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PISSING RAZORS Part With Vocalist, Announce Replacement

Texas' PISSING RAZORS have parted ways with vocalist Jason Bragg due to "creative differences." Bragg, who joined the band in early 2001 and appeared on the band's last album, Where We Come From, has gone on to start his own ventures. He is replaced in the group by Andre Acosta, a "very talented and dedicated ...

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DROWNING POOL Decide To Carry On, Will Search For New Singer

The surviving members of DROWNING POOL have decided to carry on with the group following the death of frontman Dave Williams and are looking towards making new music and hiring a new singer. Guitarist C.J. Pierce told Launch that the Texas-based group "just started jamming again a week ago, writing new songs. We're gonna try ...

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Former MISFITS Frontman Plots Next Move

Former MISFITS frontman Michale Graves is once again being represented by Hollowpoint Management after parting ways with the rest of his band GRAVES. Michale is currently working on new material and doing pre-production work in Houston, Texas on music that will be included on a brand new release set for release next spring. ...

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DIRT Confirmed For W.A.S.P. Tour

Houston, Texas-based DIRT have been added to the upcoming W.A.S.P. North American tour, according to the band's management. The trek kicks off on October 15th in Tempe, Arizona and is scheduled to last until December 9th. Also set to appear on the bill are Metal Blade recording artists ENGINE, featuring FATES WARNING singer Ray Alder ...

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Demonstrations In Chaos - WATCHTOWER

If you've anxiously clicked into this review hoping for some information on the long-awaited third full-length from the Texas tech-metal quartet, you'll be disappointed. That record (Mathematics — a working title for some 12 years now!) is still in the making. But if you can't find the band's Energetic Disassembly debut anywhere (you're in the ...

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IMPELLITTERI: 'Best Of' Album Details Unveiled

IMPELLITTERI will release of "best of" album entitled The Very Best of Impellitteri, in Japan on September 21st. The full track listing (in no particular order) for the CD is as follows: 01. Freak Show (prev. unreleased) 02. Victim Of The System 03. Beware Of The Devil 04. Rock & Roll Heros 05. Perfect Crime ...

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SAXON To Issue CD Of Re-Recorded Classics

SAXON's album of re-recorded classic tracks, Heavy Metal Thunder, is set for release on September 23rd through SPV/Steamhammer Records and features the following track listing: 01. Power & The Glory 02. Strong Arm Of The Law 03. Heavy Metal Thunder 04. And The Bands Played On 05. Crusader 06. Dallas 1pm 07. Princess Of The ...

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SEVENDUST Announce Tour With CREED

SEVENDUST will be kicking off a month-long touring stint with CREED on September 20th in Selma, Texas. Confirmed dates are as follows: Sep. 20 - Selma, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Sep. 22 - North Little Rock, AR @ Alltel Arena Sep. 24 - Dallas, TX @ Smirnoff Music Centre Sep. 25 - The Woodlands, ...

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MORROWFEST Shows Raise £9,000 For Late IRON MONKEY Frontman

The Morrowfest shows — held last month in tribute to the late IRON MONKEY frontman Johnny Morrow — have raised £9,000 (approximately $14,000). Two shows were held in London and Nottingham and featured EYEHATEGOD, ORANGE GOBLIN, DUKES OF NOTHING, BLACKROCK, -(16)-, CHARGER, THE BLUEPRINT, DAILO, TAINT, MURDER ONE, HELVIS, BLACKEYE RIOT, MISTRESS, THE LAST DROP, ...

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EXODUS Prepare To Record New Album, Embark On European Tour

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS are tentatively planning on entering Sonic Ranch (formerly Village Productions) studio in Tornillo, Texas in late October/early November to begin tracking their much-anticipated new CD for a late spring release, according to manager Steve Warner. Manning the knobs during the sessions will be acclaimed producer Andy Sneap (i.e. ...

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SAXON To Issue Collection Of Re-Recorded Classics

SAXON will release Heavy Metal Thunder on September 23rd. The collection features 13 of the band's classics re-recorded and a bonus CD including five live tracks recorded in San Antonio, Texas this year. Also featured is the video for "Killing Ground", recorded live at Wacken Open Air festival in 2001. ...

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DAVE WILLIAMS' Public Funeral Service: An Eyewitness Account

Fans got a chance to pay their respects to Dave Williams, singer for DROWNING POOL, at a public funeral service yesterday (Sunday, August 18th) at the Plano Center in Plano, Texas. A smaller, more private viewing was also held for friends and family on Saturday evening from 6-9 PM Central Time. According to one of ...

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DAVE WILLIAMS Autopsy "Inconclusive"

An autopsy conducted Thursday morning on the body of deceased DROWNING POOL frontman Dave Williams proved inconclusive, according to a Prince William County police spokesperson. A cause of death is expected to be determined from toxicology tests, which generally take four to six weeks. A public service will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday ...

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Former SLAYER Drummer Loses "Dear Friend"

Former SLAYER drummer Paul Bostaph's drum tech Chris Lagerborg reportedly passed away last week due to an undisclosed ailment. "I and a lot of other people lost a very dear friend this week," Bostaph wrote on the official web site of his current band, SYSTEMATIC. "Chris Lagerborg was my drum tech. Not only did he ...

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ROCK FEST 2002: Second Leg Announced

The second leg of the Rock Fest 2002 tour, featuring DOKKEN, RATT, WARRANT, FIREHOUSE and L.A. GUNS, has been announced. Confirmed dates are as follows: Aug. 07 – Seattle, WA @ Show Box No - Fire House Aug. 09 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Hard Rock Casino Aug. 10 – Winnemuca, NV @ Winnemuca ...

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REVEREND Dropped From JUDAS PRIEST Show In Texas

REVEREND, featuring former METAL CHURCH/current WAYNE frontman David Wayne, and BYFIST guitarists Davey Lee and Notch Vara, have been dropped from the JUDAS PRIEST/BUDGIE show at the Sunken Garden Theater in San Antonio Texas on August 2nd. The band are said to be "disappointed" with the decision by the event's organizers to remove them from ...

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WATCHTOWER Compilation Of Rare Recordings Sees Light Of Day

Progressive metal legends WATCHTOWER have issued through Monster Records a compilation CD, entitled Demonstrations in Chaos, containing unreleased rehearsals and recordings from the Control & Resistance era, plus previously-unavailable live tracks, and the infamous Boss Studio demos from 1983 and 1984. The full track listing for the album is as follows: 01. Meltdown (1984) 02. ...

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ONWARD Replace REVEREND On ABRASIVE ROCK FEST Bill

Century Media recording artists ONWARD have replaced REVEREND on the bill of Abrasive Rock Fest, which is scheduled to take place on August 3rd in Olympia, Washington. The complete list of artists set to appear at the event is as follows: GRUNTRUCK FORCED ENTRY HIRAX ONWARD BRICK BATH THE SABIANS THE BRAINDEAD BONESCREW CHIEF CHARLIE ...

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ELEKTRIK MISTRESS Reconsider Break-Up Plans

Despite a previous announcement to the contrary, Canadian "stoner rockers" ELEKTRIK MISTRESS will carry on with a new line-up, which presently drummer Shannon Boone and bassist Jeff "Hippie". According to Stoner Rock, guitarist/vocalist Kurt Kuthe originally thought a name change would be in order, but decided against it. "I liked the name to much," Kurt ...

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REVEREND Pull Out Of ABRASIVE ROCK FEST

REVEREND, featuring former METAL CHURCH/current WAYNE frontman David Wayne, and BYFIST guitarists Davey Lee and Notch Vara, have pulled out of their appearance at Abrasive Rock Fest, which is scheduled to take place in Olympia, Washington on August 3rd. According to drummer Todd Stotz, "last week we were offered a gig opening for JUDAS PRIEST ...

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