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HOLY MOSES To Perform In Afghanistan

German thrashers HOLY MOSES and AC/DC tribute band DIRTY DEEDS (featuring Alex Kraft from DESPERADOS and ONKEL TOM) will perform in Kabul, Afghanistan on May 27, 2005. HOLY MOSES' new album, "Strength Power Will Passion", is scheduled for release on May 23 via Armageddon Music/Soulfood. 22 songs and over 80 minutes of music were reportedly ...

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Prophets of Doom - PRO-PAIN

I appreciate PRO-PAIN for always delivering what I expect it too: hardcore-based metal that's a swift kick to the teeth. It's a double-edged sword for the band, as folks like myself enjoy the unbridled assault and battery, while others tend to criticize the quartet for keeping it predictable. As much as PRO-PAIN's music hits me ...

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SKULLSHIFTER: Debut Album Track Listing Revealed

SKULLSHIFTER, the new band featuring former INSANIAC members CJ Scioscia (guitar) and Tom Nolz (guitar, vocals), are continuing work on their debut album, "Inner Demons", for a late 2005 release. Scioscia's latest update on the recording process reads as follows: "Here's where we stand — all of Tom's lead vocals are done, and all of ...

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OZZY And SHARON OSBOURNE Top U.K. Parents Poll

Sky News is reporting that Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon have been voted the U.K.'s favorite parents. The Prince of Wales and his bride-to-be Camilla Parker-Bowles, whose son Tom was exposed snorting cocaine at a West End party, are the nation's least favourite parents, the MTV survey found. The news will come ...

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DRAGONLAND Confirmed For U.K.'s THIRTEENTH DAY FESTIVAL

DRAGONLAND, the Gothenburg, Sweden-based melodic metal sextet, have been confirmed for The Thirteenth Day Festival, set to take place July 24 at the Academy in Birmingham, England. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: SONATA ARCTICA NORTHER FINNTROLL EPICA DRAGONLAND SEASONS END INTENSE Tickets are priced at £18 (plus booking fee) and are available ...

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ROBERT PLANT, BRIAN MAY Among Britain's Top Music Millionaires

Bloomberg News is reporting that former LED ZEPPELIN frontman Robert Plant and QUEEN guitarist Brian May are among the top 40 music millionaires in Britain, according to a list published in the Sunday Times. Paul McCartney, Elton John and Sting dominated the annual list, which also included ROLLING STONES' Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, both ...

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MANOWAR And RHAPSODY: More North American Tour Dates Announced

MANOWAR will be teaming up with RHAPSODY and HOLYHELL for a Norht American tour beginning on June 2 in Cleveland, Ohio. Italy's premier symphonic metal band RHAPSODY will make their debut performance in America as MANOWAR's special guests. Having achieved sales of more than one million records, known the world over for thrilling audiences with ...

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MEGADETH, UFO, CINDERELLA Confirmed For Wisconsin's ROCK FEST

MEGADETH, UFO, CINDERELLA, RATT and FIREHOUSE are among the bands confirmed for this year's Rock Fest, set to take place July 14-17 in Cadott, Wisconsin. The complete billing for the festival is as follows: Thursday, July 14: 04:30 GB LEIGHTON 06:30 APRIL WINE 08:30 EVERCLEAR 11:00 COLLECTIVE SOUL Friday, July 15: 12:45 FRANKY PEREZ 02:15 ...

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EDWIN DARE: Out-Of-Print Sophomore Album To Be Reissued

Toledo, Ohio progressive metal maestros EDWIN DARE, featuring guitarist Jeff Kollman (COSMOSQUAD, GLENN HUGHES, MOGG/WAY), bassist Kevin Chown (ARTENSION, TONY MACALPINE, MAGNITUDE 9), drummer Tom Kollman and singer Bryce Barnes, have set an April 4 date for the re-release of their long out-of-print 1994 sophomore album, "Can't Break Me", hailed by many as one of ...

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VELVET REVOLVER To Guest On NBC's 'Tonight Show With Jay Leno'

According to RCA Records, VELVET REVOLVER will be the musical guests on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Thursday, April 7. Non-musicial guests on the show include actress Brittany Murphy and comic Dave Attell. In other news, VELVET REVOLVER drummer Matt Sorum has posted the following entry in his online "journal": "Rocking Canada ...

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BLACK CROWES To Tour With TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS

Billboard.com is reporting that the reunited BLACK CROWES will be joining TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS on their upcoming North American tour beginning in early June and ending in late August. In related news, the CROWES have linked with Instant Live to provide authorized soundboard recordings of shows on its current run, but at press ...

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METALLICA, JUDAS PRIEST, MEGADETH Members Pay Tribute To ANTHRAX

Metal musicians congratulate ANTHRAX on their 20th anniversary: MEGADETH's Dave Mustaine: "ANTHRAX is a band that I have always respected, that has always mattered and was very important to the American metal scene. As part of the 'big four' they were responsible for an enormous amount of the credit for helping establish American metal bands ...

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AUDIOSLAVE: North American Support Act Announced

According to Billboard.com, support for AUDIOSLAVE's upcoming North American tour will come from singer/songwriter JONNY POLONSKY, who last year released his first album since 1996, "The Power of Sound". AUDIOSLAVE will begin a five-week North American tour April 14 in Las Vegas. The quartet of former SOUNDGARDEN frontman Chris Cornell and former RAGE ...

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RUSH Drumline Style

According to a posting on the RUSH fan site Power Windows, The Placer Highschool Drumline, from Auburn California, will be performing a medley of RUSH at this Friday's (March 18) "Winter Drumline and Guard Spectacular". The piece, entitled "Red Star", opens with "YYZ", then goes into the intro of "The Spirit of Radio" ...

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TURBONEGRO To Release New Album In May

Norway's TURBONEGRO will release their new album, "Party Animals", throughout Europe on May 9. "Party Animals" is the follow-up to 2003's "Scandinavian Leather", and is produced by Steve McDonald, known for his work with THE WHITE STRIPES, BECK and REDD KROSS. "We've got 11 hits, all of them beautifully negative switchblade serenades," says guitarist Euroboy. ...

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AUDIOSLAVE Has Finally Arrived

Canada's Chart Attack is reporting that AUDIOSLAVE are planning a North American tour from April 7 to 30, including a confirmed show at Toronto's Kool Haus April 26, with a second date in Vancouver soon to be announced. AUDIOSLAVE will release their as-yet-untitled new album May 16. The album's first single, "Be Yourself", ...

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Former EMPEROR Drummer FAUST Joins ABORYM

Former EMPEROR and current SCUM drummer Bård "Faust" Eithun has officially joined Italy's ABORYM as a a full-time member. "I am gonna go to Rome at the end of April to record the fourth album of these cyber black metallers," Faust said in a statement. "I am very excited to hear the result since this ...

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AXIS OF JUSTICE Celebrates Farmworkers' Victory

AUDIOSLAVE's Tom Morello and SYSTEM OF A DOWN's Serj Tankian are proud to join in the celebration of the decisive victory that the farmworkers of Immokalee, Florida (the Coalition of Immokalee WorkersCIW) have just claimed. For more than four years, the CIW has been embroiled in a boycott of Taco Bell, the major ...

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OBITUARY: In Mixing Mode

OBITUARY frontman John Tardy has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Our work at RedRoom Recorders is done and we now move to Morrisound Studios [in Tampa, Florida] where we will be doing the mixing. Things went really well and the new songs sound great already and I can't wait to ...

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Original MOLLY HATCHET Singer DANNY JOE BROWN Dead At 53

The southern rock family was dealt a huge blow on March 10 with the passing of original MOLLY HATCHET singer Danny Joe Brown. He had only just been released from hospital, after treatment for pneumonia and other ailments, but died upon his return home. He was 53 years old. Although earlier, established acts initially disputed ...

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