our two Italian bands RAINTIME and SECRET SPHERE have been caught up in the ...

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I, Infidel - RITUAL CARNAGE

My first reaction to the vocals on the new RITUAL CARNAGE was a startled "What the fuck???" It'd been a while since I heard this Japanese band in action — I worship their first two albums, "The Highest Law" and "Every Nerve Alive", as masterful and devastating neo-thrash classics free of any influence past 1991, ...

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Symmetric in Design - SCAR SYMMETRY

When Andres Fridén (IN FLAMES) unveiled an especially melodic side to his otherwise aggressive tendencies on the PASSENGER project, the experiment was a smashing success (at least in my opinion). Consequently, I was not taken aback at the thought of guitarist Jonas Kjellgren (CARNAL FORGE, CENTINEX, WORLD BELOW) joining Henrick Ohlsson (THEORY IN PRACTICE, MUTANT, ...

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It's Time to Decide - AT ALL COST

You've got to give credit to Austin, Texas' AT ALL COST for pumping life into a lethargic metalcore genre. The band has gotten very creative on its debut full-length, "It's Time to Decide", injecting vocoder effects into clean vocal harmonizing, tossing about synthesizer doodling, throwing in non-traditional instruments, and always focusing on the hook. And ...

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Apocalypsis Damnare - RIGOR SARDONICOUS

Christ, this is about as uplifting as a post-genocide funeral procession. I mean there's doom and then there is RIGOR SARDONICOUS. "Apocalypsis Damnare" is a re-recording of an album that was originally released in 1999. Original members Joseph J. Fogarazzo and Glenn Hampton got together with former EVOKEN bassist Steve Moran to perform the ceremony. ...

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