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MEKONG DELTA: New Singer Announced

Legendary German progressive thrash outfit MEKONG DELTA has recruited Leo Szpigiel (ANGEL DUST, CROWS, SCANNER, DUKE) to sing on its upcoming "comeback" album. MEKONG DELTA guitarist Peter Sjöberg (also known as Peter Lake from THEORY IN PRACTICE) recently finished recording the guitar parts for the CD, which is expected to include an adaptation of the ...

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EXCALION: 'Waterlines' Release Date Announced

Finnish symphonic power metallers EXCALION will release their new album, "Waterlines" (view artwork at this location), in Europe on March 2 2007 via Limb Music. The follow-up to 2005's "Primal Exhale" was recorded and mixed at Watercastle studio by Arttu Sarvanne and will feature the following track listing: 01. Wingman 02. Life on ...

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EXCALION Signs With LIMB MUSIC

Finnish symphonic power metallers EXCALION have inked a worldwide licensing deal with Limb Music for the release of their new album, "Waterlines". The follow-up to 2005's "Primal Exhale" was recorded and mixed at Watercastle studio by Arttu Sarvanne and is scheduled for release in February 2007. "Waterlines" (view artwork at this location) track ...

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MEKONG DELTA: Recording Update

MEKONG DELTA guitarist Peter Sjöberg (also known as Peter Lake from THEORY IN PRACTICE) has finished the basic guitar parts for the band's upcoming album and will now concentrate on solos and add-ons. The vocal arrangements are ready, but the legendary German progressive thrash outfit has not yet found a suitable singer and will be ...

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EXCALION: 'Waterlines' Artwork Revealed

Finnish symphonic power metallers EXCALION have posted the cover artwork for their new album, "Waterlines", at this location. The follow-up to 2005's "Primal Exhale" was recorded and mixed at Watercastle studio by Arttu Sarvanne and is scheduled for relase before the end of the year via Sound Riot Records. "Waterlines" track listing: 01. ...

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MEKONG DELTA: New Album Recording Update

MEKONG DELTA guitarist Peter Sjöberg (also known as Peter Lake from THEORY IN PRACTICE) has finished recording more that half of the basic guitar parts for the band's upcoming album. Orchestration has been finished and it seems that the basic tracks should be completed by the end of this month. MEKONG DELTA has yet to ...

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Drummer ULI KUSCH Quits MASTERPLAN

Drummer Uli Kusch (ex-HELLOWEEN) has left MASTERPLAN, the German melodic metal band he formed with guitarist Roland Grapow. An official announcement on the matter is expected shortly. MASTERPLAN recently began recording its third album — the group's first without singer Jorn Lande, who announced his departure in early May. The band's final show with Lande ...

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MEKONG DELTA: New Album Update

Mainman/bassist Ralf Hubert of the legendary German progressive thrash outfit MEKONG DELTA has issued the following update on the progress of the recording sessions for the group's new album: "Uli [Kusch, drums; MASTERPLAN, ex-HELLOWEEN] has finished recording the drums and did an excellent job. So the drums are done. The last two weekends I spent ...

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OZZFEST, SLAYER, ROB ZOMBIE, ANTHRAX Concert Attendance Figures Revealed

The following are a few select recent heavy metal/hard rock concert attendance figures, as reported by Billboard magazine: Artist/Event: OZZFEST City/State: Phoenix, AZ Venue: Cricket Pavilion Date: 7/7/06 Attendance: 15,598 Capacity: 20,234 Artist/Event: OZZFEST City/State: Auburn, WA Venue: White River Amphitheatre Date: 6/29/06 Attendance: 15,876 Capacity: 19,532 Artist/Event: OZZFEST City/State: Camden, NJ Venue: Tweeter Center ...

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MASTERPLAN Begins Recording New Album

MASTERPLAN members Uli Kusch (drums) and Roland Grapow (guitar; both ex-HELLOWEEN) have started the recordings for the band's third album. According to a posting on Kusch's web site, a replacement for singer Jorn Lande, who announced his departure from the group in early May, will be confirmed soon. The band's final show with Lande took ...

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NEIL TURBIN'S DEATHRIDERS Confirmed For MEXICALI METAL FESTIVAL

NEIL TURBIN'S DEATHRIDERS, the new band fronted by original ANTHRAX vocalist Neil Turbin, has been confirmed for the Mexicali Metal Festival, set to take place September 9 in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. Also scheduled to appear are CAGE and DREAMS OF DAMNATION. As previously reported, NEIL TURBIN'S DEATHRIDERS will perform at the Burning Star Festival, ...

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Ex-HELLOWEEN Drummer KUSCH Rejoins MEKONG DELTA

Former HELLOWEEN and current MASTERPLAN drummer Uli Kusch has rejoined legendary German progressive thrash outfit MEKONG DELTA as the replacement for Peter Haas (ex-KROKUS, POLTERGEIST), who is reportedly too busy to take part in the new album recording sessions. Kusch is no stranger to MEKONG DELTA, having previously played with the band on their 1988 ...

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DARK TRANQUILLITY Explain Raleigh Concert Cancellation

Sweden's DARK TRANQUILLITY have posted the following explanation regarding the cancellation of their appearance at the first show of the group's North American tour with OPETH on Wednesday (Feb. 15) in Raleigh, North Carolina: "As most of you have heard, we didn't play the first gig of the tour due to a missed flight in ...

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THEORY IN PRACTICE Guitarist Joins MEKONG DELTA

Mainman Ralf Hubert of the legendary German progressive thrash outfit MEKONG DELTA is in the process of putting together a new lineup for the group. Joining the bassist in the band's current incarnation are returning drummer Peter Haas (ex-KROKUS, POLTERGEIST) and guitarist Peter Sjöberg (also known as Peter Lake from THEORY IN PRACTICE). A suitable ...

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Amerijuanican - BONGZILLA

Give me bands like WEEDEATER and BONGZILLA any day of the week and I'll slurp up those over-amplified, down-tuned fuzz tones, scarred-throat vocals, and sludgified mania like a jailed militant who just ended a hunger strike. I didn't know that WEEDEATER vocalist/bassist Dixie Dave Collins had contributed his four-string volume terror to "Amerijuanican" until I ...

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TESTAMENT's New Recording Studio Is Haunted

TESTAMENT manager Phil Arnold of Thrill Entertainment has issued the following update on the band's current and upcoming activities: "In prepping for the next studio album, TESTAMENT re-opened its Driftwood Studios at a new location. They had shut down the Oakland industrial-area site when Chuck Billy [vocals] was going through his eventually-successful cancer treatments. With ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE To Perform For PRINCE CHARLES

Scotsman.com is reporting that Ozzy Osbourne will perform at this year's Royal Variety show, it was announced today. The rocker — who grappled with a burglar at his Surrey mansion earlier this week — will give his only U.K. performance of the year. Wife Sharon will also take the stage at the event, held at ...

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