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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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Rage Against the Machine’s L.A. Rising Festival Returning in 2014

Not too long ago ago, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello said he wasn't sure if the band would ever perform again. And although a lot can happen between now and then, the L.A. Rising concert that they organized and performed at in 2012 will return next year.

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Avenged Sevenfold Song ‘Shepherd of Fire’ Featured in ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops II’ DLC Pack

Avenged Sevenfold have made several contributions to the 'Call of Duty' video game series. They'll be part of 'Apocalypse,' the fourth and final downloadable content (DLC) pack of 'Call of Duty: Black Ops II,' due to be released Aug. 27 on XBox Live.

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Motorhead Urge Fans Not to Worry About Lemmy Kilmister’s Health After Shortened Wacken Set

After having to cut their set short on Aug. 2 at Germany's Wacken Festival due to Lemmy Kilmister's health, Motorhead have urged fans not to worry about the frontman. Guitarist Phil Campbell has even told fans to ignore rumors perpetuated by "a--hole tweeters."  

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Motorhead Announce Track List for ‘Aftershock’

Even though Motorhead had to cancel their summer European concert dates due to frontman Lemmy Kilmister's health issues, the band is still on track to release their latest album 'Aftershock' this fall and have unveiled the track listing (see below). The band's 21st studio album was produced by Cameron Webb (Pennywise).

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Beastie Boys’ Mike D Resurfaces With New Music

Mike D of Beastie Boys has emerged with some new music, the first released since the death of his bandmate Adam Yauch (MCA) last year. He was commissioned by the fashion company Kenzo to compose a piece for their Spring/Summer 2014 show. The result is 'Humberto Vs the New Reactionaries (Christine and the Queens Remix).' Listen to the 10 minute track below.

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Alice in Chains Joined Onstage by Layne Staley’s Father During Gig in Canada

Earlier this week Alice in Chains played Canada's Fox Fest in Burnaby, British Columbia, and invited a very special guest onstage. They were joined by Phil Staley, the father of the band's late vocalist Layne Staley. A video of his appearance can be seen above, while the band also posted a photo on their Instagram (see below).

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Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne Not Attached To the Term ‘Heavy Metal’

Black Sabbath are considered the founders of heavy metal, but singer  tells CNN in a new interview (watch above) that he doesn't particularly connect with that label.

"I have never ever ever been able to attach myself to the word 'heavy metal' — it has no musical connotations,

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