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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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EVERGREY Frontman Says Upcoming DVD Will Be 'Fantastic'

EVERGREY guitarist/vocalist Tom Englund has posted the following message on the group's web site: "To all of our wonderful fans visiting the DVD show this Saturday, YOU made this a night to remember for all of US. We are extremely blessed to have fans that travel all over the world just to catch a show ...

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TRANSPORT LEAGUE Postpone New Album Recording Sessions

Sweden's TRANSPORT LEAGUE have postponed the recording sessions for their new album due to "lack of communication" with the group's U.S. label. The band are expected to start pre-production for the as-yet-untitled CD in November. TRANSPORT LEAGUE recently announced the addition of guitarist Martin M to the group's ranks. Martin M joined the band as ...

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NIGHTWISH Singer Rejects EVANESCENCE Comparisons

In a recent interview with Greece's Metal-Temple.com webzine, NIGHTWISH frontwoman Tarja Turunen spoke about the incredible European commercial success of the band's latest album, "Once", and her plans for a classical career away from NIGHTWISH. Several excerpts from the interview follow: Metal-Temple.com: You've conquered Europe and the band is bigger than ever. Do ...

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OBITUARY, NUCLEAR ASSAULT Members To Guest In NECRO Video

OBITUARY members John Tardy and Trevor Peres, along with Danny Lilker (NUCLEAR ASSAULT, ex-BRUTAL TRUTH) and Danny Diablo (a.k.a. Lord Ezec of SKARHEAD/CROWN OF THORNZ) will be making guest appearances in the video for hardcore Brooklyn rapper NECRO's track "Empowered". The video shoot will take place on Saturday (Oct. 2) in New York City. "Empowered" ...

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METALLICA Frontman Wishes 'St. Anger' Songs Were Shorter

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield has told Launch Radio Networks that the past 16 months playing songs from the group's latest album, 2003's "St. Anger", has allowed him to gain some perspective on the effort, though he said his opinion of "St. Anger" hasn't changed much, and that he has mixed feelings about it. "Well, my ...

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SLAYER Forced To Cut Munich Show Short After TOM ARAYA Loses Voice

SLAYER were forced to cut their set short in Munich, Germany Monday night (Sept. 27) after frontman Tom Araya lost his voice mid-performance. The following report was e-mailed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET by a web site visitor in Munich: "[The show] started quite good with a lively HATEBREED performance. SLIPKNOT doing a nice show as well. And ...

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ANTHRAX Give The Power To The People On 'The Greater of Two Evils'

ANTHRAX's upcoming collection of Joey Belladonna/Neil Turbin-era songs performed by the band's current lineup, entitled "The Greater of Two Evils", is scheduled for release in the U.S. on November 23 via Sanctuary. The complete track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Deathrider 02. Metal Thrashing Mad 03. Caught In A Mosh 04. A.I.R. ...

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ARCTURUS, ENSLAVED, RED HARVEST Confirmed For U.K.'s INFERNO METAL FESTIVAL

ARCTURUS, ENSLAVED, RED HARVEST, GRIMFIST and MADDER MORTEM are the first confirmed bands for the U.K. edition of the Inferno Metal Festival, set to be held on Thursday, January 27, 2005 at The Underworld in Camden. Commented the festival's organizers, "Inferno Metal Festival's arrangers realize that the international interest has increased with staggering speed and ...

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NOTRE DAME, DESTINY To Team Up For Sweden's HALLOWEEN METAL FEST

NOTRE DAME, the Swedish band featuring drummer Snowy Shaw (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, DREAM EVIL), will be teaming with long-running Swedish metallers DESTINY for Halloween Metal Fest on November 6 at Musikenhus in Gothenburg, Sweden. Support will come from SIN SISTER and an as-yet-unannounced fourth act. Anders Iwers of TIAMAT will be the ...

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DAVE MUSTAINE: JAMES HETFIELD Is Jealous Of Me

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has spoken to Canada's Chart Attack about the inclusion of a scene in METALLICA's "Some Kind of Monster" documentary in which METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich sits down with Mustaine for a one-on-one therapy session. "Everyone says how the part with me [in the movie] is the most intense. Yeah, ...

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SYMPHONY X: New Merchandise Available

Prog-metallers SYMPHONY X have made available a new shirt with the "Divine Wings of Tragedy" artwork. The shirt is available in sizes S, M, L, XL, 2X, and 3X. You can find this shirt and many more in the band's merchandise section of their webpage. As previously reported, SYMPHONY X are continuing to ...

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SLIPKNOT To Launch Two-Pronged Radio Campaign

SLIPKNOT have announced plans to follow up a Top 5 single, entitled "Duality", with their own brand of duality: a radio campaign that takes two versions, "Vermilion" and "Vermilion Pt. 2", to SLIPKNOT fans simultaneously. The two versions of "Vermilion" are songs that represent the expression of the myriad of artistic and technical strengths this ...

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MADDER MORTEM Finish Mixing New Album

Norway's MADDER MORTEM have finished mixing their new album at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden and at Space Valley Studios. "Right now we're mastering at Strype Audio in Oslo," the band write on their web site. "It's been a long process, but the result will definitely be worth it! The release date has not yet ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Singer: New Songs Are Completely Different To Anything Done In The Past

QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate recently spoke to Greece's Metal-Temple.com webzine about the group's past recorded output and their forthcoming CD, the next chapter to the 1988 ground-breaking concept album, "Operation: Mindcrime", tentatively titled "Operation: Mindcrime II". Several excerpts from the interview follow: Metal-Temple.com: Though I know you said you don't care about other ...

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NOTRE DAME Announce New Drummer

NOTRE DAME, the Swedish band featuring drummer Snowy Shaw (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, DREAM EVIL), have announced the permanent addition of drummer Daniel "M" Moilanen (RELEVANT FEW, RUNEMAGICK, FUNERAL ORCHESTRA) to the group's ranks. Moilanen had previously performed with NOTRE DAME at this past summer's festivals as a temporary replacement for original drummer ...

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BLACK SABBATH: 'The Complete Recording History' Book Due Next Year

Rockdetector.com executive editor Garry Sharpe-Young has been working on a leviathan account of BLACK SABBATH's complete recording history, from the earliest demos through to the "Reunion" album and, possibly, beyond. Already having two highly praised SABBATH-related titles under his belt, "The Story of the Ozzy Osbourne Band" and "Black Sabbath – Never Say Die", Garry ...

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NAPALM DEATH Enter Studio To Record New Album

British grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH are currently preparing to record their forthcoming studio album. Commenting on why the band chose to record in Wales, vocalist Barney Greenway had this to say: "The studio is called Foel Studios in the town of Foel, North Wales (PORCUPINE TREE, OZRIC TENTACLES), and is owned by the original bass ...

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CHAIN COLLECTOR Sign With SOUND RIOT RECORDS

CHAIN COLLECTOR, the Norwegian band featuring guitarist Gøran Bomann (CARPATHIAN FOREST), drummer Anders Kobro (CARPATHIAN, GREEN CARNATION, LAST CALL INC), guitarist Kjell Jacobsen (NEON GOD) and vocalist Kjetil Nordhus (TRAIL OF TEARS, GREEN CARNATION), have inked a two-album deal with the Portugese label Sound Riot. The group, who had previously recorded a four-song demo entitled ...

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SIRENIA Part Ways With Guitarist, Seek Replacement

SIRENIA, the Norwegian band featuring former TRISTANIA guitarist/vocalist Morten Veland, have parted ways with guitarist/"clean" vocalist Kristian Gundersen due to his commitments to his other groups, NEW BREED and ELUSIVE. The gothic metal band, who released their sophomore album, "An Elixir for Existence", in February through Austria's Napalm Records, are currently seeking a replacement. Interested ...

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