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THE GATHERING Singer Expecting First Child In Early 2005

THE GATHERING singer Anneke van Giersbergen has explained the group's recent concert cancellations by announcing that she is three months pregnant with her first child. "As happy as I was [to learn of the pregnancy], that's how sick I was as well," she said in a statement. "I took the pregnancy-nausea to a whole new ...

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Dutch Death Metallers HOUWITSER Call It A Day

Dutch death metallers HOUWITSER have officially split up after a sever-year run that produced four full-length albums. Drummer Aad Kloosterwaard and guitarist Alex are starting a new band called NO FACE SLAVE while bassist Theo Van Eekelen and vocalist Stan are said to be working on their own projects. Back in late April, HOUWITSER announced ...

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EDDIE VAN HALEN: Life Father, Like Son

Rolling Stone magazine reports: "It's the greatest feeling in the world to have your son follow in your footsteps," said Eddie Van Halen, whose son Wolfgang has been jamming on the instrumental "316" at recent VAN HALEN shows. "I'm the luckiest man on the planet. More important, I never pushed him. I just created an ...

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DEVILDRIVER Miss OZZFEST Appearance

DEVILDRIVER, the new band fronted by former COAL CHAMBER singer Dez Fafara, were forced to miss their Ozzfest 2004 appearance at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA on Thursday (July 29). "The band's bus broke down somewhere in Oregon about 24 hours ago, and is still un-operable," according to a July 29 posting on ...

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SUN CAGED Announce New Keyboardist

Dutch progressive metallers SUN CAGED have announced the addition of keyboardist Rene Kroon to the group's ranks. "Rene is a very good player with a lot of technical abilities, and he managed to figure out the audition songs with no errors," the band write on their web site. "Also his sounds came very close to ...

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FUELBLOODED Enter Studio To Record Debut Album

Dutch melodic death/thrash metallers FUELBLOODED (formerly SACRAMENTAL SACHEM) are currently recording their debut album, "Inflict The Inevitable", with producer Stephen van Haestregt (WITHIN TEMPTATION). "Inflict the Inevitable" will feature nine songs and will surface later this year through an as-yet-undetermined label. Songtitles set to appear on the CD are as follows: 01. Hate of a ...

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EXTREME To Play Reunion Show In Portugal

The original lineup of EXTREME, minus bassist Pat Badger, will reportedly reunite to perform at the 20th Maré de Agosto Internacional Music Festival (web site) on the Portuguese island of Santa Maria on August 22. EXTREME guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, who was born on the Portugese archipelago of the Azores, is scheduled to perform ...

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EDDIE VAN HALEN Auctioning Off Personalized Guitars

Guitar legend Edward Van Halen is introducing a very limited edition line of the EVH Art Series Guitars, each one of which will have unique artwork personally created by Eddie. Each of these EVH Art Series Guitars will be hand-striped and autographed by Eddie, and verified by a Certificate of Authenticity. And to showcase and ...

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NORLANDER, KEELING, APPICE: All-Star Trio Announce U.S. Tour

Beginning July 30, prog rock keyboard virtuoso Erik Norlander (ROCKET SCIENTISTS, LANA LANE) will be teaming up with vocalist Kelly Keeling (MICHAEL SCHENKER, GUITAR ZEUS, GEORGE LYNCH) and drummer Vinny Appice (DIO, BLACK SABBATH, WWIII, HOLLYWOOD ALLSTARZ) for tour dates in the Northeastern and Southeastern USA. Erik Norlander has been a part of over 25 ...

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DEE SNIDER's VAN HELSING'S CURSE To Hit The Road In October

VAN HELSING'S CURSE, the classical/rock music brainchild of TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider, is bringing its spectral horror-inspired ambience to the stage throughout the month of October. The troupe's debut album, "Oculus Infernum", released last Halloween through KOCH Records, employs an 18-piece orchestra and a prophetic choir to stitch together chilling classical passages and menacing ...

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GODDESS OF DESIRE Complete Pre-Production For New CD: Samples Available Online

Dutch heavy/traditional metal band GODDESS OF DESIRE will enter the studio later this year to record their fourth album, entitled "Awaken Pagan Gods", tentatively due late 2004/early 2005 through an as-yet-undetermined label. The band's pre-production recordings for the new album, which were completed at former HAMMERHAWK guitarist Paul van Rijswijk's studio in IJmuiden, the Netherlands, ...

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DAVE GROHL: New NINE INCH NAILS Material 'Sounds Incredible'

Former NIRVANA drummer/current FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl has spoken to Billboard.com about his previously announced work on the upcoming NINE INCH NAILS album, tentatively titled "Bleedthrough". Grohl said NIN leader Trent Reznor called to ask if he would play, and they went into Sound City Studio in Van Nuys, Ca., the next day. "It ...

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NOCTUARY: New Music Available For Download

California's NOCTUARY have posted two new tracks at this location. The songs "The Path" and "Abject Fear Reside" show the band moving in a more melodic, traditional metal-influences direction (i.e. MEGADETH, IRON MAIDEN), while retaining the seething black metal backbone that garnered them attention on 1998's "...For Salvation" and 2000's critically acclaimed "When ...

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TRANSMISSION0 To Release Debut Album In August

Netherland-based aggressive metal/hardcore band TRANSMISSION0 will release their debut album, "0" (Zero), on August 24 through Go Kart Records. "0" was completely created (recorded/mixed) at the band's own Behind Green Door Studios in Tilburg, The Netherlands with guitarist Mischa van Rodijnen serving as both album producer and mixer. "At first it didn't look as if ...

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DAVE GROHL To Guest On New NINE INCH NAILS Album

Former NIRVANA/QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE drummer Dave Grohl recorded a guest appearance on drums for the new NINE INCH NAILS album, "Bleedthrough", during a session at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, Ca. this past Friday (July 9). As previously reported, the follow-up to NINE INCH NAILS' 1999 double album, "The Fragile", is set ...

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SOUL SIRKUS To Open For VAN HALEN In Calfornia

SOUL SIRKUS, the new "supergroup" formed by singer Jeff Scott Soto (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, TALISMAN, AXEL RUDI PELL, TAKARA, HUMAN CLAY), guitarist Neal Schon and drummer Deen Castronovo (both of JOURNEY) and bassist Marco Mendoza (THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE, TED NUGENT), are tentatively scheduled to open for VAN HALEN at two shows in Northern California in early ...

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Killer Who Chanted METALLICA Lyrics Set To Die Tomorrow

A San Antonio man who chanted the chorus to METALLICA's "No Remorse" — "Another day, another death, another sorrow, another breath" — after fatally shooting a man in the head in Corpus Christi and robbing him of $13 twenty years ago is set to die Wednesday night (July 7), according to the Associated Press. An ...

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WARCHITECT Complete Work On Sophomore Album

Dutch tech-metallers WARCHITECT have finished recording their sophomore album, tentatively titled "Sea of Red". The 11-song follow-up to 2002's "Mind" delivers "better compositions and better recordings, with a touch of thrash metal added to [the band's] sound," according to drummer Nolo Honkoop. Nolo had previously played in the death metal band JUDGEMENT DAY and funk ...

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