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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Begin Writing Material For New Album

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD drummer Gene Hoglan has posted the following tour update at the band's official web site: "What's happening? We're pulling into Tulsa, Oklahoma, and I've got my eyes peeled for that 900 ft. Jesus. I don't see anything. But hey man, if Jesus saves, I'd like to know where he shops... "Our three ...

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MESSIAH'S KISS Putting Finishing Touches On 'Dragonheart'

MESSIAH'S KISS, the German/American/British metal act featuring current RIOT touring singer Mike Tirelli (HOLY MOTHER, BURNING STARR), have completed al the instrumental recordings for their third album, "Dragonheart", at Arena 20 studios in Hannover, Germany with producer Herman Frank (VICTORY, ACCEPT). Commented the band: "The recordings worked out pretty well, and we already reached 100 ...

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MANOWAR Schedule Greek Dates

Heavy Metal giants MANOWAR will play two dates in Greece this coming March as part of the band's "Demons, Dragons & Warriors Tour 2005-2006". This information was confirmed by both the Greek concert-promotion company Neo Revma and the offficial Greek MANOWAR fan club. The "Demons, Dragons & Warriors" tour will also include Italian power metallers ...

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RIOT: Spanish Tour Dates Announced

Veteran hard rockers RIOT have lined up the following dates in March/April: Mar. 17 - Palencia, SPA @ Carabel Mar. 18 - Bilbao, SPA @ Santana 27 Mar. 19 - Madrid, SPA @ Caracol Apr. 08 - Lauda-Königshofen, GER @ Tauberfrankenhalle As previously reported, RIOT were recently joined for several shows (including a Japanese tour ...

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GRAHAM BONNET: Guest Appearances Galore

Legendary hard rock vocalist Graham Bonnet's (RAINBOW, MSG, ALCATRAZZ) official web site has been updated with the following message: "We are pleased to announce that Lion Music has released IAIN ASHLEY HERSEY's studio album 'The Holy Grail', featuring Graham on three songs: 'The Holy Grail', 'Going Down' and 'Walking The Talk'. The CD is now ...

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HOLY MOSES: Complete Reissue Schedule Announced

Long-running German thrashers HOLY MOSES had their early albums "Finished with the Dogs" (1987) and "The New Machine of Liechtenstein" (1989) reissued through Armageddon Music in August. The CDs were digitally re-mastered and were released in the jewel-case format, with full booklets, lyrics, liner notes, modified artwork and never-before-seen photos of HOLY MOSES and the ...

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SADUS: New Song Posted Online

A brand-new SADUS track, entitled "Sick", has been posted online at www.myspace.com/sadus. The song comes off the long-running San Francisco Bay Area thrashers' upcoming album, "Out for Blood", due in early February via Holland's Mascot Records. The follow-up to 1997's "Elements of Anger", "Out for Blood" was recorded at Trident Studios in California ...

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Holy Hell - ROB ROCK

Thanks to labels like SPV and Candlelight, albums like "Holy Hell" that would have once been consigned to import purgatory are seeing the light of day in the USA (albeit months after their release elsewhere). And thank the metal gods for it! Former IMPELLITTERI and AXEL RUDI PELL vocal powerhouse Rob Rock follows in the ...

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MESSIAH'S KISS Hard At Work On New Album

MESSIAH'S KISS, the German/American/British metal act featuring current RIOT touring singer Mike Tirelli (HOLY MOTHER, BURNING STARR), have entered Arena 20 studios in Hannover, Germany with producer Herman Frank (VICTORY, ACCEPT) to begin work on their third album, "Dragonheart", for a spring 2006 release. The band are recording the follow-up to 2004's "Metal" as a ...

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ROB ROCK, NARNIA To Team Up For Tour

Powerhouse heavy metal vocalist Rob Rock's (ex-IMPELLITTERI, DRIVER, JOSHUA) official web site has been updated with the following message: "After the very successful double headlining festival date at Metalfest in Germany, ROB ROCK and [Sweden's] NARNIA have decided to offer this double headlining tour package to all promoters, festival organizers and concert promoters worldwide. This ...

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ZAKK WYLDE: 'DIMEBAG Was Proof That God Exists'

Aaron Beck of The Columbus Dispatch recently conducted an interview with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY mainman Zakk Wylde. A few excerpts from the chat follow: On his children: "My daughter, Ray Ray (Hayle Ray), is 13. (My) drinkin' problem is definitely escalating. "There's Jesse. Ozzy's the godfather of him. That was a good day in Church. ...

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RIOT Confirmed For Germany's KEEP IT TRUE Festival

Veteran hard rockers RIOT will be performing at next year's Keep It True festival, set to take place April 8, 2006 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany. This will be RIOT's first appearance in Germany in over five years and may turn out to be the only show that the band will play in the area ...

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REVENGIA Featuring ARCH ENEMY Drummer: Hard At Work On New Album

REVENGIA, the Swedish metal band featuring ARCH ENEMY drummer Daniel Erlandsson, are currently in the studio recording the follow-up to "A Decade in the Dark", tentatively due next year va an as-yet-undetermined label. "All the drums are done, as well as the bass, and guitars," the band write in a statement. "Right now we're doing ...

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DRAGONLAND: 'Be Ready For Mystery And Revelation Of Cosmic Proportions'

DRAGONLAND guitarist Olof Mörck has sent the following update to BLABBERMOUTH.NET: "DRAGONLAND are currently knee-deep in the process of writing our fourth, as-yet-untitled, album, and halfway through completion things are looking marvelous! Inspiration has never come in such an abundance, and you can expect a new direction from the 'Starfall' album. Heavier, more sinister, but ...

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CIRITH UNGOL: Official Tribute Album Due In Early 2006

Germany's Solemnity Music will be issuing the first "official" tribute to CIRITH UNGOL, entitled "One Foot in Fire". The album is tentatively scheduled to be released in January/February2006 on regular CD and a special limited 12-inch picture vinyl edition with inlay. "One Foot in Fire" tentative track listing (in no particular order): FALCON (w/ Greg ...

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RIOT: New Live Video Clips Posted Online

Long-running hard rock band RIOT have posted a couple of short video clips from their Japanese tour in early September. Check them out at this location. RIOT were recently joined for several shows (including the Japanese tour) by singer Mike Tirelli (MESSIAH'S KISS, HOLY MOTHER, BURNING STARR) after regular vocalist Mike Dimeo was ...

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HOLY MOSES Cancel ART OF DARKNESS Appearance

Long-running German thrashers HOLY MOSES have been forced to cancel their appearance at today's (Oct. 29) Art Of Darkness Festival in Warburg/Paderborn, Germany after the group's drummer, Asgard, injured his knee on Thursday in an accident. It is not presently clear if any other dates on the band's schedule will be affected. As previously reported, ...

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INFERNAL METHOD To Support ARCH ENEMY In Sydney

Australia's INFERNAL METHOD have been confirmed as the sole support band in Sydney for Swedish/German metal titans ARCH ENEMY. The show will take place at the UNSW Roundhouse on Saturday, November 5. INFERNAL METHOD's highly anticipated full-length debut, "Architecture of Instinct", will be in stores throughout Australia on December 5 via Ward69Records. Upcoming INFERNAL METHOD ...

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METALIUM Bassist Leaves Label Position

METALIUM bassist Lars Ratz has left his position as managing director of the German metal label Armageddon Music GmbH "by his own request," according to Tartarean Desire. As a result, the label's office in Hamburg is closed and the company can now be reached only at their main office: Armageddon Music GmbH Hauptstr. ...

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ROB ROCK To Film Live DVD In Germany

Powerhouse heavy metal vocalist Rob Rock (ex-IMPELLITTERI, DRIVER, JOSHUA) will be returning to Germany in March 2006 to film and record his first live DVD. A late 2006 release is expected. Rock's latest solo album, "Holy Hell", was released in the U.S. on September 6 via Candlelight/Caroline Records. The CD features contributions from Bobby Jarzombek ...

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ROB ROCK's VICE Reunion Was A 'Smashing Success'

VICE, the long-defunct '80s heavy metal band featuring powerhouse vocalist Rob Rock (ex-IMPELLITTERI, DRIVER, JOSHUA), reunited for one show only on Saturday, October 8, 2005 in Somers, CT. The four original members, who played 300 dates a year performing original and cover songs, were joined at the gig by New England's newest guitar slinger, Jason ...

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