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BLEED: Former MSG Vocalist Returns With New Project

BLEED, the new band featuring vocalist Robin McAuley (MCAULEY SCHENKER GROUP, GRAND PRIX, V-PROJECT), guitarist Dave Bates (DAVE PARIS PROJECT, BLIZZARD OF OZZ, KILL VAN KULL), bassist Bjorn Englen (ROBIN MCAULEY, QUIET RIOT, TAKARA, SOUL SIGN, RICKI HENDRIX, TAMPLIN, WHITE DIAMOND, HEAVEN & EARTH), guitarist Bob Pace (THE BOB PACE BAND), and drummer Brett Chassen ...

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GOD DETHRONED To Embark On North American Tour In September

According to a posting on GOD DETHRONED's official web site, the Dutch death metallers will embark on a North American tour beginning on September 7. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon. GOD DETHRONED will be touring in support of their most recent album, "The Lair of the White Worm", which was released last ...

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KAOS, RIGHTEOUS SIRE, ANGER AS ART Added To THRASH AGAINST CANCER Benefit Concert

Long-running Bay Area acts KAOS and RIGHTEOUS SIRE, along with ANGER AS ART (featuring ABBATOIR mainman Steve Gaines), and tribute bands HANGAR 18 (playing MEGADETH covers) and HOT FOR TEACHER (VAN HALEN cover band featuring former MACHINE HEAD/TESTAMENT drummer Chris Kontos and current HEATHEN touring guitarist Terry Lauderdale), have been added to the Thrash Against ...

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BEHEMOTH Forced To Cancel SUMMER BLAST Festival Appearance

Polish death/black metallers BEHEMOTH were forced to cancel their scheduled appearance at the Summer Blast Fest in Germany Friday (June 17) after getting into a car accident on the way to the German border. Commented mainman Nergal: "We took off Thursday night for Germany, but on the way to the border we all fell asleep…including ...

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METALLICA And VAN HALEN Are Among Most Powerful Celebrities

METALLICA and VAN HALEN are the only heavy metal/hard rock bands to make the Forbes magazine's annual list of the 100 most powerful figures in the entertainment world. METALLICA ranked No. 23, thanks to earnings of $37.4 million and relentless touring throughout 2004. Catalog sales boosted the band's take, too, and a documentary ("Some Kind ...

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SEVERE TORTURE Sign With EARACHE RECORDS

Earache Records has announced the signing of Dutch death metallers SEVERE TORTURE to a worldwide deal. The deal will bear immediate fruit in the form of the band's highly anticipated new album, "Fall of the Despised", scheduled for a September release, followed by a European tour to support the album. SEVERE TORTURE — comprised of ...

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CLASSIC ROCK REVISITED Releases 'New Road Ahead Volume I'

Classic Rock Revisited, in association with Cowtown Digital, LLC, has released an all-digital download compilation of 11 songs by 10 classic rock superstars available as an iTunes exclusive beginning June 21, 2005. Comented Classic Rock Revisited editor Jeb Wright: "This is an exciting project that culminates all genres of classic rock music together under one ...

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9MM SOLUTION To Play Benefit For Murdered Two-Year-Old

9MM SOLUTION, the Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based band featuring ex-MORTA SKULD members Dave Gregor, Jason Hellman, Ed Wallner, along with singer Hobbes Caltous, has announced that they will play a benefit in the name of a two-year-old girl who was allegedly stomped to death by her stepfather last month. Michael Kowach, 22, of Two Rivers, Wis., has ...

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CRISIS: Tales Of Haunted Clubs And Tornadoes

CRISIS have posted the following message on their official web site: "What an incredible and surreal experience we had last night. "The circumstances surrounding our show and the events that ensued were strange indeed and when going over it we realized that what we had lived had the makings for a really great horror flick ...

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HALLOWS EVE To Appear In Indie Film

Reunited Atlanta-based thrashers HALLOWS EVE have been chosen, along with other bands, to be part of an indie film, to be will be shown in art houses and released in stores as a DVD. The film, which is being pitched to HBO, is said to be about the events involving artists and bands from Atlanta, ...

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SAMMY HAGAR: Jamming Country Style

ABC ePrep is reporting that Sammy Hagar joined country star Kenny Chesney onstage a couple of nights ago during Chesney's concert at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. Hagar and Chesney performed three songs together. The two artists are friends — Chesney played at Hagar's Cabo Wabo Cantina at Hagar's Meltdown and Birthday Bash last year. ...

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Winter Enclosure - OCTAVIA SPERATI

In the current global market, a Norwegian band comprised entirely of good-looking women seems destined to have A&R executives tripping over their erections in a race to get their checkbooks out. OCTAVIA SPERATI has entered the scene in a low-key fashion so far, making noise at home for several years before finishing a proper debut ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND: 'Synchestra' Due In Early 2006

Drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen (DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND) has posted the following message on his official web site: "Hey, everybody! Well, I'm still keeping very busy with the different albums I'm working on. Here's some updates on what's happening... "Devin Townsend just recently got back from tour with STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, they are supporting their 'Alien' ...

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Former PESTILENCE Frontman Pulls Out Of PROJEKT TABUN

PROJEKT TABUN, the new studio project founded by former PESTILENCE bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling and KING LOCUST guitarist/producer Niels Drieënhuizen, has been forced to delay the release of their first recordings due to Thesseling's involvement in the recording sessions of ENSEMBLE SALAZHAR. Former PESTILENCE singer Martin Van Drunen, who was originally supposed to take part ...

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SKITSOY Seek New Drummer

Belgian high-energy rockers SKITSOY, featuring ex-CHANNEL ZERO frontman frontman Franky De Smet-Van Damme, are urgently searching for a new drummer. The band have a busy summer ahead, with scheduled appearances at the Dour Festival, Graspop and Pukkelpop. After 10 weeks, their latest single, "Disconnect", is still listed in the Belgian alternative charts. As for the ...

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BIG MACHINE Sign Representation Deal, Record New Material

BIG MACHINE have signed an exclusive representation deal with the New York law firm Selvern, Mandelbaum, and Mintz. The firm has represented a diverse roster of many of the entertainment industy's biggest artists, including rockers VAN HALEN, GUNS N' ROSES, rappers LUDACRIS, and THE WU-TANG CLAN and even Las Vegas diva CELINE DION. The band ...

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AYREON Mastermind Unveils STREAM OF PASSION

AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen has officially unveiled his new band STREAM OF PASSION, which also features singer Mexican singer Marcela Bovio, one of the vocalists on AYREON's 2004 rock opera "The Human Equation". The group's official bio follows below: After Dutch guitarist/composer/producer Arjen Anthony Lucassen had finished his latest endeavour, the AYREON rock opera "The ...

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DARKEST HOUR: Trouble With The Law

The following message has been posted at DARKEST HOUR's official web site: "The dudes just can't stay out of trouble with the law. While doing a photo shoot and video shoot to prep their new record, DARKEST HOUR had two run-ins with Johnny Law this week. "Day 1: Washington, D.C., where the band was taking ...

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HALLOWS EVE's STEWART Comments On CLASSIC METAL FEST Appearance

Bassist/vocalist Tommy Stewart of the reunited Atlanta-based thrashers HALLOWS EVE has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "The Classic Metal Fest [on] May 14th, '05 kicked ass! I especially enjoyed meeting so many people who I have only known through the Internet or bands I have known purely from their music. ...

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