Former ATHEIST Guitarist Launches New Project

Rand Burkey, former guitarist for the much-missed Florida progressive-death pioneers ATHEIST, has a new project in development called RANDOM XAOS. However, "don't expect much of the music to sound like ATHEIST," Burkey told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. For more information, write to: [email protected] ...

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DOOMSWORD Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL

Italian epic doom metallers DOOMSWORD are the latest act confirmed for this year's Rock Hard Festival, a two-day event set to take place May 29-30, 2004 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Also set to appear are STRATOVARIUS, RAGE, DESASTER and DEAD SOUL TRIBE, among others. Tickets to the festival, which will mark STRATOVARIUS' only German ...

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OCCULT Sign With KARMAGEDDON MEDIA

Dutch thrashers OCCULT have inked a deal with Karmageddon Media for the release of their fifth studio album, "Elegy For The Weak", due in early March. A U.S. release through Candlelight Records is expected a short time after the European release. The follow-up to 2001's "Rage To Revenge" was produced by Andy Classen at Stage ...

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ENSIFERUM Part Ways With Frontman, Seek Replacement

Finnish folk-influenced melodic death metal band ENSIFERUM have parted ways with singer/guitarist Jari Mäenpää. According to a posting on the band's official web site, "the reason why this happened is that Jari's solo project (WINTERSUN) is a priority in Jari's musical interests. If Jari had stayed in the band, ENSIFERUM [would have] had to cancel ...

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TROUBLE Singer Talks About New Songs, Being Screwed Over By Records Labels

TROUBLE frontman Eric Wagner recently spoke to Metal-Rules.com about the group's much-anticipated follow-up to 1995's "Plastic Green Head", tentatively due in late 2004 through an as-yet-undetermined label. Asked if the forthcoming CD, titled "Seven", will continue in the same direction as its predecessor, or if it will represent an "updated" version of TROUBLE, Wagner said, ...

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THIN LIZZY: Tour Dates Announced

THIN LIZZY have lined up the following dates during the first three months of 2004: Jan. 29 - CA - TBA Jan. 30 - Salt Lake City, UT - Club Expose Feb. 01 - Santa Barbara, CA - Coach House Feb. 04 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - TBA Feb. 05 - CA - TBA ...

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BIOHAZARD Guitarist, KITTIE Bassist Join Forces In RODEK

BIOHAZARD guitarist/vocalist Billy Graziadei and KITTIE bassist Jennifer Arroyo have joined forces in a brand-new band called RODEK. The five-piece group, which is completed by Karl Bernholtz (vocals, THE GROOVENICS), AJ Marchetta (guitars) and Dan Lamagna (drums), finished recording several demo tracks at UndergroundSound studios in South Amboy, New Jersey (owned by Graziadei and BIOHAZARD ...

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NOTRE DAME: New Album To Surface In February

NOTRE DAME, the Swedish band featuring drummer Snowy Shaw (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, DREAM EVIL), will release their new album, "Demi Monde Bizarros", in February and not on April 1, as erroneously posted on the web site of the group's label, Osmose Productions. According to Shaw, the forthcoming CD features songs "about sex, ...

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EPICA: New Single Details Revealed

Holland's EPICA (formerly SAHARA DUST), the new group formed by ex-AFTER FOREVER guitarist Mark Jansen, ex-CASSIOPEIA guitarist Ad Sluijter and keyboardist Coen Janssen, have announced the details of their new single, "Feint", due on Thursday, January 8. The complete track listing for the single is as follows: 01. Feint 02. Feint (previously unreleased piano version) ...

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Report: RUSH Guitarist Considers Suit Alleging Police Brutality

RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson may sue Naples, Florida, authorities for police brutality following a New Year's Eve fight with cops at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel restaurant, a source close to the Canadian rocker told MTV.com. Lifeson, whose real name is Alex Zivojinovich, was arrested on six charges, including aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting ...

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