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Former HELLOWEEN Guitarist, STRATOVARIUS Singer Perform With SHAMAN In Slovakia

Former HELLOWEEEN and current MASTEPLAN guitarist Roland Grapow made a special guest appearance, along with Timo Kotipelto (STRATOVARIUS), during a SHAMAN gig in Martin, Slovakia on Saturday (Nov. 20). Roland and Timo played two songs with the band: "Pride" and a cover of JUDAS PRIEST's "Breaking the Law". As previously reported, MASTERPLAN have set "Aeronautics" ...

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THANATOS: Tour Dates Announced

Long-running Dutch death metal band THANATOS will play two shows in Greece in January 2005: January 15 at Mylos Club in Thessaloniki and January 16 at Gagarin205 Club in Athens. Also appearing on the bill will be ORPHANED LAND from Israel. In addition, THANATOS will embark on a short Dutch tour with PUNGENT STENCH in ...

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HAMMERFALL Announce One-Off Hometown Gig

Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL will play at Scandinavium in Gothenburg (Göteborg), Sweden on April 30. "It's the only show we will do in Sweden this spring, and is part of a 5-10 gig swing we call the Icebreaker Festivals," guitarist Oscar Dronjak writes on the group's web site. "Apparently, no other band from Göteborg has headlined ...

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PAINMUSEUM To Tape Commemorative DVD At CD Release Party

PAINMUSEUM, the new band formed by the former HALFORD duo of "Metal" Mike Chlasciak (guitar, also in TESTAMENT) and Bobby Jarzombek (drums, also in ICED EARTH), will celebrate the release of their debut album, "Metal For Life", at the Cup Complex (1140 E. Elizabeth Ave) in Linden, NJ. The party, which is scheduled to take ...

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MIKE CHLASCIAK: 'ROB HALFORD Was One Of The Most Professional People I Have Ever Met'

Former HALFORD and current PAINMUSEUM/TESTAMENT guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak recently spoke to the Ferrante's Power Equipment web site about his time playing with JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford and the formation of his new project, among other topics. Several excerpts from the interview follow: Ferrante's Power Equipment: What have you learned from playing ...

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FORCE OF EVIL Announce New Album Title

FORCE OF EVIL, the new Danish band featuring guitarist Michael Denner (ex-MERCYFUL FATE), guitarist Hank Shermann (MERCYFUL FATE), bassist Hal Patino (KING DIAMOND), drummer Bjarne Holm (MERCYFUL FATE), and vocalist Martin Steene (ex-IRONFIRE), have set "Black Empire" as the title of their sophomore album, tentatively due in early 2005 through Escapi. 12 new songs were ...

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THE CLAN DESTINED: Audio Sample Posted Online

THE CLAN DESTINED, the new project featuring vocalist Martin Walkyier (ex-SKYCLAD, SABBAT) and bassist Iscariah (ex-IMMORTAL), have posted an audio sample of a new demo track, entitled "I Am Because We Are!", at their official web site. Download it at this location. As previously reported, this very limited-edition release, which will be made ...

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STARRATS: Studio Update

Danish rockers STARRATS are in the process of recording guitars for their second album, tentatively titled "Salami Monkey Ape". The music and production will reportedly follow a "heavier and more aggresive" direction than was the case on the group's debut CD, "Broken Halo" (released this fall via Adrenaline Records in Europe and Perris Records in ...

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PAINMUSEUM Sign European/Japanese Deal With DEMOLITION RECORDS

PAINMUSEUM, the new band featuring guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak (TESTAMENT, ex-HALFORD), drummer Bobby Jarzombek (ICED EARTH, ex-HALFORD, RIOT), bassist Steve DiGiorgio (TESTAMENT, SADUS, DEATH, VINTERSORG) and newcomer singer Tim Clayborne (HATRED), have signed a long-term deal for Europe and Japan with the U.K. independent label Demolition Records. The Demolition press office comments: "We've been admirers ...

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PAINMUSEUM: 'Metal For Life' U.S. Release Date Confirmed

November 16, 2004 has been confirmed as the official U.S. release date for the long-awaited "Metal For Life" album from guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak's (TESTAMENT, ex-HALFORD) PAINMUSEUM. "Metal For Life" features Chlasciak, Bobby Jarzombek (ICED EARTH, ex-HALFORD, RIOT) on drums, Steve DiGiorgio (TESTAMENT, SADUS, DEATH, VINTERSORG) on bass and newcomer Tim Clayborne (HATRED) on vocals. ...

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Ex-JUDAS PRIEST Singer AL ATKINS Recording More Material For Solo Album

Original JUDAS PRIEST singer Al Atkins will enter the studio on October 29 to record the seventh song for his upcoming solo project, entitled "Demon Deceiver". The track, entitled "Bleeding", will feature contributions from the following musicians: Pete Emms (bass), Mike de Jager (guitar), Simon Lees (guitar, BUDGIE) and Mick Hales (drums). As previously reported, ...

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JUDAS PRIEST: New Live Video Posted Online

A 37-second video clip of JUDAS PRIEST performing their classic track "Painkiller" live at the Arrow Festival in Lichtenvoorde, Holland on June 12, 2004 has been posted online at The French Metallian web site. Check it out at this location. As previously reported, JUDAS PRIEST's new studio album has had its release date ...

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Former TESTAMENT Guitarist To Tour With TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA

Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick will be performing with TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA (East) at the following dates in November/December: Nov. 11 - Charleston WV @ Municipal Aud Theater Nov. 12 – Louisville, KY @ Palace Theater Nov. 13 - Ft Wayne IN @ Allen County War Memorial Nov. 14 – Akron, OH @ Akron Civic Center ...

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'Battle For Ozzfest': More Details Revealed

According to DailyBreeze.com, "Battle for Ozzfest", premiering Monday (Oct. 25) on MTV, represents the Osbournes' attempt to steer Ozzy's career away from TV and back to music, where his long-term legacy lay. In "Battle for Ozzfest", eight metal bands selected from hundreds compete for a coveted main-stage slot on the entire Ozzfest tour ...

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BLUDGEON: New Song Available Online

Chicago-based metallers BLUDGEON are making available for sale a rough-mix version of their new track "Carnage Begins" for a limited time only. Download it at this location this location. "Carnage Begins" comes off the band's sophomore album, "Fuck My Wife Please", tentatively due in late 2004/early 2005. The first signing to MANOWAR's Magic ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Featured On This Week's 'VH1 Classic In Concert'

JUDAS PRIEST will be the featured artists in this week's installment of "VH1 Classic In Concert", which debuts on Friday, October 22 at 9:00 p.m. The hour-long program showcases live, full-concert performances from some of the greatest names in rock, pop and soul. Launched in May 2000, VH1 Classic is a 24-hour network that presents ...

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DIMMU BORGIR Frontman: It's Time To Recharge The Batteries

DIMMU BORGIR frontman Shagrath recently spoke to Metal Edge magazine about the Norwegian black metal band's unprecedented commercial success and their participation in this year's Ozzfest festival. Several excerpts from the interview follow: Metal Edge: It must feel good to be considered the No. 1 black metal band in the world today. Shagrath: "Well, of ...

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JUDAS PRIEST: New Album Pushed Back To February

JUDAS PRIEST have once again pushed back the release date of their new studio album — this time to February 1, 2005 (January 31, 2005 internationally) from the previously announced January 4, 2005. The release date was moved at the request of the band's record label, Sony/Epic Records in order "to make sure that we ...

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CRESCENT SHIELD: Demo Recordings Available For Download

CRESCENT SHIELD, the new "high-energy power/traditional metal" band featuring the talents of vocalist Michael Grant (ONWARD), guitarist Dan Delucie (DESTINY'S END), drummer Craig Anderson (ENGINE), and bassist Melanie Sisneros (SINERGY, THE IRON MAIDENS, NEW EDEN), have posted three demo tracks at their official web site. The songs "Last Of My Kind", "Await The Champion" and ...

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