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EARACHE RECORDS Announces CODEBREAKER Licensing Deal

Earache Records have signed a licensing deal with fast-rising U.K. label Codebreaker Records for the North American territory. The deal will see releases from the likes of ZATOKREV, ABANDON and FIGURE OF MERIT released across North America, and subsequent albums unleashed by Codebreaker will all see a full U.S. release. Codebreaker Records, despite being a ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE: Box Set Track Listing Revealed

The complete track listing has been revealed for the upcoming OZZY OSBOURNE box set, which has apparently been re-titled "The Prince of Darkness", according to IGN.com. The 52-song set, due on February 8, chronicles Ozzy's career via his biggest hits and most memorable collaborations, but the clincher is that the fourth disc of ...

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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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SAMMY HAGAR Birthday Report From Cabo

According to a report at ZRock.com, VAN HALEN frontman Sammy Hagar headed back to northern California yesterday after wrapping up a record-breaking six-night run at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas. Joined onstage each night by his beloved WABORITAS (drummer David Lauser, bassist Mona and guitarist extraordinaire Vic Johnson), Sammy spread ...

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CHEVELLE Drummer Not Afraid Of KORN Fans

Although KORN has one of the most fanatical audiences around, CHEVELLE drummer Sam Loeffler told Launch Radio Networks that he welcomes the challenge of playing for those fans when his band opens for KORN next month. "It is actually challenging, but KORN's been around long enough now that I think the rabid fan base, that ...

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LIVING COLOUR To Tour East Coast With PUBLIC ENEMY

LIVING COLOUR will be playing two East Coast shows with ground-breaking rap act PUBLIC ENEMY later this month. Confirmed dates are as follows: Oct. 17 - Avalon Ballroom - Boston, MA Oct. 18 - BB King's - New York, NY LIVING COLOUR's latest CD, "Collideoscope", was released in September 2003 through Mayan Records/Sanctuary. ...

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BREAKING BENJAMIN Added To KORN's U.S. Tour

BREAKING BENJAMIN have been confirmed as one of the openers for the upcoming KORN/CHEVELLE U.S. tour. Also set to appear on the bill are SKINDRED. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Nov. 12 - Sacramento, CA - Arco Arena Nov. 13 - Salem, OR - The Armory Nov. 14 - Seattle, WA - Tacoma ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Singer: BUSH Administration Has Failed On Every Level

QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate spoke to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer this week about the group's current tour and their forthcoming CD, the next chapter to the 1988 ground-breaking concept album, "Operation: Mindcrime", tentatively titled "Operation: Mindcrime II". Several excerpts from the interview follow: On "Operation: Mindcrime": " 'Operation: Mindcrime' was inspired by the events ...

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SOCIETY 1: DVD Details Revealed

SOCETY 1 have set a November 29 release date for their first-ever DVD, "Fearing the Exit". Included on the disc will be the following: * The entire record-breaking "Suspension Show", filmed live at The Key Club in LA in March 2004. See history being made as Matt "The Lord" Zane becomes the first rock singer ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Ringtones Now Available

According to a posting on the official JUDAS PRIEST web site, ringtones featuring several of the band's classic tracks are currently available from www.ringtones.com. The service is currently available only in the U.K. and each tone costs £3. The JUDAS PRIEST ringtones currently available for purchase are "Breaking the Law", "Living After Midnight", ...

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P.O.D. Guitarist Releases Solo Album: More Details Revealed

P.O.D. guitarist Jason Truby, who replaced founding member Marcos Curiel in February 2003, has released a 24-track solo acoustic album, entitled "String Theory", via the group's web site. Truby reportedly played a remarkable nineteen guitars (including McGill, Ryan, Charis, Breedlove, Lowden, Langejans, Pimentel, Godin reso, and Sitar) on the album, which was produced "using a ...

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SOUNDEVICE: Tour Dates Announced

SOUNDEVICE, the Atlanta-based rock band featuring former STEREOMUD frontman Erik Rogers, have announced a host of dates during September and October. The group's lineup is rounded out by guitarist Jason Grover (BEND), drummer Cheney Brannon (BEND), bassist Craig Maule (420 MONKS) and guitarist Billy Grey (FOZZY, CAFU). The band recently finished recording five new tracks. ...

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VELVET REVOLVER: 'Fall To Pieces' Tops Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart

VELVET REVOLVER have taken over the top slot of Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart this week with their second single, "Fall to Pieces", according to Billboard.com. The group is familiar with the top of this chart, where their debut single, "Slither", spent nine weeks earlier this year. "Fall" ends the three-week reign of LINKIN PARK's ...

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Sworn Allegiance - UNLEASHED

After five years of stomping around in the wilderness from 1997-2002, UNLEASHED are back hacking out albums and on a roll again. While this is undeniably a good thing for death metal in general, it wouldn't necessarily be the second coming of (the anti) Christ as musical comebacks go. This is based on the train ...

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MASTERPLAN Singer Says New Album Will Contain 'Very Progressive' Parts

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande, recently entered Crazy Cat studio in Hamburg, Germany with producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, SKINLAB) to begin recording their second album, tentatively due in early 2005 through AFM Records in Europe and ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Singer: New Songs Are Completely Different To Anything Done In The Past

QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate recently spoke to Greece's Metal-Temple.com webzine about the group's past recorded output and their forthcoming CD, the next chapter to the 1988 ground-breaking concept album, "Operation: Mindcrime", tentatively titled "Operation: Mindcrime II". Several excerpts from the interview follow: Metal-Temple.com: Though I know you said you don't care about other ...

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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Bassist Embraces 'Emo-Metal' Tag

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE bassist Mike D'Antonio recently spoke to The Winnipeg Sun about a new breed of beast on the scene: emo-metal. "I feel a lot of bands don't know if they're happy, sad or what — they just go out and put on the metal face," he said. "We don't go out and pretend to ...

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THE CLAN DESTINED: Former SKYCLAD, IMMORTAL Members Launch New Project

THE CLAN DESTINED, the new project featuring vocalist Martin Walkyier (ex-SKYCLAD, SABBAT) and bassist Iscariah (ex-IMMORTAL), have announced the details of the group's lineup. Joining Walkyier and Iscariah in the new formation are Lee Cassidy (guitar), Kara Sutra (vocals), Emily Dolan Davies (drums), and Tony Wildwood (guitar). The band are currently working very hard to ...

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AS HOPE DIES Reform, Begin Writing New Material

Roughly one year after breaking up, Southern California metal/hardcore band AS HOPE DIES have reformed with a new line up. The group have reportedly completed five new songs for an upcoming record, with three more songs in the works. According to the band, their new material is "very similar to the old stuff, just a ...

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P.O.D. Guitarist To Release Solo Album

P.O.D. guitarist Jason Truby, who replaced founding member Marcos Curiel in February 2003, is planning to release a 24-track solo acoustic album before the end of the year. "String Theory" will be available on P.O.D.'s web site beginning in September. Truby reportedly played a remarkable nineteen guitars (including McGill, Ryan, Charis, Breedlove, Lowden, Langejans, Pimentel, ...

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RUSH Guitarist Says Court Case Won't Delay U.K. Tour

Andy Coleman of the U.K.'s Evening Mail is reporting that RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson today promised Birmingham fans the band's forthcoming NEC shows will definitely go ahead — despite a court case hanging over his head. The 50-year-old musician says he was due to appear in a Florida court in September but a deal has ...

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THE DARKNESS Asked To Sign Dead Dog

The Irish Examiner is reporting that British rockers THE DARKNESS encountered a strange request from a fan — to sign his grandma's dead dog. The group's drummer Ed Graham recalls the bizarre request from an admirer — who believed he could obtain a peace of mind with his late estranged grandmother if they ...

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