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CLUTCH: New Album Artwork Unveiled

Veteran Maryland rock quartet CLUTCH is putting the finishing touches on its ninth studio album, titled "Strange Cousins From the West". Produced by CLUTCH and J. Robbins at Magpie Cage Studios in Baltimore, the effort is the first CLUTCH studio LP to be released on the band's own Weathermaker Music, through RED Distribution. It will ...

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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY: 'Skullage' DVD Tops 'Music Videos' Chart

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's "Skullage" DVD package sold 5,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 1 on the Top Music Videos chart. Released Tuesday, April 21 in three different configurations — CD, DVD and CD/DVD — this highly anticipated collection features the best of Zakk Wylde ...

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DE PROFUNDIS: New Songtitles Revealed

London, U.K.-based progressive doom metal band DE PROFUNDIS has completed work on the pre-production demos for its second album. Guitarist Roman Subbotin states, "This time we tried yet another production approach, recording everything live in a single room to get a much more organic and raw sound. There's more groove and this approach certainly worked ...

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In Brazil With IRON MAIDEN: KERRANG! Video Podcast Available

The Kerrang! podcast team went behind the scenes of this week's IRON MAIDEN cover feature (see image below). Take in the chaos of the "Flight 666" premiere, look around the band's Ed Force One jet and watch frontman Bruce Dickinson burn rubber around Sao Paulo, Brazil's Grand Prix circuit. Watch the eight-minute clip below. "Iron ...

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IRON MAIDEN: 'Flight 666' To Be Released On Blu-Ray, DVD

"Iron Maiden: Flight 666", the feature-length documentary film which follows the IRON MAIDEN bandmembers on the first leg of their "Somewhere Back In Time World Tour" in February and March of 2008, will be released on extended Blu-ray and DVD formats, alongside a double-CD soundtrack album and limited edition double-vinyl picture disc. It will be ...

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Orcustus - ORCUSTUS

Danger is omnipresent on this mean little bitch; a menacing hooded figure around every corner and the smell of rotting flesh inflaming the nostrils. ORCUSTUS' self-titled effort is morbid, lethal, and black as pitch, just what a black metal album should be, especially a Norwegian black metal album. Vocalist/guitarist Taipan wrote the music between 2003 ...

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SEXTAPES Schedules Hollywood Date

SEXTAPES, the Hollywood, California-based band featuring GUNS N' ROSES keyboardist Chris Pitman on vocals and guitar synth, will perform at the Key Club in West Hollywood, California on April 20 with STEEL PANTHER. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. and SEXTAPES will hit the stage at 10:00 p.m. SEXTAPES released its self-titled debut album on ...

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HEAVENS BASEMENT To Release Self-Titled EP

British rockers HEAVENS BASEMENT will release a self-titled EP on April 20 to coincide with their mammoth tour of the U.K. Produced by Bob Marlette (BLACK STONE CHERRY, AIRBOURNE, SHINEDOWN, SALIVA), the four-song EP was laid down in five days. Commented guitarist Jonny Rocker: "We can't wait to get back out on the road; it's ...

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ABSCESS To Team Up With POPULATION REDUCTION For Split CD/LP

Tankcrimes will release a ABSCESS / POPULATION REDUCTION split LP/CD in the spring 2009. The split, brought on by a fan-based cover song years ago, features cover art by Chris Reifert. In 2005, POPULATION REDUCTION contacted Chris Reifert of ABSCESS with a demo tape including a cover of ABSCESS' "I Don't Give a Fuck". POPULATION ...

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BLACK MATH HORSEMAN Signs With TEE PEE RECORDS

Los Angeles, California-based experimental/religious metal band BLACK MATH HORSEMAN has inked a deal with Tee Pee Records. The band's new album, "Wyllt", is scheduled for release on April 21. According to a press release, the LP contains "five songs of epic, heavy, esoteric, and apocalyptic doom rock which should appeal to fans of BLACK SABBATH, ...

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Former ATOMKRAFT Guitarist Working On Animated Movie

Former ATOMKRAFT guitarist Rob Matthew is currently working on an animated feature about the group's early days. He says, "In total, the project covers the very beginning of the band up until the end of the first tour in 1985. it is called 'Atomkraft: The Movie' [and is] a humorous look at a young metal ...

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GUNS N' ROSES Keyboardist's SEXTAPES Offering Free Music

SEXTAPES, the Hollywood, California-based band featuring GUNS N' ROSES keyboardist Chris Pitman on vocals and guitar synth, has issued the following update: "My favorite Christmas gifts were the records I received when I was young, I remember the year, the songs, and most importantly, when I hear that music today, I remember exactly how I ...

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GUNS N' ROSES Keyboardist's SEXTAPES Schedules Hollywood Gig

SEXTAPES, the Hollywood, California-based band featuring GUNS N' ROSES keyboardist Chris Pitman on vocals and guitar synth, will perform with PIGMY LOVE CIRCUS and STURGEON at the Key Club in Hollywood, California on February 5, 2009. According to Pitman, "There is talk of a future major tour with a HUGE rock band, but that will ...

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GUNS N' ROSES Keyboardist CHRIS PITMAN Releases SEXTAPES

SEXTAPES, the Hollywood, California-based band featuring GUNS N' ROSES keyboardist Chris Pitman on vocals and guitar synth, released its self-titled debut album on November 11, 2008 via ToneRiot Records. The CD was made available through iTunes (worldwide), Best Buy stores, FYE, Borders Books, Wherehouse Records, Amazon.com, and more. Pitman shares, "I'm glad to finally get ...

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AC/DC Ropes In Formula One Fitness Crew Ahead Of Tour

NME.com reports that Australian hard rock legends AC/DC have roped in Formula One fitness coaches to prepare them for their forthcoming mammoth world tour. Speaking to Absolute Radio DJ Ben Jones, singer Brian Johnson admitted: "Both me and Angus (Young, guitarist) have got a fitness regime. I'm getting a Formula One guy in. ...

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MACHINE HEAD: Sydney In-Store Appearance Announced

MACHINE HEAD guitarist Phil Demmel and drummer Dave McClain will make an in-store appearance in Sydney, Australia at Billy Hydes Music Camperdown on Sunday, October 26 at 1 p.m., before their mammoth show at Acer Arena with SLIPKNOT. The guys will be signing autographs and unveiling the brand new Jackson Phil Demmel signature model guitar, ...

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THE ANSWER To Open For AC/DC On North American Tour

THE ANSWER, an emergent and award-winning rock band from Northern Ireland, has been selected as the opening act for the imminent North American leg of AC/DC's Black Ice World Tour. The itinerary kicks off October 28 at the Wachovia Center in Wilkes-Barre, PA and concludes on January 31 at Nashville Sommet Centre, Nashville, TN. Highlights ...

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Stick with What You Know: Live in Europe - PAT TRAVERS

PAT TRAVERS is a guitar hero that doesn't get mentioned enough in conversations about the great axe-swingers who came of age in the 1970s. The Toronto-born TRAVERS made some sizzling hard rock with albums like 1978's "Heat in the Street", 1979's smash hit "Live! Go for what you Know" (hence, the new live album's title), ...

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Former METAL MANIACS Editor JEFF WAGNER To Author History Of Progressive Metal

Bazillion Points Publishing has announced the first definitive book on the elusive world of progressive metal, written by esteemed metal crusader and prog manic Jeff Wagner. Scheduled for release in autumn 2009, the book will detail the common movements of pioneers like OPETH, WATCHTOWER, VOIVOD, ATHEIST, DREAM THEATER, PSYCHOTIC WALTZ, CELTIC FROST, SIGH, and FATES ...

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Nostradamus - JUDAS PRIEST

After the mostly well-received "Angel of Retribution" proved that JUDAS PRIEST could mine their own past for amiable, if hardly classic, for-the-fans renditions of their former glories, the future was both wide open and closing in on the veteran British metal band. They seemed to finally be at home in their leathers, less likely to ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Guitarist Checks In From The Road

JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing has issued the following update: "It is a fact that however much you rehearse for a world tour, there is nothing like having the first gig under your belt. "As most of you are aware, Helsinki [June 3] was the first stop for us on this very special tour and ...

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Javelina - JAVELINA

Philly's got a reputation as a tough town and native sons JAVELINA ably demonstrate the musical side of that equation with its self-titled debut. Like the pugilist that goes 15 rounds, lets out an obnoxious laugh, and asks for another 15, JAVELINA punishes the listener with nine sweat-soaked mashers that come off like MASTODON, RAGING ...

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JUDAS PRIEST On Q104.3 FM's 'Friday Night Rocks'; Video Available

JUDAS PRIEST members Rob Halford, K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton were the featured guests on Eddie Trunk's "Friday Night Rocks" radio show on New York's Q104.3 FM on May 9. They spoke with Eddie about their new double-disc concept record, "Nostradamus", and their upcoming touring activities. Watch the interview in seven parts below. JUDAS PRIEST ...

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