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THESYRE: 'Résistance' Details Revealed

Vocalist/bassist Eric M. Syre of Quebec-based black/thrash metallers THESYRE has issued the following update: "We delivered the audio master and the artwork [for the new THESYRE album, 'Résistance'], to Osmose Productions this week. Once they'll have everything set for the manufacture we'll be able to post the exact release date for the album. Osmose will ...

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PAINDIVISION Announces Lineup Changes

Australian metallers PAINDIVISION have issued the following update: "The last six months have been some of the busiest and toughest times for the band with recording and releasing 'One Path'. These stresses have ended in some members departing the group to pursue other interests and have also introduced new members joining the fold, ready to ...

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LOUDNESS Members Honor Late Drummer MUNETAKA HIGUCHI; Video Available

A "Last Memorial Birthday" in honor of late LOUDNESS drummer Munetaka Higuchi was held yesterday (Wednesday, December 24) at Aoyama Sougisho in Tokyo, Japan. The surviving members of LOUDNESS attended the event, which coincided with what would have been Munetaka's 50th birthday. Footage of yesterday's tribute can be viewed below. Higuchi passed away on November ...

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Ex-QUIET RIOT Drummer Comments On Passing Of MUNETAKA HIGUCHI

QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali has issued the following statement regarding the passing of LOUDNESS drummer Munetaka Higuchi: "My condolences to the family of Munetaka Higuchi and the members of LOUDNESS on the passing of Munetaka Higuchi-san. I had the opportunity of being interviewed by him while in Japan with QUIET RIOT in 1989 for ...

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MEGADETH Drummer Comments On Passing Of LOUDNESS' MUNETAKA HIGUCHI

MEGADETH's Shawn Drover has commented on the passing of LOUDNESS drummer Munetaka Higuchi, who died this morning (November 30) after a seven-month battle with liver cancer. He said, "I just found out that one of my favorite drummers passed away — Munetaka Higuchi from the band LOUDNESS. Munetaka had been diagnosed with liver cancer less ...

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LOUDNESS Drummer MUNETAKA HIGUCHI Dead At 49

WeROCK City has informed BLABBERMOUTH.NET that drummer Munetaka Higuchi of veteran Japanese metallers LOUDNESS passed away today (Sunday, November 30) around 10:00 a.m. (Japan Standard Time) at a hospital in Osaka, Japan. He was 49 years old. Higuchi was diagnosed with liver cancer (Hepatocellular Carcinoma) in April 2008. He had reportedly undergone two ...

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STRATOVARIUS Keyboardist To Guest On STYGIA Debut

STRATOVARIUS keyboardist Jens Johansson has recorded a guest solo for "Divine Allegiance", the debut album from STYGIA, the project led by Boston, Massachusetts-based up-and-coming "shred" guitarist Todd Seitz. Todd says, "The song ['The Hunter'] is partially inspired by one of my favorite video game series Turok Dinosaur Hunter." "Divine Allegiance" track listing: 01. Colossus 02. ...

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PAINDIVISION Signs Japanese Deal With SOUNDHOLIC

Australian metallers PAINDIVISION have inked a Japanese deal with Soundholic Records for the release of their second album, "One Path". The CD, which was issued in Australia in October, will be made available in Japan in January/February with a special bonus track — a cover of the song "Like Hell" from Japanese metal legends LOUDNESS. ...

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LOUDNESS Singer Releases Double Live Solo Album

LOUDNESS singer Minoru Niihara has just released a new double live solo album, "R&R Gypsy Show". The set was recorded on May 9-10, 2008 at Kagurazaka Dimension, and it features Niihara backed by the following musicians: Hiroaki Tagawa - Guitar, Keyboards Hidemitsu Obata - Guitar Koichi Terasawa - Bass Funky Sueyoshi - Drums Takashi Inada ...

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STYGIA: 'Divine Allegiance' Track Listing Revealed

Boston, Massachusetts-based up-and-coming "shred" guitarist Todd Seitz has finalized the track listing for the debut album from his STYGIA project, entitled "Divine Allegiance". It is as follows: 01. Colossus 02. The Hunter 03. Journey Through The Sea 04. Spirit Bomb 05. Moonlight 06. Oblivion Overcome 07. Egg of the King 08. A Circle Undone 09. ...

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ANTHEM: 'Black Empire' Out Now

Japanese metal stalwarts ANTHEM have released their latest effort entitled "Black Empire". This is the fifth CD to feature the band's current lineup of Naoto Shibata (bass), Akio Shimizu (guitar), Hiro Homma (drums), and Eizo Sakamoto (vocals). Prior releases include "Seven Hills", "Overload", "Eternal Warrior" and "Immortal". Some of you may recognize both Naoto Shibata ...

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LOUDNESS Issues Update On Drummer MUNETAKA HIGUCHI

Veteran Japanese metallers LOUDNESS — whose drummer Munetaka Higuchi was diagnosed with liver cancer (Hepatocellular Carcinoma) in April 2008 — have issued the following update: "Munetaka Higuchi — who has been receiving medical treatment since April and has so far received two rounds of chemotherapy and an operation to remove part of his liver — ...

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STYGIA Seeking Keyboardist For Debut Album

Boston, Massachusetts-based up-and-coming "shred" guitarist Todd Seitz has issued the following update on the recording sessions for the debut album from his STYGIA project, entitled "Divine Allegiance": "Unfortunately, Mike Pinnella (SYMPHONY X) cannot record keyboards until February due to a busy schedule. I'm forced to seek another keyboardist as this is too long to wait ...

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SYMPHONY X's LEPOND Completes Bass Tracks For STYGIA Debut

Boston, Massachusetts-based up-and-coming "shred" guitarist Todd Seitz has issued the following update on the recording sessions for the debut album from his STYGIA project, entitled "Divine Allegiance": "Mike LePond of SYMPHONY X finished recording his bass tracks earlier this week. I couldn't be happier with his work! The bass tracks are totally killer. I have ...

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METALLICA's LARS ULRICH Breaks Silence On 'Death Magnetic' Sound Quality Controversy

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich has commented on the fan-generated controversy over the audio quality of the group's new album, "Death Magnetic". Several articles from both the mainstream press and recording industry web sites have discussed the album in context of the so-called "Loudness Wars," a term used by UK publication The Guardian, which claims that ...

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LOUDNESS: 'The Legend Of Loudness' Four-Disc DVD Set Out Now

Veteran Japanese metallers LOUDNESS have released a new four-disc DVD set entitled "The Legend Of Loudness - Live Complete Best" in Japan through Tokuma Communications. It features footage spanning the band's entire career — from the early 1980s through 2008 — including the periods when it was fronted by Michael Vescera (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, OBSESSION) and ...

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STYGIA: Album Title Announced

Boston, Massachusetts-based up-and-coming "shred" guitarist Todd Seitz has issued the following update on the recording sessions for the debut album from his STYGIA project: "I'm about to get Mike Vescera a few tracks to start recording vocals. I've written rough melodies in which Mike will improve or fine tune what I've done. Mike LePond has ...

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SYMPHONY X Keyboardist To Guest On STYGIA Debut

Boston, Massachusetts-based up-and-coming "shred" guitarist Todd Seitz has issued the following update on the recording sessions for the debut album from his STYGIA project: "I've made one more lineup change since we had some trouble arranging for Mats Olausson [YNGWIE MALMSTEEN] to make it to the states for keyboard sessions. We didn't expect to have ...

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HAMMERFALL: 'Masterpieces' E-Card Available

On June 27, two new HAMMERFALL releases will see the light of day: a covers CD a collection of all the covers recorded by HAMMERFALL to date plus three new, unreleased ones and a DVD continuing chronicling the band's career. * "Masterpieces" covers CD: 01. Child of the Damned (WARLORD) 02. Ravenlord (STORMWITCH) 03. Eternal ...

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