THE RING Begin Work On New Material

THE RING, the Swedish band featuring former HUMANIMAL/GREAT KING RAT guitarist Pontus Norgren, ex-JEKYLL & HYDE frontman Jakob Samuel and ROYAL HUNT/ex-JEKYLL & HYDE guitarist Marcus Jidell (on bass), have posted the following message on their official web site: "There is already a bunch of songs written for the new album and we are now ...

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TESLA To Headline STATION FAMILY FUND Benefit Concert

TESLA, SHINEDOWN and VANILLA FUDGE (featuring Pat Travers and Carmine Appice) will take part in a benefit concert on February 25 for the survivors of the Station nightclub fire. The event, which will be hosted by the Wake Up the Love Foundation, will be held at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island. ...

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DAVE NAVARRO Records Guest Appearance On New TOMMY LEE Solo Album

Former JANE'S ADDICTION/RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS guitarist Dave Navarro recorded a guest appearance on the new Tommy Lee (MÖTLEY CRÜE) solo album on Tuesday (Jan. 11), according to a posting on Navarro's web site. The session, which took place "at this crazy house in the hills with [producer] Scott Humphrey," was described by the guitarist ...

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RITCHIE BLACKMORE Impostor Fools Hospital Officials In England

According to a posting on the BLACKMORE'S NIGHT web site, a man that was admitted to the Cardiac Care Unit of Southampton General Hospital in Southampton, England last week gave his name as Ritchie Blackmore and proceeded to sell his autograph and tell folks that he was the "original" Ritchie Blackmore that used to be ...

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ROSTOK VAMPIRES Complete Work On New Album; Audio Samples Available

Reunited '90s German punk/thrash outfit ROSTOK VAMPIRES, one of the first acts to get signed to then-freshly-launched Nuclear Blast Records, will release their new album, tentatively titled "New Morning", this spring/summer via Nuclear Blast. This 14-track album is the group's first release since 1992 and it will be supported by a tour through Germany and ...

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COMMUNIC Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL

COMMUNIC, the Norwegian progressive/power metal band featuring ex-SCARIOT members Oddleif Stensland (vocals) and Tor Atle Andersen (drums), have been confirmed for the Rock Hard Festival, set to take place May 13-15 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to perform at the festival is as follows: ACCEPT AMON AMARTH CHILDREN OF ...

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BLOODSIMPLE Announce Release Date For 'A Cruel World'

BLOODSIMPLE, the New York-based band featuring former members of VISION OF DISORDER, DOWNSET and MEDICATION, have set a March 29 release date through MUDVAYNE singer Chad Gray's Bullygoat label imprint (via Warner Bros.) for their debut album, "A Cruel World". A three-song sampler will be released to radio stations on January 29. As previously reported, ...

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VISIONS OF ATLANTIS Guitarist Injures Hand, Band Cancel Dates

Austrian "epic metal" band VISIONS OF ATLANTIS have been forced to cancel all their previously announced shows in January after the group's guitarist, Werner Fiedler, injured his hand. "We are very sorry, but it is not possible to manage a substitute for Werner in such a short time," the band write on their web site. ...

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