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Machine Head Psych Fans Up for 2012 North American Tour

After successfully unleashing their signature brand of thrash and groove metal throughout Europe, Machine Head are ready to unleash the locusts in the North American leg of ‘The Eighth Plague’ tour. The band will be joined on the road by deathcore act Suicide Silence and metalcore outfit Darkest Hour.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images
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Report: Black Sabbath Nixed Coachella Gig After Tony Iommi’s Cancer Diagnosis

Music fans going to this year’s Coachella Festival were blessed yesterday with the news of Refused and At the Drive-In reuniting and claiming a spot in the lineup, but today we’ve all been given a punch to the gut. According to Billboard, Black Sabbath were scheduled as one of the headliners for 2012′s Coachella, but have pulled out due to Tony Iommi‘s recent lymphoma diagnosis.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images
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Black Sabbath Guitarist Tony Iommi Diagnosed With Lymphoma

Tough news to report, as Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with lymphoma, which is a cancer that forms in the lymph nodes. The good news is that it’s been caught in the early stages and the guitar deity is currently in discussions with his doctors to determine the best course of treatment to fight the disease.

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Century Media Records
Century Media Records
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Lacuna Coil Release Studio Footage

Italian melodic metallers Lacuna Coil have been incredibly generous, sharing updates and footage of the creative process for several months leading up to their new album ‘Dark Adrenaline,’ the release date of which is right around the corner. In the footage posted below, head-turning singer Cristina Scabbia and her mates stand in front of a mic in the studio to discuss the history of the facility and possible paranormal activity that may have taken place during the recording process.

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Metallica Confirm Release of 3D Movie in 2013

Thrash legends Metallica have revealed on their official website that the band is indeed planning to release a 3D film. Although details on the movie are scarce, the band is planning to secure a 2013 release date for the upcoming feature.

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images
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Singer Howard Jones Explains His Exit From Killswitch Engage

Two days ago (Jan, 4), Killswitch Engage announced that they had parted ways with vocalist Howard Jones. The announcement came as a shock to many due to the spotlight Jones’ voice was able to put on the band, but now Jones has released the reasoning for the departure via the official Killswitch Engage website.

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Napalm Records
Napalm Records
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Former Visions of Atlantis Singer Nicole Bogner Passes Away at 27

Singer Nicole Bogner, 27, who fronted the Austrian symphonic metal band Visions of Atlantis from 2000 to 2005 has passed away after a battle with a “severe disease over a long period of time.” She handled vocal duties on the band’s first two albums, ‘Eternal Endless Infinity’ and ‘Cast Away.’

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Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com
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All That Remains Join Headliners of 2012 New England Metal and Hardcore Festival

The 14th annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is set to slay the Palladium in Worcester, Mass. on April 20-22, and All That Remains have been announced as the final headliner.

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Elektra Records
Elektra Records
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Metallica’s ‘Black Album’ Is Top-Selling Disc of Last 20 Years

Billboard and Nielsen SoundScan have just released a list of the top-selling albums of the SoundScan era (1991-2011). Coming in at No. 1 with more than 15 million units sold to date is Metallica‘s self-titled 1991 disc, aka The Black Album.

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Facebook: Meshuggah
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Meshuggah Unveil Release Date for Upcoming Album

You may have been introduced to the sweet sounds of Meshuggah during a 2002 episode of the classic reality show ‘The Osbournes,’ when Jack Osbourne blasted the Swedish extreme metal band at full volume to annoy his neighbors. Now, 10 years later, Meshuggah have announced a March 27 release date for their new album.

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Is There A Ratt-Foo Fighters Supergroup?

Right when metal was switching to what today is called  "hair metal" my career took a turn. I took a job doing a morning show at a "classic rock" station in Austin. I did not enjoy the music there (and I think that was apparent) and I did not enjoy what was happening elsewhere. I guess it was kind of like the "lesser of two evils" to be thrust into the world of classic rock and be able to avoid the Poisons and Trixters of the world. I DID get to enjoy a few of the early bands like Ratt and Quiet Riot. More after the jump.

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Bradley Kanaris, Getty Images
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Lamb of God Singer Randy Blythe Launches Campaign for U.S. President

Our favorite politically informed and opinionated singer these days is Lamb of God‘s Randy Blythe. He recently spouted off about the state of digital music. Now, on his Randonesia Tumblr blog, the singer posted a manifesto offering to run for the highest elected office in our nation, which is that of President of the United States.

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