DREAM THEATER Singer To Guest On New AYREON CD

DREAM THEATER singer James LaBrie has been officially confirmed as one of the guest performers on the new AYREON CD, tentatively due early next year through an as-yet-undetermined label. "LaBrie has known AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen's (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE) music for a long time and did not hide the fact that he would love to be ...

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NEVERMORE: TESTAMENT Guitarist To Handle The Axe On North American Tour

Seattle-based NEVERMORE have announced that TESTAMENT axeman Steve Smyth will handle rhythm guitar duties during the band's upcoming North American tour. The trek, which kicks off on November 7 in Buffalo, New York, will also feature appearances by CHILDREN OF BODOM, DIMMU BORGIR and HYPOCRISY. Jeff Loomis (guitar) checks in with the following update, "To ...

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UNEARTH Sign With METAL BLADE

Massachusetts' UNEARTH have inked a deal with Metal Blade Records, the label announced today. "We are extremely excited and honored to be able to work with UNEARTH," Metal Blade Owner/CEO Brian Slagel said in a statement. "They are one of the leading bands of the new generation and we can't wait to get started helping ...

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Updated: More OZZY OSBOURNE Tour Dates Announced

More dates have been announced for OZZY OSBOURNE's rescheduled European tour, which is now slated to kick off in January. Dates confirmed so far are as follows: Jan. 15 – Oberhausen, GER @ KöPi-Arena Jan. 20 - Copenhagen, DEN @ Valbyhallen Jan. 22 - Gothenburg, SWE @ Scandinavium Jan. 24 - Oslo, NOR @ Spektrum ...

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Drummer Sues HENDRIX Estate

Reuters reports that drummer Buddy Miles is suing the estate of Jimi Hendrix and several record labels for millions of dollars, alleging he was not paid royalties for his collaborations with the guitarist more than 30 years ago. The drummer in Hendrix's short-lived BAND OF GYPSYS, Miles, 56, said in the suit filed on Monday ...

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OPETH Set Release Date For DVD

OPETH have set "Lamentations - Live At Shepherds Bush Empire" as the title for their forthcoming live DVD, due on November 24 through Music For Nations. As previously reported, the disc, which was recorded September 25 in London, will contain both the mellow and heavy set with a running time of approximately an hour each, ...

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ONE MINUTE SILENCE Split

British rap-metal outfit ONE MINUTE SILENCE have decided to part ways for the forseeable future. The band issued a statement to the press, which reads as follows: "Although we are still the best of friends, and cannot rule out the possibility of working together in the future, for now we are dispersing to pursue other ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE: Rescheduled European Tour To Kick Off In January

OZZY OSBOURNE's rescheduled European tour, which has been postponed twice, will now take place in January/February. So far, only one date has been leaked: January 28 at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. Finnish goth-metallers H.I.M., who were set to occupy the middle slot on the tour, will not be supporting OSBOURNE on the rescheduled ...

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