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SWITCHED To Hit The Road After Two-Year Hiatus

After an over two year hiatus, Cleveland hard rock titans SWITCHED (best known for their chart-climbing singles "Inside" and "Tendeadfingers") have announced they will be hitting the road for a month-long headlining trek beginning April 7 in support of their newly released sophomore LP, the two-disc collection "Ghosts in the Machine". The outing will mark ...

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HEATHEN: We Have Not Signed Anything Yet

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers HEATHEN have issued a statement refuting a recent press release from the the French record company Season of Mist indicating that they have signed the band to a label deal. In a posting on their official web site, HEATHEN write, "OK, so it looks like the cat got out ...

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GODSMACK's SULLY ERNA: A Tribute To An Angel

GODSMACK frotman Sully Erna has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Have you ever seen an angel? "Most of us would probably say no. I'll bet you by the end of this letter that you have. "Sometimes we walk through this earth aimlessly, too caught up in our everyday messes and ...

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SILVERCHAIR Confirmed For Australia's ROCK-IT Festival

SILVERCHAIR have been confirmed to perform at Western Australia's rock festival Rock-It on Sunday, March 19. It will be the band's second time at Rock-It after they headlined the very first one back in 1999. Other artists playing on the day include GRINSPOON, SHIHAD, COG and FAKER. Tickets are AUS$58 (inc GST/BF) and will be ...

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HEATHEN Sign To SEASON OF MIST RECORDS

Season of Mist has announced the signing of veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers HEATHEN. As many fans will recall, HEATHEN were one of the most unique bands to rise from the Bay Area thrash explosion of the '80s/'90s, having released a groundbreaking debut album, "Breaking the Silence", in 1987 went on to sell close ...

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JUDAS PRIEST: 'Essential' Two-CD Collection To Arrive In April

Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings will release the two-CD set "The Essential Judas Priest" on April 4. JUDAS PRIEST rocketed out of the tough steel town of Birmingham, England, more than three decades ago, and the 34 songs collected here form nothing less than the very backbone — the pure essence — of heavy metal. This uncompromising ...

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One (Hellbound) - DEMIRICOUS

One could say that Indianapolis' DEMIRICOUS and Chicago's HURTLOCKER are cut from the same gasoline-soaked cloth. While not stylistically identical, both bands do produce a bullshit-less and trend-free form of go-for-the-throat thrash. Whereas HURTLOCKER goes for more of a THE HAUNTED attack, DEMIRICOUS sticks closer to the SLAYER-esque (but who are we kidding here, everyone ...

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Mean Streak (Re-Release) - Y&T

If you are wanting a little background information San Francisco's Y&T, then read the review of 1982's "Black Tiger" first, so I don't have to repeat it here. "Mean Streak" is one of two seminal Y&T albums that have recently been digitally re-mastered and re-released on CD. Originally released in 1983, "Mean Streak" is far ...

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The Art of War EP - VADER

The hardest working men in death metal haven't stopped recording and touring to take a break in at least ten years, yet somehow VADER's output never dips in quality. Not every song may be an instantly-memorable classic, but none of their prodigious body of work is anything less than satisfying. Blistering speed, charismatic vocals, rapid-fire ...

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AEROSMITH Hint The End Is Near

ContactMusic.com is reporting that AEROSMITH have hinted their touring days may soon be over, after recognizing that they're not going to "live forever". The band admit their hectic schedule, which included a U.S. tour with LENNY KRAVITZ at the end of last year, is becoming increasingly hard to sustain and they are looking at life ...

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KORN To Test New Business Model On Upcoming Tour

In a first of its kind for the music industry, Grammy-winning rock band KORN announced today that it is teaming up with Live Nation, the world's leading live entertainment company, in a unique, exclusive joint venture. The innovative set of deals expands on the unprecedented partnership KORN created with EMI Music in September. Under the ...

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ATREYU Complete 'Her Portrait In Black' Video Shoot

ATREYU have posted the following message on their official web site: "[Monday] night [Dec. 19] we wrapped shooting a brand new music video for our new song 'Her Portrait in Black'. This new song will appear on the the soundtrack for 'Underworld: Evolution' which is available on Lakeshore Records on January 10th. Expect the video ...

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SWITCHED: 'Ghosts In The Machine' Two-Disc Collection Detailed

Corporate Punishment Records has set a January 10, 2006 release date for SWITCHED's "Ghosts in the Machine", a two-disc rarities, b-sides, and demos collection featuring 11 new, unreleased SWITCHED demo tracks initially recorded for the band's sophomore Immortal release. In addition to the new tracks, "Ghosts in the Machine" will also feature demo versions of ...

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PYRO Announce New Lineup, Begin Recording New Album

French melodic hard rock band PYRO are currently recoridng their fourth album, tentatively due early next year via CMP. Ten songs have been written for the follow-up to 2004's "Breaking Point", which is being produced by the band's founding members, guitarists Joel Pyro and Bruno Pyro. The CD, entitled "Stab in the Back", will feature ...

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BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION Reject Split Rumors

BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION have rejected as false Internet reports that they are planning on breaking up following the completion of their current European tour. In a posting on the band's official forum, the group's forum moderator Nikki wrote, "The BRIDES are not breaking up! Now everyone, please, take a breather. Trust me, no one's breaking ...

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SILVERCHAIR Confirmed For Australia's THE GREAT ESCAPE Festival

Australia's SILVERCHAIR will perform as part of a ground-breaking Festival called "The Great Escape" over the 2006 Easter long weekend (April 14-16, 2006). "The Great Escape" offers three days of non-stop music, arts, markets, comedy, film and loads of camping at another character-rich location: the Newington Armory, which is a former armaments depot. Just up ...

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FLAMETAL Flamenco/Metal Hybrid Band Featuring WHITESNAKE Bassist To Make Hollywood Debut

Hotly tipped San Francisco-based flamenco/metal hybrid band FLAMETAL will be making their Southern California live debut this Saturday, December 17 at Bar Sinister, 1652 N. Cherokee Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028. For more info call: 323-769-7070. FLAMETAL who combine the flamenco shred of Paco DeLucia with hard-edged Bay Area metal, are the brainchild of virtuoso acoustic ...

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Arrest Made In POISON Guitarist's Stolen Equipment Case

On October 24, 2005, the home of legendary POISON guitarist C.C. Deville was broken into and over 30 pieces of equipment were stolen. A concentrated effort lead by the LAPD's Van Nuys Burglary Division, Planet Deville and VH1 came to a culmination with the arrest of the thief at the Ranchero Cucamonga Guitar Center on ...

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KORN: More Than 30% Of Sold Albums Included Bonus Disc

More than 30 percent of the 221,000 albums sold by KORN of their latest effort, "See You on the Other Side", in its first week of release, were of the album's deluxe edition encompassing a bonus disc with three previously unreleased new tracks ("It's Me Again", "Eaten Up Inside" and "Last Legal Drug [Le Petit ...

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SLIPKNOT's CLOWN: 'I Have A Feeling We Could Win A GRAMMY This Year'

SLIPKNOT members Shawn "Clown" Crahan (percussion) and Jim Root (guitar) spoke to The Des Moines Register about being nominated for a Grammy for the sixth consecutive year. The single "Before I Forget" from the band's third album, "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)", was nominated for Best Metal Performance alongside songs by MINISTRY, MUDVAYNE, RAMMSTEIN and ...

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GEORGE LYNCH Featured On 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno'

Bassist Marten Andersson (GEORGE LYNCH, STARWOOD, LIZZY BORDEN) has issued the following update: "I don't know if you caught the George Lynch rehearsal skit with announcer 'Stuttering John' (Melendez) that aired last night [Dec. 8] on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' on NBC. I think they mainly featured Lynch and Andrew but I don't ...

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LINKIN PARK Begin Work On New Material

Jonathan Cohen of Billboard.com is reporting that LINKIN PARK and Warner Bros. are close to resolving their contract renegotiation dispute without any further ugliness. "We're resolving our differences and we're looking forward to putting out a record next year," guitarist Brad Delson tells Billboard.com. "We're all focused on the creative process right now." ...

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