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RUSH To Begin Recording New Album In November

Karen Bliss of JAM! Music reports: Canadian rock legends RUSH will be co-producing their new studio album for Anthem Records with Nick Raskulinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, STONE SOUR, SHADOWS FALL). The American producer will be flying up to Toronto next week to meet with the band, which is in the demo phase right now. ...

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KISS: 2007 Calendar In Production

According to a posting on KISS' official web site, the 2007 KISS Calendar (photo) has been approved and is now in production. You may pre-order the calendar in the Kiss Shop. The calendars will ship mid-October. KissOnline.com's photographer Al Soluri took all of the inside photos of the calendar. The only ...

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RUSH Drummer Discusses New Book

Launch Radio Networks reports: RUSH drummer Neil Peart is back this week with a new book titled "Roadshow : Landscape With Drums: A Concert Tour By Motorcycle". It's a chronicle of his time on the band's 30th anniversary tour across North America in 2004, when he rode his motorcycle between gigs, instead of getting on ...

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USURPER Hard At Work On New Material

Chicago's USURPER is currently busy rehearsing new material for its sixth full-length album, which the band plans to record in early 2007. New songtitles include "Talons of Steel", "Rebel Wolf", "Planet of the Humans", "Zombie Revolution" and "Replicants of the Apocalypse". In other news, USURPER guitarist Carcass Chris will undergo surgery on his left hand ...

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MÖTLEY CRÜE Bassist Auctions Autographed CD For Charity

MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx is auctioning an autographed copy of the Elektra version of CRÜE's "Dr. Feelgood" CD for Nikki's "Running Wild in the Night" charity for runaway children. "[The] jewel case shows a little wear and tear and CD jacket has small tear. But the item is a great collectable to any MÖTLEY ...

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Dark Songs of the Prairie - ACROSS TUNDRAS

Lonesome winds howl, animals shiver in dank burrows, dust chokes dry river beds… the world of ACROSS TUNDRAS is a bleak, desolate prairie, inhospitable to travelers and as grim in its own way as any snow-choked Scandinavian forest. Somewhere between doom, sludge, the art-ravaged psych crunge of YOB, and the otherworldly soundscapes of prime ISIS, ...

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AGHORA Hard At Work On Second Album With Producer NEIL KERNON

Miami, Florida-based progressive metal band AGHORA is currently recording its second album, "Formless", with producer Neil Kernon (QUEENSRŸCHE, NEVERMORE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, DEICIDE) for a November release. Diana Serra's vocals are being tracked in guitarist Santiago Dobles' home studio in Miami, Florida. The sessions are expected to last about a week. Mixing will be done in ...

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All Aboard VINCE NEIL's Motley Cruise

MÖTLEY CRÜE frontman Vince Neil will call the Carnival Cruise Lines "Fun Ship" Fascination his Home Sweet Home in January 2007. The four-day, three-night rock and roll cruise sets sail on Friday, January 12 from Miami, Florida, to Nassau, The Bahamas, and returns to Miami on Monday, January 15. In addition to a live concert ...

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THE MINOR TIMES To Enter Studio This Month

Pennsylvania's THE MINOR TIMES will enter Skylight Studio in Canada on September 30 to begin recording the follow-up to its 2005's Prosthetic Records debut, "Making Enemies". Entitled "House of Wolves", the new effort will once again be produced by Vince Ratti. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "This Is The Blues", "Blackhole Living", ...

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ION VEIN Forced To Pull Off KAMELOT Bill In Illinois

Guitarist Chris Lotesto from Chicago-based progressive-power metallers ION VEIN has issued the following update: "We're making the official announcement that we have to pull off the bill with KAMELOT [on Sept. 30] at the Pearl Room in Mokena, IL due to the lack of a singer. We were hoping that something was going to pan ...

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DREAM THEATER Drummer Responds To MASTODON's 'Stupid Remarks'

DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy has responded to remarks made by MASTODON's Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher in the November 2006 issue of Guitar World magazine in which they stated that DREAM THEATER "have a little Chinese girl playing bass" and "dress all gay." Hinds also went on to say, "They wear those cheesy leather ...

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3 INCHES OF BLOOD To Support IRON MAIDEN In California

Vancouver, British Columbia-based metallers 3 INCHES OF BLOOD have been confirmed as the support act for IRON MAIDEN on Saturday, October 21 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, California. As previously reported, a new 3 INCHES OF BLOOD demo track, entitled "Goatrider's Horde", recorded this past spring during a session in Seattle, WA with ...

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RUSH Completes Eight Songs For New Album

Jonathan Cohen of Billboard.com reports that RUSH has penned eight songs for its next studio album, which should be out in early 2007, according to drummer Neil Peart. The artist tells Billboard.com his lyrics for the as-yet-untitled set were greatly influenced by his motorcycle journeys throughout the United States, chronicled in the new ...

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BLAZE Parts Ways With Longtime Manager

BLAZE, the band fronted by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE singer Blaze Bayley, has parted ways its longtime manager Neil Marklew. Neil's statement on the matter reads as follows: "Firstly, my apologies for the lack of news this year, but, to be honest there has been nothing to report due to the band deciding to 'take a ...

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ENGEL Recording New Material

ENGEL — the new Gothenburg, Sweden-based quintet featuring guitarists Marcus Sunesson (ex-THE CROWN) and Niclas Engelin (PASSENGER, ex-GARDENIAN, IN FLAMES), drummer Mojjo (RELEVANT FEW, DRACENA), vocalist Mangan Klavborn, and bassist Michael Håkansson (ex-EVERGREY) — has posted the following message on its official web site: "We are in the midst of a very interesting recording session. ...

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