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DEATH ANGEL Sign With NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL have signed a multi-album record deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band are expected to enter the studio in early 2004 to begin recording their first CD since 1990's "Act III", tentatively due later in the year. Speaking to Chile's Grinder magazine in late 2002, DEATH ANGEL ...

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CANCER Add Another U.K. Date

Reformed U.K. death metallers CANCER have added a Wolverhampton date to their upcoming mini-tour. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Nov. 06 - Telford Town Centre, UK @ The Millhouse (w/ PULVERIZED) Nov. 08 – Coventry, UK @ The General Wolfe (w/ MITHRAS, DETRIMENTUM, PULVERIZED) Nov. 09 – London, UK @ Electrowerkz (w/ MITHRAS, ...

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DRAGONLORD Cancel California Dates

San Francisco Bay Area black metallers DRAGONLORD, featuring members of TESTAMENT, have regretfully announced that they are unable to perform at their previously announced shows on October 24 with DEATH ANGEL at the Cadillac Ranch in Concord, and on October 28 at the Cat Club in San Francisco, due to drummer Jon Allen's "personal family ...

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PAINMUSEUM: Album Details Revealed

PAINMUSEUM, the new band featuring ex-HALFORD guitarist Metal Mike Chlasciak, vocalist Tim Clayborne, and former HALFORD drummer Bobby Jarzombek, have set "Metal For Life (Battle Hymns For The New Apocalypse)" as the title for their debut album, tentatively due in early 2004 through an as-yet-undetermined label. The album, which was recorded at Mike Vescera's (LOUDNESS, ...

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THE CENTURY FAMILY Completes Worldwide Purchase of OLYMPIC RECORDINGS

The Los Angeles-based Century Family Inc., home to Century Media Records, has completed the worldwide purchase of Olympic Recordings, one of the world's leading underground metal labels. Established in Chicago in 1992, Olympic has built a solid catalog of releases and created brand loyalty within the extreme metal genre. During its decade of existence, the ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN: Tour Report, Live Video Clips Posted Online

WATCHTOWER/SPASTIC INK guitarist Ron Jarzombek, who recently completed a seven-date run as part of ex-MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman's backing band on the Guitarevolution tour (also featuring former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick and original MEGADETH guitarist Chris Poland), has posted the following tour report on his official web site: "This whole adventure started with me sending ...

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CANCER: New Tour Date Announced

Reformed U.K. death metallers CANCER have added a Coventry date to their upcoming mini-tour. In addition, the group have announced the support act for the three shows, which kick off on November 6 in Telford. Confirmed dates are as follows: Nov. 06 - Telford Town Centre, UK @ The Millhouse (w/ PULVERIZED) Nov. 08 – ...

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GENE SIMMONS Banned From BORDERS BOOKSTORES

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons told Cindy Adams of The New York Post that he's been banned from making appearances at Borders bookstores to sign copies of his new book, "Sex Money Kiss". Borders says it's because the events at his past appearances were all too wild, raunchy and vulgar. "[Is it] my fault women come ...

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GUITAREVOLUTION To Hit East Coast In Early 2004

Guitarists extraordinaire Marty Friedman (ex-MEGADETH), Chris Poland (ex-MEGADETH, DAMN THE MACHINE) and Alex Skolnick (ex-TESTAMENT, SAVATAGE) will be teaming up for an East Coast "Guitarevolution" tour in early 2004. Exact cities and venues will be announced soon. The three axeman recently completed a successful run of West Coast dates under the "Guitarevolution" banner. Upcoming THE ...

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Live Suicide To Take Place At HELL ON EARTH Concert

Industrial rock band HELL ON EARTH will feature a "live suicide" at their State Theatre performance in St. Petersburg, Florida on Saturday, October 4. A Euthanasia Society member will carry out the suicide to raise awareness for dying with dignity. The Euthanasia member, who suffers from a terminal illness, is using the event as a ...

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DEATH ANGEL Added To 'Get Thrashed' Documentary

Reunited San Francisco metallers DEATH ANGEL have been added to the lineup of bands featured in "Get Thrashed", the upcoming documentary profiling the thrash metal scene of the early Eighties and its impact on the music scene. As previously reported, METALLICA, SLAYER, ANTHRAX, TESTAMENT, OVERKILL, VOIVOD, DISTURBED, SLIPKNOT, KITTIE and MESHUGGAH are among the other ...

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DRAGONLORD: West Coast Dates Announced

San Francisco Bay Area black metallers DRAGONLORD, featuring members of TESTAMENT, have lined up two shows in late October: Oct. 24 – Concord, CA @ Cadillac Ranch (w/ DEATH ANGEL) Oct. 28 – San Francisco, CA @ Cat Club DRAGONLORD are expected to release the follow-up to 2001's "Rapture" in 2004 through Spitfire Records. ...

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NEVERMORE To Be Joined by TESTAMENT Guitarist For European Tour

Steve Smyth (TESTAMENT, DRAGONLORD) will be handling second-guitar duties on NEVERMORE's "Enemies Of Reality" European Tour 2003 with special guests ARCH ENEMY. Says Steve: "I am very excited and would to thank Jeff, Warrel, Van and Jim for inviting me, and I would also like to thank Chuck and Eric of TESTAMENT for all their ...

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CHARON's 'Religious/Delicious' Enters Finnish Single Chart At No. 8

CHARON's latest single, "Religious/Delicious", has entered the Finnish single chart at No. 8. "Religious/Delicious" is the second single off the Finnish group's forthcoming fourth full-length album, "The Dying Daylights", due on September 22 through Spinefarm Records. The follow-up to last year's "Downhearted" was recorded at BRR Studios in the group's hometown of Raahe and was ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN: GUITAREVOLUTION Setlist Revealed

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman and his backing band — guitarist Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER, SPASTIC INK), drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (ex-MEGADETH, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, Y&T) and bassist Chris Catero (RAZER, ex-WARDOG) — kicked off the Guitarevolution U.S. tour with THE ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO (featuring former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick) and OHM (featuring original MEGADETH guitarist Chris Poland) ...

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CANCER Reform, Announce London Show

Legendary U.K. death metallers CANCER have reunited and have announced a show at The Electrowerkz in London on Sunday, November 9. Support acts are yet to be confirmed. Tickets will be available shortly from Stargreen & Ticketweb and all usual ticket outlets. Former in 1988 by vocalist/guitarist John Walker, drummer Carl Stokes and bassist Ian ...

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JAMES MURPHY BENEFIT Concert: Last-Minute Lineup Shuffles

Several changes have been made to the lineup of bands set to perform at the James Murphy Benefit concert on September 6 at Venom Night Club in St. Petersburg, Florida. Joining headliners SIX FEET UNDER on the bill will be DIABOLIC, CYST, POWER SLAVE (the IRON MAIDEN tribute band featuring Jack Owen of CANNIBAL CORPSE), ...

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ARCH ENEMY Conquer European Charts

ARCH ENEMY's latest CD, "Anthems Of Rebellion", has entered the national charts in several European countries. Current chart positions are as follows: German Media Control Charts: #69 Swedish Album Charts: #76 Dutch Top 100: #97 Greek Rock/Metal Charts: #1 Finnish Album Charts: #42 "Anthems Of Rebellion" was produced, engineered, mixed and mastered at Backstage Studios ...

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QUIET RIOT Bassist Signs on for ULEAD Product Campaign

QUIET RIOT bassist Rudy Sarzo (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE) has signed a deal with Ulead Systems, Inc., a leading developer of image editing, video editing, 3D animation and DVD authoring software, to promote the upcoming version of Ulead's professional DVD authoring software. With its launch in 2002, DVD Workshop was unique in the market as the ...

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SIX FEET UNDER Singer Addresses Social Issues With 'Bringer Of Blood'

September 23 will see the release of SIX FEET UNDER's most ambitious release to date, the ferocious "Bringer Of Blood" (through Metal Blade Records). The disc, rampant with an infectious blend of jackhammer grooves and pure aggressive immensity, fuses the band's attraction to dark fantasy as well as significant social commentary. Vocalist Chris Barnes expresses ...

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Former TESTAMENT Axeman To Teach At AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF GUITAR

Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick has joined the distinguished faculty of New York's premier guitar school, American Institute Of Guitar (AIG). Alex will be teaching the Jazz Soloing Workshop this fall. "Learn the essential scales, arpeggios and techniques of jazz soloing," reads a post on Skolnick's web site. "Hands-on with lots of playing. In addition, ...

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QUO VADIS Hire TESTAMENT/SADUS Bassist To Play On New Album

Canadian technical metallers QUO VADIS have enlisted session bassist Steve DiGiorgio (TESTAMENT, SADUS, DEATH, CONTROL DENIED, SADUS) to lay down the bass tracks for the group's third album, tentatively due before the end of the year. "Internationally renowned since the late 80s, Steve was in Montreal and St Zenon's Wild Studios the week of August ...

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SIX FEET UNDER To Headline JAMES MURPHY BENEFIT

SIX FEET UNDER have been confirmed to headline the James Murphy Benefit concert on September 6 at Venom Night Club in St. Petersburg, Florida. Joining Chris Barnes and Co. at the gig will be PATH OF MAN (featuring CANNIBAL CORPSE members Jack Owen and Paul Mazurkiewicz along with HELSTAR/SEVEN WITCHES frontman James Rivera), DIABOLIC, MONSTROSITY, ...

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Thrash Metal Memorabilia Sought By Makers Of Documentary

The makers of the upcoming documentary profiling the thrash metal scene of the early Eighties and its impact on the music scene are looking for help and contributions from longtime metal fans everywhere. "We are looking for thrash fan memorabilia such as concert flyers, promo posters, old thrash magazine covers (ie: Metal Forces), classic ticket ...

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist Conquers Japan

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman recently played two songs from his latest solo CD, "Music For Speeding" ("Lust For Life" and "It's The Unreal Thing"), live in the broadcast center for Japan's Sky Perfect TV's "Party Dude!" program. This nationwide hard rock show will broadcast the two songs plus interviews on two separate programs over ...

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CHARON Re-Name New Album

Finland's CHARON have changed the title for their forthcoming fourth full-length album to "The Dying Daylights" from the originally announced "Dead Man Walking". The follow-up to last year's "Downhearted" is due on October 6 through Spinefarm Records. A new single containing the song "Religious/Delicious" and the non-album cut "The King Is Dead" will be released ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN To Be Joined By Ex-MEGADETH Drummer, WATCHTOWER Guitarist On Upcoming Tour

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman has announced his backing band for the upcoming Guitarevolution tour, the month-long trek featuring Friedman, Alex Skolnick's (ex-TESTAMENT, SAVATAGE) jazz combo THE ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO and original MEGADETH guitarist Chris Poland's (ex-DAMN THE MACHINE) prog-rock outfit OHM. Joining Marty on the tour will be guitarist Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER, SPASTIC INK), ...

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