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NINE INCH NAILS: U.S. Tour Dates Announced

NINE INCH NAILS will be performing exclusive shows in select cities across the United States in April and May of 2005 in support of their new release, "With Teeth". Newly confirmed dates are as follows: Apr. 27 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield Apr. 28 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield Apr. 30 ...

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Drummer JÖRG MICHAEL Talks About SAXON And STRATOVARIUS

SAXON/STRATOVARIUS drummer Jörg Michael has posted the following message on his official web site: "Probably you guys have heard about the tragic accident of last weekend when Biff's [Byford, SAXON singer] house burnt down in the north of France. It´s very hard to cope with a tragedy like this but on this way I like ...

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DARKANE Guitarist Signs Solo Deal With LISTENABLE RECORDS

DARKANE guitarist Christofer Malmström has inked a deal with France's Listenable Records for his solo project, NON-HUMAN LEVEL. "I am very much looking forward to work with them and I have really high anticipations regarding this album!" Christofer writes on his web site. "Ryan van Poederooyen (DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND) will record the drums in the ...

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New York KISS EXPO Details Revealed

The 19th Annual New York KISS Expo and Hard Rock Collectors Convention will take place on Saturday, May 14, 2005, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Secaucus New Jersey. Scheduled guests so far include: * KISS merchandise designer/artist and Official KISS Magazine writer/designer/photographer Christopher Franchi * Former wife of original KISS drummer, Lydia Criss, promoting ...

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RIBSPREADER Announce New Lineup

Swedish "old-school death metal" band RIBSPREADER have undergone several lineup changes with the departure of guitarist/bassist Andreas Carlsson (ANOTHER LIFE), guitarist Dan Swanö (BLOODBATH, EDGE OF SANITY, NIGHTINGALE) and drummer Johan Berglund (THIS HAVEN). The group's new lineup is as follows: Rogga Johansson - Guitar, vocals Patrik Halvarsson - Bass Mattias Fiebig - Drums A ...

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PURE SWEET HELL To Film Video For 'Innocence And The Beast'

PURE SWEET HELL, the metal band featuring NEVERMORE drummer Van Williams, are working on a video for the song "Innocence and the Beast". "We hope to have it finished sometime in the spring," the band write in a newsletter. "Innocence and the Beast" comes off the group's full-length debut, "The Voyeurs of Utter Destruction As ...

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THE GATHERING Singer Gives Birth To Healthy Son

THE GATHERING frontwoman Anneke van Giersbergen and Rob Snijders (ex-KONG) welcomed a son, Finn, on Sunday, February 20 at 7:30 a.m. The couple's first child, Finn weighed in at 7.5 pounds. Both mother and son are said to be doing "really fine." If you wish to congratulate Anneke and Rob on their firstborn, you can ...

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GOD DETHRONED Seek Touring Mates

Dutch death metallers GOD DETHRONED have posted the following message on their official web site: "ANOREXIA NERVOSA will not be joining us on our European tour [in support of the new GOD DETHRONED album] 'The Lair of the White Worm'. If there are bands out there who would like to take their place, and have ...

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GLENN DANZIG: 'BILL CLINTON Sent The FBI After Me'

Glenn Danzig recently spoke to KNAC.com about Dimebag's murder and DANZIG's upcoming tour, among other topics. Several excerpts from the interview follow: KNAC.com: [When Dimebag was murdered], you not only had your regular metal press covering the tragedy, but you also had the mainstream writers as well. More than once, it was alluded ...

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GODSMACK Drummer Defends AMEN Frontman

Former AMEN and current GODSMACK drummer Shannon Larkin has posted a statement on AMEN's message board defending AMEN mainman Casey Chaos against accusations of fraud and mishandling of funds by other ex-members of the group. His message reads as follows: "Hello, humans. Larkin here. Remember me? I'm the drummer on 95 percent of everything since ...

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EPICA Confirmed For Holland's PINKPOP Festival

EPICA, the Dutch group formed by ex-AFTER FOREVER guitarist Mark Jansen, ex-CASSIOPEIA guitarist Ad Sluijter and keyboardist Coen Janssen, have been confirmed for the Pinkpop 2005 festival, set to take place May 14-16 at Megaland in Landgraaf, the Netherlands. Also scheduled to perform at the festival are WITHIN TEMPTATION and THE PRODIGY. More information is ...

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SAMMY HAGAR To Embark On Solo Tour In April

According to LiveDaily.com, VAN HALEN frontman Sammy Hagar will return to the solo circuit this spring during his Mexican-themed "Cinco de Cabo" tour. Hagar and his band, THE WABORITAS, will kick off the outing with a three-night stand at his Cabo Wabo club in Lake Tahoe, NV; the April 29-May 1 run marks the one-year ...

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CANDIRIA Sign European Deal With EARACHE RECORDS

U.S. evolutionists CANDIRIA have inked a deal with Earache Records as part of a deal that will see the band's latest album, "What Doesn't Kill You..." , issued on the label in Europe in May. CANDIRIA's previous releases showcased an eclectic mix of metal, hardcore and jazz that preceded the current fashion for jazz-style complexity ...

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EYES OF FIRE Embark On DANZIG Tour; Complete New Album

Orange County-based quintet EYES OF FIRE will embark on a U.S. tour alongside DANZIG, KATAKLYSM and TRIVIUM this week. The trek, which kicks off on Feb. 18 and runs through March 15, is the group's first official U.S. tour in support of "Ashes To Embers", their critically acclaimed debut album. EYES OF FIRE also just ...

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Former ANTHRAX Singer Discusses Reunion Rumors

Blasting-Zone.com recently conducted an in-depth interview with former ANTHRAX vocalist Joey Belladonna. Several excerpts follow: Blasting-Zone.com: This certainly isn't the first time reunion rumors have been circulating. How was your collaboration with ANTHRAX on "Ball Of Confusion" (for the "Attack Of The Killer A's" greatest hits package) arranged? Was that whole situation as ...

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VAN HALEN Bassist Jams Up A Storm At NAMM: Photos Available

VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony attended the 2005 NAMM convention in Anaheim on January 20-21. He kicked things off on the 20th by helping VAN HALEN bandmate Sammy Hagar introduce his new Yamaha deal and joined THE WABORITAS on stage to add a little Michael Anthony spice to an acoustic version of "Right Now". The ...

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EPICA Working On 'Joyride' Movie Score

EPICA, the Dutch group formed by ex-AFTER FOREVER guitarist Mark Jansen, ex-CASSIOPEIA guitarist Ad Sluijter and keyboardist Coen Janssen, are currently working on the score of a new Dutch movie called "Joyride", starring famous Dutch actors Georgina Verbaan and Tygo Gernandt. The film, which is described as a "psychological roadthriller,' is scheduled for a May ...

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SOUL SIRKUS: European Version Of 'World Play' To Feature Bonus Track

Frontiers Records has announced the release of SOUL SIRKUS' debut album, "World Play", in the European and Asian territories. The band — whose lineup includes Neal Schon (JOURNEY) on guitar, Jeff Scott Soto (TALISMAN, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) on vocals, Marco Mendoza (WHITESNAKE, THIN LIZZY) on bass and Virgil Donati (STEVE VAI, RING OF FIRE) on drums ...

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Former PESTILENCE Members In Studio With PROJEKT TABUN

Former PESTILENCE members Martin Van Drunen (vocals) and Jeroen Paul Thesseling (bass) have teamed up in a brand new band called PROJEKT TABUN. PROJEKT TABUN was founded by Thesseling and KING LOCUST guitarist/producer Niels Drieënhuizen. The band, who recently spent time at at studio Het Lab in Schaarsbergen, the Netherlands, are describing their sound as ...

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NINE INCH NAILS: Tour Dates Announced

NINE INCH NAILS have announced the following dates via their official web site: Mar. 23 - Fresno, CA @ William Saroyan Mar. 24 - Reno, NV @ Reno Hilton Mar. 25 - Davis, CA @ Freeborn Hall at UC Davis Mar. 30 – London, UK @ Astoria Mar. 30 – London, UK @ Astoria May ...

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