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DINO CAZARES Performs FEAR FACTORY Classic With EPICA; Video Available

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal band EPICA was joined on Tuesday (September 25) by DIVINE HERESY/ex-FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, California for a rendition of FEAR FACTORY's classic "Replica". Watch video footage of the performance below. "It was an honor to perform with EPICA," Dino told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "[They ...

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PRIMAL FEAR: 'Sign Of Fear' Video Posted Online

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have entered the Swedish album chart at position No. 67 with their latest effort, "New Religion". Guest musicians on the album include Magnus Karlsson (STARBREAKER, ALLEN/LANDE), Kai Hansen (GAMMA RAY, ex-HELLOWEEN) and Simone Simons (EPICA). In other news, PRIMAL FEAR's video for the song "Sign of Fear" has been released ...

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BLIND GUARDIAN Frontman To Guest On New AYREON CD

AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist/composer Arjen Lucassen, has posted an audio sample of the next guest singer who will appear on the band's upcoming album, tentatively due late 2007/early 2008: BLIND GUARDIAN frontman Hansi Kürsch. Other vocalists scheduled to appear on the CD include Steve Lee (GOTTHARD), Bob Catley (MAGNUM), Anneke van ...

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EPICA To Be Joined By Ex-FEAR FACTORY Guitarist For Hollywood Gig

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal band EPICA will be joined tonight (Tuesday, September 25) by DIVINE HERESY/ex-FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, California for a rendition of FEAR FACTORY's classic "Replica". In a recent interview with Rock My Monkey, EPICA singer Simone Simons explained what inspired the band to ...

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EPICA: 'The Divine Conspiracy' Enters French Chart At No. 36

EPICA's new album, "The Divine Conspiracy", has entered the French album chart at position No. 36. The CD's updated list of first-week chart positions is as follows: Holland: #9 Switzerland: #29 France: #36 Germany: #41 Nuclear Blast Records released a limited deluxe CD edition in Europe of "The Divine Conspiracy", featuring the bonus tracks "Higher ...

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PRIMAL FEAR Recruits SILENT FORCE Guitarist For Upcoming Tour

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have issued the following update: "Because of important family obligations, guitarist Stefan Leibing cannot play all shows of the forthcoming U.D.O./PRIMAL FEAR double headliner tour. His substitute is a well-known face — PRIMAL FEAR have recruited well known guitar-slinger Alex Beyrodt for the European dates. Alex was part of the ...

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EPICA: 'The Divine Conspiracy' Enters Dutch Chart At No. 9

EPICA's latest album, "The Divine Conspiracy", has entered the Dutch chart at position No. 9 — the band's highest chart showing so far. Nuclear Blast Records released a limited deluxe CD edition in Europe of "The Divine Conspiracy", featuring the bonus tracks "Higher High" and "Replica" (FEAR FACTORY cover), video clips and a "making-of" enhanced ...

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GOTTHARD Singer To Guest On New AYREON CD

AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist/composer Arjen Lucassen, has posted an audio sample of the next guest singer who will appear on the band's upcoming album, tentatively due late 2007/early 2008: GOTTHARD frontman Steve Lee. Other vocalists scheduled to appear on the CD include Bob Catley (MAGNUM), Anneke van Giersbergen (THE GATHERING), Jonas ...

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EPICA: New Video Interview Available

Holland's FaceCulture recently spoke to Simone Simons (vocals) and Mark Jansen (guitar) from the Dutch symphonic metal band EPICA. Watch the interview at this location. EPICA's new video, "Never Enough", can be viewed on YouTube. The song comes off the Dutch symphonic metal band's new album, "The Divine Conspiracy", which was ...

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PRIMAL FEAR: 'Fighting The Darkness' Video Posted Online

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have released their video for the song "Fighting The Darkness". Watch it below. The track comes off the group's new album, "New Religion", which is due in Europe on September 21 via Frontiers Records. A U.S. release date has not yet been announced. Guest musicians on the album include Magnus ...

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EPICA: Video Interview With MARK JANSEN Available

A 10-minute video interview with EPICA guitarist Mark Jansen conducted by France's Spirit of Metal webzine can be viewed below. EPICA's new video, "Never Enough", can be viewed on YouTube. The song comes off the Dutch symphonic metal band's new album, "The Divine Conspiracy", due in North America on August 28 via Nuclear ...

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PRIMAL FEAR Slams Illegal Downloading

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have issued the following update: "A newly released study by the Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI) from Texas estimates that global music piracy is costing the U.S. economic output 12.5 billion dollars and 71,060 jobs every year! It came as a shock to us to realize what extreme level illegal ...

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FELONY Announces New Singer

Swiss melodic metallers FELONY have announced the addition of Simone Christinat (MySpace page) as the group's new female singer. "We are currently working on some new and old songs so that we'll be ready to play the forthcoming concerts towards the end of this year," says the band. FELONY parted ways with singers ...

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AYREON: Another Guest Singer Revealed

AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist/composer Arjen Lucassen, has revealed the identity of the next singer who will guest on the band's upcoming album, tentatively due late 2007/early 2008: Liselotte Hegt from DIAL. Other vocalists scheduled to appear on the CD include Ty Tabor (KING'S X), Magali Luyten (VIRUS IV) and Simone Simons (EPICA). A ...

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EPICA: 'Never Enough' Video Available

EPICA's new video, "Never Enough", has been released and can be viewed below. The song comes off the Dutch symphonic metal band's new album, "The Divine Conspiracy", due in North America on August 28 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD will be issued in in Europe on September 10 (September 7 in Germany). Check out ...

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PRIMAL FEAR, U.D.O.: More Spanish Dates Announced

PRIMAL FEAR and U.D.O. will team up for a European co-headlining tour this fall. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Oct. 13 - Geleen, Netherlands - Hanenhof Oct. 15 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz Oct. 16 - Rome, Italy - Alpheus Oct. 18 - Sevilla, Spain - Sala Q Oct. 19 - Madrid, Spain ...

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KING'S X's TY TABOR To Guest On New AYREON CD

AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen's webmaster has issued the following update: "For a limited time only we've put up a 10-minute demo track [from the upcoming AYREON album] here for which vocals have not yet been recorded. Ben Mathot of the band DIS plays violin on this track. Ed Warby [GOREFEST], as always, plays ...

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PRIMAL FEAR: Tour Dates Announced

German melodic metallers PRIMAL FEAR have scheduled the following dates: Oct. 06 - Atlanta, GA @ ProgPower USA Festival Oct. 13 - Geleen, Netherlands atHanehof Oct. 15 - Milan, Italy @ Alcatraz Oct. 16 - Rome, Italy @ Alpheus Oct. 19 - Bergara, Spain @ Sala Jam Oct. 20 - Madrid, Spain @ La Cubierta ...

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