VANISHING POINT Rejoined By Keyboardist DAN OLDING

Australian progressive metal band VANISHING POINT have been rejoined by keyboardist Dan Olding. The following is Olding's official statement announcing his decision to return to the fold: "I won't make this a big long letter like last time because now I have much happier news to report... After almost a year away from it all, ...

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TESTAMENT Guitarist Working On THE ESSENESS PROJECT

TESTAMENT guitarist Steve Smyth has spent time recently working on his instrumental side project called THE ESSENESS PROJECT. The band, which features Smyth and his longtime friend Steven Hoffman (ex-ARIAH/SWEET LEAF bassist), was previously described as "progressive" and "covering a wide spectrum of moods," with some of the material being worked on spanning back to ...

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Former 24-7 SPYZ Drummer Unveils CROWN 10

CROWN 10, the new band formed by ex-24-7 SPYZ drummer Joel Maitoza, have finished recording their debut album at DML Studios (BLINK 182, NEW FOUND GLORY, FINCH) in Escondido, California. A U.S. release date for the effort will be announced soon. The band, who will make their live debut at Cane's in San Diego, California ...

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BRAINSTORM: New Song Available For Download

A brand new BRAINSTORM track, titled "Highs Without Lows", has been posted online at this location. "Highs Without Lows" comes off the group's forthcoming CD, "Soul Temptation", due on June 30 through Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Metus Mortis" was recorded at House of Music studios in Winterbach, Germany. BRAINSTORM will ...

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AMEN Select MIKE FRASER To Mix New CD

AMEN have tapped Mike Fraser (DEF LEPPARD, METALLICA, AC/DC, AEROSMITH) to mix their forthcoming CD, the group's first for new label, Eaturmusic. The Los Angeles outfit have recorded a total of 53 songs, and whittled it down to 20, for the as-yet-untitled effort, which was reportedly produced by SYSTEM OF A DOWN guitarist Daron Malakian. ...

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NASUM Bassist Explains Decision To Leave The Band

NASUM bassist Jesper Liveröd has issued a statement explaining his decision to leave the group to concentrate on his other band, BURST. Liveröd's statement reads as follows: "I don't really know how to start this, so I'm just going to come right out and say it: "As of the end of the summer of 2003, ...

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Former JUDAS PRIEST Singer To Re-Release Solo Albums

Former JUDAS PRIEST frontman Al Atkins will have two of his solo albums re-released shortly. Atkins' 1994 effort, "Heavy Thoughts", will surface through Market Square Records, with worldwide distribution from Koch International, while the singer's last solo album, 1998's "Victim Of Changes" will be made available through Sanctuary Records. The new version of "Heavy Thoughts" ...

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MINISTRY To Launch Festival Tour In Late July

MINISTRY have announced plans to launch a month-long "festival" tour beginning in late July. Joining them on the bill will be REVOLTING COCKS and OGHR (featuring SKINNY PUPPY frontman Nivek Ogre, a.k.a. Kevin Ogilvie), along with four or five other bands, all of whom will be "handpicked" by the industrial metal pioneers. "We plan on ...

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