TALISMAN Name New Album

Legendary Swedish/American hard rock act TALISMAN, featuring former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN members Jeff Scott Soto (vocals) and Marcel Jacob (bass), have set "Cats & Dogs" as the title for their forthcoming CD, due in early 2003 through Frontiers Records. "It's still in the mixing/mastering stages so as of yet, we don't know which tracks will make ...

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Former VANIZE Guitarist Confirms Departure

Guitarist Rolf Munkes has confirmed his departure from Germany's VANIZE, the band that features in its ranks Peter Dirkschneider, the younger brother of former ACCEPT/current U.D.O. frontman Udo Dirkschneider. "After two years being in VANIZE, I left the band," Munkes writes on his official web site. "Together with Marcus (Bielenberg, bass) and Pierre (Fienhold, drums), ...

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VICTORY Reunion In The Works

Former VICTORY singer Fernando Garcia has been approached to take part in a reunion of the group, but ended up refusing the offer "for personal reasons," according to the vocalist's recent e-mail to On The Rocks. "They [the rest of the band] will do it anyway, but they have to do it with another singer. ...

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Former BLOODFEAST Guitarist Launches Label, Announces First Signings

Former BLOODFEAST guitarist Adam Tranquilli has announced the first two signings to his newly-launched label, dubbed Pseudoplasma Records: I SOCKET (featuring STEP KINGS guitarist/vocalist Fern) and FEAST ON REMAINS. I SOCKET's debut EP, titled "Signal To Noise", will surface at the end of the year while FEAST ON REMAINS' debut full-length CD, titled "Without End", ...

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LIFE OF AGONY Sell Out Reunion Gig In Less Than 10 Minutes!

LIFE OF AGONY reportedly needed less than 10 minutes to sell out New York City's Irving Plaza (capacity around 1,200), where the group are scheduled to perform a one-off reunion gig on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003. Also set to appear on the bill are AMONG THIEVES (featuring former LIFE OF AGONY bassist Alan Robert) and ...

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RAGE's Back Catalog To Be Reissued

RAGE's G.U.N. Records back catalog will reportedly be reissued in the form of two boxed sets. According to the group's official web site, "the band was not participated at this decision and was not informed by G.U.N. Records" of their plans to re-release the recordings. ...

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SINNER To Support HAMMERFALL In Germany

The current incarnation of the long-running German act SINNERMat Sinner (vocals/bass, also in PRIMAL FEAR), Frank Rössler (keyboards), Fritz Randow (drums, SAXON), Henny Wolter (guitar), and Tom Naumann (guitar) —have announced the first couple of shows in support of their new album, "There Will Be Execution", due on Jan. 13, 2003 through Nuclear ...

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