DRAGONFORCE To Play Swedish Festival Without Guitarist HERMAN LI

London-based "extreme power metal" band DRAGONFORCE will perform without their guitarist Herman Li at this year's Gates of Metal festival, set to be held Saturday (July 31) in Hultsfred, Sweden. "Unfortunately, DRAGONFORCE guitarist Herman Li has missed his flight to the Gates of Metal show in Sweden!" reads a posting on the group's web site. ...

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P.O.D. Frontman Joins Video Game Company

Billboard.com is reporting that P.O.D. lead singer Sonny Sandoval has become an investor in video gaming events company Gamecaster Inc. He also has been named music director of the firm and will perform as on-camera talent. "Music and video games go hand in hand," Sandoval said. "We were just out on tour with LINKIN PARK, ...

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HIGH ON FIRE Joined By Ex-MELVINS Bassist

HIGH ON FIRE will be joined by bassist Joe Preston (THRONES, ex-MELVINS) for their forthcoming U.S. tour. Preston replaces longtime HIGH ON FIRE bassist George Rice, joining the power trio alongside guitarist/vocalist Matt Pike (ex-SLEEP) and drummer Des Kensel. Preston will make his live debut with HIGH ON FIRE when the band kicks off a ...

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AVULSED Enter Studio To Record New Album

Spanish death metallers AVULSED have entered VRS Studios in Madrid to begin recording their fourth full-length album, entitled "Gorespattered Suicide", tentatively due in October/November through Metal Age Productions. The recording sessions will last 10 days, after which the tapes will be sent over to Erik Rutan (HATE ETERNAL, ex-MORBID ANGEL) to mix and master the ...

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FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND Talk About Winning Over IRON MAIDEN Fans

Lead singer Matt Davies and guitarist Darren Smith of the Welsh post-hardcore outfit FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND recently spoke to Canada's Chart Attack about the experience of opening for IRON MAIDEN on tour in Europe. "There were times when those hardcore MAIDEN fans couldn't give a fuck what we were doing," Darren admitted. "The first ...

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