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ROUGH SILK To Issue 'End of Infinity' In Winter

Germany's ROUGH SILK are currently recording their new CD, End of Infinity, for a winter 2002 release through Breaker/SPV Records. The full track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Isolation 02. The Fiddler On The Skeleton Horse 03. Carry On 04. Ambrosia 05. End Of Infinity 06. By Your Side 07. Trans-Destination 08. ...

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PORCUPINE TREE Frontman To Appear On OSI Debut

PORCUPINE TREE frontman Steven Wilson has contributed lead vocals to two songs on the forthcoming debut album from OSI (ORCHESTRA OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE), which features in its ranks DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy, FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos, CHROMA KEY/ex-DREAM THEATER keyboardist Kevin Moore, and GORDIAN KNOT/ex-CYNIC bassist Sean Malone. Moore and Matheos reportedly commenced ...

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SEAN MALONE Comments On Much-Anticipated OSI Debut

GORDIAN KNOT/ex-CYNIC bassist Sean Malone has commented on his recently-completed contributions to the debut album from OSI (ORCHESTRA OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE), also featuring DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy, FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos, and CHROMA KEY/ex-DREAM THEATER keyboardist Kevin Moore. Says Malone: "It's always hard to explain the style of any kind of music, especially ...

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CRADLE OF FILTH Commence Recording "Damnation And A Day"

CRADLE OF FILTH have entered Parkgate Studio in Hastings, England to record their much-anticipated Damnation And A Day CD for a late 2002/early 2003 release through Sony Music. "The studio is akin to a buzzy hive of activity right now, with several recording processes' going on at the same time," bassist Dave Pybus (ex-ANATHEMA, DREAMBREED) ...

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DISHARMONIC ORCHESTRA: "Ahead" Details Unveiled

Reunited Austrian death metal veterans DISHARMONIC ORCHESTRA have announced the details of their comeback release, entitled Ahead, due on September 9th through Nuclear Blast Records. Produced by Herwig Zamernik and LordDeisen at Fuzzroom studios in Klagenfurt, Austria, Ahead features the line-up of Patrick Klopf (guitars, vocals), Martin Messner (drums), and Zamernik (bass, vocals) and contains ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN To Receive Reissue Treatment In Europe

YNGWIE MALMSTEEN will issue his "classical masterpiece" Concerto Suite Live with the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, on CD and DVD on October 21st via SPV/Steamhammer Records. SPV will also be reissuing the guitarist's Magnum Opus, The Seventh Sign and Inspiration CDs, each featuring a bonus track. An exact release date has yet to be confirmed. ...

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DISHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Complete Work On "Ahead"

Reunited Austrian death metal veterans DISHARMONIC ORCHESTRA will release their first album in eight years, entitled Ahead, on September 9th through Nuclear Blast Records. Containing 13 tracks, the CD is being described as "harsh metal mixed with industrial elements and fresh samples". Among the titles set to appear on the album are: "Supervision", "Nine9Nine", "Dual ...

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ORCHESTRA OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE: The Prog-Rock Supergroup!

DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy, FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos, CHROMA KEY/ex-DREAM THEATER keyboardist Kevin Moore, and GORDIAN KNOT/ex-CYNIC bassist Sean Malone have set OSI (ORCHESTRA OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE) as the name of their much-anticipated prog-rock "supergroup" project, which commenced the recording sessions for their self-titled debut album in early June at the Carriage House ...

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MANOWAR To Release Single On Anniversary Of ELVIS' Death

MANOWAR will release their next single, "An American Trilogy" / "The Fight For Freedom", as a so called double-A-side-single to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death. This forthcoming single "will demonstrate the band's passion for grand and epic hymns that continue the message of hope and unity for people all over the ...

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STRATOVARIUS Begin Tracking Vocals, Announce Upcoming Tour

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto has commenced the vocal-tracking process for the group's brand new CD, entitled Elements Part I. "I have to say that it's good to be behind the microphone again," Timo wrote on his official web site. "The last months I've been mostly giving interviews for my solo album and not singing that ...

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Former MEGADETH Members To Reunite In New Project

Former MEGADETH and current SAVATAGE guitarist Al Pitrelli recently spoke to The Pure Rock Shop about Dave Mustaine's decision to disband MEGADETH and the Pitrelli's current and upcoming activities. Here are a few select highlights from that conversation: On whether Mustaine will be able to return to form following hand injury: "I don't think that's ...

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ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO To Embark On US Tour In Late Summer

New York's ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO, led by former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick, will embark on the first of several tours in support of their album, Goodbye To Romance: Standards For A New Generation in late August/early September. According to Skolnick, "this has been the subject of much planning and organizing which continues as we speak. ...

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PAIN To Release BEATLES Cover As Next Single

Sweden's PAIN, the brainchild of HYPOCRISY mainman Peter Tägtgren, will be issuing a new single, "Eleanor Rigby", on June 24th through Stockholm Records. The title song, a "brutal" remake of the BEATLES cut featuring a full orchestra, is a different version to the one that appears on the group's current album, Nothing Remains The Same, ...

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STRATOVARIUS' TIMO TOLKKI: We Will Spare No Expense On New Album

STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki has posted the following update on the progress of the recording of their forthcoming CD, entitled Elements Part I: "After spending three weeks in preproduction recording demos and now two weeks at Finnvox [Studios], things are beginning to look a little bit more clear. "We have all been working very hard ...

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STEVE VAI To Perform At Japanese Concerto

Steve Vai will be performing in Tokyo in July as a featured performer at the world premiere of composer Ichiro Nodaira's Fire Strings, a concerto for electric guitar and 100-piece orchestra. Steve will perform with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, at the prestigious Suntory Hall in Tokyo, on July 24th, July 25th, and July 26th. ...

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ARCH ENEMY Confirmed For Germany's WITH FULL FORCE Festival

Sweden's ARCH ENEMY are the latest act to have been confirmed for With Full Force festival, which is scheduled to take place between July 5th and July 7th near the town of Leipzig, Germany. The full line-up of acts presently scheduled to appear at the event now looks like this: SLAYER MOTRHEAD MACHINE HEAD BIOHAZARD ...

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EDGUY's TOBIAS SAMMET: AVANTASIA Part II Coming In August

EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet is currently hard at work on the second part of his metal opera project dubbed AVANTASIA, which released a highly-acclaimed debut effort, entitled simply The Metal Opera, in November 2000. According to Sammet, touring with my main band EDGUY is such big fun, [but] in between traveling to the different continents, ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Commences Work On "Attack"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: GUITAR LEGEND YNGWIE MALMSTEEN HEADS INTO THE STUDIO TO BEGIN RECORDING ATTACK International guitar legend YNGWIE MALMSTEEN is back in the studio and has begun recording his new album, Attack. Attack is being produced by YNGWIE himself, and recorded and mixed by the famous veteran engineer/producer Tom Fletcher. Attack is being recorded ...

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SAVATAGE Announce PITRELLI's Return To Group's Ranks

SAVATAGE have officially rejoined forces with former MEGADETH guitarist Al Pitrelli. As a result of this develoment, the group will no longer be requiring the services of SEVEN WITCHES axeman Jack Frost, who filled in for Pitrelli during the latter's tenure with Mustaine and co. "Me and the boys have remained friends in the past ...

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KREATOR, BORKNAGAR, Others Confirmed For PARTY.SAN OPEN AIR

KREATOR and BORKNAGAR are among the bands confirmed for this year's Party.San Open Air festival, which is scheduled to take place in Bad Berka, Germany on August 9-10. The full list of artists set to appear at the event is as follows: KREATOR BORKNAGAR DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER THE CROWN NECROPHOBIC DISHARMONIC ORCHESTRA AETERNUS BEWITCHED SINISTER ...

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STRATOVARIUS Enter Studio To Begin Work On "Elements Part 1"

Finland's STRATOVARIUS will be entering Helsinki's Finnvox studios on May 15th to begin recording their ninth full-length studio album, tentatively entitled Elements Part 1, for a January 2003 release through Nuclear Blast Records. Among the song titles that are tentatively set to appear on the forthcoming CD are the following: 01. Eagleheart 02. Elements 03. ...

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CELTIC FROST's TOM GABRIEL FISCHER Speaks Out On Fate Of Band's Unreleased 1992 Demos

CELTIC FROST mainman Tom Gabriel Fischer recently commented on the possibility of the group's unreleased 1992 demos—recorded during the pre-production sessions for the aborted Under Apollyon's Sun CD—ever being issued on CD and made available to the record-buying public. According to Fischer, “the first 1992 demo was canned by the band, rather immediately after the ...

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BOLT THROWER Confirmed For WITH FULL FORCE Festival

British death metal veterans BOLT THROWER have been confirmed for this year's installment of the With Full Force festival, which is scheduled to take place between July 5th and July 7th near the town of Leipzig, Germany. The full line-up of acts presently scheduled to appear at the event now looks like this: SLAYER MOTRHEAD ...

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