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AVANISH To Utilize Session Bassist For METAL DAYZ Appearance

Germany's AVANISH will be utilizing the services of session bassist Andreas Gentner for their appearance at the Metal Dayz festival, which is scheduled to take place in Pratteln, Switzerland on August 3rd. Also set to perform at the event are SAVATAGE, SAMAEL, CANDLEMASS, GAMMA RAY, THRESHOLD, HEAVENLY, DIE SCHINDER, STYGMA IV, EVEREVE, LUNATICA, PURE YEAST ...

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THRESHOLD To Premier New Material At Upcoming Dates

UK progressive metallers THRESHOLD will preview several new songs during their upcoming European dates, in addition to performing "some old songs which the band haven't played live for years", according to the group's official newsletter. In the meantime, material is being compiled for the limited-edition release of the band's forthtcoming CD, Critical Mass, which is ...

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PROGPOWER USA III Officially Sold Out!

ProgPower USA III has officially SOLD OUT of all tickets in less than 6 days! The show, to be held in Atlanta Georgia on November 15th and 16th, will feature the following "all-star" line up: BLIND GUARDIAN GAMMA RAY ANGRA PAIN OF SALVATION READING ZERO THRESHOLD DEVIN TOWNSEND ZERO HOUR SILENT FORCE EDGUY ...

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THRESHOLD Complete Work On "Critical Mass"

UK progressive metallers THRESHOLD have completed work on their new album, entitled Critical Mass, for an early September release. The artwork is currently being completed by Thomas Ewerhard who was also responsible for the band's two previous studio album sleeves, and a multimedia section is also being put together for a limited-edition release of the ...

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DRAGONFORCE Shuffle Recording Studios For Upcoming Debut

British "melodic speed power metal" act DRAGONFORCE have decided against recording part of their debut album, entitled Valley of the Damned, at Denmark's Jailhouse studios with producer Tommy Hansen (i.e. HELLOWEEN, PRETTY MAIDS, etc.), and will now complete the sessions at England's Thin Ice studios with Karl Groom (producer/guitarist of THRESHOLD). A September 2nd release ...

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DRAGONFORCE To Film Upcoming Gig

British "melodic speed power metal" act DRAGONFORCE will film their upcoming gig as support to VIRGIN STEELE at the Underground Club in London, England on June 4th. Clips of the performance will likely be posted via the group's official web site in the weeks to come. As previously reported, DRAGONFORCE entered the studio on May ...

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STAR ONE Shine With Impressive Dutch, German Chart Debuts

STAR ONE's Space Metal CD debuted at position #3 in the Dutch alternative chart list and at position #60 in the Dutch Pop Album charts. The album also debuted at position #70 in the German Media Control charts. STAR ONE's Space Metal, the project led by AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE), features a cast ...

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TWELVEPOINTHEAD Set To Perform At UK's BLOODSTOCK 2002

Britain's TWELVEPOINTHEAD have been added to the second stage of the upcoming UK metal festival Bloodstock on August 31st. Other artists set to appear at the event include BLIND GUARDIAN, DIAMOND HEAD, GAMMA RAY, FREEDOM CALL, RETURN TO THE SABBAT, BIOMECHANICAL, THRESHOLD, BAL-SAGOTH, BALANCE OF POWER, ELVENKING and PRIMORDIAL. ...

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DRAGONFORCE To Support VIRGIN STEELE At London Gig

British "melodic speed power metal" act DRAGONFORCE will reportedly support VIRGIN STEELE at the Underground Club in London, England on June 4th. As previously reported, DRAGONFORCE will enter the studio on May 27th to record their debut album, entitled Valley of the Damned, for a September 2nd release through Sanctuary/Noise Records. Recordings will reportedly take ...

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DIAMOND HEAD To Go All-Electric At UK's BLOODSTOCK

DIAMOND HEAD will reportedly perform a full electric set at the UK metal festival Bloodstock on August 31st. Other artists set to appear at the event include BLIND GUARDIAN, GAMMA RAY, FREEDOM CALL, RETURN TO THE SABBAT, BIOMECHANICAL, THRESHOLD, BAL-SAGOTH, BALANCE OF POWER, ELVENKING and PRIMORDIAL. ...

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GAMMA RAY Confirmed For UK's BLOODSTOCK Festival

German power metallers GAMMA RAY are the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's Bloodstock UK metal festival, which is scheduled to be held at the Assembly Rooms in Derby on Saturday, August 31st. Other artists set to appear at the event include BLIND GUARDIAN, FREEDOM CALL, RETURN TO THE SABBAT, BIOMECHANICAL, THRESHOLD, ...

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DRAGONFORCE To Release Sanctuary Debut In Early September

British melodic speed power metal act DRAGONFORCE will enter the studio on May 27th to record their debut album, entitled Valley of the Damned, for a September 2nd release through Sanctuary/Noise Records. Recordings will reportedly take place in three different locations: at Denmark's Jailhouse studios with producer Tommy Hansen (i.e. HELLOWEEN, PRETTY MAIDS, etc.), at ...

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NEW EDEN Contribute New Track To German Sampler

NEW EDEN's "Threshold of Tolerance", taken from the group's forthcoming Stagnant Progression CD, will be featured on the Metal Crusade CD sampler, published annually by German magazine Heavy Oder Was?. 40,000 copies of the sampler will be released. In other news, NEW EDEN guitarist Horacio will make a special guest appearance at the upcoming STEEL ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND, SILENT FORCE Added To PROGPOWER USA III

DEVIN TOWNSEND (i.e. STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, OCEAN MACHINE) and SILENT FORCE (featuring vocalist DC Cooper, ex-ROYAL HUNT) are the latest confirmed additions to this year's ProgPower USA festival. ProgPower is a two-day metal event scheduled to take place in Atlanta on Friday and Saturday, November 15th and 16th at the Earthlink Live venue. With DEVIN ...

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BLIND GUARDIAN, GAMMA RAY, ANGRA Confirmed For PROGPOWER USA III

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ATLANTA'S PROGPOWER USA III ANNOUNCES DATES AND LINEUP FOR 2002 FESTIVAL ATLANTA - ProgPower USA III, Atlanta's third annual progressive and power metal festival, has been announced for Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16 at Earthlink Live. Confirmed bands include a number of artists making their first US appearances, including Germany's ...

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SLAYER Emphasize Early Classics In Current Live Set

SLAYER have added several older tracks to their current set list following the addition of returning drummer Dave Lombardo to the group's present touring line-up (as a temporary replacement for the recently-departed Paul Bostaph). Here are the songs SLAYER performed during their set at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park, New Jersey on Friday, January ...

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SHADOW GALLERY Axeman To Guest On Lucassen's "Space Metal"

SHADOW GALLERY axeman Gary Wehrkamp will appear on two tracks on the upcoming Space Metal CD from STAR ONE, the new project helmed by AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE). Here are Arjen's thoughts on Gary's contributions: "I might have told you this before, but I really think that the guitar solo of SHADOW GALLERY's ...

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Archive News Dec 04, 2001

METALLICA have posted the following update on the present condition of frontman James Hetfield via their official web site at www.metallica.com:

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“Yes folks, we have word from James, and the news is all good. His recovery has gone exceedingly well, he is back out, about and feeling rather ...

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Archive News Nov 27, 2001

Former CELTIC FROST guitarist/vocalist Tom G. Warrior (aka Thomas Gabriel Fischer) has contacted BLABBERMOUTH.NET to refute the reports of am imminent reunion of the band's classic line-up of Fischer, bassist Martin Eric Ain and drummer Reed St. Mark, the rumors of which gained fervor in the past week following the publication ...

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Archive News Nov 22, 2001

As a result of a tremendous increase in traffic since the anthrax terrorist attacks started, ANTHRAX (the band) have decided to move their official web site to http://www.anthraxtheband.com. According to a statement issued by anthraxheband.com webmaster Brent, “we've been getting immense numbers of hits (at times greater than starwars.com got to download ...

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Archive News Nov 21, 2001

According to a report published in yesterday's edition of The New York Post, LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst “lied when he said he visited a dying Australian girl injured in a mosh pit at his concert. Durst told Access Hollywood he visited Jessica Michalik on her deathbed and kept in touch with ...

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Archive News Nov 16, 2001

SLIPKNOT have issued the following press release explaining the reasons behind the cancellation of their US tour with IN FLAMES and 40 BELOW SUMMER: “Regrettably, SLIPKNOT have had to postpone their headlining U.S. tour which was set to kick off November 21 in Fargo, ND and wrap December 21 in ...

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Archive News Nov 07, 2001

More information has surfaced regarding the behind-the-scenes events leading up to the announced STUCK MOJO reunion show, which is scheduled to take place on New Year's Eve at an as-yet-undisclosed venue in Atlanta, Georgia. According to informed sources, STUCK MOJO will be joined by new bassist/vocalist Keith Watson (formerly of Charlotte, North ...

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Archive News Oct 30, 2001

ANTHRAX are rumored to be making an appearance on the Late Night With Jay Leno show this Wednesday, October 31st. In other ANTHRAX-related news, check out this humorous article from Lincoln Journal Star about an ANTHRAX fan whose “ANTHRAX” license plates have gotten him a heap of negative reactions from irate motorists ...

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Archive News Oct 15, 2001 - update 1

Former TESTAMENT/DEATH/OBITUARY guitarist James Murphy is presently recovering at his parents' home in Lakeland, Florida after undergoing surgery on September 17th to remove a pituitary tumor the size of two golf balls from his head, with which he was diagnosed in early September. In a lengthy telephone conversation with BLABBERMOUTH.NET, Murphy revealed that approximately ...

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Archive News Jul 31, 2001

METALLICA guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield spoke out for the first time about his ongoing battle with alcoholism and “other addictions” via a statement posted on the METALLICA Club web site. James' short message reads as follows: “It took a lot for me to admit to my problems, and it's a great feeling to have the ...

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Archive News Jun 02, 2001

All the shows for the upcoming Tattoo The Planet European tour—featuring PANTERA, SLAYER, CRADLE OF FILTH and STATIC-X—have been announced. The dates are as follows:

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Sept. 14 - Birmingham, UK @ NIA Academy

Sept. 15 - London, UK @ Wembley Arena

Sept. 16 - Glasgow, UK @ S.E.C.C.

Sept. 18 - Leuven, BEL @ ...

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Archive News Jun 01, 2001

SLAYER have finalized the track listing for their God Hates Us All opus, which is presently scheduled for a July 10th release through American/Sony Recordings. The songs set to appear on the final version are as follows:

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01. Darkness Of Christ

02. Disciple

03. God Send Death

04. New Faith

05. Bloodline

06. Threshold

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