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POISON Frontman To Perform At COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION Festival

Bret Michaels of POISON fame and occasional country crooner, will perform at CMA Music Festival/Fan Fair Sunday night (June 13) at The Coliseum in Nashville, Tennessee with Capitol Nashville artist Chris Cagle. "This is what CMA Music Festival is all about," said CMA Executive Director Ed Benson. "Exciting and fresh musical collaborations." "The fact that ...

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SOCIETY 1 Begin Recording New Album

SOCIETY 1 will enter NRG Studios in North Hollywood, Ca. on June 13 to begin recording their second, as-yet-untitled Earache album. Having worked with SOCIETY 1 on their Earache debut, "Exit Through Fear", engineer/producer Wade Norton (STATIC-X, ORGY) will be returning to engineer and co-produce the new album. After laying down the basic instrumental tracks ...

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GENE SIMMONS: The 'Asshole' Concept Doesn't Work In Japan

KISS hit Japan Thursday (May 27) for the first of six dates, including a three-night stand at the Budokan Hall in Tokyo. Besides playing live, bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons is also promoting his new solo album "Asshole", which comes out in the U.S. on June 8. Simmons is hosting "Asshole" parties while on tour, but he ...

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KISS: Sydney Show Filmed For Upcoming DVD?

According to KissFanShop.de, KISS are rumored to have had their concert in Sydney, Australia professionally filmed, possibly for a future DVD release. The show, which took place on May 18 at the Enmore Theatre, included a rendition of "Goin' Blind". KISS will launch their Japanese tour on May 27 in Tokyo. They will then hit ...

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KISS: Melbourne Photos Posted Online

Around 200 photos of KISS performing live in Melbourne, Australia have been posted online at this location. KISS played three dates in Melbourne last week as part of their current Australian tour: May 13 and 14 at Rod Laver and May 15 at the Palais. As previously reported, KISS will hit the road ...

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Unsigned Trio ZO2 To Tour U.S. With KISS And POISON

According to a posting on their web site, Brooklyn-based trio ZO2 have secured the prestigious opening slot for this summer's KISS/POISON tour. "This would be an outstanding achievement for any band but the truly remarkable fact is that ZO2 is as yet unsigned," the group write. "The thrill of a relative unknown opening ...

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KISS Schedule 'Rockline' Appearance

KISS will be the featured guests on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" airing Wedneday, June 9. The live show begins at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET, and fans are encouraged to call in with questions during the program at (800) 344-ROCK (7625). To find a station near you, check out

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VH1 Counts Down '100 Most Metal Moments' In Five-Night Special

MOTÖRHEAD, W.A.S.P.'s Blackie Lawless, POISON's Bret Michaels, former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach, ANTHRAX, L.A. GUNS, KISS, ex-MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil, Ronnie James Dio and FASTER PUSSYCAT are among the artists featured in "100 Most Metal Moments", a VH1 special focusing on the "entertaining (and sometimes shocking) moments" that defined heavy metal music's heyday. ...

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KISS: VH1 Special To Air In June

According to KissKollector.com, VH1 is working on a new KISS special, "When Kiss Ruled The World". The one-hour show will air in June, to coincide with the kick-off of KISS' U.S. summer tour with POISON. Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, plus original KISS roadie Peter "Moose" Oreckinto ('73-76), as well as KISS Kollector ...

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CYST: New Song Available For Download

South Florida thrashers CYST have posted a new song for download on their site, www.cystband.com. The track, entitled "Exposure", is set to appear on the band's as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2002's "Concussion Symphony", tentatively due later this year through Hook n Mouth Records. Download the song here. In other news, CYST — ...

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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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Screamo: Extreme Music For Extreme Times?

Jon Wiederhorn of MTV.com has penned an article on a brand-new heavy metal sub-genre dubbed "screamo," a style characterized by "aggressive, chaotic passages flush with larynx-shredding vocals" balanced "with swooping melodies and vocal harmonies." ATREYU, along with a host of other heartbroken, hate-filled noisemongers like BLEEDING THROUGH, FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES, EVERY TIME I DIE, ...

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KISS And POISON To Embark On 'Rock The Nation' U.S. Tour

KISS and POISON will be teaming for the "Rock The Nation" two-month U.S. tour beginning on June 10 in San Antonio, Texas. Commented POISON lead singer Bret Michaels: "Throughout our entire career, we have been headlining, but I look at the opportunity to go on the road with KISS as a complete honor. POISON's set ...

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KISS/POISON: First U.S. Show Announced

The first show has been leaked for KISS' forthcoming U.S. tour with POISON. The two bands will be performing at the Tweeter Center in Tinley Park, Illinois on Friday, July 9. Tickets for the concert are scheduled to go on sale April 25. Additional dates will be announced soon. KISS will kick off an Australian ...

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IN AETERNUM To Release New Mini-CD As A Limited-Edition Digipack

Swedish death/black metallers IN AETERNUM will release their new mini-CD, "No Salvation", in a limited edition of 1,000 copies as a digipack CD. The group, whose last CD, "Nuclear Armageddon", came out a year ago, entered Abyss studio in December to record four new tracks, including "Beasts of the Pentagram", "No Salvation" and "Poison the ...

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TESLA Bassist: Don't Call Us A Glam Band

While TESLA may have toured with POISON at the close of the '80s, bassist Brian Wheat tells Newt Briggs of the Las Vegas Mercury that this certainly doesn't warrant comparison to the two bands musically. "We didn't write songs about fucking our old lady in the back of the car," he explained. "We might have ...

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A Snow-Capped Romance - 36 CRAZYFISTS

The second album from Alaska's 36 CRAZYFISTS starts out strong, with three solid, catchy, and surprisingly powerful tunes in a row. Opener "At The End Of August" is somewhat more in the vein of previous material, yet crackles with power, while the crisp, frantic "Heart And The Shape" sets the table for "Bloodwork", which is ...

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SKITSYSTEM Part Ways With Singer TOMAS LINDBERG

Sweden's SKITSYSTEM have officially parted ways with guitarist/vocalist Tomas Lindberg (ex-AT THE GATES, THE CROWN). "This has solely to do with lack of time, and is a decision made collectively by everyone involved," reads the band's official statement on the matter. "To avoid all rumours that usually surrounds news like this, we would like to ...

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The Forever Endeavor - ENFORSAKEN

These days it's getting harder to distinguish between what is, in essence, pure heavy metal and the melodic end of death metal/extreme metal/whatever hook you want to hang it on. Which, in the name of progression, can only be positive for those in the latter categories like Chicago's ENFORSAKEN. However, if it's "songs" you're looking ...

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