TALISMAN Ink Deal With FRONTIERS RECORDS

Legendary Swedish/American hard rock act TALISMAN, featuring former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN members Jeff Scott Soto (vocals) and Marcel Jacob (bass), have signed a multi-album, worldwide deal with Frontiers Records. The band is currently in pre-production for the next studio album, which will not include any contributions from former guitarist Pontus Norgren. To replace him, the band ...

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THE GATHERING: Bad News Comes In Threes

Holland's THE GATHERING have incredibly seen three of their scheduled festival appearances cancelled for reasons that were entirely beyond the band's control. Here's the group's latest statement on the matter: "First of all, the promoter of the festival in Crete has advised us that they cannot proceed with the booking of THE GATHERING for their ...

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Surviving SNOT Members Mark Late Frontman's Birthday

Former SNOT members Mikey Doling (currently in SOULFLY) and John Fahnestock plan to mark what would have been late frontman Lynn Strait's 33rd birthday today (Wednesday, August 7th) the day the best way they know possible, according to Launch: (Doling) "I take a huge bong hit and try to smoke a cigar..." (Fahnestock) "When I ...

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HEARSE To Issue 7" EP, Full-Length CD To Follow

Sweden's HEARSE, consisting of former ARCH ENEMY/current NONEXIST frontman Johan Liiva (vocals/bass), Max Thornell (drums), and Mattias Ljung (guitars), will issue a 7" EP, entitled "Torch", on August 12th through Hammerheart Records. The group's debut full-length album, entitled Dominion Reptillian, is due at the end of the year. Johan and Max had previously played together ...

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SAMSON Guitarist Suffering From Cancer, Has Weeks To Live

Guitarist Paul Samson, leader and founder of the seminal NWOBHM act SAMSON, is suffering from cancer and is said to have "only weeks to live," according to vocalist Nicky Moore, who sang on several of the group's albums during the '80s. Most recently, Paul and Moore had reportedly completed work on a new SAMSON album, ...

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SPIRITUAL BEGGARS: "On Fire" Track Listing Unveiled

Swedish hard rockers SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, featuring former CARCASS and current ARCH ENEMY axeman Mike Amott, have finalized the track listing for their fifth full-length album, entitled On Fire, due on September 30th (one week earlier in Japan) through Music For Nations Records. It is as follows: 01. Street Fighting Saviours 02. Young Man-Old Soul 03. ...

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KISS' GENE SIMMONS Stuffs His Face, Gets Ripped Off

The following three articles appeared in Star magazine: Item #1: Pudgy rocker Gene Simmmons sure packs a hefty appetite. The tongue-wagging bass player of KISS was spotted aboard a flight from NY to LA gleefully gorging himself on a chicken entree, two slices of chocolate cake and an ice cream sundae-while flirting with a pretty ...

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HALFORD Drummer Hard At Work On Video

HALFORD drummer Bobby Jarzombek has been "keeping myself busy the last couple of weeks doing some work on (drum roll) my drum video," according to a statement by the drummer posted via his official web site. "I'm happy to say its turning out KILLER! The video includes 3 songs, 2 solos, a demonstration that I ...

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