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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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W.A.S.P. To Embark On Halloween East Coast Tour

W.A.S.P. have announced plans to embark on a short Halloween tour between mid-October and November 6. "The American Metal Blast [trek] was great, but now it's time to do some dates on our own before the members take some time to do other things," states the band's tour manager, Daniel Stanton. "[W.A.S.P. mainman] Blackie [Lawless] ...

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Renowned Cover Artist Remembers VOIVOD's PIGGY

Renowned album-cover artist Ioannis (FATES WARNING, DEEP PURPLE, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, DREAM THEATER, UFO, KING CRIMSON) has issued the following statement regarding the passing of VOIVOD guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour: "In the early summer of 1989 on my second job for Mechanic Records after finishing DREAM THEATER I flew up to Montreal to meet four ...

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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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L.A. GUNS Drummer: 'We Are Really Gypsies'

Deb Rao of Glam-Metal.com recently conducted an interview with L.A. GUNS drummer Steve Riley. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow: Glam-Metal.com: What do you attribute to L.A. GUNS' longevity? You guys have been together almost 20 years now. Steve Riley: "I really believe Phil Lewis and myself, we are lifers. Before ...

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W.A.S.P. To Play 'Greatest Hits' Set On AMERICAN METAL BLAST 2005 Tour

In the annals of rock 'n' roll, few theatrical stage shows have shocked, horrified and entertained America as much as W.A.S.P.'s did on the Los Angeles-based band's 1983-84 debut tour. Now, W.A.S.P. is resurrecting this not-for-the-faint-of-heart spectacle of blood and gore for the first-ever American Metal Blast 2005 tour. This uncontrollable onslaught, with W.A.S.P. planning ...

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W.A.S.P. Drummer Announces His Departure From CARNIVAL OF SOULS

Drummer Stet Howland (W.A.S.P., RUN21, BLACKFOOT, BELLADONNA, KILLING MACHINE) has announced his departure from the New York-based hard rock band CARNIVAL OF SOULS. Stet's official statement on the matter reads as follows: "During the latter part of this year's second W.A.S.P. world tour, it became clear that without a firm CARNIVAL OF SOULS schedule or ...

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W.A.S.P. 'Rockumentary' Airing On METAL EXPRESS RADIO

A 50+ minute interview with W.A.S.P. mainman Blackie Lawless has been posted online at Norway's Metal Express Radio. During the interview, Blackie talks about how this storied band formed, provides insights about each album, discusses an upcoming anthology release, and shares his thoughts on various other topics, including the 9/11 Twin Tower tragedy in New ...

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W.A.S.P.: 'Neon God Part 2' Due Later This Month

W.A.S.P. frontman Blackie Lawless is quite possibly the busiest man in hard rock currently. Having just completed a nationwide and European tour in support of the first act of the band's 2004 two-part conceptual opus, "The Neon God", W.A.S.P. is planning yet another run around the world to support the forthcoming conclusion of said epic, ...

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W.A.S.P. Cancel Pittsburgh Concert, BLACKIE LAWLESS Suffering From 'Pneumonia'

W.A.S.P. have cancelled their scheduled appearance at the Mr. Smalls Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA Thursday night (August 12), according to a venue representative who spoke to BLABBERMOUTH.NET. The show was called off because the group's lead singer, Blackie Lawless, is "very ill" with "pneumonia," the representative said. The Pittsburgh no-show marks the fourth cancellation in ...

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W.A.S.P. To Return To The U.K. In November

Various U.K. online ticket vendors, including Ticketmaster.co.uk and SeeTickets.co.uk are offering tickets to W.A.S.P. shows in November. Although unconfirmed by Waspnation.com, the official site of Blackie Lawless' shock-rockers, it appears that W.A.S.P. will be returning to the London Astoria on November 5, while Nottingham Rock City will also feature on the tour. Rumors suggested they ...

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W.A.S.P.'s LAWLESS Says He's Not Trying To Be Shocking

ARTILLERY guitarist Michael Stützer interviewed Blackie Lawless of W.A.S.P. for Denmark's Antenna magazine (formerly Metal Reference) when the American shock rockers paid Copenhagen a visit in order to promote their new album, "The Neon God". What follows are several excerpts from the interview: Antenna: Drummer Frankie Banali keeps coming and going, and what's ...

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W.A.S.P. Live In Finland: Photos Available

Photos of W.A.S.P. performing live at the Pakkahuone venue in Tampere, Finland Monday night (May 24) have been posted online at this location. According to the photographer, Timo Isoaho of Sonera Plaza, "[Mainman] Blackie [Lawless] got some medication Monday afternoon before the show [to treat an allergic reaction that caused them to cancel ...

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W.A.S.P.: BLACKIE LAWLESS Taken Ill, Band Cancel Finnish Gig

W.A.S.P. have cancelled tonight's show (May 23) in Finland after mainman Blackie Lawless was taken ill. The group's previously announced gig at Helsinki's Tavastia was called off because Blackie came down with some type of "allergic reaction," according to a statement released by the Tavastia club. It is not presently clear if any additional dates ...

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VH1 Counts Down '100 Most Metal Moments' In Five-Night Special

MOTÖRHEAD, W.A.S.P.'s Blackie Lawless, POISON's Bret Michaels, former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach, ANTHRAX, L.A. GUNS, KISS, ex-MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil, Ronnie James Dio and FASTER PUSSYCAT are among the artists featured in "100 Most Metal Moments", a VH1 special focusing on the "entertaining (and sometimes shocking) moments" that defined heavy metal music's heyday. ...

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JOEY BELLADONNA To Support W.A.S.P.

Former ANTHRAX singer Joey Belladonna has announced three dates with W.A.S.P. in July/August. Belladonna will be supporting Blackie Lawless and co. at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on July 31, at Northern Lights in Clifton Park, NY on Aug. 6 and at The Quest in Minneapolis, MN on Aug. 24. Upcoming Joey Belladonna tour ...

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