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ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO Cover JUDAS PRIEST, DIO On New CD

ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO, the jazz ensemble led by former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick, will release their new album, "Transformation", on September 14 through Magna Carta's offshoot label Magnatude Records. Original compositions , which fill just over half the album, are accompanied by new arrangements of tunes by JUDAS PRIEST, DIO, DEEP PURPLE, and more. There ...

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Ex-SLAYER Drummer JON DETTE Quits HAVOCHATE, Launches New Project

Former SLAYER/TESTAMENT drummer Jon Dette has officially left HAVOCHATE after laying down the drum tracks for their upcoming self-titled sophomore effort at Pyramid Sound Recording Studios in Ithaca with producer Alex Perialas (TESTAMENT, ANTHRAX, OVERKILL). He has since teamed up with original PUSHED guitarist Peter Scheithauer in a "completely brutal," as-yet-unnamed new project which is ...

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MISDEMEANOR Set Release Date For Sophomore Album

Swedish all-girl outfit MISDEMEANOR have set a September 15 release date through GMR Music for their second full-length album, entitled "High Crimes & Misdemeanor". A total of 11 "hard rock" songs were tracked at DogPound Audio studio with producer Alex Hellid (ENTOMBED guitarist). "High Crimes & Misdemeanor" is the follow-up to MISDEMEANOR's self-titled debut, which ...

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LAMB OF GOD: 'Laid To Rest' Video Posted Online

LAMB OF GOD's video for the their new single, "Laid to Rest", has been made available online in Quicktime format at this location (courtesy of Timecode Entertainment). The clip, which was shot late last month with director Chris Sims (EIGHTEEN VISIONS, POISON THE WELL), features performance footage combined with the conceptual footage that ...

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GUNS N' ROSES Keyboardist To Embark On East Coast Tour

GUNS N' ROSES keyboardist Dizzy Reed and his solo band, HOLLYWOOD BULLDOZER (a.k.a. HOOKERS 'N' BLOW), will be embarking on a two-week East Coast tour beginning in early September. Prior to the East Coast dates, HOLLYWOOD BULLDOZERReed (keyboards, acoustic guitar, and vocals), Alex Grossi (guitar, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, BANG TANGO), Matt Starr (guitar, FASTMASTER, ...

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HAVOCHATE: In Mixing Mode

New York-based metal band HAVOCHATE, now featuring drummer Jon Dette (ex-SLAYER, TESTAMENT) and bassist Greg Christian (ex-TESTAMENT), have commenced the mixing process for their second album, tentatively due before the end of the year. The follow-up to last year's "This Violent Earth", which was released through Root Of All Evil Records, was recorded at Pyramid ...

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Report: VAN HALEN Suing BALTIMORE ORIOLES For $2 Million

E! Online is reporting that VAN HALEN's touring company is suing the Baltimore Orioles for $2 million for reneging on a deal to allow the band to play a concert at Oriole Park early next month. No further information is available at this time. In other news, Hagar's VAN HALEN bandmates Eddie and Alex Van ...

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RUSH Guitarist Says Court Case Won't Delay U.K. Tour

Andy Coleman of the U.K.'s Evening Mail is reporting that RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson today promised Birmingham fans the band's forthcoming NEC shows will definitely go ahead — despite a court case hanging over his head. The 50-year-old musician says he was due to appear in a Florida court in September but a deal has ...

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EDDIE VAN HALEN Was In Worse Shape Than Anyone Knew

According to Launch Radio Networks, VAN HALEN drummer told the Dutch newspaper Telegraaf that things were much more serious than anyone let on when Eddie Van Halen was being treated for cancer back in 2001. "We were used to planning things ahead with the band...but now, we had to live by the hour. At a ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND Drummer To Record Solo Album

DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen has posted the following message on his web site: "Since I recently left my band of 8 years, GOD AWAKENS PETRIFIED, I've decided to do a solo album with all the idea's and riffs I never ended up using with GOD AWAKENS PETRIFIED or outside of GOD AWAKENS ...

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Dutch Death Metallers HOUWITSER Call It A Day

Dutch death metallers HOUWITSER have officially split up after a sever-year run that produced four full-length albums. Drummer Aad Kloosterwaard and guitarist Alex are starting a new band called NO FACE SLAVE while bassist Theo Van Eekelen and vocalist Stan are said to be working on their own projects. Back in late April, HOUWITSER announced ...

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ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO To Hit The Road

ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO, the jazz ensemble led by former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick, will be embarking on a short tour in August. "After months coordinating and preparing our next release (due Sep. 14th) and working on other projects, we are stoked to be hitting the road again," Alex writes on his web site. "We will ...

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SIEGES EVEN: New Album To Contain One Song

Reunited German progressive metallers SIEGES EVEN have revealed more details about their forthcoming album, "The Art Of Navigating By The Stars", tentatively due before the end of the year. According to a posting on the band's web site, the CD will contain only one track with a running time of 45-50 minutes. The song will ...

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LAMB OF GOD Film New Video

On July 23, LAMB OF GOD filmed the first video for their upcoming CD on Epic, titled "Ashes of The Wake". The video was shot for the track "Laid to Rest", which is the song featured on the Ozzfest CD sampler that is being handed out at the festival. The "Laid to Rest" video was ...

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NECROPHAGIA: New Album Preview Available Online

A brand-new NECROPHAGIA track, entitled "Unearthed", is available for preview at this location. "Unearthed" will be featured on NECROPHAGIA's next full-length release, "Harvest Ritual Vol 1: Penance", tentatively due next summer. Recording for the CD will take place at state-of-the-art studios around the world and is expected to be completed by the year's ...

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Former SAIGON KICK Members To Collaborate On Movie Soundtrack

Former SAIGON KICK bandmates Matt Kramer (vocals) and Phil Varone (drums) are talking about collaborating on several tracks for the soundtrack to a movie Varone is currently making about his "crazy excessive rock 'n' roll life," according to a posting on Kramer's web site. Matt's solo cut "War & Peas" will also be featured on ...

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ATROCITY Explain EARTHSHAKER FEST 2004 Cancellation

Long-running German metallers ATROCITY have issued a statement regarding the cancellation of their previously announced appearance at the Earthshaker Fest 2004, a two-day open-air event set to take place July 23-24 in Geiselwind, Germany. It reads as follows: "Dear fans of ATROCITY, it's with sad emotions that we have to announce that the upcoming concert ...

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BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Singer To Guest On MOONSTONE CD

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT singer Eric Bloom has confirmed his guest appearance on the upcoming CD from MOONSTONE, the new project of Italian guitarist Matteo Filippini. Bloom will be heard on the song "On The Way To Moonstone", written by Filippini and Chris Catena. The musical direction of MOONSTONE is being described as "genuine British-oriented '70s ...

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DECIBEL: New Extreme Music Magazine To Hit Streets In September

Decibel, the self-described "America's most exciting new extreme metal magazine," will launch in September. "Decibel covers a scene which continues to reach new heights both artistically and commercially," said the magazine's Editor-In-Chief Albert Mudrian. "Decibel has a clear editorial focus — we won't be following trends, we'll be ahead of them." Published by the Philadelphia-based ...

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