ABDULLAH Among Nominees At Cleveland's FREE TIMES MUSIC AWARDS

Cleveland, Ohio-based ABDULLAH have been nominated in the "Best Hard Rock Band" and "Best Bass Player" (Ed Stephens) categories at the sixth annual Free Times Music Awards, which will be held on Thursday, February 24 at the Odeon. This is the second straight year the band has been nominated for the Free Times Awards. Last ...

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BLOODSIMPLE To Tour With OTEP, AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE

BLOODSIMPLE, the New York-based band featuring former members of VISION OF DISORDER, DOWNSET and MEDICATION, will be teaming up with OTEP, AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE and CANDIRIA for the "Alliance of Defiance" tour beginning in late February. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Feb. 19 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Feb. 20 - Sayreville, NJ ...

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JOHN SYKES: 'Is This Love' Audio Clip Posted Online

Legendary guitarist John Sykes (THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE, BLUE MURDER) has posted an audio sample of his live version of WHITESNAKE's "Is This Love" at his official web site. The song comes off Sykes' recently released (in Japan) live CD, "Bad Boy Live", which was recorded in April 2004 on Sykes' Japanese tour. "Bad Boy Live" ...

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ULI JON ROTH Featured In GUITAR WORLD's Anniversary Issue

Legendary guitarist Uli Jon Roth is featured in the 25th anniversary issue of Guitar World magazine. Uli gave his first-ever on-camera lesson about the classic SCORPIONS track "The Sails of Charon". He was being interviewed by Andy Aledort, who also did the printed transcription. For demonstration purposes, Uli opted to play with a completely undistorted ...

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GODHEAD Frontman Records Song For Tsunami Relief Fund

GODHEAD frontman Jason Miller has written a song about the tsunami tragedy and is currently assembling a group of musicians to record the song, with all proceeds from the recording to be donated to the relief funds. Commented Miller: "In the days after the tsunami hit the coasts of Southeast Asia, I like most people ...

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ALICE COOPER: Photo Book Due In May

German publisher Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf has announced plans to release an ALICE COOPER photo book in May. Titled "Live On Tour / Studio / Backstage", the book — as the title suggests — will feature pictures taken on the road and behind the scenes. Several photo samples from the book can be found at

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TRISTANIA Complete 'Equilibrium' Video

Norwegian metal band TRISTANIA have finished filming a video for the track "Equilibrium". Director Ralf Strathmann was flown in from Los Angeles to work on this project, which was completed in the old Tou Brewery in Stavanger, Norway. The material is currently in post-production and the video should be available by the end of January. ...

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WITHIN TEMPTATION: 'Memories' Video Posted Online

WITHIN TEMPTATION's video for the song "Memories" has been posted online at Viva.tv. The "Memories" clip was shot at "an old manor house" near Berlin in early January, according to a posting on the group's web site. "Sharon [den Adel] had to perform in different rooms for almost 24 hours. "The story is ...

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THE MEADS OF ASPHODEL To Begin Recording New Album

U.K. black metallers THE MEADS OF ASPHODEL will enter the studio in January/February to record what will now be the album "Damascus Steel". The track listing got the CD will be as follows: 01. Psalm 666 (intro) 02. Grieving Ghosts of Palestine 03. Creed of Abraham 04. The Hollow Womb of Suicide 05. Sword of ...

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LABYRINTH: 'Freeman' Cover Posted Online

Italian power metallers LABYRINTH have posted the cover artwork for their new album, "Freeman", at this location. The follow-up to 2003's "Labyrinth", "Freeman" was recorded at Elnor Studios and is scheduled for release on March 4 via Arise Records. The complete track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. L.Y.A.F.H. 02. Deserter ...

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