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MACHINE HEAD Guitarist DEMMEL Thanks Fans For Their Support

MACHINE HEAD guitarist Phil Demmel — who is sitting out the remaining dates on the band's current European tour due to the death of his father — has released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET: "Thank you to everyone who has offered their condolences and best wishes. I can't thank you enough for all the support ...

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Vocalist MATT BARLOW Rejoins ICED EARTH

ICED EARTH mainman/guitarist Jon Schaffer has issued the following statement: "Hello, dear friends! "Once again the winds of change are upon us, and this time I can say that I am very happy about the result. "While out on the European tour I had several in-depth discussions with many loyal ICED EARTH fans. A common ...

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STIGMA Completes Work On Debut Album

Italian deathcore act STIGMA has completed the recording process for its debut album, "When Midnight Strikes!", due in the spring through Pivotal Rockordings. The CD was recorded at Db Studios with producer Ettore Rigotti (DISARMONIA MUNDI) and was mixed and mastered by Alessandro Vanara (DISARMONIA MUNDI, SLOWMOTION APOCALYPSE). The cover artwork, which was created by ...

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LEGION OF THE DAMNED: Finnish Dates Announced

Dutch thrashers LEGION OF THE DAMNED have announced the following dates in Finland: Feb. 06 - Kuopio, Finland - Henry's Pub Feb. 07 - Jyväskylä, Finland - Lutakko Feb. 08 - Tampere,, Finland - Hellä Feb. 09 - Helsinki, Finland - Nightlife Rock LEGION OF THE DAMNED has set a January 2008 release date for ...

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CRIMINAL: Four New Songs Demoed

Anglo-Chilean thrash masters CRIMINAL are currently writing material for the follow-up to "Sicario", the band's critically acclaimed last album, which was released by Metal Blade Records in late 2005. The band's mainman Anton Reisenegger (formerly of the Chilean thrash legends PENTAGRAM) has issued the following update: "Last weekend was spent demoing four new songs. We ...

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INSANITY: Trust Fund Set Up For Family Of Late Drummer

Drummer Bud Mills the long-running San Francisco Bay Area death metallers INSANITY passed away on November 14, 2007 after a "hellish" battle with esophagial cancer. According to the band, "a trust fund has been set up for Megan [Bud's wife] and most importantly Bud's sons. The family is requesting that in lieu of flowers you ...

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YEAR OF DESOLATION: Photos From Video Shoot Posted Online

Indiana-based thrashers YEAR OF DESOLATION have posted a handful of photos from the band's video shoot which took place earlier this month. During two off days in Los Angeles while on the THINE EYES BLEED tour, director Zach Voytas shot footage that will shortly become the video to "Suffer Thy Nemesis", a track from the ...

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YEAR OF DESOLATION Joins DYING FETUS Tour

Indiana thrashers YEAR OF DESOLATION have just been added to the currently underway DYING FETUS tour alongside labelmates SKELETONWITCH. The band is excited to again meet up with their labelmates and friends, but also have to reluctantly pull out of the rest of the dates on the band's last tour, which featured YEAR OF DESOLATION ...

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THE CULT Frontman: We Made This Album For Ourselves

The web site of the German branch of Roadrunner Records has been updated with the following interview with THE CULT frontman Ian Astbury: Q: When you wrote this album, was there a spark? Ian: THE CULT has been on ice so there was no point going through the motions of touring and recording if there ...

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ICED EARTH Drummer Issues Another Update From The Road

ICED EARTH drummer Brent Smedley has posted another entry in the "Road Rage Reports" section of the band's official web site. An excerpt follows: "We had an off day in Stockholm, Sweden, with a gig the next day at a place called Tyrol. "I am happy to report that my sickness is all but gone, ...

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KORN, SYSTEM OF A DOWN, DISTURBED Singers Talk Halloween Plans

The Pulse of Radio reports: Wednesday (October 31) is Halloween, one of the biggest and most increasingly popular holidays on the calendar. The day is normally filled with costumes, parties, haunted houses, horror movies, trick-or-treating and all kinds of spooky and entertaining events and activities, and we asked several of our favorite musicians how they'll ...

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TAB THE BAND's 'Masked Bandit' To Be Featured On 'CSI: NY'

TAB THE BAND — the group featuring AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry's sons Tony, 20, and Adrian, 25, alongside drummer Ben Tileston, 20 — will reach a new audience when its song "Masked Bandit" is featured on "CSI: NY" this Wednesday, October 24 on CBS. The episode, entitled "Down The Rabbit Hole", will air at 10:00 ...

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YEAR OF DESOLATION Gearing Up For Another Tour

Indiana thrashers YEAR OF DESOLATION are currently at home, working on new material and gearing up for another tour to continue supporting the band's Prosthetic Records debut, "Year of Desolation". Having just completed a string of dates alongside WITH BLOOD COMES CLEANSING, BLOODLINED CALLIGRAPHY and BLOODJINN, YEAR OF DESOLATION will head out in November as ...

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VAN HALEN Book Author Was Inspired By MORBID ANGEL Guitarist

The Toronto Star recently interviewed writer Ian Christe (author of "Sound of the Beast" and "Everybody Wants Some: The Van Halen Saga", and host on Sirius Satellite Radio's Hard Attack and Buzzsaw) about VAN HALEN's current arena tour with David Lee Roth. According to Christe, the book on America's most popular hard rock band came ...

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THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD Parts Ways With Guitarist

South Carolina's THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD has announced the departure of guitarist Chris Anderson. The band has recruited temporary axeman, and original member of the band, Richard Turbeville, for the band's upcoming run this fall as support to AS I LAY DYING, ALL THAT REMAINS, as well as HASTE THE DAY. Continuing to ...

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LYNAM: New Music Posted Online

Birmingham, Alabama-based hard rockers LYNAM have just put up three new songs on their MySpace page from their forthcoming album, "Tragic City Symphony". You can check them out at www.myspace.com/lynam. The release date has not yet been set. "Tragic City Symphony" was produced by Jason Elgin (MAYLENE AND THE SONS OF DISASTER, COLLECTIVE ...

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YEAR OF DESOLATION: Professionally Filmed Live Footage Posted Online

Indiana thrashers YEAR OF DESOLATION have posted a professionally shot live video from a performance at the Island Oasis in Winter Park, Florida. Helmed and edited by director Zach Voytas, the "Elitist Death Squad" clip can be viewed below. Currently touring alongside WITH BLOOD COMES CLEANSING, BLOODLINED CALLIGRAPHY and BLOODJINN, YEAR OF DESOLATION has already ...

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CRADLE OF FILTH Frontman Talks Horror Movies

Gore/splatter film fan site OhMyGore.com recently conducted an interview with CRADLE OF FILTH frontman Dani Filth. An excerpt from the chat follows: OhMyGore.com: Are horror movies, and in particular Italian horror movies, an inspiration sources for CRADLE OF FILTH's imagery, video clip and gigs? Dani: "Horror movies feature quite prominently in the inspirational ...

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THE LUCIFER PRINCIPLE: New Song Posted Online

Dutch death metallers THE LUCIFER PRINCIPLE have posted a new song, entitled "The Pitch Black Dawn", on their MySpace page. The track comes off the group's full-length debut, "Pitch Black Dawn", due in Europe on October 5 via the Belgium-based label Apache Productions (SONS OF JONATHAS, SPOIL ENGINE, SOUTHERN VOODOO). The CD was ...

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The Big Dirty - EVERY TIME I DIE

It is a shame that folks that have not really spent time with the band's music often lump Buffalo's EVERY TIME I DIE in with the hordes of metalcore pretenders. Forget about the fact that EVERY TIME I DIE has been doing it longer than most of these flavors of the month, but the music ...

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