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CALLENISH CIRCLE Frontman To Guest On SAHARA DUST Debut

CALLENISH CIRCLE frontman Patrick Savelkoul will make a guest appearance on the debut album from Holland's SAHARA DUST, the new group formed by ex-AFTER FOREVER guitarist Mark Jansen, ex-CASSIOPEIA guitarist Ad Sluijter and keyboardist Coen Janssen. Savelkoul will reportedly lend his pipes to two, as-yet-undisclosed tracks. An early 2003 release through Transmission Records is expected. ...

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BLO.TORCH Announce New Singer, Seek Record Deal

Dutch death metallers BLO.TORCH have announced the addition of vocalist Chris van der Valk to the group's lineup following the departure of Michel De Wilde earlier in the year. The band, whose self-titled debut was released through Wicked World Records in 1999, recently performed their first gig with the new singer and are currently writing ...

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ZWAN Ink Deal With REPRISE RECORDS

Chicago-based ZWAN, featuring former SMASHING PUMPKINS mainman Billy Corgan, ex-PUMPKINS drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, former CHAVEZ guitarist Matt Sweeney, ex-SLINT guitarist David Pajo, and A PERFECT CIRCLE bassist Paz Lechantin, have inked a deal with Reprise Records. The group's already-completed debut album is expected to surface early next year. In the meantime, ZWAN will be making ...

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BLACK CLOUD Announce Set List For THRASHBACK FESTIVAL

BLACK CLOUD, the Quebec-based "all-star" thrash metal tribute band consisting of ex-VOIVOD bassist Jean-Yves Thériault (a.k.a. Blacky), ex-OBLIVEON guitarist Pierre Rémillard, MARTYR guitarist Daniel Mongrain, CRYPTOPSY drummer Flo Mounier, GHOULUNATICS vocalist Patrick Mireault, and B.A.R.F. frontman Marc Vaillancourt, have announced the set list for their upcoming appearance at Le Medley in Montreal, Quebec on Nov. ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE Launch Official Web Site

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the new band fronted by former SAVATAGE singer Zachary Stevens, have launched their official web site at this location. As previously reported, CIRCLE II CIRCLE's debut CD, "Watching In Silence", is due for release in February/March 2003 via AFM Records. All compositions on the album were written by Stevens and ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE Announces Recording Lineup

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the new band fronted by former SAVATAGE singer Zachary Stevens, has announced the lineup of musicians appearing on the group's debut CD, "Watching In Silence", due for release in February/March 2003 via AFM Records. It is as follows: Zak Stevens - vocals Matt LaPorte - lead guitar David "Cid" Rogers - lead ...

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Former CANDLEBOX Singer To Release Solo Album

Former CANDLEBOX frontman Kevin Martin will shortly release his long-awaited solo album, "The Possibility Of Being", through Tympanic Records. Martin was previously signed to Gold Circle Records, the now-defunct company funded by Gateway Computers. To pre-order a copy of KEVIN MARTIN & THE HIWATTS' "The Possibility of Being", send $12 plus $3 dollars shipping and ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN: Release Date Of Demo Collection Moved Up

The Japanese release date via Pony Canyon Records of YNGWIE MALMSTEEN's highly-anticipated collection of early demo recordings and other rare material, entitled "Genesis", has reportedly been moved up to Dec. 4. The full track listing for the album is as follows: 01. Birth Of The Sun 02. Plague In Lucifer's Mind (instrumental) 03. Dying Man ...

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RAGE Drummer Launches Rock Fusion Band

Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and current RAGE drummer Mike Terrana has teamed up with French musicians Cyril Achard (electric & acoustic guitar) and Ivan Rougny (electric bass) in a three-piece instrumental rock fusion band called TABOO VOODOO FUSION BAND. The new TABOO VOODOO CD, entitled "Something's Cooking", will be released on Lion Records in November. It ...

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BLACK CLOUD: Video Clips, Band Photo Posted Online

BLACK CLOUD, the Quebec-based "all-star" thrash metal tribute band consisting of ex-VOIVOD bassist Jean-Yves Thériault (a.k.a. Blacky), ex-OBLIVEON guitarist Pierre Rémillard, MARTYR guitarist Daniel Mongrain, CRYPTOPSY drummer Flo Mounier, and GHOULUNATICS vocalist Patrick Mireault, have posted video clips of three songs performed during a recent rehearsal session in preparation for the group's November 9 gig ...

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DARKANE Added To NO MERCY FESTIVALS 2003

DARKANE are the latest band to have been confirmed for the forthcoming No Mercy/Easter Festivals 2003 European tour, which is also set to include performances by TESTAMENT, MARDUK, PRO-PAIN, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, MALEVOLENT CREATION, GRAVEWORM, CALLENISH CIRCLE and ARKHON INFAUSTUS. Another as-yet-undisclosed co-headlining act — rumored to be either MORBID ANGEL or DARK ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Frontman Hits Cover Circuit

JUDAS PRIEST frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens has been passing time recently by making several live appearances with an Ohio-based cover band THE SICKNESS, whose lineup includes two of Owens' former bandmates, bassist Dennis Hayes (formerly of Tim's pre-PRIEST band WINTERS BANE) and drummer Tim Semelsberger (from an early Ripper-fronted cover band, U.S. METAL). THE SICKNESS, ...

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The Art Of Balance - SHADOWS FALL

At one time, a band like SHADOWS FALL would've provoked large scale head-scratching and people reaching for their "metal by genre" handbooks in a attempt to put a handle on SF's seemingly disparate elements. Sonically speaking, by era they are quite indicative of the San Francisco Bay Area circa 1982 (all chunking riffs and screaming ...

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(HED)PE Announce U.S. Dates

(HED)PE have announced most of the dates for their upcoming U.S. tour. They are as follows: Oct. 23 - Cleveland, OH - Odeon Oct. 24 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues Oct. 25 - Minneapolis, MN - Quest Club Oct. 26 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave Oct. 29 - Indianapolis, IN - Vogue ...

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DOWN Confirmed For New Orleans' VOODOO FESTIVAL

DOWN have been added to the "Rock" stage at the Voodoo Festival at New Orleans City Park in New Orleans, Louisiana on Saturday, November 2nd. As a result, the group's Austin show as part of their upcoming U.S. tour will be moved to a later date. Meanwhile, DOWN's Denver show has been cancelled and won't ...

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SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY Split With Label, Shop New Demo

SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY have parted ways with Reprise Records following the disappointing sales performance of their full-length debut, Sonic Jihad (2000), and are currently seeking a new record deal. A three-song demo was recently recorded and is presently being shopped to interested labels with a view towards releasing the group's second album sometime in 2003. ...

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DAMN13: New EP, Video Posted Online

DAMN13, the new project of MONSTER VOODOO MACHINE vocalist Adam Sewell, have made available for download the follow-up to their 1999 The Dynamite Gospel EP, entitled Riot Rock 666, at this location. The tracks featured are as follows: 01. Destroy A*Go Go 02. Broken Bones 03. I'll Give You Fire Also available for ...

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Former SMASHING PUMPKINS Frontman Completes Work On ZWAN Debut

Chicago-based ZWAN, featuring former SMASHING PUMPKINS mainman Billy Corgan, ex-PUMPKINS drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, former CHAVEZ guitarist Matt Sweeney, ex-SLINT guitarist David Pajo, and A PERFECT CIRCLE bassist Paz Lechantin, are nearly done recording their debut studio album. "The ZWAN album is just about done and we are all very excited and proud that we were ...

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BLUDGEON To Support MANOWAR In Europe

Chicago-based metallers BLUDGEON will be heading out on a European tour with MANOWAR beginning on November 1st. The band were the first signing to MANOWAR's Magic Circle Music and had their debut album produced by MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio. ...

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MORBID ANGEL, DARK ANGEL Among Acts Rumored To Co-Headline NO MERCY 2003 Festivals

MORBID ANGEL and DARK ANGEL are among the acts rumored to fill the co-headlining slot on the forthcoming No Mercy/Easter Festivals 2003 European tour, which is set to include appearances by TESTAMENT, MARDUK, PRO-PAIN, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, MALEVOLENT CREATION, GRAVEWORM, CALLENISH CIRCLE and ARKHON INFAUSTUS. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Apr. ...

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CALLENISH CIRCLE To Record 'My Passion // Your Pain' In January

Dutch melodic death metallers CALLENISH CIRCLE are tentatively set to enter Stage One studio in Bühne, Germany during January to record their fourth full-length album, entitled My Passion // Your Pain, for a late spring release through Metal Blade Records. The band will spend about four weeks in the studio tracking and mixing the album ...

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Former MANOWAR Guitarist Seeks Vocalist

Former MANOWAR and current DICTATORS guitarist Ross The Boss is looking for a traditional, powerful heavy metal vocalist to write lyrics for, and sing on, a few tracks of his new solo album. The album, due for release through MANOWAR's Magic Circle Records, will most likely be recorded in the New York area. Interested parties ...

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SKID ROW To Issue New CD In November

The long-awaited new SKID ROW studio album, believed to be titled Thick Is The Skin, is complete and will be launched online within weeks, according to MelodicRock.com. The CD will be available on the band's soon-to-be-launched official web site (www.skidrow.com) within weeks, possibly as early as the first week of November. For the time being, ...

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CALLENISH CIRCLE Added To NO MERCY FESTIVALS 2003 Tour

Dutch melodic death metallers CALLENISH CIRCLE have reportedly been added to the forthcoming No Mercy/Easter Festivals 2003 European tour, which is also scheduled to include appearances by TESTAMENT, MARDUK, PRO-PAIN, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, MALEVOLENT CREATION, GRAVEWORM, and ARKHON INFAUSTUS. Another as-yet-undisclosed co-headlining act will reportedly be added to the bill. MORBID ANGEL were ...

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H.I.M. To Release 'Razorblade Romance' In The U.S.

Finland's H.I.M. will issue their Razorblade Romance CD in the U.S. on October 8th via Jimmy Franks Recording Company label. The album — featuring the bonus cuts "Sigillum Diaboli" and "The 9th Circle" — will initially be able only in the Boston/Massachusets area through the Newbury Comics stores and will be backed by a promo ...

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INSISION, ANTAEUS, BLOOD RED THRONE Off DEICIDE European Tour!

INSISION, ANTAEUS and BLOOD RED THRONE have dropped off the upcoming DEICIDE European tour due to a "cancellation of tour support" on the part of the tour's organizers, Metallysée, according to Agonia Promotion. The dates are still going ahead, with CENTINEX and MYSTIC CIRCLE filling the sole two support slots. Nov. 06 - UK - ...

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