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Ex-MACHINE HEAD/TESTAMENT Drummer Gets Endorsed

Former MACHINE HEAD/TESTAMENT drummer Chris Kontos (currently in THE SERVANTS) has landed an endorsement deal with Moon Drum Co. As part of the deal, Moon has given Kontos his own signature set, made to Chris' specifications: Big, solid, fat drums. 14X16 tom, 16X18 floor, 18X18 floor, 24X18 kick, 14X6 & ½ snare. The shells are ...

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SUICIDE SHIFT Mini-Clip Posted Online

A 20-second clip of SUICIDE SHIFT — the new San Francisco Bay Area band featuring SADUS/TESTAMENT bassist Steve DiGiorgio, SADUS frontman Darren Travis, and TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy — performing live at The Pound in San Francisco on September 13th can be viewed at this location. ...

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TESTAMENT Confirmed For Bay Area's BONE BASH III

San Francisco Bay Area's TESTAMENT have been added to the list of artists performing at Bone Bash III, an all-day event taking place Saturday, November 2nd at the Chronicle Pavilion in Concord, California. Also appearing on the bill will be JOURNEY, JOE SATRIANI, Y&T and MONTROSE, among others. TESTAMENT will reportedly be headlining the Metal ...

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BRICK BATH Part Ways with Vocalist, Seek Replacement

Pavement/Crash Music recording artists BRICK BATH have officially parted ways with vocalist Joseph McCaw due to irreconcilable differences as well as the singer's ongoing health issues. The band is seeking a permanent replacement and are currently auditioning vocalists through September before they head back out on tour in the fall. Vocalists interested in auditioning should ...

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THE SERVANTS Announce Bay Area Gig

San Francisco Bay Area's THE SERVANTS, featuring former MACHINE HEAD/TESTAMENT drummer Chris Kontos, are scheduled to perform KEHOE NATION (featuring guitar virtuoso Brian Kehoe, formerly of M.I.R.V.) and BLOOD RED ROSES at Blake's in Berkeley, California on Friday, September 27th. THE SERVANTS recently issued their full-length debut CD, Mostly Monsters, which can be obtained via ...

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FLESHGRIND Confirmed For XTREME BENEFEST

Illinois-based death metallers FLESHGRIND will be performing at the Xtreme Benefest at the Royal Oak Theater in Royal Oak, Michigan, near Detroit, on November 15-16. This two-day event will serve as a benefit concert for former TESTAMENT/DEATH guitarist James Murphy (who was diagnosed with a brain tumor last August), and will feature "some of the ...

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PUSHED To Support ASESINO, SKINLAB

Southern California's PUSHED, featuring former TESTAMENT/SLAYER drummer Jon Dette and ex-TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian, will support ASESINO at The Scene in San Diego, California on Saturday, September 21st. The group are also scheduled to open for SKINLAB at Brick By Brick in San Diego on Sunday, September 22nd. ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE, IRON MAIDEN, TESTAMENT Vocalists Among Frontmen Spotlighted In Singer Book

QUEENSRŸCHE's Geoff Tate, IRON MAIDEN's Bruce Dickinson, TESTAMENT's Chuck Billy and JUDAS PRIEST's Tim "Ripper" Owens are some of the vocalists featured in the new book entitled Pro Secrets Of Heavy Rock Singing, which is being described in an official press release as "the first instructional singing book to address exclusively rock singing in the ...

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HALCYON Seek Guitarist/Vocalist

HALCYON, Wisconsin's self-proclaimed "kings of melodic, ferocious, technical death metal," are seeking a permanent guitarist/vocalist with great vocal AND lead guitar abilities. According to the band, "our music is fast, melodic and technical. Influences include EMPEROR, DIMMU BORGIR, OPETH, TESTAMENT, MY DYING BRIDE, IN FLAMES, SLAYER, DISINTER, DEATH and CRYPTOPSY." Interested parties can write to ...

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PUSHED Nearly Done With EP, Line Up Invite-Only NAMM Appearance

Southern California's PUSHED, featuring former TESTAMENT/SLAYER drummer Jon Dette and ex-TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian, are in the process of finishing work on their four-song EP at Global Artists studios (formerly Goldentrack studios) in Escondido, California. In other news, PUSHED are apparently set to perform at a special event at the NAMM headquarters in Carlsbad, California ...

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SADUS Line Up European Appearances

San Francisco Bay Area thrashers SADUS, featuring current TESTAMENT bassist Steve DiGiorgio and drummer Jon Allen, are scheduled to perform several European dates in late September. So far the following shows have been confirmed: Sep. 20 – Strassbourg, FRA @ La Laiterie (w/CANNIBAL CORPSE, SEVERE TORTURE, DEW-SCENTED) Sep. 22 – Rotterdam, NETH @ Baroeg (w/DEAD ...

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Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE Guitarist Announces US Dates

New York's ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO, led by former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick, will embark on the first of several tours in support of their album, Goodbye To Romance: Standards For A New Generation in late August/early September. According to Skolnick, "this has been the subject of much planning and organizing which continues as we speak. ...

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PUSHED, PAIN Among Acts To Be Included On Promotional CD

Southern California's PUSHED (featuring former TESTAMENT/SLAYER drummer Jon Dette and ex-TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian) and Sweden's PAIN (led by HYPOCRISY mainman Peter Tägtgren) are two of the 20 bands featured on a double promotional CD currently being compiled by Thermal Breakdown Entertainment, a division of DK Entertainment, LLC. Among the other bands currently set to ...

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PUSHED Record New Material, Plan West Coast Tour

Southern California's PUSHED, featuring former TESTAMENT/SLAYER drummer Jon Dette and ex-TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian, are in the process of recording three new songs at Global Artists studios (formerly Goldentrack studios) in Escondido, California for an upcoming EP release, which will also include a remixed version of the track "Surface" from the band's last two-song demo. ...

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CRYPTOPSY To Headline Michigan's XTREME BENEFEST

Canadian death metallers CRYPTOPSY will be headlining the Xtreme Benefest at the Royal Oak Theater in Royal Oak, Michigan, near Detroit, on Saturday November 16th, 2002. This two-day event (November 15-16) will serve as a benefit concert for former TESTAMENT/DEATH guitarist James Murphy (who was diagnosed with a brain tumor last August), and will feature ...

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THE SERVANTS To Embark On Mini-Tour

San Francisco Bay Area's THE SERVANTS, featuring former MACHINE HEAD/TESTAMENT drummer Chris Kontos, have lined up the following dates during August/September: Aug.15 – San Francisco, CA @ The Pound (w/MOUNTAIN) Aug. 17 – San Francisco, CA @ Slims (w/M.I.R.V., MANMADEGOD) Aug. 23 – Petaluma, CA @ The Phoenix Theatre (w/M.I.R.V.) Aug. 24 – Guerneville, CA ...

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TESTAMENT Frontman To Host MILWAUKEE METALFEST XVI

TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy will be "special guest host" at Milwaukee Metalfest XVI, set for July 26 - July 27 at U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Among the artists scheduled to appear at the event are EXODUS, DRAGONLORD, NOVEMBERS DOOM, INCANTATION, NILE, SEVEN WITCHES, ARCH ENEMY, DEW SCENTED, JAG PANZER, DEBRIS INC., and KATAKLYSM. ...

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DRAGONLORD, VIO-LENCE Confirmed For MILWAUKEE METALFEST

San Francisco Bay Area acts DRAGONLORD—featuring current and former members of TESTAMENT—and VIO-LENCE have been confirmed for this year's Milwaukee Metalfest, which is scheduled to take place on July 26th and 27th at U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Other artists set to appear at the event, according to the festival's official web site, include ...

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NEVERMORE: The WARREL DANE Update

NEVERMORE frontman Warrel Dane has posted the following update on the band's activities via the group's official web site: "We are currently doing pre-production demos for Enemies of Reality. I recently finished the vocals for a song called 'Tomorrow Turned Into Yesterday'. This tune is turning out great with a chorus that sticks in your ...

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DRAGONLORD Announce European Mini-Tour

San Francisco Bay Area's DRAGONLORD, featuring current and former members of TESTAMENT, have announced the following European dates during August: Aug. 02 – Wacken, GER @ Wacken Open Air Aug. 03 – BEL @ Eurorock Fest Aug. 04 – Pratteln, SWI @ Z7 Metal Days As previously reported, DRAGONLORD will be appearing at Bourbon Street ...

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JAMES MURPHY Completes Work On SUMMON CD

Former TESTAMENT/DEATH guitarist James Murphy, who is presently receiving treatment for a brain tumor with which he was diagnosed last August, has finished producing the forthcoming album from Michigan-based black metallers SUMMON, entitled The Blood Runs Black. "I played a bit on the album and everything went great," stated James. "We will mix it starting ...

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PUSHED Announce San Diego Gig

Southern California's PUSHED, featuring former TESTAMENT/SLAYER drummer Jon Dette and ex-TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian, will perform at The Brick by Brick in San Diego on Saturday, June 22nd. ...

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DRAGONLORD Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

San Francisco Bay Area's DRAGONLORD, featuring current and former members of TESTAMENT, are the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's Wacken Open Air festival, which is scheduled to take place on August 2-3 in Wacken, Germany. The full list of artists currently scheduled to appear at the event is as follows: ALABAMA ...

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THE SERVANTS Finish Mastering "Mostly Monsters" For July Release

San Francisco Bay Area's THE SERVANTS, featuring former MACHINE HEAD/TESTAMENT drummer Chris Kontos, finished mastering their debut album, entitled Mostly Monsters, on June 6th at Bernie Grundman Studios in Hollywood, California and are scheduled to release the effort in July. Pre-orders will be accepted via the group's web site and will include a free, limited-edition ...

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