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France's FURY FEST: Complete Schedule Announced

The complete schedule has been announced for the 2005 edition of Fury Fest, set to take place June 24-26 in Le Mans, France. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: Friday, June 24: Main Stage: 00.15 - 1.15 JELLO BIAFRA AND THE MELVINS 22.30 - 23.15 ANTHRAX 21.00 - 21.45 MILLENCOLIN 19.30 - 20.15 ...

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SAVAGE CIRCUS: Former BLIND GUARDIAN Drummer Joins Forces With PERSUADER Members

Former BLIND GUARDIAN drummer Thomen Stauch has teamed up with PERSUADER members Jens Karlsson (vocals, guitar) and Emil Norberg (lead guitar) in a new project called SAVAGE CIRCUS. This collaboration is not to be confused with Stauch's as-yet-unnamed band with SOILWORK vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid, which recently finished recording a full-length album. Stauch has issued ...

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All Over You - BEN JACKSON GROUP

Violently unfashionable in the States, and destined for cult status among the AOR and hard rock fans who keep ex-members of TUFF in business, THE BEN JACKSON GROUP deliver an unrepentant dose of smooth, glossy melodic rock on "All Over You". Jackson, former guitarist of CRIMSON GLORY and PARISH, assumes vocal duties here and redeems ...

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CRISIS Confirmed For France's FURY FEST

According to the CRISIS fan site FiresOfSorrow, CRISIS have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Fury Fest, set to take place June 24-26 in Le Mans, France. The list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: 999 7SECONDS AMON AMARTH ANOREXIA NERVOSA ANTIFLAG ARCH ENEMY BACKFIRE ...

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GODSMACK Drummer Defends AMEN Frontman

Former AMEN and current GODSMACK drummer Shannon Larkin has posted a statement on AMEN's message board defending AMEN mainman Casey Chaos against accusations of fraud and mishandling of funds by other ex-members of the group. His message reads as follows: "Hello, humans. Larkin here. Remember me? I'm the drummer on 95 percent of everything since ...

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CANDIRIA Sign European Deal With EARACHE RECORDS

U.S. evolutionists CANDIRIA have inked a deal with Earache Records as part of a deal that will see the band's latest album, "What Doesn't Kill You..." , issued on the label in Europe in May. CANDIRIA's previous releases showcased an eclectic mix of metal, hardcore and jazz that preceded the current fashion for jazz-style complexity ...

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W.A.S.P. Drummer Announces His Departure From CARNIVAL OF SOULS

Drummer Stet Howland (W.A.S.P., RUN21, BLACKFOOT, BELLADONNA, KILLING MACHINE) has announced his departure from the New York-based hard rock band CARNIVAL OF SOULS. Stet's official statement on the matter reads as follows: "During the latter part of this year's second W.A.S.P. world tour, it became clear that without a firm CARNIVAL OF SOULS schedule or ...

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EVANESCENCE Singer Says New Material Sounds Creepy, Sexy And Groovy

EVANESCENCE frontwoman Amy Lee recently spoke to Metal Edge magazine about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the group's follow-up to their multi-platinum major-label debut, "Fallen". Several excerpts from the interview follow: Metal Edge: This is the first time I've talked to you since the member change — Have you started writing with Terry ...

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ARCH ENEMY To Film London Gig For Upcoming DVD

ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott recently spoke to MetalEater.com about the group's recent tour with CRADLE OF FILTH, their "Dead Eyes See No Future" EP and the upcoming studio album, among other topics. Several excerpts from the interview follow: MetalEater.com: What's your overall take on the current metal scene? Michael Amott: "Well, there's ...

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MACHINE HEAD's ROBERT FLYNN Gets Dissed By SLAYER's KERRY KING

MACHINE HEAD frontman Robert Flynn has posted another installement in his online "diary" at the group's official web site. An excerpt from the entry follows: "Played in Paris with SLIPKNOT and SLAYER. MASTODON opened the show, which was really cool. Hung with them for a while, really nice guys, drinking absurd amounts of booze together, ...

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MIKE CHLASCIAK: 'ROB HALFORD Was One Of The Most Professional People I Have Ever Met'

Former HALFORD and current PAINMUSEUM/TESTAMENT guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak recently spoke to the Ferrante's Power Equipment web site about his time playing with JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford and the formation of his new project, among other topics. Several excerpts from the interview follow: Ferrante's Power Equipment: What have you learned from playing ...

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JOE LYNN TURNER Signs Solo Deal With FRONTIERS RECORDS

Legendary hard rock singer Joe Lynn Turner (ex-RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) has inked a solo deal with Frontiers Records. Joe is currently busy putting the finishing touches on his new studio album, entitled "Usual Suspects", which is being recorded in New York under the direction of longtime partner and friend Bob Held. The production ...

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SATYRICON Comment On 'The Return Of The Antichrist' U.S. Tour

Norwegian black metallers SATYRICON have set "The Return of the Antichrist" as the name of their upcoming U.S. tour, set to kick off on Thursday, December 2 in San Francisco, CA and conclude on December 22. Canadian-based bands INFERNAL MAJESTY and 3 INCHES OF BLOOD will provide support for these dates. SATYRICON frontman Satyr explains ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Bassist Talks About 'Operation: Mindcrime' Sequel

QUEENSRŸCHE bassist Eddie Jackson recently spoke to RockConfidential.com about the group's current tour and their forthcoming CD, the next chapter to the 1988 ground-breaking concept album, "Operation: Mindcrime", tentatively titled "Operation: Mindcrime II". Several excerpts from the interview follow: RockConfidential.com: How is it you're incorporating a preview of "Operation: Mindcrime II"? Is it ...

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CENTURY MEDIA Joins Forces With ALVERAN RECORDS

Century Media Records has joined forces with Alveran Records in a newly inked, exclusive contract for the production and distribution of selected Alveran titles throughout Europe via Century Media Records. Alveran Records is an independent record company founded by Sascha Franzen in 1995. Alveran's diversity in styles ranges from metalcore to emo pop punk, the ...

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SCOTT WEILAND Slams CLASSIC ROCK Magazine Writer

VELVET REVOLVER frontman Scott Weiland has posted the following message on the group's web site: "To Jeffy: Just when I thought it was safe to go back into the shark-infested waters of the once respected world of rock and roll journalism, I meet Jeffy. At the end of the interview, I give him a rare ...

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COLD Announce New Album Title

COLD have set "And a Sad Song Lives On" as the title of their new album, tentatively due early next year via the group's new label, Atlantic. The band will commence pre-production on the CD on October 14 with producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette (CHEVELLE, IGGY POP). Back in April, COLD parted ways with guitarist Kelly ...

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AMEN: New Drummer Speaks Out

AMEN have announced the addition of drummer Joe Letz and guitarist Eric Amblur to the group's ranks. A brand-new posting from Letz on the band's official message board reads as follows: "Hello, everybody. For those who have, thank you for welcoming me. Yes, I am the new drummer for AMEN and my name is Joe ...

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