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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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Down Finish Next EP for Early 2014 Release

We already knew that  had finished his vocals for Down's next EP. Now, it been revealed that the entire EP is complete. In a recent photo posted on their Facebook page, there's a big pile of empty beer cases with the caption "EP Two is done!!! And there was much rejoicing!"

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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire
Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire
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Philip Anselmo Unveils Promo Videos for Upcoming ‘Technicians of Distortion’ Tour

As Philip H. Anselmo and The Illegals prepare to hit the road for the next leg of the 'Technicians of Distortion' tour, they have released a couple of promo videos talking about the upcoming trek with Author & Punisher and Hymn. The tour launches on Friday (Jan. 10) in Houston.

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The Devil Wears Prada Mike Hranica
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The Devil Wears Prada Join Lineup for 2014 Vans Warped Tour

It's still several months away, but band announcements are already being made for the 2014 edition of . The Devil Wears Prada are the latest addition to the lineup of the annual festival, which kicks off its 20th year June 14 in Salt Lake City (watch a preview video above).

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Record Company’s Vulgar Rejection Letter to Venom Unveiled

Venom are one of the most influential bands in metal history. Their second album, 1982's 'Black Metal,' helped spawn an entire subgenre. However, their 1981 debut 'Welcome To Hell' was released on Neat Records after Venom were apparently rudely rejected by EMI in a vulgar letter (see it below).

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Episode 2 of ‘Cooking Hostile’ With Philip Anselmo Unveiled

The initial episode of 'Cooking Hostile' debuted in October, featuring animated versions of Pantera / Down vocalist Philip Anselmo, Anthrax‘s Scott Ian and Suicidal TendenciesMike Muir participating in a cooking show. Now, the second episode has been posted (watch above).

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
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Devin Townsend To Begin Recording ‘Ziltoid the Omniscient’ Sequel in 2014

The immediacy of social media allows musicians to reveal behind the scenes information about what they are working on without having to wait for a magazine to be published or an interview to be transcribed. That's exactly what Devin Townsend did on Twitter yesterday (Dec. 30), updating the progress of new material.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
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In This Moment to Release Special Edition of ‘Blood’ With Bonus Live DVD

In This Moment's 2012 album 'Blood' has been their most successful to-date, spawning the hit singles 'Blood,' 'Adrenalize' and 'Whore.' Now, the band has announced that a special 2-disc edition of 'Blood' will be released Jan. 21 that also includes their version of the Nine Inch Nails song 'Closer' and the live DVD 'Blood at the Orpheum' (watch the DVD trailer above).

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Metallica
Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire
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Metallica Post HD Video of Full Antarctica Gig

Earlier this month, Metallica became the first band to play seven different continents in one year with their show in Antarctica. Now the band has made HD video footage of the entire 'Freeze 'Em All: Live in Antarctica' concert available via their YouTube channel (watch above).

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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire
Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire
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The Pretty Reckless to Headline Relaunched 2014 SnoCore Tour

From 1996 to 2010 SnoCore was a winter staple, celebrating music and winter sports simultaneously. After a two year absence, SnoCore is coming back in 2014. The Pretty Reckless will be the headliners, with other bands including , The Letter Black and Crobot also playing.

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A Day to Remember
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A Day To Remember Tap Bring Me the Horizon + More for Inaugural Self Help Festival

A Day To Remember are organizing the first-ever Self Help Festival, and they've invited some big-time friends to help launch the concert extravaganza. It will be held March 22 in the NOS Event Center in San Bernardino, Calif.

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