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STEVE VAI To Release New Solo Album, Embark On U.S. Tour

Legendary guitarist Steve Vai has set a February 22, 2005 release date through Epic Records for his latest solo effort, "Real Illusions: Reflections". Featuring 12 highly anticipated tracks by Vai, the CD will be accompanied by an independent video contest that will be launched simultaneously in conjunction with film schools worldwide. The contest will invite ...

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DIECAST To Embark On Headlining Tour, Shoot New Video

The Boston-based quintet DIECAST are set to embark on a headlining U.S. tour alongside THE HOODS and WINTER SOLSTICE immediately following their stint on the Heavyweights of Hardcore tour. The trek kicks off on Jan. 20 and runs through Feb. 10. The group's highly acclaimed new album, "Tearing Down Your Blue Skies", is now available. ...

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SHADOWS FALL Drummer Reports From DIMEBAG's Funeral

SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bittner has issued the following report from the funeral services and public memorial for slain DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, which were held on Tuesday (Dec. 14) in Arlington, Texas: "I have just gotten to my computer today after returning home from Dimebag Darrell Abbott's funeral and I wanted to share ...

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BRAZEN ABBOT Finish Recording New Album

BRAZEN ABBOT, the brainchild of Bulgarian guitarist Nikolo Kotzev, have finished recording everything but the guitar leads for their new album, tentatively due next spring via Frontiers Records. Mixing is scheduled to begin January 9, 2005 and will probably be completed by January 25. The album will contain 12 tracks: Tracks with Joe Lynn Turner ...

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BLACK SABBATH, KISS Legends Pay Tribute To DIMEBAG DARRELL

BLACK SABBATH legend Tony Iommi, plus KISS principals Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have issued separate statement regarding the death of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell: Tony Iommi: "I was absolutely shocked by the news. Dimebag was such a really nice genuine bloke and a great player. He was always very respectful towards me and it ...

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BALLISTIC Frontman To Form 'Punk' Project

BALLISTIC mainman Tom Gattis (ex-DEUCE, TENSION, WARDOG) has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "The positive: [2004] in retrospect was everything I had hoped for. Once again Europe did not fail to deliver the metal fans they are so famous for, and the fantastic people that I have come to love ...

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BLACK SABBATH Guitarist Opens New LANEY Site: Photos Available

BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi cut the ribbon to open Laney's brand new premises in Halesowen, West Midlands on Thursday (Dec. 2). The site houses the sales and technical departments and the production line of the high-end valve amplifiers. The bulk of the building is the warehouse for the distribution of Laney, Ibanez and Tama ...

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THE CLAN DESTINED: New Video Posted Online

A brand new video from the recording sessions for THE CLAN DESTINED's first official demo has been posted online at this location. THE CLAN DESTINED is the new project featuring vocalist Martin Walkyier (ex-SKYCLAD, SABBAT) and bassist Iscariah (ex-IMMORTAL). Joining Walkyier and Iscariah in the new formation are Lee Cassidy (guitar), Kara Sutra ...

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CARMINE APPICE, PAUL SHORTINO To Guest On MOONSTONE CD

Carmine Appice (OZZY OSBOURNE, BLUE MURDER, VANILLA FUDGE) and Paul Shortino (ROUGH CUTT, QUIET RIOT, HEAVEN & EARTH) are the latest musicians to confirm their guest appearances on the upcoming CD from MOONSTONE, the new project of Italian guitarist Matteo Filippini. Appice and Shortino will be heard on the song "Pictures of My Lonely Days". ...

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KISS ARMY NORWAY To Release 'Historic' KISS Tribute Album Next Year

KISS Army Norway and Voices Music Entertainment will release a tribute album next year featuring chart-topping and award-winning bands from Norway performing their favourite KISS songs. Ken Kelly, who did the legendary paintings for the "Destroyer" and "Love Gun" albums, has painted his third KISS cover for this tribute CD. KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick salutes ...

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TNT Singer Completes Video Shoot For New Project

TNT singer Tony Harnell has posted the following message on his official web site: "Back from California and not happy about it! It was great out there. Did a photo shoot and video for a new project that will be announced soon. Got some sun in San Diego and I hung out with my rockin' ...

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HELLOWEEN: In Pre-Production Mode

HELLOWEEN guitarist Michael Weikath recently spoke to the group's webmaster, Tony Webster, about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the follow-up to 2003's "Rabbit Don't Come Easy", tentatively due in early 2005 via the group's new label, SPV Records. An excerpt from the interview follows: Q: So what is the band up to? Michael ...

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ZAKK WYLDE Collectible Figure Due In March

KnuckleBonz, Inc. announced today their plans to create the Zakk Wylde sculpture for the Guitar Hero limited edition collectible figure series. The Guitar Hero series focuses on capturing the image of legendary musical icons of both past and present in detailed limited edition sculptures. The sculpture of Zakk, displayed with his signature black and white ...

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OCCULT: New Songs Available For Download

Dutch thrashers OCCULT have uploaded sample MP3s from their sixth album, titled "Malevolent Rapture". The CD, which was recorded at Stage One studios in Bühne, Germany with producer Andy Classen (DEW-SCENTED, CALLENISH CIRCLE, TANKARD), will contain the following track listing (not final sequence): 01. Into the Eye of the Storm (mp3) 02. Rabid ...

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KAPUDA: Demo Tracks Posted Online

KAPUDA, the Portland, OR-based project featuring BODYBAG drummer Jimmy Littlefield on vocals, have posted four songs from their recently completed demo at their MySpace.com web site. Check out the tracks "Rape Kit", "Lab Rat", "Cold" and "Basement" at this location. KAPUDA's influences are said to include MESHUGGAH, SOULFLY and FAITH NO MORE. In ...

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TONY IOMMI And GLENN HUGHES Working On New Album

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi and occasional collaborator Glenn Hughes are recording a new album, which they hope to release in 2005. Iommi told Launch that the pair — who recently released some recordings they made together in 1996 — will resume working in December and finish early in ...

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TONY HARNELL: TNT To 'Get Heavier' On Upcoming Album

TNT singer Tony Harnell has posted the following message on his web site: "I'm flying to California on Friday to do some business, hang out with some friends and see my family. It'll be nice to feel that good old California air again. It's been way too long! "I will be making an announcement soon ...

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