JUDAS PRIEST's K.K. DOWNING: 'We Are Primed And Ready To Rock!'

JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing has issued a statement via the group's official web site commenting on their reunion with vocalist Rob Halford and thanking former singer Tim "Ripper" Owens for his contributions to the band. Downing's statement reads as follows: "HELLO TO THE WORLD! "Well I guess you have all heard by now - ...

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LOST DOG To Play Record-Release Party In Chicago

LOST DOG, the Chicago-based act featuring in their ranks bassist/vocalist Stephen Reichelt (REBELS WITHOUT APPLAUSE/ex-IDIOT POLICE), will perform August 27 at the record release party for their latest effort, "Antiphonal Revolver". The show will be held at Nightcap's, 5007 W. Irving Park Ave., Chicago. "Antiphonal Revolver" is due to be released July 29 through Straight ...

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AUTUMN TEARS Announce New Members

Dark Symphonies recording artist AUTUMN TEARS are proud to announce that Laurie Ann Haus (ex-RAIN FELL WITHIN, EPHEMERAL SUN) will be joining the band to perform lead and backing vocals on the new album, "Eclipse", scheduled to be released in early 2004. Laurie performed backing vocals on RAIN FELL WITHIN's last release, "Refuge", as well ...

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More Bands Rumored For NEW JERSEY METAL AND HARDCORE FEST

CHILDREN OF BODOM, DIMMU BORGIR, NILE, HYPOCRISY, DEICIDE, NEVERMORE, CATTLE DECAPITATION, KRISIUN, HATE ETERNAL, ENTOMBED and KING DIAMOND have reportedly been tapped to perform at New Jersey Metal And Hardcore Fest, a two-day event set to be held at Asbury Park's Convention Hall complex on Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15. The complete lineup ...

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HENDRIX Classic Named Greatest Guitar Album Of All Time

JIMI HENDRIX's classic "Are You Experienced" has been named the greatest guitar album of all time, according to Daily Record. The 1967 release, with famous songs such as "Foxy Lady" and "Fire", was chosen by "experts" from Mojo magazine. THE WHO came second for their early album "My Generation", while blues legend HOWLIN' WOLF's self-titled ...

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dECODA Singer Auditions For EAT THE DAY

Matt Warneford, vocalist for London-based band dECODA, has just returned from a two-week stint in Los Angeles, where he auditioned for EAT THE DAY, the new band formed by ex-LIMP BIZKIT guitarist Wes Borland. "It was an absolute buzz just meeting the man, let alone auditioning," Warneford told Kerrang! magazine. "I'm incredibly flattered. We [dECODA] ...

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Web Music Leaks Spur Studio Clampdown

Christopher Walsh of Billboard is reporting that recording studios — already affected by tighter recording budgets — have been greatly affected by the unfortunate reality of unauthorized copies being leaked to unknown parties, thus demanding new, unprecedented layers of security. " 'It really became an issue with the LINKIN PARK album, because they were so ...

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CHEVELLE To Begin Work On New Album In September

CHEVELLE plan on taking September and October off to work on the follow-up to their latest Epic set, "Wonder What's Next", according to Billboard.com. The upcoming CD, which will be recorded early next year, will feature material that drummer Sam Loeffler describes as "actually pretty heavy. We're a melodic band, because we like melody, but ...

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SUN CAGED: Japanese Release Date Pushed Back

Dutch progressive metallers SUN CAGED, who feature in their ranks STAR ONE keyboardist Joost van den Broek, have pushed back the Japanese release date of their self-titled debut album to November 21. The European release through Finland's Lion Music won't be affected and remains October 22. In other news, SUN CAGED recently completed work on ...

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THE DUSKFALL To Enter Studio In August

Luleå, Sweden-based THE DUSKFALL will enter Dug-Out studios in Uppsala, Sweden on August 18 to begin recording their sophomore album, due in November through Greece's Black Lotus Records. The band are "still rehearsing and working on the new material and now 7 songs are completed," reads a post on the group's web site. "The result ...

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