STEVE VAI To Issue Collection Of Rarities

STEVE VAI is in the process of finalizing the licensing agreements for the next installments of "The Secret Jewel Box Set - Archives Vol. 3 and Vol. 4". These two discs compile all the music Steve has contributed to other projects and records, and include the often-elusive bonus tracks appearing on Japanese releases. Also included ...

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Former FATES WARNING Singer Inks Solo Deal!

Former FATES WARNING vocalist John Arch has inked a solo deal with Metal Blade Records. The singer's first release through the label will be a 20-minute EP, "A Twist Of Fate", featuring FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos, FATES WARNING/ARMORED SAINT bassist Joey Vera and DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy. A late 2003 release is expected. ...

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DARK TRANQUILLITY Cancel Dates In Mexico, Colombia

DARK TRANQUILLITY have been forced to cancel their previously-announced gigs in Mexico and Colombia due to the inability of the local promoter to live up to his part of the agreement. The band's official statement on the matter is as follows: "We are extremely sorry to have to announce the frustrating fact that the upcoming ...

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EVEMASTER Ink Deal With LOW FREQUENCY

Finland's EVEMASTER have signed a three-album deal with Low Frequency Records. The group are currently putting the finishing touches on their second CD, "Wither", at Astia Studios (CHILDREN OF BODOM, WARMEN, ENTWINE) with producer Anssi Kippo. The follow-up to "Lacrimae Mundi", which is set to be mastered at Finnvox studios (STRATOVARIUS, AMORPHIS) in late January ...

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VEHEMENCE Replace ORIGIN On NUCLEAR ASSAULT Tour

Arizona's VEHEMENCE have replaced ORIGIN on upcoming West Coast dates on the NUCLEAR ASSAULT/ALL THAT REMAINS tour. The dates in question are as follows: Jan. 22 - Sin 13 - San Antonio, TX Jan. 23 - Fitzgerald's - Houston, TX Jan. 24 - The Backroom - Austin, TX Jan. 25 - Canyon Club - Dallas, ...

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DEATH ANGEL Added To HALFORD Hollywood Gig

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL have been added to the HALFORD-headlined lineup of bands performing at House Of Blues in West Hollywood, California on Sunday, Feb. 2. Also set to appear at the show are TESTAMENT (direct support), VIO-LENCE and EXHUMED. ...

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DROWNING POOL Begin Singer Search, Cite AC/DC Inspiration

The remaining members of DROWNING POOL have started rehearsing again this week and now will actively seek out a replacement for frontman Dave Williams, who passed away last August. Bass player Stevie Benton told Australia's Undercover News their motivation in moving forward is the example set by AC/DC. "We have actually talked about the 'Back ...

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