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The Cult Prep New CD
Z98 reports: THE CULT will enter the studio next month to begin pre-production on the group's first album since 2001's "Beyond Good and Evil". A fall release is expected. Also planned for release is a DVD of the band's November 13, 2006 concert at Irving Plaza in New York City, tentatively due in April.

THE CULT's current touring lineup includes principals Ian Astbury (vocals) and Billy Duffy (guitar) alongside bassist Chris Wyse, drummer John Tempesta (ex-WHITE ZOMBIE, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, HELMET) and rhythm guitarist Mike Dimkich.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Billy Talent US Tour
PR reports: Billy Talent has unveiled plans for a spring U.S. headlining tour. The Toronto-based punk outfit - hot off the heels of two triumphant sold-out UK headline tours - will be joined on the road by Cancer Bats and Drive By. The band is currently wrapping up a series of arena dates in Canada. A special one off show at the legendary Brixton Academy in the UK followed by a number of arena stops in Germany are scheduled before hitting the States in March.

Guaranteed to be one of the most explosive tours of the spring, the trek will kick off on March 15th at the Icon in Buffalo, NY, with dates continuing through an April 7th show at the Glass House in Pomona, CA.[see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Disillusioned Drummer
PR reports: To make a long story short, Jens Maluschka, drummer for Disillusion since 2000, decided to quit the band at the beginning of the New Year. It is sad to separate after six years of dreaming and working together for an idea. 

Jens wishes to say the following: "After six years of intensive work with DISILLUSION it is time for a break. There are various reasons. I want to concentrate more on my private life, meaning I will become a father in June of this year. At that time I wish to focus on my family. So, the decision has been made to leave the band. Of course, my musical endeavours will continue – but I can't decide yet exactly in which from. I wish Andy and Rajk all the best for their future and lots of success with Disillusion." The final concert with Jens will be held at "Scheddelspalter" in Leipzig/Germany on April 13, 2007- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Metal Blade 25th Anniversary Reissues
PR reports: To commemorate 25 years of the LOUDEST, HARDEST, HEAVIEST and the very best HEAVY METAL on the planet, METAL BLADE RECORDS will re-release seminal Metal albums from artists that have and continue to shape and influence the genre. The 25th Anniversary Editions will be released throughout 2007 and will include unreleased bonus tracks, DVD's of behind the scenes or live footage and additional liner notes from the artists themselves. 

From a garage in a Los Angeles suburb in 1982 to becoming the leading true INDEPENDENT Heavy Metal record label in the world, METAL BLADE RECORDS continues to lead the way in introducing artists to the Heavy Metal world, which we have continually defined. The first reissues of the year will include Lizzy Borden's "Master of Disguise" and Cannibal Corpse's "Vile"! Both Lizzy Borden's "Master of Disguise" and Cannibal Corpse's "Vile" in stores March 6, 2007![see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Frampton Blowing Smoke After Grammy Noms
DiR reports: As you may know Peter Frampton has received two Grammy® 2007 nominations! Best Pop Instrumental Album – Fingerprints * Best Rock Instrumental Performance ("Black Hole Sun"). If you don't already own the CD, keep your ears out to classic rock radio as Universal Music Enterprises/New Door Records plan to release the track from the album called "Blowin' Smoke" to radio in a couple weeks "that shows off more of the fantastic fingerwork of Frampton". 

"Peter Frampton has created the album he's always wanted to with Fingerprints and it's great to see him being acknowledged for it with two Grammy® nominations! As one of rock's perennial guitarists, no one is more deserving to win - and here's hoping he wins in both categories." - Rita Wilde, Program Director, KLOS - 95.5 FM- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Lunch Time Melee
PR reports: Melee have announced a free lunchtime show at the Roxy in Hollywood on January 30th. 

Doors will open at 12:15 and the band will hit the stage at 12:45. You can get the full 411 from the flyer at the full story link. 
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Elliott Yamin Debut
PR reports: American Idol finalist Elliott Yamin will release his debut album on March 20. The album will be released through RED Distribution. Yamin worked closely with his music publisher, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, on the writing and production of the album, and the two parties will similarly cooperate in the marketing of the project. 

"This is an ideal situation that enables Elliott to have real creative and marketing input over the music that he produces," manager Jeff Rabhan said. The deal will also allow Yamin "to participate as a meaningful partner in the album's financial success," Rabhan said.[What? no jive from Clive? smart move! see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Polar Music Prize
PR reports: The winners of the Polar Music Prize Award for 2007, were unveiled on Thursday the 25th of January at The Royal Swedish Academy of Music in Stockholm. The Chairman of the Board and Award Committee, Mr. Åke Holmquist, read the Award Committee's citations. The prize winners will receive the prize from His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden at a gala ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall to be followed by a celebratory banquet at Grand Hôtel on Monday the 21st of May.

The Steve Reich Citation
The 2007 Polar Music Prize is awarded to the American composer and musician Steve Reich. 

The Sonny Rollins Citation
The 2007 Polar Music Prize is awarded to the American tenor saxophonist and composer Sonny Rollins[see full story for more details]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dir En Grey Invasion
PR reports: Japan's DIR EN GREY has confirmed their first headlining U.S. theatre and club tour, INWARD SCREAM, which leads up to the release of their sophomore American full-length titled THE MARROW OF A BONE in stores February 20th. As a teaser to the tour and full-length, the band released an EP in January, sold exclusively in f.y.e. stores across the country. The presale for the INWARD SCREAM sold out in under 10 minutes, solidifying America's growing fascination with the band.

Thu 2/1 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
Fri 2/2 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Darkest Hour Get Devy for New CD
Press Release reports: Washington D.C.-based metallers DARKEST HOUR will travel to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on February 19 to start the pre-production and recording process for their new album with producer Devin Townsend (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, LAMB OF GOD, SOILWORK). A June/July release via Victory Records is expected. The band has issued the following update:

"All is good from the underground bunker where DARKEST HOUR is riffing out our new songs. We have nine songs (that's a full album, dudes!) and we will definitely have a few extra tracks that will be floating around after the record is recorded to so we hope to have some special releases in the works as well. We are off in less then a month to start preproduction with Devin and we couldn't be more stoked with how the songs are coming out. Think more melodic, more extreme, more insane, more circle pit. I mean, just think more awesome, man! Also our summer plans are in the works and we will be keeping you guys up to date as soon as we get an OK from the big man that we can announce that info!"- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bloodjinn Preview
DiR/PR reports: We know you need to some new metal to get your weekend started off right. North Carolina metal band Bloodjinn has posted two brand new blistering songs from their upcoming new full length, This Machine Runs On Empty. The album will be unleashed online and in stores on March 6th on Pluto Records.

Check out "In The First Degree" and "Truth Within" at the full story link.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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2007 G3 tour
PR reports: The 2007 incarnation of Joe Satriani's popular G3 tour will kick off on March 14th in Phoenix starring SATRIANI, JOHN PETRUCCI and PAUL GILBERT. The tour will play selected dates in North America throughout March and April. The starting tour itinerary follows with more dates TBA shortly. The 2007 tour marks the 5th North American G3 run and the 12th G3 tour worldwide since its inception. 

Initial tour itinerary
Wednesday, March 14 Dodge Theatre - Phoenix, AZ
Thursday, March 15 House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
Friday, March 16 Grand Sierra Theatre - Reno, NV
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Laethora Release
PR reports: LAETHORA's debut album for THE END RECORDS, titled March of the Parasite (out February 20th, 2007), has been made available for pre-order at THE END RECORDS' mailorder site, The Omega. [see full story link]. The Swedish band -- featuring The Provenance members Joakim Rosen (guitar), Jonnie Tall (bass) and Joel Lindell (drums) – play aggressive music firmly rooted in the death/grind tradition, yet challenging and innovative. In a recent interview with MTV.COM about the debut, Sundin described the album as "extreme and in-your-face, but organic rather than clinical-sounding." 

The tracklisting for ‘March of the Parasite' is: Parasite * Clothing for the Dead * Revolution at Hand * Imposters * Black Void Remembrance * Repulsive * The Scum of Us All * Y.M.B. * Warbitrary * Facing Earth - Click Here for the Full Story 

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GNR Tribute Keeled
PR reports: Versailles Records is excited to confirm Ron Keel will appear on vocals alongside Grammy-winning pianist Randy Cantor on the hit 'Don't Cry' as part of the label's forthcoming 'Double Talkin' Jive: A Hard Rock Tribute to Guns N' Roses', the second volume of the tribute series to Axl, Izzy, Slash, Duff, and Co., due for release in the late summer of 2007. Additionally, Dangerous Toys vocalist Jason McMaster will contribute lead vocals to 'Welcome to the Jungle', alongside Near Life Experience guitar/keyboardist Richard Kendrick. Other artist appearances to be announced in the near future.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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High on Fire Podcast
PR reports: Starting Tuesday, January 30th HIGH ON FIRE will be featured on MP3.com. The feature will be a video podcast of an in-studio interview with HIGH ON FIRE guitarist Matt Pike. Pike talks about five great metal records that he feels should be staples in any collection as well as HIGH ON FIRE's recent time spent writing their follow-up album to 2005's highly-acclaimed Blessed Black Wings. Be sure to visit the MP3.com home page on Tuesday for this exclusive interview. 

HIGH ON FIRE has also announced two Northern California live appearances for this weekend to test-out some of the new material before starting the recording process this spring.[see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Today's Reviews
MorleyView: Gilby Clarke
Morley speaks with Gilby Clarke about Rockstar Supernova, his classic rock influence, and going from a member of Guns N' Roses to producing a wealth of solo releases including his brand new self titled retrospective album. - Read the full Gilby Clarke MorleyView
 
80 Proof - Shenanigans
Mix some 311 with Los Lonely Boys and you get 80 Proof, a fun-loving, energetic band that blends rock with reggae and traces of other styles. Their EP Shenanigans is a solid affair that scores well on all counts- Read the full 80 Proof - Shenanigans review
 
Suffer the Silence - Sorrow for a Doomed Nation
"Dear and Dead" will please not only earlier fans of the band but also those who remember their collective stint in an earlier death metal band known as Triton. The song is battering mid-tempo technical death metal, and nothing else.- Read the full Suffer the Silence - Sorrow for a Doomed Nation review
 

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