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DROWNING POOL Part Ways With Singer

Texas-based metallers DROWNING POOL have parted ways with singer Jason "Gong" Jones. Jones apparently announced his decision to leave the band on the eve of the group's scheduled appearance in their hometown of Dallas on Sunday, June 12, resulting in the show's cancellation. Jones officially joined DROWNING POOL in 2003 following the death of previous ...

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DIVINE EMPIRE Part Ways With Bassist/Vocalist JASON BLACHOWICZ

Florida-based death metallers DIVINE EMPIRE have parted ways with bassist/vocalist Jason Blachowicz (ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION) due to "serious personal and legal issues." Guitarist J.P. Soars and drummer Duane Timlin have already found a replacement and are planning on hitting the road in support of their recently released CD, "Method of Execution", available now on Century Media ...

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GOD FORBID Guitarist: New Album 'Sounds Incredible'

GOD FORBID guitarist Dallas Coyle has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "GOD FORBID is almost done with the general tracking of 'IV: Constitution of Treason'. We're finishing up the bass tracks, extra guitar stuff, and little bit of the ear candy that goes onto a record to give it some ...

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Former METALLICA Bassist Launches HEARD OF ELEMENTS Project

Former METALLICA and current VOIVOD bassist Jason Newsted recently teamed up with Roy Rogers (slide/blues guitar master) and Carl Coletti (formerly with Ottmar Liebert) to create a new project called HEARD OF ELEMENTS. They wrote and recorded four brand new songs, which they are sharing first with all of their fans. Check it out at ...

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NEURAXIS: Recordings For 'Trilateral Progression' Complete

Montreal-based metallers NEURAXIS have finished recording their fourth album, "Trilateral Progression", with Yannick St Amand (DESPISED ICON). Mixing will be done by Jason Suecof (CAPHARNAUM, CROTCHDUSTER) and mastering will be handled by Scott Hull (PIG DESTROYER). A September 13 release through Willowtip Records is expected. A European release will follow through Earache Records. A North ...

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Drummer STANTON MOORE To Perform With C.O.C. On Select Dates

Renowned jazz-funk drummer Stanton Moore (GALACTIC), who performed on the latest CORROSION OF CONFORMITY release, "In the Arms of God", will be joining the band on select dates on their current headlining tour, which kicked off Thursday night (June 2) in Indianapolis, IN. Moore will be playing the following shows with C.O.C.: Jun. 03 – ...

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ALTARIA Begin Recording New CD

DrummerTony Smedjebacka of the Finnish melodic metallers ALTARIA has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "ALTARIA have during the spring been pre-producing material for the yet untitled third album. The release has been pushed forward to early 2006 instead of autumn 2005 as earlier reported. Drums and bass for some songs ...

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SINGLE BULLET THEORY Announce New Guitarist

Philadelphia metal act SINGLE BULLET THEORY have announced the addition of guitarist Dan Loughry to the group's ranks. Dan is best known for his work with technical death metal band POLTERCHRIST (Season of Mist Records) and "will be a fantastic attribute to the next SBT disc," according to a press release. SINGLE BULLET THEORY are ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE: Fall 2005 Headlining Tour Announced

QUEENSRŸCHE have announced the details of their fall 2005 North American headlining tour. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Sep. 13 - Royal Theater – Victoria, B.C., Canada Sep. 14 - Vancouver PAC – Vancouver, B.C., Canada Sep. 16 - Sport Mart Place – Kamloops, Canada Sep. 17 - PG Civic Center - Prince ...

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THIS IS MENACE Record Radio Sessions For XFM, BBC RADIO 1

THIS IS MENACE, the U.K.-based collaborative project spearheaded by PITCHSHIFTER bassist Mark Clayden and drummer Jason Bowld, have just performed live radio sessions for Xfm and BBC Radio 1's "Rock Show". Jason Bowld says: "The session was awesome and a real buzz because it's the first live taste of MENACE for everyone. It's gonna blow ...

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PHANTOM-X Announce New Guitarist

PHANTOM-X, the new project featuring OMEN singer Kevin Goocher, have announced the addition of guitarist Eric Knudson to the group's ranks. The band, who have been working with producer Sterling Winfield (PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN, KING DIAMOND) on their debut CD, entitled "Rise of the Phantom", are finishing up guitar tracks with Eric, which will complete the ...

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Former SHAITAN MAZAR Members To Form New Band?

Former SHAITAN MAZAR members Chief Spires (bass, vocals; ex-NILE), Robert Dirr (guitar) and Jake Axelson (drums) are rumored to be moving on in a brand-new project called NOXIOUS, based out of Greenville, SC. No further information is currently available. As previously reported, SHAITAN MAZAR recently split up after Dirr and Axelson announced their ...

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SUBZERO: New Song Posted Online

A brand-new SUBZERO track, entitled "Forced to Bleed", has been posted online on the band's MySpace.com page. "Forced to Bleed" comes off New York hardcore veterans' upcoming album, "Suffering of Man", due July 12 via Stillborn Records. SUBZERO began back in 1989 with former members of late '80s straight-edge heroes UP-FRONT and legendary ...

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MESHUGGAH Re-Sign With NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

Swedish experimental extreme metallers MESHUGGAH have reportedly re-signed with Nuclear Blast Records. The group's new studio album, "Catch 33" (the band's final CD under their previous contract), is scheduled for release in the U.S. on May 31 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2002's "Nothing" is being described as one continuous 47-minute song divided into ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Frontman Discusses 'Operation: Mindcrime II': Audio Available

QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate was recently interviewed on Spokane's Rock 94.5. Tate spoke extensively about about the new QUEENSRŸCHE album, the next chapter to the 1988 ground-breaking concept album, "Operation: Mindcrime", tentatively titled "Operation: Mindcrime II". Download an MP3 of the interview at this location (5.3 MB). As previously reported, QUEENSRŸCHE have tapped ...

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HYDROGYN To Work With Legendary Producer MICHAEL WAGENER

West Virginia's HYDROGYN have announced that they will be entering the studio with legendary record producer Michael Wagener this summer to record their major debut, tentatively entitled "Bombshell". Wagener, who mixed METALLICA's "Master of Puppets" and produced OZZY OSBOURNE's "No More Tears" and SKID ROW's "Slave to the Grind", among other multi-platinum albums, paid the ...

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PAGAN'S MIND Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

According to Limb Music Products, Norwegian progressive power metallers PAGAN'S MIND have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 9-11 in Sölvesborg. This will be the band's second appearance at the festival. PAGAN'S MIND's third full-length album, "Enigmatic: Calling", was mixed by Fredrik Nordström (HAMMERFALL, DIMMU ...

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GOD FORBID Begin Recording New Album

GOD FORBID guitarist Dallas Coyle has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "We just finished the Black White Dead All Over tour at the end of April and it was a complete success. I'd like to thank all the people for coming out to the shows and showing us some love. ...

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SHAITAN MAZAR Call It Quits

SHAITAN MAZAR, the band featuring former NILE members Chief Spires (bass, vocals) and John Ehlers (guitar), appear to have split up. "Honestly I don't know what Chief's position is on this, BUT I know for sure Robert [Dirr, guitar] and Jake [Axelson, drums] were quitting," singer Jason Hohenstein (also in LECHEROUS NOCTURNE) wrote in an ...

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New QUEENSRŸCHE Producer Says Fans Will Be Divided About 'Operation: Mindcrime II'

SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY mainman Jason Slater recently spoke to The Breakdown Room about his production work on the new QUEENSRŸCHE album, the next chapter to the 1988 ground-breaking concept album, "Operation: Mindcrime", tentatively titled "Operation: Mindcrime II". Slater's relationship with QUEENSRŸCHE began on the road early last year when the band was supporting ...

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