AVANISH To Utilize Session Bassist For METAL DAYZ Appearance

Germany's AVANISH will be utilizing the services of session bassist Andreas Gentner for their appearance at the Metal Dayz festival, which is scheduled to take place in Pratteln, Switzerland on August 3rd. Also set to perform at the event are SAVATAGE, SAMAEL, CANDLEMASS, GAMMA RAY, THRESHOLD, HEAVENLY, DIE SCHINDER, STYGMA IV, EVEREVE, LUNATICA, PURE YEAST ...

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ANTHRAX: Rumors Of Tour With HALFORD "Totally False"

Despite widespread rumors to the contrary, there are currently no plans for ANTHRAX to team up with HALFORD for a North American tour in the fall, according to ANTHRAX's webmaster, who added that "it would be a cool tour, though…" As previously reported, ANTHRAX's ninth studio album, entitled We've Come For You All, is scheduled ...

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Former NAPALM DEATH Drummer To Form "Grind" Project

Former NAPALM DEATH drummer Mick Harris is reportedly looking to start a grind project in the vein of CELTIC FROST, SIEGE, INTENSE DEGREE, SLAYER, DISCHARGE, etc. A full-length album will tentatively be recorded early next year for a mid-2003 release through an as-yet-undisclosed label. ...

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NOCTURNAL RITES: No Rest For The Wicked

Despite the fact that they've just issued a new album (Shadowland), Sweden's NOCTURNAL RITES have already begun the songwriting process for their next release. Says bassist Nils Eriksson: " I know we just released a new album, but what the hell... The show must go on… We have some ideas for new songs, but so ...

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Ex-IMPELLITTERI Frontman Announces New Touring Guitarist

Former IMPELLITTERI frontman Rob Rock has added guitarist Bob Rossi to his touring band. The revamped line-up will make its live debut on Saturday, August 3rd at Lost and Found in Longwood, Florida. In other news, Rob Rock's band are currently in the studio working on two new albums at the same time—the new Rob ...

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CRYOGENIC To Embark On "Two-Month" US Tour

Australia's CRYOGENIC will embark on a "two-month US tour" on September 1st, according to a message posted on the group's official web site. Apparently, "the band will be showcasing new material from their forthcoming studio album in and around L.A., New York and Las Vegas." Exact dates and venues for this alleged "two-month" run have ...

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SEPULTURA's ANDREAS KISSER Extends Gratitude Over Brazilian Tribute Gig

SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser has issued a message of appreciation to the organizers of and bands that participated in the SEPULTURA tribute show, which took place in São Paulo, Brazil on June 29th. As previously reported, 12 bands—including KORZUS, NECROMANCIA, and CLAUSTROFOBIA—performed over 50 SEPULTURA songs at the event, which paid homage to Brazil's biggest-ever ...

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MANOWAR To Release Single On Anniversary Of ELVIS' Death

MANOWAR will release their next single, "An American Trilogy" / "The Fight For Freedom", as a so called double-A-side-single to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death. This forthcoming single "will demonstrate the band's passion for grand and epic hymns that continue the message of hope and unity for people all over the ...

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