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MEMORY GARDEN Confirmed For SWEDISH METAL ATTACK III Festival

MEMORY GARDEN, the Stockholm, Sweden-based band featuring former ABSKTRAKT ALGEBRA guitarist Simon Johansson, have been confirmed for the Swedish Metal Attack III festival, set to take place November 26 at Klubb Kaos in Halmstad, Sweden. Also scheduled to appear are TORCH, X-BOW and SUICIDAL WINDS. MEMORY GARDEN are continuing to seek a new label home ...

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RHINO BUCKET Set Release Date For New Album

RHINO BUCKET, the Bon Scott-era AC/DC sound-alike band that recorded two albums for Warner Bros./EMI back in '90 and '92 and an independent album in '94 with former AC/DC drummer Simon Wright, will release their as-yet-untitled fourth album on February 21, 2006 via Acetate Records. The CD was mixed at Soundface Studios in Hollywood, California ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Guitarist Ties The Knot

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD guitarist Jed Simon and his girlfriend Susanna tied the knot on October 2. The wedding in Shrewsbury, New Jersey, was "an amazing event," according to a posting on the group's official web site. "Rico Forrester from SAVANNAH and Rob Urbinati from SACRIFICE were Jed's Best Men. The MESHUGGAH boys even rolled in ...

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BENEDICTUM: Debut Album Due In January

Locomotive Records have announced a January 20, 2006 release date for "Uncreation", the debut album by San Diego, California epic power metal band BENEDICTUM, postponing an earlier release that had been set for October 17. "While we were all really looking forward to having 'Uncreation' in stores this year rather than next this move is ...

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CITY OF GOD To Release Debut Album In November

CITY OF GOD, the new British metal band featuring Mark Mynett (ex-KILL II THIS), Jeff Singer (PARADISE LOST, ex-BLAZE), Simon Gordon (ex-XENTRIX) and Tim Preston (ex-DEARLY BEHEADED), will release their debut album, "A New Spiritual Mountain", in Europe and Japan through Requiem Digital Media on Monday, November 7. Distribution for Requiem Digital Media will be ...

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RHINO BUCKET Finish Mixing New Album

RHINO BUCKET, the Bon Scott-era AC/DC sound-alike band that recorded two albums for Warner Bros./EMI back in '90 and '92 and an independent album in '94 with former AC/DC drummer Simon Wright, have finished mixing their fourth album at Soundface Studios in Hollywood, California and are currently working on the album's artwork. The as-yet-untitled CD ...

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LED ZEPPELIN, GUNS N' ROSES And DEF LEPPARD Leather Products Featured In New Collection

Wilsons The Leather Experts Inc., the leading specialty retailer of leather outerwear, accessories and apparel for men and women in the United States, has announced its new licensing arrangement with Bravado International Group. Wilsons Leather together with Bravado International Group will launch an exclusive collection of rock & roll-licensed merchandise for sale in its stores ...

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CLASSIC ROCK ROLL OF HONOUR Awards: Winners Announced

The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour, Classic Rock magazine's inaugural annual award ceremony, takes place tonight (Oct. 4) at London's Café De Paris. Unlike other honours evenings in the heavily crowded calendar of events, the Classic Rock Roll of Honour will take a unique approach to the Living Legend Award. This year being awarded to ...

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STAIND, P.O.D., TAPROOT Gear Up For 'Fall Brawl' Tour

Flip/Atlantic recording group STAIND has weighed in with the announcement of a major headlining U.S. tour, dubbed the "Fall Brawl". The cross-country trek will find the band joining forces with Atlantic labelmates P.O.D. and TAPROOT, plus Texas rockers FLYLEAF, for what promises to be one of the season's most electrifying events. The itinerary is slated ...

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DEF LEPPARD Prepare To Return To The Road

The following update has been posted at DEF LEPPARD's official web site: "After a summer of extensive touring, and before two more months of playing live shows, September seems to be the month when the guys aren't playing live on stage. However, that's only partly true! Yes, on October 11 the 'Rock of Ages' tour ...

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SKULLSHIFTER To Release EP Next Week

SKULLSHIFTER, the New Jersey-based band featuring former INSANIAC members CJ Scioscia (guitar) and Tom Nolz (guitar, vocals), have set a September 20 release date for their debut EP, "Here In Hell". Mixed by acclaimed producer Simon Efemey (NAPALM DEATH, PARADISE LOST, THE WILDHEARTS) at Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire, England and mastered by studio wizard Alan ...

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Label: FEAR FACTORY's New Album Sales Are 'Right On Track'

Just two weeks after the release of "Transgression", FEAR FACTORY and Calvin Records say that they are "right on track" for achieving long-term sales goals. First-week results found the album ranked #3 on active rock's "most added" list, 36 on iTunes' download list, and 45th overall on The Billboard 200 chart. "We are exactly where ...

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MAN-RAZE: DEF LEPPARD Guitarist's Side Project To Release Single Next Month

MAN-RAZE, the new band featuring DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen, will release their debut maxi-single, "Skin Crawl", on October 24 via Surrealist Records. The single will be available for purchase through all good retail outlets, including online sites. Surrealist Records is a new independent label distributed in the U.K. through Shellshock/Pinnacle. A full-length album is ...

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FEAR FACTORY: 'Transgression' Chart Positions Revealed

FEAR FACTORY's latest CD, "Transgression", has entered the national charts in the following countries: #38: Finland #44: Austria #45: USA #54: Holland #58: Sweden #87: France As previously reported, "Transgression" sold 19,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release (according to Nielsen SoundScan). This is substantially less than the first-week number ...

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FEAR FACTORY: 'Transgression' Fails To Live Up To Expectations

FEAR FACTORY's latest CD, "Transgression", sold 19,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release (according to Nielsen SoundScan) to debut at position No. 45 on next week's The Billboard 200 chart. This is substantially less than the first-week number registered by its predecessor, "Archetype", which sold 32,000 copies back in April ...

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UFO's PAUL RAYMOND: U.S. Tour Recap

UFO keyboardist Paul Raymond has issued the following recap of the group's recent U.S. tour: "Well, I'm just back from the U.S. tour, still a bit jet-lagged but very happy about the great reception we got Stateside. Things started out on the east coast, with sound ticket sales and enthusiastic audiences. Jeff Kollman stepped in ...

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Transgression - FEAR FACTORY

Just before sitting down to write this review, I happened to read the latest FEAR FACTORY news posted right here on Blabbermouth. Specifically, vocalist Burton C. Bell's description of "Transgression" as "experimental" is the part that stuck. It's a good starting point, so let's go with it. While the new album is not "Archetype", I ...

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BENEDICTUM Complete Work On Debut Album

San Diego, CA epic power metal band BENEDICTUM have finished mixing their debut album, "Uncreation", for a late October release via Locomotive Music. The album was produced by Jeff Pilson (ex-DIO, DOKKEN) and mixed by Pilson and former WARLOCK bassist Tommy Henriksen under the ZuZu Recordings Ltd. banner, with artwork supplied by Romanian-born artist Mircea ...

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