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Classic TESTAMENT And LAAZ ROCKIT Band Lineups Confirmed For Holland's DYNAMO OPEN AIR Festival

Following ANTHRAX's example, both TESTAMENT and LAAZ ROCKIT have confirmed appearances at this year's Dynamo Open Air festival in their classic '80s lineups. TESTAMENT lead vocalist Chuck Billy and founding guitarist Eric Peterson will be joined by original guitar player Alex Skolnick and original bassist Greg Christian (HAVOCHATE), along with previous TESTAMENT drummer Johnny Tempesta ...

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SAVATAGE Guitarist To Embark On Solo Tour

SAVATAGE guitarist Chris Caffery has been very busy in the studio again. Last year marked the release of his solo debut "Faces". The CD contained an eight-song bonus CD called "God Damn War". Another seven songs will be added to this CD and it will be released separately in early summer on Black Lotus Records. ...

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SAMAEL To Release 'On Earth' Single In May

Switzerland's SAMAEL have selected the track "On Earth" as their next single from the "Reign of Light" album. The single, tentatively due in May, will include the album version of the title cut, plus various remixes, along with a cover of DEPECHE MODE's "I Feel You", a video for "Telepath" and a live recording of ...

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RUINS Sign With NEUROTIC RECORDS

Australian black metallers RUINS, who feature in their ranks multi-instrumentalist Alex Pope on vocals, guitars and bass, alongside drummer David Haley from PSYCROPTIC and THE AMENTA, have inked a deal with Neurotic Records. The group's full-length debut, "Spun Forth As Dark Nets", has already been recorded, and is currently in the mixing phase, which will ...

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Former SAIGON KICK Singer Comments On 'Waking Up Dead' Movie

Former SAIGON KICK singer Matt Kramer has posted the following message on his official web site: "Let's start with Phil Varone's movie (my ex fellow SAIGON KICK mate). It's a very truthful reflection of the trials, pitfalls and addictions, that tarnish the glamour usually not seen in VH1 stories. Much more like the juicy ones ...

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ALEX SKOLNICK Talks About His Relationship With Former TESTAMENT Bandmates

Blasting-Zone.com recently conducted an in-depth interview with former TESTAMENT guitarist Alex Skolnick. Several excerpts follow: Blasting-Zone.com: At this point in time, how would you describe your relationship with the members of TESTAMENT? Alex: "It's good...every time they're in town, I go see them. It's only Chuck (Billy, vocals) and Eric (Peterson, rhythm guitar) ...

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Guitarist ALEX SKOLNICK Comments On TESTAMENT 'Reunion' Tour

Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick has issued a statement confirming his participation in the upcoming TESTAMENT "reunion" tour alongside lead vocalist Chuck Billy, guitarist Eric Peterson, bassist Greg Christian and drummer Johnny Tempesta (HELMET, ex-ROB ZOMBIE). The tour will last for a total of nine shows and will cover several European countires between May 7 ...

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TESTAMENT To Embark On 'Reunion' Tour

TESTAMENT lead vocalist Chuck Billy and founding guitarist Eric Peterson have announced that original guitar player Alex Skolnick and original bassist Greg Christian (HAVOCHATE), along with previous TESTAMENT drummer Johnny Tempesta (HELMET, ex-ROB ZOMBIE), will be joining them for a reunion tour of Europe, taking place between May 7 and May 15 ONLY. The tour ...

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HORTUS ANIMAE Part Ways With BLACK LOTUS RECORDS, Seek New Label Home

HORTUS ANIMAE, the prog-extreme metal project of ANCIENT drummer Diego "GroM" Meraviglia, have cut ties with label Black Lotus Records due to problems in connection with the release of their recently completed second album, "The Blow of Furious Winds". The follow-up to the group's acclaimed 2003 debut, "Waltzing Mephisto", was mixed at Italy's Alpha-Omega Studios ...

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RUSH Post Tsunami Benefit Performance Online

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that RUSH have posted their performance from last month's Canada For Asia tsunami benefit online. The official Rush.com web site has a link to the new version of their 1977 hit "Closer To The Heart", which features fellow Canadians Ed Robertson of BARENAKED LADIES and actor Mike Smith, who's best ...

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Bassist TONY FRANKLIN Records With TRAVERS & APPICE, Jams With IRON MAIDEN's MCBRAIN

Bassist extraordinaire Tony Franklin (WHITESNAKE, THE FIRM, BLUE MURDER) has recorded seven tracks for the upcoming, as-yet-untitled album from guitarist Pat Travers and drummer Carmine Appice. "Everything was recorded live in the same room (rare these days!)," Franklin writes on his web site. "We recorded a number of favorites from the live set, including 'Boom ...

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Guitarist JON LEVASSEUR Quits CRYPTOPSY

CRYPTOPSY guitarist Jon Levasseur has officially left the band. His statement on the matter is as follows: "Jon Levasseur here writing to officially announce my departure from CRYPTOPSY. It is something I strangely felt coming on since a year prior to my departure (August 2004) as my inspiration for such extreme music was growing thin. ...

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KYLESA Complete Work On New Album; Audio Available

Savannah GA's crust-metal-punk hybrid KYLESA have completed work on "To Walk A Middle Course" with producer Alex Newport (MELVINS, AT THE DRIVE-IN, NAILBOMB, THE LOCUST). The album is set for release on March 22 through Prosthetic Records. You can sample the track "In Memory" here. The band will embark on a nationwide tour ...

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Harnessing Ruin - IMMOLATION

There is death metal and then there is IMMOLATION. By that I mean the 17-year veterans are New York-style death metal to the bone, but create quality songs that sound like no one else. The menacing sound, those layered riffs, textured rhythms, and evil-ass Ross Dolan (decipherable) growl came together to form the best album ...

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DISILLUSION Scrap Live Performances, Concentrate On Writing New Material

DISILLUSION, the prog-death band from Leipzig, Germany who recently performed several dates with an expanded line-up (accompanied by five guest musicians), have issued the following update via their official web site: "DISILLUSION have decided to play no more concerts in large line-up including the announced final show in our hometown Leipzig which was to take ...

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ANDREAS KISSER, ALEX SKOLNICK, SEBASTIAN BACH Among Musicians Featured On RUSH Tribute CD

SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser, former TESTAMENT axeman Alex Skolnick, ex-SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach and former WARRANT frontman Jani Lane are among the musicians appearing on the upcoming RUSH tribute album, "Subdivisions", due on March 15 via Magna Carta Records. The CD, which features pre-mix editing by longtime RUSH producer Terry Brown, contains

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GLENN HUGHES Unveils Signature Bass At NAMM: Photos Available

Legendary bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH) unveiled his new signature bass at the Manne Guitars booth on Saturday (Jan. 22) at the NAMM 2005 convention in Anaheim, California. Joining Glenn to celebrate the occasion were some of his close friends such as Alex Ligertwood, Hans Zermuehlen, Bobby Kimball, Pat Travers, Ed Roth and ...

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SAMAEL To Perform Live On French National Radio

Switzerland's SAMAEL will perform two songs, "Inch'Allah" and "On Earth", live on French national radio (Europe 2) on January 20 beginning at 5:15 p.m. CET. This will mark the band's first appearance on a mainstream radio program. In other news, SAMAEL have added photos from their 2004 European tour to the gallery section of their ...

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SCENES To Support CORNERSTONE In Europe

German prog-metallers SCENES, now featuring Alex Koch (ex-SPIRAL TOWER, POWERGOD) on vocals, will support CORNERSTONE (the project featuring ROYAL HUNT bassist Steen Mogensen and ex-RAINBOW/current YNGWIE MALMSTEEN vocalist Doogie White) on several Belgian and German shows beginning in late January. Confirmed dates are as follows: Jan. 28 – Vosselar, BEL @ Biebob Jan. 29 – ...

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TESTAMENT: 'Seen Between The Lines' DVD Details Revealed

More information has surfaced regarding the upcoming DVD release of TESTAMENT's classic "Seen Between the Lines" band documentary. A fan favorite for over a decade, "Seen Between the Lines" was originally released on VHS in 1991 and has been re-recorded in DVD format to enhance picture clarity and sound quality for today's TESTAMENT followers. "Seen ...

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RHAPSODY Keyboardist Launches Web Site

RHAPSODY keyboardist Alex Staropoli has launched his official web site at this location. Staropoli, who is currently working on the compositions for his solo CD, commented: "Thanks to all of you who have supported me through the years and to everyone wanting to know more about me and my solo band album, this ...

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