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'Nuff Said!

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Tracklisting for Megadeth's new album

November 1st we'll see the follow up to Megadeth's 2009 LP "End Game" in "Th1rt3en". Here's the tracklising for said album.

'Sudden Death'
'Public Enemy No. 1'
'Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)'
'We the People'
'Guns, Drugs & Money'
'Never Dead'
'New World Order'
'Fast Lane'
'Black Swan'
'Millennium of the Blind'
'Deadly Nightshade'
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Anthrax, Testament & Death Angel?

Ya damn right!!! Just announced those three will be hitting the road later this year. Dates and cities are below.

Oct. 14 - Orbit Room, Grand Rapids, MI
Oct. 15 - Congress Theatre, Chicago, IL
Oct. 16 - First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
Oct. 18 - The Cotillion, Wichita, KS
Oct. 19 - Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO
Oct. 22 - Nokia LA Live, Los Angeles, CA
Oct. 23 - Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA
Oct. 24 - House of Blues, San Diego, CA
Oct. 26 - Sunshine Theatre, Albuquerque, NM
Oct. 28 - South Side Music Hall, Dallas, TX
Oct. 29 - Emo's East, Austin, TX
Oct. 30 - Warehouse Live, Houston, TX
Nov. 01 - House of Blues, Orlando, FL
Nov. 02 - Revolution, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Nov. 04 - House of Blues, Myrtle Beach, SC
Nov. 05 - Fillmore Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
Nov. 06 - The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
Nov. 08 - Northern Lights, Clifton Park, NY
Nov. 10 - Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
Nov. 11 - Palladium, Worcester, MA
Nov. 15 - Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY
Nov. 17 - Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
Nov. 19 - Rave, Milwaukee, WI
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Much Metal On This Blog!

All female band KITTIE looking to drop some new stuff on August 30th. It'll be their sixth studio album, "I Failed You".
The link below will take you to Revolver Magazine where you can hear the latest single, "Empire (Part 2)".

Sepultura footage of stand in drummer, Amlicar Christofaro.

New Biohazard CD will be titled "Reborn In Defiance" and will drop on September 26th. This will be their first CD in six years and their first with orginal lineup Evan Seinfeld (vocals, bass), Billy Graziadei (guitar, vocals), Danny Schuler (drums) and Bobby Hambel (guitar) — since 1994's "State of The World Address".

Kirk Windstein of Kingdom of Sorrow, Crowbar, Down speaks...
You should listen!
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Jasta entire solo album streamed live!

Jamey Jasta, frontman for Hatebreed and Kingdom of Sorrow, has dropped a solo album called Jasta and you can stream the entire son-of-a-bitch online; http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/#/9

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Rex Brown out of Down

It is official. Watch video for the full story.

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New Anthrax Tune!! Give It A Listen!!

ANTHRAX - Fight'em 'til You Can't by NuclearBlastRecords
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A New Metal Super Group?

Seems to be the case and it may end up being called Giraffe Tongue. In an interview with Noisecreep guitarist Brent Hinds of Mastodon stated he has teamed up with The Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman, former The Mars Volta drummer Thomas Pridgen and ex-Jane's Addiction bassist Eric Avery. He also confirmed they "tried to get together and do an album, but there's been no time". As to why he chose the name Giraffe Tongue, Hinds replied "because they look sick."

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Metallica vs. Maiden?

In a recent interview Iron Maiden front-man Bruce Dickinson was quoted as saying, "I got into trouble for saying that we're better than Metallica… and, it's true! They might be bigger than us and they might sell more tickets than us and they might get more gold-plated middle-class bourgeoisie turning up to their shows but they're not Maiden."

What's your take?

Are Maiden better than Metallica?

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Slipknot's photos in London, Maiden and Metallica!

A lot of metal news for ya punters out there coming out just today alone.

*Slipknot will be the focus of a photo exhibit in London next month, July 12th to the 24th, at the Strand Gallery at 32 John Adam Street. The photos, over 60 on display and shot over 12 years, belong to Paul Harries' will be on display completely for free. If you happen to be there on Saturday July 16th be sure to sit in and hear from Mr. Harries who will be sharing stories behind the images he shot.

*While Metallica is ranked number 1 according to Kerrang! magazine's readers poll of the most influential band over the last 3o years it was another metal icon, Iron Maiden, that scored number 1 in Sweden Rock Magazine's reader's poll for greatest album of the past decade with "A Matter of Life and Death".

*Slayer frontman Tom Araya to receive the keys to the city of Viña del Mar, Chile, his hometown. This will be the first time Araya has received anything this grand from his hometown and although he's only visited a couple of times and remembers very little of his childhood there before immigrating to the U.S. he plans to take a little extra time to get to know the people living in Viña del Mar and to celebrate his 50th birthday with the people in attendance at the show on Friday, June 3rd. This will be Slayer's first time ever playing Viña del Mar.

*And if you've been wondering what's going down with Kittie these days, here's a "funny studio clip 2011" for ya!

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In Flames "Deliver Us" video

The making of...

And the video...

Catch In Flames at the VooDoo Lounge on August 8th!
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New Sepultura

Here's new Sepultura off their forthcoming CD "Kairos" dropping stateside on July 12th (June 24th in Europe).

Kairos by sepulturacombr
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Dimebag still raging on...

He may have passed on but his influence and his technique still rage on. Check out this video for the Dimebag Darrell Riffer Madness DVD.

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Who's working on new metal!

JASTA - Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed/Kingdom of Sorrow - July 26
LAMB OF GOD - Late 2011/2012
SEPULTURA - Kairos - Late Spring/Early Summer 2011
MACHINE HEAD - Late Summer 2011
KITTIE - Summer 2011
IN FLAMES - June 21
WARBRINGER - Late 2011
ANTHRAX - Worship Music - Late 2011

What are we missing?
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Chimaira to chat with fans tonight!

Cleveland metallers Chimaira will chat with fans via live video tonight at 9:00 EST. Follow this link for more info!
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Sepultura with Max Cavalera?

Sorta... Maybe... Who knows?!?

The band is already planning a new album sometime in the Spring/Summer entitled "Kairos" - which is a Greek word signifying a time in between, a moment of undetermined period of time in which something special happens - and in a recent interview with Blabbermouth.net Sepultura and main songwriter Andreas Kisser had this to say about a possible reunion with Max and his conversation with him:

"— it was a really nice, cool conversation, talking about nothing but family stuff; nothing about business at all. It would be stupid for us to, after [almost] 20 years [apart], expect for a phone call of two minutes to [lead] to a big reunion. [laughs] It's kind of naive, you know — it's kind of stupid."

Q: Is it safe to say that if you guys could rebuild your relationship and have a real friendship with one another again, you would be open to maybe doing a SEPULTURA reunion with Max, but unless that happens, you are not interested?

Andreas: "No, I don't [necessarily] connect our friendship with doing a reunion. But, of course, after getting to know each other again and talking about projects, we could even do different stuff — [work together again and] not call ourselves SEPULTURA. I mean, create some different project or whatever; it doesn't necessarily have to lead to a reunion. It [would be] just a relationship [like the one] that I have with [any of] my friends — that's all."
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It's the "Hell of Earth" Tour!

Announced today, Rob Zombie will team up with Slayer for the appropriately dubbed "Hell on Earth" tour. This will be the first time the two acts will have teamed up with each other since 1999's Ozz-Fest Tour. No stops are planned in or even around KC. Here's the breakdown, thus far:

7/20, Reading, PA (Sovereign Center)
7/22, Detroit, MI (DTE Amphitheater)
7/23, Pittsburgh, PA (Stage AE)
7/24, Toronto, ON (Heavy T.O. at Downsview Park)
7/27, Winnipeg, MB (MTS Centre)
7/29, Saskatoon, SK (Credit Union Centre)
7/30, Calgary, AB (Scotiabank Saddledome)
7/31, Edmonton, AB (Rexall Place)
8/2, Victoria, BC (Save-On-Foods Memorial Center)
8/3, Vancouver, BC (Rogers Arena)
8/5, Portland, OR (Rose Quarter Memorial Coliseum)
8/6, Seattle, WA (WaMu Theater)
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Anthrax's Scott Ian on the Japan Tsunami

Anthrax's Scott Ian was in Hawaii when the earthquake/tsunami struck Japan and it's effects were felt all the way on the islands. Here's his take on it from his blog;

"My wife Pearl and I just got back from Hawaii. We went on a 'babymoon.' Basically, our last trip just the two of us for a long time. It was a great vacation, super relaxing, doing nothing but hanging on the beach, and oh yeah, there was a tsunami. It sounds a lot worse than it was.

"If you've seen the footage from Japan you've seen what a big tsunami is capable of.

"We were at dinner with friends when one of them got a text saying there was a tsunami warning because of the earthquake in Japan. This was at 10 p.m. By the time we left dinner at 11:30 p.m., traffic was insane with people trying to get out of Waikiki and it suddenly hit home that this could be serious. We hadn't seen the Japanese footage at this point, so at least we didn't have that to scare the shit out of us. Our friends offered for us to follow them to a house inland, but we decided to head back to our hotel on the North Shore, an hour drive from where we were. The tsunami was not expected until 3 a.m. so I figured we'd make it. The only issue was if they closed the road to our hotel that runs along the ocean for 10 miles or so we'd be fucked. We gambled. Turns out our hotel (Turtle Bay Resort) is a safety zone for the North Shore so we were heading to the right place.

"We made it back around 12:30 a.m. and turned on the TV and saw the devastation in Japan. Unbelievable. These images are still burned into my brain and my thoughts are with you my friends.

"After seeing this, we did start to worry. Would it really be safe here? Are we high enough up (fourth floor), etc. etc. I called the desk half a dozen times asking these questions and telling them I had a pregnant wife with me and they reassured me each time that we'd be OK. Hey, I'm a kid from New York City and I just saw Japan get demolished like Godzilla came through. What do I know about tsunamis?

"The TV news was tracking it as it made its way past the Midway Islands and the reports were varying from a four-foot wave to a 12-foot wave. We just kept watching the ocean from our room — we had a great view. At around 2 a.m. the hotel security announced over the PA that we had to leave our rooms and close our balcony doors and shutters and move into the hallway. We decided to stay in our room. If something was coming, I wanted to see it. The hallway was packed with people from the lower floors. People had moved chairs and pillows with them to sleep on. Pearl and I watched and waited. At 3:15 a.m. reports came in that Kauai got hit and that the wave was only three feet but that it could get bigger. We had about 10 minutes until it hit. At this point I was really questioning whether we should've just gotten in the car and drove up the hill. Then we watched the ocean completely suck out dry about 500 feet out. It was nuts, dry as a bone, all the reef exposed. The water was just gone. We stood on the balcony waiting to see a huge wave ripping towards the shore line and then there it was, tiny little waves, one on top of another, moving really fast but small came pouring back into the empty space. Once it seemed like it had peaked the reports came in that the first wave was three feet and that the next wave could be 12 feet. OK, I was starting to see a pattern here. I guess they have to scare the shit out of you in case it is bad so you take it seriously. Meanwhile at this point we're on the balcony shooting video of the ocean sucking out again and the small waves ripping back in.

"That's what happened over and over again for the next two hours and at 5:45 a.m. we finally went to bed even though they were still saying 'the big one' could come. Bottom line, I am really happy it didn't.

"Woke up the next day and found out there was some damage on the big island and some damage to boats in some of the harbors but all in all a non-event, especially when compared to Japan. If it was a wave like that, I'd be typing this from my mattress 20 miles out at sea somewhere."
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Kerry King Bobble-Head Doll!

What more do you need to know?
Peep this!

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Heavy Metal's tribute to old blue eyes, Frank Sinatra will be released on March 29th.
Below are a couple of tracks you might enjoy.

SIN-atra - New York, New York feat. Devin Townsend by Eagle Rock Entertainment

SIN-atra - It Was A Very Good Year feat. Dee Snider by Eagle Rock Entertainment
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Serj from S.O.A.D

Released a digital-download only, today, of his latest E.P. "Imperfect Remixes". Below is a video for "Goodbye-Gate 21" off the 4 tracks available for download on itunes. And, yes, that is Tom Morello on guitar.

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New Anthrax Music Details

Anthrax frontman Joey Belladonna's Twitter account has been busy the last couple days or so. Here's what's been posted thus far:

**Day #4 In The Studio Recording Vocals For The New Anthrax Album. Currently Working on Song #4.

**Just got back from lunch. Time to finish song #3. I am almost done and it is sounding great!

**Great day in the studio yesterday! Song 2 complete and sounds great! Everyone loves it! Looking forward to today and knocking out song #3.

**Song #2 almost done. Studio is going great, I am killing it!

**Today Is Day #2 In The Studio Recording Vocals For The New Anthrax Album.

**First Song Done, Sounds Killer! Time for Song #2.

**Today is day #1 in the studio to record my vocals for the new Anthrax album.

Word on the street is new Anthrax should drop by the end of the year.
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Motorhead on Team Coco!

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Zakk Wylde to sing with... Shatner?!

It... Seems... A... One... William Shatner... Has... Laid... Down... Tracks... With... Zakk!

Tweeting recently, "Just watched tracks being laid down by Zakk Wylde of BLACK LABEL SOCIETY for my upcoming record 'Seeking Major Tom'." He added, "Zakk is one of the great guitarists who played with Ozzy Osbourne. A master playing a cover of 'Iron Man'. He's fantastic! I'm energized."

Rumor has it Shitner's Shatner's album will have 20 tracks on it and should be available, for target practice, later this year.
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The Big 4 as explained by Anthrax's Scott Ian

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The Big Four!

News from The Big Four; Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax & Slayer.

Saturday April 23rd, Indio California.

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Lock up yo kids!

Or allow them to be exposed to the biggest Berserker of them all; Mr. Zakk Wylde. On May 10th his book, "Bringing Metal To The Children", will be released. Inside, Wylde invites all onto the tour bus for tales of glory, debauchery, and general mayhem.  It will also feature a roadmap for success in the music business, tour planning and exclusive tips for the aspiring "metal musician," as well as the best methods for surviving a mosh pit and plans for how to set up a shooting range on the tour bus.

Here's a 30 second promo video for it.

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Merry X-Mas From GWAR!

EMBED-Christmas With Gwar - Watch more free videos
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When MegaDave Tweets, The World Listens.

Seems Dave Mustaine, front dude for Megadeth and pioneer/godfather of all things Thrash, tweeted this week that, "We're going to have some Big shows coming up."

As many of you know Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax and Metallica played earlier this year in Sofia, Bulgaria. Their DVD from said show "The Big Four: Live From Sofia, Bulgaria" debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Top Music Videos sales chart and was number one in Canada, the U.K. and Austria as well as entering number four in Germany.

Does this mean an official confirmation of The Big Four in the States and U.K.?

Stay Tuned...
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Who's Working On New METAL?!

Motorhead - The World Is Yours - Feb. 8
Lamb of God - Late 2011/2012
Sepultura - Early 2011
Machine Head - Late 2011
Marilyn Manson - Early 2011
Testament - 2011
Metallica - 2011?
Rage Against the Machine - ???
Tool - ???
Jonathan Davis (Korn) Solo - ???
Slipknot - ???

What are we missing?
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Cribs, The Lemmy Version!!

From the long awaited movie due out next year, Lemmy (full title: "Lemmy: 49% Motherfucker 51% Son Of A Bitch"), we get a little glimpse into the life of Lemmy in his humble abode in LA.

And below is the Official "Lemmy" teaser for the documentary, which will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download in the U.S. on February 15. In mid-January, the film will hit select theaters in the U.S.

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A Very Special Christmas Song!

Well sort of!
Cory Taylor of Slipknot/Stone Sour has put together a fun little twist on the holidays!

Here is the back story from Cory himself.
"I wrote this song in my kitchen one winter, listening to people bitch about the holidays," Taylor explained. "Personally, I love the holidays, but they seem to bring on severe stress in most people. So, I wrote this in honor of crotchety, drunken bastards who don’t know the difference between a yuletide and a toolshed. Plus, I think it's funny."

How can you argue with that!
Merry Christmas!

Corey Taylor- X-M@$ by Roadrunner Records
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Man Beaten To Death After Motorhead Gig

This is a really sad story out of Leeds, England.  Andrew Crawford was beaten last Thursday (the 25th). He sustained serious head injuries and was taken to Leeds General Infirmary where he died.

The attack followed an incident at the O2 Academy where two men set his friend's hair on fire, reports BBC News.
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Metallica issues statement about girl kicked.

METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett accidentally knocked a little girl off stage after kicking a large beachball at her during the band's November 11 concert in Sydney, Australia. The incident happened while the band was performing the song "Seek And Destroy".

METALLICA has issued the following statement regarding the incident: "In the whacky world of rock'n'roll, sometimes stuff happens which looks even weirder than it really is! And with context being vital in these situations, we just wanted to address something which happened on the tour the other night regarding a large beachball, a band member's foot and a little girl.

"Some of you will have seen on YouTube (or read in some reports) that Kirk knocked a small child offstage by kicking a beachball at her. That little lady is the daughter of the stage manager and dressing coordinator, who are fortunate to travel as a family on this tour. She was thoroughly enjoying watching the beachballs drop from the rafters, Kirk was thoroughly enjoying kicking the beachballs off the stage and back into the crowd as has been done every night on the tour, and neither of them saw the other. The poor wee one happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. She wasn't hurt. She didn't go 'flying several feet into the audience.' And Kirk and she remain good buddies.

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RIP-Mama or Papa Cyco!

Long-running Venice Beach, California thrash/punk band SUICIDAL TENDENCIES has issued the following statement:

"Sunday night SUICIDAL TENDENCIES played New York City to 2000 old- and new-school Cycos! It's always great to hit the East Coast and catch up with a lot of our friends, bands and family. Unfortunately, the New York City show will be the last show of this tour. Sadly, one of the band members had a parent pass away suddenly and needed to fly home to be with his family in this difficult time and handle all the funeral arrangements, etc. With heavy hearts, the band decided it would be best to postpone the remaining SUICIDAL TENDENCIES shows and make them up sometime next year. We appreciate your understanding, your thoughts and your prayers. Please give us a few days and we will try and let those who already have tickets how how to get refunds, etc. Again, we are so sorry to have to postpone these shows, but hope that everyone will be able to understand, and we'll do our best to make the dates up."

The postponed dates are:

Nov. 17 - Metro - Chicago, IL
Nov. 18 - Cabooze - Minneapolis, MN
Nov. 20 - Summit- Denver, CO
Nov. 21 - Sunshine Theatre - Albuquerque, NM
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Scott Ian's, Anthrax Guitarist, Show Footage

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has uploaded video footage (see below) of the band's November 10, 2010 concert at Teatro Caupolicán in Santiago, Chile with SEPULTURA.

ANTHRAX will release the "Live At The Sonisphere" 10-inch single — a picture disc featuring the tracks "Medusa" and "Only" from the "The Big Four: Live From Sofia, Bulgaria" DVD and Blu-ray — on November 26 via Metal Club, a group of record stores throughout the U.S. and Canada that work to connect the vibrant metal community with their local record store. Fans will be able to visit their local Metal Club store for special metal promotional pieces, exciting in-store events, and a series of exclusive Metal Club releases.

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Slayer's Kerry King Talks About "The Vinyl Conflict"

Counting down to the band's 30th anniversary, SLAYER's Kerry King sat down and talked about "The Vinyl Conflict", the band's high-end, limited edition vinyl box set that was just released. Representing SLAYER's entire American Recordings catalogue, "The Vinyl Conflict" begins with 1986's genre-defining "Reign In Blood", and goes all the way up to the band's most recent release, 2009's "World Painted Blood". It's the musical history of SLAYER all in one über-cool box, and in the video clip below, King shares a few memories about all ten of the releases.

Ten albums on 11 discs, "The Vinyl Conflict" features the following releases:

* Reign in Blood (1986)
* South of Heaven (1988)
* Seasons In The Abyss (1990)
* Live Decade of Aggression (1991)
* Divine Intervention (1994)
* Undisputed Attitude (1998)
* God Hates Us All (2001)
* Christ Illusion (2006)
* World Painted Blood (2009)

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Helmet To Go Back On The Road!

After wrapping a two-month critically acclaimed North American trek with a roof-raising show at the Key Club in Los Angeles, the seminal rock group HELMET will head overseas November 17 for a month-long European Tour encompassing 11 countries and 26 dates. They'll be armed with a setlist including their classics and material from the new full-length album, "Seeing Eye Dog".

Looking ahead, mainman Page Hamilton describes HELMET's plans for 2011: "March 3rd to the 24th we're planning another U.S. run, and then April and May we will be Japan and Australia. Hopefully then back to Europe. Europe is four weeks this November and December, and I'm hoping we'll do either the early chunk or the late chunk of the festivals next summer."

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CORROSION OF CONFORMITY: San Francisco Footage Available

Fan-filmed video footage of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's August 10, 2010 performance at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco, California can be viewed below.

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's October 14, 2010 concert at King's in Raleigh, North Carolina was professionally filmed and recorded for an upcoming DVD.

With the twenty-fifth anniversary of the classic "Animosity" album approaching, the original incarnation of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY played its first live show in over twenty years on July 30 in Asheville, North Carolina.

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MASTODON 'Crack The Skye' Wormhole Tunnel Box Edition This Month

A super-deluxe, super-limited-edition version of MASTODON's latest album, "Crack The Skye", will be released on November 26 via Metal Club, a group of record stores throughout the U.S. and Canada that work to connect the vibrant metal community with their local record store. Only 600 of these sets are being made. This version will come housed in a hardbox case featuring a third-dimension wormhole design that contains exclusive and additional album art by long-time MASTODON artist Paul Romano. Inside is a full length "Crack The Skye" CD plus a DVD on the "Making Of Crack The Skye" with photo gallery, track-by-track band commentary and more.

For more info go HERE!
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Rita Haney, Dimebag's girlfriend, about Phil

During last month's Dimebash in LA, honoring the late-great Dimebag of Pantera/Damageplan, Rita Haney Dime's long time girlfriend had said she'd hoped Dimebash would help publicly bury the hatchet with former Pantera frontmanPhil Anselmo. Sadly, she states, Phil's pneumonia prohibited that. Below is the video with her thoughts on it.

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Murderdolls "Chapel of Blood"

Performed on Fuel TV's "The Daily Habit"

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Soilwork Tour Diary

Soilwork was on a steady North American Tour from July through August. Here's a video diary parts 1 to 5!

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Anthrax Speaks About the Future

Wondering when you'll get a new ANTHRAX record? Fresh off their stint on the Jägermeister Music Tour with SLAYER and MEGADETH, ANTHRAX members Scott Ian, Joey Belladona and Frank Bello discuss what you can expect on their new record , due out in 2011. Watch the clip below.

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