ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO Sign With MAGNA CARTA RECORDS

ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO, the jazz ensemble led by former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick, have inked a deal with Magna Carta Records. "Fittingly, Magna Carta is based in Rochester, NY, where we have some of our most rabid supporters," the band write on Alex's web site. "We want to thank all the fans and industry folks ...

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Israel's METALIST FESTIVAL 2004 To Be Held In August

Israel's Metalist Productions have announced plans to stage a one-day metal festival, Metalist Festival 2004, on August 26. Described as "much bigger and stronger than before," this year's festival will include acts from both Israel and abroad. The first 500 tickets for the festival will be available at a special price and will include an ...

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AVENGER OF BLOOD Sign With JCM RECORDS

Las Vegas thrashers AVENGER OF BLOOD have signed a deal with JCM Records. The band, who are said to have been "making quite a name for themselves playing Germanic-styled thrash that many people have grown to miss," plan to enter the studio later in the year to record their debut album, "Complete Annihilation". The group's ...

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ILLDISPOSED Finalize Track Listing For New Album

Danish death metal veterans ILLDISPOSED have set "1-800 Vindication" as the title of their new album, tentatively due late summer through Roadrunner Records (Europe). The CD was produced by Ziggy and is currently in the mixing/mastering process. "1-800 Vindication" track listing: 01. I Believe In Me 02. Dark 03. Now We're History 04. When You ...

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VISCERAL BLEEDING Part Ways With Singer, Announce Replacement

Vocalist Dennis Röndum has reportedly left Swedish death metallers VISCERAL BLEEDING in order to commit himself fully to his other band, SPAWN OF POSSESSION, in which he plays the drums. A replacement singer by the name of Tommy has already been found. The band wish to point out that Dennis' decision to leave was made ...

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KULT OV AZAZEL: Album Recording Sessions Postponed

Floridian black metallers KULT OV AZAZEL have posted the following message on their official web site: "We have decided to postpone recording the new album. Instead of the original plan of recording in August or September, we have decided to wait and record in January 2005 at Mana Studio (HATE ETERNAL, IN BATTLE, KRISIUN, MALEVOLENT ...

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CENTINEX To Release 7" Single

Swedmetal Records, the label of the Swedmetal Rock Shop (web site), has reportedly inked a deal with CENTINEX for the release of a 7" single in August/September. The single will contain exclusive material for the European territory. No further information is available at this time. ...

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Bassist JOEY VERA To Tour Europe With ANTHRAX

Bassist Joey Vera (FATES WARNING, SEVEN WITCHES, ARMORED SAINT, ANTHRAX) has posted the following message on his web site: "Seems like just yesterday but it's been almost a month since I got back from the tour with ANTHRAX in Japan and Australia. Most of us, myself included, got some weird upper respiratory illness half way ...

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