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VELVET REVOLVER, MOTÖRHEAD Honored At GRAMMY AWARDS

VELVET REVOLVER and MOTÖRHEAD won prizes in early ceremonies at the 47th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday (Feb. 13). VELVET REVOLVER were honored with a Grammy in the Best Hard Rock Performance category (for "Slither"), where they beat out the likes of INCUBUS ("Megalomaniac"), METALLICA ("Some Kind of Monster"), NICKELBACK ("Feelin' Way Too Damn Good") ...

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BIOMECHANICAL: New Song Available For Download

A brand new BIOMECHANICAL track, entitled "Empires of the World", has been made available for download at this location. "Empires of the World" is the title track of the U.K. progressive epic thrash metallers' sophomore album, "Empires of the World", due in early May via Elitist/Earache Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Eight Moons" ...

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MUDVAYNE To Film 'Happy?' Video Next Week

MUDVAYNE will reportedly shoot a video for their new single, "Happy?", on Monday, February 14 in the Los Angeles area with director Lex Halaby (CHIMAIRA, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE). The treatment for the clip is said to be a "special effects tribute to the power of nature." "Happy?" is the first single from the group's new album, ...

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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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NEVERMORE To Record New Album In February

The Seattle-based quintet NEVERMORE are currently wrapping up the songwriting process for their highly anticipated new album, set for a summer release. In February, the group will head to Backstage Studios in England to begin recording with legendary producer Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, OPETH). This will mark the group's first recording with guitarist ...

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THROWDOWN Prepare To Record New Album

THROWDOWN are about to enter the studio with producer Zeuss (HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL) to begin work on their new album, "Vendetta", and the band, as always, are on a mission. "We want to remind the hardcore and metal world what this music is and isn't about, because some people seem to have forgotten," proclaims singer ...

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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Singer Forced To Sit Out Toronto Concert

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE frontman Howard Jones was forced to sit out the band's performance in Toronto on Sunday (Jan. 9) due to a "blown-out" throat (as guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz put it in a public announcement before their set). Trevor Phipps from support act UNEARTH joined KILLSWITCH ENGAGE on stage for a few songs, despite having little ...

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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE: Early Track Available For Download

An early KILLSWITCH ENGAGE track, entitled "Soilborn", has been made available for download in MP3 format at this location. "Soilborn" comes off the group's self-titled first album, which has been re-mastered and remixed by guitarist Adam Dutkiewitz for re-release on January 24 via Roadrunner Records. Originally released back in 2000 by Ferret Music, ...

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DAMN 13 To Open For SLIPKNOT In Ontario

Toronto "riot rock" band DAMN 13, featuring ex-MONSTER VOODOO MACHINE vocalist Adam Sewell and ex-IGNORANCE NEVER SETTLES guitarist Mike Charette, have been added to the SLIPKNOT / KILLSWITCH ENGAGE / UNEARTH show at Arrow Hall in Mississauga, Ontario this coming Sunday (Jan. 9). In other news, DAMN 13 will be heading back into the recording ...

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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Bassist Forced To Miss Philadelphia Gig

Bassist Mike D'Antonio was forced to miss KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's performance at the Northstar Bar in Philadelphia Wednesday night (Jan. 5) due to "an illness in the family," according to a posting on the group's web site. "Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family, and we hope all turns out well," the band ...

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Hardcore/Metal DVD Compilation To Surface In February

Century Media Records will release the DVD compilation "Eye For An Eye – The New Breed Of Hardcore & Metal" on February 21 in Europe. A compilation of modern bands that share their true love to hardcore or metal music, the DVD is described in an official press release as "a collection of some of ...

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Conservative Web Site Says DIMEBAG 'Contributed To Culture Of Death' That Spawned His Killer

William Grim, Contributing Editor of the popular conservative web site The Iconoclast, has penned the following article with regards to the recent murder of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott: "You've undoubtedly heard by now that a demented fan last week killed heavy metal guitarist Dimebag Abbott at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio. ...

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SLIPKNOT's COREY TAYLOR Talks GRAMMYS

SLIPKNOT are nominated for two Grammy awards this year: Best Hard Rock Performance and Best Metal Performance. In the Hard Rock category, they're competing against INCUBUS, METALLICA, NICKELBACK, and VELVET REVOLVER, while in the Metal category they're up against CRADLE OF FILTH, HATEBREED, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, and MOTÖRHEAD. After five previous losses with SLIPKNOT and STONE ...

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UPDATED: Tributes From Metal Musicians Pour In For DIMEBAG DARRELL

A number of heavy metal musicians have paid tribute to Dimebag Darrell (DAMAGEPLAN, ex-PANTERA) who was tragically murdered last night. ------------------------------------------------- Ozzy Osbourne: "Dimebag was a dear friend of mine. I'm absolutely beside myself with grief. I can't for the life of me understand why someone would do this. PANTERA toured with me many, many ...

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DAMAGEPLAN Shooting Update: VINNIE PAUL Uninjured; Metal Musicians Mourn DIMEBAG's Passing

Scoop of the Columbus, Ohio radio station The Blitz 99.7 FM has confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET that DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul was uninjured in the shooting incident at a Columbus nightclub which resulted in the death of Paul's brother, Dimebag Darrell. According to Scoop, who attended the concert and briefly saw Vinnie following the incident, Paul ...

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TRIVIUM: New Album To Surface In March

Roadrunner Records has set a March 1, 2005 relase date for TRIVIUM's "Ascendancy". Featuring the talents of Matt Heafy on guitars/vocals, Travis Smith on drums, Corey Beaulieu on guitar and Paolo Gregoletto on bass, TRIVIUM is a band whose youth (Heafy is 18, the oldest member is 22) belies their sound. Currently, TRIVIUM are on ...

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METALLICA, CRADLE OF FILTH, MOTÖRHEAD Among GRAMMY Nominees

METALLICA, CRADLE OF FILTH, SLIPKNOT, HATEBREED, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and MOTÖRHEAD are among the nominees in 107 categories announced Tuesday for the 47th annual Grammy Awards, to be presented Feb. 13 in Los Angeles. The hard rock and metal nominees are as follows: Best Hard Rock Performance: INCUBUS – "Megalomaniac" METALLICA - "Some Kind of Monster" ...

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MOKOMA's Latest CD Named INFERNO Magazine's 'Album Of The Year'

Finnish thrash/metal act MOKOMA's latest album, "Tämän Maailman Ruhtinaan Hovi" ("The Court of This World's Emperor), has been named Inferno magazine's 2004 "Album of the Year". The year-end Inferno list was determined via a poll of the magazine's editors and contributing writers. Inferno is Finland's leading metal magazine and is said to be one of ...

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POWDERBURN To Open For SLAYER In San Antonio

The Jägermeister Music Tour, headlined by metal icons SLAYER, will be hitting San Antonio's Sunset Station this Friday, December 3. Sharing the stage with SLAYER will be Austin's self-proclaimed No. 1 heavy metal artist, POWDERBURN. Sponsored by Jägermeister, one of the world's leading premium spirit brands, POWDERBURN will also be joining KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and MASTODON, ...

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MASTODON's 'Leviathan' Named Revolver Magazine's 'Album Of The Year'

MASTODON's latest release, "Leviathan", has been named Revolver magazine's 2004 "Album of the Year". The year-end Revolver list was determined via a poll of the magazine's editors and contributing writers. "Leviathan" was released on August 31, 2004 to exceptional fan and critical acclaim. The follow up to the band's heralded "Remission" album, "Leviathan" entered the ...

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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE: DVD To Arrive Next Year

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE are all set to usher in the New Year with a string of U.K. shows. These look likely to be the band's last U.K. shows before they begin work on their next album which is slated for a 2006 release. 2005 will however, see a KILLSWITCH ENGAGE DVD, featuring concert footage and assorted ...

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ALL THAT REMAINS To Support KILLSWITCH ENGAGE In Europe

ALL THAT REMAINS, the Massachusetts-based act featuring former SHADOWS FALL vocalist Philip Labonte, have been confirmed to support KILLSWITCH ENGAGE in Europe beginning on January 19. Also on the bill are TWELVE TRIBES and JOHNNY TRUANT. The band will be shooting a video for the title-track of their latest record, "This Darkened Heart", on Tuesday, ...

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36 CRAZYFISTS Drop Off NONPOINT/CANDIRIA Tour

Alaska's 36 CRAZYFISTS have dropped off their previously announced tour with NONPOINT, CANDIRIA and DRY KILL LOGIC. "The band will take the rest of the year off from touring and will begin writing their next record, which is tentatively scheduled for release in fall 2005 through Roadrunner Records," the group said in a statement. "Thanks ...

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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE To Tour With THE USED, MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE have been confirmed for "The Taste of Chaos" tour that will also feature THE USED and MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE. From early February through the middle of April, "The Taste of Chaos Tour" will take KILLSWITCH ENGAGE around North America playing venues ranging in size from 3,000- to 10,000-seat capacity. "KILLSWITCH ENGAGE are one ...

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