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DARK ARENA: Debut CD Details Revealed

DARK ARENA, the new Cleveland, Ohio-based band featuring vocalist Juan Ricardo (ATTAXE, RITUAL), guitarists "Tall" Paul Konjicija (ANTITHESIS, RITUAL) and Dale Robertson (ROADIE'S NIGHTMARE), keyboardist Rhiannon Wisniewski (SOMNUS), drummer Chris Stolle (SOMNUS), and bassist Brian Glodde (ANTITHESIS, RICK RENSTROM), will release their debut disc, entitled "Alien Factor", on May 26 at the Great Lakes Metal ...

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ARES KINGDOM To Release 'Failsafe' Single This Summer

Kansas City's self-proclaimed "only death/thrash metal band" ARES KINGDOM are scheduled to release their new CD, "Return to Dust", this week through NWN! Productions. Gatefold LPs will follow later in May and include a poster. Also, limited-edition "Die Hard" picture discs will include a bonus 7" EP featuring the band's acclaimed 1997 demo, poster and ...

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E-FORCE: French Festival Date Confirmed

E-FORCE, the band featuring former VOIVOD bassist/vocalist Eric Forrest, have scheduled an appearance at the Festival Combines A Sons on September 10 in Toulouse, France. As previously reported, E-FORCE have posted four songs from their 2006 demo on their MySpace.com page. Check out the tracks "Satanic Rituals", "Lobotomized", "Agent 99" and "Exterminator" at

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RUSH Begin Work On New Material

RUSH drummer Neil Peart has posted the following update on his official web site, www.neilpeart.net: "In early March, winter still ruled the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec. The snow was often at its deepest in that month, piling up through the blizzards of January and February until it covered the ground up to your ...

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CIRCUS OF POWER To Play Reunion Show In Texas

CIRCUS OF POWERRicky Beck Mahler (guitar), Alex Mitchell (vocals), Ryan Maher (drums) and Marc Frappier (bass) — have confirmed that they will be playing a gig June 3 at The Elysium in Austin, Texas. They will be mainly performing material from their classic self-titled debut, which came out in 1988 on the RCA ...

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FIREBIRD: New Album Details Revealed

FIREBIRD, the British band led by former CARCASS/NAPALM DEATH guitarist Bill Steer, will release their new album, "Hot Wings", in Japan on May 31, 2006 through Victor Entertainment. The track listing for the effort is as follows 01. Carousel 02. Good Times 03. Misty Morning 04. Play The Fool 05. Horse Drawn Man 06. Overnight ...

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WINTERS BANE: European Version Of 'Redivivus' To Include Bonus Tracks

WINTERS BANE will release their new album, "Redivivus", in Europe on June 30 via Metal Heaven Records. Since their formation in 1990, WINTERS BANE has consistently created some of the most memorable heavy metal songs ever written. In their first incarnation with present ICED EARTH vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (ex-JUDAS PRIEST, BEYOND FEAR), they released ...

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Photos Of Road Accident Involving Ex-Members Of QUIET RIOT, LOVE/HATE Posted Online

Several photos of this past Sunday's (April 9) road accident scene in Danvers, Massachusetts involving members of HOOKERS 'N' BLOW — the band featuring GUNS N' ROSES keyboardist Dizzy Reed, guitarist Alex Grossi (ex-QUIET RIOT, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES), drummer Troy Patrick Farrell (WHITE LION), and bassist Scottie Griffin (LIARS AND CHEATS) — have been posted online ...

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AUT'CHOSE Announce Replacement For Late VOIVOD Guitarist

AUT'CHOSE, the legendary '70s band from Montreal whose current lineup includes VOIVOD drummer Michel "Away" Langevin, have announced the addition of guitarist Alex Crowe (TRICKY WOO) to the group's ranks. Crowe joins the band as the replacement for late VOIVOD axeman Denis "Piggy" D'Amour, who passed away last August from complications of colon cancer. AUT'CHOSE's ...

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Ex-QUIET RIOT, LOVE/HATE Members Involved In Road Accident

Several members of HOOKERS 'N' BLOW — the band featuring GUNS N' ROSES keyboardist Dizzy Reed, guitarist Alex Grossi (ex-QUIET RIOT, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES), drummer Troy Patrick Farrell (WHITE LION), and bassist Scottie Griffin (LIARS AND CHEATS) — were involved in a road accident over the weekend. Grossi and Griffin suffered rib injuries, while singer Jizzy ...

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SINISTER Begin Writing New Material

Despite the fact that their latest CD, "Afterburner", has only just been released through Nuclear Blast Records, reunited Dutch death metallers SINISTER have already commenced the songwriting process for their next album, tentatively titled "No Mercyful God". SINISTER's current lineup consists of Aad Kloosterwaard, drummer and founder of the band, on vocals, Alex Paul on ...

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WARMASTER Announce New Bassist

WARMASTER, the Dutch old-school death metal band featuring André van der Ree (DARK REMAINS, ex-ETERNAL SOLSTICE, MOURNING) and Rik van Gageldonk (VUIST, DARK REMAINS), have announced the addition of bassist Alex Schlüter (BATTER) to the group's ranks. WARMASTER recently completed work on their as-yet-untitled split CD with VUIST. Songs set to appear on the split ...

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Limited-Edition CASTLE BLAK Three-CD Box Set Available

On April 15, 2006, for the first time ever on CD, the music of NWOBHM glamster Regent St. Claire and his various incarnations of CASTLE BLAK, BLAK and MONSTER ISLAND projects will finally be available to the public. The limited-edition (1,000 only) three-CD box set, said to be "one of the most comprehensive collections ever ...

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ADDICTION CREW Prepare To Record New Album

After appearing in several European charts with the single "What About" and reaching No. 1 on Japan's HMV Bestsellers Rock Chart with "Break in Life", Italy's ADDICTION CREW are currently writing material for their second effort on Earache Records. The band have set "High Def Impact" as the working title for this upcoming full-length and ...

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BRUCE DICKINSON's 'Anthology' DVD: Complete Details Revealed

Sanctuary Visual Entertainment has set a June 20 U.S. release date for the three-disc DVD release of IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson's "Anthology" (view artwork here). This is the definitive Dickinson package, and includes over six hours of videos and live performances, and previously unreleased and archive material. Bruce Dickinson is still the ...

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ENTOMBED, GRAVE, GEHENNAH Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

ENTOMBED, GRAVE and GEHENNAH are among the newly confirmed bands for this year's installment of the Sweden Rock Festival, set to take place June 8-10 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): ALICE COOPER ANVIL ARCH ENEMY ASIA BALDROOM BLITZ BLITZKRIEG BONFIRE BULLET CACTUS CATHEDRAL CELTIC FROST CLOUDSCAPE ...

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Autographed VAN HALEN, OZZY Items To be Auctioned For Charity

South Africa's Paarl Post is reporting that drumsticks signed by Alex Van Halen and an Osbourne family T-shirt signed by Ozzy are items that go under the hammer on Sunday, April 9 at the 2006 Nederburg Auction Rare South African Finds charity event. All proceeds will be shared by Hospice Palliative Care Association of South ...

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HATE ETERNAL Mainman: We Are 'Alive And Stronger Than Ever!'

HATE ETERNAL mainman Erik Rutan (ex-MORBID ANGEL) has sent the following press release to BLABBERMOUTH.NET: "First off, I want to say that HATE ETERNAL WILL NOT be cancelling any upcoming tour dates, PERIOD! We are very much looking forward to seeing everyone next week on the CHIMAIRA/ARCH ENEMY tour as well as seeing you loyal ...

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