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VOLBEAT Change Working Title Of Debut Album

Danish metallers VOLBEAT have changed the projected title of their debut album to "The Strengh, the Sound, the Songs" from the originally announced "Rebel Monster". The CD was recorded at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen (RAUNCHY, INVOCATOR) and contains re-recorded tracks from the group's two demos, as well as five new ...

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JON OLIVA: Singer DAMOND JINIYA Is Still An Active Member Of SAVATAGE

Contrary to a statement by former SAVATAGE vocalist Zack Stevens (CIRCLE II CIRCLE) published by the Greek webzine Metal-Realm.com, singer Damond Jiniya is still an active member of SAVATAGE, the group's management has confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "There are no changes in anything that has to do with SAVATAGE," the band's vocalist/mastermind Jon Oliva said in ...

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SAVATAGE Part Ways With Singer DAMOND JINIYA?

SAVATAGE have parted ways with singer Damond Jiniya (DIET OF WORMS, THE NEGLECTED), according to a recent interview with former SAVATAGE and current CIRCLE II CIRCLE vocalist Zack Stevens. Although SAVATAGE guitarist Chris Caffery was previously quoted as saying that the group's next studio album would feature contributions from three singers — Jiniya, Jon Oliva ...

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ICED EARTH Bassist Explains Lineup Changes

ICED EARTH bassist James MacDonough has posted a message on the ICED EARTH fan message board Iced-Realm.de regarding the recent departures of drummer Richard Christy and guitarist Ralph Santolla: "Ok, just so you can stop freaking out and saying all kinds of outlandish things this statement should be sufficient for the situation. "All of us ...

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ULI JON ROTH/MICHAEL SCHENKER: First Tour Dates Announced

The first three dates have been announced for the forthcoming American tour featuring guitar legends Uli Jon Roth (ex-SCORPIONS) and Michael Schenker (MSG, UFO). As previously reported, the tour will comprise of approximately 20 shows some of the concerts are also going to feature George Lynch. Both Uli and Michael are going to play a ...

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DISSECTION To Tour UK And Ireland In December

Reactivated Swedish death metallers DISSECTION, featuring guitarist/vocalist Jon Nödtvedt, will be touring U.K. and Ireland in December. Confirmed dates are as follows: Dec. 14 – London, UK - Scala, entry £12 adv Dec. 15 - Nottingham, UK - TBA Dec. 16 - Dublin, IRE - TBA Dec. 17 - Belfast, IRE - TBA Dec. 19 ...

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DOKKEN To Perform Acoustically At New Jersey In-Store

DOKKEN will be making an in-store appearance at Vintage Vinyl in Fords, New Jersey on Wednesday, July 14 at 7:00 p.m. The band will also be doing a short acoustic performance and will be signing copies of their new CD, "Hell To Pay", which will be on sale. Vintage Vinyl is located at 51 Lafayette ...

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KORN Frontman To Direct Porn Movie

KORN frontman Jonathan Davis will co-direct and co-host an adult movie for Vivid Video this month, his wife, former porn star Deven Davis, told adult video industry magazine AVN Online. "The video will be very hardcore, raw erotic," Deven said when asked to describe the style and tone of the still untitled movie. ...

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ULI JON ROTH To Tour North America With MICHAEL SCHENKER

Legendary guitarist Uli Jon Roth (ex-SCORPIONS) has confirmed in a posting at his official web site that he is in talks to embark on a month-long co-headlining North American tour with MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP beginning in late August in San Francisco. Additional dates with GEORGE LYNCH are also being planned. So far, only one date ...

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BACKYARD BABIES To Play One-Off U.S. Date In August

Sweden's BACKYARD BABIES will play a one-off U.S. date on August 11 at the Troubadour in Hollywood, California. Support will come from DOHENY, the new band featuring ex-THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison (on guitar) and former PITCHSHIFTER frontman Jon "J.S." Clayden. BACKYARD BABIES' latest full-length album, "Stockholm Syndrome", was issued in Scandinavia in November ...

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DOHENY: New Demo Track Gets Radio Airplay

A final mix of the latest DOHENY track "California" was played on Indie 103.1 FM earlier in the week. The track, recorded by producer Scott Humphrey (ROB ZOMBIE, POWERMAN 5000, TOMMY LEE) last week is the third DOHENY track to get air time on daytime radio. Commented DOHENY guitarist Billy Morrison (ex-THE CULT bassist): "The ...

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UNEARTHED: Former ICED EARTH Members Speak Out

UNEARTHED, the new band formed by former ICED EARTH members Gene Adam (vocals), Dave Abell (guitar), and Mark Prator (drums), along with Bill Owen (guitar) of the pre-ICED EARTH band PURGATORY and NASTY SAVAGE/ex-AGENT STEEL bassist Richard Bateman, recently did an interview with the Chilean "heavy & power metal webzine" Powermetal.cl. The following ...

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HEATHEN Announce New Bassist

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers HEATHEN have announced the addition of bassist Jon Torres to the group's ranks. Torres is no stranger to the Bay Area metal scene, having participated in such bands as THUNDERHEAD, WARNING SF, ULYSSES SIREN, LAAZ ROCKIT and ANGEL WITCH. HEATHEN, who are rumored to have parted ways with previous ...

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DON DOKKEN: GEORGE LYNCH Wants To Rejoin DOKKEN

Don Dokken recently spoke to Denmark's Antenna web site (formerly Metal Reference) about the new DOKKEN CD, "Hell To Pay", and the lineup changes that have plagued the group during the recent years. Asked about the "tension" between him and former DOKKEN guitarist George Lynch, Dokken said, "There's not much tension between me and George ...

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KORN To Cover PINK FLOYD, NIN On Greatest Hits Album

KORN's upcoming greatest hits collection will include two new cover tunes, according to Launch Radio Networks. The group's versions of PINK FLOYD's "Another Brick In The Wall" and NINE INCH NAILS' "Head Like A Hole" will be featured on the album, which is due out this fall. By coincidence, California goth-punk act A.F.I. has also ...

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STRATOVARIUS Singer KOTIPELTO To Appear At PROGPOWER USA V

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto will be a special guest at ProgPower USA V, set to be held on September 16 in Atlanta, GA. Kotipelto, whose second solo album, "Coldness", was released in early 2004 by Century Media Records, will be signing autographs, hosting a meet-and-greet, and will also be attending the ProgPower pre-party on September ...

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KORN Perform In London: Photos Available

KORN performed in concert at the Hammersmith Apollo in London on Saturday (June 19). Check out pictures from Globe Photos. As previously reported, KORN will fulfill their seven-album deal with Epic Records by releasing a greatest-hits collection in the fall. The album may include the band's forthcoming collaboration with rapper LIL JON, which ...

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ULI JON ROTH, MICHAEL SCHENKER To Tour Together?

According to a posting at the web site of the West Springfield, Virginia concert venue Jaxx, legendary guitarist Uli Jon Roth (ex-SCORPIONS) and the MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP will be teaming up for the "Über Guitar Gods Tour" later this summer. The duo, who will apparently each play a full set and then jam ...

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STAIND Studio Update: 'We're Moving Forward Nicely'

STAIND guitarist Mike Mushok has posted the following message on the group's web site: "Hey there, me again. I just wanted to check in and let everyone know that things are going really well in the studio. Jon's dong a great job (as usual) doing drum tracks. He got 7 songs done last week and ...

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DOHENY Recording With ROB ZOMBIE Producer

DOHENY, the California-based band formed by ex-THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison (on guitar) and former PITCHSHIFTER frontman Jon "J.S." Clayden, are in the process of recording a new demo track with producer Scott Humphrey (ROB ZOMBIE, POWERMAN 5000, TOMMY LEE) at an undisclosed location in the Hollywood Hills. Commented Clayden: "I came up with ...

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DEATHSTARS To Support DISSECTION In Stockholm

Sweden's DEATHSTARS have been booked as the opening act for the DISSECTION comeback show on October 30 at Klubben in Stockholm. As previously reported, DEATHSTARS' debut album, "Synthetic Generation" — originally issued in Sweden in March 2002 via the Universal affiliate LED Recordings — was released through Nuclear Blast last November. The Swedish band, in ...

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