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QUEENSRŸCHE: 'Mindcrime' Art Direction Company Enlisted For Sequel

According to a posting on QUEENSRŸCHE's official web site, Reiner Design Concepts, the art direction company that did all the artwork for 1988's "Operation: Mindcrime", has been signed back on for the band's upcoming CD, which is currently going under the working title of "Operation: Mindcrime II". Production has already begun and the group expect ...

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VICIOUS RUMORS: 'Crushing The World' DVD Preview Available Online

San Francisco Bay Area metallers VICIOUS RUMORS have uploaded a six-minute preview of their recently released DVD, "Crushing the World". The DVD is a past-to-present overview, and features all the great songs (including footage with original vocalist Carl Albert), all their videos, the day-to-day life on the road during their around-the-world tours, as well as ...

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TIGERTAILZ Cult Albums Finally Get American Release

In 1990 Welsh hard rock heroes TIGERTAILZ unleashed an album that would raise the standard for independent metal albums of the era. "Bezerk", released on the U.K.'s Music for Nations imprint, featured such anthems as "Noize Level Critical", "Sick Sex" and the band's calling card, "Love Bomb Baby", all of which helped fuel the album ...

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Legendary LONDON BRIDGE Studio Reopens

According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, London Bridge, a recording studio where ALICE IN CHAINS, SOUNDGARDEN, PEARL JAM, MOTHER LOVE BONE and TEMPLE OF THE DOG recorded some of their classic albums in the late 1980s and early '90s, has been rescued by new owners Jonathan Plum and Geoff Ott, two former employees. "A lot of ...

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JUNGLE ROT Sign With CRASH MUSIC

Crash Music, Inc. has announced the signing of a four-album deal with Wisconsin-based death metallers JUNGLE ROT. The band will enter the studio in January to record their new album, tentatively due next spring. JUNGLE ROT, who recently replaced guitarist Jim Genenz with Geoff Bub, are planning on issuing their first DVD in October/November, featuring ...

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PYTHON Sign With CHAVIS RECORDS

New York-based thrash metallers PYTHON have inked a deal with Chavis Records. PYTHON was formed in 2001 by Joe and Kurt Holzapfel, who later added Ken Decker and Geoff Allen to the group's lineup. The band has been generating massive amounts of noise within the heavy metal community with their self-released debut EP, "Good & ...

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Former BLACK SABBATH Frontman Signs Solo Deal With MTM MUSIC

Former BLACK SABBATH frontman Tony Martin has inked a deal with MTM Music for the release of his second solo album, "Scream". As a singer, Tony Martin has worked on many projects, including BLACK SABBATH, with whom he recorded such cult albums as "Headless Cross" and "Eternal Idol". Now he has ventured out on his ...

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Vocalist JAMES RIVERA Joins VICIOUS RUMORS

Veteran heavy metal singer James Rivera (HELSTAR, SEVEN WITCHES, KILLING MACHINE) is strongly rumored to have landed the lead-vocalist slot in the long-running San Francisco Bay Area band VICIOUS RUMORS. An official statement on the matter is expected soon. As previously reported, VICIOUS RUMORS mainman/guitarist Geoff Thorpe was recently rejoined by bassist Dave Starr and ...

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JUNGLE ROT Part Ways With Guitarist, Announce Replacement

Wisconsin-based death metallers JUNGLE ROT have parted ways with guitarist Jim Genenz. His replacement, Geoff Bub, has toured with the band on the last Canadian trek and is involved with the writing of the new CD, to be released spring of 2006. The group are currently negotiating a new record deal and will announce their ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE 'Rockumentary' To Air On METAL EXPRESS RADIO

Norway's Metal Express Radio recently conducted an in-depth interview with QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate about the group's history. Geoff discusses everything from the genesis of the band, the motivations behind each studio album, the departure(s) of Chris DeGarmo, QUEENSRŸCHE's future, and provides insights into the much-anticipated "Operation: Mindcrime II" album. To listen to this 45-minute, ...

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Awaken the Guardian (reissue) - FATES WARNING

While their eternal doppelgangers QUEENSRŸCHE did more to popularize "thinking man's metal", and onetime disciples DREAM THEATER turned prog-metal into a cottage industry, FATES WARNING are no less deserving of their place in progressive metal history. Their 1986 set, "Awaken the Guardian", hit a pinnacle of classic metal with a slightly technical bent and the ...

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ASIA Part Ways With Ex-AC/DC Drummer, Announce Replacement

Hot off their successful world tour in support of their fan and critically acclaimed album "Silent Nation", ASIA have parted amicably with drummer Chris Slade (THE FIRM, AC/DC). Replacing Slade in the group's lineup is Jay Schellen (BADFINGER, HURRICANE). "Jay was always our first choice as a replacement drummer for ASIA," vocalist John Payne revealed. ...

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CRIMSONFIRE Sign With MAJESTIC ROCK RECORDS

Majestic Rock Records has announced the signing of Australian progressive power metal sensations CRIMSONFIRE for the release of the band's stunning self-titled debut album this autumn. "CRIMSONFIRE are a major step forward for the progressive metal genre," says Majestic Rock A&R director Geoff Gillespie. "The band show a maturity beyond their years and their debut ...

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Former CRIMSON GLORY Singer WADE BLACK Joins LEATHERWOLF

Legendary Southern California metal stalwarts LEATHERWOLF have announced the addition of vocalist Wade Black (ex-CRIMSON GLORY, SEVEN WITCHES) to the group's ranks. Black is set to make his debut on the group's forthcoming studio album, currently in production and due out in 2006. Black joins core members Dean Roberts (drums), Geoff Gayer (guitar), Carey Howe ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Comment On RHINO Signing, Upcoming Album

Rhino Entertainment has announced the signing of progressive metal band QUEENSRŸCHE. The band is working on "Operation: Mindcrime II" — the sequel to their platinum 1988 concept album, "Operation: Mindcrime" — for release on Rhino early in 2006. The announcement was made by Rhino Entertainment President Scott Pascucci. "We are excited to be working with ...

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GENE SIMMONS Talks About KISSWORLD's Demise

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons has spoken to Geoff Boucher of The Los Angeles Times about the demise of KissWorld, a gleaming, 10,000-square-foot building in Melbourne, Australia which was originally envisioned as a place where fans could sit in a mini-theater and watch concert footage of the band belting out arena hits like "Rock 'n' Roll ...

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ROUGH SILK Frontman To Guest On New DESTRUCTION Album

Singer Ferdy Doernberg of the German epic/melodic metallers ROUGH SILK has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "I'll appear on the new CD by the German thrash legends DESTRUCTION playing a slide-guitar solo on an all-star-song ('The Alliance of the Hellhoundz') featuring besides Schmier, Mike and Marc from DESTRUCTION, among others, ...

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METALLICA Frontman Attends SANDRA BULLOCK's Wedding

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield attended the wedding of actress Sandra Bullock and mechanic and reality TV star Jesse James on Saturday (July 16) at a ranch near Santa Barbara, according to "Entertainment Tonight" and Us Weekly magazine. It's the first marriage for "Miss Congeniality" star Bullock, who had been engaged to actor Tate Donovan, according ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Singer: 'Mindcrime II' Will Be Musically Light Years Away From Original

QUEENSRŸCHE vocalist Geoff Tate recently spoke to The Patriot-News about the group's forthcoming CD, the next chapter to the 1988 ground-breaking concept album, "Operation: Mindcrime", tentatively titled "Operation: Mindcrime II". Several excerpts from the interview follow: On the "Mindcrime"'s biting commentaries about quasi-pious religious figures and power-hungry politicians being even more meaningful now ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Singer Says 'Operation: Mindcrime II' Is 'A Very Long Record'

QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate recently spoke to the Hershey Chronicle about the group's tour with JUDAS PRIEST and the progress of the recording sessions for the new QUEENSRŸCHE album, the next chapter to the 1988 ground-breaking concept album, "Operation: Mindcrime", tentatively titled "Operation: Mindcrime II". Several excerpts from the interview follow: On reasons ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Kick Off U.S. Tour: Setlist Revealed

JUDAS PRIEST kicked off the North American leg of their world tour on Monday (May 30) at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. The group's setlist was as follows: 01. Hellion/Electric Eye 02. Metal Gods 03. Riding on the Wind 04. Touch of Evil 05. Judas Rising 06. Revolution 07. Breaking the Law ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE's GEOFF TATE: 'The Door Is Officially Closed' On CHRIS DEGARMO's Return To Band

On the eve of QUEENSRŸCHE's U.S. tour in support of JUDAS PRIEST, vocalist Geoff Tate called into "The Classic Metal Show" to discuss the tour and the progress of the recording sessions for the new QUEENSRŸCHE album, the next chapter to the 1988 ground-breaking concept album, "Operation: Mindcrime", tentatively titled "Operation: Mindcrime II", among other ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Singer To Guest On Cleveland's 'The Metal Show'

QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate will be the special, in-studio guest of "The Metal Show" on Sunday night (May 29) at 10:00 p.m. EST on 92.3 FM WXTM in Cleveland, Ohio. Tate will be choosing all the music, telling road stories, talking about the band's upcoming "Operation: Mindcrime II" release, and discussing their tour with JUDAS ...

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VICIOUS RUMORS Added To TESTAMENT-Headlined Benefit Concert

Veteran Bay Area metallers VICIOUS RUMORS have been added to the upcoming benefit concert on July 9, 2005 at The Pound in San Francisco. Proceeds from the show — which will be headlined by TESTAMENT — will aid in the financial recovery for families dealing with life-altering medical diagnosis. Among the families that will benefit ...

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