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EXODUS Split With Singer, Seek Replacement

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS have parted ways with frontman Steve "Zetro" Souza. The group, who were most recently in the process of completing the songwriting sessions for their first studio album since 1992's "Force Of Habit", are said to have split with Souza over the singer's lack of commitment to the band ...

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CALLENISH CIRCLE Off Europe's NO MERCY/EASTER FESTIVALS 2003

Dutch melodic death metallers CALLENISH CIRCLE have been officially removed from the lineup of acts performing at this year's No Mercy/Easter Festivals 2003, according to the band's record label, Metal Blade Records. "They got dropped off the tour [by booking agent/promoter] Metallysee because there's too many bands on the bill and the distances between the ...

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DEATH ANGEL Added To HALFORD Hollywood Gig

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL have been added to the HALFORD-headlined lineup of bands performing at House Of Blues in West Hollywood, California on Sunday, Feb. 2. Also set to appear at the show are TESTAMENT (direct support), VIO-LENCE and EXHUMED. ...

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HALFORD: Rescheduled West Coast Dates Announced

HALFORD have announced the following West Coast dates in early February: Feb. 01 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues Feb. 02 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues Feb. 07 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues All three shows were originally set to take place in late December/early January, but were ...

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HALFORD Frontman Denied Entry Into U.S., West Coast Tour Postoned

HALFORD have been forced to postpone their scheduled three-date West Coast tour until late January after frontman Rob Halford was denied entry into the United States from London, England due to his work visa not being thoroughly processed by The United States Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS). The following is HALFORD's official statement on the ...

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Ex-DEATH, MALEVOLENT CREATION Members Team Up To Record DEATH Tribute CD

Former DEATH/TESTAMENT guitarist James Murphy, ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION/SUFFOCATION drummer Dave Culross, ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION vocalist Brett Hoffmann and CKY guitarist Deron Miller are teaming up to record a DEATH tribute CD to benefit Murphy and the family of late DEATH frontman Chuck Schuldiner. A bassist is still being sought for the project, which may surface through the ...

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THE SERVANTS Line Up Bay Area Gigs

San Francisco Bay Area's THE SERVANTS, featuring former MACHINE HEAD/TESTAMENT drummer Chris Kontos, have lined up the following dates during January: Jan. 09 – Palo Alto, CA @ The Icon (w/ GREAT WHITE) Jan. 10 – San Francisco, CA @ Blake's (w/ M.HEADPHONE, AUTOPUNCH) ...

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NUCLEAR ASSAULT Commence Songwriting Process For New CD

Reunited New York thrashers NUCLEAR ASSAULT have commenced the songwriting process for their next studio album, tentatively due in late 2003/early 2004. "We are in the process of writing new material, and I can tell you that it's definitely in the style of the old stuff," bassist Danny Lilker said in an official press release. ...

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ROB ZOMBIE Drummer To Play With TESTAMENT On West Coast Tour

ROB ZOMBIE drummer Johnny Tempesta has been tapped by TESTAMENT to fill in for the group's upcoming West Coast mini-tour after regular drummer Jon Allen (SADUS) was forced to bow out of the trek due to an undisclosed "family emergency." Tempesta will reportedly begin rehearsing with the group on Monday, Dec. 16 — less than ...

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DEATH ANGEL Confirmed For NO MERCY 2003 European Tour

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL will participate in the upcoming No Mercy/Easter Festivals 2003 European tour, according to the official web site of Metallysee Booking Agency. Also scheduled to appear on the trek are TESTAMENT, MARDUK, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, PRO-PAIN, MALEVOLENT CREATION, DARKANE, and CALLENISH CIRCLE. Confirmed dates ...

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HALFORD To Play New Year's Eve Gig In San Diego

HALFORD have been confirmed to play a New Year's Eve (Dec. 31) concert at Canes Bar & Grill in Mission Beach in Rob Halford's current residence, San Diego, California. Also appearing at the show will be TESTAMENT, VIO-LENCE and EXHUMED(NOT SHADOWS FALL, as erroneously announced by the club). Tickets are priced at $40.00 and are ...

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HALFORD, TESTAMENT, VIO-LENCE Announce Anaheim Gig

HALFORD, TESTAMENT, VIO-LENCE and EXHUMED have announced a show at House Of Blues in Anaheim, California on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003. EXHUMED have also been added to HALFORD's Sunday, Dec. 29, 2002 House Of Blues date in Las Vegas, Nevada (which will include appearances by TESTAMENT and VIO-LENCE). Tickets for the Anaheim House Of Blues ...

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TESTAMENT, VIO-LENCE Announce West Coast Tour

TESTAMENT and VIO-LENCE have announced the following dates during December: Dec. 27 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater Dec. 28 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk Dec. 29 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues (w/ HALFORD) Dec. 30 - Los Angeles, CA @ TBA Dec. 31 - San Diego, CA @ TBA Support ...

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NUCLEAR ASSAULT To Launch U.S. Tour In Support Of 'Alive Again'

Reunited New York thrashers NUCLEAR ASSAULT have set "Alive Again" as the title for their upcoming live album, due shortly through the Screaming Ferret Wreckords label. The upcoming CD, which represents NUCLEAR ASSAULT's first release in over nine years, will be supported by a world tour, with confirmed dates in the U.S from end of ...

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PUSHED Announce West Hollywood Gig

Southern California's PUSHED, featuring former TESTAMENT/SLAYER drummer Jon Dette and ex-TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian, have announced a show at the Whiskey A Go-Go in West Hollywood, California on Tuesday, Nov. 26. The band is scheduled to take the stage at 7:30 p.m. ...

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STEVE DIGIORGIO Offers Update On SUICIDE SHIFT, CONTROL DENIED

Former DEATH/CONTROL DENIED and current TESTAMENT/SADUS bassist Steve DiGiorgio has released an update on his official web site on the status of the much-anticipated SUICIDE SHIFT project (featuring DiGiorgio, SADUS guitarist Darren Travis, and TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy) and the possibility of a second CONTROL DENIED album ever seeing the light of day. "I know ...

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TESTAMENT's PETERSON Joins Guitar Legends For All-Star Jam

TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson joined Joe Satriani, Dave Meniketti (Y&T), Neal Schon and the rest of JOURNEY for an "all-star" jam at the conclusion of Bone Bash III, a one-day rock festival that took place Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Chronicle Pavilion in Concord, California. The following is an eyewitness account sent to us by ...

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HALFORD Guitarist Looks Forward To Getting Back On The Road

HALFORD guitarist Metal Mike Chlasciak has posted the following message via the band's official web site: "Horns up HALFORD supporters, hard-quorumites and die hards!! Wanted to give you a little up-date on what's new within the HALFORD camp. "I'd like to first thank you on behalf of the band for your killer posts in the ...

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EXODUS Drop Off Vegas New Year's Eve Show

Despite previous reports to the contrary, EXODUS will NOT be performing with HALFORD, TESTAMENT, and VIO-LENCE at House Of Blues in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, Dec. 29. "We are sorry for anyone that bought tickets in anticipation of seeing EXODUS perform," the band's manager Steve Warner said in an official statement. "Before the show ...

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THE SERVANTS Line Up Bay Area Dates

San Francisco Bay Area's THE SERVANTS, featuring former MACHINE HEAD/TESTAMENT drummer Chris Kontos, have lined up the following dates during November: Nov. 02 – Berkeley, CA @ Blakes Nov. 17 – Berkeley, CA @ Rasputin's Nov. 22 – San Francisco, CA @ The Last Day Saloon Nov. 29 – Pleasant Hill, CA @ Rasputin's ...

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DARKANE Added To NO MERCY FESTIVALS 2003

DARKANE are the latest band to have been confirmed for the forthcoming No Mercy/Easter Festivals 2003 European tour, which is also set to include performances by TESTAMENT, MARDUK, PRO-PAIN, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, MALEVOLENT CREATION, GRAVEWORM, CALLENISH CIRCLE and ARKHON INFAUSTUS. Another as-yet-undisclosed co-headlining act — rumored to be either MORBID ANGEL or DARK ...

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PUSHED Complete Work On Debut EP

Southern California's PUSHED, featuring former TESTAMENT/SLAYER drummer Jon Dette and ex-TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian, have set "Iodine" as the name of their debut EP, which was recently recorded at Global Artists Studios (formerly Goldentrack Studios) in Escondido, California. Three new cuts appear on the effort alongside a remixed version of the track "Surface" from the ...

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ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO Announce Upcoming Dates

New York's ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO, led by former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick, have lined up the following dates in support of their album, Goodbye To Romance: Standards For A New Generation: Oct. 15 - Berkeley, CA @ Blakes on Telegraph Oct. 17 - San Jose, Ca @ Plant 51 Oct. 19 - San Francisco, CA ...

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