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HALFORD Guitarist To Play National Anthem At Soccer Match

HALFORD/PAINMUSEUM guitarist Metal Mike Chlasciak will be playing tribute to the red, white and blue when he handles the national anthem duties at the MetroStars MLS soccer match on Wednesday, July 2, 2003 at Giants Stadium in New Jersey. "I wanted to do something to show my support for all those young metal heads in ...

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L.A. Hard Rockers FIREBALL MINISTRY Sign To NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

Los Angeles-based heavy hitters FIREBALL MINISTRY have signed an exclusive worldwide contract with Nuclear Blast Records. Alumni of MTV's "You Hear It First" program, the band made the news official by announcing it on last week's edition of MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball". MTV's resident hard rock supporter Iann Robinson had this to say about FIREBALL MINISTRY: ...

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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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HALFORD To Film Anaheim Show For Upcoming DVD

Legendary vocalist Rob Halford and his band HALFORD will film and record their Sunday, June 8, 2003 concert at The Grove of Anaheim in Anaheim, California for a future DVD release. Tickets for this historic show are being sold at a special 2-for-1 discount. By providing a special password — the word "metal" — fans ...

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DIABOLIC Name New CD

Florida death metallers DIABOLIC have set "Infinity Through Purification" as the title for their fourth full-length album, tentatively due in October through Century Media/Olympic Records. The album, which is being described by the band as "the most evolved and interesting DIABOLIC record yet, with complex song structures and tempos among the most brutal in the ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Singer Jams With ANTHRAX In Cleveland

JUDAS PRIEST frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens joined ANTHRAX onstage during their appearance at Agora Theater in Cleveland on May 15. "Tim came down with his very pregnant wife Jeannie and [ANTHRAX singer] John [Bush] called him up on stage to do 'Madhouse' with us," guitarist Scott Ian wrote on ANTHRAX's official web site. "Ripper tore ...

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Former JUDAS PRIEST Singer To Re-Release Solo Albums

Former JUDAS PRIEST frontman Al Atkins will have two of his solo albums re-released shortly. Atkins' 1994 effort, "Heavy Thoughts", will surface through Market Square Records, with worldwide distribution from Koch International, while the singer's last solo album, 1998's "Victim Of Changes" will be made available through Sanctuary Records. The new version of "Heavy Thoughts" ...

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HALFORD Officially Split With SANCTUARY RECORDS

HALFORD have officially parted ways with Sanctuary Records after having released two studio albums and one double live CD through the label. The band, who recently cancelled the North American leg of their The Metal Gods 2003 tour due to contractual difficulties, "were released from [their] recording agreement with Sanctuary, with two albums remaining, in ...

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RAM Finish Recording New EP

RAM, the new Swedish band featuring former NME WITHIN bassist Leif Larsson and ex-B-THONG drummer Morgan Pettersson, have finished mixing their new EP, titled "Sudden Impact". The CD, which is scheduled for release this summer, will be mastered next week by Göran Finnberg. The complete track listing for "Sudden Impact" is as follows: 01. Sudden ...

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U.D.O.: Live CD Details Unveiled

U.D.O., the German band fronted by former ACCEPT singer Udo Dirkschneider, have set "Nailed To Metal" as the title for their upcoming DVD, due in Europe on August 25. The forthcoming DVD will come in a special package containing a bonus live CD, titled "Metal Mayhem - The Missing Tracks". The complete track listing for ...

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ROB HALFORD: 'I Want To Jam'

Rob Halford has posted the following message to the official HALFORD discussion forum at www.robhalford.com: "Hi everyone. First of all, I want to say a big thank you to all the HALFORD fans that came out to the recent shows. Those of you who saw us and posted your reactions, sent a message ...

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MACABRE To Release 'Murder Metal' In September

MACABRE are set to release their new full-length album, "Murder Metal", on September 23 through Season Of Mist Records. The album will be issued via a licensing agreement with Decomposed Records, an indie label owned and operated by the band and their management. This release will be a continuation of the group's 1993 classic "Sinister ...

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Former Members Of FROZEN EYES, B-THONG Join Forces In RAM

Former FROZEN EYES bassist Leif Larsson and ex-B-THONG drummer Morgan Pettersson have teamed up in a brand new Gothenburg, Sweden-based band called RAM. The group, whose lineup is completed by Harry Granroth (guitar), Daniel Johansson (guitar), and Oscar Carlquist (vocals), describe their sound as "a blend of JUDAS PRIEST, BLACK SABBATH and IRON MAIDEN, but ...

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KEANU REEVES, SUM 41 To Appear In ANTHRAX Video!

"Matrix" star Keanu Reeves and SUM 41 have shot cameo appearances for the new ANTHRAX video, "Safe Home", guitarist Scott Ian has confirmed via his latest online posting. "If you've been checking out our site for a while you may have seen pictures of Keanu Reeves shooting a cameo for the 'Safe Home' video. Well ...

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JANE'S ADDICTION Sign With CAPITOL RECORDS

The reformed JANE'S ADDICTION have inked a deal with Capitol Records for the release of their new studio album, titled "Hypersonic". The band, who are now being officially managed by Sanctuary Artist Management (IRON MAIDEN, GUNS N' ROSES, JUDAS PRIEST, SLAYER), were signed by Capitol President/CEO Andy Slater, who at one time managed guitarist Dave ...

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JANE'S ADDICTION To Issue 'Hypersonic' In July

JANE'S ADDICTION are set to release their first studio album in nearly 13 years on July 15. "Hypersonic" will arrive in stores nearly two weeks after the band embarks on the Lollapalooza tour, which kicks off in Michigan July 3. The band, who are now being officially managed by Sanctuary Artist Management (IRON MAIDEN, GUNS ...

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RACER X Songs 'Stolen'

RACER X webmaster Ken Hower has sent us the following message: "The band RACER X has just become aware of a guy named Luke John who is claiming as his own, 2 RACER X songs. The songs, 'Technical Difficulties' and '17th Moon' are on the 1999 CD 'Technical Difficulties'. "Luke John, at www.lukejohn.net, ...

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DIAMOND REXX: No More SCHMIDT

Contrary to a report posted here last week, former MASTER drummer Bill Schmidt is no longer a member of Chicago's DIAMOND REXX. Schmidt, who joined REXX "officially" on Sept. 22, 2002 was not featured on the band's latest CD, "The Evil", and was replaced earlier this year by returning REXX drummer Johnny Cottone. ...

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ROB HALFORD: I Have No Plans To Reunite With JUDAS PRIEST

Ex-JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford has issued a statement dispelling the persistent rumors of a possible reunion with his former bandmates and placing much of the blame for the proliferation of false information about his activities on his former management company, Sanctuary Music Group. Halford's statement reads as follows: "Briefly, I want to apologize to ...

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PAIN MUSEUM Replace SYMPHONY X On THE 2003 METAL GODS TOUR

PAIN MUSEUM, the new band featuring HALFORD members Metal Mike Chlasciak (guitar) and Bobby Jarzombek (drums), have replaced SYMPHONY X on the bill of the much-anticipated The 2003 Metal Gods Tour, a multi-band package featuring HALFORD, co-headliners TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, DARK TRANQUILITY, AMON AMARTH, and CARNAL FORGE. SYMPHONY X reportedly pulled out of the trek in ...

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Former JUDAS PRIEST Frontman To Reissue Solo Album

Former JUDAS PRIEST frontman Al Atkins will re-release his 1994 solo album, "Heavy Thoughts", on May 5 through Market Square Records. Worldwide distribution will be handled by Koch International. Atkins' last solo album, "Victim Of Changes", was released through Neat Records in 1998, and featured several classic PRIEST songs written by Al, such as "Never ...

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THE 2003 METAL GODS TOUR: Lineup Announced!

Former JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford's forthcoming U.S. tour, The 2003 Metal Gods Tour, will be a multi-band package featuring Rob's blazing quintet HALFORD, co-headliners TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, SYMPHONY X, DARK TRANQUILITY, AMON AMARTH, CARNAL FORGE and more. The 2003 Metal Gods Tour is set to kick off April 25 in Chicago, and will wrap up ...

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Former MASTER Drummer Resurfaces In The Revamped DIAMOND REXX!

Bill Schmidt, former drummer for the Illinois-based death metal pioneers MASTER, has resurfaced in the revamped lineup of DIAMOND REXX. DIAMOND REXX, whose roots go back to the cock-rock days of the mid-'80s and who once packed venues around the country, reformed in 2001 and issued a comeback album, "The Evil", last November through Phoenix, ...

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