THUNDRA Split With SPINEFARM, Seek New Record Deal

Norwegian metallers THUNDRA, featuring former members of EINHERJER and ENSLAVED, have parted ways with Spinefarm Records. The group, who recently self-produced a new demo, are currently seeking a new record deal. The new CD, which is being described as "more brutal and epic than ever," is available for download at the band's official web site, ...

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JEFF PILSON To Rejoin DIO?

KNAC.com is reporting that bassist Jeff Pilson (ex-DOKKEN) will be reuniting with former bandmates in DIO to record the group's as-yet-untitled new album. Pilson replaces Jimmy Bain, who recently exited the band. Frontman Ronnie James Dio, guitarist Craig Goldy, drummer Simon Wright and Pilson will be entering the studio in April to record ...

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HEATHEN Confirmed For Oakland's THUNDER IN THE NORTH Concert

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers HEATHEN will be headlining the "Thunder In the North" mini-festival, scheduled to take place Saturday, July 31 at Imusicast (5429 Telegraph Avenue) in Oakland, California. The show, which will feature "six of the best metal bands in Northern California," will include appearances by OSMIUM, IMAGIKA, KURU, DISHARMONY and MUMMIFICATION. ...

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SABBAT To Embark On 'Sabbatical 20th Anniversary Tour'

Japan's SABBAT have announced the details of their "Sabbatical 20th Anniversary Tour", scheduled to take place in September. Confirmed dates are as follows: Sep. 18 - Osaka, JPN @ Rockets Sep. 19 - Nagoya, JPN @ Huck Finn Sep. 20 - Tokyo, JPN @ Ugra Sep. 23 - Osaka, JPN @ Bears In other news, ...

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JAMES HETFIELD Doesn't Always Laugh At METALLICA Jokes

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield has told the Edmonton Journal that he's used to being the butt of jokes, one of the consequences of suing Napster and cosmetic companies with lines of "Metallica" perfumes or lipsticks. But Hetfield doesn't always laugh at them — such as Edmonton's METALLICUGH!, a trio who claimed that they were spurred ...

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OBITUARY Confirmed For Germany's FUCK THE COMMERCE VII Festival

Reunited death metal legends OBITUARY have been confirmed to headline Germany's Fuck The Commerce VII festival, set to take place May 20-22 in Neiden (near Torgau). Although OBITUARY drummer Donald Tardy will be touring the U.S. with ANDREW W.K. during this period, he will be "flying in for the one show," singer John Tardy told ...

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