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PERIPHERY Members Cover SLIPKNOT's 'The Heretic Anthem' (Audio)

PERIPHERY vocalist Spencer Sotelo has enlisted the help of his badmates Misha Mansoor and Matt Halpern, as well as Taylor Larson (who is co-producing the forthcoming PERIPHERY album) and Will Donnelly, to record a cover version of the SLIPKNOT song "The Heretic Anthem". You can now listen to their version using the SoundCloud player below. ...

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Ex-NEVERMORE Guitarist JEFF LOOMIS Preparing For U.S. Tour; Rehearsal Footage Available

Video footage of former NEVERMORE guitarist Jeff Loomis and fellow axeman Joe Nurre (SHADED ENMITY) rehearsing the songs "Mercurial" (off Loomis' forthcoming second solo album, "Plains Of Oblivion") and "Shouting Fire At A Funeral" (from Loomis' solo debut, "Zero Order Phase") can be seen below. Loomis has been added to the 24-date, coast-to-coast U.S. tour ...

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VEIL OF MAYA's 'Eclipse' Cracks U.S. Top 100

"Eclipse", the third full-length album from Chicago-based extreme progressive metal titans VEIL OF MAYA, sold 7,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 76 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "[id]", sold around 5,000 copies in the United States in its first week ...

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GOD FORBID: Not Djent Yet

Guitarist/vocalist Doc Coyle of New Brunswick, New Jersey's melodic, thrash-metal warriors GOD FORBID has responded to online criticism that his band has "gone djent" on its new album, "Equilbrium", after the CD's first single, "Don't Tell Me What To Dream", was made available as an online stream last week. Djent is a heavy metal music ...

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ARCH ENEMY To Headline Philippines' 'Pulp Summer Slam'

Swedish/German extreme metallers ARCH ENEMY will headline the annual Pulp Summer Slam festival on April 28 at the Amoranto Stadium, Quezon City in Manila, Philippines. Also scheduled to appear are AUGUST BURNS RED, BLESSTHEFALL, DARKEST HOUR, PERIPHERY and WE CAME AS ROMANS. The lineup will be supported by six more bands which are yet to ...

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Former NEVERMORE Guitarist Interviewed At NAMM (Video)

Michael Berger of Engl TV conducted an interview with former NEVERMORE guitarist Jeff Loomis at the 2012 NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, a massive music-products convention which took place January 19-22 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can now watch the chat below. Loomis has been added to the 24-date, ...

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I, OMEGA Signs With BULLET TOOTH

Bullet Tooth has announced the signing of I, OMEGA to a worldwide deal. Coming out of the Los Angeles area, I, OMEGA has been busy playing Southern California and writing songs for its upcoming EP, "The Ravenous", due out on this spring. Blending technical melodic metal with bursts of progressive rock in the realm of ...

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Canada's KEMILON Signs with MAPLE METAL RECORDS

Montreal, Quebec, Canada-based power metallers KEMILON have inked a worldwide deal with Toronto's Maple Metal Records. The band's debut album, "Twisted Storm", will be released in early April. The CD was produced by KEMILON guitarist Louis Jacques at Shreds Up Studios in Magog, Quebec and was mixed by Adam "Nolly" Getgood (PERIPHERY, RED SEAS FIRE). ...

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TEXTURES: Video Recap Of First-Ever North American Tour

Dutch progressive technical metallers TEXTURES have released a video podcast recapping their recent North American tour with PERIPHERY, THE HUMAN ABSTRACT and THE CONTORTIONIST. Their first-ever North American trek saw them play 32 shows over the course of five weeks to packed houses from New York to California, Canada, Mexico and everywhere in between. Check ...

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PERIPHERY Guitarist Interviewed In Hannover (Video)

Shockwave-Hannover conducted an interview with guitarist Jake Bowen of the Maryland-based experimental, progressive metal band PERIPHERY when the group played at the AWD-Hall in Hannover, Germany on February 5 during their current tour with DREAM THEATER. You can now watch the chat below. PERIPHERY recently entered the studio to begin recording its sophomore full-length album ...

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Former NEVERMORE Guitarist JEFF LOOMIS Announces Touring Lineup

Former NEVERMORE guitarist Jeff Loomis has been added to the 24-date, coast-to-coast U.S. tour with PROTEST THE HERO, PERIPHERY, THE SAFETY FIRE and TODAY I CAUGHT THE PLAGUE. Jeff has revealed the quality players he's enlisted to accompany him on the stage: * Joe Nurre (SHADED ENMITY) - Guitar * Gregory Macklin (SYSTEM DIVIDE, ORDINANCE) ...

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SLASH, MEGADETH, FEAR FACTORY, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Confirmed For U.K.'s DOWNLOAD

SLASH, MEGADETH, STEEL PANTHER, RISE AGAINST, BILLY TALENT, FEAR FACTORY, AS I LAY DYING, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, KYUSS LIVES!, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, PERIPHERY, TERRORVISION, GINGER and RECKLESS LOVE have been confirmed for the 10th annual installment of the Download festival, which will take place June 8-10, 2012 at Donington Park, United Kingdom. The billing ...

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TESSERACT To Release Acoustic EP

U.K. progressive metallers TESSERACT are working on an acoustic EP, tentatively titled "Perspective", for a spring release via Century Media Records. The effort will contain reworked versions of tracks from the band's debut album, "One", plus "a very special" cover version. Commented TESSERACT bassist Amos Williams: "The EP was inspired by an acoustic session we ...

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VEIL OF MAYA: More New Album Details Revealed

Chicago-based extreme progressive metal titans VEIL OF MAYA will release their third full-length album, "Eclipse", on February 28 via Sumerian Records. Produced by djent hero Misha Mansoor of PERIPHERY, the CD is "a stunningly concise yet diverse metal record, packed full of death-metal chops, tech-metal grooves, progressive arrangements and hardcore rip-yer-throat-out attitude," according to a ...

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DEVILDRIVER Guitarists' NAMM Clinic (Video)

Jeff Kendrick and Mike Spreitzer of California metallers DEVILDRIVER took part in a clinic on January 20 at the Korg booth at the 2012 NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, a massive music-products convention that is taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Check out the footage below. Kendrick and ...

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STAR MONARCHY: 'Monarchy' Lyric Video Released

The official lyric video for "Monarchy", the first single from STAR MONARCHY, the new project launched by bassist Ray Riendeau (HALFORD, JAMES LABRIE), can be seen below. The track, which was mixed and mastered by Derek Taylor at Milo studios in Texas, features the following musicians: * Dan Tompkins (TESSERACT) - Vocals * Francesco Artusato ...

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OBSCURA, THREAT SIGNAL Members Added To STAR MONARCHY Project

Alex Rudinger (THREAT SIGNAL) and Hannes Grossmann (OBSCURA, BLOTTED SCIENCE) have been added to the list of musicians who will contribute to "Volume 1", the debut album from STAR MONARCHY, the new project launched by bassist Ray Riendeau (HALFORD, JAMES LABRIE). The release will feature songs written by Ray and some collaborations with other artists. ...

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THE HUMAN ABSTRACT Goes On Hiatus

California metallers THE HUMAN ABSTRACT appear to have gone on indefinite hiatus following the band's recent split with both vocalist Travis Richter and eOne Music, the label that released the group's third full-length album, "Digital Veil". In a recent post on his Facebook page, THE HUMAN ABSTRACT bassist Henry Selva stated about the band's current ...

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PERIPHERY Drummer Launches BANDHAPPY Online Music Education Service

Scheduled to launch in early 2012, the Bandhappy online music community, founded by PERIPHERY drummer Matt Halpern, promises to "reshape how music teachers and students connect in a first-of-its-kind music community." Bandhappy will offer either in-person lessons or online lessons anywhere on the planet via a custom-built, in-house video chat system. "Bandhappy really spent the ...

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NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL 2012 Billing Announced

MassConcerts has announced that the 14th annual New England Metal & Hardcore Festival will take place the weekend of April 20-22, 2012. The New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, the largest and most successful metal festival in the United States, has presented some of the biggest and up-and-coming artists in the metal and hardcore music ...

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PERIPHERY Begins Recording New Album

Maryland-based experimental, progressive metal band PERIPHERY has entered the studio to begin recording its sophomore full-length album for an early 2012 release via Sumerian Records. Commented guitarist Jake Bowen: "We've got a ton of new songs ready that we can't wait for you guys to hear. "We'll spend the winter in the studio with Taylor ...

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PERIPHERY Bassist Quits

Bassist Tom Murphy has announced his departure from the Maryland-based experimental, progressive metal band PERIPHERY. He says in a statement, "I have had so many unforgettable experiences and have met so many wonderful people while playing with the band and just want to say thank you to all the fans for making that possible. I ...

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