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MARTY FRIEDMAN: Tour Report, Live Video Clips Posted Online

WATCHTOWER/SPASTIC INK guitarist Ron Jarzombek, who recently completed a seven-date run as part of ex-MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman's backing band on the Guitarevolution tour (also featuring former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick and original MEGADETH guitarist Chris Poland), has posted the following tour report on his official web site: "This whole adventure started with me sending ...

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GUITAREVOLUTION To Hit East Coast In Early 2004

Guitarists extraordinaire Marty Friedman (ex-MEGADETH), Chris Poland (ex-MEGADETH, DAMN THE MACHINE) and Alex Skolnick (ex-TESTAMENT, SAVATAGE) will be teaming up for an East Coast "Guitarevolution" tour in early 2004. Exact cities and venues will be announced soon. The three axeman recently completed a successful run of West Coast dates under the "Guitarevolution" banner. Upcoming THE ...

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EXHUMED's 'Anatomy Is Destiny' Banned In Germany

Due to pressure from German government ratings groups, Relapse Records' German distribution partner SPV has been forced to withdraw EXHUMED's new record, "Anatomy Is Destiny", from distribution on the brink of its release and on the eve of the band's European headlining tour. Ratings groups deemed the band photos inside "Anatomy Is Destiny"EXHUMED's ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN: GUITAREVOLUTION Setlist Revealed

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman and his backing band — guitarist Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER, SPASTIC INK), drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (ex-MEGADETH, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, Y&T) and bassist Chris Catero (RAZER, ex-WARDOG) — kicked off the Guitarevolution U.S. tour with THE ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO (featuring former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick) and OHM (featuring original MEGADETH guitarist Chris Poland) ...

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SAMMY HAGAR: EDDIE VAN HALEN Has Lost Touch

Former VAN HALEN singer Sammy Hagar recently spoke to Goldmine magazine about frequent jam partner/VH bassist Michael Anthony's views on the current VAN HALEN situation. "[Michael is] basically like everyone else out there," Hagar said. "He's completely lost touch with any of the VAN HALEN situation. He hasn't talked to any of those guys in ...

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HOMO IRATUS Begin Work On New Album

Greece's HOMO IRATUS have commenced the recording process for their new album, "Apocalypse", tentatively due in late 2003/early 2004 through an as-yet-undetermined label. The group, who parted ways with Arctic Music Group at their own request, are laying down 12 tracks at the Rock studio in Thessaloniki, Greece. The tentative track listing for "Apocalypse" is ...

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Former TESTAMENT Axeman To Teach At AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF GUITAR

Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick has joined the distinguished faculty of New York's premier guitar school, American Institute Of Guitar (AIG). Alex will be teaching the Jazz Soloing Workshop this fall. "Learn the essential scales, arpeggios and techniques of jazz soloing," reads a post on Skolnick's web site. "Hands-on with lots of playing. In addition, ...

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THE MIGHTY NIMBUS Sign With THREEMAN RECORDINGS

THE MIGHTY NIMBUS, featuring members of SIXTY WATT SHAMAN and ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY, have inked a deal with Threeman Recordings, the Swedish label owned by Alex Hellid of ENTOMBED. The group's debut album, tentatively a self-titled affair, is due before the end of the year. Among the tracks set to appear on the CD are the ...

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SINISTER Shuffle Bandmembers, Launch Side Project

Long-running Dutch death metallers SINISTER have parted ways with guitarist Pascal Grevinga and bassist Alex. Ron van de Polder, who was involved in the songwriting process for 1992's "Cross The Styx" and this year's "Savage Or Grace", has been named the group's permanent guitarist. Polder, singer Rachel Heyzer and drummer Aad Kloosterwaard have already started ...

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JEFF SCOTT SOTO: Mammoth QUEEN Set Out On DVD

Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Jeff Scott Soto and his solo band — Howie Simon, Alex Papa and Gary Schutt — performed a set of QUEEN classics at the 2003 Queen Convention in the U.K. The performance, which was captured on video, has now been made available on DVD via Soto's official web site,

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist Conquers Japan

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman recently played two songs from his latest solo CD, "Music For Speeding" ("Lust For Life" and "It's The Unreal Thing"), live in the broadcast center for Japan's Sky Perfect TV's "Party Dude!" program. This nationwide hard rock show will broadcast the two songs plus interviews on two separate programs over ...

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DON DOKKEN: New Material Sounds Like 'Tooth And Nail'

Don Dokken has posted the following message to DOKKEN's official web site: "Hi everybody, it's been a long time since I've posted a note. As you know we've been on tour almost a year and a half, and a lot has happened during that time. Member changes tough tours and law suits to boot! After ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN To Be Joined By Ex-MEGADETH Drummer, WATCHTOWER Guitarist On Upcoming Tour

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman has announced his backing band for the upcoming Guitarevolution tour, the month-long trek featuring Friedman, Alex Skolnick's (ex-TESTAMENT, SAVATAGE) jazz combo THE ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO and original MEGADETH guitarist Chris Poland's (ex-DAMN THE MACHINE) prog-rock outfit OHM. Joining Marty on the tour will be guitarist Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER, SPASTIC INK), ...

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RUSH: Busy, Not Hurried

The Toronto Sun spoke to RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson about the group's upcoming two-DVD set, "Rush In Rio", due in September. "I've been in the studio with the mixing portion of it for the last seven weeks," he said. "We still have another couple of weeks to go on it. [Bassist/vocalist] Geddy [Lee] has been ...

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LIZZY BORDEN's Guitar Search Continues

LIZZY BORDEN have commenced the recording process for their eighth album, tentatively due in early 2004 through Metal Blade Records. The as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2000's critically acclaimed "Deal with the Devil" will reportedly be "a straight-ahead, balls-out high-energy hard rock album." The band, who parted ways with guitarist Alex Nelson earlier in the year, are ...

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DOL AMMAD Enlist RHAPSODY Drummer For Debut CD

Greek "electronic art metal" act DOL AMMAD have enlisted RHAPSODY's Alex Holzwarth to lay down the drum tracks for the group's full-length debut, "Star Tales", tentatively due before the end of the year. The recordings will take place in August at Sascha Paeth's Gate Studios (RHAPSODY, ANGRA, KAMELOT, HEAVEN'S GATE) in Wolfsburg, Germany. DOL AMMAD ...

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ANGER Confirmed For Florida's 12 HOURS OF MAYHEM Festival

Florida-based hardcore kings ANGER, featuring drummer Alex Marquez (ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION, DEMOLITION HAMMER, SOLSTICE), have been confirmed for the first annual 12 Hours Of Mayhem festival, set to take place November 1 at the Mahi Shrine Auditorium in Miami. The show will feature 12 of South Florida's heaviest metal and hardcore bands and will also include ...

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RUSH Reveal 'Rio' CD/DVD Details, Dispel Breakup Rumors

Veteran Canadian rock trio RUSH will release the triple-disc live album and double-disc DVD, titled "Rush in Rio", in September via Anthem/Atlantic Records, according to Billboard.com. The DVD version of"Rush in Rio" includes all 28 songs from the CD (recorded last Nov. 23 on the last show of the band's "Vapor Trails" tour), augmented with ...

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MACHINE HEAD Finish Recording New Album, Prepare To Mix

MACHINE HEAD have finished recording their fifth studio album, entitled "Through The Ashes Of Empires", at Sharkbite studios in Oakland, California and are currently preparing to begin mixing the effort for an October 13 European release through Roadrunner Records. "Yesterday [July 21] was our last official day in the studio, and everything went fucking excellent," ...

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Former MALEVOLENT CREATION Drummer Resurfaces In Miami's ANGER

After a long hiatus, drummer Alex Marquez (ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION, DEMOLITION HAMMER, SOLSTICE) has resurfaced with Miami hardcore legends ANGER. Clean and sober, Alex is "back and playing better than he has in 10 years." More to be announced soon. Upcoming ANGER tour dates: Jul. 26 – Coral Gables, FL @ Gables Pub Aug. 02 – ...

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CRYPTOPSY To Get 'Really Intense' On Next Album

Canadian technical death metallers CRYPTOPSY are currently hard at work writing new material for their upcoming fifth studio album — the group's first with new vocalist Martin Lacroix (ex-SPASME). The as-yet-untitled effort will be recorded at Wild Studio in St-Zenon, Quebec, Canada with producer Pierre Rémillard (KATAKLYSM, GORGUTS, KRISIUN) and is tentatively set for an ...

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SILENT FORCE: Studio Photos Posted Online

SILENT FORCE, the band featuring ex-ROYAL HUNT singer D.C. Cooper, have posted several photos taken during the recording sessions for their new album, "Line Of Attack", at this location. The follow up to 2001's "Infatuator", which is being produced by Dennis Ward (ANGRA, PINK CREAM 69), is due before the end of the ...

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