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TESTAMENT Confirmed For Poland's METALMANIA FESTIVAL

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT have been confirmed for the 21st edition of Metalmania Festival — the biggest metal fest in Central-Eastern Europe — set to take place on March 24, 2007 at Spodek Hall in Katowice, Poland. As usual there will be two stages where around 25 bands will perform for thousands ...

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DESPISED ICON Parts Ways With Guitarist, Seeks Replacement

Singer Alex Erian of the Montreal-based deathcore six-piece DESPISED ICON has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Some great and bad news to report. First, we'll start off with the good. We have our first European tour finally confirmed in March and April with UNEARTH, JOB FOR A COWBOY and DAATH. ...

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ATREYU: 'The Best Of…' Collection Due In January

ATREYU's new "best of" collection, aptly titled "The Best Of...", will be released on Janaury 23, 2007 via Victory Records. The track listing is as follows: 01. Lip Gloss And Black 02. Ain't Love Grand 03. Living Each Day Like You're Already Dead 04. A Song For The Optimists 05. Deanne The Arsonist 06. Tulips ...

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RUSH Drummer: New Album Recordings 'Far Ahead Of Schedule'

RUSH drummer Neil Peart has posted a lengthy new update on his official web site. An excerpt follows: "Exactly one year ago (to recap a story begun in earlier reports), my bandmates and I started talking about working on some new songs. Alex and Geddy got together in Geddy's home studio in Toronto and simply ...

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WINTERS BANE To Debut New Lineup In February

WINTERS BANE, the classic U.S. metal band from Akron, OH, will be debuting their new lineup with a hometown show on Saturday, February 3, 2007 at Crossroads. WINTERS BANE will be performing songs from their entire catalog, including "Heart of a Killer", "Girth", and last year's critically acclaimed comeback album, "Redivivus". Also on the bill ...

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LUNARMILE To Support M3 In Wolverhampton

LUNARMILE, the British band featuring frontwoman Toni-Marie Iommi (daughter of BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi) and bassist Alex Hill (son of JUDAS PRIEST bassist Ian Hill), will support M3 — the "classic WHITESNAKE" tribute band featuring Bernie Marsden (guitar, ex-WHITESNAKE), Micky Moody (guitar, ex-WHITESNAKE), Neil Murray (ex-WHITESNAKE, BLACK SABBATH), Jimmy Copley (drums, ex-PAUL RODGERS, GILLAN, ...

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GUNS N' ROSES Tribute 'Chinese Hypocrisy' To Arrive This Week

Members of QUIET RIOT (USA), IGNITE (USA), ALTARIA (Finland), DUST N' BONES (Hungary), HOLLYWOOD ROSE (Italy), PEANUT M (Canada) and EMERALD MONKEY (USA) are among the musicians that appear on "Chinese Hypocrisy - N' International Tribute to Guns N' Roses", due on December 16 via TributeAlbums.com. The track listing is as follows: 01. "Get In ...

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EDDIE VAN HALEN: The Ball Is In DAVE LEE ROTH's Court

Eddie Van Halen spoke to Guitar World magazine about the current status of VAN HALEN following the departures of vocalist Sammy Hagar and bassist Michael Anthony. Rumors continue to swirl that original singer David Lee Roth, who was replaced by Hagar in the mid-1980s, will return to the fold, despite years of enmity. Roth, who ...

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NEAERA Enlists HEAVEN SHALL BURN Guitarist For European Tour

German metal/hardcore outfit NEAERA has posted the following message on its official web site: "We played our two first ever concerts in Russia last weekend... We were absolutely blown away by the reactions we received! The way you people embraced us and our music was really beyond what we expected. THANK YOU MOTHER RUSSIA :)))! ...

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KORN: MTV 'Unplugged' Setlist Revealed

According to Korn.Simpol.Net, unconfirmed reports are coming in that KORN played a 14-song acoustic set for MTV's "Unplugged" last night (Saturday, December 9) at the MTV studios in Times Square, New York City. Joining KORN for select songs in the set were EVANESCENCE lead singer Amy Lee and members of THE CURE. Until ...

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KORN To Record 'Unplugged' Set At MTV Studios Tomorrow

According to the Brazilian EMI Music web site, KORN will perform an acoustic set tomorrow (Saturday, December 9) at the MTV studios in the heart of New York City (Times Square). This will mark KORN's second-ever televised acoustic performance, following the band's appearance on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" in July. The show — which will ...

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SIEGES EVEN Confirmed For PROGPOWER EUROPE Festival

Reformed cult German progressive metal band SIEGES EVEN has been confirmed as one of the headliners of the ProgPower Europe 2007 festival, set to take place October 5-7, 2007 in Baarlo, Netherlands. The band will play at ProgPower on Oct. 7. Also scheduled to appear are JON OLIVA'S PAIN (co-headliner), CIRCUS MAXIMUS, DREAMSCAPE, HEAVEN'S CRY, ...

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SINISTER: DVD Preview Available

A preview clip of the upcoming the first-ever live DVD from Dutch death metallers SINISTER, entitled "Prophecies Denied", has been posted online at YouTube.com. Due in Europe on December 11 (January 16, 2007 in North America via MVD Visual), the disc was shot with seven cameras on August 24 at the Stodola Club ...

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NIGHTRAGE: New Album Release Date Announced

Lifeforce Records has set a February 26, 2007 European release date (April 4, 2007 in the U.S./Canada) for the new album from Swedish/Greek melodic death metal outfit NIGHTRAGE. The band entered Hansen studios in Ribe, Denmark today with producer Jacob Hansen (RAUNCHY, MERCENARY, FEAR MY THOUGHTS, HEAVEN SHALL BURN) to begin recording the follow-up to ...

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SILENT FORCE Guitarist To Take Part In German Sessions

SILENT FORCE guitarist Alex Beyrodt will take part in several sessions with singer David Readman (PINK CREAM 69) and drummer Mel Gaynor (SIMPLE MINDS). The dates are as follows: Nov. 30 - Cafe Message - Mönchengladbach, GER Dec. 01 - Sandkaul - Wachtendonk, GER Dec. 02 - Jazzkeller - Krefeld, GER Dec. 03 - Okie ...

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Guitarist BERNIE TORME Discusses GMT Project

DioMessageBoard.com recently conducted an interview with Irish guitarist Bernie Torme (GILLAN, OZZY OSBOURNE) about his new band GUY-MCCOY-TORME (GMT), also featuring his old compadre from GILLAN, bassist John McCoy — who has worked with Joey Belladonna, SAMSON, and the UK SUB, among others — and drummer Robin Guy (whose credentials include FAITH NO ...

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NIGHTRAGE Guitarist Checks In From Finland

Guitarist/songwriter Marios Iliopoulos of the Swedish/Greek melodic death metal outfit NIGHTRAGE, which is currently touring Scandinavia with VADER and BLOODTHORN, has issued the following update: "We are in Oulu, Finland tonight and the tour going really cool and smooth so far. We have quality time with the guys from VADER and BLOODTHORN. We introduce also ...

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E-FORCE: Studio Update

E-FORCE, the band featuring former VOIVOD bassist/vocalist Eric Forrest, recently entered the studio in Toulouse, France with producer Patrick Freidrich to begin recording its sophomore album, tentatively due in early 2007 via France's Thundering Records. Forrest has sent the following recording update to BLABBERMOUTH.NET: "We have been just doing the tracks on the weekend, which ...

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'New' VAN HALEN Lineup Subject Of 'Jimmy Kimmel' Comedy Segment

Jimmy Kimmel joked during his "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" monologue the other night about news that Eddie Van Halen's son, 15-year-old Wolfgang Van Halen, has joined the veteran band as the replacement for longtime bassist Michael Anthony. Watch the comedy segment here. According to Billboard.com, father and son, along with Eddie's drummer brother Alex, ...

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Drummer JOHN MACALUSO's 'Union Radio' Album Detailed

Drum legend John Macaluso (TNT, ARK, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, JAMES LABRIE, STARBREAKER) has just revealed details of his upcoming album, "John Macaluso & Union Radio - The Radio Waves Goodbye", due early 2007 on Lion Music. Commented Macaluso: "This album to me is an influence of PINK FLOYD and BLACK SABBATH to me, with drumming twice ...

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