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REPULSION Guitarist Says There Are No Plans For New Album

Guitarist Matt Olivo of the death metal/grindcore pioneers REPULSION recently gave an interview to France's Noiseweb zine about the group's status as one of the genre's originators and their future plans. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow: Noiseweb: You were, Scott [Carlson, bassist/vocalist] and you, former members of DEATH during some ...

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TRANSPORT LEAGUE Name New Album, Book Studio Time

Sweden's TRANSPORT LEAGUE will enter Grand Recordings in Gothenburg on March 23 to begin recording their new album, "Non Aggressive Formula", tentatively due this summer through an as-yet-undetermined label. A total of 12 songs will be recorded during the session, including a cover of DEPECHE MODE's "Never Let Me Down Again". Other songtitles set to ...

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UNHEARD Complete Work On Debut Album

UNHEARD, the new band formed by ex-ATHEIST/NEUROTICA singer/guitarist Kelly Shaefer and former BURIAL frontman Mike Callahan, have completed work on their debut record at Southern Sound Studios in Florida. Titled "On My Way to the Sun", the album was produced by Shaefer and UNHEARD, and was mixed by Doug Kaye. The 10-song CD will initially ...

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ADEMA To Play Iraq As Part Of USO Tour

ADEMA bassist Dave DeRoo has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "First off, I'd like to welcome Kevin Lee of Novi Entertainment to the ADEMA family. His management team represents a wide array of different artists, and we're lookin' forward to 2005 being ADEMA's best year yet. "Well, we got an ...

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Bassist JOEY VERA Offers Updates On FATES WARNING, ANTHRAX

Bassist extraordinaire Joey Vera (FATES WARNING, ANTHRAX) has posted the following message on his web site: "Last weekend FATES WARNING shot a video for the tune 'Simple Human' from our new CD titled 'FWX'. It's basically a live performance video with some 'acting' talents courtesy of our lead singer Ray Alder. 'Less is more' — ...

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ANTHRAX: Buenos Aires Show Cancelled, Tour Schedule Updated

ANTHRAX's previously announced show in Buenos Aries, Argentina on Feb. 27 has been cancelled. "There was a huge nightclub fire in Buenos Aires and the government has put a moratorium on all shows [until March or April]," explained guitarist Scott Ian. Instead, ANTHRAX will be playing Vitoria, Brazil (400km from Rio) at Ginasio Alvares Cabral ...

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MSNBC: DARKTHRONE A Better GRAMMY Choice?

LAMB OF GOD, CONVERGE, SATYRICON and — DARKTHRONE? Those are the unlikely alternate Grammy nominees suggested to MSNBC recently by "Sound of the Beast" author Ian Christe. "Then again," Christe told the Microsoft-backed news network, "DARKTHRONE already refused their nomination for the Norwegian version of the awards. These back-slapping events are viewed by most metalheads ...

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TRANSPORT LEAGUE To Enter Studio In March

Sweden's TRANSPORT LEAGUE will enter the studio on March 19 to begin recording their as-yet-untitled new album. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Monster Device", "Last Injection", "Kick Down", "None to Tell". A late 2005 release through an as-yet-undetermined label is expected. TRANSPORT LEAGUE recently announced the addition of guitarist Martin M to ...

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Former POWERMAN 5000 Guitarist Won't Be Touring With NINE INCH NAILS

A source close to former POWERMAN 5000 guitarist Mike Tempesta (M.33) has informed BLABBERMOUTH.NET that there is no truth to the rumors that Tempesta will be playing guitar for NINE INCH NAILS on their upcoming tour. Tempesta, who is the brother of veteran hard rock/metal drummer John Tempesta (HELMET, ex-ROB ZOMBIE, TESTAMENT, EXODUS), was conspicuously ...

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DIO Members To Appear At NAMM

The members of DIO will be making several appearances at the NAMM convention held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA this year. The entire band will be appearing on Friday, January 21 at the Dean Markley booth from 1-2pm, and then at Peavey from 2-3pm. On Saturday, January 22, guitarist Craig Goldy will ...

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Vocalist KELLY KEELING To Pen Autobiography

Powerhouse rock vocalist and former Atlantic recording artist Kelly Keeling (BATON ROUGE, BLUE MURDER, MSG, JOHN NORUM) has posted the following message on his web site: "I will soon be back on tour with George Lynch, Marten Andersson, and Mike Fro with a new set of material. I’m finally enjoying myself again and really looking ...

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LUNARIS Undergo Major Lineup Changes

LUNARIS keyboardist Raymond Njerve has issued the following update on the band's current activities: "Since the John Dee show [in Oslo, Norway] in November, a lot has happened in the LUNARIS camp. Circumstances both inside and outside of the band forced us to make some rather drastic changes that have affected the outlook of the ...

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist MARTY FRIEDMAN Looks Back At 2004

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman recently gave an interview to his official web site regarding the events of 2004 as it relates to Friedman's career. Several excerpts from the interview follow: Q: So what stood out in 2004 for you? Marty Friedman: "So much happened for me this year but right now it’s gotta be ...

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DIO To Open For TWISTED SISTER In Puerto Rico

DIO have been confirmed to open for TWISTED SISTER at Coliseo De Puerto Rico Jose M. Agrelot in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico on February 18. In other news, DIO's latest album, "Master of the Moon", is scheduled to receive a Japanese release on January 21 via Victor. Although several Internet reports indicate that the Japanese ...

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TRANSPORT LEAGUE To Enter Studio In February

Sweden's TRANSPORT LEAGUE are currently writing "some new heavy material" for a late February recording session," accoridng to a posting on the band's web site. "We right now dealing with several labels for September release! New titles of tracks are: 'Monster Device', 'Last Injection', 'Kick Down', 'None to Tell'." TRANSPORT LEAGUE recently announced the addition ...

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U.P.O. Bassist: DIMEBAG Was 'Somebody Who Inspired All Of Us'

U.P.O. bassist Zoltan has sent the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET regarding the death of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott: "First time I saw Darrell play live, I was in Europe… and it really caught me by surprise… You just had to see this guy play guitar to believe it… He was punishing… Still to this ...

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Guitarist/Producer JAMES MURPHY Says He Will Always Be In Awe Of What DIMEBAG Accomplished

Guitarist/producer James Murphy (ex-TESTAMENT, DEATH, OBITUARY) has issued the following statement regarding the death of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell: "I first met Darrell about 18 years ago at a show in Texas around '85-'86. PANTERA was playing to a pretty packed house at this little hole-in-the-wall venue — a bar, really, with a stage jammed ...

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MADDER MORTEM Confirmed For Norway's QUART Festival

Norway's MADDER MORTEM have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Quart festival, set to be held July 5-9 in Kristiansand, Norway. Other groups scheduled to appear at the festival include FOO FIGHTERS, GREEN DAY and MANES. MADDER MORTEM recently completed work on their new album at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden and at ...

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GENITORTURERS Featured On 'Vampire' Videogame

Florida-based "shock-rock" band GENITORTURERS will be featured on the new videogame "Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines", set for release November 16. The highly anticipated game release, which includes tracks by MINISTRY, LACUNA COIL and DANIEL ASH, will also be released as a very limited-edition CD made available to those who purchase the game through Best ...

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Don't Call VELVET REVOLVER A 'Supergroup'

While VELVET REVOLVER's combination of former GUNS N' ROSES members Slash, Duff McKagan, and Matt Sorum, ex-STONE TEMPLE PILOTS frontman Scott Weiland, and Dave Kushner, who has played guitar in several great rock bands would be considered a "supergroup," Kushner recoils at the term. "I couldn't have put together a better band. And not just ...

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VELVET REVOLVER Singer Gets Political: Is GEORGE BUSH A Fascist?

VELVET REVOLVER singer Scott Weiland has released the following political statement on the eve of the U.S. presidential elections: "Ever since the fall of the Soviet Union there has been a lack of a balance of power. This lacking has created an environment whereas any American president — or 'two' presidents with the same name ...

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ANTHRAX Guitarist Talks Politics, Touring With DIO

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has posted another installment of his regular online column, dubbed "Alpha Mail". A couple of excerpts follow: On upcoming presidential elections: "There have been three televised debates between Kerry and Bush and Kerry has won all three. And don't just think I'm being partisan; I saw polls on Fox News say ...

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DEF LEPPARD Among Bands Featured In Q Magazine Special

The following message was posted at DEF LEPPARD's official web site: "Every now and then, British magazines Q and Mojo release specials dedicated to certain bands (THE BEATLES, PINK FLOYD), musical styles (punk, ska, 50 Years Of Rock & Roll), specific lists (100 Greatest Record Sleeves, 1001 Best Songs), and so on. The latest special ...

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DAVE MUSTAINE Says JOHN KERRY Will 'Ruin Our Country'

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine recently spoke to Pit Magazine about the group's comeback effort, "The System Has Failed", and the upcoming presidential elections, among other topics. Several excerpts from the interview follow: Pit Magazine: The cover painting [on the new album] is very striking. It marks the return of band mascot Vic Rattlehead ...

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