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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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ORPHANED LAND: Early Albums To Be Issued On Limited-Edition Vinyl

Profound Lore Records will be releasing ORPHANED LAND's early Holy Records albums "Sahara" (1994) and "El Norra Alila" (1996). The releases, under license from Holy, will be double-gatefold vinyl and limited to 500 copies each. The exact release dates have not yet been confirmed. As previously reported, Profound Lore Records will release ORPHANED LAND's 2004 ...

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ROB ROCK: Touring Lineup Revealed

Singer ROB ROCK (ex-IMPELLITTERI, DRIVER, JOSHUA) has revealed his band lineup for the upcoming European Aces High Tour (alongside MASTERPLAN, CIRCLE II CIRCLE and PURE INC.) and appearance at the Sweden Rock Festival. The all-Swedish group will consist of the following: Carljohan Grimmark (NARNIA) - guitar Daniel Hall (PLATITUDE) - guitar Andreas Olsson (NARNIA) - ...

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THE STORYTELLER To Enter Studio In May

Swedish power metallers THE STORYTELLER will enter Studio Underground in Västerås, Sweden in early May with producer Pelle Saether to begin recording their fourth full-length album. The follow-up to 2003's "Tales of a Holy Quest" will be recorded over a four-week period and will be "a bit harder then our previous albums," according to vocalist ...

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RIOT's Set Cut Show At Spain's ATARFE VEGA ROCK Festival

Veteran American hard rock outfit RIOT have just returned from Europe where they performed at the 2005 edition of Spain's Atarfe Vega Rock festival. RIOT singer Mike DiMeo was unable to accompany the band to the festival in due to his commitment to THE LIZARDS (featuring drummer Bobby Rondinelli of BLUE ÖYSTER CULT/BLACK SABBATH/RAINBOW fame). ...

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ROB ROCK Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

Singer ROB ROCK (ex-IMPELLITTERI, DRIVER, JOSHUA) has been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 9-11 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of artists currently scheduled to perform at the festival is as follows: A.C.T ACCEPT ANTHRAX BEHEMOTH BLACK LABEL SOCIETY BLACKFOOT CANDLEMASS CRUCIFIED BARBARA CRYSTAL EYES ...

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