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BLACK SABBATH's IOMMI is Metal Hammer's No. 1 Metal Guitarist

BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi has topped the poll of "Riff Lords" — best metal guitarists — in Metal Hammer magazine's March 2005 issue. The magazine praises Tony's "highly distinctive style of fretsmanship that's economical yet crushingly effective." And it anticipates the comments from readers of "it was so obvious that you guys were going ...

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METALLICA's KIRK HAMMETT Sighted In Hawaii

According to the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett was spotted having dinner with friends Friday (March 11) at Roy's in Hawaii Kai. "He stood out from the crowd with his rock-star looks and retro aloha shirt," according to the report. METALLICA's acclaimed film "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" won the Best Documentary prize at ...

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VH1's 'When METALLICA Ruled The World' To Premiere This Month

A brand new VH1 special, entitled "When Metallica Ruled The World", is scheduled to premiere on Thursday, March 31 at 10:00 p.m. "When Metallica Ruled the World" tells the tale of the world's most dangerous band through the people who lived it. It brings you inside the nearly three decades of dramatic success, drunken debauchery ...

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METALLICA's Fan Worship Documented On 'Metallimania' DVD

Killing Time Productions are releasing an unofficial 95-minute documentary on DVD, titled "Metallimania" and filmed between 1994 to 1996, that humorously captured METALLICA and the outer limits of fan worship in a pre-Napster world. Like "Some Kind of Monster", "Metallimania" was also financed with METALLICA money for the band's own private amusement, a way to ...

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PHILIP ANSELMO Working On BODY IN BLOOD Project

In an interview with SMNnews.com conducted last Thursday (Feb. 24), CROWBAR frontman Kirk Windstein was asked about the current whereabouts of his DOWN bandmate and SUPERJOINT RITUAL/ex-PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo following the recent death of ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. An excerpt from the interview follows: SMNnews.com: If you don't mind me asking, ...

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METALLICA To Be Immortalized In Computer Game

ContactMusic.com is reporting that METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich has confirmed the heavy metal band will be immortalized in a computer game. Poking fun at last year's METALLICA documentary "Some Kind of Monster", Ulrich has also made it clear there will be no group therapy levels in the game. The 41-year-old says, "With the computer game, ...

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SOCIETY 1: New Drummer Unveiled

SOCIETY 1 have chosen L.A. drummer Berzerk Kirk (ex-THE AMBULANCE) to take over the drum throne left vacant by Preston Nash, the ex-PRIMER 55/DOPE skinbasher who exited SOCIETY 1 after recording "The Sound That Ends Creation". Berzerk Kirk will make his live debut with SOCIETY 1 in February as SOCIETY 1 hits the road with ...

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CROWBAR's WINDSTEIN Auctioning Custom Guitar

CROWBAR guitarist/vocalist Kirk Windstein is auctioning a Les Paul custom guitar on eBay. "I just struck a deal with ESP and I'll be using them primarily," he writes on the group's web site. "I used this guitar for the drop B songs ('Bury Me In Smoke' and 'Eyes Of The South') on most ...

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CROWBAR To Support HATEBREED In U.K.

New Orleans-based sludge-meisters CROWBAR will be supporting HATEBREED on a U.K. tour beginning in early March. Confirmed dates are as follows: Mar. 05 - Leeds, UK @ Cockpit Mar. 06 - Sheffield, UK @ Corporation Mar. 07 - Glasgow, UK @ Garage Mar. 08 - Newcastle, UK @ Northumbria Uni Mar. 09 - Manchester, UK ...

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CROWBAR: New Album Artwork Posted Online

The cover art for CROWBAR's new album, "Lifesblood for the Downtrodden", has been posted online at Nodferatu's Lair. The follow-up to 2001's "Sonic Excess In Its Purest Form", "Lifesblood for the Downtrodden" is scheduled for release on February 8 through Candlelight Records. "Lifesblood For The Downtrodden" was produced by the working team of ...

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CROWBAR Frontman: 'Hanging Out With DIME Was Some Of The Funnest Times Of My Life'

CROWBAR guitarist/vocalist Kirk Windstein has issued the following statement in memory of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott: "This whole thing is very disturbing. "First, I'd like to give my deepest heartfelt sympathy to Vinnie, Rita, all Dime's bandmates, and all of his family and friends throughout the world. "Second, I'd like to thank Dime for ...

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METAL CHURCH: 'We Are Immensely Saddened By This Great Loss'

METAL CHURCH tour manager Rob Monks has posted the following message regarding the death of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell: "The news of Dimebag's death reached the ears of the METAL CHURCH camp about five minutes before we were due to hit stage in Tuscon, AZ. At that time it was just a rumor and not ...

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METALLICA: 'Some Kind Of Monster' DVD Bonus Features Detailed

More details have been revealed about the upcoming DVD release of the METALLICA documentary "Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster". Among the more than seven hours of bonus features on the disc are 28 additional scenes, including footage of METALLICA's collaboration with hip hop artist JA RULE and live scenes from the Fillmore shows; festivals and ...

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ENTOMBED, CROWBAR, PRO-PAIN, THE MIGHTY NIMBUS To Team Up For U.S. Tour

Candlelight Records, in cooperation with Metal Maniacs and Revolver magazines, has announced its first label tour for the United States. Set to kick off February 7 at B.B. King's in New York, the tour will feature Stockholm's ENTOMBED, New Orleans' CROWBAR with Florida-based PRO-PAIN and Minnesota's THE MIGHTY NIMBUS. ENTOMBED, earlier this year seeing the ...

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VALUME NOB: Video Shoot Announced

VALUME NOB, the Louisiana based band featuring CROWBAR/DOWN guitarist Kirk Windstein on bass, will be filming a video for their song "Boots" on Saturday, November 20, 2004 at The Most High (4040 Tulane Ave.) in New Orleans. Anyone wanting to attend must be at the gate for 2:00 p.m. (sharp). Free beer will be supplied. ...

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GRAVEYARD RODEO Reunion Confirmed

Drummer Wayne "Doobie" Fabra of legendary Lousiana hardcore/metal pioneers GRAVEYARD RODEO has confirmed to NolaUnderground.com that the band have reformed and are currently rehearsing with a view towards playing a few reunion shows in the New Orleans area (as first reported here on Oct. 18). The current lineup of the group ...

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CROWBAR: In Mixing Mode

New Orleans sludge-meisters CROWBAR are currently mixing their new album, "Life's Blood For The Downtrodden", in Miami, FL for a February 8, 2005 Stateside release through Candlelight Records. "Life's Blood For The Downtrodden" was produced by the working team of Warren Riker (DOWN) and Rex Brown (PANTERA, DOWN). Brown also handled the bass duties on ...

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GRAVEYARD RODEO: Reunion Show Planned?

Legendary Lousiana hardcore/metal pioneers GRAVEYARD RODEO, who once featured in their ranks current CORROSION OF CONFORMITY guitarist/vocalist Pepper Keenan, are said to be planning a reunion show in early 2005, possibly in February at Dixie Tavern in New Orleans. GRAVEYARD RODEO released a debut album, "Sowing Discord In the Haunts of Man", through Century Media ...

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