THE MAKKABEES: Heavy Metal Jews Release Debut CD

THE MAKKABEES, a brand-new group given to doing heavy metal versions of Jewish standards, have just issed their debut CD, "Vol. Aleph". According to SomethingJewish.co.uk, the group's "thrashy version of 'Hava Nagila' has to be heard to be believed — and they've given similar treatment to 'Oseh Shalom', 'Hinei Matov', 'Od Yeshoma' and a string ...

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Former BLAZE Guitarist STEVE WRAY Explains His Departure

Former BLAZE guitarist Steve Wray has commented on his decision to leave the group. Writing to the band's official forum, Steve said, "My decision to leave BLAZE has not been one taken lightly and it is with a 'heavy heart,' in some respects, that I leave. There are many reasons for my departure too many ...

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KITTIE, OTEP, CRISIS: More Tour Dates Announced

Canadian metal band KITTIE have added more dates to their upcoming tour with OTEP and CRISIS. The trek, dubbed "Metal Movement Tour", will kick off on September 27 in Farmingdale, NY and will last for at least six weeks. KITTIE were forced to cancel several dates on their North American headlining tour last month after ...

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PANTHEON I: Limited-Edition Single Now Available

PANTHEON I, the Norwegian extreme metal band featuring vocalist/guitarist Andrè Kvebek (1349), guitarist John Espen Sagstad (ABIOTIC) and drummer Eirik Renton (SARKOM), are currently selling a limited-edition seven-inch vinyl single via their official web site. The single — which includes the tracks "Is This A Prophecy?" and "Transparent" — is available in a ...

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Former AMEN Guitarist Joins MURDERDOLLS Frontman's Solo Band

MURDERDOLLS frontman Wednesday 13 has secured the services of former AMEN guitarist Matt "Pig" Montgomery for the his "Look What The Bats Dragged In" November European solo tour. Commented Wednesday: " 'Pig' is the perfect guy for this. We're both horror movie junkies, and the whole reason we got into music in the first place ...

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Former CANCER Guitarist Explains His Departure

Former CANCER guitarist Rob Engvikson has commented on his decision to leave the group following the completion of their recent European tour. Writing to the web site of his long-running ASATRU project, Rob said, "Myself and CANCER have indeed gone our seperate ways. I wish John [Walker, CANCER guitarist/vocalist] and Carl [Stokes, CANCER drummer] all ...

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Former MARILYN MANSON Guitarist Lands GUITAR PLAYER Cover

Former MARILYN MANSON guitarist John Lowery (a.k.a. John 5) has made it to the cover of the November 2004 issue of Guitar Player magazine. "This is the first time John has appeared on this magazine's cover," reads a posting on the guitarist's web site. "It's been something that John has always wanted and it finally ...

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DARKWELL: New Album Due In November

Austrian "gothic metal" band DARKWELL, featuring ex-ABIGOR and current SHADOWCAST drummer Moritz Neuner, have set a November 22 release date through Napalm Records for their second full-length album, "Metat[r]on". The follow-up to the "Conflict Of Interest" EP (2002), "Metat[r]on" was recorded at Mirror Production Studios in Innsbruck and marks the group's first recording with new ...

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