METALFEST Organizer JACK KOSHICK Sued By HELL ON EARTH

John C. Koshick (a.k.a. Jack Koshick), organizer of several underground heavy metal festivals, including the long-running Milwaukee Metalfest, was reportedly served with court papers on Monday, April 19 in connection with a dispute over industrial rock band HELL ON EARTH's removal from the lineup of this year's Sun n' Steel Metalfest. According to a posting ...

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METALLICA's Record Label A Thing Of The Past?

METALLICA's record company, Elektra, has merged with another Warner Music Group unit, Atlantic, to become one East Coast label, with the consolidation finalized earlier this month. While Elektra is still well represented within the ranks, Atlantic's senior management appeared to emerge with the upper hand, according to Billboard. Every department head at Elektra was either ...

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RING OF FIRE: New Album Update

RING OF FIRE, the new band led by former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Mark Boals, have posted the following update on their official web site: "[RING OF FIRE]'s 1st album from their new label King Records is now in the final stage of recording and will be completed next month since the recording has been going ...

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DEF IGNITION Change Their Name

DEF IGNITION, the San Francisco Bay Area-based band led by SKINLAB's Steev Esquivel, have officially changed their name to RE: IGNITION. No reason was given for the name change. RE: IGNITION recently made two demo songs available for download via their official web site at this location. The tracks "Lost Memories" and "By ...

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METAL CHURCH To Open For DEATH ANGEL In Seattle

The current incarnation of METAL CHURCH — guitarists Kurdt Vanderhoof and Jay Reynolds (ex-MALICE), vocalist Ronny Munroe (ex-ROTTWEILLER), drummer Kirk Arrington and bassist Steve Unger — will be opening for DEATH ANGEL on May 22 at Studio 7 in Seattle, Washington. Also set to appear are THE BRAINDEAD, AGONY OF DECEIT, DROWN MARY and PHOENIX ...

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DAVE MUSTAINE's Guitar Featured On 'Today' Show

ESP Guitar Company's new Dave Mustaine "DV8" Signature model was featured Friday, April 23 as part of the Toyota Concert Series on the "Today" show. Sheryl Crow (pictured with "Today" hosts Matt Lauer and Katie Couric) signed it. It will be signed by all of the artists who appear on their Friday morning ...

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