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DOHENY Collaborate With Veteran Producer MIKE CLINK

DOHENY, the California-based band formed by ex-THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison (on guitar) and former PITCHSHIFTER frontman Jon "J.S." Clayden, completed a one-day recording session earlier this week with veteran producer Mike Clink (GUNS N' ROSES, METALLICA). The band tracked a song entitled "Dust", which had previously only been performed live. Commented DOHENY bassist ...

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Former SLAYER, MEGADETH Members Join Forces In ENEMY OF GOD

Former SLAYER/TESTAMENT drummer Jon Dette has joined forces with ex-MEGADETH/current F5 bassist David Ellefson in a brand new project tentatively called ENEMY OF GOD. Completing the group's current lineup are Peter Scheithauer (PUSHED, KILLING MACHINE) on guitar and Todd Barnes (13-A) on vocals. ENEMY OF GOD are in the final stages of signing a "major ...

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THOR Signs With SMOG VEIL RECORDS

Canadian heavy metal legend THOR (a.k.a. Jon Mikl Thor) has inked a deal with Smog Veil Records. A new album, "Thor Against the World", has already been recorded, and should be unleashed very soon. According to an official press release, the new CD is "extremely catchy and addictive, with a timeless quality that will make ...

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THRESHOLD Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL

U.K. progressive metallers THRESHOLD have been confirmed for the Rock Hard Festival, set to take place May 13-15 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to perform at the festival is as follows: ACCEPT AMON AMARTH CHILDREN OF BODOM COMMUNIC ENSIFERUM HEAVEN SHALL BURN HELLFUELED JON OLIVA'S PAIN MASTERPLAN OVERKILL ...

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ULI JON ROTH Featured In GUITAR WORLD's Anniversary Issue

Legendary guitarist Uli Jon Roth is featured in the 25th anniversary issue of Guitar World magazine. Uli gave his first-ever on-camera lesson about the classic SCORPIONS track "The Sails of Charon". He was being interviewed by Andy Aledort, who also did the printed transcription. For demonstration purposes, Uli opted to play with a completely undistorted ...

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COMMUNIC Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL

COMMUNIC, the Norwegian progressive/power metal band featuring ex-SCARIOT members Oddleif Stensland (vocals) and Tor Atle Andersen (drums), have been confirmed for the Rock Hard Festival, set to take place May 13-15 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to perform at the festival is as follows: ACCEPT AMON AMARTH CHILDREN OF ...

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Widow Of Original SAVATAGE Guitarist CRISS OLIVA Passes Away

Dawn Marae Oliva, widow of original SAVATAGE guitarist Criss Oliva, passed away on Tuesday (Jan. 11). No cause of death has yet been revealed. As most SAVATAGE fans know, in the early morning hours of October 17, 1993 Criss Oliva and Dawn were en route to the Livestock Festival in Zephyrhills, Florida when tragedy struck. ...

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DEEP PURPLE Bassist's 1984 Solo Album To Be Reissued On CD

DEEP PURPLE bassist Roger Glover's 1984 solo album "The Mask" is scheduled to be reissued on CD by Cherry Red. The album, which was available on CD via the Connoisseur label several years ago but has since gone out of print, will not include the bonus track "Unnatural", which had previously only appeared on the ...

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DEVILDRIVER Singer On New Album: 'Expect Brutality'

DEVILDRIVER, the Santa Barbara, California-based band featuring former COAL CHAMBER singer Dez Fafara, will release their sophomore album, "The Fury of Our Maker's Hand" on Roadrunner Records this coming spring. The follow-up to DEVILDRIVER's 2002 critically-acclaimed self-titled debut album, "The Fury of Our Maker's Hand" will be "a much more brutal, metal release" for the ...

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BIOMECHANICAL: New Album To Be Mixed By ANDY SNEAP

U.K. progressive epic thrash metallers BIOMECHANICAL have confirmed that legendary knob-tweaker Andy Sneap (EXODUS, OPETH, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE) will be mixing the group's sophomore album, "Empires of the World". "He was the band's first choice and luckily, Andy, having an unexpected gap in his schedule, allowed this to happen," the group write in a press ...

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HEATHEN Schedule German Festival Appearances

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers HEATHEN have been confirmed for the Headbangers Open Air 2005 festival, set to take place July 9-10, 2005 in Germany. Also scheduled to perform at the festival are TYRANT'S REIGN, WEAPON, RAVENSTHORN, ALL SOULS' DAY, Z-IRON, INNER WISH, ATTACKER, WARRANT (not the Los Angeles hard rock combo), GASKIN, MYSTERY ...

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NASUM: 'Nothing New To Report'

Sweden's NASUM have posted the following update regarding the group's singer/guitarist Mieszko Talarczyk, who is among the 1,500 Swedes still missing in Thailand following the massive undersea earthquake measuring 8.7 on the Richter scale and resulting tsunamis along South Asia's coasts: "As of midnight Wednesday/Thursday [Dec. 29-30] we have nothing to report about the whereabouts ...

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NASUM Vocalist MIESZKO TALARCZYK Missing In Thailand

NASUM singer/guitarist Mieszko Talarczyk is among the 800 Swedes still missing in Thailand following the massive undersea earthquake measuring 8.7 on the Richter scale and resulting tsunamis along South Asia's coasts. The latest estimates are that over 23,000 have perished in the region. The remaining members of NASUM have posted the following message on their ...

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STAIND Sues For Trademark Infringement

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that STAIND has filed a lawsuit in Ohio federal court against Jon C. Stainbrook for trademark infringement and breach of contract, while also seeking a judicial declaration that the band's trademark registrations are valid. STAIND was forced to take legal action, according to a statement issued by the band yesterday ...

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HEATHEN To Enter Studio In January

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers HEATHEN are scheduled to enter the studio in January to begin recording their new full-length album. An early spring release through an as-yet-undetermined label is expected. HEATHEN are currently in the process of booking a tour for 2005. Those interested in booking HEATHEN in 2005 can contact management at ...

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JON OLIVA'S PAIN: Greek Set List Revealed

JON OLIVA'S PAIN, the solo project of SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva, performed two electric shows in Greece as part of their world tour (tour kick-off was in Florida on Dec. 11). During Sunday night's (Dec. 19) performance in Athens, Jon Oliva dedicated SAVATAGE's "Ghost In The Ruins" to DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, who was ...

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SHADOWS FALL Drummer Reports From DIMEBAG's Funeral

SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bittner has issued the following report from the funeral services and public memorial for slain DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, which were held on Tuesday (Dec. 14) in Arlington, Texas: "I have just gotten to my computer today after returning home from Dimebag Darrell Abbott's funeral and I wanted to share ...

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TYGERS OF PAN TANG Welcome New Singer

NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) legends TYGERS OF PAN TANG have announced the addition of Italian vocalist Jacopo Meille (MANTRA) to the groups ranks. Commented guitarist Robb Weir: "We are over the moon to have found such a great vocalist. This is something we should have done three years ago, gone for a ...

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UPDATED: Tributes From Metal Musicians Pour In For DIMEBAG DARRELL

A number of heavy metal musicians have paid tribute to Dimebag Darrell (DAMAGEPLAN, ex-PANTERA) who was tragically murdered last night. ------------------------------------------------- Ozzy Osbourne: "Dimebag was a dear friend of mine. I'm absolutely beside myself with grief. I can't for the life of me understand why someone would do this. PANTERA toured with me many, many ...

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