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SWALLOW THE SUN Get The Ballet Treatment

Finnish melodic death/doom metallers SWALLOW THE SUN will have their song "Hold This Woe" used by the New York ballet group Ballet Deviare as part of their performance. The opening night for the ballet is December 18, 2004. More information is available at BalletDeviare.org. SWALLOW THE SUN's debut album, "The Morning Never Came", ...

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Ex-MEGADETH Guitarist MARTY FRIEDMAN: Instructional DVD Delayed

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman's instructional DVD, "99 Secret Lead Guitar Phrases", has had its release date pushed back to December 31, 2004. The delay is being attributed to "final touch-ups and upgrades to the DVD," according to a posting on Friedman's web site. The initial batch of DVDs sold through Marty's site will be ...

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MÖTLEY CRÜE: 'Red, White And Crüe' Collection Due In Early 2005

MÖTLEY CRÜE have set "Red, White and Crüe" as the title of their upcoming greatest-hits collection, tentatively due in January/February 2005, informed sources have told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. The set is expected to include at least one new song recorded recently with the band's original lineup of Vince Neil (vocals), Nikki Sixx (bass), Tommy Lee (drums) and ...

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Former THY MAJESTIE Singer Bounces Back With Solo Project

PLATENS (Haramaic word for "cosmic equilibrium"), the Italian melodic rock brainchild of ex-THY MAJESTIE singer Dario Grillo, will release its debut album, "Between Two Horizons", on December 6 via Frontiers Records. Dario recorded two albums ("The Lasting Power" and "Hastings 1066") and one EP ("Echoes of War") with the Italian power metal band THY MAJESTIE ...

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CANDLELIGHT RECORDS Inks Deal With LEE DORRIAN's RISE ABOVE Label

Candlelight Records has announced its newly agreed cooperation with England's Rise Above Records. Under the agreement, Candlelight will see to the stateside release of all new recordings from the popular doom rock label. The first planned release is the fourth album from Canada's SHEAVY in early April. Rise Above Records was formed in 1989 by ...

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ADLER'S APPETITE To Release EP In February

ADLER'S APPETITE, the new band featuring ex-GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler, RATT/ex-LOVE/HATE singer Jizzy Pearl, VINCE NEIL/ex-SLASH'S SNAKEPIT guitarist Keri Kelli, FASTER PUSSYCAT guitarist Brent Muscat, and ex-VINCE NEIL/RATT bassist Robbie Crane, are scheduled to meet in Corona, CA on Monday (Nov. 22) to begin recording a six-song EP to be released in February. ...

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CHEVELLE To Keep Motoring After KORN Tour

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that Chicago's CHEVELLE will stay on the road after their current opening stint with KORN winds down on November 30. Following that, CHEVELLE will head out on a mix of radio station festivals and headlining gigs that will wrap up with a hometown show on December 17. CHEVELLE drummer Sam ...

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EUROPE To Tour Japan In January

Reunited Swedish hard rockers EUROPE have completed the European tour in support of their recently released comeback effort, "Start From the Dark". An end-of-tour message on the band's official web site reads as follows: "So here we are, at the end of yet another fantastic tour. We can't believe the support we got from Paris, ...

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HIGH ON FIRE: Fall Tour Dates Announced

HIGH ON FIRE have announced fall 2004 U.S. tour dates. The critically acclaimed power trio will display their high volume live prowess when they kick off six weeks worth of performances beginning November 18 in Salt Lake City, UT. The band will remain on the road until the end of 2004, concluding the jaunt with ...

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BLACKMORE'S NIGHT: The Story Behind 'Once In A Million Years'

In a recent online posting, BLACKMORE'S NIGHT frontwoman Candice Night explained how she and her fiancé, BLACKMORE'S NIGHT guitarist Ritchie Blackmore (ex-DEEP PURPLE, RAINBOW), came to record a reworked version of an old German composition for the group's recently released compilation CD, "Beyond the Sunset - The Romantic Collection", which brings together 13 ballads from ...

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ADLER'S APPETITE: U.S., European Tour Dates Announced

ADLER'S APPETITE, the new band featuring ex-GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler, RATT/ex-LOVE/HATE singer Jizzy Pearl, VINCE NEIL/ex-SLASH'S SNAKEPIT guitarist Keri Kelli, FASTER PUSSYCAT guitarist Brent Muscat, and ex-VINCE NEIL/RATT bassist Robbie Crane, have lined up the following dates during December/January: Dec. 09 - San Francisco, CA @ The Pound SF Dec. 10 - Sacramento, ...

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GRAND MAGUS To Record New Album This Winter

GRAND MAGUS, the Swedish band which features in its ranks current SPIRITUAL BEGGARS frontman Janne Christoffersson, are planning on entering the studio in December/January to record the follow-up to last year's "Monument", tentatively due next spring via Rise Above Records. Produced by the band and Oneman at a small studio in Stockholm, "Monument" was issued ...

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HADES ALMIGHTY To Headline Norway's ELEMENTS OF METAL FESTIVAL

Norwegian black/extreme metallers HADES ALMIGHTY have been confirmed to headline the first day of the Elements Of Metal Festival, set to take place December 3-4 in Sandefjord, Norway. RED HARVEST will be headlining the second day. Also scheduled to perform at the festival are GUARDIANS OF TIME, OCTAVIA SPERATI, GRAND ALCHEMIST, CUTTHROAT, LUCID FEAR, V:28, ...

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GOD AMONG INSECTS: New Live Video Posted Online

GOD AMONG INSECTS, the Swedish "old-school" death metal band featuring vocalist Emperor Magus Caligula (DARK FUNERAL), guitarist Lord K (a.k.a. Kenth Philipson) (THE PROJECT HATE), bassist Tomas Elofsson (SANCTIFICATION) and drummer Tobias Gustafsson (VOMITORY), have uploaded a live video of the track "Chainsawed Christians", recorded during the band's gig in Östersund, Sweden on October 23, ...

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Former GRAND FUNK RAILROAD Manager Murdered

Former GRAND FUNK RAILROAD manager/producer Terry Knight was murdered defending his daughter at his home in Killeen, TX on the night of Nov. 1. He was 61 years old. Knight lived at the Chappell Hill Apartments in Temple with his daughter and her boyfriend, Donald Alan Fair, 26, who is charged with the murder. GRAND ...

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FU MANCHU: Studio Photos Posted Online

FU MANCHU have posted several photos from the recording sessions for their latest CD, "Start the Machine", at their official web site. Check them out at this location. The follow-up to 2002's "California Crossing" (Mammoth), "Start the Machine" was produced by Brian Joseph Dobbs (VOIVOD, MANMADEGOD, DEATH ANGEL) and marks the group's first ...

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