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KISS Guitarist Named University Trustee

Sophia Tareen of The Oregonian has issued the following report: Straight-laced Pacific University may be loosening up a bit. The newest member of its board of trustees is the lead guitarist of KISS, the 1970s heavy metal band known for its elaborate makeup and costumes, stadium pyrotechnics and high-volume mantra that spoke of ...

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BEYOND FEAR Begin Recording Debut Album

BEYOND FEAR, the brand new hard-hitting metal outfit founded by current ICED EARTH and former JUDAS PRIEST vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens have entered an Ohio studio to begin recording their debut album for SPV Records, tentatively due in early 2006. "Things are going real good," Owens said. "Eric [Elkins; CRYPTKICKER, ALL YOU FEAR] nailed his ...

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BEN JACKSON GROUP: Acoustic Tracks Posted Online

BEN JACKSON GROUP, the Florida-based hard rock band featuring former CRIMSON GLORY/PARISH guitarist Ben Jackson on guitar/vocals, have uploaded two previously unreleased acoustic tracks that were originally intended to appear on the Japanese version of the group's sophomore album, "All Over You". Check out the songs "It's You, Love" (mp3) and "Cage Around ...

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TOMMY LEE's Appeal Is Waning

Jeff Korbelik of the Lincoln Journal Star is reporting that Tommy Lee's appeal is waning — at least with the rest of the country. The MÖTLEY CRÜE rocker’s reality show, "Tommy Lee Goes to College", drew its smallest audience Tuesday night since debuting Aug. 16. The fourth episode, which featured Lee's fraternity antics ...

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BEYOND FEAR To Begin Recording Debut Album Next Week

BEYOND FEAR, the brand new hard-hitting metal outfit founded by current ICED EARTH and former JUDAS PRIEST vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens will be entering an Ohio studio on Monday to begin recording their debut album for SPV Records, tentatively due in early 2006. "We start with drums and bass on [August] 29th then get ready ...

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DEFTONES: 'B-Sides & Rarities' Due In October

Since the textured aggression of the DEFTONES' 1995 debut, the Northern California quintet has become an icon approved by mosh pits and critics alike for its exquisitely sculpted sonic roar. While the DEFTONES record the follow-up to their self-titled 2003 album, Maverick Records releases "B-Sides & Rarities". Filled with import-only B-sides, intriguing covers, unreleased mixes, ...

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Awaken the Guardian (reissue) - FATES WARNING

While their eternal doppelgangers QUEENSRŸCHE did more to popularize "thinking man's metal", and onetime disciples DREAM THEATER turned prog-metal into a cottage industry, FATES WARNING are no less deserving of their place in progressive metal history. Their 1986 set, "Awaken the Guardian", hit a pinnacle of classic metal with a slightly technical bent and the ...

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OZZFEST 2005: Holmdel Concert Attendance Figures Released

Billboard magazine has released the attendance/concert gross figures for the Ozzfest 2005 two-day stop at the PNC Bank Arts Center on July 26-27 in Holmdel, NJ. As previously reported, BLACK SABBATH were forced to cancel their appearance at the second of the two shows after singer Ozzy Osbourne was taken ill. IRON MAIDEN headlined the ...

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OZZFEST 2005: Concert Attendances, Grosses Revealed

The following are some of the early Ozztfest 2005 concert grosses, as reported by Billboard magazine: Artist/Event: Ozzfest: BLACK SABBATH, IRON MAIDEN, MUDVAYNE, & others Venue: Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts City/State: Mansfield, Mass. Date: July 15, 2005 Gross Sales: $1,152,356 Attendance: 20,100 Capacity: 20,100 Shows: 1 Sell-Outs: 1 Prices: $85.25, $18 Promoter: Tea ...

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FATES WARNING Editing Live DVD

FATES WARNING are currently editing a live DVD shot on February 20, 2005 in Athens, Greece. The disc, the audio for which was mixed by Bill Metoyer (SLAYER, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM), is tentatively due before the end of the year via InsideOut Music. In other news, FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos is collaborating with ex-DREAM ...

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ROADRUNNER UNITED: 'The All-Star Sessions' To Surface In October

Roadrunner Records has put together a groundbreaking record to mark the label’s 25th Anniversary. The group is called ROADRUNNER UNITED and the album titled "The All-Star Sessions". This full-length release, in stores on October 11, 2005, is a "master class" in hard rock/metal. Boasting 57 artists from 45 of Roadrunner's past and present bands, the ...

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CRIMINAL: New Song Available Online

A brand-new CRIMINAL track, entitled "Rise and Fall", has been posted online in Real Audio format at MetalBlade.de. "Rise and Fall" comes off the Anglo-Chilean thrash extremists' upcoming album, "Sicario", due in Europe on September 5 via Metal Blade Records. "Sicario" (a Spanish word for "assassin," most commonly associated with hired killers of ...

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ALIEN: 'Dark Eyes' Details Revealed

Frontiers Records has announced the details surrounding the highly anticipated comeback of Swedish AOR masters ALIEN. Their long-overdue new album, "Dark Eyes", will be released on Frontiers Records in Europe on October 24, 2005 with a Japanese release to happen on Marquee/Avalon. "Dark Eyes" track listing: 01. Dark Eyes 02. Don't Go Away 03. Oh ...

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ROB ZOMBIE: New Audio Interview Posted Online

ROB ZOMBIE spoke to Jim Bone of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA's WBSX-97.9X on Tuesday (July 19) about his second feature film, "The Devil's Rejects", and his second-stage slot on the Ozzfest 2005 tour, which kicked off last week in Mansfield, MA. The seven-minute interview can be downloaded as an MP3 file from this location. Zombie's ...

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ONSLAUGHT: New Lineup Revealed

More information has surfaced about the reformed lineup of the classic U.K. thrash outfit ONSLAUGHT, which will be teaming up with EXODUS, OCCULT, KATAKLYSM, UNLEASHED, BEHEMOTH, and PRIMORDIAL for the X-Mass Festivals 2005 European tour in December. Joining guitarist Nige Rockett, drummer Steve Grice, vocalist Sy Keeler and bassist Jim Hinder will be the group's ...

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THRASH AGAINST CANCER Benefit Concert A Success

Over 700 metal fans turned out for the Thrash Against Cancer benefit on July 9 at the Pound amphitheatre in San Francisco. The original lineup of TESTAMENT headlined the event, which featured additional appearances by VICIOUS RUMORS, LAAZ ROCKIT, HIRAX, AGENT STEEL, DEKAPITATOR, MUDFACE, NEIL TURBIN'S DEATHRIDERS (featuring original ANTHRAX vocalist Neil Turbin), DREAMS OF ...

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Original CARNIVORE Guitarist Killed In Bike Accident

Original CARNIVORE guitarist Keith Alexander (later of the short-lived PRIMAL SCREAM project) was reportedly killed in a bike accident Monday night (July 11). His wake will be held on Thursday, July 14 between 2:00 and 5:30 p.m., and between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. at: Scarpaci Funeral Home 1401 86th Street Brooklyn, New York 11228 718-331-8000 ...

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