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Gwar guitarist Cory Smoot (aka Flattus Maximus) is dead. His band members found him deceased this morning as they prepared to cross the Canadian border. The group was preparing to cross into Canada to play some shows on their current tour with Every Time I Die, Ghoul and Warbeast. Smoot had joined Gwar in 2002 and first appeared on their 2004 album, 'War Party.'

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Brisbane's prolific Fires Of Waco have had a busy 2011 – releasing their debut full length Old Ghosts Never Sleep and touring with the likes of Miles Away, Defeater and Balance And Composure. They return with The Journey Slow, a six song EP through Poison City Records and you can check out a preview of the titletrack.

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Candlelight Records announced the signing of Corrosion of Conformity. Since early this year, the band – featuring the esteemed Animosity line-up of vocalist/bassist Mike Dean, guitarist Woody Weatherman, and drummer/vocalist Reed Mullin - has been working with long-time producer John Custer. Now nearly complete, their still untitled eighth studio album is planned for release early in the new year.

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Recently we told you that Bridge 9 had signed EXPIRE to their growing roster of bands. Well Expire have just posted the first part of a tour documentary, shot this past summer that also incorporates their appearance at Sound and Fury. It's a pretty entertaining and hilarious watch as to what they get up to on tour.

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Never good news to hear, but BACKTRACK frontman James Vitalo recently suffered a seizure that landed him in hospital, forcing the band to cancel a run of shows. Staring down the barrell of some expensive medical bills, the hat is currently being passed around for donations.

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The last time the DESCENDENTS released a new album was "Cool To Be You" back in 2004. Now some 7 years later, both singer Milo Aukerman and drummer Bill Stevenson have suggested they may hit the studio soon to record some new material. "We've always got new songs" answers Milo "the big question is when are we going to have the time to do it".

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Sydney band HOMEWARD BOUND's debut album "Chorus Of Cast Offs" is out today in all good record stores or available online through the Poison City Records webstore. They'll be launching the new album at Blackwire Records in Sydney on Saturday night with Brisbane's Army Of Champions making the journey down for the show. Also playing are Deadly Visions and Firearms.

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On Saturday December 17th at the Annandale Hotel in Sydney, RESIST RECORDS will be throwing their first Xmas party, that's free for all to attend. Playing on the night will be A Death In The Family, I Exist and Toy Boats. Be sure to RSVP to book your door spot.

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Sydney's CIVIL WAR team up with Adelaide's ANTE UP for two shows on the first weekend of December in Melbourne. Playing both an Over 18s and an All Ager, make sure you get out to these shows Victorians. Civil War is made up of ex mebers of Perist, while Ante Up is made up of former God So Loved The World members.

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For the ultimate collector or fan boy, DOGHOUSE RECORDS has announced a limited run of cassettes for some popular releases, kicking things off with a 200 copy dubbing (not pressing) of La Dispute's latest album "Wildlife" and Young Statues "Self titled" album.

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