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DARK TRANQUILLITY: We Are Not Touring With HALFORD!

Sweden's DARK TRANQUILLITY have denied reports that they have been confirmed for The 2003 Metal Gods Tour, a multi-band package featuring HALFORD, co-headliners TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, CARNAL FORGE, PAIN MUSEUM, and AMON AMARTH. "Regarding touring, the information circulating on the [Internet] implying that [DARK TRANQUILLITY] will be part of the HALFORD tour package in the U.S. ...

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PAIN MUSEUM Replace SYMPHONY X On THE 2003 METAL GODS TOUR

PAIN MUSEUM, the new band featuring HALFORD members Metal Mike Chlasciak (guitar) and Bobby Jarzombek (drums), have replaced SYMPHONY X on the bill of the much-anticipated The 2003 Metal Gods Tour, a multi-band package featuring HALFORD, co-headliners TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, DARK TRANQUILITY, AMON AMARTH, and CARNAL FORGE. SYMPHONY X reportedly pulled out of the trek in ...

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THE 2003 METAL GODS TOUR: Lineup Announced!

Former JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford's forthcoming U.S. tour, The 2003 Metal Gods Tour, will be a multi-band package featuring Rob's blazing quintet HALFORD, co-headliners TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, SYMPHONY X, DARK TRANQUILITY, AMON AMARTH, CARNAL FORGE and more. The 2003 Metal Gods Tour is set to kick off April 25 in Chicago, and will wrap up ...

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DEEDS Announce U.K. Dates

Britain's DEEDS (formerly DIRTY DEEDS) have lined up the following dates during April: Apr. 18 – Croyden, UK @ The Cartoon Club Apr. 19 - Bedminster, Bristol, UK @ The Fiddlers DEEDS' latest CD, "Blown", was produced by IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris. The group's previous album, "Real World", was engineered by Doug Hall (IRON ...

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MALEVOLENT CREATION Joined By NILE Drummer

Long-running Florida death metallers MALEVOLENT CREATION have replaced touring drummer Ariel Alvarado with NILE skinsman Tony Laureano. Tony is no stranger to the MALEVOLENT CREATION camp, having toured the U.S. and Europe with the band on their "In Cold Blood" tour in 1997. Tony is prepared to sit in on the drums until a permanent ...

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PUSHED To Appear On ROCK 105.3

Southern California's PUSHED, the band featuring former TESTAMENT/SLAYER drummer Jon Dette and ex-TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian, will be appearing on Rock 105.3's "The Jack and Norm Show" on Sunday, March 9 at 10:30 p.m. They will be "hanging out, having a beer and playing some songs" off their recently-released EP, "Iodine". PUSHED will also be ...

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BORKNAGAR Drummer To Join TESTAMENT

TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson has posted the following update to the band's official web site, www.testamentlegions.com: "Hello fans! "Latest news regarding the European 'No Mercy Festival' we are about to embark on in April. Due to [TESTAMENT/SADUS drummer] Jon Allen's personal family issues, he will not be able to participate in the tour ...

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TESTAMENT's BILLY: 'In Full Swing Ahead'

TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy has posted the following message to the band's official web site: "What's up everyone? Just wanted to let you know that on 'Valentine's Day' I had my FINAL two operations to remove a port from my chest and both surgeries were a complete success. Yesterday I had seen my surgeon Dr. ...

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CHUCK SCHULDINER's Mother Endorses Upcoming DEATH Tribute

Jane Schuldiner, mother of late DEATH/CONTROL DENIED frontman Chuck Schuldiner, has issued a brief statement regarding the upcoming DEATH tribute album currently being put together by former DEATH/TESTAMENT guitarist James Murphy, ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION/SUFFOCATION drummer Dave Culross, ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION vocalist Brett Hoffmann and CKY guitarist Deron Miller. Says Jane: "[Chuck's sister] Beth gave permission [for the ...

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Ex-DEATH, MALEVOLENT CREATION Members Get Green Light 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 going ahead with their previously announced plans to record a DEATH tribute CD to benefit Murphy and the family of late DEATH frontman Chuck Schuldiner. "James Murphy got the OK from [Chuck's ...

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HALFORD, TESTAMENT, DEATH ANGEL Confirmed For San Francisco's BAY AREA THRASH FESTIVAL

HALFORD, TESTAMENT and DEATH ANGEL are among the artists confirmed for the Bay Area Thrash Festival at the Avalon Ballroom (inside The Regency Center) in San Francisco, California on Saturday, March 29. The complete lineup for the event will be as follows: HALFORD TESTAMENT DEATH ANGEL VIO-LENCE EXHUMED CATTLE DECAPITATION IMPALED Tickets are priced at ...

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THE SKOL TRIO Announce Upcoming Dates

THE SKOL TRIO, the band led by former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE axeman Alex Skolnick, have lined up the following appearances during February/March: Feb. 13 - Rochester, NY @ The Montage Grille Feb. 15 - New York, NY @ Detour Feb. 18 - Cleveland, OH @ Nighttown Feb. 19 - Erie, PA @ Docksiders Feb. 20 - East ...

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PUSHED Announce Hollywood Gig

Southern California's PUSHED, featuring former TESTAMENT/SLAYER drummer Jon Dette and ex-TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian, have announced a headlining show at Whisky A Go-Go in West Hollywood, California on March 11. The band recently teamed up with entertainment attorney Kevin Anderson who is aggressively shopping a management and major label deal for the group, according to ...

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One Kill Wonder - THE HAUNTED

"The only pressure we feel comes from within ourselves," is the standard musician's answer to an equally cliché question. In a rare moment of sincerity, THE HAUNTED guitarist Patrik Jensen has admitted that the pressure of following up 1999's "The Haunted Made Me Do It" has at times been overwhelming. That's understandable, not to mention ...

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HALFORD Gets Work Visa, Makes Last-Minute Flight To U.S.

According to Rob Halford's personal manager, John Baxter, Rob has finally received the required paperwork needed in order to enable him to re-enter the country from his native U.K. "Well, the news we've been waiting for has arrived," Baxter wrote on the band's official message board. "Rob was issued his visa 20 minutes prior to ...

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JAMES MURPHY Keeps Spirits Up, Needs Your Help

Former TESTAMENT/DEATH guitarist James Murphy, who is currently receiving treatment for a massive brain tumor with which he was diagnosed in August 2001, has issued the following update on his condition and current/upcoming activities: "I have been doing good, playing a lot. And staying busy helping a friend's band in NY... I may even do ...

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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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