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FIREBIRD To Tour U.S. East Coast In September

FIREBIRD, the British band led by former CARCASS/NAPALM DEATH guitarist Bill Steer, will release their latest CD, "No. 3", in the U.S. on August 31 through SPV Records. An American tour is in the works to coincide with the release. The band plan to play dates across the East Coast in late September. More details ...

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Portrait Of The Abyss Within - ELDRITCH

Although you might not hear their name spoken in the same reverential tones as, say, RHAPSODY or LABYRINTH, fellow Italian power metal diehards ELDRITCH have been there (since '91), seen it, done it and slain just as many dragons along the way. Probably. Although not nearly as prolific as Luca Turilli and the boys — ...

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Bassist JOEY VERA To Tour Europe With ANTHRAX

Bassist Joey Vera (FATES WARNING, SEVEN WITCHES, ARMORED SAINT, ANTHRAX) has posted the following message on his web site: "Seems like just yesterday but it's been almost a month since I got back from the tour with ANTHRAX in Japan and Australia. Most of us, myself included, got some weird upper respiratory illness half way ...

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THERAPY? To Begin Recording New Album

THERAPY? bassist Michael McKeegan has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "Folks, It might have looked like we've been quiet for a while but we have actually been busy, busy boys. The UK tour with THE WILDHEARTS was amazing, we had an awesome time and received much, much love from the ...

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JUDAS PRIEST: 'First Rehearsal Was Fantastic'

JUDAS PRIEST Management Co-Ordinator Jayne Andrews has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "Well it has finally happened!! The band had their first rehearsal yesterday (Monday 24th May) with the reunited line-up and it was fantastic!!! I was with the guys so was very proud to be a part of it!! ...

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DUNGEON Part Ways With Bassist, Seek Replacement

Brendon "Dakk" McDonald, bassist for the Australian melodic power metal band DUNGEON, has quit the band due to "personal reasons." Dakk's official statement on the matter reads as follows: "The decision [to leave DUNGEON] has not been an easy one — yet at the same time I feel that due to many factors I have ...

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NIKKI SIXX: I've Never Been A Big Fan Of The Word 'Metal'

BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION bassist Nikki Sixx (ex-MÖTLEY CRÜE) spoke to the Cleveland Scene about the influence his previous band has had on a generation of metal/hard rock artists, including KORN's Jonathan Davis and SLIPKNOT's Joey Jordison. "I've never been a big fan of the word 'metal,'" Sixx said. "I like 'rock and roll.' I don't ...

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FOZZY Singer: New Album Will Blow People Away

FOZZY frontman/WWE superstar Chris Jericho recently spoke to WWE.com about the recording process for the group's third album, "All That Remains", tentatively due this summer through an as-yet-undisclosed label (the group's last two offerings came out through Megaforce Records). According to Jericho, the last few weeks have been particularly hectic, with the singer flying from ...

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Drummer JÖRG MICHAEL: STRATOVARIUS Is In Deep Crisis

STRATOVARIUS on-again, off-again drummer Jörg Michael has posted the following message on his official web site: "Here is some news from me. [STRATOVARIUS keyboardist] Jens [Johansson] said he posted something in the STRATOVARIUS forum so I would like to give my view on the past few weeks also. I didn't want to post anything at ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE To Visit Sailors On The USS NIMITZ

The progressive metal band QUEENSRŸCHE has scheduled a special visit on its spring 2004 tour. Vocalist Geoff Tate, guitarist Michael Wilton, bass guitarist Eddie Jackson, drummer Scott Rockenfield and guitarist Mike Stone will visit sailors on the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, California, on April ...

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Report: Polish Heavy Metal Underground Makes Its Presence Felt

The U.K.'s The Observer reports: "It can't get much more heavy metal than this: the all-day Mega Metal Mania festival in Katowice, Poland, kernel of central Europe's heavy industrial core. All around is the charismatic, perverse beauty of pit-heads - turning cogwheels and slag heaps — the dancing flames of steelworks, cloudy plumes of power ...

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FIREBIRD To Record New Album In The Summer

FIREBIRD, the British band led by former CARCASS/NAPALM DEATH guitarist Bill Steer, will enter the studio in the summer to record their fourth album, tentatively due later in the year through Japan's JVC Records. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Needle In The Groove", "Flying Blind", "Play The Fool" and "Bread, Butter & ...

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OFFICIUM TRISTE: 'Ne Vivam' To Be Re-Released On Vinyl

Dutch "atmospheric doomsters" OFFICIUM TRISTE will be re-issuing their classic debut, "Ne Vivam", on vinyl through the Badger label. Originally released in April 1997 through Tuetonic Existence Records, the LP will be issued on 180-gram vinyl in a limited edition of 500 copies and will be available in five different colors (100 copies per color) ...

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DISARMONIA MUNDI: Sophomore Album To Include Appearance By SOILWORK Singer

Italian extreme death metalers DISARMONIA MUNDI will release their second album, "Fragments Of D-Generation", on May 17 through Scarlet Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Nebularium" mixes "technical and thrashing death metal with crushing rhythmic heaviness, rumbling double bass explosions and catchy, energetic, melodic riffing," according to an official press release. Included on the CD is ...

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ARCH ENEMY to Release Mini-DVD: Producer

Metal producer extraordinaire Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, OPETH, MACHINE HEAD, SKINLAB) has posted the following update on his web site: "New studio is working out great, things have been pretty constant and just finished new KILLSWITCH ENGAGE album. Did the new BLAZE album at the start of the year, first project at the new ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Begin Recording New Album With Producer ROY Z

JUDAS PRIEST Management Co-ordinator Jayne Andrews has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Hi - Jayne here again! I haven't had a chance to post any messages on the board recently as I've been up to my eyes what with sorting out the new record deal, arranging the world tour, working ...

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OBITUARY Confirmed For Germany's FUCK THE COMMERCE VII Festival

Reunited death metal legends OBITUARY have been confirmed to headline Germany's Fuck The Commerce VII festival, set to take place May 20-22 in Neiden (near Torgau). Although OBITUARY drummer Donald Tardy will be touring the U.S. with ANDREW W.K. during this period, he will be "flying in for the one show," singer John Tardy told ...

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EXODUS: European Support Acts Confirmed

Danish thrashers HATESPHERE and Portugal's RE:AKTOR have been confirmed as the opening bands for EXODUS on their upcoming European headlining tour. The trek is shaping up as follows: May 29 - Gelsenkirchen, GER @ Rockhard May 30 - Aalen, GER @ Rock It Jun. 02 - Rome, ITA @ Circolo Degi Artisti Jun. 03 - ...

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ANTISEEN To Begin Recording New Album

North Carolina punk legends ANTISEEN will be entering the studio this week to begin work on their next full-length album. Tentatively entitled "Badwill Ambassadors", the album will be recorded in two separate 10-song sessions. The CD will consist or 10 to 12 of these recorded tracks with the others being used for future 7" and ...

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TOMMY LEE Bassist To Tour With PRONG

TOMMY LEE bassist Marty O'Brien has issued the following update on his recent and upcoming activities: "I've been pretty busy lately. Tommy Lee is locked up in his home studio writing new songs, so I'm taking advantage of the time off and I'm playing for anyone and everyone… Most importantly, I've gone and joined a ...

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