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Chad Bowar

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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Iced Earth to Release ‘Plagues of Babylon’ in January, Announce Spring Tour

Back in April, power metal veterans Iced Earth revealed the title of their next studio album would be 'Plagues of Babylon.' Now, it is confirmed that it will be released Jan. 21 via Century Media Records. The band will also be touring with Sabaton and Revamp in support of the album beginning in April of next year (dates below).

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
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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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Hate Eternal
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Hate Eternal Bassist to Unleash Death Metal Christmas Album

It's the time of year for uplifting and joyous holiday albums in the spirit of the season. However, some people have darker holiday spirit than others. Hate Eternal bassist J.J. Hrubovcak has teamed up with his brother Mike, who is the vocalist for Monstrosity and Vile, for 'Death Metal Christmas - Hellish Renditions of Christmas Classics.'

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James Hetfield
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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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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
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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Slayer Frontman Tom Araya Elaborates on Drummer Dave Lombardo’s Exit From the Band

In a recent interview, frontman Tom Araya revealed some information about the ouster of drummer Dave Lombardo' from the band. Now, in a new interview, he goes into more detail about why Slayer parted ways with Lombardo.

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Avenged Sevenfold - Linkin Park - Aerosmith
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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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Deftones
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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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