HYPOCRISY: Signing Session Scheduled

HYPOCRISY frontman Peter Tägtgren and bassist Mikael Hedlund will hold an autograph session at the Nuclear Blast record store in Donzdorf, Germany, on Wednesday, January 28. The session starts at 6:00 p.m. As previously reported, HYPOCRISY recently finished filming a video for the track "Eraser", taken from the group's upcoming album, "The Arrival". "The Arrival" ...

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Former STRATOVARIUS Drummer Explains His Departure

Former STRATOVARIUS drummer Jörg Michael has issued a lengthy statement explaining the reasons for his split with the band and other recent STRATOVARIUS-related events. His statement reads as follows: "Sorry that it took me so long to find time to comment about the situation around STRATOVARIUS. Due to private reasons I wasn't able to do ...

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Report: RUSH Guitarist Unlikely To Walk Away With A Slap On The Wrist

In the Jan. 25 edition of the Florida newspaper Naples Daily News, writer Brent Batten examines the seriousness of the charges facing RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson (a.k.a. Alex Zivojinovich), who was arrested New Year's Eve for aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, among other offenses. "Even if the Zivojinovich defense team, led by attorney ...

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BLAZE Finalize Track Listing For 'Blood And Belief'

BLAZE, the British band led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE singer Blaze Bayley, have finalized the track listing for their new album, "Blood and Belief", tentatively due in March through SPV Records. As previously reported, BLAZE utilized the services of former PITCHSHIFTER drummer Jason Bowld during the recording sessions for follow-up to 2002's "Tenth Dimension", which ...

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ICED EARTH's SCHAFFER Explains Guitarist's Departure

ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer recently spoke to Guitar World magazine about the departure of guitarist Larry Tarnowski prior to the recording of the group's latest CD, "The Glorious Burden". According to Schaffer, Tarnowski, an ICED EARTH member for five years, left before the recording sessions after expressing frustration over his limited role. "He may ...

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TEXTURES Part Ways With Singer

Dutch metal act TEXTURES have parted ways with singer Pieter Verpaalen due to "musical disagreements." "We, as well as any band, stumble upon difficult choices on the path we walk," the group write on their web site. "During our final conversations with Pieter, it was hard for us to keep musical and personal elements separated ...

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DARK FUNERAL Added To ZYKLON's Japanese Tour

Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL will join ZYKLON on their upcoming Japanese tour after original headliners DIMMU BORGIR cancelled their participation in the trek. Also appearing on the bill with the two co-headliners will be GOATWHORE. The dates are as follows: Feb. 03 - Shibuya Club Quattro – Tokyo, JAP Feb. 04 - ...

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