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BLACKMORE'S NIGHT to Guest On KCSN's 'Galactic Voyager' Radio Show

BLACKMORE'S NIGHT members Ritchie Blackmore (guitar, ex-DEEP PURPLE, RAINBOW) and fiancée Candice Night (vocals) will be interviewed on the "Galactic Voyager" radio show on KCSN 88.5 FM in the Los Angeles area on Tuesday, January 25 beginning at 9:00 p.m. BLACKMORE'S NIGHT recently released a compilation CD, "Beyond the Sunset - The Romantic Collection", which ...

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DARKEST HOUR: New Album To Be Produced By DEVIN TOWNSEND

DARKEST HOUR have posted the following update on their official web site: "We have some big news. First of all, the DARKEST HOUR DVD, 'Party Scars and Prison Bars, A Thrashography', is in the can and will be released February 22nd! Pre-order info as well as a downloadable (is that a word?) trailer will be ...

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RUSH Drummer Shows His Appreciation To Whisky Producer

According to Scotsman.com, RUSH drummer Neil Peart recently sent the employees of The Edrington Group, producer of the number-one-selling brand of Scotch Whisky in Scotland, stocking-filling goodies as a sign of appreciation for his visit to Glasgow earlier this year. The band played a sell-out concert in Glasgow a few months ago and Edrington presented ...

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BEFORE THE DAWN: New Music Available For Download

Finnish dark-metallers BEFORE THE DAWN have posted demo versions of two new songs from their upcoming third album, "The Ghost", at their official web site. The tracks "Disappear" and "Enemy" were recorded and mixed by Juho Räihä at Pink Sound studio and feature clean vocals by the Norwegian Grammy award-winning singer Lars Eikind ...

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BLASTMASTERS No Longer Collaborating With UNHOLY GHOST Guitarist

BLASTMASTERS, the Florida-based death metal band led by former DIABOLIC/UNHOLY GHOST drummer Lee "Aantar" Coates, will no longer be collaborating with guitarist Jerry Mortellaro due to his commitment to UNHOLY GHOST, according to a posting on the BLASTMASTERS web site. Mortellaro is said to have helped write three new BLASTMASTERS songs ("We the Treacharous", "Altricial ...

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JON OLIVA'S PAIN: Greek Set List Revealed

JON OLIVA'S PAIN, the solo project of SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva, performed two electric shows in Greece as part of their world tour (tour kick-off was in Florida on Dec. 11). During Sunday night's (Dec. 19) performance in Athens, Jon Oliva dedicated SAVATAGE's "Ghost In The Ruins" to DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, who was ...

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UNJUST: New Song Available For Download

San Francisco Bay Area's UNJUST have posted a new demo song, entitled "In Search of a Ghost", at Unjust.com. "In Search of a Ghost" comes off the group's upcoming fourth album, "To Lose A Name", tenatively due out next spring via Koolarrow Records. UNJUST's last album, "Glow", was recorded at Sharkbite Studios in ...

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UNHOLY GHOST To Embark On 'Reigning Florida Tour'

UNHOLY GHOST, the band featuring PESSIMIST founder/guitarist Kelly McLauchlin and former DIABOLIC members Jerry Mortellaro (guitars) and Paul Ouellette (bass/vocals), will be teaming up with COUNCIL OF THE FALLEN and THE CLASSIC STRUGGLE for the "Reigning Florida Tour" beginning on December 31. The tour kicks off New Year's Eve near Daytona, FL and ends the ...

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BLACKMORE'S NIGHT: The Story Behind 'Once In A Million Years'

In a recent online posting, BLACKMORE'S NIGHT frontwoman Candice Night explained how she and her fiancé, BLACKMORE'S NIGHT guitarist Ritchie Blackmore (ex-DEEP PURPLE, RAINBOW), came to record a reworked version of an old German composition for the group's recently released compilation CD, "Beyond the Sunset - The Romantic Collection", which brings together 13 ballads from ...

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UNCHAINED: Debut Album Delayed

Sound Riot Records has pushed back the release date of UNCHAINED's self-titled debut album to January 28, 2005 from the previously announced October 27. A January 21 Japanese/South Asian release via Marquee Avalon is expected. The CD was recorded at Pama Studios (KARMAKANIC, THE FLOWER KINGS) in Sweden and mastered at Digital Fabriken (DESTINY, RAUNCHY, ...

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MURDERDOLLS Frontman Signs Solo Deal With ROADRUNNER RECORDS

Wednesday 13, of MURDERDOLLS fame, has signed to Roadrunner Records as a solo artist and will be unleashing "Transylvania 90210 – Songs of Death, Dying and the Dead" on the label in early 2005. The band, currently comprised of Wednesday on vocals/guitar, Ghastly on drums, Kid Kid on bass and Pig on guitar, will begin ...

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UNHOLY GHOST Announce New Drummer

UNHOLY GHOST, the band featuring PESSIMIST founder/guitarist Kelly McLauchlin and former DIABOLIC members Jerry Mortellaro (guitars) and Paul Ouellette (bass/vocals), have announced the addition of drummer David Breazeal to the group's ranks. David Breazeal played previously in CAULDRON, a Tampa, FL-area metal band featuring guitarist Kelly McLauchlin as well as frontman Matt Barlow (who later ...

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EDENBRIDGE: New Album Samples Posted Online

Austrian "angelic bombast metal" act EDENBRIDGE will release their new album, "Shine", on October 25 via Massacre Records. A limited-edition digipak version will contain a bonus track. The song "Shine" will also be released on November 22 as a four-track digipak EP, featuring two non-album versions of "Shine" (goth mix and single edit), plus the ...

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THE ESOTERIC Sign With PROSTHETIC RECORDS

THE ESOTERIC, the Lawrence, KS-based outfit featuring COALESCE and REGGIE AND THE FULL EFFECT guitarist Cory White as well as former TODAY IS THE DAY drummer Marshall Kilpatric, have signed a worldwide recording deal with Los Angeles-based Prosthetic Records. Earlier this week, the band (rounded out by bassist Anthony Diale, guitarist Eric Graves and vocalist ...

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UNCHAINED To Release Debut Album This Month

Swedish melodic metallers UNCHAINED will release their self-titled debut album on October 27 via Sound Riot Records. The CD was recorded at Pama Studios (KARMAKANIC, THE FLOWER KINGS) in Sweden and mastered at Digital Fabriken (DESTINY, RAUNCHY, TRANSPORT LEAGUE). Artwork was handled by ProgArt (KOTIPELTO, EVERGREY, LOST HORIZON). "Unchained", which features LOCOMOTIVE BREATH's Mattias Osbäck ...

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BLASTMASTERS Add Second Guitarist

BLASTMASTERS, the Florida-based death metal band led by former DIABOLIC/UNHOLY GHOST drummer Lee "Aantar" Coates, have announced the addition of Jerry Mortellaro (DIABOLIC, UNHOLY GHOST) to the group's ranks. "We look foward to writing the most ferocious death metal album of all time with him," the band write on their web site. "BLASTMASTERS' new album ...

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DEF LEPPARD Singer Gets Married

DEF LEPPARD frontman Joe Elliott married fiancée Kristine at Kinnitty Castle in County Offaly, Ireland on September 1, according to a posting on the group's official web site. "The two-day event (which was described by Joe as 'the mother of all parties') was attended mostly by family and close friends, although a smattering of celebrities ...

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Revolution - CREMATORY

Gothic metal has undoubtedly experienced an upsurge in popularity over the last few years, but on the fringes it retains a discernible love-hate status. Given the likes of MY DYING BRIDE and, to a slightly less gloomy extent, DARK TRANQUILLITY, many listeners either revel casually in the moroseness of it, or wish that the miserable ...

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BLASTMASTERS: Debut Demo Available For Download

BLASTMASTERS, the Florida-based death metal band led by former DIABOLIC/UNHOLY GHOST drummer Lee "Aantar" Coates, have completed work on their debut self-titled demo at D.O.W. Studios with producer Juan "Punchy" Gonzalez (MORBID ANGEL, UNHOLY GHOST). The complete track listing for the demo is as follows: 01. Digital Control (mp3) 02. The Beheadings (

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