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THE SWORD Named MTV NEWS 'You Hear It First' Artist

Dynamic Austin, Texas-based quartet THE SWORD has been named an MTV News' "You Hear It First" artist. The band receives the distinguished accolade in the wake of their critically acclaimed debut album, "Age of Winters". "Age of Winters" was released on February 14 via New York City's Kemado Records. Narrated by MTV News correspondent, author ...

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Rare KURT COBAIN Guitar To Be Auctioned

A guitar once owned and used by late NIRVANA frontman Kurt Cobain will be featured in the Heritage Auction Galleries' April 15 Signature Music & Entertainment auction, to be held in Dallas, Texas. "This instrument is unusual in a couple of ways," Heritage's Music & Entertainment expert, Doug Norwine, said. "First, it is the only ...

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COURTNEY LOVE's Father Threatens To Sue Over LSD Allegations

According to Britain's Sunday Times, Courtney Love's father, a former rock manager called Hank Harrison, is preparing to sue her and Faber & Faber, publisher of Love's upcoming book (entitled "Dirty Blonde") based on her "intimate" journals, if she alleges that he put her on the road to drug addiction by giving her LSD as ...

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SOULFLY, OPETH Confirmed For Germany's WITH FULL FORCE FESTIVAL

SOULFLY, OPETH, BOYSETSFIRE and DEADLINE have been confirmed for this year's installment of the With Full Force Festival, set to take place June 30 – July 2 at Flugplatz Roitzschjora in Löbnitz, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): A.O.K. AMORPHIS BLEED THE SKY BORN FROM PAIN BOYSETSFIRE CELTIC FROST ...

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GRAVEWORM Confirmed For Germany's WITH FULL FORCE Festival

Italian gothic black metal band GRAVEWORM have been confirmed for this year's installment of the With Full Force Festival, set to take place June 30 – July 2 at Flugplatz Roitzschjora in Löbnitz, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: KORN CELTIC FROST KREATOR IN EXTREMO CLAWFINGER A.O.K. AMORPHIS BLEED THE SKY BORN ...

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BEECHER Call It Quits

Manchester, U.K.-based hardcore/metal combo BEECHER have split up. The group's official statement on the matter reads as follows: "So, this is it. After almost five long years of putting everything we have into this band, it has finally brought itself to an end. For the whole time we've put all our creative and physical energy ...

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LEAVES' EYES, CRUCIFIED BARBARA, VICTORY Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARZ OPEN AIR Festival

LEAVES' EYES, CRUCIFIED BARBARA, VICTORY (replacing WEINHOLD) and the MOTÖRHEAD tribute band MORE THE HEAD have been confirmed for the Rock Harz Open Air festival, set to take place July 7-8, 2006 in Osterode-Dorste, Lower Saxony, Germany. Also scheduled to appear are JON OLIVA'S PAIN, DEW-SCENTED, GORILLA MONSOON, MAMBO KURT, KNORKATOR, DIMPLE MIND and LETZTE ...

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Breathe Fire - RAISE THE RED LANTERN

That drummer Joe of Chicago's RAISE THE RED LANTERN (RTRL) took over a house serving as residence for squatters and needle riders by writing a false eviction notice and turning it into band HQ and underground event venue makes sense when one hears the unhinged, post-hardcore-ish sounds of "Breathe Fire". The band's second release (after ...

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BELIEVER Making 'Slow' Progress On New Material

BELIEVER/FOUNTAIN OF TEARS drummer Joey Daub has posted the following message on his official web site: "I've been busy laying out the playlist for the FOUNTAIN OF TEARS disc. We are planning for an early 2006 independent release, even though we’re still shopping it around. The disc will be titled 'Fate', and up to this ...

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HOLY TERROR Re-Launch Vocalist Search

Reformed Seattle-based speed metal band HOLY TERROR are once again looking for a lead singer following a brief stint with a relative newcomer by the name of Aaron Redbird. "We entered the studio to demo some tracks and it became apparent that although Aaron Redbird is a great singer, his style was not what the ...

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AC/DC's ANGUS YOUNG Tops MAXIM's List of Short Men

The Associated Press is reporting that AC/DC guitarist Angus Young has topped Maxim's list of the "25 greatest short dudes of all time," standing tall at 5 feet 2 inches. NBA guard Spud Webb, at 5 feet 7 inches, is No. 2, followed by Napoleon Bonaparte (5 feet 4 inches), Naim Suleymangolu (4 feet 11 ...

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Former NIRVANA Drummer Steps Out

Greg Prato of RollingStone.com is reporting that Dave Grohl is not the only former NIRVANA drummer who can play guitar and sing. Chad ChanningGrohl's predecessor, who played on the band's 1989 debut, "Bleach" — is launching a new project called BEFORE CARS, which sees him supplying lead vocals and rhythm guitar, ...

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GRAVITY KILLS To Play One-Off Reunion Gig In St. Louis

According to 52nd City, GRAVITY KILLS will play a one-off reunion show at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri in late October, coming on the 10-year anniversary of their first live gig, a sold-out show held at the late Other World. By that point in time, the band was already a hit on local airwaves, ...

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