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ROB ROCK: U.S. Release Date Set For 'Holy Hell'

Singer ROB ROCK's (ex-IMPELLITTERI, DRIVER, JOSHUA) latest solo album, "Holy Hell", is scheduled to be released in the U.S. on September 6 via Candlelight/Caroline Records. Meanwhile, Danish producer Jacob Hansen (RAUNCHY, INVOCATOR) is mixing the bonus tracks for JVC/Victor Entertainment release of "Holy Hell", which will feature a very special guest guitar solo by Gus ...

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Instinct - EKTOMORF

I'd always heard EKTOMORF were SOULFLY rip-offs, but I reserved judgment until I could actually hear one of the band's albums. Having now heard "Instinct", I must say that the word on the street is pretty damn accurate. Cloning SEPULTURA or SOULFLY may not be a bad thing if you're a fan of either band. ...

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MEGADETH: 'Greatest Hits' Package Essay Posted Online

MEGADETH's publicists, The Mitch Schneider Organization (MSO), have posted the "package essay" written by the director of "The Decline of Western Civilization" documentary series, Penelope Spheeris, for the group's upcoming "Greatest Hits: Back to the Start" collection, due on June 28. It reads as follows: "MEGADETH was always on the forefront of innovation, always challenging ...

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DRAGONLAND: 'Starfall' To Receive U.S. Release In July

Swedish power metallers DRAGONLAND will have their third album, "Starfall", released in the U.S. on July 12 via Magick Records, a subsidiary of Cleopatra Records. "Starfall" was released in Europe last year via Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Holy War" was recorded at Tom Englund's (EVERGREY) Division One Studios in Sweden with Englund ...

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IRON MAIDEN: 'The Essential' Two-Disc Compilation Due In July

Legendary metal band IRON MAIDEN will release the career-spanning, two-CD compilation "The Essential Iron Maiden" through Sanctuary Records on July 12, 2005. "The Essential Iron Maiden" features some of the greatest heavy metal music ever recorded. IRON MAIDEN have had huge worldwide impact these past 25 years thanks to all-time classic albums like "Iron Maiden", ...

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RIOT Confirm Japanese Dates

Veteran American hard rock outfit RIOT have been confirmed to perform three shows in Tokyo, Japan on September 1-3 at the Live Inn Rosa, presented by Booster Dragon. "The band can't wait to see you all, it's been a long time coming, so get ready to hear all the classic and maybe a bonus track ...

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SOULFLY: 'Dark Ages' Final Track Listing Revealed

SOULFLY have finalzed the track listing for their new album, "Dark Ages", due on September 13 via Roadrunner Records. "Dark Ages" was produced by SOULFLY mainman Max Cavalera and was mixed by Terry Date, who has previously worked with PANTERA and DEFTONES, among others. "Dark Ages" final track listing: 01. The Dark Ages 02. Babylon ...

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EDGUY: 'Superheroes' CD And DVD Detailed

EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "Hey, fellows, don't forget about the EP and the DVD to come out on September 5th. They are called 'Superheroes' and 'Superheroes – The DVD'. The title track will be the same on both, but the rest of the material ...

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DRAGONLAND To Support YNGWIE MALMSTEEN In U.K.

Swedish power metallers DRAGONLAND have been confirmed as the support act for YNGWIE MALMSTEEN for two shows in the U.K. next week. The dates are as follows: May 30 - Hammersmith Apollo – London, UK Jun. 01 - Rock City – Nottingham, UK MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, who were originally scheduled to co-headline the shows with ...

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Services For Former HEATHEN Bassist To Be Held Early Next Week

A public memorial service for former HEATHEN bassist Michael "Yaz" Wayne Jastremski will be held on Monday, May 30 at: Chapel of the Valley 20359 Lake Cabot Road Castro Valley, CA 94546 510-581-0900 Schedule and events: Monday, May 30: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Open walking in viewing, pay final respects, tribute (from pub owner ...

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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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QUIET RIOT Prepare For Summer Tour; Are Featured On 'The Simpsons'

Having just returned from two weeks in the Republic of Korea performing concerts for U.S. armed forces personnel, QUIET RIOT is preparing for their participation in this year's Rock Never Stops tour along with CINDERELLA, RATT and FIREHOUSE. "QUIET RIOT has been very busy this year with international dates that have included concerts in Spain, ...

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HOLY MOSES: New Album Delayed

HOLY MOSES' new album, "Strength Power Will Passion" (Armageddon Music/Soulfood), will be released on May 30 — one week later than its originally announced May 23 release date. The delay is being attributed to "problems in the CD factory." 666 limited vinyl picture discs will include a bonus track, while 5,000 limited digipacks contain a ...

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IRON MAIDEN: 'Essential' Collection Due In July

According to MusicTap.net, a new IRON MAIDEN "greatest hits" album, "Essential Iron Maiden", is scheduled for release on July 5. This best-of album will apparently only be released in North America by Columbia/Legacy in conjunction with the band's appearance at this year's Ozzfest. 30-second commercials will feature on Fuse and MTV2. "Essential Iron Maiden" track ...

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NATRON Confirmed For Czech Republic's BRUTAL ASSAULT FEST

Italian death metallers NATRON have been confirmed for the next edition of the Brutal Assault Fest, set to take place August 11-13 in Olomouc, Czech Republic. Other bands scheduled to appear at the festival include KRISIUN, NECROPHAGIST, ROOT, and CALLENISH CIRCLE. In other news, NATRON's "House of Festering" video is currently featured on the Italian ...

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SOULFLY: 'Dark Ages' CD Details Revealed

SOULFLY have set the tentative track listing for their new album, "Dark Ages", due on September 13 via Roadrunner Records. "Dark Ages" was produced by SOULFLY mainman Max Cavalera and was mixed by Terry Date, who has previously worked with PANTERA and DEFTONES, among others. "Dark Ages" tentative track listing: 01. The Dark Ages 02. ...

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DEATH AND TAXES Putting Finishing Touches On Debut CD

Los Angeles rockers DEATH AND TAXES, who feature in their ranks Jay Link on lead vocals, Michael Cutting of HOLY SOLDIER fame on guitars, Dave Starkey on bass, and Paul Monroe of XYZ fame on drums, are finishing up the last seven tracks for their debut album, "Inevitable". The CD is expected to be released ...

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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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