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AVANISH To Utilize Session Bassist For METAL DAYZ Appearance

Germany's AVANISH will be utilizing the services of session bassist Andreas Gentner for their appearance at the Metal Dayz festival, which is scheduled to take place in Pratteln, Switzerland on August 3rd. Also set to perform at the event are SAVATAGE, SAMAEL, CANDLEMASS, GAMMA RAY, THRESHOLD, HEAVENLY, DIE SCHINDER, STYGMA IV, EVEREVE, LUNATICA, PURE YEAST ...

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PROGPOWER USA III Officially Sold Out!

ProgPower USA III has officially SOLD OUT of all tickets in less than 6 days! The show, to be held in Atlanta Georgia on November 15th and 16th, will feature the following "all-star" line up: BLIND GUARDIAN GAMMA RAY ANGRA PAIN OF SALVATION READING ZERO THRESHOLD DEVIN TOWNSEND ZERO HOUR SILENT FORCE EDGUY ...

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THE CULT's IAN ASTBURY To Perform With THE DOORS

THE CULT's Ian Astbury will perform with the surviving members of THE DOORSRay Manzerek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore—on September 7th at the California Motor Speedway, just outside L.A. County, according to Undercover. At this stage it is planned that Densmore will be part of the show although THE DOORS have advised fans he is ...

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WATCHTOWER Compilation Of Rare Recordings Sees Light Of Day

Progressive metal legends WATCHTOWER have issued through Monster Records a compilation CD, entitled Demonstrations in Chaos, containing unreleased rehearsals and recordings from the Control & Resistance era, plus previously-unavailable live tracks, and the infamous Boss Studio demos from 1983 and 1984. The full track listing for the album is as follows: 01. Meltdown (1984) 02. ...

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MYRKSKOG Finalize Album Title, European Tour Dates

Norway's MYRKSKOG have set Superior Murder as the title of their second full-length album, due on September 17th through Candlelight Records. The full track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Domain of the Superior 02. Detain the Skin 03. Trapped in Torment 04. Indisposable Deaths 05. Over the Gore 06. Blood Ejaculation 07. ...

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HAMMERFALL Unveil Complete Track Listing For New CD

Sweden's HAMMERFALL are currently finishing up the lead guitar tracks and vocals for their as-yet-untitled fourth full-length studio album at HELLOWEEN singer Andy Deris' studio Mi Sueno in Tenerife, Spain. Ten songs are being recorded for the album, which is tentatively due to be released in late October through Nuclear Blast Records. The complete track ...

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Former DIO Guitarist To Issue Two-CD Set Of Covers

Former DIO guitarist Tracy G is currently working on a double-CD solo effort consisting of 90 minutes of cover songs by "a few of my favorite artists and bands that inspired me to play guitar," according to Tracy's latest newsletter. Among the artists whose songs are set to be included on the as-yet-untitled album are ...

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SYMPHONY X Pull Out Of Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

SYMPHONY X have pulled out of their scheduled appearance at Germany's Bang Your Head festival after frontman Russell Allen was found to be suffering from stomach/intestinal bleeding, thus necessitating immediate medical treatment. Taking their place at the event will be German hard rockers BONFIRE. The complete list of artists currently set to appear at Bang ...

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DORO Added To Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

DORO has replaced MAGNUM on the bill of this year's Bang Your Head festival, which is scheduled to take place on June 28th and 29th in Balingen, Germany. MAGNUM had reportedly cancelled their appearance due to the failing health of guitarist Tony Clarkin. The complete list of artists currently set to appear at the event ...

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UNDERGROUND MOON To Open For ENGINE In Hollywood

L.A. modern rockers UNDERGROUND MOON, featuring ex-DOKKEN bassist Jeff Pilson on vocals, will be supporting FATES WARNING singer Ray Alder's ENGINE at the Troubadour this coming Sunday, June 23rd. Showtime for UNDERGROUND MOON is 9:15 PM sharp. The Troubadour is located at 9081 Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood. Tel.: (310) 276-1158. ...

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HALFORD Confirmed For Korea's SOYOROCK 2002 Festival

HALFORD have been confirmed as the headliners of this year's Soyorock 2002 (a.k.a. World Rock) festival, which is scheduled to take place in Kyung Gi Do, Korea on August 15-18. Other acts set to appear at the event include RAGE, GAMMA RAY and IRON BUTTERFLY. More bands will be confirmed in the weeks to come. ...

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Russia's LONG LIVE ROCK 'N' ROLL Festival Gets Postponed

Russia's Long Live Rock 'N' Roll Festival, which was previously scheduled to take place on June 28-30 at the 15,000-capacity VVC (Vserossiyskiy Vystavochniy Center, All-Russian Exhibition Center) in Moscow, has now apparently been postponed until August 23-25. As previously reported, SAXON, CANDLEMASS, SODOM, PRIMAL FEAR, SENTENCED, GLENN HUGHES, DORO, GRAVE DIGGER, URIAH HEEP and GAMMA ...

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AVANTASIA's "The Metal Opera Part II" Due In October

The long-awaited second part of EDGUY main man Tobias Sammet's all-star project, AVANTASIA, will be released in North America in October. "I am proud to say that in between touring and sleeping a bit I managed to finish the last chapter of my huge dream," Tobias recently said. "It was really exciting to get back ...

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GAMMA RAY Announce European Dates

GAMMA RAY have lined up the following dates during the coming months: Jun. 18 - Rome, ITA @ Valle Giulia (w/MOTÖRHEAD) Jun. 19 - Turin, ITA @ Palastampa (w/MOTÖRHEAD) Jun. 20 - Venice, ITA @ Marcon Sport Area (w/MOTÖRHEAD) Jun. 28 - Balingen, GER @ Bang Your Head Jun. 30 - Moscow, RUS @ Long ...

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SAXON, GAMMA RAY, CANDLEMASS, Others Confirmed For Russia's LONG LIVE ROCK 'N' ROLL Festival

SAXON, CANDLEMASS, SODOM, PRIMAL FEAR, SENTENCED, and GAMMA RAY are among the acts confirmed for Russia's Long Live Rock 'N' Roll Festival, which is scheduled to take place on June 28-30 at the 15,000-capacity VVC (Vserossiyskiy Vystavochniy Center, All-Russian Exhibition Center) in Moscow. The full line-up of performers scheduled to appear at the even is ...

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HAMMERFALL's OSCAR DRONJAK: Working With Producer CHARLIE BAUERNFEIND Is "True Joy"

Sweden's HAMMERFALL are currently finishing up the rhythm guitar tracks and vocals for their as-yet-untitled fourth full-length studio album at HELLOWEEN singer Andy Deris' studio Mi Sueno in Tenerife, Spain. According to guitarist Oscar Dronjak, "working with [producer] Charlie [Bauernfeind, i.e. BLIND GUARDIAN, GAMMA RAY, RAGE] is a true joy. He is attentive to your ...

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RAGE, GAMMA RAY Confirmed For Korea's SOYOROCK 2002 Festival

RAGE, GAMMA RAY and IRON BUTTERFLY are among the acts confirmed for this year's Soyorock 2002 Festival, which is scheduled to take place in Kyung Gi Do, Korea on August 15-18. SAVATAGE, who were previously announced to be taking part in the festivities, were forced to cancel their appearance due to scheduling conflicts created by ...

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EDGUY Celebrate 10-Year Anniversary With Special Gig

German melodic metallers EDGUY celebrated their 10-year anniversary by playing a very special show at Stadthalle in Offenbach, Germany on May 31st. Also appearing on the bill were German thrashers KREATOR. EDGUY's complete set list for the show was as follows: 01. Intro 02. Wake up the King 03. Tears of a Mandrake 04. Painting ...

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HAMMERFALL Go Completely Digital On Forthcoming CD

HAMMERFALL's as-yet-untitled fourth full-length studio album, which is currently being recorded at HELLOWEEN singer Andy Deris' studio Mi Sueno in Tenerife, Spain, is the group's first CD to be recorded completely digitally (i.e. there is no tape involved). "Renegade was done digitally, but still onto DA-88 tapes, so it doesn't quite qualify," stated guitarist Oscar ...

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BANG YOUR HEAD Festival: Final Running Order Announced

The final running order for this year's Bang Your Head festival, which is scheduled to take place in Balingen, Germany on June 28th and 29th is as follows: Friday, June 28th: RIVAL MÄGO DE OZ RHAPSODY JAG PANZER SYMPHONY X CANDLEMASS OVERKILL GAMMA RAY FOZZY NIGHTWISH SAXON Saturday, June 29th: S.A. ADAMS TANKARD VANDEN PLAS ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND: The Latest Update

An update from the wacky world of DEVIN TOWNSEND (i.e. STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, PHYSICIST, OCEAN MACHINE, etc.): Some good and bad news regarding the tour is that Chris Valagao who was to be the new keyboard player in STRAPPING YOUNG LAD has had to leave due to his commitments to ZIMMERS HOLE and his work ...

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S.O.D.'s BILLY MILANO: "CHARLIE BENANTE And SCOTT IAN Are Fired!"

S.O.D. frontman Billy Milano has issued a follow-up statement in response to the growing criticism over his decision to seek out replacements for guitarist Scott Ian and drummer Charlie Benante, both of whom are widely viewed as integral members of the group. "First off, as far as [former FEAR FACTORY drummer] Ray [Herrera] is concerned, ...

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S.O.D. Frontman Confirms Approaching FEAR FACTORY Duo

S.O.D. frontman Billy Milano has confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET that he has spoken to former FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares and drummer Raymond Herrera about the possibility of having them replace Scott Ian and Charlie Benante (both of ANTHRAX), respectively, in the current S.O.D. line-up. "I approached Ray and Dino four weeks ago [about joining S.O.D.]," ...

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ENGINE Line Up West Coast Dates

ENGINE, featuring vocalist Ray Alder (FATES WARNING), bassist Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT), guitarist Bernie Versailles (AGENT STEEL) and drummer Pete Parada (FACE TO FACE), will perform the following dates during June: Jun. 21 - The Roadhouse - Sacramento, CA Jun. 25 - The Galaxy Theatre - Santa Ana, CA Jun. 26 - Brick By Brick ...

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