MINISTRY To Launch Festival Tour In Late July

MINISTRY have announced plans to launch a month-long "festival" tour beginning in late July. Joining them on the bill will be REVOLTING COCKS and OGHR (featuring SKINNY PUPPY frontman Nivek Ogre, a.k.a. Kevin Ogilvie), along with four or five other bands, all of whom will be "handpicked" by the industrial metal pioneers. "We plan on ...

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MY RUIN Sign With CENTURY MEDIA, Slam Former Label (Again)

Los Angeles-based MY RUIN, led by the ever-colorful Tairrie B, have inked a deal with Century Media Records. The group's first release through the label will be a four-song EP, "The Shape Of Things To Come", due in August. A full-length album, titled "The Horror Of Beauty", will follow in October. Among the song titles ...

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OIL Part Ways With Bassist, Seek Replacement

Long Beach, California-based Christian metallers OIL, featuring DARK ANGEL frontman Ron Rinehart, have parted ways with bassist Matthew Joy and are currently seeking a replacement. "Upcoming album release shows or any other concert bookings will not be affected," states a message on the band's official web site. "Our friend — and smokin' bass player — ...

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BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION Select Producer, Prepare To Record Debut CD

BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION, the new band featuring MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx and L.A. GUNS guitarist Tracii Guns, have tapped Steve Thompson (KORN, METALLICA, GUNS N' ROSES) to produce their debut album, tentatively due before the end of the year through an as-yet-undisclosed label. The group, who recently parted ways with former MÖTLEY CRÜE singer ...

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PROGPOWER USA IV Officially Sold Out

ProgPower USA IV, North America's premiere festival for progressive and power metal music, has officially sold out more than three months in advance. The festival will return to Atlanta's Earthlink Live, the venue that housed last fall's sold-out event, on Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6. "I don't think anyone can doubt that ProgPower ...

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KROKUS: Spanish Concerts Cancelled

Veteran Swiss hard rockers KROKUS have cancelled the remaining four dates on their Spanish tour due to an alleged "breach of contract" on the part of the tour promoter. "The band has played a great and fantastic gig in Madrid and has been celebrated enthusiastically by their Spanish fans," the group write on their official ...

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EDGUY Set Working Title For New CD

German melodic metallers EDGUY have set "Mysteria" as the working title for their next studio album, tentatively due in early 2004 through AFM Records. "We'll have some great surprises for you, so stay tuned," EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet wrote on the band's official web site regarding the new material. "Musically it's gonna sound like EDGUY ...

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MICHAEL KISKE: No Chance Of A Reunion With HELLOWEEN

Ex-HELLOWEEN and current SUPARED frontman Michael Kiske has once again dismissed the possibility of a future collaboration with his former bandmates, saying that a new HELLOWEEN album with his vocals "wouldn't have a real soul." "If I would get back to HELLOWEEN we would NEVER be able to do a really GOOD record because we ...

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