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CIRCLE II CIRCLE: ROCK HARD Photos Posted Online

Several photos taken during CIRCLE II CIRCLE's appearance at this month's Rock Hard Festival have been posted online at this location. The two-day event, which took place June 7-8 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, featured additional performances from such acts as SAXON, IN FLAMES, ARCH ENEMY, BLIND GUARDIAN, CANDLEMASS, NEVERMORE, KREATOR and ANTHRAX, ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE Singer, SAVATAGE Mastermind To Make German In-Store Appearance

CIRCLE II CIRCLE singer Zachary Stevens (ex-SAVATAGE) and SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva will be making an in-store appearance at Media Markt (Robert-Bosch-Str. 2 Gewerbegebiet Süd) in Münster, Germany on Friday, June 6 at 6:00 p.m. CIRCLE II CIRCLE's debut album, "Watching In Silence", was released in April in Europe through Germany's AFM Records. All compositions ...

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DOHENY Announce New Guitarist

DOHENY, the new group formed by ex-THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison (on guitar) and PITCHSHIFTER frontman Jon "J.S." Clayden, have announced the addition of guitarist Sean Kipe to the band's lineup. "Sean came on top out of all the guys who stepped up for the guitarist spot," reads a statement on DOHENY's official web ...

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Vocalist MATT BARLOW Leaves ICED EARTH!

Vocalist Matt Barlow has announced his departure from ICED EARTH in order to pursue a career doing administrative work for the Department of Homeland Security. The following is Barlow's official statement on the matter: "In December of last year, prior to ICED EARTH signing a new record deal, [ICED EARTH mainman] Jon [Schaffer] and I ...

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MONSTER MAGNET Members Launch Side Project

MONSTER MAGNET mainman Dave Wyndorf has started a "psychedelic" side project called COMA. He is joined in the new group by other members of MONSTER MAGNET and as-yet-undisclosed "friends". No further information is available at this time. In other news, MONSTER MAGNET have announced a headlining date at the Podium in Hardenberg, Holland on June ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE Confirmed For TAMPA METALFEST 2003

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the new band fronted by former SAVATAGE singer Zachary Stevens, will perform at the Tampa Metalfest 2003 on July 4. Joining the group onstage will be "a VERY special guest on stage, a player we have never had live on stage with us before," the band write on their official web site. ...

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MONSTER MAGNET Announce New Bassist, Name Upcoming CD

MONSTER MAGNET have recruited LORD STERLING bassist Jim Baglino to replace Joe Calandra, who was unceremoniously booted from the band last month along with drummer Jon Kleiman. The group, who recently signed a European record deal with SPV/Steamhammer Records, are still looking for a new skinsman and are said to have set their sights on ...

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STAIND No Longer Have Anything To Do With FRED DURST

STAIND no longer have anything to do with the man who discovered them, LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst. "We kind of cut our ties with Fred not for any other reason other than wanting to get away from having that label of 'Fred's band'," STAIND drummer Jon Wysocki told Undercover News. "We are not Fred's ...

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Former SNOT/AMEN Bassist Joins LO-PRO

Former SNOT/AMEN bassist Jon "Tumor" Fahnestock has joined LO-PRO, the new project featuring former members of ULTRASPANK and GODSMACK. LO-PRO recently completed tracking their upcoming debut release for STAIND frontman Aaron Lewis' new Geffen/Interscope imprint label, tentatively dubbed A.D.D. The as-yet-untitled album was recorded with producer Don Gilmore (LINKIN PARK, TRUST COMPANY) and a mixer ...

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SADUS: In Writing Mode!

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers SADUS, who feature in their ranks current TESTAMENT bassist Steve DiGiorgio and drummer Jon Allen, are working on the material for their next album, tentatively due in late 2003/early 2004. "We're not casting illusions or any visions of anger on you," the band said in a statement on their ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE: Tour Dates Announced

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the new band fronted by former SAVATAGE singer Zachary Stevens, have line up the following dates during the coming weeks: May 10 - Largo, FL @ Green Parrot (w/ TRIP2GO) May 16 - Tampa, FL @ Liar's Club (w/ SMACKHEAD) Jun. 07 – Gelsenkirchen, GER @ Rock Hard Festival Jun. 14 - ...

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TESTAMENT: A Tale Of Three Drummers

TESTAMENT will be utilizing the services of regular drummer Jon Allen (SADUS) for the first two dates of their The 2003 Metal Gods North American tour at the House of Blues in Chicago, Illinois on April 25 and at The Agora in Cleveland, Ohio on April 26. Starting on May 2 at B.B. King's in ...

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HAVOCHATE Confirmed For MOTÖRHEAD/ANTHRAX U.S. Tour

New York metal band HAVOCHATE have secured the opening slot on the upcoming MOTÖRHEAD/ANTHRAX North American tour. "To share the stage with metal veterans such as ANTHRAX and MOTÖRHEAD is a great honor for me both personally and professionally," said HAVOCHATE vocalist Jon Mallek. "By being part of this tour, I believe we have positioned ...

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METALLICA: Recapturing The Heavy Metal Throne

METALLICA have firmly re-established their footing and recaptured the heavy metal throne at a time when bone-crunching rock is becoming stagnant, according to MTV.com writer Jon Wiederhorn, who has written a lengthy "St. Anger" album preview under the headline "Damage Inc. Is Back In Business". "Gone are the radio ballads, straightforward rock anthems, string-laden exorcisms ...

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DOHENY Collaborate With Studio Veteran On New Track

DOHENY, the new group formed by ex-THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison (on guitar) and PITCHSHIFTER frontman Jon "J.S." Clayden, are collaborating on a track with Jed Leiber, owner of The Studio on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. Says J.S.: "It's been an honor to write with Jed. He has an amazing sense of ...

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IRON MAIDEN: New Album Mastered

IRON MAIDEN have finished mastering the much-anticipated follow-up to 2000's "Brave New World", due later in the year through Sony/Columbia Records. The following is producer Kevin Shirley's latest posting to his official web site: "Woah - New York is such a fun city and now I'm in 'clear air chop' on a very bumpy teeth-rattling ...

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ROCK HARD FESTIVAL 2003: Complete Lineup Announced

The complete lineup and running order has been announced for Rock Hard Festival 2003, a two-day event set to take place June 7-8 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. It is as follows: Saturday, June 7: 01. GOD DETHRONED 02. TRIBE AFTER TRIBE 03. CIRCLE II CIRCLE (feat. guest appearance by Jon Oliva) 04. TROUBLE 05. ...

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TOMAHAWK: New Song Posted Online

A brand new TOMAHAWK track, titled "Rape This Day", has been posted online in MP3 format at this location. "Rape This Day" comes off the group's forthcoming CD, "Mit Gas", due on May 6 through Ipecac Records. TOMAHAWK is the "all star" band featuring former FAITH NO MORE vocalist Mike Patton, ex-HELMET drummer ...

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TOMAHAWK Finalize Track Listing For 'Mit Gas'

TOMAHAWK, the "all star" band featuring former FAITH NO MORE vocalist Mike Patton, ex-HELMET drummer Jon Stainer, former JESUS LIZARD guitarist Duane Denison, and ex-THE COWS/current MELVINS bassist Kevin Rutmanis, have set May 6 as the release date through Ipecac Records for their new album, "Mit Gas". The complete track listing for the album is ...

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ICED EARTH Split With Guitarist, Begin Recording New CD

ICED EARTH have parted ways with guitarist Larry Tarnowski on the eve of the recording sessions for the group's new CD, tentatively titled "Glorious Burden". "[Larry] will continue his studies and we wish him all the best for his future endeavors," ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer wrote on the band's official web site. "There will ...

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Former HELMET Leader Addresses Reunion Rumors

Ex-HELMET and current GANDHI mainman Page Hamilton has sent a lengthy e-mail to the unofficial HELMET site HelmetBand.com clarifying a comment made during a GANDHI show last summer/fall in which he referred to his former bandmates as "assholes" and addressing the persistent rumors of a HELMET reunion at some point in the not-too-distant future. Hamilton's ...

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EXODUS Drummer Pulls Out Of ANGEL WITCH Reunion

EXODUS drummer Tom Hunting has pulled out of the planned ANGEL WITCH reunion project in order to focus all his time on upcoming touring and recording commitments with his main band. In his place, ANGEL WITCH mainman Kevin Heybourne, bassist Jon Torres (WARNING SF, ULYSSES SIREN, LAAZ ROCKIT) and Lee Altus (HEATHEN, DIE KRUPPS) have ...

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LINKIN PARK's Record Label Is Keeping Tight Lid On 'Meteora'

LINKIN PARK singer Chester Bennington told Jon Bream of Star Tribune that security is so tight for their "Meteora" album, due March 25 through Warner Bros. Records, that his copy of the advance disk includes a special code, so any duplicates can be traced back. "They don't even trust me," he said. Chester explained to ...

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ULI JON ROTH Hard At Work On New Album

Legendary guitarist Uli Jon Roth (ex-THE SCORPIONS) is currently working on his next release, tentatively due in late spring/early summer. According to the Uli Jon Roth Authorized Homepage, Uli "has recorded Vivaldi's Four Seasons at his studio with an orchestra and is now putting finishing touches to this amazing piece of music. He also is ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE Set Release Date For Debut CD

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the new band fronted by former SAVATAGE singer Zachary Stevens, have set an April 28 European release date through Germany's AFM Records for their debut album, "Watching In Silence". All compositions on the CD were written by Stevens and SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva, with four exceptions, which were penned by Stevens and ...

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PUSHED To Appear On ROCK 105.3

Southern California's PUSHED, the band featuring former TESTAMENT/SLAYER drummer Jon Dette and ex-TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian, will be appearing on Rock 105.3's "The Jack and Norm Show" on Sunday, March 9 at 10:30 p.m. They will be "hanging out, having a beer and playing some songs" off their recently-released EP, "Iodine". PUSHED will also be ...

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