WITHIN Y Part Ways With Guitarist

WITHIN Y, the Swedish melodic death metal band featuring former GARDENIAN drummer Thim Blom, have parted ways with guitarist Niklas Almen. "[Niklas] just wants more time to do things on his own," the band write on their web site. "We will proceed writing new songs for the next album. The songs finished so far are ...

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ADAGIO Finish Recording New Demo

French progressive metallers ADAGIO have finished recording a pre-production demo for their upcoming album. "It features four tracks with awesome vocal performance of [new singer] Gus [Monsanto] and insane guitar chops," according to a posting on the band's web site. "The new stuff is incredibly heavy." ADAGIO, who parted ways with singer David Readman (PINK ...

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JON OLIVA'S PAIN: Greek Set List Revealed

JON OLIVA'S PAIN, the solo project of SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva, performed two electric shows in Greece as part of their world tour (tour kick-off was in Florida on Dec. 11). During Sunday night's (Dec. 19) performance in Athens, Jon Oliva dedicated SAVATAGE's "Ghost In The Ruins" to DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, who was ...

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REDEMPTION Complete Work On Sophomore Album

REDEMPTION's sophomore album, featuring FATES WARNING vocalist Ray Alder, has finally been completed. "Recording, mixing, and mastering are complete and the result is amazing," Nicolas van Dyk, REDEMPTION's primary songwriter and guitarist/keyboardist, writes on the group's web site. "We worked with Tommy Newton, known for his work with bands such as CONCEPTION, HELLOWEEN, ARK, UFO ...

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STEVE VAI To Release New Solo Album, Embark On U.S. Tour

Legendary guitarist Steve Vai has set a February 22, 2005 release date through Epic Records for his latest solo effort, "Real Illusions: Reflections". Featuring 12 highly anticipated tracks by Vai, the CD will be accompanied by an independent video contest that will be launched simultaneously in conjunction with film schools worldwide. The contest will invite ...

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SERPENT LIGHT Hard At Work On Debut Demo

SERPENT LIGHT, the new black/power metal band featuring Swedish guitarist Mika (Sadist) Leppänen (also in NIFELHEIM) and American metal vocalist Sheena Khan, are currently working on eight songs, three of which will be released on an upcoming demo (which will also be available for download in MP3 format). SERPENT LIGHT's music is being described as ...

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FRANK HANNON BAND To Make Limited-Edition CD Available

FRANK HANNON BAND, the group led by TESLA guitarist Frank Hannon, will be making a special New Year's Eve edition four-song CD available for sale at their show at The Roadhouse in Sacramento, California on Dec. 31. This CD will contain three mixes of songs from the band's upcoming album, "Guitarz From Marz" (to be ...

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THE RED DEATH Sign With METAL BLADE RECORDS

Metal Blade Records has officially inked a worldwide deal with the upstate New York metal band THE RED DEATH. Having previously released a six-song EP with Crooked Halo Records, band's first full-length album is scheduled to hit stores in the spring/summer of 2005. THE RED DEATH just finished up recording at Indie Audio in Syracuse, ...

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