STRATOVARIUS Begin Recording New Album

STRATOVARIUS keyboardist Jens Johansson has posted the following message in the band's official forum: "This is a sort of informal update. "I went to Helsinki, basically to try and help with anything I could. Am here now. "Jörg Michael will play on the next STRATOVARIUS record (as he is very good of course, and there ...

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JOHN SYKES: Setlist For Japanese Tour Opener Revealed

Legendary guitarist John Sykes (THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE, BLUE MURDER) has just kicked off a solo tour of Japan with a show in Osaka Friday night. Joining Sykes in his touring band are former DREAM THEATER/YNGWIE MALMSTEEN keyboardist Derek Sherinian, bassist Marco Mendoza (WHITESNAKE, BLUE MURDER, THIN LIZZY) and drummer Tommy Aldridge (OZZY OSBOURNE, TED NUGENT, ...

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FOREFATHER: New Song Posted Online

England's FOREFATHER have posted a reduced-quality MP3 preview of a brand-new track, titled "The Shield-Wall", at this location. "The Shield-Wall" comes off the group's fourth album, "Ours Is The Kingdom", due on May 31 through Holland's Karmageddon Media. "Ours Is The Kingdom" was recorded at The Croft Recording Studio in England and features ...

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CHARON Name New Guitarist

Finnish goth-metallers CHARON have selected FOR MY PAIN… guitarist Lauri Tuohimaa as the permanent replacement for of Jasse Von Hast, who left the group last November. Tuohimaa has spent the last few months playing with CHARON as a session guitarist during their winter live dates. CHARON have several gigs lined up in Finland during the ...

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VELVET REVOLVER: 'Slither' To Become Available As A Digital Download

VELVET REVOLVER's first single, "Slither", will be available as a 99-cent digital download from various online outlets (including iTunes, Napster, Real, and Walmart.com) beginning on Tuesday, April 20. "Slither" comes off the group's much-anticipated debut, "Contraband", due on June 8 through RCA Records. For the "Slither" video, VELVET REVOLVER — lead vocalist Scott Weiland, guitarist ...

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ULI JON ROTH: 'Requiem For An Angel' Sessions Underway

The following message was posted on legendary guitarist Uli Jon Roth's (ex-SCORPIONS) official web site: "The SKY ORCHESTRA string players have just spent several days at Skylight Manor Studios. Several new pieces which are part of 'Requiem For An Angel' were recorded under Uli's direction. Everyone involved was very pleased with the results and there ...

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ROB ZOMBIE: 'The Devil's Rejects' Casting News

Rob Zombie is continuing work on "The Devil's Rejects", the much-anticipated sequel to the his directorial debut, "House of 1000 Corpses", tentatively due later in the year. According to a posting on Rob's web site, "Ken ('Dawn of the Dead') Foree has signed on the play Charlie Altamont a.k.a. Captain Spaulding's pimp brother. If that ...

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