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BRANT BJORK Signs With NAPALM RECORDS

Brant Bjork of KYUSS and FU MANCHU fame has inked a deal with Austria's Napalm Records. He is currently working on a "new overdose of riffs and grooves" for a 2011 release. Commented Bjork: "I am pleased to announce that I have joined the good people at Napalm Records for assistance in my contribution to ...

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FU MANCHU's BOB BALCH Offering Online Guitar Lessons

FU MANCHU guitarist Bob Balch is offering online guitar lessons via Skype, a service which bypasses the standard telephone network by channeling voice, video and text conversations over the Internet. Commented Balch, "I can teach you any style you want to learn or we could jam out a few FU MANCHU tunes. "For each lesson ...

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VALIENT THORR: 'Doublecrossed' Video Released

"Doublecrossed", the new video from Chapel Hill, North Carolina rockers VALIENT THORR, can be viewed below. The song comes off the band's fifth album, "Stranger", which came out on September 14 via long-time co-conspirators, Volcom Entertainment. The CD was produced, recorded and mixed by Jack Endino (NIRVANA, MUDHONEY, DWARVES, HIGH ON FIRE, TOXIC HOLOCAUST, and ...

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PRIESTESS Announces Headlining Tour

Montreal-based hard rock heavyweight PRIESTESS has announced a fall U.S. headlining tour in support of its critically acclaimed album "Prior To The Fire". The tour will launch on November 6 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and include support from fast-rising Brooklyn trio NAAM. "2010 has been a great year for PRIESTESS, but we're not nearly done yet," ...

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DEICIDE: Guitar-Lesson Videos Available

Music lesson web site PlayThisRiff.com is now featuring guitar lesson videos with Kevin Quirion and Steve Asheim of DEICIDE. At PlayThisRiff.com you will find the following lesson videos by DEICIDE: * "Desecration (Part 1)" * "Desecration (Part 2)" * "Early Influences" (Steve Asheim) * "Kevin's Gear" * "Kevin's Practice Tips" * "Till Death ...

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THE 69 EYES Frontman Interviewed On 'The Governor's Ball'

Singer Jyrki 69 of Finnish goth metallers THE 69 EYES was interviewed for the latest episode of "The Governor's Ball". You can now stream the program in two parts below. THE 69 EYES's latest album, "Back In Blood", was issued in Europe (excluding Finland) on August 28, 2009 via Nuclear Blast Records (September 15, 2009 ...

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THREAT SIGNAL Guitar-Lesson Videos Available

Music-lesson web site PlayThisRiff.com is now featuring guitar-lesson videos with Travis Montgomery of Canadian metallers THREAT SIGNAL. At PlayThisRiff.com you will find the following lesson videos by THREAT SIGNAL: * "A Minor/Major 6" * "Economy Picking" * "Hybrid Picking Poly-Rhythms" * "Single String Sequencing" * "Tapping Off The Neck/Diminished Exercises" * "The Beginning ...

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RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER Changes Name To THE DEVIL

Philadelphia thrashers RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER have officially changed their name to THE DEVIL. The band will make its live debut at a free show on October 28 at Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia. Two new songs from THE DEVIL"Run Through The Bastards" and "Ghostmaker" — are available for streaming at this location. More information ...

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VENOMIN JAMES To Release 'Crowe Valley Blues' Next Week

Cleveland, Ohio-based metal band VENOMIN JAMES will release its second album, "Crowe Valley Blues", on September 14 via Auburn Records. The self-produced CD, which was issued overseas in July, was recorded at the band's own Supernatural Sound studio in Kirtland, Ohio and includes the four-track "Death's Wings" EP as a bonus. "Crowe Valley Blues" track ...

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WOE To Release 'Quietly, Undramatically' In October

Candlelight Records has set an October 12 North American release date for "Quietly, Undramatically", the new album from WOE. Recorded at Gradwell House in Haddon Heights, New Jersey with additional tracking completed at frontman Chris Grigg's BS1 in Philadelphia, the CD is the first to feature a full band ensemble comprised of members from ABSU, ...

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TORCHE Guitar-Lesson Videos Available

Music lesson web site PlayThisRiff.com is now featuring guitar lesson videos with Steve Brooks of TORCHE. At PlayThisRiff.com you will find the following lesson videos by TORCHE: * "Little Champion" * "Rock It" * "Steve's Gear" * "Tar Pit Carnivore" * "Without A Sound" The lesson video for "Tar Pit Carnivore" can be ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM Taps Producer MATT HYDE For New Album

Finnish metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM have tapped Matt Hyde (HATEBREED, MONSTER MAGNET, FU MANCHU) to produce their new album, which is currently being recorded at a studio in Helsinki, Finland. Drummer Jaska Raatikainen has finished laying down his tracks and is scheduled to return to the studio tomorrow to record a couple of as-yet-undisclosed cover ...

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VALIENT THORR Talks Gear With PREMIER GUITAR

Premier Guitar's Jordan Wagner is conducted an interview with guitarists Eidan Thorr and Sadat Thorr of Chapel Hill, North Carolina rockers VALIENT THORR on May 18, 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin. In the four-minute segment which can be viewed below, Eidan and Sadat walk Premier Guitar through their rigs, which include Marshall JCM800 50-watt ...

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NACHTMYSTIUM To Headline Tour With ZOROASTER, THE ATLAS MOTH And DARK CASTLE

Illinois-based extreme metallers NACHTMYSTIUM will headline one of the most cerebrally brutal underground tour of the year in September/October. Set to kick off in early September, the trek will feature NACHTMYSTIUM alongside ZOROASTER, THE ATLAS MOTH and DARK CASTLE. Presented by Stereogum and Haunting The Chapel, the nearly month-long tour will weave its twisted path ...

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VALIENT THORR To Release 'Stranger' In September

Chapel Hill, North Carolina rockers VALIENT THORR will release their fifth album, "Stranger", on September 14 via long-time co-conspirators, Volcom Entertainment. The CD was produced, recorded and mixed by Jack Endino (NIRVANA, MUDHONEY, DWARVES, HIGH ON FIRE, TOXIC HOLOCAUST, and VALIENT THORR's prior album, "Immortalizer") at the Soundhouse Recording studios in Seattle, Washington. The first ...

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AIRBOURNE Guitar-Lesson Videos Available

Music lesson web site PlayThisRiff.com is now featuring guitar lesson videos with Dave Roads and Joel O'Keeffe of Australian hard rockers AIRBOURNE. At PlayThisRiff.com you will find the following lesson videos by AIRBOURNE: * "Six Licks With Airbourne" * "Tips For Bending Strings" * "How To Add Dynamics" * "Improve Your Rhythm" * ...

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THE 69 EYES Frontman Interviewed At Sweden's METALTOWN Festival

CrankItUp.se conducted an interview with singer Jyrki 69 of Finnish goth metallers THE 69 EYES at this year's Metaltown festival, which is being held June 18-19, 2010 at Frihamnem in Gothenburg, Sweden. Watch the chat below. THE 69 EYES took part in a North American headlining tour in October/November 2009. Support on the five-week trek ...

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HAMMERFALL Guitar-Lesson Videos Available

Music lesson web site PlayThisRiff.com is now featuring lesson videos from Pontus Norgren of HAMMERFALL. At PlayThisRiff.com you will find the following lesson videos by HAMMERFALL: * "Diminished To A Minor 1" * "Diminished To A Minor 2" * "A Lesson In Bending" * "Diminished To E Minor" * "E Minor Sequencing" * "Hammer-Ons Vs. ...

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THE 69 EYES Invites Fans To Make Band's New Video

Vocalist Jyrki 69 (born Jyrki Pekka Emil Linnankivi) of Finnish gothic metallers THE 69 EYES has issued the following update: "Our new single from [the latest THE 69 EYES album] 'Back In Blood' in Europe will be 'Kiss Me Undead' that Nuclear Blast will deliver for radio stations and all the other media in this ...

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VALIENT THORR: New Song Posted Online

Fresh from the Soundhouse Recording studios in Seattle; Chapel Hill, North Carolina rockers VALIENT THORR have posted the first track, "Doublecrossed", from the recording sessions for the band's as-yet-untitled new album, tentatively due out this fall. Having once again teamed up with Jack Endino, the legendary producer of seminal albums by NIRVANA, SOUNDGARDEN and MUDHONEY, ...

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CLUTCH: 'Live At The 9:30' Details Revealed

Maryland rockers CLUTCH will release a new two-DVD set, "Live At The 9:30", on May 11 through their own Weathermaker Music label. The first disc features a high-definition, seven-camera shoot of the band's December 28, 2009 concert at the 9:30 club in Washington, D.C. — including a performance of the group's entire 1995 self-titled CD ...

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DEVILDRIVER Guitar-Lesson Videos Available

Music lesson web site PlayThisRiff.com is now featuring lesson videos from Mike Spreitzer and Jeff Kendrick of DEVILDRIVER. At PlayThisRiff.com you will find the following lesson videos by DEVILDRIVER: * I've Been Sober * Jeff's Gear * Jeff's Major And Minor Sweeps * Jeff's Minor Pattern Warm-Ups * Jeff's Pedal Tone Exercise * ...

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FU MANCHU Drummer Joins SOCIAL DISTORTION

FU MANCHU drummer Scott Reeder has joined SOCIAL DISTORTION, the legendary punk rock band from Orange County, California. Reeder will sit behind the kit for SOCIAL DISTORTION's upcoming tour of South America. Drummer Atom Willard left SOCIAL DISTORTION earlier this week in order to continue his work with ANGELS AND AIRWAVES. For three decades, SOCIAL ...

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THE 69 EYES: Quality Paris Footage Available

Quality footage of THE 69 EYES' March 5, 2010 performance at Le Nouveau Casino in Paris, France can be viewed below. THE 69 EYES filmed a video for the song "Dead N' Gone" in October 2009 in San Francisco, California. The clip was once again directed by MTV superstar and close friend Bam Margera. THE ...

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