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Ex-MEGADETH Members, WATCHTOWER Guitarist To Perform At WORLD GUITAR CONGRESS

SPASTIC INK/WATCHTOWER guitarist Ron Jarzombek is once again hooking up with fellow guitarist Marty Friedman (ex-MEGADETH, CACOPHONY) following last year's "Guitarevolution" tour. The MARTY FRIEDMAN solo band, also featuring bassist/vocalist Chris Catero (RAZER, ex-WARDOG) and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (ex-MEGADETH, Y&T), will appear in concert at the "World Guitar Congress" on Tuesday June 8 in Baltimore, ...

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Former TWO HIT CREEPER Members Launch THE UNHEARD OF

Former TWO HIT CREEPER members Jim (guitar) and Mike (vocals) have formed a new band called THE UNHEARD OF. "Like we said a year and a half ago when we ended TWO HIT CREEPER, this band is pure unadulterated rock with influences stemming from LED ZEPPELIN, GN'R, STP, ALICE IN CHAINS, BLACK SABBATH and RAINBOW," ...

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ICED EARTH: Japanese Tour Postponed

ICED EARTH have been forced to postpone their previously announced Japanese tour due to the recent departure of drummer Richard Christy. "Though we tried everything in our power to keep this from happening we have no other alternative," ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer writes on the group's web site. The affected dates are as follows: ...

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PHANTOMBOLA To Support EDGUY In Australia

Australia's PHANTOMBOLA (PTB) have completed work on their debut full-length album, "Harvest". The track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Filter 02. Die4u 03. Timing 04. Dejavu 05. Let Me Out 06. Fade Away 07. Warriors 08. Lean 09. Aunti Lenni 10. Disremember Audio samples from the CD can be heard via the ...

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GLENN HUGHES, TESLA Confirmed For BOLINFEST 2004

Former DEEP PURPLE/BLACK SABBATH singer Glenn Hughes will once again play the BolinFest in Clear Lake, Iowa this Summer. It will be the event's 11th year of celebrating the memory of late DEEP PURPLE guitarist Tommy Bolin. It all takes place on the weekend of Friday, July 30 and Saturday, July 31, 2004 at the ...

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WYKKED WYTCH: Florida Dates Announced

Florida's WYKKED WYTCH will be doing several South Florida shows in May before returning to Europe in the summer to support their new album, "Nefret". The group's third full-length album, "Nefret" was just released in Europe this month through Demolition/Dreamcatcher Records after much delay. "Nefret" was recorded at Studio 13 and was produced by Jeremy ...

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OVERLORDE Sign With CULT METAL CLASSICS

American power metal band OVERLORDE have inked a deal with Greece's Cult Metal Classics. The band are tentatively set to enter the recording studio in July to record the 12-song, 60-minute effort titled "Return Of The Snow Giant". This will be the first-ever full-length release by the band, whose reputation is based on its five-song ...

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Prophecy - SOULFLY

The metal world was shocked last year when SOULFLY frontman Max Cavalera effectively fired his entire band, but then again, SOULFLY had never been what one could call a stable entity. Unlike Cavalera's previous band, SEPULTURA, SOULFLY has been squarely his sole vision, with any other musicians seeming more or less like hired hands. This ...

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HEIR APPARENT Announce New Drummer, Begin Work On New Material

American prog-metal legends HEIR APPARENT have announced the addition of former NIGHTSHADE drummer Jeffrey McCormack to the group's ranks. The band are currently working on material for their first studio effort in nearly a decade, and will be performing a few shows stateside before the disc is released. The group's current lineup is as follows: ...

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SKINLAB Part Ways With Drummer And Guitarist, Seek Replacements

SKINLAB bassist/vocalist Steev Esquivel has issued the following update on the band's activities: "Hey there everyone. Sorry it's been awhile since the last official update. Even though we've been laying low since the completion of the Jagermusic tour with SLAYER, HATEBREED and our labelmates ARCH ENEMY, there has been a lot going on in the ...

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RESPONSE NEGATIVE To Open For EXODUS In Florida

RESPONSE NEGATIVE, the Florida-based death/thrash metal band featuring former OVERKILL/GRIP INC. guitarist Bobby Gustafson, will be opening for EXODUS at The Culture Room in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on Wednesday, April 28. Also set to appear are SAQ and KRYPTIC KURSE. In other news, RESPONSE NEGATIVE's music will be featured on the upcoming "Get Thrashed" soundtrack, ...

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RESPONSE NEGATIVE: CD-Release Party Scheduled

RESPONSE NEGATIVE, the Florida-based death/thrash metal band featuring former OVERKILL/GRIP INC. guitarist Bobby Gustafson, will be holding a CD-release party on Saturday, April 10 at The Kelsey Club in Lake Park (near West Palm Beach), Florida. Also appearing on the bill will be 5 BILLION DEAD, STILL KEPT, EVERSINCE EVE and DEMENXIA. RESPONSE NEGATIVE's recently ...

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ROBERT PLANT Makes Surprise Appearance At LIZARDS/VANILLA FUDGE Gig

According to ElectricBasement.com, legendary LED ZEPPELIN frontman Robert Plant made a guest appearance at a LIZARDS/VANILLA FUDGE U.K. gig last week. On March 13, at the Rock Cafe 2000 in Stourbridge, Plant joined THE LIZARDS (featuring drummer Bobby Rondinelli of RAINBOW/BLACK SABBATH fame) and VANILLA FUDGE during an encore featuring both bands onstage together. Plant ...

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SPASTIC INK: Prepare To Have Your Minds Melted!

Acclaimed San Antonio, Texas prog/tech metal triumvirate SPASTIC INK, featuring guitarist/composer Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER, GORDIAN KNOT), bassist Pete Perez (RIOT), and drummer Bobby Jarzombek (HALFORD, RIOT, PAINMUSEUM) have set a March 23 release date via EclecticElectric for the their long awaited sophomore album, "Ink Compatible". Japan and South East Asia will follow on April 21 ...

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Former HALFORD Guitarist Offers PAINMUSEUM Update

Former HALFORD/current PAINMUSEUM guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak has issued the following update on his recent and upcoming activities: "Greetings everyone .... some news from the PAINMUSEUM enemy lines. "Wanted to confirm that PAINMUSEUM will be performing Saturday, March 13th at the NJ March Metal Meltdown VI. The official site for this event www.metalfest.com had the ...

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Magazine: OZZY To 'Bite The Dust' In Nine Years

Ozzy Osbourne will live another nine years before "biting the dust," according to a magazine report. In the Blender magazine article "When Will Your Favorite Rock Star Die?", out on newsstands next week, gerontologist Dr. David Demko attempts to project the death dates of musicians, based on their lifestyles. Whitney Houston gains five for being ...

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SPASTIC INK To Release Sophomore Album In April

Acclaimed San Antonio, Texas-based prog/tech metal triumvirate SPASTIC INK, featuring guitarist/composer Ron Jarzombek, bassist Pete Perez, and drummer Bobby Jarzombek, have signed a deal with Marquee Inc. for the release of their long-awaited sophomore album, "Ink Compatible". Marquee will handle Japan and most Southeast Asian territories while the rest of the world will be covered ...

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HEIR APPARENT: Live Video Posted Online

Seattle-based metallers HEIR APPARENT have posted a video clip of the song "Just Imagine", recorded on January 24 during the band's appearance at the Seattle PowerProg Festival. Check it out here. HEIR APPARENTPeter Orullian (vocals), Bobby Ferkovich (bass), Op Sakiya (keyboards) and Terry Gorle (guitar) — are currently auditioning drummers who ...

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PAINMUSEUM Confirmed For MARCH METAL MELTDOWN VI

PAINMUSEUM, the aggressive metal outfit featuring former HALFORD members "Metal" Mike Chlasciak (guitar) and Bobby Jarzombek (drums) have been officially confirmed for the March Metal Meltdown VI festival, set to take place March 12-13 at Cricket Club in Irvington, New Jersey. The band will perform selections from their up-coming debut disc, "Metal For Life - ...

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RESPONSE NEGATIVE: New Soundclip Posted Online

RESPONSE NEGATIVE, the Florida-based death/thrash metal band featuring former OVERKILL/GRIP INC. guitarist Bobby Gustafson, have posted a soundclip of their new track "Silent Son" at this location. "Silent Son" comes off the group's recently completed five-song EP, which was recorded at Studio 13 with producer Jeremy Staska and mastered by Mike Fuller. The ...

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Report: DAVID LEE ROTH To Get His Own Vegas Show

The adult revue "X" co-producer Angela Sampras tells The Las Vegas Sun that she and partner Bobby Boling are not looking to incorporate former VAN HALEN frontman David Lee Roth into their existing show, as the paper had earlier reported. "We are creating a whole new show for David," Sampras said. And regarding Roth's poorly ...

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MARILYN MANSON, MAYHEM Among 'Craziest' Rockers Of All Time

MARILYN MANSON and Norwegian black metallers MAYHEM were included in a list of the "100 most insane moments in rock" released last week by British music magazine Q. Topping the list was the late WHO drummer Keith Moon, who was singled out for a life of excess that included countless drug-fueled brawls, a food fight ...

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