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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.
Venom
Venomslegions.com / Tim Tronckoe
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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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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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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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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
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Pop Evil Score Second No. 1 Rock Hit of 2013 With ‘Deal With the Devil’

Having a song go all the way to No. 1 is a once in a lifetime event for many bands, but Pop Evil have managed to claim the top spot on the Active Rock chart for the second time this year with their single 'Deal With the Devil,' which follows fellow chart-topper 'Trenches.'

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Mitch Lucker
Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com
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Suicide Silence Unveil Details for ‘Ending Is the Beginning: The Mitch Lucker Memorial Show’ DVD

It has been just over a year since a Halloween night motorcycle accident took the life of Suicide Silence vocalist . On Dec. 21, 2012, a concert was held to honor Lucker's memory and to raise money for his daughter's future education. That show, which featured a number of prominent guest vocalists, will be released Feb. 18, 2014 (watch the trailer above).

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