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DIMEBAG DARRELL To Be Buried In KISS KASKET

The family of slain DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott has requested a "Kiss Kasket" (photo) for Abbott to be buried in, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons revealed during an appearance on Fox News' "The Big Story Weekend Edition with Rita Cosby" on Saturday (Dec. 11). The coffin features the faces of the four founding ...

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DANZIG Bassist: 'Gods Never Die; DIME Lives'

DANZIG bassist Jerry Montano has sent the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET in memory of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott: "I just wanted to say my heart goes out to Vince, Rita, and the entire PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN family. We lost undoubtfully the greatest metal guitarist of all time and a great friend. "I had the honor of ...

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Ex-TESTAMENT Guitarist ALEX SKOLNICK: DIMEBAG Was One Of The Best Metal Players Out There

Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick has sent the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET regarding the death of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell: "I was watching CNN early this morning when they cut to the scene of a conert shooting in Columbus. I was sure it was some local band, then they showed the pictures of Darrell. I ...

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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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CRASHDÏET: New Single Teaser Posted Online

Swedish "sleaze" rockers CRASHDÏET have uploaded a "teaser" of their new single, "Riot in Everyone", at this location. CRASHDÏET recently shot a video for "Riot in Everyone" with director Mikeadelica (a.k.a. Mikael Gustafsson) (PAIN, A-TEENS, PETTER, ROBYN). The video is currently in the editing stage and is set to be released during the ...

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PRIMAL FEAR: New Album To Be Mixed By MIKE FRASER

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have tapped Mike Fraser (AC/DC, METALLICA, VAN HALEN, COVERDALE/PAGE, AEROSMITH, THE CULT, SLIPKNOT, HATEBREED) to mix their upcoming album at a studio in Vancouver, Canada (most likely The Warehouse) for a tentative October 2005 release via Nuclear Blast in Europe/USA and JVC/Victor in Asia. "Even recording engineer and co-producer Charlie ...

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CRASHDÏET Film Video For 'Riot In Everyone'

Swedish "sleaze" rockers CRASHDÏET have shot a video for their track "Riot in Everyone" with director Mikeadelica (a.k.a. Mikael Gustafsson) (PAIN, A-TEENS, PETTER, ROBYN). The video is currently in the editing stage and is set to be released within the next two or three weeks. Photos from the video shoot can be found at

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KORN To Cover OZZY OSBOURNE's 'Diary of a Madman'

KORN guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer has told Billboard.com that the band are planning on entering the studio in Janaury to begin work on their seventh album, tentatively slated for a late spring/early summer 2005 release. "On Jan. 2, we're going to go back and finish writing our next album," Shaffer said. "We have about four ...

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CARMINE APPICE, PAUL SHORTINO To Guest On MOONSTONE CD

Carmine Appice (OZZY OSBOURNE, BLUE MURDER, VANILLA FUDGE) and Paul Shortino (ROUGH CUTT, QUIET RIOT, HEAVEN & EARTH) are the latest musicians to confirm their guest appearances on the upcoming CD from MOONSTONE, the new project of Italian guitarist Matteo Filippini. Appice and Shortino will be heard on the song "Pictures of My Lonely Days". ...

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Mongolian Heavy Metal Act Banned In China

Taipei Times is reporting that a Mongolian heavy metal group called HURD (photo) had their scheduled three-day tour of China cancelled after the local police got nervous and sent riot policemen and trucks to surround the college campus where the group was to play. They checked identity cards, detained four people overnight and ...

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MINDGRINDER Enter Studio To Record Sophomore Album

Norwegian extreme metal band MINDGRINDER, featuring ex-SOURCE OF TIDE drummer/keyboardist Cosmocrator (on bass/vocals), have entered Akkerhaugen Lydstudio (EMPEROR, ZYKLON, WINDIR) in Norway to record their sophomore album, tentatively due in early 2005 via Nocturnal Art Productions. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "The Rebellion", "Concept of Honesty", "Obligation to Prevail" and "Warhead". Commented ...

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CAGE To Open For SCORPIONS in California

San Diego, California-based heavy metal band CAGE have been selected to support the SCORPIONS and TESLA at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, California on Friday November 26 and Saturday, November 27, 2004. CAGE will once again play the outdoors Sirius Satellite Radio Showcase Stage from 6:45pm-7:30pm for a 45-minute set of pure American heavy ...

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STAIND Guitarist Speaks Out On NBA Near-Riot

STAIND guitarist Mike Mushok has weighed in on the near-riot that took place at theDetroit Pistons-Indiana Pacers basketball game last Friday (Nov. 19). He told Launch Radio Networks that the players needed to show more restraint. "You gotta know the line," he said. "And I've been hit with stuff on stage, but you know what? ...

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ZARAZA To Appear On SWANS Tribute CD

Canadian industrial doom/death metal mongrels ZARAZA have posted the following update at their official web site: "It may seem quiet in the ZARAZA camp, but things are slowly happening. First of all, we've nearly finished recording a cover of 'Half-Life' by the almighty SWANS that will come out next year on a tribute compilation from ...

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QUIET RIOT: Photos From MONTERREY METAL FEST Posted Online

QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali has posted several photos from the group's appearance at the Monterrey Metal Fest on November 13, 2004 at the Coca Cola Auditorium in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Also appearing on the bill were TWISTED SISTER, DIO, DOKKEN, SHAMAN and HATEBREED, among other acts. Check out the pictures at

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QUIET RIOT To Release 'Live And Rare' CD In January

QUIET RIOT will be releasing a live CD, entitled "Quiet Riot Live & Rare - Vol. 1", on January 18, 2005, through Cleopatra/Deadline Records. The material is a compilation of live recordings from various concert performances during their 1983 "Metal Health" and 1984 "Condition Critical" world tours. There are also three rare original and previously ...

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W.A.S.P. Drummer Checks In From The Road

W.A.S.P. drummer Stet Howland has posted the following message on his official web site: "Hello to all you StetHowland.com rock and roll animals. Been out of touch due to the fact I'm out of the country. The European tour is killing! We have destroyed every gig so far. "I really enjoyed the U.K. and Finland ...

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UNCHAINED: Single To Precede Full-Length Debut

Swedish melodic metallers UNCHAINED will be issuing a new single, "My Guide", prior to the release of their self-titled debut. The single will contain the title cut, a newly recorded track called "Open Your Eyes", an alternate version of "Like The Candle", plus a pre-production version of "My Guide". UNCHAINED's self-titled debut album is scheduled ...

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Mexico's MONTERREY METAL FEST To Be Filmed For DVD Release

The first-ever Monterrey Metal Fest, set to be held on Saturday, November 13, 2004 at the Coca Cola Auditorium in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, will be filmed with 10 stationary, mobile and crane-mounted cameras and will be released in the future in DVD format worldwide, according to a press release from CAGE, one of the ...

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GORGOROTH's Sold-Out Concert In El Salvador Ends In Riot

Norwegian black metallers GORGOROTH made headlines in major Latin American newspapers after the audience rioted at their show in San Salvador (capital of El Salvador) on Saturday (Nov. 6). According to a posting on the band's web site, "the audience got so ecstatic over the presence of the first black metal act visiting their country ...

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SONATA ARCTICA Explain Show Cancellations

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have been forced to cancel their previously announced shows in Madrid (Spain) and Montpellier (France) after singer Tony Kakko came down with a fever and infected throat. The band's official statement on the matter reads as follows: "On November 2nd, we had a show in Paris, La Locomotive. During the ...

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