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MARDUK: 'Blackcrowned' DVD Due In June

Regain Records has set a June 13 release date for the MARDUK "Blackcrowned" DVD. The disc features the rare live cuts from the "Blackcrowned" box set video tape — 1.5 hours of rare live cuts spanning the band's entire career. Also included are two bonus tracks. The DVD is strictly limited to 3,000 copies. "Blackcrowned" ...

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TOURNIQUET Confirmed For California's BEYOND THE MOUNTAIN Festival

Christian thrash metallers TOURNIQUET have been confirmed for the Beyond the Mountain festival, set to take place on August 27-28 in San Bernadino, California. The band is scheduled to perform on Saturday, August 27 between 9:45 and 11:15 p.m. Other acts scheduled to appear at the festival include HOLY SOLDIER, WHITECROSS, GUARDIAN, DELIVERANCE, BARREN CROSS, ...

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RIOT: Vocalist MIKE DIMEO To Continue With The Band After All

Despite having recently issued a statement that he was quitting RIOT to devote himself full-time to THE LIZARDS (featuring drummer Bobby Rondinelli of BLUE ÖYSTER CULT/BLACK SABBATH/RAINBOW fame), vocalist Mike DiMeo and RIOT have now apparently had a change of heart and are insisting that the band's lineup will remain intact. Due to his commitments ...

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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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DON DOKKEN: 'We're Not Stuck In The '80s'

Don Dokken recently spoke to Denmark's Antenna webzine about the new DOKKEN album, the upcoming DOKKEN DVD and his long-awaited solo album. Several excerpts from the interview follow: Antenna: How do you feel that fans has reacted to your album "Hell to Pay"? Don Dokken: "I think it's a good record. People said ...

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Vocalist MIKE DIMEO Officially Quits RIOT

After a number of years and several album recordings with the band, vocalist Mike DiMeo has officially quit RIOT to devote himself full-time to THE LIZARDS (featuring drummer Bobby Rondinelli of BLUE ÖYSTER CULT/BLACK SABBATH/RAINBOW fame). Mike commented, "I have done more with THE LIZARDS in the past six months then with RIOT for the ...

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BEATALLICA Frontman Talks About LARS ULRICH's Involvement In SONY Dispute

Michael Tierney (a.k.a. Jaymz Lennfield) of METALLICA/BEATLES cover band BEATALLICA recently spoke to AdrenalinFanzine.com about receiving help from METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich in their dispute with the Sony Corporation over BEATALLICA's "unlawful use" of the group's compositions "without authorization or license." A couple of excerpts from the interview follow: AdrenalinFanzine.com: I know that ...

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BAD MOON RISING To Release Triple CD Via FRONTIERS

Frontiers Records have announced that they have secured a deal with the Los Angeles–based hard rock group BAD MOON RISING. BAD MOON RISING released during the '90s three amazing hard rock albums that highlighted the talents of British singer Kal Swan and axeman Doug Aldrich (currently guitarist for WHITESNAKE). Both musicians were former members of ...

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ROB ROCK Issues Post-European Tour Update

Singer ROB ROCK (ex-IMPELLITTERI, DRIVER, JOSHUA) has posted the following message on his official web site: "The tour went great! I want to thank all the fans, bands, and crew for making the tour a pleasant and fun time. "Special thanks to Joerg Zaske at All Access and everyone at AFM Records for putting the ...

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Former STRYPER Bassist To Perform With WHITECROSS

Former STRYPER bassist Tim Gaines will be joining WHITECROSS to perform at the Beyond The Mountain Music Festival on August 27, 2005 in San Bernardino, CA. Proceeds from the concert will go to benefit the Christian people of Alcance Subterraneo (underground outreach) in Mexico City who suffered financial devastation last November during a concert promotion ...

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TED NUGENT Urges NRA Members To Recruit Other Gun Owners

The Associated Press is reporting that rocker and gun rights advocate Ted Nugent urged National Rifle Association members Saturday (April 16) to be "hardcore, radical extremists demanding the right to self defense" and to work daily to recruit new members. Speaking at the group's annual convention in Houston, Nugent said the NRA's current record-high membership ...

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Guitarist IAIN ASHLEY HERSEY Joined By Singer GRAHAM BONNET At California Gig

Renowned hard rock guitarist/composer Iain Ashley Hersey showcased his forthcoming album, "The Holy Grail" (mixed by Pat Regan) at Paladino's in Reseda, California on March 26. Iain performed along with David "Swan" Montgomery (LED ZEPAGAIN) on vocals, Philip Wolfe (IMPELLITTERI) on keyboards, Jerry Beller (JOSHUA) on drums and Paulo Gustavo (JACKIE DESHANNON) on bass. Following ...

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HOLY MOSES To Perform In Afghanistan

German thrashers HOLY MOSES and AC/DC tribute band DIRTY DEEDS (featuring Alex Kraft from DESPERADOS and ONKEL TOM) will perform in Kabul, Afghanistan on May 27, 2005. HOLY MOSES' new album, "Strength Power Will Passion", is scheduled for release on May 23 via Armageddon Music/Soulfood. 22 songs and over 80 minutes of music were reportedly ...

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ROADBURN FESTIVAL Live Webcast Scheduled For Today

Holland's VPRO 3voor12 will carry a live webcast of the 10th Roadburn Festival from the 013 venue in Tilburg, Holland on Saturday, April 9. The live webcast starts at 18:45 CET (16:45 GMT, U.S. East Coast at 12:45 p.m. and U.S. West Coast at 9:45 a.m.). All the performances from the Roadburn Festival will be ...

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DRAGONLAND Confirmed For U.K.'s THIRTEENTH DAY FESTIVAL

DRAGONLAND, the Gothenburg, Sweden-based melodic metal sextet, have been confirmed for The Thirteenth Day Festival, set to take place July 24 at the Academy in Birmingham, England. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: SONATA ARCTICA NORTHER FINNTROLL EPICA DRAGONLAND SEASONS END INTENSE Tickets are priced at £18 (plus booking fee) and are available ...

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TOOL Admit To April Fool's Prank, Continue Writing New Album

TOOL's official web site, ToolBand.com, has been updated with the following message: "Good news, April Fool's fans. The writing and recording is back under way. When approached for comment on his recent encounter with the Son of God, Maynard said, 'That guy's a punk!' "As it turns out, Maynard was out 'location scouting' near the ...

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TESTAMENT Frontman Comments On 'Reunion' Tour

TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy has issued the following statement regarding the band's upcoming "reunion" tour: "Well, it is really happening. Alex [Skolnick], Greg [Christian], Johnny [Tempesta], Eric [Peterson], me and Louie [Clemente], we are joining together to play some shows in Europe in May and a few in the U.S. in June. We are all ...

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SUIDAKRA: New Song Available For Download

German melodic black/death metallers SUIDAKRA have uploaded a full-length MP3 of their track "Reap the Storm" at their newly revamped web site. Check it out at Suidakra.com. "Reap the Storm" comes off the group's upcoming seventh album, "Command to Charge", due on April 25 via Armageddon Music. A limited-edition digipack containing bonus material ...

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HOLY MOSES: New Song Clip Posted Online

A 30-second audio clip of the new HOLY MOSES track "Angel Cry" is available for streaming at HolyMoses.de. "Angel Cry" comes off the German thrashers' new album, "Strength Power Will Passion", due on May 23 via Armageddon Music/Soulfood. 22 songs and over 80 minutes of music were reportedly laid down at the band's ...

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SOULFLY: New Album To Surface In August

Roadrunner Records has reportedly set an August 9 release date for the fifth SOULFLY album. The as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2004's "Prophecy" was produced by mainman Max Cavalera and is being mixed by Terry Date, who has previously worked with PANTERA and DEFTONES, among others. In a recent interview with SoulflyWeb.com, Cavalera had the following to ...

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