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Remixers Needed For PRONG's 'Power Of The Damager' CD

13th Planet Records is preparing a remix CD as a follow-up to PRONG's latest studio album, "Power of the Damager". Chris Kniker of Amped Records Inc. has been named executive producer of this project. Deadlines for consideration on this release are as follows: November 30, 2008 – Initial contact with executive producer January 25, 2009 ...

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7TH SON Signs With ROADRUNNER RECORDS

Roadrunner Records has announced the signing of the Las Vegas rock band 7TH SON. 7TH SON — featuring guitarist/vocalist Christopher Babbitt, guitarist Mikey Cross, bassist Andrew Cushing and drummer Alan Doucette — are a rag tag crew of young turks who formed the band two years ago in their native Sin City. The band recorded ...

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MINISTRY/PRONG's TOMMY VICTOR Interviewed; Video Available

A 13-minute video interview with Tommy Victor (MINISTRY, PRONG) conducted by Romania's BringTheNoise can be viewed below. The U.S. leg of MINISTRY's final world tour — C U LaTouR — kicked off March 25 in Spokane, Washington and concluded on May 11 in Chicago, Illinois. The trek featured special guests MESHUGGAH and opening act HEMLOCK. ...

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ROADRUNNER Signs Three New Bands

Roadrunner Records has announced the signing of three eclectic, up-and-coming new bands to an already diverse roster than includes heavyweights such as NICKELBACK, SLIPKNOT, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, DRAGONFORCE, and THEORY OF A DEADMAN. Roadrunner welcomes DOMMIN, MUTINY and PORT AMORAL to the fold. Los Angeles-based goth rock quartet DOMMIN was discovered by Dirty Icon Productions, a ...

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist MARTY FRIEDMAN Featured In Three-Way 'KISS Debate'

On the third installment of the "Shockwaves Skull Sessions" podcast, host Bob Nalbandian is joined once again by head of A&R at Roadrunner Records, Monte Conner, and new third-party guest and guitarist extraordinaire, Marty Friedman (ex-MEGADETH). The three discuss the extensive career of the revolutionary rock band KISS and examine the group's entire musical catalog. ...

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SOIL Signs With DRIVEN MUSIC GROUP

Chicago heavy rockers SOIL have reportedly inked a deal with Driven Music Group a music label and entertainment company based in Phoenix, Arizona for the release of their next studio album, tentatively due in early 2009. Upcoming SOIL shows: June 29 - The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY July 01 - Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ ...

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'Shockwaves Skull Sessions' Podcast Series Launched

Bob Nalbandian, the host of the acclaimed Shockwaves/Hardradio Podcast (available on HardRadio.com and iTunes) will soon launch a brand new series of podcasts called the Shockwaves Skull Sessions. The podcast will be devoted to discussions and debates revolving around various topics in heavy metal music. Nalbandian states, "I've had such great success with the discussion ...

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CHRIS CAFFERY Checks In From The Studio

Guitarist Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) entered the studio at the end of April to begin recording his new solo album for an October release. According to Chris, "[We] entered Ultimate Music Studios in Cortland, NY today to begin the recording of drum tracks. "Mr. John Macaluso [drums] unveiled his brand new kit and we ...

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MADONNA Rocks PANTERA During UK Concert

Pop superstar MADONNA paid tribute to "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott by playing what sounds a lot like the main riff to PANTERA's classic song "A New Level" during her May 10, 2008 performance at Radio One's Big Weekend at Mote Park in Maidstone, UK. Watch the footage below. (The "A New Level" riff can be heard ...

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PRONG: Video Interview With TOMMY VICTOR Available

On March 8, 2008, PRONG mainman and MINISTRY guitarist Tommy Victor visited San Antonio's cult TV show "Robb's MetalWorks" for a candid interview to discuss the PRONG's new release, "Power of the Damager". The first half of this 40-minute interview aired recently on the show's April 20, 2008 episode. "Robb's MetalWorks" is now delivering the ...

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CHRIS CAFFERY: New Solo Album To Include BOB MARLEY Cover

Guitarist Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) has revealed that this next solo album will include "a really cool metal cover of 'Get Up, Stand Up' by BOB MARLEY." He added, "It is actually a cool metal anthem!" Other working songtitles set to appear on the CD include "House of Insanity", "Shame", "Fight The Fleas", "Sorry", ...

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SOIL Frontman Releases New Solo Track

SOIL vocalist AJ Cavalier has posted a new solo track, entitled "Do You Believe?", on his MySpace page. Cavalier has been working on material for a solo album which he expects to release at some point in the not-too-distant future. SOIL last year amicably parted ways with guitarist Shaun Glass due to "personal ...

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VICIOUS RUMORS Announces New Guitarist

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers VICIOUS RUMORS have announced the addition of guitarist Kiyoshi Morgan (photo) to the group's ranks. According to a press release "Kiyo is a longtime San Francisco Bay Area pro, playing lead guitar in several tribute bands, covering the styles of SLAYER, JUDAS PRIEST, IRON MAIDEN and ALICE ...

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CHRIS CAFFERY To Release New Solo Album In October

SAVATAGE/TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA guitarist Chris Caffery is continuing the songwriting process for his new solo album, which he plans to record between May and July for an October release. Working songtitles set to appear on the CD include "House Of Insanity", "Shame", "The Fleas", "Schizophrenia" (instrumental), "Back's To The Wall", "No Matter What", "Seasons Change", "I'm ...

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VICIOUS RUMORS: West Coast Dates Announced

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers VICIOUS RUMORS have scheduled the following dates: March 22 - The Kennel Club Sacramento, CA March 29 - The Independent - San Francisco, CA (VR on at 9 p.m.) (w/ TESTAMENT) March 29 - Britannia Arms Cupertino, CA (headlining; VR on at 11:59 p.m.) VICIOUS RUMORS recently announced the ...

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MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO To Headline TAMPA GUITAR SCHOOL Grand Opening

On Sunday, March 2, shred-master extraordinaire Michael Angelo Batio (HOLLAND, NITRO) will headline the grand opening party of Tampa Guitar School's new location: 15349 Amberly Drive, Tampa, FL 33647. Batio will be giving a guitar clinic in which he will explain and demonstrate his amazing techniques. The event starts at 1:00 p.m. For more information, ...

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VICIOUS RUMORS Announce New Singer

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers VICIOUS RUMORS have announced the addition of singer Ronnie Stixx (SHADOWKEEP, DIVINE RUINS) to the group's ranks. "Ronnie showed up and blew the band away with his powerful voice," stated guitarist Geoff Thorpe. "The first night he sang with us it was like he was in the band for ...

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GENITORTURERS Frontwoman Interviewed At NAMM; Video Available

Lacey Conner, villainess co-star of VH1's hit TV show "Rock of Love" featuring POISON's Bret Michaels, conducted an interview with frontwoman Gen of the Florida-based "shock-rock" band GENITORTURERS — which also features MORBID ANGEL frontman David "Evil D" Vincent on bass — at the Dean Guitars booth at this year's winter NAMM (National Association of ...

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