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SANCTITY Sign With ROADRUNNER RECORDS

Roadrunner Records has announced the signing of Asheville, NC classic metal quartet SANCTITY. The group formed in 2000 and is comprised of Jared MacEachern (vocals, rhythm guitar), Zeff Childress (lead guitar), Billy Moody (bass) and Jeremy London (drums). SANCTITY was signed by longtime Roadrunner A&R man and purveyor of seminal metal bands like SEPULTURA, SLIPKNOT, ...

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VANDEN PLAS: First Tour Dates Of 2006 Announced

German progressive metallers VANDEN PLAS have announced the first tour dates in support of their upcoming CD, "Christ.0". They are as follows: Mar. 18 - Cologne Prog Night (Bürgerzentrum Ehrenfeld) - Köln, GER Apr. 02 - Headway Festival - NETH May 05 - Festival - Beauvais, FRA (w/ THERION, WITHIN TEMPTATION, ANGRA) As previously reported, ...

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PRONG, BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION, TO/DIE/FOR To Perform At NAMM Show

PRONG, BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION and TO/DIE/FOR will be performing at the upcoming NAMM show on January 20, 2006. The concert will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Anaheim, California and is sponsored by Coffin Cases and Monster Energy Drinks. More information will be made available soon. PRONG recently announced addition of drummer drummer Aaron ...

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VANDEN PLAS To Release New CD In February

German progressive metallers VANDEN PLAS will release their new album, "Christ.0", on February 24, 2006. It is a concept album inspired by Alexandre Dumas' novel "The Count of Monte Cristo". The recordings are currently taking place at the Bazement studios near Wiesbaden, Germany. The track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. Christ 0 ...

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PRONG: More U.S. Dates Announced

PRONG will be teaming up with STATIC-X and ILL NINO for two shows at the Key Club in West Hollywood, California at the end of the month. In addition, they have scheduled three more headlining dates in late March. The group's itinerary is now shaping up as follows: Dec. 22 - Key Club - Hollywood, ...

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ROADRUNNER VP Of A&R MONTE CONNER: 'Number One Thing I Look For Is Originality'

Monte Conner, Senior Vice President of A&R at Roadrunner Records, recently answered several fan questions regarding his career achievements and the newly released "Roadrunner United: The All Star Sessions" album celebrating the label's 25th anniversary. A couple of excerpts from the question-and-answer session follow: Q: What are the main things that you look for in ...

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New PRONG Drummer: TOMMY VICTOR 'Has A Heart Of Gold'

Current PRONG drummer Aaron Rossi has sent the following message to BLABBERMOUTH.NET: "I never played drums for MEDICATION, damn it!! I auditioned for them, and that's about it. After the audition, I ended up recording a demo with Logan Mader [ex-MEDICATION, MACHINE HEAD, SOULFLY]. That was years ago now. For my proper credits check out ...

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PRONG: More U.S. Tour Dates Announced

PRONG have lined up the following dates during the coming months: Nov. 09 - Key Club - Los Angeles LA, , CA Nov. 10 - The Galaxy - Santa Ana, CA Nov. 11 - The Pound - San Francisco, CA Nov. 12 - Empire Ballroom - Las Vegas, NV Nov. 19 - Studio Seven - ...

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DINO CAZARES Discusses New Project, Says He Is Open To Playing With BURTON C. BELL

Sweden's Close-Up magazine recently spoke to the four ROADRUNNER UNITED team captains Dino Cazares (ASESINO, ex-FEAR FACTORY, BRUJERIA), Joey Jordison (SLIPKNOT), Robert Flynn (MACHINE HEAD) and Matthew Heafy (TRIVIUM). In addition, Roadrunner Records Senior Director of A&R Monte Conner gives his input on the gigantic project. Following are some excerpts from the article. Cazarez on ...

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Longtime Metal Journalist Pays Tribute To Fallen VOIVOD Guitarist

Longtime metal journalist and BLABBERMOUTH.NET contributor Don Kaye has issued the following statement regarding the passing of VOIVOD guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour: "It was almost exactly twenty years ago that I first met the members of VOIVOD, including guitarist Denis 'Piggy' D'Amour. I had been following their career for a year before that, through demos ...

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RUIN Complete Demo With Former SOULFLY/SNOT Guitarist

Hollywood, California-based RUIN recently completed work on a three-song demo with producer Mikey Doling (former SNOT/SOULFLY guitarist). The three tracks — "Pull You Down", "Guilty Conscience" and "Unstable" — are currently available for listening at MySpace.com. The song "Pull You Down" features a guest guitar appearance by Doling. Upcoming RUIN shows: Jul. 15 ...

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TRIVIUM's HEAFY Reveals Details Of 'Roadrunner All-Stars' CD

TRIVIUM's Matt Heafy has revealed more details about his contributions to the upcoming "Roadrunner All-Stars" record to mark Roadrunner Records' 25th anniversary. The full-length release will contain original musical collaborations between past and present Roadrunner artists. Approximately 50 musicians are expected to participate in this record, making it a most elaborate collaboration project. Four central ...

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PRONG: Regrouping And Re-Evaluating The Songwriting Process

PRONG mainman Tommy Victor has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "So what are the new developments? well since I'm off my duties playing guitar with Glenn Danzig, I'm ready to refocus and continue this project called PRONG! For over two years, Monte Pittman [guitar], Dan Laudo [drums] and myself have ...

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ROADRUNNER 'All-Stars' Album: Progress Includes New Captain And New Team Members

Roadrunner Records has advanced in the process of putting together the groundbreaking "Roadrunner All-Stars" record to mark the label's 25th anniversary. The full-length release will contain original musical collaborations between past and present Roadrunner artists. Approximately 50 musicians are expected to participate in this record, making it a most elaborate collaboration project. Four central musicians ...

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MINISTRY: Anthology To Include Remixes, Brand-New Song

MINISTRY mainman Al Jourgensen is currently working on remixes for an upcoming MINISTRY anthology, tentatively dubbed "Rantology", due before the end of the year. In addition, the collection will feature a brand-new MINISTRY track called "The Great Satan", Jourgensen revealed during an online chat on Monday (May 30). Songs scheduled to be remixed for the ...

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TRIVIUM's HEAFY Tapped To Co-Produce 'Roadrunner All-Stars' Disc

According to MTV.com, the fourth mystery producer behind Roadrunner Records' forthcoming "Roadrunner All-Stars" disc — which is expected to contain original tracks that are the product of collaborations between past and present members of the label's roster — has been revealed. Joining producers/composers Joey Jordison of SLIPKNOT, Dino Cazares of FEAR FACTORY and MACHINE HEAD's ...

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MINISTRY And REVOLTING COCKS To Team Up For U.S. Tour

MINISTRY and its offshoot project the REVOLTING COCKS will be teaming up for a summer 2006 U.S. tour. More information will be made available during the coming months. REVOLTING COCKS' current lineup includes MINISTRY mainman Al Jourgensen alongside Phil "Phildo" Owen (SKATENIGS), John Monte (M.O.D., MIND FUNK, DRAGPIPE), Mike Scaccia (RIGOR MORTIS, MINISTRY) and Mark ...

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Guide To Extinction - NOCTURNE

NOCTURNE are the latest in a long line of female-fronted, electronic-tinged rock bands (the most well-known being GARBAGE). Like many of these groups, the "industrial" elements found within seem more like superficial machine trappings hung on a basic hard rock framework — enough stuff to warrant playing to a DAT live, maybe, but nothing particularly ...

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ANNIHILATOR Guitarist Lays Down 'Rippin' Solos' On 'Roadrunner All-Stars' CD

ANNIHILATOR guitarist Jeff Waters has contributed "some rippin' solos" to a Robert Flynn (MACHINE HEAD)-penned track that will appear on the forthcoming album to mark Roadrunner Records' 25th Anniversary. Tentatively titled "Roadrunner All-Stars", the full-length release will contain original tracks that are collaborations between past and present Roadrunner stars. Commented Waters: "Just got back from ...

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VANDEN PLAS: 'Heavy Mental Shadow Opera' To Premier Next February

German progressive metallers VANDEN PLAS have confirmed plans to bring the "Abydos" solo album of the group's lead singer, Andy Kuntz, to the stage. Kuntz' "Heavy Mental Shadow Opera" will premier in Kaiserslautern's Pfalztheater next February. It will be the city's official cultural contribution to the FIFA Football World Cup 2006 in Germany. VANDEN PLAS ...

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VANDEN PLAS Singer' 'Abydos' To Premier As Rock Musical

The solo album of VANDEN PLAS vocalist Andy Kuntz has received great reviews ever since its release. Now Andy will take his work of art one step further and bring "Abydos" to the stage! The "Heavy Mental Shadow Opera" will premier in Kaiserslautern's Pfalztheater around the time of next year's soccer world cup in Germany. ...

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