ROCK CITY MORGUE Perform Surprise Gig With MELISSA AUF DER MAUR

ROCK CITY MORGUE, the New Orleans, Louisiana-based band featuring former WHITE ZOMBIE bassist Sean Yseult and ex-MAN SCOUTS OF AMERICA frontman Rik Slave, played a surprise gig July 24 with fellow friend and musician Melissa Auf Der Maur (ex-SMASHING PUMPKINS, HOLE), just two days before their official debut as a quartet at Lounge Lizards. "Both ...

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GORGOROTH To Tour Europe With 1349

Norwegian black metallers GORGOROTH are planning on embarking on a European tour with 1349 in October, according to a posting on the band's web site. A mini-tour of Mexico is scheduled for November. As previously reported, GORGOROTH are rumored to be on the verge of signing a new record deal with the French label Season ...

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RONNIE JAMES DIO Toy Line In Development

Claude Flowers of Figures.com is reporting that a line of toys featuring legendary heavy metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio is currently "in development," according to his record company, Sanctuary Records. "No word yet on who will be releasing the line, or which characters will be featured, but [Dio] himself is a legendary showman ...

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WINTERS BANE: Studio Photos Posted Online

Drummer Mark Cross (ex-HELLOWEEN, METALIUM) has posted several photos from the recording sessions for the new WINTERS BANE album at his official web site. Check them out here. As previously reported, WINTERS BANE have secured the services of veteran producer Chris Tsangarides (JUDAS PRIEST, THIN LIZZY, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BRUCE DICKINSON, HELLOWEEN, ANGRA, BLACK ...

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RAG MEN Reject Split Rumors

RAG MEN, the New York-based band featuring frontman Jorge Rosado (MERAUDER, GOD IS I), guitarist Mitts (SKARHEAD, CROWN OF THORNZ), bassist Ian "Bulldog" Edwards (FREYA, ex-EARTH CRISIS), and drummer Rigg Ross (SKARHEAD, ex-HATEBREED), have issued a statement refuting rumors that the group has broken up. "Mitts has been on tour playing guitar with HAZEN STREET, ...

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NIGHTWISH Cancel First Three Shows Of North American Tour

NIGHTWISH have been forced to cancel the first three shows of their North American tour (Toronto, Montreal and Philadelphia) after failing to secure their visas in time for the tour's kick-off date. "Our U.S. visa applications were filed early enough at the end of March 2004, so the U.S. immigration office is the one responsible ...

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HELLOWEEN Comment On New Record Deal

SPV Records has officially confirmed the signing of HELLOWEEN to the label's roster. The Hamburg, Germany-based band, which has been in existence since the early '80s, is one of the world's most successful heavy metal acts, having influenced countless bands over the course of 18 album releases. In 1987-1988, HELLOWEEN were under SPV distribution and ...

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