Report: 'Underground' Heavy Metal Is Alive And Well In Iran

Scott Peterson of The Christian Science Monitor reports that in East and West, the language of rock 'n' roll is one of rebellion and pushing the limits. And in the Islamic Republic of Iran, musicians like guitarist Nurick Misikian and bassist Babak Riahipour are creating a parallel reality that could not be further removed from ...

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GENE SIMMONS Donates Voice To 'King Of The Hill' Episode

KISS star Gene Simmons has donated his voice to the November 9 episode of Fox's "King Of The Hill", titled "Reborn To Be Wild", according to Canada's Chart Attack. Simmons will play the role of Jessie. Also featured in the episode are members of SUM 41, who play a gang of Christian youths who express ...

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BUTTONHOOK: New EP Available For Download

Atlanta's BUTTONHOOK, the band featuring former NEUROTICA guitarist Mike Gaudreau and ex-DEN OF THIEVES singer Roman Carson, have posted their recently completed three-song demo/EP in MP3 format at their official web site. The EP was recorded at Tree Sound studios in Atlanta with producer Jimmi Bleacher (former singer of Geffen recording artists SALTY DOG) and ...

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Concertgoers Warned: Link Found In Meningitis Cases

Investigation into two suspect bacterial meningitis cases has found a possible link between attendance at a punk rock concert on September 20at WOW Hall in Eugene, Oregon, according to The Associated Press. Christina Norton, a sophomore at South Eugene International High School, became ill Sunday and is in critical condition at Sacred Heart Medical Center. ...

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MY RUIN: Upcoming Appearances Announced

Los Angeles-based MY RUIN, led by "infamous" frontwoman Tairrie B (ex-TURA SATANA, MANHOLE), have lined up the following appearances during October/November: Oct. 04 - Corona, CA @ Showcase Theater Oct. 17 – "The Horror Of Beauty" Listening Party @ Silent Movie Theater in L.A. Oct. 28 – Hollywood, CA @ Live Performance & In-Store Signing ...

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KAIZEN Begin Work On New Material

French metalcore act KAIZEN have started writing material for the follow-up to this year's "Clear the Path", tentatively due in late 2004 through XIII Bis Records. So far, the band have secured distribution deals in France, Scandinavia, U.K., and Switzerland, and will shortly make their debut album available in Spain and Russia. The group also ...

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DIONYSUS Finishing Up Work On New Album

DIONYSUS, the Swedish/German melodic power metal act featuring the voice behind guitarist Luca Turilli's solo work, Olaf Hayer, and ex-SINERGY drummer Ronny Milianowicz, are in the final phase of the recording sessions for their new album, tentatively due in February 2004 through AFM Records. The CD, which is being recorded at Studio Kuling in Örebro, ...

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KAYO DOT: Live Dates Announced

KAYO DOT, the Massachusetts-based musical project featuring former members of the now-defunct MAUDLIN OF THE WELL, have lined up the following dates during October: Oct. 16 – Northsix - Brooklyn, NY (w/ TIME OF ORCHIDS, BEHOLD THE ARCTOPUS) Oct. 29 - Sky Bar - Somerville, MA (w/ AESMA DAEVA, SALEM FIRES) As previously reported, KAYO ...

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LORD BELIAL: Unreleased EP To See The Light Of Day

Swedish black metallers LORD BELIAL will be issuing their previously unreleased 2002 EP, "Scythe of Death", on January 11 through Metal Fortress Entertainment. According to the group's web site, the material on the mini-CD was recorded in mid-2002 and was originally scheduled for release in the fall of 2002, but "due to a lack of ...

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SECRET SPHERE Part Ways With Drummer, Seek Replacement

Italian melodic metallers SECRET SPHERE have parted ways with drummer Luca Cartasegna. The split, which was amicable, was due to the fact that Luca had a "different point of view about the future musical evolution of the band," according to an official statement from the group. The band are currently auditioning potential replacements for Luca ...

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