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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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TURMOIL Announce New Bassist

Reunited Philadelphia hardcore legends TURMOIL have announced the addition of bassist John Gardner (THE KISS OF DEATH, SEVER THE FALLEN, OUTCOME) to the group's ranks. "'Bass player' has been a revolving door position in this band since day one," the band write on their web site. "Not counting Hodges and Hydro taking turns playing bass ...

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DAMAGEPLAN Shooting Update: VINNIE PAUL Uninjured; Metal Musicians Mourn DIMEBAG's Passing

Scoop of the Columbus, Ohio radio station The Blitz 99.7 FM has confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET that DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul was uninjured in the shooting incident at a Columbus nightclub which resulted in the death of Paul's brother, Dimebag Darrell. According to Scoop, who attended the concert and briefly saw Vinnie following the incident, Paul ...

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PRETTY MAIDS Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL

Veteran Danish hard rockers PRETTY MAIDS are the latest act confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Rock Hard Festival, set to take place May 13-15 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen. Other groups scheduled to appear at the festival include ACCEPT, CHILDREN OF BODOM, OVERKILL, JON OLIVA'S PAIN, AMON AMARTH, THE HAUNTED, MASTERPLAN, UNLEASHED, SONATA ARCTICA, ...

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JON OLIVA'S PAIN Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL

JON OLIVA'S PAIN, the new band led by SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva, are the latest act confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Rock Hard Festival, set to take place May 13-15 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen. Other groups scheduled to appear at the festival include ACCEPT, CHILDREN OF BODOM, OVERKILL, AMON AMARTH, THE HAUNTED, MASTERPLAN, ...

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CRUSADE: Lineup Revamped

CRUSADE, the New York City-based punk/hardcore/death rock band featuring Lawrence Susi (ex-SUBZERO, BREAKDOWN) on lead vocals, have revamped their lineup and are "back stronger than ever," according to Susi. "Other than myself and guitarist John Troy, we have enlisted former EVENTIDE members Jon Boucher (bass) and Anthony Realbuto (drums), who has also done time in ...

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TURMOIL To Enter Studio In January

As part of their upcoming retrospective release on Abacus Recordings, Philadelphia's hardcore legends TURMOIL will be heading into the studio in mid-January to record three brand new songs. The new tracks will be recorded at Water Studios in Hoboken, NJ with producer Ted Young (LAMB OF GOD, STATIC LULLABY). Tenatively titled "Staring Back", the release ...

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HEATHEN To Record New Demo

Guitarist Lee Altus of the reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers HEATHEN has issued the following update via the band's official message board: "In a few weeks we'll be entering the studio to record some of the songs that we've been working on. It's going to be more of a pre-production demo kind of thing ...

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ICED EARTH Film Video For 'Declaration Day'

ICED EARTH have shot a third video from their highly acclaimed "Glorious Burden" album. The clip, for the track "Declaration Day", is being directed by the Machine design/motion graphics studio (web site) and is expected to begin airing during the coming weeks. ICED EARTH are currently on hiatus while mainman/guitarist Jon Schaffer tends ...

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Former JUDAS PRIEST Singer TIM OWENS Completing Work On Solo Demo

Former JUDAS PRIEST/current ICED EARTH frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens is in the process of recording his first solo material with a view towards landing a record deal. "My demo is gonna be either three or four songs!" Owens told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "Mixing it at Morrisound [studios in Tampa, Florida] right now with [producer] Jim Morris, then ...

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DEEP PURPLE Guitarist Checks In From The U.K.

DEEP PURPLE guitarist Steve Morse has posted the following message at this official web site: "We're getting near the end of the tour leg in the United Kingdom. This is home turf for the guys in the band, apart from me. Soccer on t.v. any time of the day, BBC programming, but some hotels carry ...

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THE RED CHORD Announce New Drummer

THE RED CHORD vocalist Guy Kozowyk has issued the following update regarding the group's drummer search: "After the last year of having a rotating spot behind the kit, we have finally found a drummer who we believe will be the permanent guy from here on out. His name is Brad Fickeisen. Some folks from Massachusetts ...

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DISSECTION Joined By MAYHEM Singer At Budapest Gig

Reactivated Swedish death metallers DISSECTION were joined by newly reappointed MAYHEM singer Attila Csihar (ex-TORMENTOR, ABYGOR) for renditions of two old-school black metal hymns, "Elizabeth Bathory" (TORMENTOR) and "Freezing Moon" (MAYHEM), during the band's appearance at Kultiplex in Budapest, Hungary Wednesday night (Nov. 17). According to one eyewitness, "the packed house went absolutely crazy." DISSECTION ...

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ULI JON ROTH Comments On DEEP PURPLE Jam

Legendary guitarist Uli Jon Roth's official web site has been updated with the following message: "Uli Jon Roth made a surprise appearance [Sunday night, Nov. 14] with DEEP PURPLE at Cardiff Arena. Uli had just attended the show as a backstage guest, but was spontaneously invited to join the band for the last encore, which ...

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ULI JON ROTH Jams With DEEP PURPLE In Cardiff

Legendary guitarist Uli Jon Roth joined DEEP PURPLE on stage at Cardiff International Arena in the U.K. Sunday night (Nov. 14) for the encore of "Black Night", according to the PURPLE fan site TheHighwayStar.com. As previously reported, former DEEP PURPLE keyboardist Jon Lord joined the band on stage at the Wembley Arena in London on ...

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DEEP PURPLE Joined By Former Keyboardist At London Concert

Former DEEP PURPLE keyboardist Jon Lord joined the band on stage at the Wembley Arena in London on Saturday (Nov. 13) for a rendition of the DP classic "Black Night". According to a posting on the DEEP PURPLE fan site TheHighwayStar.com, Lord's appearance on stage was apparently a surprise to the band as well — ...

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Former ALICE IN CHAINS, THE CULT, JANE'S ADDICTION Members Perform At Benefit Concert

DOHENY guitarist/former THE CULT bassist Billy Morrison has posted the following report regarding the Help The Homeless benefit concert he performed on Wednesday (Nov. 10) with former ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell, ex-THE CULT axeman Billy Duffy, and former JANE'S ADDICTION bassist Chris Chaney, among others: "So [Wednesday] night was a huge success. The ...

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DISSECTION Announce Release Date For New EP

Reactivated Swedish death metallers DISSECTION will release their much-anticipated comeback single/EP, "Maha Kali", on November 16 via Escapi Music/Screaming Ferret Wreckords. Armed with a fresh lineup, consisting of mainman Jon Nödtveidt (vocals and guitar), Set Teitan (guitar, ABORYM, BLOODLINE), Brice Leclercq (bass guitar, NIGHTRAGE) and Thomas Asklund (drums, DARK FUNERAL, INFERNAL, DAWN), DISSECTION describe the ...

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SLAYER Sampled In New Rap Song: Audio Available

A host of SLAYER riffs have been sampled in a track called "Don't Fuck Wit Me" on the new LIL JON & THE EAST SIDE BOYZ album, "Crunk Juice", due on November 16 via TVT Records. The song, which was produced by longtime SLAYER producer Rick Rubin, is available for streaming online at

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CODESEVEN To Tour With A STATIC LULLABY, HOPESFALL

North Carolina's CODESEVEN will be embarking on a nationwide this fall alongside A STATIC LULLABY and HOPESFALL. The group will be supporting their latest album, "Dancing Echoes/Dead Sounds", which was produced by Michael Birnbaum (COHEED & CAMBRIA, STRAYLIGHT RUN). A video for "All The Best Dreams" was directed by Dale Resteghini (FEAR FACTORY, GOD FORBID, ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE: New Album Details Revealed

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the new band fronted by former SAVATAGE singer Zachary Stevens, have completed work on their sophomore album, "Middle of Nowhere", due in late February 2005 through AFM Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Watching In Silence", "Middle of Nowhere" was produced by Stevens with Jim Morris and Dan Campbell and features the songwriting ...

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JERRY CANTRELL, BILLY DUFFY To Perform At HELP THE HOMELESS Benefit

Former ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell, ex-THE CULT axeman Billy Duffy, former JANE'S ADDICTION bassist Chris Chaney (bass) and ex-THE CULT touring bassist/DOHENY guitarist Billy Morrison are among the musicians that will be performing a short acoustic set to benefit Help The Homeless at The Falcon (7213 Sunset Blvd.) in Hollywood, CA this coming ...

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TURMOIL Reform, Plan European Festival Dates

Philadelphia's hardcore legends TURMOIL have announced their decision to reform after nearly five years apart. The following is an official statement on the reunion, as posted at Turmoil.com: "As you may have already heard, Abacus/Century Media Records will be releasing a two-CD, complete discography in early 2005. The discography will also include a couple new ...

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