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Lost and Found - MUDVAYNE

With its third major label effort, Peoria, Illinois' MUDVAYNE reclaims much of the energy and originality that was apparent on 2000's debut, "L.D. 50", while also retaining the hints of melody and musical ambitions that marked its follow-up, 2002's "The End of All Things to Come". That album sounded a little hesitant and contrived, as ...

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HAMMERFALL: New Album First-Week Chart Positions Revealed

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "The signing tour through Sweden last week went really well, we had a huge crowd at each place! And the go-cart race was fun as hell! Magnus was extremely good, whereas Anders was surprisingly average. The rest of us did ...

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Burn the Flags - BY NIGHT

I was prepared to toss this one into the metalcore overflow bin, even though the press quote states: "Expect influences that range from EXTOL to MESHUGGAH, OPETH to ENTOMBED, and BREACH to BURST." One should always take such grandiose statements with a grain of salt anyway. In the case of "Burn the Flags" by Sweden's ...

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ROCKDETECTOR Reaches 30,000-Band Landmark Tally

Rockdetector.com reached a landmark tally of 30,000 bands. Not only does this represent the world's biggest database, online or otherwise, of international rock and metal bands, it is the more remarkable for every single band biography being a uniquely penned history. Rockdetector is owned by Garry Sharpe-Young, known previously for designing album covers ...

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AMEN Announce U.K. Tour, Reveal New Lineup

AMEN have announced a headlining tour of the U.K. in May/June. Confirmed dates are as follows: May 07 - Tunbridge wells, The Forum May 08 - Braintree, The Venue May 09 - Exeter, The Cavern May 12 - Merthyr Tydfil, RMS Rock Club May 13 - Rugeley, The Rose May 14 - Northampton, Roadmenders May ...

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IGGY POP To Release 'Live San Fran 1981' On DVD

Music Video Distributors and Target Video have announced the home viewing release of "Iggy Pop – Live San Fran 1981" for worldwide distribution on DVD. This is the Godfather of punk, dressed in drag, in an exceptionally energetic performance for a crazed-crowd in San Francisco. Over the 30-plus years of Iggy Pop's career, one thing ...

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SINERGY: 'Sins Of The Past' To Surface Before End Of The Year

SINERGY, the acclaimed Finnish metal band featuring singer Kimberly Goss and CHILDREN OF BODOM members Alexi Laiho (guitar) and Roope Latvala (guitar), have spent the past few months quietly recording their fourth full-length album, tentatively due in late 2005 through Nuclear Blast Records. Goss has provided BLABBERMOUTH.NET with the following update on the recording sessions ...

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HIGH ON FIRE Announce U.S. Headlining Tour

HIGH ON FIRE have announced their first headlining tour of 2005 in support of their forthcoming new album, "Blessed Black Wings". HIGH ON FIRE will kick off a three-week trek beginning February 4 at the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles, CA. The tour is expected to conclude on February 24 in Salt Lake City, UT ...

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SEBASTIAN BACH: Remembering DIMEBAG DARRELL

Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach has issued the following statement in memory of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott: "My relationship to this sick series of events goes way back, some 18 years. I joined a band from Detroit called MADAM X back in 1986 and the very first place I ever played on the ...

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SAMAEL Frontman Talks About Split With CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS

SAMAEL guitarist/vocalist Vorph recently spoke to Denmark's Antenna webzine about the group's latest CD, "Reign of Light", and their split with longtime label Century Media Records, among other topics. An excerpt from the interview follows: Antenna: The most urgent question for me tonight must presumably be the your split with Century Media in favour of ...

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AGENT STEEL: Complete Songwriting For New CD

AGENT STEEL singer Bruce Hall has issued the following update on the band's current activities: "The new AGENT STEEL album is finished being written as of December 18, 2004. We have some fine-tuning to do and I have to write keeper lyrics for a couple songs, but otherwise it's finished. "We'll be giving you 11 ...

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STRYPER Explain Mexican Cancellation

Reunited Christian hard rockers STRYPER have issued the following press release regarding the cancellation of their previously announced concert in Mexico City: On November 20, 2004, STRYPER was contracted to play Mexico City at the Palacio de los Deportes. Unfortunately STRYPER was forced to cancel their appearance, which came as a direct result of several ...

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SHADOWS FALL Drummer Reports From DIMEBAG's Funeral

SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bittner has issued the following report from the funeral services and public memorial for slain DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, which were held on Tuesday (Dec. 14) in Arlington, Texas: "I have just gotten to my computer today after returning home from Dimebag Darrell Abbott's funeral and I wanted to share ...

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MACHINE HEAD's ROBERT FLYNN Gets Dissed By SLAYER's KERRY KING

MACHINE HEAD frontman Robert Flynn has posted another installement in his online "diary" at the group's official web site. An excerpt from the entry follows: "Played in Paris with SLIPKNOT and SLAYER. MASTODON opened the show, which was really cool. Hung with them for a while, really nice guys, drinking absurd amounts of booze together, ...

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GEORGE LYNCH Launches Custom Guitar Pedal

Former DOKKEN guitarist George Lynch has joined forces with LegendaryTones and pedal guru Robert Keeley to create a new customized version of the acclaimed Time Machine Boost pedal. The new GL Time Machine Boost (GL TMB) takes the unique voicings of the original Time Machine Boost, but adds a more aggressive character and bottom end. ...

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