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QUIET RIOT Return With New Lineup, Live CD

QUIET RIOT, the band who introduced the world to their chart-topping album "Metal Health", are back after an eighteen month absence. Driven by vocalist Kevin DuBrow and powered by drummer Frankie Banali, both QUIET RIOT founding members, the band is now fueled by longtime QUIET RIOT contributing bassist Chuck Wright and energized with BEAUTIFUL CREATURES ...

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ORGY's 'Vague' Video Is A 'Smashing Success'

MVWire.com is reporting that ORGY's new music video for "Vague" has been a smashing success. "Vague" is currently #1 on the charts for rock/alternative music videos, according to CVC reports. "Vague" was directed by 1171 Production Group's Michael Sarna, who has worked with artists such as SMASHMOUTH, COUNTING CROWS, ANTHRAX, BLINK-182, and 50 ...

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VALKIJA To Release Debut Album In November

Italian power metallers VALKIJA will release their debut album, entitled "Avengers of Steel", on November 26 though Sonic Age Records. The CD was recorded June 10-22, 2004 at Versus Studios in Athens, Greece and features nine "power metal dynamites sung by the divine voice of female singer Zoraija, [who] brings back the golden days of ...

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JAGGERNAUT: Former HAMMERFALL Drummer To Remain In The Group

Despite a previous announcement to the contrary, drummer Patrik Räfling (ex-HAMMERFALL) will remain a member of Sweden's JAGGERNAUT, according to a posting on the group's web site. However, due to an "unfortunate accident," Patrik will be temporarily replaced by Rickard Johansson. A replacement for guitarist Alex Räfling has yet to be named. JAGGERNAUT, who feature ...

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MALEVOLENT CREATION Founder Reunites With ALEX MARQUEZ In New Project

APOCALYPSE RISING members Alex Marquez (ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION, DEMOLITION HAMMER, SOLSTICE) and Dennis Munoz (ex-SOLSTICE) have teamed up with MALEVOLENT CREATION founder Phil Fasciana and former MALEVOLENT CREATION drummer Gus Rios in an as-yet-unnamed new band. Alex will be handling the vocal duties in this project. Phil and Alex will be reuniting for the first time ...

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ANTHRAX Give The Power To The People On 'The Greater of Two Evils'

ANTHRAX's upcoming collection of Joey Belladonna/Neil Turbin-era songs performed by the band's current lineup, entitled "The Greater of Two Evils", is scheduled for release in the U.S. on November 23 via Sanctuary. The complete track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Deathrider 02. Metal Thrashing Mad 03. Caught In A Mosh 04. A.I.R. ...

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JAGGERNAUT Part Ways With Drummer, Guitarist

Sweden's JAGGERNAUT have parted ways with drummer Patrik Räfling (ex-HAMMERFALL) and his guitarist brother Alex. Replacing Patrik behind the kit is Rickard Johansson, who is described by the rest of the group as "not only a formidable drummer, but also gifted with great musical sense." A replacement guitarist has yet to be announced. JAGGERNAUT, who ...

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SIEGES EVEN To Play First German Show In Seven Years

Reunited German progressive metallers SIEGES EVEN will play their first show in Germany in seven years at Nachtleben in Frankfurt on October 28. The band will perform a full headlining show, including older songs and some parts of their eagerly awaited sixth album, "The Art of Navigating by the Stars". As previously reported, "The Art ...

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SILENT FORCE Guitarist Announces Workshop Tour

SILENT FORCE guitarist Alex Beyrodt will be embarking on a workshop tour of the U.S. in October. Confirmed dates are as follows: Oct. 13 - Jam Shack Music – Tulsa, OK Oct. 14 - Norman Music – Norman, OK Oct. 16 - Arlington Guitar Show – Arlington, TX Oct. 17 - Arlington Guitar Show - ...

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DARKWELL Finalize Track Listing For 'Metat[r]on'

Austrian "gothic metal" band DARKWELL, featuring ex-ABIGOR and current SHADOWCAST drummer Moritz Neuner, have finalized the track listing for their second full-length album, "Metat[r]on", due on November 22 via Napalm Records. The follow-up to the "Conflict Of Interest" EP (2002), "Metat[r]on" was recorded at Mirror Production Studios in Innsbruck and marks the group's first recording ...

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DARKWELL: New Album Due In November

Austrian "gothic metal" band DARKWELL, featuring ex-ABIGOR and current SHADOWCAST drummer Moritz Neuner, have set a November 22 release date through Napalm Records for their second full-length album, "Metat[r]on". The follow-up to the "Conflict Of Interest" EP (2002), "Metat[r]on" was recorded at Mirror Production Studios in Innsbruck and marks the group's first recording with new ...

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VAN HALEN To Record New Studio Album?

According to a posting at MelodicRock.com, VAN HALEN drummer Alex Van Halen told radio station Q95 (Indianapolis) earlier this week that tentative plans exist for the group to record a new studio album in the near future. Current VAN HALEN rumors suggest a slew of tour dates outside the USA for 2005, including ...

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LAMB OF GOD To Embark On U.K. Tour

LAMB OF GOD will be embarking on a U.K. tour this December. So far the following dates have been announced: Nov. 29 – Oxford, UK @ Zodiac Nov. 30 – Manchester, UK @ University Dec. 01 – Birmingham, UK @ Academy 2 Dec. 02 – Leeds, UK @ Cockpit Dec. 03 - Newcastle, UK @ ...

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RUSH: XM Studio Performance To Air In October

RUSH fan site Power Windows is reporting that RUSH appeared live on August 3 from XM's "state-of-the-art performance studio" in Washington, DC before 40 lucky fans selected from over 200 entries in an XM contest. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson took part in a Q&A session before performing acoustic renditions of "Resist" and ...

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HORTUS ANIMAE To Offer 'Classical Black Metal' On Upcoming CD

HORTUS ANIMAE, the prog-black metal project of ANCIENT drummer Diego "GroM" Meraviglia, are in the final stages of recording their upcoming album, "The Blow of Furious Winds". The drums were tracked at The Outer Sound Studios with Beppe Orlando of NOVEMBRE and the rest is being recorded and mixed at Alpha Omega Studios in Como, ...

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Ashes Of The Wake - LAMB OF GOD

LAMB OF GOD leads the pack in what some are already calling "the New Wave of American Heavy Metal." While we're not quick to start categorizing things again — after all, look what happened to the so-called "nu metal" movement — it seems clear that there's some sort of underground uprising that's been occurring, and ...

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VAN HALEN Add Canadian Tour Dates

VAN HALEN have added the following dates to their tour schedule: Oct. 19 - Portland, OR @ TBA Oct. 22 - Seattle, WA @ TBA Oct. 23 - Vancouver, BC @ TBA Oct. 25 - Edmonton, AB @ TBA Oct. 26 - Calgary, AB @ TBA Oct. 28 - Saskatoon, SK @ TBA Oct. 30 ...

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VAN HALEN To Appear On CNN Headline News

VAN HALEN frontman Sammy Hagar and drummer Alex Van Halen will be interviewed on CNN Headline News on Sunday, September 5. Watch for teasers to start showing up on CNN affiliates on Friday, September 3. In other news, VAN HALEN's webmaster has confirmed that Hagar's VAN HALEN bandmates Eddie and Alex Van Halen will **NOT** ...

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GLENN HUGHES To Release First-Ever DVD In September

Former DEEP PURPLE/BLACK SABBATH singer Glenn Hughes will release his first-ever DVD, entitled "Soulfully Live In The City Of Angels", on September 20 through Frontiers Records in Europe, Marquee/Avalon in Japan, Hellion Records in Brazil and Cleopatra Records in North America later in the fall. Also included in the package will be a double live ...

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HORTUS ANIMAE To Begin Recording New Album In September

HORTUS ANIMAE, the prog-black metal project of ANCIENT drummer Diego "GroM" Meraviglia, have finally completed the pre-production for their upcoming album, "The Blow of Furious Winds". The drums will be recorded in September at The Outer Sound Studios with Beppe Orlando of NOVEMBRE and the rest will be recorded and mixed at Alpha Omega Studios ...

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HAVOCHATE: New Album Samples Posted Online

New York-based metal band HAVOCHATE, now featuring former TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian, have posted MP3 samples of three new tracks at their official web site. The songs "Alone", "Cycle of Pain" and "Speak No More" come off the group's upcoming second album, tentatively due in October/November in Europe and January 2005 in the ...

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FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Prepare To Record New Album

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM are close to completing the songwriting sessions for their new album, tentatively due in early 2005 through Crash Music Inc. "We would still like to write two or three more songs going in, and the vocals still need to be completed, but the music so far is inspired and heavy and we ...

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