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LOUDNESS To Release New Live DVD In August

Legendary Japanese metallers LOUDNESS wil be releasing a new DVD, tentatively titled "Loudness Liveshocks World Circult 2006 - North US Tour" on August 23. The disc will feature footage from the band's North American tour, which took place earlier in the year. More information will be made available soon. Crash Music Inc. recently released LOUDNESS' ...

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OBSESSION: New Audio Samples Available For Download

Reunited classic early '80s metal band OBSESSION have uploaded audio samples from their long-awaited follow-up to 1987's "Methods of Madness", entitled "Carnival of Lies", at their official web site. Among the samples available for preview is a full-length MP3 the album's projected title track, which features Swedish guitar sensation Robert Marcello (DANGER DANGER, ...

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SEVEN WITCHES Guitarist Reflects On W.A.S.P. Tour

SEVEN WITCHES guitarist Jack Frost has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Well, we're back from this amazing W.A.S.P. tour. Without a doubt, it was killer. We made so many new friends. To all of you, thanks for everything and we'll see ya soon! "I wanted to make a post earlier, ...

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ION VEIN Part Ways With Label

Chicago-based prog/power metallers ION VEIN have parted ways with the U.K.'s Now and Then Records. The groups's mainman Chris Lotesto commented, "What could have been a very promising relationship ending up being nothing more than a complete joke! We still have no idea what happened with our last album, 'Reigning Memories', as the label would ...

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OBSESSION: Brand New Song Available For Download

Reunited classic early '80s metal band OBSESSION have uploaded a full-length MP3 of the title cut from their long-awaited follow-up to 1987's "Methods of Madness", entitled "Carnival of Lies", at their official web site. The track, which features Swedish guitar sensation Robert Marcello (DANGER DANGER, IRONHORSE) and Boston based neo-classical shred-god Joe Stump (REIGN OF ...

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LOUDNESS Frontman To Release New Solo Album This Week

LOUDNESS frontman Minoru Niihara will release his new solo album, "Ashes to Glory", on February 22 in Japan via Tokuma Japan Communications. The album was produced by Niihara and Wyn Davis and features guest appearances by drummer Vinny Appice (DIO, BLACK SABBATH) and bassist Jeff Pilson (DIO, DOKKEN). "Ashes to Glory" (view cover

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Reunited OBSESSION To Release 'Carnival Of Lies' This Spring

Reunited classic early '80s metal band OBSESSION have set "Carnival of Lies" (cover artwork) as the title of their long-awaited follow-up to 1987's "Methods of Madness", tentatively due this spring via an as-yet-undsiclosed label. Original members Michael Vescera (vocals; ex-LOUDNESS, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, MVP) and Jay Mezias (drums; HANDS OF STONE, WORLDPAIN) have recruited ...

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LOUDNESS: 'Live In Seoul' DVD Now Available

Legendary Japanese metallers LOUDNESS have just released a new live DVD, entitled "Live In Seoul 2005 12 03 - Official Bootleg DVD Series Two" (view cover here). As the title suggests, the DVD was filmed in Seoul, Korea on December 3, 2005. The complete track listing for the set is as follows: 01. ...

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OBSESSION: New Material To Feature 'Absolutely Incredible' All-Star Lineup

Reunited classic early '80s metal band OBSESSION have been working hard the last two years to try and get new material released. Original members Michael Vescera (vocals; ex-LOUDNESS, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, MVP) and Jay Mezias (drums; HANDS OF STONE, WORLDPAIN) have recruited Swedish guitar sensation Robert Marcello (DANGER DANGER, IRONHORSE), Boston based neo-classical shred-god Joe Stump ...

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LOUDNESS: More North American Dates Announced

Veteran Japanese metallers LOUDNESS have lined up the following North American dates as part of their 25th Anniversary Tour: Mar. 18 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theater Mar. 19 - Hollywood, CA @ Key Club Mar. 26 - New York, NY @ B.B. King's Mar. 31 - Hartford, Ct @ Webster Theatre/Underground Mar. 29 ...

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MAYHEM: Hungarian, Asian Tour Dates Announced

Norwegian black metallers MAYHEM have lined up the following dates during the coming months: Dec. 10 - Budapest, HUN @ TBA Jan. 29 - Bangkok, THA @ Hollywood Awards Hall (w/ SURRENDER OF DIVINITY, IRONFIST) Feb. 03 - Taipei, TWN @ Huashan Arts District (w/ CHTHONIC) Feb. 04 - Kuala Lumpur, MYS @ Backroom (w/ ...

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LOUDNESS: New York City Show Announced

Veteran Japanese metallers LOUDNESS have lined up a rare New York City show on March 26, 2006 at B.B. King's as part of their 25th Anniversary Tour. More dates are expected to be announced soon. LOUDNESS recently released a compilation CD, entitled "The Best of Reunion". The 14-song set includes one brand-new track, "Jack", alongside ...

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EXODUS Confirm Guitarist RICK HUNOLT's Departure

As BLABBERMOUTH.NET exclusively reported on June 13, long-running San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS have now officially confirmed the departure of guitarist Rick Hunolt. Guitarist Gary Holt's statement on the matter — as posted on the group's official forum — reads as follows: "First, let me apologize for my absence here at the ...

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EARTHSHAKER FEST Photos Posted Online

A number of high-quality photos from this year's Earthshaker Fest have been uploaded at www.metalchroniques.com. Featured bands include: MANOWAR CHILDREN OF BODOM DESTRUCTION DIMMU BORGIR GRAVE DIGGER HOLLYHELL HYPOCRISY JBO LOUDNESS MASTERPLAN NIGHTWISH PRIMAL FEAR RHAPSODY STORMWARRIOR (with Kai Hansen) A three-day event (including the opening-night party), Earthshaker Fest took place July 21-23 ...

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LOUDNESS To Release 'The Battleship Musashi' EP

Long-running Japanese metallers LOUDNESS will release a new EP, entitled "The Battleship Musashi", in Japan on August 17. The complete track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. The Battleship Musashi 02. Wolfgang Amadeus 03. More Than Machine 04. The Battleship Musashi (instrumental) As previously reported, LOUDNESS have inked a European deal with Drakkar ...

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ROUGH SILK: In Songwriting Mode

Singer Ferdy Doernberg of the German epic/melodic metallers ROUGH SILK has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "Not so much new in the ROUGH SILK headquarters. We're writing songs and also rehearsing more songs for the live set. "I'm busy producing the new album of the ska/punk-band BAD NENNDORF BOYS. I ...

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IMPERIA Replace EDENBRIDGE At France's RAISMESFEST

IMPERIA, the new band fronted by former TRAIL OF TEARS singer Helena Iren Michaelsen, have replaced EDENBRIDGE on the billing of this year's Raismesfest, set to take place September 10-11 in Raismes, France. The festival schedule is now shaping up as follows: Saturday, September 10: SONATA ARCTICA LOUDNESS MANIGANCE NIGHTMARE DRAGONFORCE IMPERIA OXEES Sunday, September ...

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FORCE OF EVIL And POWERGOD Confirmed For Germany's EARTHSHAKER FEST

FORCE OF EVIL, POWERGOD and HAEMOTOM have been confirmed for this year's Earthshaker Fest, a three-day event (including the opening-night party) set to take place July 21-23 in Geiselwind, Germany. Meanwhile, FEINSTEIN (the new band featuring former THE RODS frontman/ELF guitarist David "Rock" Feinstein, ROYAL HUNT singer John West, and ex-FOGHAT/THE OUTLAWS bassist Jeff Howell) ...

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MERCENARY Confirmed For Germany's EARTHSHAKER FEST

Danish metallers MERCENARY have been confirmed for this year's Earthshaker Fest, a three-day event (including the opening-night party) set to take place July 21-23 in Geiselwind, Germany. MERCENARY will perform on Friday, July 22. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: MANOWAR (feat. Christopher Lee, incl. orchestra & choir performance) NIGHTWISH TESTAMENT RHAPSODY (feat. ...

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FINNTROLL Confirmed For EARTHSHAKER FEST Opening Night Concert

Finland's FINNTROLL have been confirmed for the special opening night of this year's Earthshaker Fest on Thursday, July 21 in Geiselwind, Germany. Other groups scheduled to perform on the opening night are TURISAS, JUSTICE, HOLY HELL and one other "surprise" act. Fans who have purchased a two-day combination ticket will have free entry to the ...

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PRIMAL FEAR, DRAGONLORD, LOUDNESS Confirmed For Germany's EARTHSHAKER FEST

PRIMAL FEAR, DRAGONLORD, LOUDNESS and MACHINE MEN have been confirmed for Earthshaker Fest 2005, a two-day event set to take place July 22-23 in Geiselwind, Germany. The billing for the festival is shaping up as follows: AFTER FOREVER BLUDGEON CAGE DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER DISBELIEF DRAGONLORD EVIDENCE ONE EXILIA FEINSTEIN GRAVE DIGGER GRAVEWORM HOLYHELL HYPOCRISY J.B.O. ...

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