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Audio Interview With Classic 'Headbanger's Ball' Host RIKI RACHTMAN Posted Online

TalkingMetal.com has posted episode 42 of their "Talking Metal" podcast. The episode features an 18-minute interview hosts Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy conducted with "Racing Rocks" and classic "Headbanger's Ball" host, Riki Rachtman. Interview topics include NASCAR, MTV and VH1, Axl Rose and GUNS N' ROSES, Hollywood's legendary Cathouse, and FASTER PUSSYCAT singer Taime Downe. ...

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SOULFLY To Embark On West Coast Tour With MANNTIS, A PERFECT MURDER

According to a posting on SOULFLY's official web site, the band will be undertaking a short West Coast tour beginning in early April, immediately following the band's current European headlining trek. Support on the West Coast dates will come from INCITE (featuring SOULFLY mainman Max Cavalera's stepson Ritchie), Century Media recording artists MANNTIS, and Victory ...

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PRONG: Another New Demo Song Posted Online

A brand-new PRONG demo track, entitled "Third Option", has been posted online at the group's MySpace.com page. Check it out at www.myspace.com/prong. PRONG bassist Mike Longworth recently told BLABBERMOUTH.NET that the group have abandoned the search for a second guitarist and have chosen to stick with the "traditional" three-piece format. "We've done several ...

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WORMS INSIDE Part Ways With Drummer, Announce Replacement

WORMS INSIDE (formerly WORMS INSIDE YOU), the new band featuring guitarist Tom Tangalos (ex-GORGASM) vocalist James Eads (RELLIK) and bassist Jeremy Barger (TORN BETWEEN), have parted ways with drummer Derek Hoffman (ex-GORGASM). Replacing him in the group is former MARTYR drummer Max Colunga. "We are gonna go back into the studio probably later this year ...

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SEPULTURA's KISSER Doesn't Rule Out Reunion With MAX CAVALERA

In a recent interview with MTV News, SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser said he's heard all the rumors about SEPULTURA reuniting with founding member and current SOULFLY frontman Max Cavalera for a spot on this summer's Ozzfest. He's even heard the one that involves the band's "plans" to perform three different sets from the main stage ...

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SKINLESS Putting Finishing Touches On New Album Recordings

New York-based death metallers SKINLESS are continuing work on their new album for Relapse Records. Entitled "Trample The Weak, Hurdle the Dead", the CD will be the band's first to feature new vocalist Jason Keyser and is being recorded with longtime engineer Brett Portzer at his Max Trax Studios. "Trample The Weak, Hurdle the Dead" ...

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Black Tiger (Re-Release) - Y&T

In the minds of some, San Francisco's Y&T will forever be remembered for 1985's quintessential '80s, pop-metal anthem "Summertime Girls". And that's a shame because prior to this leap into the commercial world, the band created some outstanding melodic, guitar-drenched, American hard rock and metal. Two of those albums are definitive: 1982's "Black Tiger" and ...

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MANOWAR To Release New Single, Full-Length Album

MANOWAR will relerase a brand new single, "The Sons Of Odin", on February 27, 2006. This 10-minute epic, in classic true metal style, sets the perfect tone for the impending release of the yet-untitled full-length album, scheduled for April 3, 2006. Entitled "The Sons Of Odin", the upcoming CD will feature MANOWAR's patented, lion-hearted metal ...

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ONCE DEAD Confirmed For Switzerland's ELEMENTS OF ROCK FESTIVAL

ONCE DEAD, the Christian metal band featuring former members of VENGEANCE RISING and ex-HIRAX guitarist Glenn Rogers, have been confirmed for the Elements of Rock Festival, set to take place April 21-23 at Stadthofsaal in Uster, Switzerland. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: ROB ROCK (USA) NARNIA (SWE) ONCE DEAD (USA) MAD MAX ...

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SEPULTURA's Webmaster On IGOR CAVALERA's Status: 'Either You Do It Right Or Don't Do It At All'

SEPULTURA's official webmaster Estevam Romera has confirmed in an online posting that drummer Igor Cavalera will not be joining the band on their upcoming European tour (as exclusively reported by BLABBERMOUTH.NET on January 13). Responding to a fan question regarding the lack of an official statement from the band addressing the situation, Romera wrote, "[I] ...

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SEPULTURA's IGOR CAVALERA Becomes Fourth-Time Father

SEPULTURA drummer Igor Cavalera became a fourth-time father on Sunday (Jan. 15) when his second wife, Laima, gave birth to the couple's first child, Antonio Leyton Cavalera. Both mother and son are said to be doing fine. Igor has three children with his first wife, Monika. As previously reported, SEPULTURA will embark on their European ...

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SEPULTURA's KISSER To Conduct Guitar Clinic At Hollywood's Musicians Institute

SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser will be conducting a special clinic at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California on Wednesday, January 25. Kisser will be in town to lay down guitar leads on the upcoming album from ASESINO, the death metal/grindcore project featuring ex-FEAR FACTORY/BRUJERIA guitarist Dino Cazares and STATIC-X bassist Tony Campos (on bass/vocals). The ...

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SHARON OSBOURNE's Book Is U.K.'s Top-Selling Autobiography

Joel Rickett of the U.K.'s The Guardian is reporting that Sharon Osbourne's book "Extreme" has become the best-selling hardback autobiography since records began (in 1998), selling 621,000 copies, beating the previous record for English soccer superstar David Beckham's "My Side" by more than 100,000 copies. The PR guru Max Clifford said: "She's got a great ...

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SEPULTURA Drummer IGOR CAVALERA: 'I'm Just Taking A Break'

Igor Cavalera is taking a break from Brazilian thrashers SEPULTURA to spend time with his new wife while they await the birth of their first child together, but he has no intention of leaving the band, the drummer told BLABBERMOUTH.NET Friday night. Cavalera, who recently remarried after splitting up with his wife of 10 years, ...

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Exclusive: Drummer IGOR CAVALERA Quits SEPULTURA; ROY MAYORGA Steps In

Drummer Igor Cavalera has left Brazilian thrashers SEPULTURA, BLABBERMOUTH.NET can exclusively reveal. Replacing Igor on the band's upcoming European trek will be none other than former SOULFLY skinsman Roy Mayorga. Mayorga, who has yet to rehearse with SEPULTURA, spent quite a bit of time jamming with SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser in preparation for the recently ...

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KRISIUN: New Song Posted Online

A brand-new KRISIUN track, entitled "Vicious Wrath", has been posted online at this location. The song comes off the Brazilian death metal outfit's upcoming album, "AssassiNation", due on February 21 via Century Media Records. A video for "Vicious Wrath" is part of three bonus enhancements to be found of the retail version of ...

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SOULFLY Guitarist Announces More Solo Dates

Due to the overwhelming success of his solo instrumental tour so far, SOULFLY guitarist Marc Rizzo has added three more shows before heading off to Europe with Max Cavalera and the rest of SOULFLY at the end of January in support of their latest Roadrunner release, "Dark Ages". The new solo dates are: Jan. 14 ...

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MACHINE HEAD Frontman Offers New Album Update

MACHINE HEAD frontman Robert Flynn recently took time out to update the group's fans on the songwriting process for the group's new album, tentatively due in late 2006/early 2007 via Roadrunner Records. "So what does are new shit sound like?" Flynn wrote. "Well... it doesn't sound like [METALLICA's] 'Master of Puppets' [as Flynn was quoted ...

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EVERGREY, ENSIFERUM, WALTARI Confirmed For FINNISH METAL EXPO

EVERGREY, ENSIFERUM, WALTARI, BLOODPIT, PAIN CONFESSOR, SINKING, TERÄSBETONI and 45 DEGREE WOMAN have been added to the lineup of bands performing at the Finnish Metal Expo, set to take place February 17-18 at the Cablefactory (Kaapelitehdas) in Helsinki, Finland. On Friday night (Feb. 17) the first-ever Finnish Metal Awards will take place on the main ...

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Wake Pig - 3

Not (thank the gods) the '80s delete-bin staple featuring ELP alumni Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer, this 3 is in fact a weird, proggy upstate New York band that pals around with COHEED AND CAMBRIA and gets compared to THE MARS VOLTA. Fans of either of these groups, PORCUPINE TREE, or the late and lamented ...

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SKINLESS: New Songtitles Revealed

New York-based death metallers SKINLESS have begun recording for their new album for Relapse Records. The record, titled "Trample The Weak, Hurdle the Dead", will be the band's first to feature new vocalist Jason Keyser and is being recorded with long-time engineer Brett Portzer at his Max Trax Studios. "Trample The Weak, Hurdle the Dead" ...

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RHAPSODY To Release First Live Album January 31

Italian film-score metal icons RHAPSODY have announced that they will release their first live album on January 31 via Magic Circle Music. Entitled "Live In Canada 2005 – The Dark Secret", the release is a testimony of pure energy, with over 60 minutes of footage recorded at the Metropolis in Montreal/Canada on June 14, 2005 ...

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