Former MEGADETH Guitarist Signs With Japanese Cell-Phone Company

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman has signed on with top Japanese cellular company AU to do a weekly spot for those who subscribe to AU's "EZ" channel. EZ channel is similar to cable TV but for your cell phone. Subscribers to this cutting-edge service receive film clips (news, events, music reviews, etc.) nightly in their ...

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GRAVE DIGGER To Enter Studio This Weekend

German power metallers GRAVE DIGGER will enter Principal studio in Münster, Germany on Saturday (Sept. 4) to begin recording their new album, tentatively due on January 17 through Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to last year's "Rheingold" will feature "classical heavy metal" material "in the tradition of GRAVE DIGGER," according to a posting on the ...

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VAN HALEN Add Canadian Tour Dates

VAN HALEN have added the following dates to their tour schedule: Oct. 19 - Portland, OR @ TBA Oct. 22 - Seattle, WA @ TBA Oct. 23 - Vancouver, BC @ TBA Oct. 25 - Edmonton, AB @ TBA Oct. 26 - Calgary, AB @ TBA Oct. 28 - Saskatoon, SK @ TBA Oct. 30 ...

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EXCITER: More European Tour Dates Announced

More details have been revealed about the upcoming "New Testament" European tour featuring Canadian thrash pioneers EXCITER alongside Sweden's STEEL ATTACK and Germany's BLACK ABYSS. Confirmed tour dates are as follows: Oct. 08 - Osnabrück, GER @ N8 Oct. 09 - Tilburg, NETH @ 013 Oct. 10 - Zaandam, NETH @ Kade Oct. 11 - ...

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MORTAL SIN Finalizing Material For Upcoming Album

Australia's MORTAL SIN have begun writing the final six songs for their upcoming CD, "Far From Extinction". The band, who are currently unsigned, hope to enter the studio in November or December for an early 2005 release. MORTAL SIN have already showcased the first five of the new songs at recent live shows, and three ...

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IMPIOUS: New Album Samples Posted Online

Swedish death/thrashers IMPIOUS have changed the title of their fourth full-length album to "Hellucinate" from the previously announced "Hellucinations". The follow-up to 2002's "The Killer" was recorded at Studio Mega with producer Valle Adzic and was mixed by Chris Silver and Valle Adzic. Audio samples from the album are currently available for download from the ...

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