LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR Sign With SOUTHERN LORD RECORDS

Chicago-based doomsters LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR have inked a deal with Southern Lord Records. The group's first release for the label will consist of the six songs from the band's self-titled EP and two brand-new songs. A September 21 release is expected. Copies of the second pressing of the limited-edition six-song EP are available through ...

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AC/DC, BLACK SABBATH, KISS To Rock Daytona Beach Museum

Laser light shows featuring the music of KISS, VAN HALEN, AC/DC, AEROSMITH, BLACK SABBATH and dozens of other rock and pop acts will be staged at the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach, Florida beginning this Tuesday (June 1) and running through Aug. 7, according to The Daytona Beach News-Journal. Laser light shows ...

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GENE SIMMONS Denies Being Anti-Muslim

Seven.com.au is reporting that KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons, who sparked outrage in Australia recently when he made comments seen as anti-Muslim, said he was speaking only of "extremists" and his remarks were taken out of context. "I was asked about extremists, and that's what I was talking about — only extremists." Simmons sparked outrage when ...

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SADISTIC INTENT To Play First Show In Two Years This Weekend

Long-running Southern Californian death metal band SADISTIC INTENT have acquired a new guitar player, Adrian Villanueva, and will be playing their first show in two years at the Hard Rock Cafe in Tijuana, Mexico on Saturday, May 29. They will also perform on Thursday, June 17 at the Brick by Brick in San Diego and ...

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RATTUS To Embark On U.S. Tour

RATTUS, the legendary Finnish hardcore band, will embark on their first tour of the U.S. since the band formed in the late '70s. The trek, which is scheduled to take place in September/October, will feature RATTUS' original 1978-1982 lineup. Confirmed dates are as follows: Sep. 25 - Brandon, FL @ Sound Idea Sep. 26 - ...

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CRIMINAL Part Ways With Keyboardist

Anglo-Chilean metallurgists CRIMINAL, featuring former PENTAGRAM frontman Anton Reisenegger, have parted ways with keyboardist Mark Royce after Royce failed to show up for the band's recent tour of Chile. Royce joined the band in 2002 along with Robin Eaglestone (bass) and Zac O'Neil (drums). "He really didn't leave us much of a choice," commented Reisenegger. ...

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CONTRIVE To Support MORTAL SIN In Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia-based metallers CONTRIVE have just confirmed a support slot with one of Australia's most legendary metal bands of all time, MORTAL SIN. This is a one-show-only event to be held on Sunday, June 13 in Melbourne at The Corner Hotel, Richmond. CONTRIVE hit the stage at 10:30 p.m. Additional support at the show will ...

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ACHERON, DEVILYN Confirmed For Poland's CONQUER SUMMER FESTIVAL

ACHERON, DEVILYN and HELL-BORN are among the bands confirmed for the Conquer Summer Festival 2004, a one-day event set to take place Sunday, July 4 at the 700-capacity club Ucho in Gdynia (15 km from Gdansk) in the north/middle part of Poland. The complete lineup for the festival is as follows: ACHERON (black/death metal, USA) ...

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