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RAGE Guitarist Undergoes Surgery

According to a posting on Victor Smolski's web site, the RAGE guitarist underwent "intensive tests" after he was taken ill shortly following the group's appearance at Italy's Gods of Metal festival was "operated on on Tuesday and is out of danger to life now. [However] it will take some more weeks until he will be ...

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BESEECH Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

Swedish "gothic metallers" BESEECH have been confirmed for this year's installment of the Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: ...

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SWEDEN ROCK Festival: SKID ROW Out, Y&T In

SKID ROW have cancelled their previously announced appearance at this year's Sweden Rock festival and have been replaced on the bill by Y&T. SKID ROW's decision to pull out of the festival is being blamed on "the fact that [SKID ROW guitarist] Snake decided to bring his wife to be to the altar and other ...

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SWEDEN ROCK Festival Nearing Sell-Out

Last year, Sweden Rock festival sold out all the 15,000 two-day tickets two days before the first band took the stage. That was actually the first time ever the festival was sold out. This year the tickets will sell out much earlier. As of today, more than 13,000 of the 16,000 three-day tickets have been ...

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Death Before Musick - AMEN

There are numerous things to like about AMEN cornerstone Casey Chaos, who has become something of a flawed icon on European shores. For those not so familiar with the Furby-like Californian punk rocker, everything from his astute anti-authoritarian lyrics (a la Jello Biafra) to the fact that he was prepared to max out his credit ...

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MONTROSE, TNT, NIFELHEIM Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

MONTROSE, TNT, DANGER DANGER, NIFELHEIM, CRAZY LED and MARYSLIM are the latest confirmations for this year's installment of Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: JUDAS PRIEST EUROPE SCORPIONS UFO MONSTER MAGNET NIGHTWISH HELLOWEEN HEART ...

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RIAA Halts Distribution Of METALLICA/JAY-Z Mix

MTV.com reports: A DJ inspired by DANGER MOUSE's 'The Grey Album', a mix of JAY-Z's 'The Black Album' and THE BEATLES' 'The White Album', has been hit with a cease-and-desist order for his own blend of the JAY-Z disc with METALLICA's 'The Black Album'. The legal papers sent to DJ CHEAP COLOGNE came not from ...

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MELIAH RAGE: New Song Posted Online

A brand-new MELIAH RAGE track, titled "Hate Machine", has been posted online in MP3 format at this location. "Hate Machine" comes off the group's forthcoming album, "Barely Human", due this spring throughScreaming Ferret Wreckords. "Barely Human" features original members Anthony Nichols (guitar), Jim Koury (guitar) and Jesse Johnson (bass), alongside new vocalist Paul ...

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SUPREME MAJESTY Complete 10 New Songs For Upcoming CD

Swedish melodic metallers SUPREME MAJESTY have written about 10 new tracks for their forthcoming album which will be recorded this summer. "This will absolutely be the most interesting SUPREME MAJESTY album to date!" according to a posting on the band's web site. SUPREME MAJESTY, who recently announced the addition of guitarist Tobias Wernersson (ex-LITTLE YANKEES, ...

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VELVET REVOLVER: Bringing Chaos Back Into The Rock World

VELVET REVOLVER's official biography, written by David Wild and provided by the group's record label, RCA/BMG Records, includes additional information about the band's formation and their forthcoming debut CD, "Contraband", due on May 11 (postponed from the previously announced April 27 date). Here it is in its entirety: VELVET REVOLVER is everything the band's name ...

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OBSESSION: On The Verge Of Signing New Record Deal

Reunited classic early '80s metal band OBSESSION are currently in negotiations with several European labels about securing a new record deal, according to a post on the group's web site. "While the band doesn't want to name any labels for fear of jinxing any progress, these labels that are being negotiated with all have worldwide ...

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Judge Says Ex-MEAT PUPPETS Bassist Must Remain in Custody

A judge has ruled that former MEAT PUPPETS bassist Cris Kirkwood, who has been charged with assault, is a flight risk and a danger to others and must remain in custody, according to the Associated Press. U.S. Magistrate Judge Virginia Mathis also ruled Wednesday (Dec. 31) that there is enough evidence to try Kirkwood, 43, ...

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Update: Ex-MEAT PUPPETS Bassist Makes Court Appearance

Ex-MEAT PUPPETS bassist Cris Kirkwood made his initial appearance in federal court on Tuesday (Dec. 30) in a wheelchair and hospital gown, grimacing alternately from pain and exasperation, according to the Arizona Republic. His federal public defender, Jane McClellan, said he would spend the night at a federal detention facility in Florence, despite his gunshot ...

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DOL AMMAD: 'Star Tales' In The Mastering Stage

Greek "electronic art metal" act DOL AMMAD have posted the following message on their official web site: "The much-awaited DOL AMMAD debut album is currently under the mastering stage. The mixing stage is complete and the sound quality is excellent. Alex Holzwarth's [RHAPSODY] huge drumming helped a lot in that field! There has also been ...

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OMEN To Support HELLOWEEN In Texas

Classic metallers OMEN have been confirmed to support HELLOWEEN at three Texas dates in January. In addition, the band will perform a special CD-release show in December. Upcoming OMEN dates: Dec. 12 - The Indigo - Dallas, TX Jan. 22 - The Engine Room - Houston, TX (w/ HELLOWEEN) Jan. 23 - White Rabbit - ...

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OPETH: Jordan Gig Cancelled!

OPETH have been forced to cancel their previously announced gig in Jordan due to sickness. The following is OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt's official statement on the matter: "It's seem to be a dark spell upon OPETH at this moment. First Chile and now Jordan. I'm in a terrible state myself right now but will try ...

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MICHAEL SCHENKER's 'Under Construction' CD On Sale

Legendary guitarist Michael Schenker (MSG, UFO, THE SCORPIONS) has teamed up with vocalist/guitarist Amy Schugar in a new project, dubbed simply SCHUGAR/SCHENKER. The group recently completed work on an eight-song demo, entitled "Under Construction", which they are currently making available to the public in addition to using it to procure a record deal. The complete ...

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SUPREME MAJESTY Become A Sextet

Swedish melodic metallers SUPREME MAJESTY have announced the addition of guitarist Tobias Wernersson (ex-LITTLE YANKEES, RANSOM) to the group's ranks. An MP3 of Tobias' "breathtaking" interpretation of YNGWIE MALMSTEEN's "Far Beyond The Sun" can be downloaded here. "This new addition means that Chrille Andersson, formerly on both guitars and keyboards, will be able ...

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SCARVE: New Album To Be Released In Limited-Edition Digipak

France's SCARVE will release their third album, "Irradiant", in a special, limited-edition digipak version, featuring loads of bonus stuff, including the video for "Emulate The Soul". The follow-up to 2002's "Luminiferous" was recorded at Dug-Out Studio in Uppsala, Sweden with producers Daniel Bergstrand (MESHUGGAH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) and Örjan Örnkloo (MISERY LOVES CO.) and features ...

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Original OMEN Vocalist J.D. KIMBALL Passes Away

J.D. Kimball, the former lead singer of OMEN, passed away on October 3 after a three-year battle with cancer. OMEN guitarist Kenny Powell had these words to say about his former bandmate: "He was a great writer, one of the true innovators in the early years of power metal. I am extremely proud of the ...

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TED NUGENT To Speak Out Against Drug Use In Arkansas

Ted Nugent will speak out against alcohol and other drugs in Russellville, Arkansas during a regional planning meeting aimed at addressing the methamphetamine problem in a 10-county area, according to The Courier. The meeting will be held Sept. 29 at Tucker Coliseum at Arkansas Tech University. The event is being hosted by the prosecuting attorneys ...

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