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FREEDOM CALL Still On For Germany's EARTHSHAKER FESTIVAL

Despite previous reports to the contrary, FREEDOM CALL WILL in fact be performing at this year's Earthshaker Festival, a two-day event set to take place on July 25-26 in Hirschaid, near Bamberg, Germany. The complete running order for the festival will be as follows: 02:20 p.m. – 03:05 p.m. END OF GREEN 03:25 p.m. – ...

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TESTAMENT: European Tour Dates Announced

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT have lined up the following European tour dates during July/August: Jul. 22 – Sheffield, UK @ Corporation Jul. 23 – London, UK @ Electric Ballroom Jul. 24 - Paris, FRA @ TBA (not confirmed) Jul. 25 – Speyer, GER @ Halle 101 Jul. 26 – Hirschaid, GER @ ...

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ROTTING CHRIST, ONKEL TOM Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR

ROTTING CHRIST and ONKEL TOM are the latest band to have been officially confirmed for this year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany. The complete list of artists currently scheduled to appear the event is as follows: ANCIENT RITES ANNIHILATOR ASSASSIN CARPATHIAN FOREST CIRCLE ...

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SLIPKNOT Bassist To Play On DEATH Tribute CD

SLIPKNOT's Paul Gray has reportedly expressed interest in contributing bass tracks to the upcoming DEATH tribute album currently being put together by former DEATH/TESTAMENT guitarist James Murphy, ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION/SUFFOCATION drummer Dave Culross, ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION vocalist Brett Hoffmann and CKY guitarist Deron Miller. "James has told me that Paul wants to be involved," Deron told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. ...

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DARK FUNERAL Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR 2003

Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL are the latest band to have been officially confirmed for this year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany. DARK FUNERAL will perform a one-hour set on the festival's "Blackstage" on Saturday, Aug. 2 beginning at 7:15 p.m. The complete ...

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TENET: Demo Recordings Posted Online!

Vancouver's TENET, the new band featuring STRAPPING YOUNG LAD guitarist Jed Simon, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD/ex-DEATH drummer Gene Hoglan, ex-FORBIDDEN/TESTAMENT guitarist Glen Alvelais, ex-GRIP INC. bassist Stuart Carruthers, and former SACRIFICE/current INTERZONE frontman Rob Urbinati, have posted three demo tracks at their official web site. The rough recordings, which are believed to feature only Simon and ...

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STAMPIN' GROUND To Enter Studio In July

Britain's STAMPIN' GROUND will enter Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, England, in July with producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, TESTAMENT, STUCK MOJO, SKINLAB, ARCH ENEMY) to begin recording their fourth album, "A New Darkness Upon Us". "As far as we're concerned, the material for this next album is really killer, and we need a killer production ...

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TESTAMENT Singer Jams With HALFORD At Hollywood Gig

TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy joined HALFORD on stage during the two bands' gig at the House Of Blues in Hollywood, California Friday night (June 6) for a rendition of the JUDAS PRIEST classic "Rapid Fire". TESTAMENT had previously recorded a version of "Rapid Fire" for the JUDAS PRIEST tribute CD "Legends Of Metal - A ...

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SEVENTH ONE Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Swedish power metallers SEVENTH ONE are the latest band to have been officially confirmed for this year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival. The event, which is scheduled to take place Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany, will include performances from the following artists (in alphabetical order): ANCIENT RITES ANNIHILATOR ASSASSIN CARPATHIAN FOREST CIRCLE ...

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BURDEN OF GRIEF In The Studio, Prepare To Hit The Road

German death/thrash metal act BURDEN OF GRIEF are currently recording their third album. The as-yet-untitled CD will contain nine songs. In other news, BURDEN OF GRIEF have been officially confirmed for the following festivals: Jul. 11/12 - Spittal am Semmering, GER @ Kaltenbach Open Air (w/ ENTHRONED, MÖRK GRYNING, DISBELIEF) Jul. 11/12 - Bebra, GER ...

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CARPATHIAN FOREST Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

CARPATHIAN FOREST are the latest band to have been officially confirmed for this year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival. The event, which is scheduled to take place Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany, will include performances from the following artists (in alphabetical order): ANCIENT RITES ANNIHILATOR ASSASSIN CARPATHIAN FOREST CIRCLE II CIRCLE DARK ...

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METALIUM Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Germany's METALIUM are the latest band to have been officially confirmed for this year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival. The event, which is scheduled to take place Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany, will include performances from the following artists (in alphabetical order): ANCIENT RITES ANNIHILATOR ASSASSIN CIRCLE II CIRCLE DARK AGE DARKANE ...

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TESTAMENT Guitarist Working On THE ESSENESS PROJECT

TESTAMENT guitarist Steve Smyth has spent time recently working on his instrumental side project called THE ESSENESS PROJECT. The band, which features Smyth and his longtime friend Steven Hoffman (ex-ARIAH/SWEET LEAF bassist), was previously described as "progressive" and "covering a wide spectrum of moods," with some of the material being worked on spanning back to ...

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HALFORD Manager Says THE METAL GODS Tour Could Not Be Rescheduled Before The Fall

HALFORD manager John Baxter has issued a statement defending the group's decision to limit the "scaled-down" version of The 2003 Metal Gods North American Tour to only a handful of dates, beginning with the June 3 show at The Phoenix in Petaluma, California. As previously reported, the original multi-band package featuring HALFORD, co-headliners TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, ...

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SKINLAB Added To HALFORD/TESTAMENT Dates

SKINLAB have been added to the following two HALFORD and TESTAMENT shows: Jun. 03 - Phoenix Ballroom – Petaluma, CA Jun. 04 - Avalon Ballroom – San Francisco, CA As previously reported, SKINLAB will issue "The Nerve Damage Sessions" — a collection of alternate versions of studio tracks, several live tracks recorded on the band's ...

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PAINMUSEUM Drop Off HALFORD/TESTAMENT Dates

PAINMUSEUM, the new band featuring HALFORD guitarist Metal Mike Chlasciak, vocalist Tim Clayborne, HALFORD drummer Bobby Jarzombek and longtime Metal Mike collaborator Steve Booke on bass, have withdrawn from their previously announced Los Angeles, Anaheim and Las Vegas dates in support of HALFORD and TESTAMENT, citing "economic and logistical constraints" as the reason for their ...

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ANNIHILATOR Part Ways With Singer, Announce Replacement

Veteran Canadian thrashers ANNIHILATOR have parted ways with vocalist Joe Comeau (ex-OVERKILL, LIEGE LORD) and have replaced him with Vancouver-based newcomer Dave Padden. Says ANNHILATOR mainman Jeff Waters: "Joe and I had a difference of opinion on an issue (not of a musical nature) that just couldn't be resolved mutually. We will miss Joe and ...

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TESTAMENT/SADUS Bassist Offers Update On SUICIDE SHIFT Project

Former DEATH/CONTROL DENIED and current TESTAMENT/SADUS bassist Steve DiGiorgio has released an update via his official discussion forum on the status of the much-anticipated SUICIDE SHIFT project (featuring DiGiorgio, SADUS guitarist Darren Travis, and TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy). "What will [SUICIDE SHIFT] sound like? Like Chuck singing on me and Darren's songs!" DiGiorgio joked. "No ...

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Former MACHINE HEAD Guitarist Produces Demo For ROB ZOMBIE Drummer

Former MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader has just finished producing a three-track demo for the Los Angeles-based rock band FALL TO GRACE. FALL TO GRACE feature in their ranks ROB ZOMBIE drummer John Tempesta (ex-TESTAMENT, WHITE ZOMBIE, EXODUS). The three tracks recorded for the demo are as follows: 01. Voices 02. Bitter Suffering 03. Can't ...

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HALFORD: More Rescheduled Dates Announced

More dates have been confirmed for the "scaled-down" version of The 2003 Metal Gods North American Tour, to be headlined by HALFORD and scheduled to kick off in early June. As previously reported, the original multi-band package featuring HALFORD, co-headliners TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, CARNAL FORGE, PRIMAL FEAR, PAINMUSEUM, and AMON AMARTH was called off earlier in ...

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ROB HALFORD Not 'TWO' Metal For REZNOR-Era Material

In a recent interview with Electricbasement.com, Rob Halford spoke of the possibility of incorporating some of his controversial "non-metal" TWO material into future set lists (TWO's "Voyeurs" CD was produced by Trent Reznor of NINE INCH NAILS fame), "I have to stop avoiding that because I still love that record," Rob said. "It was definitely ...

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HALFORD: First Rescheduled THE METAL GODS Dates Announced

The first few dates have been confirmed for a "scaled-down" version of The 2003 Metal Gods North American Tour, to be headlined by HALFORD and scheduled to kick off in early June. As previously reported, the original multi-band package featuring HALFORD, co-headliners TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, CARNAL FORGE, PRIMAL FEAR, PAINMUSEUM, and AMON AMARTH was called off ...

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HALFORD Manager On Cancelled Tour: 'We Are Moving On'

HALFORD manager John Baxter has issued a statement defending the band's decision to travel with three buses on the ill-fated The 2003 Metal Gods North American Tour and rejecting as baseless accusations that the group's allegedly over-inflated traveling costs ultimately contributed to the tour's cancellation. Baxter's latest statement reads as follows: "3 buses. "1 for ...

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HALFORD Guitarist Regrets Cancellation Of THE METAL GODS Tour

HALFORD/PAINMUSEUM guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak has posted the following message to his official web site: "Greetings all. Metal Mike coming at you from the Metal Land. We regret to say that The Metal Gods 2003 tour dates have officially been suspended. We were really having a great time on the tour with our friends in ...

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PRIMAL FEAR: 'Unbelievably Disappointed And Sad' Over THE METAL GODS Tour Cancellation

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have issued a statement explaining their position regarding the recent cancellation of The 2003 Metal Gods North American Tour. As previously reported, the multi-band package trek featuring HALFORD, co-headliners TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, CARNAL FORGE, PRIMAL FEAR, PAINMUSEUM, and AMON AMARTH was called off last Friday (May 2) due to "contractual difficulties." ...

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