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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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'Heavy Metal Box' Animated Product Shot Available

An animated product shot for the upcoming "Heavy Metal Box" (due on October 2 via Rhino Records) can be viewed below. The four-disc, 70-song set boasts classic tracks from IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, MOTÖRHEAD and SLAYER, among dozens of others. Arranged chronologically from 1968 to 1991, the compilation also boasts hits from bands like DEEP ...

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Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, ANNIHILATOR Members Join Forces In STYGIA

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, will be releasing completed demo tracks later this month. The material has already ...

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OBSESSION Signs With MAUSOLEUM RECORDS

Reunited classic early '80s metal band OBSESSION has inked a new deal with Mausoleum Records. The group's first release through the label will be a reissue of their 2006 CD, "Carnival of Lies", featuring new artwork and the bonus tracks "Panic in the Streets" (previously only available on the Avalon release in Japan) ...

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GRAVE DIGGER Guitarist: 'Take Care Of Your Ears!'

GRAVE DIGGER guitarist Manni Schmidt has posted the following message on his web site: "Time goes by fast… The tour [with THERION] is completed and on Tuesday we go to Russia to perform three shows — Ekaterienburg, Krasnodar and Moscow. The rest of the tour was as brilliant as the shows I reported on earlier. ...

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LOUDNESS: 'Complete Box' Now Available

Long-running Japanese metal band LOUDNESS has just released 25th-anniversary box set in Japan, entitled "Loudness Complete Box" (cover), featuring their complete Columbia Records catalog. The package includes the following albums: "The Birthday Eve" (1981), "Devil Soldier" (1982), "The Law Of Devil's Land" (1983), "Disillusion" (Japanese and English versions) (1984), "Thunder In The East" ...

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REIGN OF TERROR, BLUDGEON, HYDROGYN Confirmed For Mexico's MONTERREY METAL FEST

REIGN OF TERROR (featuring guitarist Joe Stump and ex-LOUDNESS/YNGWIE MALMSTEEN vocalist Mike Vescera), BLUDGEON, HYDROGYN, VAINGLORY, MALIGNO, DIMENSION, SOULS ON FIRE, SOLITUDE, MULUC PAX and PENTAGRAM have been confirmed as the second-stage performers at the 2006 Monterrey Metal Fest, set to be held on Saturday, November 18 at the Coca Cola Auditorium in the city ...

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OBSESSION Schedules CD-Release Party In Connecticut

Reunited classic early '80s metal band OBSESSION has scheduled a CD-release party for their new album, "Carnival of Lies", on October 13 at Daniel's Street in Milford, Connecticut. OBSESSION released its long-awaited follow-up to 1987's "Methods of Madness" this past summer via Metal Mayhem in the U.S. and Avalon in Japan. The Japanese version includes ...

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LOUDNESS' HIGUCHI Issues Collection Of Drum Solos

LOUDNESS drummer Munetaka Higuchi has just released a live CD compilation of drum solos he has performed in concert over the years. The track listing is as follows: 01. Drum Solo (from "Live-Loud-Alive" - Shibuya Kokaido, Tokyo, Nov. 2, 1983) 02. Drum Solo (from "Live In Tokyo - Lightning Strikes" - Yoyogi Olympic Pool, April ...

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LOUDNESS: New Live DVD Track Listing, Artwork Revealed

Japanese metallers LOUDNESS will release new live DVD, entitled "Loudness in America 06: Live Shocks World Circuit 2006 Chapter 1", on August 23. The disc will feature footage from the band's North American tour, which took place earlier in the year. "Loudness in America 06: Live Shocks World Circuit 2006 Chapter 1" (view cover

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