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MUDVAYNE: Pre-Production Photos Posted Online

A bunch of photos of MUDVAYNE taken during the songwriting sessions for the group's upcoming third studio album have been posted online at this location. As previously reported, MUDVAYNE entered The Plant studio in Sausalito, California in early June to record the follow-up to 2002's gold-certified "The End of All Things to Come" ...

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SHAITAN MAZAR: 'Baptizme' Video Posted Online

SHAITAN MAZAR, the new band featuring former NILE members Chief Spires (bass, vocals) and John Ehlers (guitar), have decided to release the entire "Baptizme" video online. The video will still be included in the upcoming DVD release at a much higher quality, along with two new videos for the upcoming SHAITAN MAZAR release, due out ...

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Former JUDAS PRIEST Singer Completing Work On Autobiography

Former JUDAS PRIEST singer Al Atkins is putting the finishing touches on his autobiography, "Dawn of the Metal Gods", scheduled for publication before the end of the year through Firefly Publishing. The book will recount the origins of the band from 1969 onward and includes exclusive photographs donated by friends, including Robert Plant, among others. ...

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INCAPACITY To Play First-Ever Polish Gig

INCAPACITY, the Swedish death metal band featuring vocalist Andreas "Drette" Axelsson (ex-MARDUK, EDGE OF SANITY, INFESTDEAD), guitarist Robert "Skoog" Ivarsson (PAN-THY-MONIUM, ASHES), guitarist Christian Älvestam (UNMOORED, SOLAR DAWN, TORCHBEARER), bassist Anders Edlund (SOLAR DAWN) and drummer Henrik Schönström (UNMOORED, SOLAR DAWN, TORCHBEARER), will make their Polish live debut on August 12 at DK "Slowianin" in ...

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SHAITAN MAZAR To Give Away Guitar

SHAITAN MAZAR, the new band featuring former NILE members Chief Spires (bass, vocals) and John Ehlers (guitar), will be giving away a custom painted guitar autographed by the band at The Smacky Awards on July 16 at Ground Zero in Spartanburg, SC. Guitarist Robert Dirr will be parting ways with one of his very own ...

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Court Battle Over JIMI HENDRIX's Estate Begins

Gene Johnson of The Associated Press reports: Relatives of the late guitar legend Jimi Hendrix returned to court Monday (June 28) to begin another legal battle over which family members should receive money from the musician's posthumous releases, royalties and merchandise. The case, the latest of several that have entangled the Hendrix estate in the ...

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VISCERAL BLEEDING: European Dates Announced

Following their successful appearance at last month's Fuck The Commerce VII festival in Germany, Swedish death metallers VISCERAL BLEEDING will return to western Europe for two additional concerts in mid-July. The dates are as follows: Jul. 16 - Little Devil - Tilburg, NETH (w/ SPAWN OF POSSESSION, BRUTUS) Jul. 17 - The Frontline - Gent, ...

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Ex-BLACK SABBATH Vocalist TONY MARTIN To Sing With TWIN DRAGONS

Former BLACK SABBATH frontman Tony Martin will be making two special guest appearances with the rock/blues band TWIN DRAGONS in Italy at the end of the month. Also in the works is an extended European tour next autumn. TWIN DRAGONS is the brainchild of bassist/vocalist Nathaniel Peterson. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Peterson has previously written ...

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Judge: No Disciplinary Action Against GUNS N' ROSES Riot Cops

CBC Online reports: Two Vancouver Police officers did not use excessive force at the GUNS N' ROSES riot in November 2002, says the retired judge who chaired a Police Complaints Commission hearing into the incident. Adjudicator Ross Collver has found Const. Reginald Forster did not use excessive force against concert-goer Robert Parent. Parent was struck ...

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STEVE VAI, JOE SATRIANI: Birmingham In-Store Cancelled

Steve Vai and Joe Satriani's previously announced signing session at Professional Music Technology in Birmingham, England on Saturday, June 26 has been cancelled. No reason was given for the cancellation. Vai and Satriani are in the middle of the G3 European Tour 2004 with Robert Fripp. The guitar legends' next live appearance is scheduled to ...

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AYREON To Perform On Dutch Radio

AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen will appear on the "Swijnenstal" radio program on 3FM, the Dutch national pop radio station, this Friday, June 25. He will be interviewed and will play one acoustic track with Irene Jansen and Peter Vink. You can tune into the program starting at 7:00 p.m. CET and you can stream the ...

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COFFIN TEXTS Rejoined By Drummer MARCE CASTRO

Los Angeles-based death metallers COFFIN TEXTS have been rejoined by drummer Marce Castro. "The [first] rehearsal [with Marce back in the group] went very well and takes me back to the day we first started, fired up for deathgrind," commented vocalist Robert Cardenas. "We want to thank Ariel Alvarado for his help the last 2 ...

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MASTODON To Tour With FEAR FACTORY, SWORN ENEMY

Relapse Records recording artists MASTODON have announced their first tour of 2004 in support of their highly anticipated new album, "Leviathan". MASTODON will team up with FEAR FACTORY for a month-long trek beginning July 26 in Towson, MD. The tour is scheduled to conclude August 22 in Las Vegas, NV with additional dates pending. MASTODON ...

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AYREON: New Single To Arrive In July

AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE), will be releasing an alternative version of the song "Day Sixteen: Loser", simply called "Loser", as the next single from their "Ayreon: The Human Equation" CD. "In this version Joost van den Broek (ex-SUN CAGED, AFTER FOREVER) and Arjen Lucassen battle it out in a ...

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Lawyer: GUNS N' ROSES Riot Cops Went Overboard

The Province reports: A lawyer for Vancouver B.C.'s Police Complaints Commission says the actions of two Vancouver police officers during the GUNS N' ROSES riot in 2002 were unreasonable and unnecessary. Dana Urban told a public hearing that to simply accept the word of the two officers that their actions were justified would ...

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THE DARKNESS: No Plans To Work With Producer 'MUTT' LANGE

Contrary to published reports, THE DARKNESS will NOT be utilizing the services of legendary producer Robert "Mutt" Lange (AC/DC, DEF LEPPARD, BRYAN ADAMS, FOREIGNER) on their upcoming sophomore album. Some Internet sources have gone as far as to quote the members of the band as saying that the follow-up to last year's gold-certified "Permission to ...

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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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MUDVAYNE Complete Songwriting Session

MUDVAYNE have finished writing 12 songs for their as-yet-untitled third studio album, tentatively due in the fall. Chad Gray (vocals), Ryan Martinie (bass), Greg Tribbett (guitar) and Matt McDonough (drums) have left the ranch in Corralitos, CA and are on their way back to their respective homes in California, Illinois and Wisconsin. On Saturday, June ...

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