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EXCITER: More European Tour Dates Announced

More details have been revealed about the upcoming "New Testament" European tour featuring Canadian thrash pioneers EXCITER alongside Sweden's STEEL ATTACK and Germany's BLACK ABYSS. Confirmed tour dates are as follows: Oct. 08 - Osnabrück, GER @ N8 Oct. 09 - Tilburg, NETH @ 013 Oct. 10 - Zaandam, NETH @ Kade Oct. 11 - ...

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DAATH: New Album To Be Mixed By Former DEATH Guitarist

Atlanta-based technical death metallers DAATH have recruited former DEATH/TESTAMENT guitarist James Murphy to mix their second album, tentatively titled "The Hinderers". "We are currently in pre-production and expect to start tracking in November," the band write on their web site. "We're going to slow down on booking gigs in order to allow more time for ...

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Bassist RANDY COVEN To Join RIOT For NYC Performance

Bassist Randy Coven (ARK, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) will be performing with the legendary heavy metal band RIOT at Don Hill's in New York City on Friday, August 27. Also appearing on the bill will be HAVOCHATE (featuring ex-TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian), SUPERVILLAIN, DIRTY BROWN EYE, OPERATIKA and PHOENIX REIGN. More information is available at

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EVANESCENCE Video To Be Recreated With Video Game Characters

EVANESCENCE's "Everybody's Fool" video will be recreated with characters from Majesco's forthcoming "BloodRayne 2" video game sequel in the premiere episode of MTV2's new series "Video Mods". Scheduled to air September 18, "Video Mods" highlights some of today's most popular video game characters as they perform videos by artists of all genres, including LIL' JON, ...

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DECONSTRUCT To Open For NICKELBACK, PUDDLE OF MUDD

Northern California's DECONSTRUCT have secured the opening slot on the NICKELBACK/PUDDLE OF MUDD concert at the Sleep Train Amphitheater in Marysville, CA this Friday, August 27. In addition, the band have announced plans to release a live DVD in September. The disc was produced and directed by Mike Sloat, who has previously worked with MACHINE ...

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EXCITER: European Tour Dates Announced

Canadian thrash pioneers EXCITER will be teaming up with Sweden's STEEL ATTACK and Germany's BLACK ABYSS for a European tour beginning in early October. Confirmed dates are as follows: Oct. 08 - Osnabrück, GER @ N8 Oct. 09 - Tilburg, NETH @ 013 Oct. 10 - Zaandam, NETH @ Kade Oct. 11 - Essen, GER ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD: Studio Report

Maniacal Canadian extremists STRAPPING YOUNG LAD have just entered Armoury Studios in Vancouver to record the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2002 release, "SYL". Devin Townsend (vocals, guitars) checks in with the following studio update. "Here's a heads up from the Dev, speaking on behalf of the STRAPPING camp. We recently put in a long ...

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HELMET Forced To Revise Tour Schedule Due To Injury

Due to a broken collar bone injury sustained by band leader Page Hamilton while mountain biking, HELMET have been forced to revise their tour dates and will now launch their first tour in seven years in early October. This news also affects the release date of "Size Matters" (Interscope), which has been moved to October ...

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HAVOCHATE: New Album Samples Posted Online

New York-based metal band HAVOCHATE, now featuring former TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian, have posted MP3 samples of three new tracks at their official web site. The songs "Alone", "Cycle of Pain" and "Speak No More" come off the group's upcoming second album, tentatively due in October/November in Europe and January 2005 in the ...

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SINGLE BULLET THEORY To Record NON-FICTION Cover For Upcoming EP

Philadelphia-based SINGLE BULLET THEORY have announced plans to record a cover of NON-FICTION's "Into the Ground" for an upcoming EP, tentatively due in early 2005. "As some of you may know, I had the great pleasure of performing on the new Dan Lorenzo [ex-HADES/NON-FICTION guitarist] CD 'Nice Being Alone'," SINGLE BULLET THEORY vocalist/guitarist Matt Difabio ...

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PEGAZUS: 10th Anniversary Show Details Revealed

Australia's PEGAZUS are confirmed to play their 10th anniversary show on Saturday, September 11 at the Central Club in Melbourne, Australia. This will be the group's first official show with new PEGAZUS members, Ange Sotiro on drums and Joe Fata on bass guitar. "Appearing on stage with the band for this special one night only ...

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HELMET: New Album Delayed Until October

Interscope Records has pushed back the projected release date of the new HELMET album, "Size Matters", to October 5 from the previously announced September 14. No reason was given for the delay. "Size Matters" was recorded by Ryan Boesch, Chris Holmes, and former NINE INCH NAILS keyboardist Charlie Clouser at Cello studios (formerly Western Recorders) ...

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TESTAMENT, OVERKILL Compilations Due Next Week

Snapper Music has set an August 24 release date for the forthcoming compilation albums from TESTAMENT and OVERKILL. TESTAMENT's "Days of Darkness" features "the very best" of the band's recent releases on Spitfire Records, including "The Gathering", "Demonic" and "First Strike Still Deadly", while OVERKILL's "Unholy" features the band's recent Spitfire albums "Wrecking Everything Live" ...

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FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Prepare To Record New Album

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM are close to completing the songwriting sessions for their new album, tentatively due in early 2005 through Crash Music Inc. "We would still like to write two or three more songs going in, and the vocals still need to be completed, but the music so far is inspired and heavy and we ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN, JAMES MURPHY To Guest On New FIREWIND Album

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman and ex-TESTAMENT/DEATH axeman James Murphy have contributed guest solos to the upcoming FIREWIND CD, tentatively titled "Forged By Fire". The disc, due before the end of the year through Leviathan Records, features lead vocals by Chity Somapala (ex-AVALON, FARO), who replaced Stephen Fredrick in February. Band leader/guitarist Gus G. is ...

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Ex-TESTAMENT Guitarist JAMES MURPHY Joins FOREIGN OBJECTS

Renowned metal guitarist James Murphy (ex-TESTAMENT, DEATH, OBITUARY) has officially joined FOREIGN OBJECTS, the "neo-technical death metal" band formed by CKY members Deron Miller (guitar) and Jess Margera (drums). The group are planning on playing scattered shows in support of their upcoming double-CD, "Universal Culture Shock/Undiscovered Numbers and Colors", due on October 31 through Distant ...

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STEEL ATTACK To Support EXCITER In Europe

Swedish heavy metal act STEEL ATTACK will support veteran Canadian thrashers EXCITER on a European tour beginning in early October. A third band will be announced soon. Confirmed dates are as follows: Oct. 08 - Osnabrück, GER @ Tor 3 Oct. 09 - Tilburg, NETH @ 013 Oct. 10 - Zaandam, NETH @ Kade Oct. ...

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ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO Cover JUDAS PRIEST, DIO On New CD

ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO, the jazz ensemble led by former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick, will release their new album, "Transformation", on September 14 through Magna Carta's offshoot label Magnatude Records. Original compositions , which fill just over half the album, are accompanied by new arrangements of tunes by JUDAS PRIEST, DIO, DEEP PURPLE, and more. There ...

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Ex-SLAYER Drummer JON DETTE Quits HAVOCHATE, Launches New Project

Former SLAYER/TESTAMENT drummer Jon Dette has officially left HAVOCHATE after laying down the drum tracks for their upcoming self-titled sophomore effort at Pyramid Sound Recording Studios in Ithaca with producer Alex Perialas (TESTAMENT, ANTHRAX, OVERKILL). He has since teamed up with original PUSHED guitarist Peter Scheithauer in a "completely brutal," as-yet-unnamed new project which is ...

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LAMB OF GOD: 'Laid To Rest' Video Posted Online

LAMB OF GOD's video for the their new single, "Laid to Rest", has been made available online in Quicktime format at this location (courtesy of Timecode Entertainment). The clip, which was shot late last month with director Chris Sims (EIGHTEEN VISIONS, POISON THE WELL), features performance footage combined with the conceptual footage that ...

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JAMES MURPHY Issues HURRICANE CHARLEY Aftermath Update

Renowned metal guitarist/producer James Murphy (ex-TESTAMENT, DEATH, OBITUARY) has issued the following post-Hurricane Charley update (see previous story): "Hi folks, "In the aftermath of Charley we have squeaked by and made it through in much better shape than many of our neighbors in other communities in our immediate vicinity. Florida has 13 confirmed ...

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HELMET Announce First Tour In Seven Years

As HELMET get ready to release their first album of new material in seven years — "Size Matters", due September 14 on Interscope Records — the band have announced a return to the road beginning September 17 in Atlanta. This five-week club swing marks their first trek in seven years and they’ll return to some ...

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HAVOCHATE: In Mixing Mode

New York-based metal band HAVOCHATE, now featuring drummer Jon Dette (ex-SLAYER, TESTAMENT) and bassist Greg Christian (ex-TESTAMENT), have commenced the mixing process for their second album, tentatively due before the end of the year. The follow-up to last year's "This Violent Earth", which was released through Root Of All Evil Records, was recorded at Pyramid ...

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JAMES MURPHY: Fearing The Wrath Of HURRICANE CHARLEY

Renowned metal guitarist/producer James Murphy (ex-TESTAMENT, DEATH, OBITUARY) has issued the following alert: "Hurricane Charley (CNN) is barreling its monstrous way on a path that will bring it right down the throats of me and my family.. in just a few hours. I'm wrapping up all the gear I've managed to accumulate since ...

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