GRAND ALCHEMIST Ink Deal With SOUND RIOT

Norway's GRAND ALCHEMIST have signed to Sound Riot Records and will issue their new full-length CD, tentatively titled Intervening Coma-Celebration, in June/July. A 11-song effort, the album will be recorded in late March/April at Elg Studios and will be mastered by Tom Kvålsvoll at Strype Studios (i.e. DIMMU BORGIR, TIDFALL, ARCTURUS, BORKNAGAR, MACTATUS, etc.) in ...

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THE SCORPIONS To Compose Material For German Musical

Veteran German rockers THE SCORPIONS are working on a musical called Wind of Change for Berlin's Metropolis Theater, featuring a theme about the Berlin wall that conveys "love, division and freedom." Included in the musical will be several of the group's biggest hits as well as 15 new tracks, the songwriting for which is expected ...

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SWARM Announce March Live Appearances

San Francisco Bay Area's SWARM, featuring former DEATH ANGEL members Andy Galeon (drums), Rob Cavestany (guitar), and Mark Osegueda (vocals), have lined up the following shows during the next couple of weeks: Mar. 15 - Cactus Club - San Jose, CA (w/SPIKE 1000) Mar. 16 - Slim's - San Francisco, CA (w/SPIKE 1000) Mar. 22 ...

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BLUEBIRD Enlist MASTERS OF REALITY Leader To Mix New CD

Los Angeles-based rock act BLUEBIRD, featuring former AMEN guitarist Paul Fig, have lined up MASTERS OF REALITY leader Chris Goss (i.e. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, KYUSS) to mix their as-yet-untitled new CD for Dim Mak Records, which is due to be issued during the summer. In other news, BLUEBIRD are one of many bands ...

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HIRAX Confirmed For Abrasive Rock Fest

Reunited Los Angeles thrashers HIRAX, now featuring former DARK ANGEL guitarist Jim Durkin, have been confirmed for the Abrasive Rock Fest, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 3rd at the Capitol Theater in Olympia, Washington. Other artists set to appear at the event include THE SABIANS (ex-SLEEP), and BRICK BATH. ...

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PLANET US: The Michael Anthony Perspective

VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony has posted the following message via his official web site regarding the two songs recently recorded by PLANET US, the new rock supergroup featuring Anthony, Neal Schon (guitar—JOURNEY), Sammy Hagar (vocals—ex-VAN HALEN), and Deen Castronovo (drums—JOURNEY): “ 'Vertigo' has a slow, heavy groove and has Sammy's killer pipes all over ...

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