Original Voice Of RIOT Passes Away

The original voice of RIOT, Guy Speranza, passed away Saturday morning (Nov. 8) at a Florida hospital after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 47 years old. Speranza, who was often regarded as the best RIOT vocalist, sang on the group's first three full-length albums — "Rock City" (1977), "Narita" (1979) and "Fire Down ...

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MACHINE HEAD: 'Imperium' Video Posted Online

The full-length, uncut version of the video for MACHINE HEAD's new single, "Imperium", has been posted online in the "Media" section of the band's official web site. Also available for viewing is an exclusive behind-the-scenes feature on the making of the video. "Imperium" comes off the group's fifth studio album, "Through The Ashes ...

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ANGEL DUST Vow To Carry On Despite Bassist's Departure

German power metallers ANGEL DUST have vowed to carry on with a new bassist following their acrimonious split with Frank Banx late last month. The group will commence the songwriting process for a new album in January, with a tentative summer 2004 release date planned. Writing to the band's official guestbook on October 29, Banx ...

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HAMMERFALL Cheated Out Of U.S. Tour Earnings

Sweden's HAMMERFALL have been cheated out of their entire earnings from their U.S. tour last year, including all the merchandising money — to the tune of 250,000 Swedish kronor (approximately $32,000). "A person has stolen the money from the five-week-long tour, plus the money from the sales of t-shirts and other merchandise," HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar ...

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MORTIIS Begin Recording New Album

MORTIIS are currently holed up at Silvertone Studios in Fredrikstad, Norway with producer Vegard Blomberg working on new material for their forthcoming album. Work on the follow-up to the acclaimed "Smell Of Rain" album has been going well. "So far the studio has been totally right for us," said Mortiis. "Good vibes, good people and ...

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Former CRIMSON GLORY Members Reunite On New BEN JACKSON Solo CD

Former CRIMSON GLORY guitarist Ben Jackson has invited ex-CG singer Midnight to participate in his upcoming release "All Over You". Midnight graciously accepted and has already been laying down vocal tracks on select tunes at Tampa's Morrisound Studios. THE BEN JACKSON GROUP's "All Over You" is tentatively due in early 2004. Jackson's last solo release, ...

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BYZANTINE Name Debut CD

West Virginia's BYZANTINE have set "The Fundamental Component" as the title for their debut album, due on February 10, 2004 through Prosthetic Records. "[At first] we were not going to even name the album," the band write on their web site. "Just let it be our self-titled debut. But, in order to draw distinction from ...

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HOOBASTANK, STORY OF THE YEAR Added To LINKIN PARK/P.O.D. Tour

HOOBASTANK and STORY OF THE YEAR have reportedly been added to the forthcoming massive package tour featuring LINKIN PARK and P.O.D. The trek will tentatively kick off in early January and end in late February. The final show is said to be slated for Little Rock, Arkansas, but more details, exact dates, and venues will ...

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ION VEIN Part Ways With Drummer, Seek Replacement

Chicago prog/power metallers ION VEIN have parted ways with longtime drummer Scott Lang due to musical differences. A replacement has not yet been named. Interested parties can send e-mail inquiries to [email protected] with "drummer" in the subject box. ION VEIN have lined up a show at the Penny Road Pub in S. Barrington, Ilinois on ...

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