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FEAR FACTORY Confirm New Record Deal, Bassist

FEAR FACTORY have officially signed a new record deal with D3 Entertainment in the U.S. (as first predicted here back in July) and Roadrunner Records in Europe. The group's new album, titled "Archetype", is currently being recorded at Rumbo Recorders in Los Angeles with engineer Ken Marshall (SKINNY PUPPY). An April 2004 release ...

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H.I.M. Added To More OZZY European Dates

Finnish goth-metallers H.I.M. have added two more shows with OZZY OSBOURNE to their U.K. schedule. They will be at NEC in Birmingham on February 24 and 26. Upcoming H.I.M. shows: Dec. 19 – Astoria - London, UK Dec. 31 - Tavastia - Helsinki, FIN Jan. 15 - Arena - Oberhausen, GER (w/ OZZY OSBOURNE) Jan. ...

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HEAVENLY Announce One-Off U.K. Gig

France's HEAVENLY will play their first show in support of third album, "Dust To Dust", on February 13 at the Underworld in London as special guests of DRAGONFORCE. "We previously played at the Underworld on the tour with EDGUY (GAMMA RAY were also there), so we'll be delighted to come back and kick some British ...

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H.I.M. Announce European Tour Dates

Finnish goth-metallers H.I.M. have lined up the following European tour dates during the winter: Dec. 19 – Astoria - London, UK Dec. 31 - Tavastia - Helsinki, FIN Jan. 15 - Arena - Oberhausen, GER (w/ OZZY OSBOURNE) Jan. 17 - Ahoy - Rotterdam, Holland (w/ OZZY OSBOURNE) Jan. 19 - Alcatrazz - Milan, ITA ...

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Ex-FAITH NO MORE Bassist BILLY GOULD: Why I Left BRUJERIA

Former FAITH NO MORE bassist Billy Gould recently spoke to Perfect Pitch Online about his decision to leave BRUJERIA, the extreme death metal project he had co-founded with ex-FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares. "I was involved from the beginning, and it's just a different band now," Gould explained when asked why he exited the group. ...

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DEATHSTARS Added To PARADISE LOST Tour

Sweden's DEATHSTARS have been added to the following dates on the PARADISE LOST European tour: Nov. 02 - Longhorn – Stuttgart, GER Nov. 03 - Abart – Zurich, SWI Nov. 05 - Vidia – Cesena, ITA Nov. 06 - New Age - Trevisio, ITA Nov. 08 - Espace – Marseille, FRA Nov. 09 - Havana ...

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DIONYSUS Added To SAXON/DORO European Tour

DIONYSUS, the Swedish/German melodic power metal act featuring the voice behind guitarist Luca Turilli's solo work, Olaf Hayer, and ex-SINERGY drummer Ronny Milianowicz, have been added to the upcoming SAXON/DORO/CIRCLE II CIRCLE European tour. Confirmed dates are as follows: Nov. 29 - Murcia, SPA - Sala Gamma (w/out CIRCLE II CIRCLE) Nov. 30 - Bergara, ...

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Former PANTERA Members To Release New Album In January

The band formerly known as NEW FOUND POWER, which features in its ranks guitarist Dimebag Darrell (ex-PANTERA), Dimebag's drummer brother Vinnie Paul (ex-PANTERA), DIESEL MACHINE/ex-HALFORD guitarist Patrick Lachman (on vocals) and ex-JERRY CANTRELL guitarist Shawn Matthews (on bass), will be releasing their debut album through Elektra Records in January. "[NEW FOUND POWER] was a working ...

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New SPEARFISH CD To Feature High-Profile Guest Appearances

Paul Dianno (IRON MAIDEN), Mick Box (URIAH HEEP), Nicky Moore (SAMSON), Manny Charlton (NAZARETH), Stefan Elmgren (HAMMERFALL), and Dave Hill (DEMON) are among the guest artists featured on the forthcoming SPEARFISH CD, "Back, For The Future", due on October 31 through Sweden Rock Records. All proceeds from the album will be donated to the Children's ...

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GAMMA RAY To Support IRON MAIDEN In Europe

German power metallers GAMMA RAY have been confirmed as the support act for the first 10 European dates of IRON MAIDEN's "Dance Of Death World Tour". GAMMA RAY, fronted by former HELLOWEEN guitarist Kai Hansen, have been busy throughout the summer playing at many of the big open air festivals, including Wacken, followed by a ...

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GAMMA RAY To Tour South America In November

German power metallers GAMMA RAY have announced a set of eleven South American tour dates for November. The trek will mark the band's first visit to South America in over four years and will see their first-ever concerts in Costa Rica and Venezuela. The dates are as follows: Nov. 15 - Mexico City, MEX @ ...

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LIFE AFTER DEATH To Appear On METALLICA Tribute CD

LIFE AFTER DEATH, the Los Angeles-based band featuring ARMORED SAINT drummer Gonzo and guitarist Phil Sandoval, have been asked by producer Bob Kulick to contribute a song to an upcoming METALLICA tribute album, tentatively due before the end of the year through Cleopatra Records. "We decided to do the masterful 'Eye of the Beholder'," the ...

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PRIMAL FEAR Change Album Title, Announce European Tour

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have changed the title of their forthcoming studio CD to "Devil's Ground" from the previously announced "In Metal". The band will enter the studio on Tuesday (September 30) to begin recording the effort for a February 23, 2004 release through Nuclear Blast Records (JVC/Victor in Japan). The tentative track listing ...

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SEVEN WITCHES To Support OVERKILL In Europe

SEVEN WITCHES, the band featuring former SAVATAGE guitarist Jack Frost, ARMORED SAINT/FATES WARNING bassist Joey Vera, and HELSTAR singer James Rivera, have been confirmed as the opening band for OVERKILL on their November European tour. Prior to hitting the road with OVERKILL, SEVEN WITCHES will play several warm-up headlining dates in the U.S. and Europe. ...

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BLACK SABBATH's 'Never Say Die!': The SABBATH Book That Leaves No Stone Unturned

Rockdetector (www.rockdetector.com), the world's biggest rock & metal database (having just clocked up over 21,000 artists...) has just published the 400-page BLACK SABBATH biography "Never Say Die!" Written by editor Garry Sharpe-Young, the man behind the acclaimed OZZY OSBOURNE band biography of last year, "Never Say Die!" documents by way of exclusive interviews ...

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MASTERPLAN To Tour Europe With GAMMA RAY

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande, have been confirmed for the More Than Fest in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia on September 6 and Roverfest in Moscow, Russia on October 17. "The concert in Slovakia will also feature GAMMA RAY and [will] probably ...

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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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DEFENESTRATION To Release Sophomore Album In October

British female-fronted act DEFENESTRATION will release their sophomore album, "Ray Zero", on October 13 through Dreamcatcher Records. The CD was recorded at New Rising Studios in the spring and shows "a very confident and mature band that have progressed 100% since their debut album 'One Inch God'," according to a statement from the group's record ...

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GODHEAD Officially Confirmed For PARADISE LOST's European Tour

GODHEAD, now featuring former STATIC-X drummer Ken Jay, have been officially confirmed as the support band for PARADISE LOST on their upcoming European tour, scheduled to kick off on October 22 in Stockholm, Sweden. Additional support at the Scandinavian dates will come from Finland's AMORPHIS. PARADISE LOST tour dates with GODHEAD: Oct. 22 - Arena ...

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Unsigned Heavy Metal Band Sent To Play For American Troops In Middle East

Will Jordan of NashvilleCityPaper.com reports that on May 8, unsigned heavy metal band GENEVA became the first artists the Department of Defense and Armed Forces Entertainment sent to play for American troops in the Middle East since Operation Iraqi Freedom began, according to the band. "The Gallatin-based, leather-wearing 'hair band,' comprised of Geneva Keene (lead ...

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GLENN HUGHES Announces Spanish Tour

Former DEEP PURPLE/BLACK SABBATH singer Glenn Hughes will embark on a short tour of Spain in late September. Confirmed dates are as follows: Sep. 25 – Gamma - Murcia, SPA Sep. 26 – Macumba - Madrid, SPA Sep. 27 – Gares - Pamplona, SPA Sep. 28 – Bikini - Barcelona, SPA Sep. 30 – Roxy ...

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HENDRIX Tops ROLLING STONE Poll

Jimi Hendrix has been named the greatest guitar player by Rolling Stone magazine in a poll to discover the greatest guitarists of all time. Hendrix received a glowing tribute from WHO guitarist Pete Townshend, who wrote that he "made the electric guitar beautiful," according to Reuters. Townshend recalled that one of Hendrix's shows was "so ...

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JAG PANZER Line Up European Headlining Shows

Colorado-based power metal veterans JAG PANZER will play several headlining shows in Europe before embarking on a North American tour with HELLOWEEN and BEYOND THE EMBRACE in early October. Confirmed European headlining dates are as follows: Sep. 25 – Milano, ITA - Transilvania Club Sep. 27 – Thessaloniki, GRE - Idrogeios Club Sep. 28 – ...

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ROB HALFORD Says He Will Sing RIPPER-Era JUDAS PRIEST Material

JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford, who recently rejoined the group after more than 12 years apart, revealed during an online chat Saturday (August 16) that the songwriting process for PRIEST's next studio album has already begun. "We are writing now, slowly bit by bit putting the pieces together," he said. "All I can see is ...

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