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MISTRESS Sign With EARACHE RECORDS

U.K. grind/hardcore act MISTRESS have signed a deal with Earache Records. Formed in Birmingham during 1999, MISTRESS have released two albums to date — "Mistress" and "The Chronovisor" — to rave reviews and have gigged with the likes of NAPALM DEATH, MAYHEM, ELECTRIC WIZARD, BOLT THROWER and EXTREME NOISE TERROR. Their hard-to-pin-down sound comes across ...

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HIGH ON FIRE Joined By Ex-MELVINS Bassist

HIGH ON FIRE will be joined by bassist Joe Preston (THRONES, ex-MELVINS) for their forthcoming U.S. tour. Preston replaces longtime HIGH ON FIRE bassist George Rice, joining the power trio alongside guitarist/vocalist Matt Pike (ex-SLEEP) and drummer Des Kensel. Preston will make his live debut with HIGH ON FIRE when the band kicks off a ...

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MUDVAYNE Singer Talks About Label Imprint, First Signing

MUDVAYNE singer Chad Gray has commented on BLOODSIMPLE, the first signing to his label, Bullygoat Records (with distribution through Warner Bros Records). Based in New York, BLOODSIMPLE is the new project featuring VISION OF DISORDER members Tim Williams (vocals) and Mike Kennedy (guitar), along with ex-MEDICATION bassist Kyle Sanders and drummer Chris Hamilton, plus guitarist ...

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HIRAX To Release New Album In May

Thrash metal veterans HIRAX's latest studio album, "The New Age of Terror", will be released May 18 on Black Devil Records and Deep Six Records on CD and limited-edition picture-disc formats. Upon hearing the raw tracks, which were recorded at another studio, producer Michael Rozon (MELVINS, ADRENALINE OD) and the band decided the quality wasn't ...

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BLOOD DUSTER To Film Melbourne Show For Upcoming DVD

Australian grindcore band BLOOD DUSTER will be filming their April 23 performance in Melbourne for an upcoming DVD, tentatively due before the end of the year. In other news, BLOOD DUSTER will be releasing a new single, entitled "sixsixsixteen", on May 3. "The single will be coming out with two covers," the band write on ...

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FANTOMAS, MELT BANANA To Hit The Road Later In The Month

FANTOMAS, the band featuring former FAITH NO MORE vocalist Mike Patton, MR. BUNGLE bassist Trevor Dunn, MELVINS guitarist Buzz Osbourne and SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo, will be teaming up with MELT BANANA for a month-long tour beginning on March 25 in Ventura, California. When asked recently by Billboard.com if FANTOMAS will perform their recently released ...

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HIRAX: Work On 'The New Age Of Terror' Nearing Completion

Reunited Los Angeles thrashers HIRAX are currently putting the finishing touches on their latest studio recording, "The New Age Of Terror". The album is being recorded and produced by Michael Rozon (MELVINS, ADRENALINE O.D.) at Speed Semen Clove Factory in North Hollywood, Ca. "This is going to be our most powerful record to date", vocalist ...

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BLESSING THE HOGS Sign With GOODFELLOW RECORDS

San Francisco's BLESSING THE HOGS, the band featuring acclaimed producer Billy Anderson (MELVINS, MR. BUNGLE, BRUTAL TRUTH, HIGH ON FIRE, FANTOMAS, NEUROSIS, EYEHATEGOD, UNSANE, SICK OF IT ALL), have signed a new deal with Goodfellow Records, the label responsible for releasing the group's previous album, "The Poisoning", in late 2002. "After over a year of ...

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SLAYER Schedule 'Monster Garage' Appearance

According to drummer Dave Lombardo's official web site, SLAYER will be performing on the TV show "Monster Garage" on Friday, April 19 at midnight (PST) on the Discovery Channel. Dave will also be performing drums for the soundtrack to the upcoming remake of the classic horror flick "Dawn of the Dead". FANTOMAS, Lombardo's ...

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VENOMOUS CONCEPT: The Rebirth Of Two-Finger Punk Rock

Former BRUTAL TRUTH vocalist Kevin Sharp has contacted BLABBERMOUTH.NET with an update on VENOMOUS CONCEPT, his new project with MELVINS/FANTOMAS guitarist Buzz Osborne as well as NAPALM DEATH members Shane Embury (bass) and Danny Herrera (drums). As previously reported, VENOMOUS CONCEPT will be performing at the Double Door in Chicago, Illinois on Friday, February 13 ...

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MELVINS To Celebrate 20th Anniversary With Book, Tour

MELVINS will celebrate their 20th anniversary this winter with the publication of a very special coffee table book called "Neither Here, Nor There" on March 2. According to an official press release, "Neither Here, Nor There" is "an amazing retrospective highlighting artwork from [MELVINS'] releases, ruminations from the band and their friends and [including] a ...

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NAPALM DEATH, ex-BRUTAL TRUTH, MELVINS Members To Play Special Gig

VENOMOUS CONCEPT, the new band featuring MELVINS/FANTOMAS guitarist Buzz Osborne, ex-BRUTAL TRUTH singer Kevin Sharp, plus NAPALM DEATH members Shane Embury (bass) and Danny Herrera (drums), will be performing at the Double Door in Chicago, Illinois on Friday, February 13. Also set to appear are NAUSEA L.A., the acclaimed deathcore merchants featuring former TERRORIZER vocalist ...

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NAPALM DEATH Bassist, CATHEDRAL Frontman To Form Grindcore Band

NAPALM DEATH bassist Shane Embury has confirmed plans to form a "grindcore" project with CATHEDRAL frontman (and ex-NAPALM DEATH member) Lee Dorrian. "Me and Lee have been talking about doing something for ages but I think hopefully next year we will get something together," Embury said, "Hopefully Roy Mayorga, who was playing drums in SOULFLY, ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND To Guest On New AYREON CD

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD mastermind Devin Townsend has been confirmed as one of the guest performers on the new AYREON CD, "The Human Equation", tentatively due in May 2004 through an as-yet-undetermined label. As previously reported, other vocalists set to appear on the album include Mikael Åkerfeldt (OPETH), James LaBrie (DREAM THEATER) Devon Graves (a.k.a. Buddy ...

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MESHUGGAH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD To Appear On THE MELVINS Tribute CD

MESHUGGAH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, HIGH ON FIRE and DOG FASHION DISCO are among the artists confirmed to appear on an upcoming tribute CD to THE MELVINS. Titled "We Reach: The Music Of The Melvins", the album will be the second release through Fractured Transmitter Records, the label formed by MUSHROOMHEAD vocalist Jason ...

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NAPALM DEATH, BRUTAL TRUTH Members To Form Grind Supergroup

NAPALM DEATH bassist Shane Embury, ex-NAPALM DEATH drummer Mick Harris and former BRUTAL TRUTH singer Kevin Sharp will be teaming up in a brand new "total punk thrash grind band." The as-yet-unnamed group, which may also include MELVINS/FANTOMAS guitarist Buzz Osborne, is tentatively set to record an album later in the year. No further information ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD To Release New EP

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD are preparing to release a new EP which is to include four new songs and four cover tunes. Among the cuts set to appear on the effort is a song called "Love", which is said to incorporate all of the heaviness of past STRAPPING YOUNG LAD releases with a bit of dark ...

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TOMAHAWK: New Song Posted Online

A brand new TOMAHAWK track, titled "Rape This Day", has been posted online in MP3 format at this location. "Rape This Day" comes off the group's forthcoming CD, "Mit Gas", due on May 6 through Ipecac Records. TOMAHAWK is the "all star" band featuring former FAITH NO MORE vocalist Mike Patton, ex-HELMET drummer ...

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SLEEP's 'Dopesmoker' Delayed

Due to unspecified "logistical" problems, Tee Pee Records have pushed back the official release date of SLEEP's long-awaited "Dopesmoker" CD to May 20. With producer Billy Anderson out on the road with BLESSING THE HOGS and Matt Pike piloting the HIGH ON FIRE juggernaut, the decision was made to delay the street date so that ...

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MONDO GENERATOR To Release Sophomore CD In The Summer

MONDO GENERATOR, the side project of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE's Nick Oliveri and Josh Homme, have set "A Drug Problem That Never Existed" as the title for their sophomore album, due in June/July through Ipecac Records. Upcoming MONDO GENERATOR tour dates w/ TOMAHAWK, THE MELVINS: Apr. 28 - San Diego, CA - Canes Apr. ...

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TOMAHAWK Finalize Track Listing For 'Mit Gas'

TOMAHAWK, the "all star" band featuring former FAITH NO MORE vocalist Mike Patton, ex-HELMET drummer Jon Stainer, former JESUS LIZARD guitarist Duane Denison, and ex-THE COWS/current MELVINS bassist Kevin Rutmanis, have set May 6 as the release date through Ipecac Records for their new album, "Mit Gas". The complete track listing for the album is ...

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Former HELMET Leader Addresses Reunion Rumors

Ex-HELMET and current GANDHI mainman Page Hamilton has sent a lengthy e-mail to the unofficial HELMET site HelmetBand.com clarifying a comment made during a GANDHI show last summer/fall in which he referred to his former bandmates as "assholes" and addressing the persistent rumors of a HELMET reunion at some point in the not-too-distant future. Hamilton's ...

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FANTOMAS Enter Studio To Record New Album

FANTOMAS, the band featuring former FAITH NO MORE vocalist Mike Patton, MR. BUNGLE bassist Trevor Dunn, MELVINS guitarist Buzz Osbourne and SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo, have entered the studio to record their new album, due in the summer through Ipecac Records. Prior to the start of the recording sessions, Lombardo completed several dates in Southern ...

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TOMAHAWK Complete Work On New CD

TOMAHAWK, the "all star" band featuring former FAITH NO MORE vocalist Mike Patton, ex-HELMET drummer Jon Stainer, former JESUS LIZARD guitarist Duane Denison, and ex-THE COWS/current MELVINS bassist Kevin Rutmanis, are putting the finishing touches to their sophomore effort for a tentative April 2003 release. In related news, Patton's FANTÔMAS project with SLAYER drummer Dave ...

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