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Chad has been writing about music since the mid '90s in genres ranging from mainstream pop to extreme metal. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and websites across the globe. He's currently the heavy metal editor for About.com and contributes to many other publications. Chad has worked in radio for more than a quarter century and resides in Charlotte.
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Red Dragon Cartel, Led by Former Ozzy Osbourne Guitarist Jake E. Lee, To Release Debut Album

Ozzy Osbourne has had some great guitarists in his solo band over the years, starting with Randy Rhoads. Following Rhoads' tragic death in a 1982 plane crash, Jake E. Lee took over and appeared on Ozzy's 1983 album 'Bark at the Moon' and 1986's 'The Ultimate Sin.' After that, Lee went on to form the band Badlands. Now, Lee is back with an all-new outfit.

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Megadeth’s David Ellefson on the Essence of His New Book ‘My Life With Deth’

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson recently released his autobiography 'My Life With Deth.' The collaboration with veteran metal scribe Joel McIver chronicles Ellefson's younger years in Minnesota, his career in Megadeth, his struggles with addiction and eventual sobriety and his faith.

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Five Finger Death Punch Stream ‘The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell: Volume 2′

The second part of Five Finger Death Punch's 'The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell' will be released Nov. 19 and you can get an early listen. From now through the release date, the album is streaming in full on iTunes Radio.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
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In This Moment Announce January 2014 Tour Dates With Butcher Babies + More

In This Moment are currently in the midst of their Hellpop Tour, and now the band has announced a second leg that will kick off Jan. 2. Opening bands will be Butcher Babies, Devour the Day and All Hail the Yeti. The 16-date Hellpop Tour II launches in Portland, Ore. and will traverse the country, ending up in Florida just in time for In This Moment to embark on the ShipRocked cruise.

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Metallica’s James Hetfield Jams With Kids at Rockin’ the Bay Benefit Concert

James Hetfield has been a long time supporter of Little Kids Rock, an organization which provides music instruction and instruments to public schools. The Metallica frontman was honored with the charity's inaugural 'Livin' the Dream Award' at their annual Rockin' the Bay Benefit Concert in Menlo Park, Calif., over the weekend, and Hetfield performed "Enter Sandman" with some of the kids during the event (watch the videos below).

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Avenged Sevenfold, Linkin Park + Aerosmith to Headline 2014 Download Festival

The first batch of 2014 performers has been released for the , one of Europe's biggest music gatherings. The three day extravaganza will be held June 13-15 at England's Donington Park, and some heavy hitters in rock and metal are slated to perform.

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Chino Moreno’s ††† (Crosses) Project Set Release Date for Self-Titled Album

After releasing two EPs, ††† (Crosses) will unleash their self-titled full-length debut Feb. 11 via Sumerian Records. The band's lineup includes Chino Moreno (Deftones), Shaun Lopez (Far) and Chuck Doom. Listen to 'Bitches Brew' via Spin above. Check out another song, 'The Epilogue,' below.

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Testament’s Eric Peterson Teams Up With Celtic Metal Singer Leah on New Track

Testament guitarist Eric Peterson shows off his vocal chops on the new song 'Dreamland.' It's a collaboration with Celtic metal singer Leah, and appears on her new EP 'Otherworld,' which was released yesterday (Oct. 31). The EP is available at iTunes, and you can listen to the track 'Dreamland' here.

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