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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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MEGADETH: New Album Track Listing Revealed

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has revealed the track listing for the group's new CD, tentatively due later in the year through Sanctuary Records. It is as follows: 01. Blackmail The Universe 02. Shadow Of Death 03. My Kingdom 04. Of Mice And Men 05. Truth Be Told 06. The Scorpion 07. Kick The Chair 08. ...

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ULI JON ROTH: U.S. Touring Plans 'Unclear'

The following message was posted on legendary guitarist Uli Jon Roth's (ex-SCORPIONS) official web site: "It is currently still unclear precisely when U.J.R. will begin touring the US this year. There have been some rumours that Uli would be part of the UFO tour, which was being envisaged at the time. Accordingly, some over-eager promoters ...

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DOHENY: New Live Photos 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, performed at The Gig in Hollywood, California Friday night (April 2). Check out pictures from Wire Image. DOHENY, who are currently unsigned, will make their next live appearance at King King in Hollywood ...

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RAM-ZET Part Ways With Bassist, Announce Replacement

Bassist Solem has left Norwegian "black psychotic power metal" act RAM-ZET due to "private" reasons. "This is a great loss and the band wishes him all the best in the future," the group write on their web site. "He will be replaced by Jon 'Daniel', a local talent who blew all sceptics aside in Hønefoss ...

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DEATHSTARS: Promotional Videos Posted Online

Sweden's DEATHSTARS have made downloadable versions of their two promotional videos (for the tracks "Synthetic Generation" and "Syndrome") available via their official web site. Check them out here. As previously reported, DEATHSTARS' debut album, "Synthetic Generation" — originally issued in Sweden in March 2002 via the Universal affiliate LED Recordings — was released ...

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CODESEVEN Sign With EQUAL VISION RECORDS

North Carolina's CODESEVEN have officially joined the Equal Vision Records roster. Originally formed back in 1995 by three brothers (James, Jon, and Matt Tuttle), CODESEVEN have seen a tremendous evolution throughout their history. Most recently the band released "The Rescue" (The Music Cartel) in May of 2002, which saw a slight departure from the bands ...

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JAG PANZER Guitarist Apologizes For IN FLAMES Remarks

JAG PANZER guitarist Mark Briody has issued an apology over his previous statement regarding the circumstances that led IN FLAMES vocalist Anders Fridén to refer to ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer as "the only person on this planet that I can't stand." As previously reported, Fridén slammed Schaffer in a recent interview over ...

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THRESHOLD: 'Subsurface' Track Listing Revealed

U.K. progressive metallers THRESHOLD have released the tentative track listing for their new album, "Subsurface", due in July. The album is being recorded at Thin Ice Studios and will mark the recording debut with the group of bassist Steve Anderson, who replaced Jon Jeary on tour in 2003 for the "Critical Energy" release. Photos from ...

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ICED EARTH: 'Gettysburg' DVD Update

JAG PANZER guitarist Mark Briody has issued an update on ICED EARTH's much-anticipated "Gettysburg" DVD, which he is currently producing for his recently formed video production company. According to Briody, "the DVD is still in production so don't look for it in the stores just yet. It's coming out very cool. [ICED EARTH mainman] Jon ...

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ANDREW W.K. Addresses The OBITUARY Connection

ANDREW W.K. was recently asked by a fan if having drummer Donald "D.T." Tardy of the legendary death metal band OBITUARY backing him up brings in fans who otherwise wouldn't be listening to the music he plays. "It's cool that you're asking that now because I've been thinking about OBITUARY a lot lately," Andrew responded ...

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DOHENY Perform In Hollywood: Photos Available

DOHENY, the California-based band formed by ex-THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison (on guitar) and PITCHSHIFTER frontman Jon "J.S." Clayden, performed at The Gig in Hollywood, California Saturday night (March 13). Check out pictures from Wire Image. DOHENY, who are currently unsigned, are rounded out by bassist Tony Freddo and drummer Colin LaRocque. ...

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DON AIREY Talks About LIVING LOUD, Joining DEEP PURPLE

The online rock journal "The Fuze" conducted an interview with DEEP PURPLE keyboardist Don Airey a month ago in Vancouver. The following are some of the highlights of that conversation: On adding his personality to the band's sound: "I had an idea to start 'Perfect Strangers' with a big church organ sound, of which I've ...

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