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Burn the Flags

I was prepared to toss this one into the metalcore overflow bin, even though the press quote states: "Expect influences that range from EXTOL to MESHUGGAH, OPETH to ENTOMBED, and BREACH to BURST." One should always take such grandiose statements with a grain of salt anyway. In the case of "Burn the...
March 6, 2005
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Prosecutors In GREAT WHITE Nightclub Fire Case To Present Victim's Audio Recording

The Associated Press is reporting that prosecutors in the Station nightclub fire case intend to use a digital audio recording made by one of the victims of the blaze. According to court papers, prosecutors plan to present audio captured by 33-year-old Matthew Pickett of Bellingham, Massachusetts. Th...
March 5, 2005
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LAMB OF GOD Singer Discusses L.A. Concert 'Ban'

LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe recently spoke to the Asbury Park Press about being banned from performing at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. (which is owned by the Faithful Central Bible Church) during SLIPKNOT's show scheduled for April 9 due to an unusual offense: their former band name. "We use...
March 4, 2005
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Former MISFITS Frontman Discharged From Military

Former MISFITS frontman Michale Graves has been given an honorable medical discharge from the military and will be returning home to New Jersey to rest and get his body back to 100 percent. Never one to sit still, Michale has already begun working on the next chapter in his life. Michale's new CD, "...
March 4, 2005
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GWAR Speak At Illinois High School: Video Available

Freeport-Rockford, Illinois' WIFR-TV is reporting that members of the heavy metal band GWAR spent Wednesday afternoon (March 2) speaking to an excited South Beloit High School audience. "It makes me think that anything is possible. They did it. I can do it, anyone can do it," freshman Bridgette Murp...
March 3, 2005
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HANOI ROCKS Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Finnish rock 'n' roll legends HANOI ROCKS have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: ACCEPT APOCALYPTICA AXEL RUDI PELL BLOODBATH CANDL...
March 3, 2005
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BODY COUNT, RAVEN, ATTACKER Confirmed For New Jersey's METAL REDEMPTION I Festival

According to R.G. Concert Promotionz, a brand new heavy metal festival, dubbed Metal Redemption I, will be held June 3-4, 2005 at the Cricket Club Complex in Irvington, New Jersey. Confirmed bands so far include BODY COUNT, DECEASED, OCTOBER 31, RAVEN, DIVINE EMPIRE, EPOCH OF UNLIGHT, ATTACKER, WITH...
March 3, 2005
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MÖTLEY CRÜE's TOMMY LEE Says Touring Is Taking Its Toll On His Body

MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee recently spoke to freelance writer Steve Knopper of Newsday about the group's "Red, White, and Crüe 2005...Better Live Than Dead" tour, which hits New York City's Madison Square Garden Thursday night (March 3). "My hands are actually disgusting — blood blisters and call...
March 2, 2005
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GRAVE To Be Joined By Former Frontman At Stockholm Gig

On Friday, March 4, legendary Swedish death metallers GRAVE will be teaming up with VICIOUS ART, the new Swedish death/thrash band featuring Jörgen Sandström (THE PROJECT HATE, ex-ENTOMBED, GRAVE) on bass, for a show at Club Aggression in Stockholm, Sweden. Word has it that, if the alcohol level in...
March 2, 2005
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GRAVE FLOWERS To Release New Album This Month

Long-running Swedish "dark metal" band GRAVE FLOWERS will release their second album, "Incarcerated Sorrows", on March 30 via Firebox Records. Included on the 11-song CD is a cover version of COUNT RAVEN's "Leaving the Warzone", recorded as a tribute to the Swedish doom legends. Cover art was handle...
March 2, 2005
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KREATOR Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Veteran German thrashers KREATOR have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: ACCEPT APOCALYPTICA AXEL RUDI PELL BLOODBATH CANDLEMASS COR...
March 1, 2005
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TRIPP EISEN's Bail Set At $1 Million; Next Court Appearance Scheduled For Wednesday

Former STATIC-X guitarist Tripp Eisen's bail has reportedly been set at $1 million on charges that include kidnapping, sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child. Eisen, whose real name is Tod Rex Salvador, appeared in Central Justice Center Court in Santa Ana, California, on Monday after...
March 1, 2005
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AGENT STEEL To Perform Entire 'Skeptics Apocalypse' Album At Germany's KEEP IT TRUE Festival

AGENT STEEL will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their classic "Skeptics Apocalypse" LP by performing the album in its entirety at the Keep It True IV Festival on April 2 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Koenigshofen, Germany. The complete list of acts currently scheduled to appear at the festival i...
February 28, 2005
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PHILIP ANSELMO Working On BODY IN BLOOD Project

In an interview with SMNnews.com conducted last Thursday (Feb. 24),CROWBAR frontman Kirk Windstein was asked about the current whereabouts of his DOWN bandmate and SUPERJOINT RITUAL/ex-PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo following the recent death of ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. An ex...
February 28, 2005
Review

The Voyeurs of Destruction

I've had the pleasure of having "Voyeurs" for well over a year and a half. So, some of my observations are how well this release has held up for me, but I'll still try and tell you what it "sounds" like, which is the toughest part of any review, especially this band. They put the ...
February 27, 2005