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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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SYMPHONY X Bassist To Guest On STYGIA Debut

STYGIA mainman/guitarist Todd Seitz has issued the following update: "Michael LePond of SYMPHONY X will now be recording bass tracks on the upcoming STYGIA album. I'm sure his contribution to the album will be outstanding as he is part of the best progressive metal band in the business. I'm very lucky to have him take ...

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STYGIA: New Lineup Announced

STYGIA mainman/guitarist Todd Seitz has announced the recording lineup for the band's forthcoming album which will be tracked this summer. It is as follows: Michael Vescera (ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, LOUDNESS) - Vocals Mats Olausson (ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) - Keyboards Chris McCarvill (HOUSE OF LORDS, ex-JEFF SCOTT SOTO) - Bass Todd Seitz - Guitar John Macaluso (ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, ...

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HAMMERFALL Announces New Guitarist

Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL have recruited guitarist Pontus Norgren (THE POODLES, TALISMAN, GREAT KING RAT) to replace Stefan Elmgren, who left the in early April to focus on his new career as a pilot. "Pontus is a fantastic guitar player with musical roots in ACCEPT and neo-classical metal," commented HAMMERFALL drummer Anders Johansson. "I have known ...

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MOTRHEAD's LEMMY Refuses To Turn It Down

MOTRHEAD mainman Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister has told Times Online that he would resist any attempt to force him to turn down the music as part of Scotland's new control of noise at work regulations, introduced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following a Brussels (European Union) directive. "The essence of rock 'n' ...

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HAMMERFALL: New DVD, Covers Album Due In June

On June 27, two new HAMMERFALL releases will see the light of day: a DVD continuing chronicling the band's career, and a covers CD a collection of all the covers recorded by HAMMERFALL to date plus three new, unreleased ones. Incidentally, this will be guitarist Stefan Elmgren's last release with HAMMERFALL. * "Rebels With A ...

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LOUDNESS Taps DED CHAPLIN Drummer For Japanese Dates

Kozo Suganuma, drummer for one of the most popular fusion bands in Japan, FRAGILE and a former member of DED CHAPLIN (featuring LOUDNESS singer Minoru Niihara), has been tapped to fill in for LOUDNESS drummer Munetaka Higuchi for the latter group's previously announced Japanese dates. Higuchi was hospitalized on April 7 and is currently undergoing ...

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LOUDNESS Drummer Diagnosed With Liver Cancer

LOUDNESS drummer Munetaka Higuchi was diagnosed with liver cancer (Hepatocellular Carcinoma) earlier this month, according to Japanese media reports. He is still in the hospital, where he has been undergoing radiotherapy for HCC. LOUDNESS will play the three previously announced Japanese dates with a replacement drummer, whose name hasn't been revealed yet. After those gigs, ...

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OBSESSION: 'Carnival Of Lies' Reissued With Bonus Tracks

Reunited classic early '80s metal band OBSESSION has had its 2006 CD, "Carnival of Lies", re-released through Mausoleum Records on February 12, 2008. This reissue features new artwork and the bonus tracks "Panic in the Streets" (previously only available on the Avalon release in Japan) and "Judas". The album's title track features Swedish guitar sensation ...

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LOUDNESS: Another 'Metal Mad' Sample Available

An audio sample of another new LOUDNESS track, entitled "Can't Find My Way", has been posted on the group's official web site. Also available are previously released samples of the songs "Fire Of Spirit" and "Metal Mad". A video for the track "Metal Mad" can be viewed below. LOUDNESS' new album, "Metal Mad", ...

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LOUDNESS: New Video Posted Online

Veteran Japanese metallers LOUDNESS have posted the video for the title track of their new album, "Metal Mad", on YouTube. Audio samples of two tracks from the CD have been posted on the band's official web site. "Metal Mad" is scheduled for release in Japan on February 20 through Tokuma Communications. ...

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STYGIA Featuring Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, ANNIHILATOR Members: Demo Tracks Available

STYGIA, the band featuring vocalist Mike Vescera (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, LOUDNESS, OBSESSION), drummer Mike Mangini (STEVE VAI, EXTREME, ANNIHILATOR), keyboardist Vitalij Kuprij (ARTENSION, RING OF FIRE), bassist Chris McCarvill (HOUSE OF LORDS, X FACTOR X, JEFF SCOTT SOTO, OBSESSION) and guitarist Todd Seitz, has posted three demo tracks on its MySpace page. Check out the songs ...

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Former LOUDNESS/EZO Frontman Featured On FIRESIGN Album

Masaki Yamada, former frontman for FLATBACKER, EZO and LOUDNESS, is featured on the self-produced album from the New York city-based project FIRESIGN, entitled "Anger Management". Masaki alternates between bassist and guitarist for several tracks on the album, which features the vocal talents of hard rock hellion from Hiroshima, Aya. The overall theme of the album, ...

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