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ICED EARTH: Japanese Tour Postponed

ICED EARTH have been forced to postpone their previously announced Japanese tour due to the recent departure of drummer Richard Christy. "Though we tried everything in our power to keep this from happening we have no other alternative," ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer writes on the group's web site. The affected dates are as follows: ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE Complete Pre-Production For New Album

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the new band fronted by former SAVATAGE singer Zachary Stevens, have completed the pre-production for the group's much anticipated second release on AFM Records at Cabin Fever Studios in Brooksville, Florida. Owned and operated by hit songwriter Troy Montgomery, Cabin Fever Studios is known for its privacy, excellent writing conditions, relaxed atmosphere, ...

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DISSECTION: First Live Show Announced

Reactivated Swedish death metallers DISSECTION, featuring guitarist/vocalist Jon Nödtvedt, will be making a return to the live arena when they perform at Klubben in Stockholm on October 30. No further information is currently available. Nödtveidt has spent seven years in prison after being convicted of murdering an Algerian homosexual. A short-lived collaboration with former EMPEROR ...

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KORN To Release 'Greatest Hits' Collection In The Fall

KORN will fulfill their seven-album deal with Epic Records by releasing a greatest-hits collection in the fall, according to MTV.com. The album may include the band's forthcoming collaboration with rapper LIL JON, slated to be recorded next week. With regards to what KORN's next move will be, singer Jonathan Davis told MTV.com, "We're assessing things. ...

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DOHENY To Play LOHAS 8 Summit

DOHENY, the California-based band formed by ex-THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison (on guitar) and former PITCHSHIFTER frontman Jon "J.S." Clayden, will be appearing at a party for the "Lohas 8" summit on Wednesday, May 12. The band will take the stage at The Ritz-Carlton in Marina Del Rey, CA at 9:00 p.m. as world-renowned ...

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ULI JON ROTH: More SKY ORCHESTRA Recordings Scheduled

Legendary guitarist Uli Jon Roth (ex-SCORPIONS) is currently preparing for further SKY ORCHESTRA recordings, which are scheduled to take place May 15-20 at his studio in Wales. As previously reported, SKY ORCHESTRA string players spent several days at Skylight Manor Studios last month recording several new pieces for the "Requiem For An Angel" project Uli ...

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Screamo: Extreme Music For Extreme Times?

Jon Wiederhorn of MTV.com has penned an article on a brand-new heavy metal sub-genre dubbed "screamo," a style characterized by "aggressive, chaotic passages flush with larynx-shredding vocals" balanced "with swooping melodies and vocal harmonies." ATREYU, along with a host of other heartbroken, hate-filled noisemongers like BLEEDING THROUGH, FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES, EVERY TIME I DIE, ...

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DOHENY: Full Demo Track Posted Online

DOHENY, the California-based band formed by ex-THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison (on guitar) and PITCHSHIFTER frontman Jon "J.S." Clayden, have posted a full demo recording of the track "Drive Me" at their official web site. Check it out here. DOHENY, who are currently unsigned, are rounded out by rhythm guitarist Sean Kipe, ...

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SCOTT WEILAND Threatens Magazine Writer Over CD Review

VELVET REVOLVER singer Scott Weiland has slammed Maxim magazine writer Jon Caramanica over his review of the group's debut album, "Contraband", stating — among other things — that Caramanica "knows about as much about me and my legal situation as he does about our music." Read on for Caramanica's brief review of the CD and ...

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DEEP PURPLE Singer: This Is The Best Line-Up We've Ever Had

DEEP PURPLE frontman Ian Gillan recently spoke to The New Zealand Herald about the group's past lineup changes and the band's present incarnation, which consists of Gillan, bassist Roger Glover, drummer Ian Paice, guitarist Steve Morse, and keyboardist Don Airey. "We had a conversation about this the other day and I think this is the ...

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DOKKEN: New Album Delayed

Sanctuary Records has pushed back the projected release date of DOKKEN's new album, "Hell To Pay", to July 13. No reason was given for the delay. The recording line-up on "Hell To Pay" (view cover here) is as follows: Don Dokken (vocals), Jon Levin (guitar, ex-WARLOCK), Barry Sparks (bass, TED NUGENT, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, ...

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RAGE Guitarist Working On Solo Album

RAGE guitarist Victor Smolski is currently working on his new solo CD, tentatively titled "Majesty & Passion". Joining Smolski at VPS Studios for the album's recording sessions are his RAGE colleagues Peavy Wagner and Mike Terrana as well as many other musicians, including former SCORPIONS guitar legend Uli Jon Roth. "Songs of the 'old master' ...

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HAVOCHATE: Former SLAYER Drummer, Ex-TESTAMENT Bassist Join The Fold

Drummer Jon Dette (ex-SLAYER, TESTAMENT) and bassist Greg Christian (ex-TESTAMENT) have officially joined the New York-based metal band HAVOCHATE. The group will enter Pyramid Sound Recording Studios in Ithaca, New York on April 26 with producer Alex Perialas (TESTAMENT, ANTHRAX, OVERKILL) to begin recording their second album, due later in the year. HAVOCHATE's forthcoming CD ...

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SAVATAGE Mastermind JON OLIVA: Solo Debut In Mixing Stage

SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva and 'TAGE MAHAL are now completing the final mix for of Oliva's solo debut at Morrisound Studios in Tampa, Florida with Jim Morris at the helm. Eight tracks have been completed and the remaining mixes and mastering will be finalized within the next few weeks. Worldwide distribution is close to being ...

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DOHENY To Play Exclusive L.A. Gig

DOHENY, the California-based band formed by ex-THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison (on guitar) and PITCHSHIFTER frontman Jon "J.S." Clayden, have been asked by L.A.'s prestigious members-only night club The Spider Club to play at the opening night of their venture into live music on Thursday, June 3. Hosted upstairs at The Avalon Nightclub, The ...

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DOHENY: More Live Dates Announced

DOHENY, the California-based band formed by ex-THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison (on guitar) and PITCHSHIFTER frontman Jon "J.S." Clayden, have lined up the following dates: May 21 - The Gig – Hollywood, CA Jun. 25 - The Gig – Hollywood, CA DOHENY, who are currently unsigned, are rounded out by rhythm guitarist Sean Kipe, ...

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TESTAMENT Part Ways With Guitarist STEVE SMYTH

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT have parted ways with guitarist Steve Smyth and are looking to secure a temporary replacement in time for their upcoming European tour, BLABBERMOUTH.NET can exclusively reveal. Although no official word has yet come down on the matter, it is believed that former HALFORD/current PAINMUSEUM guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak ...

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ULI JON ROTH: 'Requiem For An Angel' Sessions Underway

The following message was posted on legendary guitarist Uli Jon Roth's (ex-SCORPIONS) official web site: "The SKY ORCHESTRA string players have just spent several days at Skylight Manor Studios. Several new pieces which are part of 'Requiem For An Angel' were recorded under Uli's direction. Everyone involved was very pleased with the results and there ...

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VOLBEAT Sign With NEW AEON MEDIA, Prepare To Record Debut Album

Danish metallers VOLBEAT have inked a one-album deal with New Aeon Media, a subsidiary of Holland's Karmageddon Media. The group will enter Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark on June 17 with producer Jacob Hansen (RAUNCHY, INVOCATOR) to begin recording their as-yet-untitled debut album, tentatively due in October. VOLBEAT's last release was a six-song promotional CD/demo, ...

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DOKKEN: More 'Hell To Pay' Details Revealed

MelodicRock.com recently caught up with DOKKEN guitarist Jon Levin (ex-WARLOCK) for a quick update on the band's upcoming album, "Hell To Pay". "Jon is extremely happy with the result, as is Don apparently," according to a post on the site. "He says 'Hell To Pay' is much closer to what DOKKEN used to be and ...

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