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God Hates Slayer

RollingStone.com posted a lengthy article in which they talk with Slayer about their upcoming album, God Hates Us All, which is due out June 26, and plans for the immediate future.

The article also goes into some detail on a boxed set in production entitled "Soundtracks of the Apocalypse."

Exact contents of the set are still being sorted out but it will surely contain vault gems, live goodies and every music video the band has made to this point. They're hoping to re-record a bevy of Hell Awaits-era (1985) numbers as well, a process they began last year while tracking their rendition of "Hand of Doom" for Nativity in Black, Vol. 2: A Tribute to Black Sabbath.

Eyeing a December release, the set will be available in two different versions -- one modestly priced and the other the "be-all, end-all, extremely limited, stupid-expensive-'cause-it-has-to-be version." King says the band is hoping to pack the CD/VHS version of "Soundtracks" in a customized ammo box and the CD/DVD bundle in a big bombshell casing.

This is the second band I've heard talking about re-recording old tracks (the other is Testament) for release. I think it's a great idea, as technology has improved the recording process so much in the last 20 years that I sometimes find it hard to listen to old metal even when the music itself is great.

Read the full article at RollingStone.com.

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SDMI Hack Posted @ The Register

Professor Felten's step-by-step defeat of the SDMI security technology for MP3's is up for all to read on the UK site The Register.

Read the full article at The Register.

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Metallica Back in the Studio

Still without a bassist, Metallica hit a San Francisco-area studio Monday to begin recording the follow-up album to 1997's ReLoad, their last disc of new material. Longtime producer Bob Rock will again be twirling the knobs for the band, who expect to spend most of the summer recording.

Read the full article at Metallica.com.

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Ynwgie Malmsteen

Since the departure of Jorn Lande and John Macaluso, vocalist and drummer respecitively, the rest of the US tour has been cancelled. Yngwie and Co. are regrouping and preparing for tours of Europe and Japan.

Replacements have not been decided upon, although Yngwie has been talking to vocalist Jeff Scott Soto, who has obligations with Talisman that would prevent him from participating in the entire European tour. Mark Boals and Doogie White have also been considered for the vocal slot.

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Drummer parts with Annihilator

Annihilator drummer Ray Hartmann made an amicable split with the band due to personal reasons and family obligations. His position is currently being held down by former Annihilator drummer Randy Black.

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Shadows Fall seeking new Drummer?

Rumors abound that the Shadows Fall band has parted ways with their drummer David Germain. Metal Update says that vocalist Brian Fair confirms that the drummer's performance at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival was agreed to have been unsatisfactory by all parties, but a decision to replace him has not been made.

The band is currently focused on writing for their new album.

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Necrophagia Signs with Renegade Records

Necrophagia has signed with Renegade Records (US) Season of Mist (Europe). Their new single "Cannibal Holocaust" is due out this fall.

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Fear Factory DIGIMORTAL release

Fear Factory's new album, DIGIMORTAL will be in stores Tuesday, April 24th. Fear Factory will be doing a run of in-stores meeting all the fans coming out to support their newest release.

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Dimitri Leaves Dillinger Escape Plan

Hot off the presses from the Relapse newsletter:

Due to personal reasons, Dimitri Minakakis, lead singer and co-founding member of the Dillinger Escape Plan, has left the band to pursue non-music related endeavors.

Both Dimitri and the rest of the band would like to make it very clear that this parting is 100% mutual and amicable; and in no way due to dysfunction between members. He has always been, and will continue to be, part of everything that this band does.

Dillinger Escape Plan has reportedly not broken up but will be on hiatus until a new singer is in place. There will be one more show with the current lineup including Dimitri, which will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Ozzy Osbourne's forthcoming and as-yet-untitled solo CD reportedly will take some musical cues from the young metal acts Ozzfest has nurtured in recent years. Ozzy has recorded nine songs so far for his first studio album in six years.

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Cold Drops Ozz for Staind

Cold reportedly has dropped Ozzfest to tour with Staind's upcoming tour. They cite and hour of stage time with Staind vs 20 minutes at Ozzfest for the reason of switching tours.

Also, Cold's 16-date spring tour with Monster Magnet will kick off May 1 in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Chuck Billy Diagnosed with Cancer

I'm not officially posting news yet, but Testament is one of my favorite bands and I was surprised to read this news:

Chuck Billy, the singer for Testament, was recently diagnosed with cancer. The doctors caught the cancer in its early stages and his prognosis is very good.

Our best wishes go out to Chuck and his family.

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