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DISTURBED's DRAIMAN Calls THE DARKNESS 'A Joke'

DISTURBED frontman David Draiman has slammed THE DARKNESS as "a joke" and has taken issue with the British rock band's alleged characterization of DISTURBED as a band that symbolizes "this whole wave of nu-metal that is near its death." Speaking to Metal Edge magazine for its May 2004 issue, Draiman said, "To be perfectly honest ...

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DROWNING POOL: 'Step Up' Video Posted Online

DROWNING POOL's video for their new single, "Step Up", has been posted online at this location. "Step Up" comes off the group's upcoming sophomore album, "Desensitized", due on April 20 through Wind-Up Records. The track will also be will be featured on the upcoming "Punisher: The Album" soundtrack, due on March 23 through ...

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EMERALD: New Album Samples Available For Download

Swiss melodic metallers EMERALD have posted sound clips of three songs from their recently released third full-length album, "Forces Of Doom". The three tracks — "Tears Of A Warrior", "Blood Of Our Kings" and "On The Wings Of The Night" — can be previewed here. As previously reported, the follow-up to 2002's "Calling ...

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IMPELLITTERI: 'Pedal To The Metal' Track Listing Revealed

MelodicRock.com has posted the complete track listing for the new IMPELLITTERI album, "Pedal To The Metal", due in Japan on March 24. "Pedal To The Metal" track listing: 01. The Writings On The Wall 02. Crushing Daze 03. Destruction 04. Dance With The Devil 05. Hurricane 06. Judgment Day 07. The Iceman Cometh 08. P.U.N.K. ...

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CATTLE DECAPITATION To Enter Studio This Weekend

San Diego extreme metallers CATTLE DECAPITATION have posted the following message on their official web site: "CATTLE enter the studios this weekend in Burbank, CA with Bill Metoyer (SLAYER, W.A.S.P., SIX FEET UNDER) at the helm!!! We'll be recording all the drums starting this weekend and then heading down here in San Diego to the ...

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OZZFEST 2004: The Official Press Release

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 20, 2004--"The day OZZfest comes to town is the best day of summer for hardcore fans of hard rock and metal music. They know they're getting value beyond what they paid for." So says OZZfest founder Sharon Osbourne. "The music starts at 9:30 a.m. and doesn't stop until Ozzy leaves the stage ...

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IMPELLITTERI Set Release Date For 'Pedal To The Metal'

IMPELLITTERI have set a March 24 Japanese release date for their new album, "Pedal To The Metal". In addition, IMPELLITTERI mainman Chris Impellitteri will be on the cover of Young Guitar magazine's April issue with a DVD guitar lesson. Commented Chris: "We are hearing from our record label, the press really like this new CD. ...

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THE ACCIDENT EXPERIMENT: San Diego Date Announced

THE ACCIDENT EXPERIMENT, the California-based band featuring former P.O.D. guitarist Marcos Curiel, will be performing at Soma in San Diego on Saturday, February 28. Also set to appear are HORNSWAGGLED, BLACKLETTER DAYS, TENTWENTYKILL and COLPORTER. THE ACCIDENT EXPERIMENT — completed by vocalist Pete Stewart (ex-GRAMMATRAIN), bassist Tony Delocht and drummer Ernie Longoria (both ex-SPRUNG MONKEY) ...

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DROWNING POOL Announce New Singer, Audio Clip Posted Online

In a widely expected move, DROWNING POOL revealed during a "Headbanger's Ball" (MTV2) appearance Saturday night (Jan. 24) that they have recruited ex-BUILT XL frontman Jason "Gong" Jones to fill the singer slot left vacant by the death of Dave Williams (as exclusively reported here back in June 2003). While Jones' ferocious singing-mixed-with-screaming ...

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DISTURBED To Announce New Bassist 'Very Very Soon'

DISTURBED plan to audition new bass players in the next couple of months, following the departure in late 2003 of bassist Fuzz, and will begin recording their next album later this year. Pressed for details about Fuzz' departure from the group, DISTURBED lead singer told Launch Radio Networks, "I don't really want to get too ...

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EMERALD Set Release Date For 'Forces Of Doom'

Swiss melodic metallers EMERALD have set a February 23 European release date through Shark Records/Crazy Life Music for their third full-length album, "Forces Of Doom" (view cover artwork here). The follow-up to 2002's "Calling The Knights" was recorded at Mohrmann Studios in Bochum, Germany with producers Detlef Mohrmann and Axel Thubeauville. Included on ...

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NAMM 2004: Even More Photos Posted Online

Dave Mustaine of MEGADETH, Dan Donegan of DISTURBED, DOPE, DROWNING POOL, KORN, Paul Stanley of KISS, SLAYER, SLIPKNOT, STATIC-X, SLAVES ON DOPE and Michael Anthony of VAN HALEN were on hand for the NAMM convention on Saturday (January 17) at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Check out pictures from Wire Image. ...

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DISTURBED Singer Attends 'Torque' Premiere

DISTURBED singer David Draiman (along with "date" Heather) attended the world premiere of the new Warner Bros. film "Torque" at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California on Wednesday (Jan. 14). Check out pictures from Daily Celeb. DISTURBED are currently seeking a new bassist following the departure of Fuzz in early November. The group ...

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'Music As A Weapon II' DVD/CD Preview Posted Online

The "Music As A Weapon II" DVD/CD set is scheduled for release on February 24 through Reprise/Warner. The set features highlights from DISTURBED's "Music As A Weapon II Tour", which also included CHEVELLE, TAPROOT, and ÜNLOCO. Here is the track listing for both the CD and DVD: 01. DISTURBED – "Loading The Weapon" 02. DISTURBED ...

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DISTURBED Guitarist Becomes A Father

DISTURBED guitarist Dan Donegan became a father in late December, according to MTV.com. His daughter, Maya Jean, was born in Chicago to Dan and his girlfriend. "She's got big wisps of a full head of black hair," DISTURBED frontman David Draiman said. "She's very cute and he's very, very happy." ...

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SYSTEMATIC Report On New Year's Eve Gig With METALLICA

SYSTEMATIC vocalist/guitarist Tim Narducci has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Just thought I'd drop a line and say hey. The New Year's show with METALLICA was an absolute honor and a blast! The show was at the Joint in the Hard Rock hotel (for those of you unaware) an awesome ...

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Report: Top-Grossing OZZFEST Shows Of All Time (1996-2003)

As part of a special spotlight on the Osbournes in the current issue of Billboard, the magazine has compiled a list of the top 10 highest-grossing Ozzfest shows in the travelling festival's eight-year history. Since its inaugural run in 1996, Ozzfest has grossed a staggering $146.5 million from 236 shows that have drawn 3.8 million ...

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DISTURBED: Down With The Bass?

Several weeks after word came from the DISTURBED camp that bassist Fuzz had left the Chicago nü-metal group, frontman David Draiman & Co. are searching for a replacement. All interested parties should send demos, 8X10's and contact information to the following address (full bios are not necessary): JBM 4042 N. Pulaski Chicago, IL 60641 ...

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Thrash Documentary To Be Made Available On DVD

"Get Thrashed", the upcoming documentary profiling the thrash metal scene of the early Eighties and its impact on the music scene, is scheduled to be completed in early 2004. An expanded DVD version with "tons" of bonus footage is in the works for late 2004. As previously reported, METALLICA, SLAYER, ANTHRAX, TESTAMENT, OVERKILL, VOIVOD, KREATOR, ...

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Former P.O.D. Guitarist's New Band Added To KORN/SEVENDUST Concert

THE ACCIDENT EXPERIMENT, the California-based band featuring former P.O.D. guitarist Marcos Curiel, have been added to San Diego's Rock 105 annual "The Rock That Stole Christmas" concert featuring KORN and SEVENDUST December 11 at the San Diego Sports Arena. Tickets go on sale Friday (Nov. 14) at 10:00 a.m. through Ticketmaster. THE ACCIDENT EXPERIMENT — ...

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