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FATES WARNING: Live DVD On The Way

Bassist extraordinaire Joey Vera (FATES WARNING, ARMORED SAINT, ANTHRAX) has posted the following message on his official web site; "First, the show in Amsterdam with FATES WARNING was killer. Mike Portnoy [DREAM THEATER] filled in on drums and it was a major blast jamming with Mike. He's just a monster drummer and a great guy. ...

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ANTHRAX Drummer: Reunion Shows Will Be 'Very Exciting'

ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante spoke to Jonathon Moran of Australia's The Daily Telegraph this week about the group's upcoming "reunion" tour, which is scheduled to hit Australia in May. After a 13-year break, ANTHRAX's "classic" lineup of Benante, Joey Belladonna (vocals), Frankie Bello (bass), Scott Ian (guitar) and Danny Spitz (guitar) will tour together, beginning ...

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SUICIDE CITY: BIOHAZARD/KITTIE Members Schedule Live Debut

SUICIDE CITY (formerly RODEK), the new band featuring BIOHAZARD guitarist/vocalist Billy Graziadei and former KITTIE bassist Jennifer Arroyo, will make their live debut on Saturday, April 23 at at The Saint in Asbury Park, New Jersey. SUICIDE CITY will be playing two shows. The first performance is an all-ages show in the afternoon. Doors open ...

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MELECHESH Confirmed For France's METAL THERAPY FESTIVAL

Mesopotamian black thrash metal pioneers MELECHESH have replaced IN EXTREMO on the billing of the 2005 edition of France's Metal Therapy Festival, set to take place Saturday, April 16 at Salle Saint-Exupéry in Woippy (160 km from Strasbourg, 70 km from Luxembourg, 100 km from Trier). Also scheduled to perform at the festival are THERION, ...

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ROBERT PLANT: North American Tour Dates Announced

Billboard.com is reporting that former LED ZEPPELIN singer Robert Plant has confirmed dates for a North American summer tour in support of his upcoming album with the band STRANGE SENSATION, "Mighty Rearranger". Plant will open the run June 15 in Providence, Rhode Island, and has shows scheduled through July 24 in Los Angeles, playing mostly ...

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SEVEN WITCHES Part Ways With SANCTUARY, Announce New Album Title

SEVEN WITCHES, the band featuring former SAVATAGE guitarist Jack Frost and HELSTAR singer James Rivera, have posted a message on their official web site regarding the band's upcoming activities and related projects. An excerpt from the update follows: "The band's contract with Sanctuary is up. They want to thank Sanctuary for all the help and ...

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JOEY VERA: 'My Time With ANTHRAX Is Done'

Bassist extraordinaire Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING, ANTHRAX) has posted the following message on his official web site: "Coming up in a few days, I leave for a one-off show in Amsterdam (The Netherlands that is) with FATES WARNING. We're headlining the Headway Festival there on April 3rd. We've got Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER) ...

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GREG LEON Returns To Take Care Of 'Unfinished Business'

Southern California guitar legend Greg Leon (ex-DOKKEN, QUIET RIOT) has just issued his first album since 1997's "Wishing Well", appropriately titled "Unfinished Business", while also reviving his old band moniker, THE GREG LEON INVASION. The original INVASION, formed out of the ashes of SUITE 19, featuring a pre-MÖTLEY CRÜE Tommy Lee on drums, was one ...

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Former KITTIE Bassist Comments On Her Departure

Former KITTIE bassist Jennifer Arroyo has commented on her departure from the group to focus on her other band, SUICIDE CITY (also featuring BIOHAZARD's Billy Graziadei). In an online posting, Jennifer wrote, "Yes, I left KITTIE. It was one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make in my life, but sometimes in life ...

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MÖRSER Sign With GARDEN OF EXILE RECORDS

Germany's MÖRSER have inked a deal with Garden of Exile Records. The group, who have thus far issued two albums — "2 Hours To Doom" and "10,000 Bad Guys Dead" — and a split LP with THE SWARM, will release their first full-length collection in over five years in 2006. Commented MÖRSER in a statement: ...

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AUDIOSLAVE: Tour Dates Announced

AUDIOSLAVE have lined up the following tour dates during the coming months: Apr. 14 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint Apr. 17 - Austin, TX @ Music Hall Apr. 18 - Houston, TX @ Verizon Theatre Apr. 21 - Minneapolis, MN @ Quest Apr. 22 - Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom Apr. 24 - ...

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KAIZEN Part Ways With Drummer, Seek Replacement

French metalcore act KAIZEN have parted ways with drummer Laurent Caradec due to "musical differences." "We arrived to a point of no return and it was not an easy decision to take," the band write in a statement. "We have a lot of respect for everything [Laurent] achieved within the band during many years. We ...

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GRAVE To Be Joined By Former Frontman At Stockholm Gig

On Friday, March 4, legendary Swedish death metallers GRAVE will be teaming up with VICIOUS ART, the new Swedish death/thrash band featuring Jörgen Sandström (THE PROJECT HATE, ex-ENTOMBED, GRAVE) on bass, for a show at Club Aggression in Stockholm, Sweden. Word has it that, if the alcohol level in Mr. Sandström's body gets high enough, ...

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KAIZEN Complete Work On New Album

French metalcore act KAIZEN have finished recording and mixing their second album at Mynetaur Productions Studios in Stockport, U.K. with producer (and former KILL II THIS guitarist) Mark Mynett. The follow-up to 2003's "Clear the Path" will contain 11 songs and will be released this spring on XIIIbis Records. KAIZEN's next live performance will take ...

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DEBRIS INC. To Release Debut Album In April

Candlelight Records has set an April 5 release date for the debut album from DEBRIS INC. The record is the first release through the new U.S. arrangement between Rise Above Records and Candlelight, announced earlier this year. DEBRIS INC. is a new band featuring SAINT VITUS alumni Dave Chandler with longtime TROUBLE bassist Ron Holzner. ...

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Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Singer Guests On Japanese Concept Album

Vocalist Mark Boals' (RING OF FIRE, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) official web site has been updated with the following message: "Mark sang a song for Japanese musician/songwriter/producer Tomio Terada's new album. On Mr. Terada's upcoming album 'Flight of the Soul', Mark sang the song 'Tempestus Rex'. The music and concept of this album was written by Terada ...

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KAIZEN: New Album To Be Produced By KILL II THIS Guitarist

French metalcore act KAIZEN will enter a studio in Stockport (near Manchester), U.K. next week with producer Mark Mynett (KILL II THIS, CITY OF GOD) to begin recording their second album. The follow up to 2003's "Clear the Path" will contain nine or ten songs and will be released in the spring on XIIIbis Records. ...

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DEBRIS INC. Sign With RISE ABOVE; Debut Album Due In March

DEBRIS INC., the new group featuring SAINT VITUS mainman Dave Chandler and ex-TROUBLE bassist Ron Holzner, have inked a deal with Lee Dorrian's (CATHEDRAL) Rise Above Records. The group's debut album is tentatively scheduled for a March 2005 release. MP3 samples of the DEBRIS INC. demo songs "Medicated" and "Old Man and His Bong" can ...

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THEE PLAGUE OF GENTLEMEN To Release Debut Album Early Next Year

Belgian doomsters THEE PLAGUE OF GENTLEMEN have entered the studio to record their debut album, "Primula Pestis", tentatively due in February/March 2005 via I Hate Records. THEE PLAGUE OF GENTLEMEN cite such influences as WINTER, CELTIC FROST, DREAM DEATH, SAINT VITUS, PENTAGRAM, MELVINS and GODFLESH, but claim to have "forged a unique sound which has ...

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GRAVE: European Tour Dates Announced

Legendary Swedish death metallers GRAVE have lined up the following dates during the coming months: Dec. 02 – Copenhagen, DEN @ The Rock* Italian Tour 2004 w/ ROTTING CHRIST & Guest: Dec. 17 – Porto, ITA @ D'Ascoli Dec. 18 – Catania, ITA @ Easy Rider Club Dec. 19 - Codevilla Pavia, ITA @ Thunder ...

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ARMORED SAINT Blues Side-Project Announce Pre-Thanksgiving Gig

YO DIDDLEY, the rock/blues side-project of ARMORED SAINT drummer Gonzo and guitarist Phil Sandoval, will be performing at the club River Bottom in Burbank, CA (across from Warner Bros., 4201 West Olive Avenue @ Pass Avenue) on Wednesday, November 24. The show starts at 9:00 p.m. ARMORED SAINT are planning on entering the studio in ...

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AEROSMITH Guitarist To Sign Copies Of Horse Book

On Saturday, November 13, AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry will be at the Barnes & Noble College Store in Boston, MA to sign copies of the new book, "People We Know, Horses We Love", written by Jill Rappaport (of the "Today Show") and Wendy Wilkinson. The book takes a unique look at well-known people and their ...

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GRAVE Announce Deal With Swedish Booking Agency

Legendary Swedish death metallers GRAVE have hooked up with the Swedish booking agency The Agency Group. "Sharing booking agency with such bands as ENTOMBED, THE HAUNTED, HELLFUELED, NASUM etc.. feels like an important and necessary step in the right direction," the band write on their web site. As previously reported, GRAVE are currently working on ...

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