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Guitarist MATT DIFABIO Quits PISSING RAZORS

Guitarist Matt Difabio has officially left PISSING RAZORS. The split was due to "nothing personal so don't any of you start any crazy rumors," Matt writes in a posting to the band's web site. "The travel for rehearsal with the band and the fact that I cant be in El Paso all that often was ...

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DEATH ANGEL: San Francisco, Phoenix Dates Announced

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL have been added to the TESTAMENT/SADUS bill on Saturday, March 27 at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco. In addition, the group's previously announced shows with FLOTSAM AND JETSAM at Chasers in Phoenix have been moved to April 9-10. As previously reported, DEATH ANGEL have set a ...

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AGENT STEEL Begin Writing New Material

AGENT STEEL have issued the following update on their recent and upcoming activities: "We've started writing new material for our follow up to last year's 'Order Of The Illuminati' release and so far we got two new songs in the works and plan on having another solid idea or two by the end of the ...

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DEATH Tribute Album Update: CHIMAIRA Added, Web Site Launched

Former TESTAMENT/DEATH guitarist James Murphy has issued the following update regarding his upcoming DEATH tribute project, "Within The Mind - In Homage To The Musical Legacy Of Chuck Schuldiner", tentatively due in June through Holland's Mascot Records: "This past Saturday, February 28th, the first recording session for the 'Within The Mind' project was completed at ...

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HATEBREED, SLAPSHOT Confirmed For Holland's WALDROCK Festival

HATEBREED and SLAPSHOT are the latest act confirmed for this year's installment of the Waldrock festival, set to be held June 19, 2004 in Bergum, Holland. The following acts are currently scheduled to appear at the festival (in alphabetical order): CANNIBAL CORPSE CRADLE OF FILTH EXODUS FINNTROLL HATEBREED MONSTER MAGNET MY DYING BRIDE SLAPSHOT TESTAMENT ...

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ALEX SKOLNICK Talks About Playing In OZZY OSBOURNE's Band

Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick has spoken out about the experience of auditioning for — and ultimately landing — the guitarist gig in OZZY OSBOURNE's band, only to be told less than a month later it had been given to someone else. Asked via his message board what was it like playing with Ozzy and ...

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RAGE Confirmed For Italy's GODS OF METAL Festival

German power metallers RAGE have been confirmed for the 2004 edition of the Gods of Metal festival, set to take place June 5-6 at Arena Parco Nord in Bologna, Italy. The lineup for the festival is shaping up as follows: Saturday, June 5: JUDAS PRIEST STRATOVARIUS T.B.A. NEVERMORE SYMPHONY X ANATHEMA RAGE T.B.A. T.B.A. Sunday, ...

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JAMES MURPHY: DEATH Tribute Album Update

Former TESTAMENT/DEATH guitarist James Murphy has issued the following update regarding his upcoming DEATH tribute project, "Within The Mind - In Homage To The Musical Legacy Of Chuck Schuldiner" (web site), tentatively due in June through Holland's Mascot Records: "This past Saturday [Feb. 21] I traveled to Orlando to Richard Christy's [ICED EARTH, ...

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TESTAMENT Announce Hometown Show

San Francisco Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT have announced a hometown headlining show at the Avalon Ballroom on March 27. As previously reported, TESTAMENT are continuing work on the material for the follow-up to 1999's "The Gathering" and are planning on entering the studio in April/May to begin recording the album for a late 2004 release ...

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SADUS To Record New Album In The Summer

TESTAMENT/SADUS bassist Steve DiGiorgio has posted the following message on his official web site: "Since the last update things have seemed really grim. But the past few months have had a definite turn for the better. Life was really turned upside down last October when [SADUS drummer] Jon [Allen]'s 11-year-old daughter went in for a ...

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New TESTAMENT Lineup Comments On Working Together

TESTAMENT have posted the following message on their official web site: "TESTAMENT is pleased to announce the addition of Paul Bostaph (ex-SLAYER, ex-FORBIDDEN, ex-SYSTEMATIC) to the line-up. As most of you know, Paul is not a stranger to band. He filled in for the departed Louie Clemente in 1993 to help out with touring duties. ...

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Former TESTAMENT Guitarist Comments On The Group's Early Albums

Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick recently gave an interview to JamBands.com in which he discussed his time in TESTAMENT and his progression away from the heavy music scene into a more jazz/fusion-influenced approach. Asked if playing in front of large crowds during TESTAMENT's early days was a strange experience for him at such a young ...

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TESTAMENT Singer: 'PAUL BOSTAPH Is Steamrolling Through Old Material'

TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy has posted the following message to the group's official Testament Legions message board: "We just completed construction on a recording room in our new studio. Everything is set up, and it is full-steam ahead. After completing the studio and starting rehearsals with Johnny Tempesta [ex-WHITE ZOMBIE, EXODUS], we got on a ...

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SCORPIONS Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

Veteran German hard rockers SCORPIONS have been confirmed as the third headliner (alongside JUDAS PRIEST and EUROPE) at this year's installment of Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows (in alphabetical order): ABRAMIS BRAMA APRIL ...

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Former SLAYER Drummer PAUL BOSTAPH Joins TESTAMENT

Former SLAYER/SYSTEMATIC drummer Paul Bostaph has officially joined TESTAMENT, informed sources have told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. The band, whose most recent drummer, Jon Allen (SADUS), reportedly left the group over an "extremely fragile and urgent family situation" involving the health of his 11-year-old daughter, are currently rehearsing with Bostaph for their upcoming live shows in March, including ...

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MY DYING BRIDE Confirmed For Holland's WALDROCK Festival

MY DYING BRIDE are the latest act confirmed for this year's installment of the Waldrock festival, set to be held June 19, 2004 in Bergum, Holland. Also scheduled to appear are TWISTED SISTER, MONSTER MAGNET, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, CRADLE OF FILTH, CANNIBAL CORPSE, TRANSPORT LEAGUE, WITHIN TEMPTATION and FINNTROLL. A total of 14 bands will perform ...

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KATAKLYSM, Ex-PESTILENCE, GORGUTS Members Confirmed For DEATH Tribute

Jean-Francois Dagenais (KATAKLYSM), Patrick Mameli (ex-PESTILENCE), and Luc Lemay (GORGUTS) and are he latest musicians confirmed to appear on the upcoming DEATH tribute project, "Within The Mind - In Homage To The Musical Legacy Of Chuck Schuldiner", tentatively due in June through Holland's Mascot Records. As previously reported, the project, which was conceived by CKY ...

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ANATHEMA Confirmed For Italy's GODS OF METAL Festival

The U.K.'s ANATHEMA have been confirmed for the Gods of Metal Festival, scheduled to take place June 5-6 at l'Arena Parco Nord in Bologna, Italy. ALICE COOPER will top the bill on Sunday, June 6, while JUDAS PRIEST will headline the event on Saturday, June 5 — the same day that Finland's STRATOVARIUS are scheduled ...

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DAVE GROHL Responds To ZAKK WYLDE's Threat

Former NIRVANA drummer/current FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl has responded to Zakk Wylde's infamous 2001 quote in which the OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist threatened to "kick [Grohl's] ass" because he wrote this cheese-dick song for OZZ that Zakk had to play on during the recording sessions for OSBOURNE's "Down To Earth" CD. In the November 2001 ...

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OPETH Drummer To Guest On DEATH Tribute CD?

OPETH drummer Martin Lopez is the latest high-profile metal musician linked with the upcoming DEATH tribute project, "Within The Mind - In Homage To The Musical Legacy Of Chuck Schuldiner", tentatively due in June through Holland's Mascot Records. "At [Monday] night's OPETH concert in Tampa, drummer Martin Lopez expressed his interest in playing at least ...

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SAXON Confirmed For Belgium's GRASPOP METAL MEETING

Long-running British heavy metallers SAXON have been confirmed for this year's installment of the Graspop Metal Meeting, set to take place June 25-27 in Dessel, Belgium. Other bands scheduled to perform at the event include JUDAS PRIEST, ANTHRAX, TESTAMENT, QUEENSRŸCHE and MALEVOLENT CREATION. For more information, visit the festival's official web site at

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