BYFIST: New Song Available For Download

Texas metalheads BYFIST, who feature in their ranks former REVEREND members Davey Lee and Nacho Vara, have posted a new track, titled "Guaranteed Death", in MP3 format at this location. The "ass-kickin' power metal" cut, originally written for what would have been the next REVEREND album (before former METAL CHURCH frontman David Wayne ...

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KITTIE And Producer File New Claims In Suit Against ARTEMIS RECORDS

The band KITTIE and its producer Garth Richardson have added important new claims to its complaint against Artemis Records detailing additional ways that the label undermined and failed to fulfill its most basic obligations to the band and have requested from the court that the band be released from any further obligations under its recording ...

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DEEP PURPLE Singer Says JON LORD's Departure Was A 'Relief'

U.K. web site Metro Café have posted a short interview with DEEP PURPLE singer Ian Gillan in which he discussses, among other things, why it took five years to record a follow-up to 1998's "Abandon": "We were reluctant to press on with it at the time because [keyboardist] Jon Lord's been leaving for five years," ...

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CONSTRUCDEAD To Play Gothenburg In September

Sweden's CONSTRUCDEAD, the band featuring TERROR 2000 drummer Erik Thyselius, will perform at Club Nocturnal in Gothenburg on September 13. CONSTRUCDEAD recently finished mixing their as-yet-untitled sophomore album at Helsingborg's Queenstreet Recording with producer Richard Larsson. The follow-up to 2002's "Repent" is due in the fall through Sound Pollution Records. The group, who were recently ...

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THE CROWN: Finnish Dates Announced

Swedish thrashers THE CROWN will kick off their European tour in support of their upcoming "Possessed 13" CD in Finland in early November. Confirmed dates are as follows: Nov. 05 – TBA – Helsinki, FIN Nov. 06 – Lutakko – Jyväskylä, FIN Nov. 07 – Kasisali – Lahti, FIN As previously reported, "Possessed 13" is ...

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BLACKMORE'S NIGHT: North American CD To Include Bonus Video

The North American edition of BLACKMORE'S NIGHT's "Ghost Of A Rose" CD, scheduled for release on August 26 through SPV Records, will include as a special bonus the video for the track "Way To Mandalay", filmed in the salt mines at Krakow, Poland. "Ghost Of A Rose" features former DEEP PURPLE/RAINBOW guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and ...

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Former BLUE MURDER Bassist To Release Second Solo Album

Bassist extraordinaire Tony Franklin (BLUE MURDER, THE FIRM) will release his second solo album in Japan on August 21 through JVC Records. Titled "Wonderland", the CD features guest appearances by Franklin's former BLUE MURDER bandmate Carmine Appice (drums, ex-OZZY OSBOURNE, VANILLA FUDGE), Gregg Bissonette (DAVID LEE ROTH, JOE SATRIANI), and a rare vocal appearance by ...

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GRIFFIN: New Album Sound Clips Posted Online

Norwegian metal act GRIFFIN have posted sound clips of all the tracks from their forthcoming third full-length album, "No Holds Barred", at their official web site. Check them out here. As previously reported, "No Holds Barred" was recorded at Skansen Lydstudio in Trondheim, Norway under the co-production guidance of CHILDREN OF BODOM frontman ...

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HARDCORE SUPERSTAR Replace HAMMERFALL At Sweden's MALMÖFESTIVALEN

HARDCORE SUPERSTAR have replaced HAMMERFALL on the bill of Malmöfestivalen, a week-long festival being held August 16-23 in Malmö, Sweden. HARDCORE SUPERSTAR will perform on Thursday, August 21 between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. HAMMERFALL were forced to cancel their appearance at the festival after guitarist Oscar Dronjak sustained a multiple fracture in his arm as ...

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DANZIG To Headline KOMP 92.3 END OF SUMMER Bash

DANZIG have been confirmed as the headliner of this year's KOMP 92.3 End of Summer Bash on Saturday, September 13 in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, click here. As previously reported, DANZIG have finished writing nine songs for their forthcoming album and will complete six more before heading into the studio to ...

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