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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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RUSH Guitarist Talks About 30th Anniversary Tour, Upcoming EP

RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson has spoken to the Cleveland Plain Dealer about the group's 30th anniversary tour and upcoming covers EP "Feedback". "This being the anniversary and everything, we thought we'd get back out and do something special with this," Lifeson, 50, said of the current trek. "I mean, we have every intention of going ...

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CANNIBAL CORPSE: Rio Show Cancelled

CANNIBAL CORPSE bassist Alex Webster has posted the following message on the band's web site: "We have just been informed by our South American booking agent that the show in Rio de Janeiro will not take place. The reason given was financial problems with the local promoter. We are disappointed that we won't able to ...

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ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO Sign With MAGNA CARTA RECORDS

ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO, the jazz ensemble led by former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick, have inked a deal with Magna Carta Records. "Fittingly, Magna Carta is based in Rochester, NY, where we have some of our most rabid supporters," the band write on Alex's web site. "We want to thank all the fans and industry folks ...

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ATROCITY's KRULL, LEAVES' EYES' LIV To Appear On German TV

ATROCITY frontman Alex Krull and his wife/LEAVES' EYES bandmate Liv Kristine will be the guests on German TV channel B-TV's morning show on Tuesday, June 1 between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. LEAVES' EYES' debut album, "Lovelorn", was released last week through Napalm Records. The band made their live debut on Friday (May 28) at ...

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DISILLUSION, COMMANDER, INTO DARKNESS To Tour Germany

DISILLUSION, COMMANDER and INTO DARKNESS will be teaming up for a three-date "Summer Death Tour" of Bavaria/Germany in June. Confirmed dates are as follows: Jun. 10 – Munich, GER - Garage Jun. 11 – Jenkofen (Landshut), GER - Wolperdinger (w/ ILLEGIMITATION) Jun. 12 - Landsberg a. Lech, GER - Juze (w/ SARUMAN) DISILLUSION's full-length debut, ...

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ANTHRAX To Begin Work On New Album In August

ANTHRAX will begin work on a new album in August for a tentative late spring/early summer 2005 release, guitarist Scott Ian told The Star Newspapers in a recent interview. "If we make a great record, everything else falls into place," he said. Ian also said that he is hoping the relationship the band established with ...

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