ORCHESTRA OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE: The Prog-Rock Supergroup!

DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy, FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos, CHROMA KEY/ex-DREAM THEATER keyboardist Kevin Moore, and GORDIAN KNOT/ex-CYNIC bassist Sean Malone have set OSI (ORCHESTRA OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE) as the name of their much-anticipated prog-rock "supergroup" project, which commenced the recording sessions for their self-titled debut album in early June at the Carriage House ...

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TESTAMENT Frontman To Host MILWAUKEE METALFEST XVI

TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy will be "special guest host" at Milwaukee Metalfest XVI, set for July 26 - July 27 at U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Among the artists scheduled to appear at the event are EXODUS, DRAGONLORD, NOVEMBERS DOOM, INCANTATION, NILE, SEVEN WITCHES, ARCH ENEMY, DEW SCENTED, JAG PANZER, DEBRIS INC., and KATAKLYSM. ...

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Producer ANDY SNEAP In Talks To Mix New OPETH CD

Acclaimed producer Andy Sneap has been in discussions with OPETH about mixing the group's forthcoming two CDs, which they're scheduled to begin recording at Nacksving/Maestro Music studios on July 22nd with producer Fredrik Nordström. As previously reported, OPETH are planning on issuing two separate CDs at the same time—one heavy, one mellow. The heavy CD ...

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MURDERDOLLS: Another MP3 Posted Online

MURDERDOLLS, the new band featuring SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison on guitar, singer Wednesday 13 (formerly of North Carolina horror-metal outfit FRANKENSTEIN DRAG QUEENS FROM PLANET 13), ex-DOPE/current STATIC-X guitarist Tripp Eisen, bassist Erik Griffin and drummer Ben Graves, have posted an MP3 of the track "Let's Go To War", taken from the group's forthcoming Beyond ...

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THE WILDHEARTS Cancel "Secret" London Gig

THE WILDHEARTS have cancelled their appearance at the Hope & Anchor in Islington, London, this Thursday, July 18th. Says mainman Ginger: "We cancelled the gig because of lack of honor between artist and venue. The H&A agreed to have the show billed as a secret gig, for the hardcore fans only. When they decided to ...

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DEEDS: UK Dates Announced

Britain's DEEDS (formerly DIRTY DEEDS) have lined up several UK dates before they make their Japanese live debut in early September. Confirmed dates are as follows: Aug. 09 - Swindon, UK @ Queen's Tap Aug. 24 - Bradford, UK@ Rio Aug. 30 - London, UK@ Underworld Support at all shows will come from SEVEN DEADLY ...

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SAXON Classics To Be Reissued

SAXON's Forever Free and Solid Ball of Rock, two classics from the NWOBHM band, will shortly be reissued by SPV/Steamhammer Records in a special package containing extra cuts not found on the original release. Solid Ball of Rock will come with the two original Japanese-only bonus tracks, "Requiem (We Will Remember)" (single version) and "Reeperbahn ...

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