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RHAPSODY Name New Album

Italian symphonic metal band RHAPSODY have set "Symphony Of Enchanted Lands Part 2 - The Dark Secret" as the title of their forthcoming full-length album, due in September through Magic Circle Music/SPV. As previously reported, the upcoming CD will feature a very special appearance by acclaimed actor Christopher Lee ("Star Wars - Episode 2: Attack ...

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Former LIZZY BORDEN Guitarist Dies In Head-On Collision

Former LIZZY BORDEN guitarist Alex Nelson died in a head-on collision the afternoon of May 17, 2004. According to publicist Nancy B. Sayle, Alex "joined LIZZY BORDEN, after replacing Tony Matuzak, on guitar before the recording of 'The Murderess Metal Roadshow'. Alex maintained his place in the band and went on to tour with LIZZY ...

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RUSH Drummer Explains Reasons For Recording Cover EP

Canadian trio RUSH have confirmed plans to release an EP collection of covers of classics popularized by THE WHO, CREAM, BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD and THE YARDBIRDS. Due June 29 via Atlantic, the eight-track "Feedback" marks the first time the group has ever recorded material by other artists. "[Bassist] Geddy [Lee], [guitarist] Alex [Lifeson] and I were ...

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GUNS N' ROSES Keyboardist To Begin Work On Solo Album

In an exclusive interview with Boston writer Debby Rao for Glam-Metal.com, GUNS N' ROSES keyboardist Dizzy Reed previewed his upcoming tour plans and new solo album. When asked about his tour with HOOKERS-N-BLOW, Dizzy said, "We will start in New York on Long Island, June 3 and then we head up to Boston to play ...

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KISS Bassist GENE SIMMONS Offends Australian Muslims

Alex Wilson of the Australian Associated Press is reporting that KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons has caused an uproar among Australia's Muslim community by launching an attack on Islamic culture while in Melbourne. Simmons, who is currently touring Australia with KISS, launched an attack on Muslim extremists during an interview on Melbourne's 3AW radio. "Extremism believes ...

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GLENN HUGHES To Headline Orlando Charity Gig

Former DEEP PURPLE/BLACK SABBATH singer Glenn Hughes will be headlining the 4th annual 98.9 WMMO Rock Forever Golf Classic and Concert in Orlando, Florida on Saturday, June 12. Among those joining him will be Lita Ford, Alex Ligertwood (SANTANA), Kevin DuBrow (QUIET RIOT) and Doug Fieger (THE KNACK). The show, which is sponsored by SunTrust ...

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Report: New Trial Date Set In RUSH Guitarist's Battery Case

John Henderson of the Naples Daily News reports that a new trial date has been set in a battery case involving RUSH lead guitarist Alex Lifeson, and it falls right in the heart of the group's upcoming 30th anniversary tour. But Lifeson's (a.k.a. Alex Zivojinovich) defense attorney said he doesn't expect the trial to be ...

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CANNIBAL CORPSE Rehearsing With New Guitarist

CANNIBAL CORPSE bassist Alex Webster has issued a statement regarding the recent news that the group's longtime guitarist Jack Owen has left the band. Alex's statement reads as follows: "Hey everybody, Alex from CANNIBAL here. I just wanted to update everyone on how we've been doing since Jack quit the band last week. We are ...

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KARMAKANIC To Release 'Wheel Of Life' In June

KARMAKANIC, the progressive Swedish band featuring Jonas Reingold and Zoltan Chorsz from THE FLOWER KINGS alongside former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Goran Edman, will release their sophomore album, "Wheel of Life", on June 7 through Regain Records. Described as a cross between YES, DREAM THEATER and KING CRIMSON, KARMAKANIC were honored with the prize for best ...

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APOCALYPSE RISING Completing Work On Debut Demo

APOCALYPSE RISING, the new "power metal/early '80s thrash" band featuring former MALEVOLENT CREATION drummer Alex Marquez and his former SOLSTICE bandmate/guitarist Dennis Munoz, are putting the finishing touches on their six-track demo. Songtitles set to appear on the CD are as follows: 01. One For Tomorrow 02. Death Blow 03. The Return 04. Live On ...

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ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO To Contribute Song To Jazz Compilation

ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO, the jazz ensemble led by former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick, will be contributing a track to "Expressions In Jazz Major", a limited-edition jazz compilation album to be released this July. The album will benefit the Instruments for the Youth Foundation. The Florida based non-profit organization works to provide free musical instruments to ...

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DESECRATOR Complete Work On Debut Album

Jamestown, New York-based power/thrash band DESECRATOR have just finished recording their independent debut album, "Die For You, Dead Without You", Pyramid Sound Studios in Ithaca, New York with legendary metal producer Alex Perialas (ANTHRAX, TESTAMENT, OVERKILL, S.O.D.). The CD — said to be the first full-budget metal record Perialas has produced in nearly ten years ...

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HAVOCHATE: Former SLAYER Drummer, Ex-TESTAMENT Bassist Join The Fold

Drummer Jon Dette (ex-SLAYER, TESTAMENT) and bassist Greg Christian (ex-TESTAMENT) have officially joined the New York-based metal band HAVOCHATE. The group will enter Pyramid Sound Recording Studios in Ithaca, New York on April 26 with producer Alex Perialas (TESTAMENT, ANTHRAX, OVERKILL) to begin recording their second album, due later in the year. HAVOCHATE's forthcoming CD ...

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GUNS N' ROSES Keyboardist Schedules East Coast Dates

GUNS N' ROSES keyboardist Dizzy Reed will take HOOKERS N BLOW to the East Coast for a handful of dates in early June. The last time HOOKERS played New York City at Don Hills, Richard Fortus (GUNS N' ROSES guitarist) showed up and did a few tunes including the BOB DYLAN classic "Knockin' on Heaven's ...

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MISDEMEANOR: New Album Due In The Fall

Swedish all-girl outfit MISDEMEANOR have been hard at work at DogPound Audio studio working on their second full-length album, entitled "High Crimes & Misdemeanor". A total of 11 "hard rock" songs are being tracked for the follow-up to 2002's self-titled effort, which is being recorded by Jonas Edler and produced by Alex Hellid (ENTOMBED). A ...

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THE END To Embark On Canadian Tour

Relapse Records recording artists THE END have announced a Canadian national headlining tour, the band's second road jaunt in support of their critically acclaimed new album, "Within Dividia". THE END will headline the "Aggressive Tendencies Tour 2004" beginning April 29 in St. Catherines, Ontario at the L3 Nightclub. The Aggressive Tendencies Tour is sponsored by ...

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IMMOLATION Drummer Joins Melodic Black Metallers REQUIEM AETERNAM

Melodic black metal band REQUIEM AETERNAM, originally from Uruguay but currently based in New York, have announced that drummer Alex Hernández, known for his work in IMMOLATION, has joined the group to lay down the drum tracks for their upcoming album, "Philosopher". "His huge talent and wide experience, gained in more than a decade of ...

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Former MALEVOLENT CREATION Drummer, Ex-SOLSTICE Guitarist Reunite In APOCALYPSE RISING

Ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION drummer Alex Marquez has reunited with his former SOLSTICE bandmate/guitarist Dennis Munoz in a new "power metal/early '80s thrash" band tentatively called APOCALYPSE RISING. The quartet, which is completed by second guitarist Willy Medina and bass player Mike Marabell, sees Marquez handling the vocal duties (the band plans to have a drummer for ...

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RHAPSODY To Issue Mini-CD In May

RHAPSODY will be issuing a new mini-CD, entitled "The Dark Secret", on May 29 through Magic Circle Music/SPV. The group's as-yet-untitled new full-length album will follow in September. "The Dark Secret" track listing: 01. Unholy Warcry (short version)* 02. Thunder Mighty Roar* 03. Sacred Power Of Raging Winds 04. Guardians Of Destiny (English version)* 05. ...

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TESTAMENT Offer Second 'Bootleg' Video

San Francisco Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT are offering the second live "bootleg" video for sale in the "Merch" section of the group's official web site. "This tape features the original TESTAMENT line-up live at the Santa Monica Civic, Santa Monica, CA on December 16, 1989," reads a post on the site. " It includes cool ...

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SAMMY HAGAR: EDDIE VAN HALEN Is Playing Better Than Ever

Sammy Hagar has confirmed during an appearance on "The Howard Stern Show" Friday morning (March 26) that he has been working with VAN HALEN for a couple of months on new material that will be included on a compilation disc due this summer. The following is a synopsis of this morning's show, as reported by ...

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ANTHRAX: DVD Cover Posted Online

The cover artwork for ANTHRAX's much-anticipated live DVD, "Music Of Mass Destruction", has been posted online at this location. Filmed at a sold-out Metro in Chicago on Friday, December 5, 2003, "Music Of Mass Destruction" reportedly captures what is being described as "the show to define the band's legendary career." According to drummer ...

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JEFF SCOTT SOTO: Drummer ALEX PAPA Leaves The Fold

Vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (TALISMAN, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) has parted ways with the drummer from his solo band, Alex Papa. "Alex has decided to pursue other avenues in his career," Jeff said in a statement. "I and the rest of the band support his decisions and wish him nothing but every success in his future endeavors. ...

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