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SYSTEM OF A DOWN Drummer Asks You To Take The TORPEDO COMICS Challenge

If you're a fan of comic books, action hero figurines, graphic novels and other genre collectibles, SYSTEM OF A DOWN drummer John Dolmayan and Torpedo Comics have an amazing contest custom-made for you — the "Torpedo Comics Challenge." All you've got to do is log onto the special Torpedo Comics Challenge page — www.streetwise.com/torpedocomics — ...

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RAVEN Plays 'Blinder' At UK's HARD ROCK HELL

RAVEN bassist/vocalist John Gallagher has issued the following update: "Recovering from the lunacy of the last week — no sleep 'til bedtime!!! And bedtime never freekin shows up! "The Hard Rock Hell gig [in the UK] was excellent — a great set-up at a holiday camp at Minehead in South West England — right on ...

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BILLY SHEEHAN, REB BEACH, BERNIE TORME Featured On CARINA LIROLA Album

Bassist Billy Sheehan (DAVID LEE ROTH, MR. BIG, TALAS, STEVE VAI), guitarists Bernie Torme (OZZY OSBOURNE, GILLAN) and Reb Beach (WHITESNAKE, WINGER, DOKKEN, NIGHT RANGER), drummer Patrick Johansson (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) and keyboardist Jens Johansson (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, STRATOVARIUS) are among the musicians who have contributed to the debut album from UK-based singer Carina Lirola. Lirola recently ...

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DIAMOND HEAD, ANTHRAX's SCOTT IAN, BERNIE MARSDEN To Perform At UK's GUITARFEST

NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) legends DIAMOND HEAD, ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian, ex-WHITESNAKE axeman Bernie Marsden, GMT (GUY-MCCOY-TORME; which features Irish guitarist Bernie Torme alongside ex-GILLAN bassist John McCoy and drummer Robin Guy) and Michael Angelo Batio are among the scheduled performers at the Guitarfest, set to take place October 13-14 at Cocks ...

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SYSTEM OF A DOWN Drummer Launches Online Comic Books Retail Venture

With multi-platinum rock band SYSTEM OF A DOWN currently on hiatus and his SCARS ON BROADWAY project with SOAD's Daron Malakian in the early stages, drummer John Dolmayan will fulfill his other passion of comic books and collectibles by launching Torpedo Comics, an exclusively Internet-based retail store. Torpedo Comics goes live on November 1, 2007, ...

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Alienigma - AGENT STEEL

AGENT STEEL formed in 1984 and is one of those quality heavy metal acts that always seemed to get lost in the shuffle. After a dozen year absence, the band returned with a vengeance in 1999, releasing the excellent "The Omega Conspiracy" and following it up in 2003 with the equally powerful "Order of the ...

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AGENT STEEL: New Concert Footage Available

Fan-filmed video footage of California-based metallers AGENT STEEL's September 8, 2007 concert at the Join in Noordwijk, the Netherlands can be viewed below. AGENT STEEL is currently touring Europe with VICIOUS RUMORS and AFTER ALL in support of its new album, "Alienigma", which was released on Mascot Records. AGENT STEEL 2007 is: Bruce Hall - ...

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REDEMPTION: 'Bleed Me Dry' Video Posted Online

REDEMPTION — the Los Angeles-based progressive metal band led by guitarist/songwriter Nicolas van Dyk and featuring vocal legend Ray Alder of FATES WARNING — has posted its video for the song "Bleed Me Dry" on YouTube. Commented Nicolas van Dyk: "The video was directed by Marcos Efron, an extremely talented up-and-coming director known ...

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REDEMPTION Completes 'Bleed Me Dry' Video

REDEMPTION — the Los Angeles-based progressive metal band led by guitarist/songwriter Nicolas van Dyk and featuring vocal legend Ray Alder of FATES WARNING — has finished filming a video for the song "Bleed Me Dry". Commented Nicolas van Dyk: "The video was directed by Marcos Efron, an extremely talented up-and-coming director known for his with ...

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REDEMPTION Begins Filming 'Bleed Me Dry' Video

REDEMPTION — the Los Angeles-based progressive metal band led by guitarist/songwriter Nicolas van Dyk and featuring vocal legend Ray Alder of FATES WARNING — has issued the following update: "Three weeks from yesterday we play our first show in support of DREAM THEATER on this summer's tour, and we are in the middle of rehearsals ...

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THE FLUFFY JACKETS Demos Featuring NEIL MURRAY Now Available

London-based hard rock outfit THE FLUFFY JACKETS has posted two songs featuring a guest appearance by legendary BLACK SABBATH/WHITESNAKE bassist Neil Murray. Check out a high-octane cover version of NAZARETH's "Salty Salty" (from NAZARETH's 1986 album release "Cinema") and a self-penned southern blues-rock slide guitar number called "Beale Street" at the THE FLUFFY JACKETS

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GUY-MCCOY-TORME Confirmed For U.K.'s HARD ROCK HELL Festival

GUY-MCCOY-TORME (GMT), which features in its ranks Irish guitarist Bernie Torme (GILLAN, OZZY OSBOURNE), along with his old compadre from GILLAN, bassist John McCoy — who has worked with Joey Belladonna, SAMSON, and the UK SUBS, among others — and drummer Robin Guy (whose credentials include FAITH NO MORE and BRUCE DICKINSON), has been confirmed ...

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AGENT STEEL Members Discuss New Album, 'Alienigma'

AGENT STEEL guitarist Juan Garcia and vocalist Bruce Hall recently spoke to Metal-Rules.com about their forthcoming album "Alienigma". An excerpt from the chat follows: Metal-Rules.com: Juan told me just recently that the final mixes for your forthcoming, new album, "Alienigma", have been nearly completely finished or finished already. I guess it's fair to ...

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GUY-MCCOY-TORME: More U.K. Dates Announced

GUY-MCCOY-TORME (GMT), which features in its ranks Irish guitarist Bernie Torme (GILLAN, OZZY OSBOURNE), is continuing to promote its latest album, "Bitter & Twisted", released on Torme's label Retrowrek Records. Handling both guitar and vocals, Torme has partnered with his old compadre from GILLAN, bassist John McCoy — who has worked with Joey Belladonna, SAMSON, ...

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REDEMPTION: New Live Video Available

A video clip of REDEMPTION — the Los Angeles-based progressive metal band led by guitarist/songwriter Nicolas van Dyk and featuring vocal legend Ray Alder of FATES WARNING — performing the song "Nocturnal" at this year's Headway Festival (held April 7-8 at P60 in Amstelveen, the Netherlands) has been posted online at YouTube. As ...

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GUY-MCCOY-TORME: U.K. Dates Announced

GUY-MCCOY-TORME (GMT), which features in its ranks Irish guitarist Bernie Torme (GILLAN, OZZY OSBOURNE), has lined up the following dates: Jul. 07 - The Pitz - Milton Keynes, UK Jul. 21 - Riga Club - Southend, UK Jul. 28 - The Rock & Blues Custom Show - Derbyshire, UK Aug. 11 - Rainbow Spirit Enlightenment ...

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EXODUS' GARY HOLT Offers Update On Signature Model Guitar

EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt has revealed more information about the updated version of his signature Vixen Bernie Rico Jr. guitar, which is set to go into production later in the year. Commented Holt: "We're working on a couple of different models. One will be really simple, but with a sick finish, black to a candy ...

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REDEMPTION Leader To Sit Out Select Dates On DREAM THEATER Tour

Sean Entrikin of PRYMARY will fill in for REDEMPTION guitarist/songwriter Nicolas van Dyk for several dates on the latter band's upcoming U.S. tour with DREAM THEATER. Said Dyk: "For those of you aware of my rather demanding 'day job,' I personally will be making as many of these shows as possible (hopefully the significant majority ...

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DEEP PURPLE Singer IAN GILLAN: Solo Albums To Be Reissued

Edsel Records (through Demon) will release a selection of seven GILLAN and IAN GILLAN BAND albums in March and April. These will comprise of five chart albums, which were originally released between 1979 and 1982, including "Glory Road", which debuted at No. 3 and "Future Shock" at No. 2 on the U.K. chart. Together the ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Guitarist Issues Post-NAMM Update

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD guitarist Jed Simon has posted the following message on the group's MySpace page: "Well, it's been a week since NAMM [National Association of Music Merchants, Jan 18-21 in Anaheim, California]. It's taken awhile to digest that whole experience. There is so much to see, and if you're unprepared, it can wear you ...

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REDEMPTION: 'The Origins Of Ruin' Release Date Announced

REDEMPTION, the Los Angeles-based progressive metal band led by guitarist/keyboardist/songwriter Nicolas van Dyk and featuring vocal legend Ray Alder of FATES WARNING, will release its third CD, "The Origins of Ruin", on April 3 via Inside Out Music. Injecting traditional progressive metal with an uncommon degree of heaviness and melody, REDEMPTION's new CD follows up ...

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