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IN FLAMES Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD!!! Festival

Sweden's IN FLAMES have been confirmed as the second headlining act (alongside WHITESNAKE) for this year's installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 23-24 in Balingen, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (two more acts to be confirmed): ARMORED SAINT COUNT RAVEN DEATH ANGEL EXODUS FLOTSAM AND ...

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OVERKILL, METAL CHURCH, ATROCITY Confirmed For Germany's METAL OPEN AIR GEISELWIND Festival

OVERKILL, METAL CHURCH and ATROCITY are among the confirmed bands for the Metal Open Air Geiselwind festival, set to take place July 20-22 at ErlebnisRasthof Strohofer in Geiselwind, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): ATROCITY BORN FROM PAIN COUNT RAVEN DARK AGE DELIRIOUS END OF GREEN GORILLA MONSOON KNORKATOR ...

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QUIET RIOT Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD!!! Festival

Hard rock veterans QUIET RIOT are the latest addition to this year's installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 23-24, 2006 in Balingen, Germany. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows: ARMORED SAINT COUNT RAVEN DEATH ANGEL EXODUS FLOTSAM AND JETSAM FOREIGNER HELLOWEEN JON OLIVA'S PAIN L.A. GUNS ...

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COUNT RAVEN Part Ways With Bassist, Drummer; Announce Replacements

Acclaimed Swedish doomsters COUNT RAVEN have parted ways with bassist Tommy "Wilbur" Eriksson and drummer Christer "Renfield" Petersson. Guitarist Dan Fondelius's official statement on the matter reads as follows: "COUNT RAVEN has after two and a half years decided to go through some changes. There are a number of reasons for this: The main one's ...

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DEATH ANGEL Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD!!! Festival

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL are the latest addition to this year's installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 23-24 in Balingen, Germany. DEATH ANGEL's performance at the festival will mark their only live apperance on German soil this year and they will perform a special setlist ...

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UNLEASHED Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD!!! Festival

Swedish death metallers UNLEASHED are the latest addition to this year's installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 23-24, 2006 in Balingen, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows so far (6 more acts to be confirmed): FOREIGNER HELLOWEEN Y&T RIK EMMETT (playing a set of TRIUMPH music) ...

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KILLING JOKE: New Song Available For Download

A brand-new KILLING JOKE track, entitled "Implosion", has been made available for download at this location (free registration required). The song comes off the group's upcoming album, "Hosannas from the Basements of Hell", due on March 6 via Edel. Commented bassist Paul Raven: "We recorded the album in Prague at Faust Studios and ...

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HELLOWEEN Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD!!! Festival

German power metallers HELLOWEEN are the latest addition to this year's installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 23-24 in Balingen, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): COUNT RAVEN EXODUS FLOTSAM AND JETSAM FOREIGNER HELLOWEEN JON OLIVA'S PAIN L.A. GUNS LEATHERWOLF POWERWOLF RIK EMMETT ...

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DREAM THEATER's MIKE PORTNOY: Early Recordings Unearthed!

It's no secret that before DREAM THEATER there was MAJESTY. But before MAJESTY, drummer Mike Portnoy (mis)spent some time of his youth recording with S.A. ADAMS. The then-18-year-old Portnoy did quite a few day and evening sessions with ADAMS working on what became the foundation of Adams' body of work. "I never hid the fact ...

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EMPIRE Featuring Ex-BLACK SABBATH Singer TONY MARTIN: New Album Preview Available

EMPIRE, the brainchild of German guitarist Rolf Munkes (MAJESTY, EMPIRE, RAZORBACK, ex-VANIZE), have set "Raven Ride" as the title of their third album, due in May via AOR Heaven Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Trading Souls" (Lion Music) will feature guest appearances by singer Tony Martin (ex-BLACK SABBATH), drummer Andre Hilgers (AXXIS, SILENT FORCE, RAZORBACK) ...

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VENGEANCE Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD!!! Festival

Dutch hard rock veterans VENGEANCE are the latest addition to this year's installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 23-24 in Balingen, Germany. The band will introduce a very special surprise guest who will join them on stage for a few songs. The festival billing is shaping up as follows ...

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KILLING JOKE Bassist Praises New Album, Slams MÖTLEY CRÜE

KILLING JOKE will release their new album, "Hosannas from the Basements of Hell", on March 3, 2006 via Edel. Commented bassist Paul Raven: "We recorded the album in Prague at Faust Studios and it sounds amazing, Jerry Kandiah engineered the record and we are producing ourselves these days... (no change there then). I must say ...

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AL JOURGENSEN: New MINISTRY Album Is 'Fastest, Hardest, Most Maniacal Record I've Ever Done'

REVOLTING COCKS, the side project of MINISTRY mainman Al Jourgensen, have pushed back the release date of their new album, "Cocked and Loaded", to March 7, 2006 from the previously announced February 14. Produced by Al Jourgensen, the CD features the contributions of guest artists Jello Biafra (DEAD KENNEDYS), Gibby Haynes (BUTTHOLE SURFERS), Rick Nielsen ...

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ARMORED SAINT Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD!!! Festival

Reunited California-based metallers ARMORED SAINT, who feature in their ranks (former?) ANTHRAX singer John Bush and current FATES WARNING bassist Joey Vera, have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 23-24, 2006 in Balingen, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical ...

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MINISTRY: Photos Of New Lineup Posted Online

Two brand-new photos of MINISTRY taken during the recording sessions for their new album, "Rio Grande Blood", at Sonic Ranch studios in Tornillo, Texas have been posted online: Photo#1 (left to right: Tommy Victor [PRONG, ex-DANZIG], Al Jourgensen, Paul Raven [KILLING JOKE]), Photo#2 (left to right: Raven, drummer Mark Baker, Jourgensen, ...

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SLIPKNOT's JORDISON To Tour With MINISTRY?

Rumors continue to abound that SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison will be sitting behind the kit for MINISTRY on their upcoming North American tour, which is scheduled to kick off in early May. Joey is expected to join a touring lineup that will include MINISTRY mainman Al Jourgensen, guitarist Tommy Victor (PRONG, ex-DANZIG) and bassist Paul ...

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LEATHERWOLF Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD!!! Festival

Legendary Southern California metal stalwarts LEATHERWOLF, whose current lineup includes vocalist Wade Black (ex-CRIMSON GLORY, SEVEN WITCHES), have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 23-24, 2006 in Balingen, Germany. Also scheduled to appear at the festival are FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, EUROPE, VICTORY, L.A. GUNS, ...

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SAVAGE CIRCUS Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

SAVAGE CIRCUS, the new band featuring former BLIND GUARDIAN drummer Thomen Stauch and PERSUADER members Jens Karlsson (vocals, guitar) and Emil Norberg (lead guitar), have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Bang Your Head festival, set to take place June 23-24, 2006 in Balingen, Germany. Also scheduled to appear at the festival are ...

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JAG PANZER: European Tour Dates Announced

Veteran Colorado power metallers JAG PANZER will play the following dates in early November: Nov. 03 - San Benedetto del Tronto, ITA @ Shining Club (w/ BATTLE RAM) Nov. 04 - Bergamo (Milan), ITA @ Keller Club Nov. 05 - Lauda-Königshofen, GER @ Tauberfrankenhalle (Keep It True V Festival) Nov. 06 – Athens, GRE @ ...

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MINISTRY: New Album To Feature PRONG's TOMMY VICTOR, KILLING JOKE's PAUL RAVEN

MINISTRY mainman Al Jourgensen has announced more details about his 13th Planet label, the new home of MINISTRY and Al's other band, REVOLTING COCKS. The imprint/boutique label is a joint venture with Megaforce Records for the U.S. and Canadian markets, distributed through Sony/RED. Missi Callazzo, Vice President of Megaforce, excitedly relates, "It's great to be ...

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IT DIES TODAY To Film 'Enjoy The Silence' Video

IT DIES TODAY, fresh off a successful run on this summer's Ozzfest, will be filming a video for their cover of DEPECHE MODE's "Enjoy the Silence" on Monday, October 3 in downtown Los Angeles with director Pax Franchot (FROM FIRST TO LAST, AT ALL COST). The clip will reportedly "combine the look and feel of ...

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