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KISS Conventions: A Carnival of Like-Minded Souls

KISS' official web site has published an advance story from issue No. 5 of the official KISS magazine. Written by Melanie "Sass" Falina, the story focuses on the countless KISS conventions and expos that are regularly held around the world. An excerpt from the article follows: In the vast world of all things KISS, few ...

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ANAAL NATHRAKH Are '70 Percent Done' Recording New Album

British black metallers ANAAL NATHRAKH have posted the following message on their official web site: "ANAAL NATHRAKH are approximately 70% finished with the recording of their new album. The following may help plug the gaping hole between now and its release: Owing to the lack of regard for decency shared by Mordgrimm and Earache Records, ...

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When Worlds Collide - MAROON

In theory, each album should stand on its own without any external factors being weighed in. But there's something intangible that just grabs you when you're hearing the real thing. There's no “conviction" knob on a studio mixing board, but when it oozes from every pore of a record, you feel it, and you know ...

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SHADOWS FALL Drummer Jams With DREAM THEATER In Connecticut

SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bittner has issued the following update: "Last Wednesday (March 29) Matt [Bachand, guitar], Jon [Donais, guitar] (and their ladies) and I headed out to Wallingford, CT to catch the DREAM THEATER 20th anniversary show!! As some of you might now, Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER drummer) invited Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX) up on ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Turn Down Reality TV Gig

Starpulse.com is reporting that JUDAS PRIEST have snubbed the opportunity to appear in a reality TV show because they fear it will cast a shadow over their other achievements. The British heavy metal legends weren't willing to risk being ridiculed, despite the success of shows such as "Rock School" starring KISS bassist Gene ...

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MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO: New Audio Interview Posted Online

TalkingMetal.com has posted episode 53 of their "Talking Metal" podcast. The episode features a brand new interview hosts Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy conducted with legendary guitarist Michael Angelo Batio as well as an interview Ostronomy conducted with Yngwie Malmsteen last fall. In the interview with Batio, topics include the guitarist's "Hands Without Shadows" CD ...

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First Daze Here Too – The Vintage Collection - PENTAGRAM

So you're telling me that we're supposed to shell out money for another odds-and-sods collection of demos from this seminal doom rock band? That disc one, the only seven decently recorded tracks here, contains two covers and a well-loved but already-released gem? And that in the liner notes, drummer/band historian Geof O' Keefe spells out, ...

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GENE SIMMONS To Appear On 'Wind Tunnel'

Gene Simmons, co-founder of the rock band KISS and recent addition to the IndyCar Series marketing effort, will be Dave Despain's featured guest on "Wind Tunnel" this Sunday (March 19) on SPEED at 9 p.m. ET, according to PaddockTalk.com. As one of the most recognizable rock stars in history, Simmons and his marketing company have ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Begin Recording New Album

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD guitarist Jed Simon has issued the following update on the recording process for the group's follow-up to last year's "Alien": "Got most everything done on drums [on Tuesday, March 7]... Gene [Hoglan] will amaze you, as usual, with some sick drumming! [On Wednesday, March 8] we finish up at the Armoury, check ...

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