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Metalogy - JUDAS PRIEST

Because the two titans of British heavy metal, BLACK SABBATH and JUDAS PRIEST, have released boxed sets so close to each other (SABBATH's "Black Box" arrived last month), a compare-and-contrast is almost inevitable. And the first question that comes to mind regarding the handsomely packaged "Metalogy" is… was it necessary? In the case of SABBATH's ...

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AFTER ALL Complete Work On New Album

On May 14, Begium's AFTER ALL completed the recording of the their fifth full-length album, "The Vermin Breed". The CD is set for release this fall. Like its predecessor, "Mercury Rising", "The Vermin Breed" was recorded and mixed by veteran producer Harris Johns at his Spiderhouse Studio in Berlin, Germany. Harris is best known for ...

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Unsigned Trio ZO2 To Tour U.S. With KISS And POISON

According to a posting on their web site, Brooklyn-based trio ZO2 have secured the prestigious opening slot for this summer's KISS/POISON tour. "This would be an outstanding achievement for any band but the truly remarkable fact is that ZO2 is as yet unsigned," the group write. "The thrill of a relative unknown opening ...

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Denmark's STARRATS To Release Debut CD In June

Copenhagen, Denmark-based hard rock band STARRATS have completed work on their debut album, "Broken Halo", for a June release through Italy's Adrenaline Records. The group, who feature in their ranks former members of such acts as PUSH, FURY and THE BLACK ROSE, describe their sound as a mixture of "the great melody, feel and musicianship ...

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Organizers: Spain's METAL MANIA FESTIVAL To Last Only One Day

Due to problems experienced in trying to secure a suitable site for the second edition of Spain's Metal Mania Festival, the event's organizers have announced that this year's gathering will take place in the city of Valencia and will last only one day (June 25) — not three days as initially expected. The abbreviated lineup ...

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VH1 Counts Down '100 Most Metal Moments' In Five-Night Special

MOTÖRHEAD, W.A.S.P.'s Blackie Lawless, POISON's Bret Michaels, former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach, ANTHRAX, L.A. GUNS, KISS, ex-MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil, Ronnie James Dio and FASTER PUSSYCAT are among the artists featured in "100 Most Metal Moments", a VH1 special focusing on the "entertaining (and sometimes shocking) moments" that defined heavy metal music's heyday. ...

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Ex-JUDAS PRIEST Singer TIM OWENS: I Was Fired By E-Mail

Former JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim "Ripper" Owens has revealed to the Washington Post that he found out about plans for the band to reunite with Rob Halford via an e-mail from band management. Owens says he was told the switch would be "best for everyone." "They could have called me," Owens says. "But whatever." According ...

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SOULFLY To Support JUDAS PRIEST In Czech Republic

SOULFLY will be supporting JUDAS PRIEST at their June 14 headlining show in Prague, Czech Republic. Confirmed SOULFLY European tour dates are as follows: May 14 - Oslo, NOR @ Rockerfeller May 16 - Tampere, FIN @ Pakkahuone May 17 - Helsinki, FIN @ Tavastia May 19 - Copenhagen, DEN @ Pumpehuset May 20 - ...

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HIBRIA: Debut Album Mixed By IRON SAVIOR's PIET SIELCK

Brazilian heavy metallers HIBRIA have finished mixing and mastering their debut album, "Defying the Rules", with Piet Sielck (IRON SAVIOR) at a studio in Germany. A release date for the CD has yet to be announced. Based out of Porto Alegre, HIBRIA play traditional metal in the vein of HELLOWEEN and JUDAS PRIEST. The songs ...

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ANNIHILATOR To Open For JUDAS PRIEST In Europe

Long-running Canadian thrashers ANNIHILATOR will be opening for JUDAS PRIEST at select dates on the British heavy metal legends' upcoming European tour. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Jun. 02 – Leipzig, GER @ Haus Auensee Jun. 06 - Frauenfeld, SWI @ Festhalle Rüegerholz Jun. 08 – Berlin, GER @ Arena Berlin Jun. 13 ...

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WOLF: New Video Posted Online

Swedish metallers WOLF have uploaded their video for the track "Wolf's Blood" at this location (Windows Media, 10 MB). The theme of the clip, according to a posting on the band's web site, is "THIN LIZZY at 'Top of the Pops' '77 meets JUDAS PRIEST at Budokan in '81." "Wolf's Blood" comes off ...

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JUDAS PRIEST: OZZFEST 'Off' Dates Announced

JUDAS PRIEST have confirmed the following "extra" dates during this year's Ozzfest: Jul. 26 - Nampa, ID @ TBA Aug. 04 - El Paso, TX @ TBA Aug. 18 - Toronto, Ontario @ TBA As previously reported, JUDAS PRIEST are currently working on their first studio album with vocalist Rob Halford since 1990's "Painkiller", tentatively ...

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BESEECH Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

Swedish "gothic metallers" BESEECH have been confirmed for this year's installment of the Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: ...

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SWEDEN ROCK Festival: SKID ROW Out, Y&T In

SKID ROW have cancelled their previously announced appearance at this year's Sweden Rock festival and have been replaced on the bill by Y&T. SKID ROW's decision to pull out of the festival is being blamed on "the fact that [SKID ROW guitarist] Snake decided to bring his wife to be to the altar and other ...

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THE QUIREBOYS Confirmed For Italy's GODS OF METAL Festival

THE QUIREBOYS are the latest act confirmed for the 2004 edition of the Gods of Metal festival, set to take place June 5-6 at Arena Parco Nord in Bologna, Italy. The updated running order for the festival is as follows: Saturday, June 5: JUDAS PRIEST STRATOVARIUS UFO NEVERMORE SYMPHONY X ANATHEMA RAGE THE QUIREBOYS INTO ...

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It's Official: JUDAS PRIEST Re-Sign With SONY MUSIC

JUDAS PRIEST have confirmed that they have re-signed with Sony Music for the release of their upcoming studio album. The group's official statement on the matter is as follows: "We are pleased to announce that Sony Music U.K. has re-signed the giants of Heavy Metal JUDAS PRIEST to a worldwide deal. "Returning to the home ...

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SWEDEN ROCK Festival Nearing Sell-Out

Last year, Sweden Rock festival sold out all the 15,000 two-day tickets two days before the first band took the stage. That was actually the first time ever the festival was sold out. This year the tickets will sell out much earlier. As of today, more than 13,000 of the 16,000 three-day tickets have been ...

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RAM To Open For BLAZE In Gothenburg

RAM, the Swedish "traditional" heavy metal band featuring Leif Larsson (bass, ex-FROZEN EYES) and Morgan Pettersson (drums, ex-B-THONG), will be opening for BLAZE on May 1 at Sticky Fingers in Gothenburg. "We had a great time with the guys from BLAZE at the Metal Dayz festival last year so we are really looking forward to ...

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JUDAS PRIEST: New Photos Posted Online

JUDAS PRIEST's official web site has uploaded two photos taken during a photo session the band (minus drummer Scot Travis) did last Friday (April 16) for the U.S. magazine Guitar World. Check them out: Photo#1, Photo#2 (photos by Ross Halfin). JUDAS PRIEST are currently recording their first studio album with frontman ...

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STEEL PROPHET Complete 'Leatherette' Video

STEEL PROPHET guitarist Steve Kachinsky has issued the following update on the recording sessions for the group's new album, entitled "Beware": "We finished the video for 'Leatherette' Wednesday. It was directed by David Bellino, and he did a great job for us. Major thanks to him and Kevin Cafferty for setting up all the gear, ...

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