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GOJIRA Frontman Issues Update On MAX/IGOR CAVALERA Project

Guitarist/vocalist Joe Duplantier of the French progressive death metallers GOJIRA will play bass on the debut CD from the new project featuring SEPULTURA founding members Max and Igor Cavalera. Recordings for the album began this past weekend in Los Angeles with producers Dirty Icon (Logan Mader [ex-MACHINE HEAD, SOULFLY] and Lucas Banker). A late 2007 ...

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MANOWAR's MAGIC CIRCLE FESTIVAL To Be Held Annually

At last weekend's (July 6-7) Magic Circle Festival in Bad Arolsen, Germany, bassist Joey DeMaio of MANOWAR — who organized the event — reportedly announced that the festival will be held annually from now on. On the first day of next year's gathering, MANOWAR will sign as much stuff as they can and will give ...

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DREAM THEATER: Spanish Dates Announced

DREAM THEATER has announced two Spanish dates in November: Nov. 2 - Barcelona, Spain - Palau Olimpic De Badalona Nov. 03 - Barcelona, Spain - La Cubierta A complete list of DREAM THEATER's upcoming European shows can be found at this location. A 15-minute audio interview with DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy, conducted ...

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SOULFLY Drummer Checks In

SOULFLY drummer Joe Nunez has sent along this update from Chicago, where he is working, playing, resting, and preparing for the band's next album: "This summer I've been working construction and rehearsing with my side project SLAMPEDE. Our new singer/guitar player, Kevin Kowalski, is the latest addition to our band and we've been shredding ever ...

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KATAKLYSM: Skeletons Of Four New Songs Ready

KATAKLYSM frontman Maurizio Iacono has issued the following update: "Yesterday [Monday, July 2] I met up with J-F [Dagenais; guitar] at his new big house — he just bought a new house next to Steph [Stéphane Barbe; bass] and Max [Duhamel; drums] and it's real nice — and he is building his studio downstairs where ...

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DREAM THEATER: Authorized Book Available To Order

The authorized DREAM THEATER book "Lifting Shadows" will soon be available to order in a deluxe "Images and Words" special edition that includes a free CD of DREAM THEATER music. This limited edition comprises two hardback books that are held together in a slipcase. The first of these books is entitled "Images" and is crammed ...

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DREAM THEATER Causing 'Chaos' With New Album

Christa L. Titus of Billboard.com reports that DREAM THEATER's No. 19 debut for "Systematic Chaos" represents an unexpectedly sweet beginning with Roadrunner Records, which signed the act last December. Unhappy with being shifted among Warner Music Group's labels and receiving minimal promotion for records following "Awake", the prog rockers hoped they would get ...

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MAX And IGOR CAVALERA To Enter Studio In July

According to Brazil's Bizz magazine, the as-yet-unnamed new project featuring SEPULTURA founding members and brothers Max and Igor Cavalera will enter a Los Angeles studio in July to begin recording its debut album for a late 2007/early 2008 release via Roadrunner Records. Although it has not yet been confirmed, it is rumored that ...

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BEATALLICA Announces First-Ever Asian Appearance

Milwaukee-based BEATALLICA, a satirical mashup act whose hilarious schtick marries the songwriting prowess of THE BEATLES to the deep-throated rock growl of METALLICA, will play its first-ever concert in Asia on Sunday, August 5 as part of the Busan International Rock Music Festival in South Korea. As previously reported, BEATALLICA has uploaded an EPK (Electronic ...

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DREAM THEATER Drummer's 'sysDRUMatic Chaos' DVD Available

DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy has released a DVD entitled "sysDRUMatic Chaos", featuring drum-cam footage from the recording sessions for the band's new album, "Systematic Chaos". Audio options include full band and isolated drums. It also features an extended blooper reel. The DVD is region-free but only available in NTSC format. To order the DVD, ...

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