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DISILLUSION Hard At Work On Sophomore Album

DISILLUSION, the prog-death band from Leipzig, Germany, is hard at work on its as-yet-untitled sophomore album, due on October 23 via Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2004's "Back to Times of Splendor" will be completed before the end of July, and the record will be mastered in August by one of the "big names ...

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RHAPSODY Change Name To RHAPSODY OF FIRE

Due to copyright and trademark issues, the band formerly known as RHAPSODY has changed its name to RHAPSODY OF FIRE. The band members consider this a great new start, reflecting the emboldened and increasingly grandiose direction that their music has taken. "The power of the dragonflame will burn brighter than ever before," says guitarist/songwriter Luca ...

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PAUL BOSTAPH: 'I'm Stoked To Hit The Road With The TESTAMENT Guys'

EXODUS drummer Paul Bostaph (ex-SLAYER, FORBIDDEN, SYSTEMATIC) has commented on his upcoming stint as the touring drummer for TESTAMENT. As previously reported, TESTAMENT drummer Louie Clemente will be unable to perform with the band on the upcoming shows scheduled in the United States, Europe, and South Korea due to "medical reasons." Bostaph, who was a ...

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E-FORCE Sign With THUNDERING RECORDS

E-FORCE, the band featuring former VOIVOD bassist/vocalist Eric Forrest, have signed a new three-album deal with France's Thundering Records. The band will enter the studio in October in Toulouse, France with producer Patrick Fredrich to begin recording their sophomore album, tentatively due in early 2007. As previously reported, E-FORCE have posted three songs from their ...

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CONGLOMERATORZ: New Album 'Naturally Heavy' Now Available

Chicago-based prog-metal band CONGLOMERATORZ have released their new album, entitled "Naturally Heavy", through Nanofusion Music. The 14-song CD is described in a press release as "pure ultraistic progressively aggressive music that is opening narrow minds throughout the music industry. Lay your ears to rest by enjoying this multi-verse of mixed sounds that only this trio ...

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SAMMY HAGAR: EDDIE VAN HALEN 'Needs An Overhaul'

World Entertainment News Network is reporting that Sammy Hagar fears a VAN HALEN reunion will never happen because former bandmate Eddie Van Halen needs "an overhaul". Hagar singer still tours with former VAN HALEN bandmate Michael Anthony and speaks regularly to Alex Van Halen, but he rarely talks to guitarist Eddie — and fears he ...

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FIVE.BOLT.MAIN To Enter Studio In August

FIVE.BOLT.MAIN, who are based in Louisville, Kentucky, plan to head into the studio in August to begin work on a new album set for release in early 2007. Chris Henderson, guitarist for the multi-platinum band 3 DOORS DOWN, will be at the production helm. Says FIVE.BOLT.MAIN lead singer Chris Volz: "I am really excited about ...

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RUSH Drummer Checks In With Songwriting Update

RUSH drummer Neil Peart has posted a lengthy update at his official web site. An excerpt from message follows: "My bandmates and I had decided to spend May working together in a Toronto studio, to refine some of the songs we had worked on long-distance over the winter, and hopefully to write some new ones. ...

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KRISIUN Comment On Upcoming U.S. Tour

Brazilian death metallers KRISIUN are preparing to once again assault the U.S. in supporting of their latest album, "AssassiNation". Commented vocalist/bassist Alex Camargo: "We in KRISIUN would like say thanks to our North American death metal brothers for the great support through the years. Due to the great response we had to our latest album, ...

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RUSH: 'Replay X 3' U.K. Release Delayed

According to a posting on the RUSH fan site Power Windows, RUSH's "Replay X 3" — a four-disc box set containing DVD reissues of "Exit…Stage Left", "Grace Under Pressure" and "A Show Of Hands", along with first-time-in-print CD soundtrack version of "Grace Under Pressure" — has had its U.K. release date pushed back ...

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RUSH: 'Replay X 3' Tops Video Charts

According to a posting on the RUSH fan site Power Windows, RUSH's "Replay X 3" — a four-disc box set containing DVD reissues of "Exit…Stage Left", "Grace Under Pressure" and "A Show Of Hands", along with first-time-in-print CD soundtrack version of "Grace Under Pressure" — debuted at position No. 1 on Billboard magazine's ...

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MITHRAS Announce New Touring Guitarist

U.K. atmospheric extreme act MITHRAS have announced the addition of live guitarist Alex de Moller (of underground London-based band SCYTHIAN) into the fold. The MITHRAS live lineup is now: Rayner Coss - Oratory / Bass Leon Macey - Lead Guitar Alex de Moller - Rhythm Guitar Sean Broster - Drums MITHRAS will be gigging towards ...

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