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PERZONAL WAR Announce New Bassist

Germany's PERZONAL WAR have announced the addition of bassist Sven Krauträmer (ex-AARDVARKS) to the group's ranks. "[Sven] already did a perfect job in recording the upcoming album and now we are ready to kick some asses live again!" the band write on their web site. PERZONAL WAR recently entered Gernhart studio in Siegburg to record ...

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THREE INCHES OF BLOOD Announce Canadian Dates

Canadian metallers THREE INCHES OF BLOOD have announced two gigs in British Columbia later this month. They are as follows: Aug. 17 - Vancouver, BC @ Hot August Nights Festival (Waldorf Hotel) Aug. 29 - Chilliwack, BC @ Domestic Disturbance Festival (Stolo First Nations Reserve) As previously reported, THREE INCHES OF BLOOD will be supporting ...

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RUNEMAGICK Split With Guitarist

Swedish "dark death metal" act RUNEMAGICK have parted ways with second guitarist Tomas Eriksson (ex-INTOXICATE, GROTESQUE, VALEDICTORY). "Tomas has decided to leave RUNEMAGICK, maybe just for a while or forever... He feels that he must quit everything to gather new inspiration and try to get the feeling back. We wish him all the best and ...

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CRIMSON GLORY: Original Lineup To Reunite?

CRIMSON GLORY, one of the best and most influential prog-metal bands to emerge from the 1980s, appears to be one step closer to a full-fledged reunion. Former CRIMSON GLORY guitarist Ben Jackson, who has spent the last few years pursuing a solo career of sort with BEN JACKSON GROUP, has posted the following message to ...

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NIKKI SIXX: Everything Is Right On Target

MÖTLEY CRÜE/BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION bassist Nikki Sixx has posted the following message to the "Rock'n'Roll Diary" section of CRÜE's official web site: "I walk into the kitchen and XM Radio is playing (the 70's) station, I venture down the hall to Gunner's room only to hear metal blasting (I swear his speakers gotta be about ...

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FATES WARNING Bassist Checks In From DREAM THEATER Tour

FATES WARNING/ARMORED SAINT bassist Joey Vera has posted the following message to his official web site: "[The FATES WARNING] tour [with DREAM THEATER and QUEENSRŸCHE] is still going great. Detroit, Cleveland, Baltimore and Wilmington all killer. Wilmington was poised to being one of our best shows but we got stopped near the end of our ...

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RUNEMAGICK Commence Work On New Material

Swedish "dark death metal" act RUNEMAGICK have commenced the songwriting process for the follow-up to this year's "Darkness Death Doom". "So far there are home demo versions of nine new songs," the band write on their official web site. "Now we will start to rehearse and develop the songs at our rehearsal place. We will ...

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GAMMA RAY: 'Skeletons In The Closet' Track Listing Revealed

German power metallers GAMMA RAY have finalized the track listing for their new live album, "Skeletons In The Closet", due on August 25 through Metal-Is/Sanctuary Records. The final track listing, which was voted on by the band's fans on the Internet, is as follows: CD 1: 01. Welcome (1:06) 02. Gardens Of The Sinner (5:48) ...

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Myanmar to Export Heavy Metal to U.S.

Dominic Whiting of Reuters reports that five long-haired Burmese men, calling themselves IRON CROSS, are looking to conquer the United States after taking military-ruled Myanmar by storm. The heavy-metal musicians, who have packed open-air stadiums across the insular Southeast Asian country for a decade, plan to head off this month for a tour taking in ...

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HATESPHERE Announce New Drummer

Danish death-thrashers HATESPHERE have announced the addition of drummer Anders Gyldenøhr to the group's ranks. "Anders is 200% into the band, and he's kickin' it — bigtime!" the group write on their official web site. "Anders will have his HATESPHERE debut show at the Nuclear Storm Festival in Czech Republic the 19th of July, with ...

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'Wacken Metal Overdrive' To Be Released On DVD

On July 28, SPV/Steamhammer will be releasing a special DVD, entitled "Wacken Metal Overdrive", featuring interviews and live footage of various artists performing at the annual Wacken Open Air Festival, widely considered to be the biggest and best "pure metal" festival in the world. The complete track listing for "Wacken Metal Overdrive" (view cover

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ANAL CUNT Reform

ANAL CUNT have reformed and have announced a live show at Bill's Bar in Boston, Massachusetts on November 10. The following is the official statement on the group's reformation from the band's vocalist Seth Putnam: "Well, I guess the biggest news to start off with is that ANAL CUNT are back together. You might think ...

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PERZONAL WAR Hard At Work On New Album

Germany's PERZONAL WAR have entered Gernhart studio in Siegburg to record their fourth full-length album, tentatively titled "Faces". The follow-up to 2002's "Different But The Same" is tentatively set for release in late fall/early winter through AFM Records. According to an official press release, "You can expect a killer album with lots of heavy guitars ...

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CRADLE OF FILTH Bassist Checks In With Tour Report

CRADLE OF FILTH bassist Dave Pybus (ex-ANATHEMA, DREAMBREED) has posted the following tour report on the band's official web site: "After going into pre-production for this tour at least a month before we flew out to the U.S. we were very excited to actually land safely in Houston, then New Orleans and meet our American ...

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KATAFALK Rejoined By Singer, Bassist

Holland's extreme death/thrashers KATAFALK have been rejoined by singer Wokkel and bassist Jurjen. Their return to the group follows the departures last month of guitarist Pier Abe and bassist Henk Jan due to "serious differences of opinion." In addition, vocalist Niels, who joined the band in late 2002, will be switching to playing guitar. KATAFALK's ...

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BEHEMOTH Add Session Bassist, Reveal Working Title For New CD

Polish black/death metallers BEHEMOTH have confirmed the departure of bassist Novy and have announced the addition of a new session bassist, Orion. Says guitarist/vocalist Nergal, "After three years of live contribution we parted our ways with Novy. He simply got a better offer from our countrymates VADER, to join as a permanent member. In BEHEMOTH ...

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CATTLE DECAPITATION To Team Up With DEICIDE, HATE ETERNAL, KRISIUN For Fall Tour

San Diego extreme metallers CATTLE DECAPITATION will be teaming up with DEICIDE, HATE ETERNAL and KRISIUN for a North American tour, tentatively set to kick off in November. As previously reported, CATTLE DECAPITATION have set "Humanure" as the title for their forthcoming full-length album, tentatively due in the fall/winter 2003 through Metal Blade Records. The ...

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KATAFALK Part Ways With Guitarist, Bassist

Holland's extreme death/thrashers KATAFALK have parted ways with guitarist Pier Abe and bassist Henk Jan due to "serious differences of opinion," according to a message posted on the group's official web site (www.katafalk.com). "They will pursue their musical ambitions elsewhere. Chris [guitar], Michiel [drums] and Niels [vocals] will continue the band." Pier Abe ...

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ALICE COOPER Names New CD

ALICE COOPER has set "The Eyes of Alice Cooper" as the title for his forthcoming CD, tentatively due in the fall. The album was produced by Andrew "Mudrock" Murdoch (GODSMACK, POWERMAN 5000) and was recorded in the same stripped-down manner as ALICE's demos. "I said, 'Mud, you've got to do this album,'" Cooper told Rolling ...

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ALICE COOPER To Embark On 'Bare Bones' Tour

ALICE COOPER will embark on the "Bare Bones" tour in July, featuring nothing more than the instruments, the music and the musicians making it. The trek, which runs July 12-August 10, will allow Cooper to take his music to several markets previously unable to accommodate Alice's elaborate stage-show. The "Bare Bones" tour will immediately follow ...

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Former ANTHRAX Singer Jams With THE RHYTHM JUNKIES

Former ANTHRAX frontman Neil Turbin sang three sets with THE RHYTHM JUNKIES on Sunday Afternoon (June 8) at Starboard Attitude on the Redondo Beach Pier in California. THE RHYTHM JUNKIES, who perform mostly heavy rock and blues, consist of Mitch Perry (MSG, EDGAR WINTER, TALAS), Sean McNabb (QUIET RIOT, BADD BOYZ, GREAT WHITE), Ray Hernandez ...

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KILL II THIS Set American Release Date For 'Mass.[Down.]-Sin.(Drone.)'

Britain's KILL II THIS have set an October 7 American release date through Abstract Records for their new album, "Mass.[Down.]-Sin.(Drone.)". The CD, the group's first since their split with Visible Noise Records in 2001, was issued last month through Loudspeaker/PHD Records in the U.K. and M10 Records in France. The complete track listing for "Mass.[Down.]-Sin.(Drone.)" ...

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FORCE OF EVIL: MP3 Clips Posted Online

FORCE OF EVIL, the new Danish all-star 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 (IRONFIRE), have posted two MP3 clips for download via the official MERCYFUL FATE/KING DIAMOND web site. Check them out: 01.

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COLD To Release New EP In The Winter

COLD plan to record an EP for release this winter with a number of special guests, including STAIND's Aaron Lewis and members of SEVENDUST. "ALICE IN CHAINS did 'Sap' and they had a bunch of their friends from like MUDHONEY and SOUNDGARDEN . . . join in," COLD frontman Scooter Ward told Launch. "[We] talked ...

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