Former ICED EARTH Drummer Joins SEBASTIAN BACH

Former ICED EARTH/DEMONS & WIZARDS drummer Mark Prator has officially joined Sebastian Bach's (ex-SKID ROW) touring band. "We have been shredding all month in preparation for our Mexican tour this week!" Sebastian writes on his web site. "Mark Prator is the drummer on the ICED EARTH album 'Dark Saga' and is also the man behind ...

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ABATTOIR: New Album Update, Special Anniversary Concert Planned

Los Angeles-based thrash metal legends ABATTOIR will release their long-awaited new album in late 2004 or early 2005 through Artillery Music. "If you didn't know, we had a recording snafu in which all of the tracks were lost when we only had a rough mix completed," ABATTOIR frontman Steve Gaines writes in an online posting ...

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HADES: CD Reissues To Include Brand New Recording

Former HADES guitarist Dan Lorenzo has sent BLABBERMOUTH.NET the following update on the band's upcoming CD reissues: "Mausoleum Records had told us a few weeks ago that they wanted to re-release the first two HADES CDs, 'Resisting Success' and 'If At First You Don't Succeed'. They recently inquired about adding 'Live On Location' (our live ...

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KULT OV AZAZEL To Release Split CD

Floridian black metallers KULT OV AZAZEL will be releasing a split CD with VROLOK, entitled "Feast of Sacrilegious Impurity", through Arctic Music. "Our portion will contain demo material from the forthcoming album, 'The World, The Flesh & The Devil', a SODOM cover and three live tracks taken from the September 16th, 2004 show recorded at ...

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IMPIETY Postpone European Tour

Singaporean/Mexican metallers IMPIETY, now featuring drummer Oscar Garcia (HACAVITZ, ex-RAVAGER) and lead guitarists Antimo (HACAVITZ, ex-RAVAGER, DISGORGE) and Eduardo Guevara (HACAVITZ, BLOODREAPING), have postponed their previously announced "Paramount Evil European Assault Tour" until early 2005. No reason was given for the postponement. IMPIETY recently completed work on their fourth full-length album, "Paramount Evil", at Ambox ...

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DAMAGEPLAN's VINNIE PAUL Offers Drumming Tips To TOMMY LEE

In a recent interview with Rhythm magazine, former PANTERA and current DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul was asked to offer some drumming tips. "Okay, well first off, every drummer I meet wants to know how to play [PANTERA's] 'Becoming'," Vinnie replied. "The way I came up with that part was just messing around in the studio ...

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VELVET REVOLVER's Appetite For Distraction

The New York Post has published an article about Snitch, the new "rock-friendly" venue in New York City co-owned by Scott Weiland and Duff McKagan of VELVET REVOLVER. McKagan, for one, plans to stop in frequently. "It's cool to have a home base in New York," he said. If and when VELVET REVOLVER guitarist, Slash, ...

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OPETH Guitarist Ties The Knot

OPETH guitarist Peter Lindgren married longtime girlfriend Jessica Svensson on August 21 at Gålögården outside Stockholm, Sweden. In other news, Peaceville Records reportedly have plans to release a 5.1 surround sound mix re-release of OPETH's fourth album, "Still Life". More information will be made available soon. Also on the OPETH-related front, OPETH session keyboardist Per ...

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TOMMY LEE Performs In Ibiza: Photos Available

Former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee's recently made an exclusive drumming/DJing appearance at Pacha in Ibiza, Spain. Check out pictures from Wire Image. As previously reported, Lee's upcoming tell-all, "TommyLand", is scheduled for release on October 19 through Atria Books, the hardcover imprint of Simon & Schuster. The 320-page book, which was originally ...

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