GUANO APES To Release 'Best Of' Collection Next Week

GUANO APES will release a "best of" collection, entitled "Planet of the Apes", on November 29 via BMG. The group's tour in support of the upcoming release will mark " the end of all GUANO APES activities for the next few years," according to a posting on the band's web site. "After the tour, we ...

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Label Issues Reponse To Former AMARAN Guitarist's Statement

France's Listenable Records has issued a statement in response to former AMARAN guitarist Kari Kainulainen's assertion that his disssastisfaction with the label was the main reason he chose to leave the band. Listenable's statement reads as follows: "We feel AMARAN has always been a very promising band and we've always tried to support them as ...

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DRAGONFORCE, ANGRA Announce One-Off U.K. Concert

Britain's "extreme power metal" band DRAGONFORCE and Brazilian melodic metallers ANGRA will be teaming up for a special one-off concert in London on Monday, February 21, 2005. The show, which will take place at The Mean Fiddler, will mark ANGRA's first-ever appearance in the U.K. DRAGONFORCE recently completed a successful U.K. tour in support of ...

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USURPER: New Song Available For Download

A brand new USURPER track, entitled "Reptilian", has been posted online at this location (mp3). "Reptilian" comes off the group's fifth full-length album, "Cryptobeast", due in February 2005 via Earache Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Twilight Dominion" was recorded at Chicago's Rax Trax Studios with producer Neil Kernon (JUDAS PRIEST, DEICIDE, CANNIBAL CORPSE). ...

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CLUTCH Release Double Live CD

CLUTCH have announced the release of "Clutch - Live in Flint, Michigan" through their own River Road Records. This is a double CD recording of CLUTCH's marathon "An Evening With" set from the Machine Shop in July 2004. Both CDs are enhanced with still photos and video. The track listing is as follows: Set One: ...

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SIRENIA Drummer Forced To Sit Out Tour, Replacement Named

SIRENIA drummer Jonathan Perez will be forced to sit out the band's European tour with TIAMAT, THEATRE OF TRAGEDY and PAIN. According to a posting on the group's web site, "Jonathan does not have the possibility to join the up-coming European tour, but everyone can be assured that there is absolutely no need to worry. ...

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KISS: Solo Album Murals Erected At KissWorld Store

Four giant murals of the four KISS solo albums were erected on the face of the official KISS store, KissWorld, in Melbourne, Australia on Monday (Nov. 22). The murals are said to be almost 12' x 12' each. Photos will be posted on the group's official web site soon. As previously reported, the opening of ...

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Former JUDAS PRIEST Singer TIM OWENS Completing Work On Solo Demo

Former JUDAS PRIEST/current ICED EARTH frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens is in the process of recording his first solo material with a view towards landing a record deal. "My demo is gonna be either three or four songs!" Owens told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "Mixing it at Morrisound [studios in Tampa, Florida] right now with [producer] Jim Morris, then ...

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