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Former SAIGON KICK Members To Collaborate On Movie Soundtrack

Former SAIGON KICK bandmates Matt Kramer (vocals) and Phil Varone (drums) are talking about collaborating on several tracks for the soundtrack to a movie Varone is currently making about his "crazy excessive rock 'n' roll life," according to a posting on Kramer's web site. Matt's solo cut "War & Peas" will also be featured on ...

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ATROCITY Explain EARTHSHAKER FEST 2004 Cancellation

Long-running German metallers ATROCITY have issued a statement regarding the cancellation of their previously announced appearance at the Earthshaker Fest 2004, a two-day open-air event set to take place July 23-24 in Geiselwind, Germany. It reads as follows: "Dear fans of ATROCITY, it's with sad emotions that we have to announce that the upcoming concert ...

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BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Singer To Guest On MOONSTONE CD

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT singer Eric Bloom has confirmed his guest appearance on the upcoming CD from MOONSTONE, the new project of Italian guitarist Matteo Filippini. Bloom will be heard on the song "On The Way To Moonstone", written by Filippini and Chris Catena. The musical direction of MOONSTONE is being described as "genuine British-oriented '70s ...

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DECIBEL: New Extreme Music Magazine To Hit Streets In September

Decibel, the self-described "America's most exciting new extreme metal magazine," will launch in September. "Decibel covers a scene which continues to reach new heights both artistically and commercially," said the magazine's Editor-In-Chief Albert Mudrian. "Decibel has a clear editorial focus — we won't be following trends, we'll be ahead of them." Published by the Philadelphia-based ...

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GLENN HUGHES: Live CD/DVD Details Revealed

Former DEEP PURPLE/BLACK SABBATH singer Glenn Hughes will release a double audio CD and a single-disc DVD, entitled "Soulfully Live In The City Of Angels", on September 20 through Frontiers Records (Marquee/Avalon in Japan and Hellion Records in Brazil). "Soulfully Live In The City Of Angels" was shot live on January 11, 2004 before an ...

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Heavy Metal's Premier Guitarists Pick Their Dream G3 Lineups

Norway's Imhotep zine recently asked more than 100 guitarists to choose their own dream G3 lineups. "The respect that the guitar players have for Joe Satriani and Steve Vai is a proven fact," writes the magazine's Thiago Pinto Corrêa Sarkis (also of Brazil's Whiplash). "Anyway, talking with some musicians, I could realize that the G3 ...

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DAVID SHANKLE GROUP: New Singer Found?

DAVID SHANKLE GROUP, the new project formed by former MANOWAR guitarist David Shankle, are reportedly working with singer Kyle Michaels (ALEX MASI, ANIMAL, RAVAGE) following the departure of vocalist Trace Edward Zaber earlier in the year. DAVID SHANKLE GROUP's debut album, "Ashes To Ashes", was released in June 2003 through MANOWAR's Magic Circle Music. The ...

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LAMB OF GOD: New Song Posted Online

A pre-production recording of a new LAMB OF GOD song, entitled "Laid to Rest", has been posted online at this location (Windows Media format). A re-recorded version of "Laid to Rest" will be included on the group's upcoming album, "Ashes of the Wake", due on August 31 through Epic Records. The follow-up to ...

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REQUIEM AETERNAM Complete Work On New Album

Melodic black metal band REQUIEM AETERNAM, originally from Uruguay but currently based in New York, have completed work on their new album, "Philosopher". "The recording quality, the sound as well as the performance, is a testament as to how far REQUIEM AETERNAM has moved on since the days of [1998's] 'Eternally Dying'," the band write ...

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Review: VAN HALEN Returns To Stage In Top Form

Melissa Ruggieri of The Richmond Times-Dispatch reviewed VAN HALEN's show at the MCI Center in Washington D.C. Friday night (June 25). "When you're Eddie Van Halen and you've weathered a hip replacement, overcome tongue cancer and watched your marriage dissolve after 20 years, you deserve the ovation," she wrote. "When you're Eddie Van Halen and ...

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SILENT FORCE Complete Work On New Album

SILENT FORCE, the band featuring ex-ROYAL HUNT singer D.C. Cooper, have completed work on their third album for a late 2004 release through Noise Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Infatuator" was produced by Dennis Ward (ANGRA, PINK CREAM 69) at House of Audio studio in Karlsdorf, Germany. "It's been a long time since the last ...

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ALEX SKOLNICK's THE SKOL TRIO Land U.K. Distribution Deal

THE SKOL TRIO, the band led by former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE axeman Alex Skolnick, have secured a U.K. distribution deal for their latest CD, "Goodbye To Romance: Standards For A New Generation". The album, which is said to consist of classic hard rock tunes from the '70s and '80s rearranged "with rich harmonies and pulsating grooves of ...

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Tasmanian Black Metallers RUINS Sign With BLACKTALON MEDIA

Tasmanian black metallers RUINS have inked a deal with Blacktalon Media. The group's first release for the label will be the forthcoming "Atom and Time" MCD, due on July 1, to be followed by the group's debut album, which is expected to arrive in 2005. Founded by Alex Pope, RUINS' current lineup also features David ...

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OBLITERATION Take Part In OZZFEST Unsigned Band Contest

New York death metallers OBLITERATION have issued the following report regarding their participation in the Ozzfest 2004 unsigned band contest: "OBLITERATION made the audition for Ozzfest. I mean we made it by the skin of our teeth. Literally!!! Newly recruited bass player Mike Greenfield didn't show up until 30 minutes before the interview!!! Talk about ...

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Trial Of RUSH Guitarist, Son Delayed Until September

The date for the battery trial of RUSH lead guitarist Alex Lifeson, and his son, was pushed back another three months Wednesday (June 9), according to the Naples Daily News. Lifeson, whose real name is Alex Zivojinovich, and his son Justin are scheduled to be tried the week of Sept. 13 in Collier County Circuit ...

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VAN HALEN Drummer: 'We've Matured'

VAN HALEN frontman Sammy Hagar has told USA Today that he can't see the sense of dissecting unresolved squabbles with his newly reunited bandmates, as METALLICA did with their traveling therapist in the new documentary "Some Kind of Monster". "We already went through the misery once," said Hagar. "Why relive a horrible experience? If you ...

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VAN HALEN World Premiere Scheduled For Next Weekend

On the weekend of June 11-13, VAN HALEN will debut all three new songs from their forthcoming 36-song two-disc compilation, "The Best Of Both Worlds", on the Westwood One radio special "Van Halen – 2004 Tour Special and World Premiere" The one-hour special will also include the band's first radio interview in more than eight ...

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LAMB OF GOD: New Album To Arrive In August?

According to an ad in the August 2004 issue of Revolver magazine (page 106), LAMB OF GOD's new album, "Ashes of The Wake", will be released on August 31 through Epic Records. The ad also displays what might be the cover art for the new album. As previously reported, the follow-up to 2003's "As the ...

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