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BACKMASK: Former DEVILDRIVER Guitarist Resurfaces In New Project

BACKMASK, the new project featuring lead vocalist/guitarist Shane McFee (son of DOOBIE BROTHERS guitarist John McFee), drummer Dan Bellinger (ex-HIRAX, TCHILDRES), and guitarist Evan Pitts (ex-DEVILDRIVER) have posted their new five-song industry promo CD in streaming audio at their official web site, Backmask.com. BACKMASK's music has been described as "a new sound, combining ...

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DEVILDRIVER: Recording Update

DEVILDRIVER, the Santa Barbara, California-based band featuring former COAL CHAMBER singer Dez Fafara, are currently at Sonic Ranch studio in Tornillo, Texas recording the follow-up to their self-titled debut, tentatively due in April/May 2005 via Roadrunner Records. Commented Fafara: "First of all, DEVILDRIVER would like to thank you all for a great year — anyone ...

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DEVILDRIVER Enter Studio To Record New Album

DEVILDRIVER, the Santa Barbara, California-based band featuring former COAL CHAMBER singer Dez Fafara, are scheduled to enter Sonic Ranch studio in Tornillo, Texas today (Nov. 15) with producer Colin Richardson (MACHINE HEAD, FEAR FACTORY, NAPALM DEATH) to begin recording their sophomore album, tentatively due in April/May 2005 via Roadrunner Records. The as-yet-untitled effort will be ...

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DEVILDRIVER: 'Nothing's Wrong' Video Posted Online

DEVILDRIVER's video for the track "Nothing's Wrong" has been posted online at this location. The "Nothing's Wrong" clip was directed by Joe Lynch, whose previous directing projects include music videos for GODHEAD, KATAKLYSM and COAL CHAMBER, and commercials for Dodge/Jeep, Mountain Dew, Pepsi and Media Labs. Joe created "Uranium" for MuchMusicUSA/Fuse, which he ...

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BLACKEST OF THE BLACK Tour Cancelled

The much-anticipated "Blackest of the Black" U.S. Tour, which was set to feature headliners DANZIG alongside DOYLE (ex-MISFITS), MAYHEM, DEATH ANGEL, DEVILDRIVER and EYES OF FIRE, has been cancelled. "We are extremely upset by this news as the band has prepared for months and are in top shape to conquer the country!" MAYHEM guitarist Blasphemer ...

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MAYHEM Begin Writing New Material

Norwegian black metallers MAYHEM have commenced the songwriting process for their next album, tentatively due in October/November 2005 through Season Of Mist. The band, who will be taking part in this fall's edition of the "Blackest of the Black" tour alongside DANZIG, DOYLE (featuring ex-MISFITS guitarist Doyle), DEVILDRIVER, DEATH ANGEL and EYES OF FIRE, will ...

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FEAR FACTORY Finish Filming 'Bite The Hand That Bleeds' Video

FEAR FACTORY have finished filming a video for the track "Bite the Hand That Bleeds". The song, which comes off the group's latest CD, "Archetype", will be featured on the soundtrack to the upcoming horror film "Saw", due in theatres nationwide in mid-September. The James Wan-directed movie is about a serial killer whose latest potential ...

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EYES OF FIRE Announce New Drummer, Comment On DANZIG Tour

EYES OF FIRE, the experimental Orange County, California-based featuring Matt Fisher and Dan Kaufman from the legendary cultists MINDROT, have replaced drummer John Haddad (ex-PHOBIA, DEAD AMERICA) with Nicky Bernardi (formerly of Bay Area hardcore/thrash metal band THE SICK). Commented Fisher: "John was a great asset to the band for the past 3 1/2 years. ...

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DEVILDRIVER Miss OZZFEST Appearance

DEVILDRIVER, the new band fronted by former COAL CHAMBER singer Dez Fafara, were forced to miss their Ozzfest 2004 appearance at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA on Thursday (July 29). "The band's bus broke down somewhere in Oregon about 24 hours ago, and is still un-operable," according to a July 29 posting on ...

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BLACKEST OF THE BLACK: Tentative Tour Dates Announced

The tentative routing has been released for this fall's edition of the "Blackest Of The Black" tour, featuring DANZIG, DOYLE (featuring ex-MISFITS guitarist Doyle), MAYHEM, DEVILDRIVER, DEATH ANGEL and EYES OF FIRE. As previously reported, "Blackest of the Black" organizer Glenn Danzig and ex-MISFITS guitarist Doyle will be teaming up for a special MISFITS set ...

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VEHEMENCE Announce Tour Dates

VEHEMENCE, the Phoenix, Arizona-based melodic death metallers, have lined up the following dates during the coming weeks: Jul. 30 - El Paso, TX - The Key Lounge Jul. 31 - Juarez, Mexico - Planet Rock Aug. 02 – Houston, TX - Engine Room Aug. 03 – TBA Aug. 04 - TBA Aug. 05 - Harlingen, ...

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'Resident Evil: Apocalypse' Soundtrack Track Listing Revealed

Roadrunner Records has announced the track listing for the upcoming soundtrack to the "Resident Evil: Apocalypse" movie, due on August 31. The soundtrack, which highlights the best of today's darker leaning heavy rock, features SLIPKNOT, A PERFECT CIRCLE, THE CURE, THE USED, ROB ZOMBIE and more. The first single from the album will be KILLSWITCH ...

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OZZFEST 2004 Hits Boston: Reviews Posted Online

The Boston Globe and the Boston Herald have published separate reviews of the second date of the Ozzfest 2004 tour, which took place Monday (July 12) at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, MA. A couple of review excerpts follow: Boston Globe: "The show sold out, though the one-night stand was down from two nights in ...

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OZZFEST 2004 Summer Sampler Unleashed

The previously unreleased LAMB OF GOD track "Laid to Rest", which will not be available until this fall on their new release "Ashes of the Wake", is one of the cuts included on the Ozzfest 2004 sampler CD, available at the Ozzfest Summer Sampler booth at any and every Ozzfest show this summer. The disc ...

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GOD FORBID: OZZFEST Off Dates Announced

New Jersey metal titans GOD FORBID will continue their rigorous U.S. touring schedule all summer long on Ozzfest, which kicks off in Hartford, CT. on July 10. The quintet also locked down a series of Ozzfest off-dates alongside such premier artists as DIMMU BORGIR, SLAYER and SUPERJOINT RITUAL, among others. Their new video for "Antihero", ...

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FEAR FACTORY: Tonight's London Show Cancelled

Only a few days after announcing an extra headlining show in London at Islington's Carling Academy on June 24, FEAR FACTORY have posted a message on their web site stating that the gig has been cancelled. No reason was given for the cancellation. FEAR FACTORY are currently touring Europe in support of their latest album, ...

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DEVILDRIVER To Film New Video

DEVILDRIVER, the new band fronted by former COAL CHAMBER singer Dez Fafara, will be filming a video for "Nothing's Wrong?" on June 27. The video will be shot in the group's rehearsal space in Santa Barbara, "so people can get a feel of what the band does on a daily basis," according to a posting ...

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FEAR FACTORY Invite Fans To Attend 'Archetype' Video Shoot

FEAR FACTORY will be filming the video for "Archetype", the title track of their recently released CD, on Saturday (May 29) in Los Angeles, CA. The shoot will take place between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at The Herald Examiner Bldg., which is located at 1111 S. Broadway. Fans interested in attending the video shoot, ...

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THROWDOWN Added To OZZFEST 2004

Orange County, California-based straight-edge hardcore band THROWDOWN have secured a second-stage slot at this year's Ozzfest, kicking off July 10 in Hartford, Connecticut. The band's official statement on the matter is as follows: "We are super stoked to say that we have officially been added to this years OZZFEST! We just got word today [Thursday, ...

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