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INTENSE Part Ways With Bassist, Announce Replacement

English power metallers INTENSE have parted ways with bassist Adrian Lambert and have replaced him with Stephe Brine. "Stephe has actually been with us for some months now, having firstly successfully auditioned for the position, and subsequently rehearsed and gigged with the band for all of our most recent shows in the UK and in ...

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Former IRON MAIDEN Guitarist Sidelined By Hand Injury

Former IRON MAIDEN/PRAYING MANTIS guitarist Dennis Stratton suffered an "unfortunate accident" at a recent gig and will be unable to play guitar for the foreseeable future, according to a posting on the web site of Stratton's THE DENIAL bandmate, ex-JUDAS PRIEST singer Al Atkins. Stratton "suffered damage to his right hand when a speaker unit ...

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Former JUDAS PRIEST Singer Completing Work On Autobiography

Former JUDAS PRIEST singer Al Atkins is putting the finishing touches on his autobiography, "Dawn of the Metal Gods", scheduled for publication before the end of the year through Firefly Publishing. The book will recount the origins of the band from 1969 onward and includes exclusive photographs donated by friends, including Robert Plant, among others. ...

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EIDOLON Part Ways With Singer, Announce Replacement

Toronto, Canada's EIDOLON have parted ways with their singer, Pat Mulock, "for reasons of both a musical and personal nature," according to an official press release. "I express no interest in giving any childish, gory details or go into any specifics as to why we have decided to take this path," said drummer Shawn Drover. ...

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JEFF KOLLMAN And VIRGIL DONATI To Team Up For Special Performance

Guitarist Jeff Kollman (GLENN HUGHES, $IGN OF 4) will make an appearance at the Baked Potato, 3878 Cahuenga Blvd W., in North Hollywood, CA on Thursday, June 3 for a special one-night only performance with drummer extraordinaire Virgil Donati (PLANET X, STEVE VAI), celebrated German bassist Jörg "J.K." Kleutgens, and keyboardist Hans Zermuehlen (GLENN HUGHES, ...

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Acclaimed Metal Producer ANDY SNEAP: Interview Posted Online

The Earache/Wicked World Records web site has posted a lengthy interview with acclaimed British metal producer Andy Sneap. Sneap, a former guitarist for the once-promising U.K. metal outfit SABBAT (which featured in its ranks future SKYCLAD frontman Martin Walkyier), has worked with a number of the top underground heavy metal acts of the last few ...

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SKITSYSTEM Part Ways With Singer TOMAS LINDBERG

Sweden's SKITSYSTEM have officially parted ways with guitarist/vocalist Tomas Lindberg (ex-AT THE GATES, THE CROWN). "This has solely to do with lack of time, and is a decision made collectively by everyone involved," reads the band's official statement on the matter. "To avoid all rumours that usually surrounds news like this, we would like to ...

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CRADLE OF FILTH: Studio Update

CRADLE OF FILTH bassist Dave Pybus has posted the following studio update on the band's official web site: "It's official... CRADLE OF FILTH are possessed!!! We have now been transformed into zombified pork scratching eating fiends! On my return from a short weekend break, I was instructed NOT to come back unless I brought with ...

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HEATHEN Confirmed For Oakland's THUNDER IN THE NORTH Concert

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers HEATHEN will be headlining the "Thunder In the North" mini-festival, scheduled to take place Saturday, July 31 at Imusicast (5429 Telegraph Avenue) in Oakland, California. The show, which will feature "six of the best metal bands in Northern California," will include appearances by OSMIUM, IMAGIKA, KURU, DISHARMONY and MUMMIFICATION. ...

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THE IRON MAIDENS Part Ways With BRUCE CHICKINSON, Vow To Carry On

THE IRON MAIDENS, one of the best-known IRON MAIDEN tribute bands in existence (featuring members of the long-running Los Angeles hard rock band PHANTOM BLUE), have parted ways with vocalist Jenny Warren (a.k.a. Bruce Chickinson). "Up until this time we have tried to keep things under tight lip to avoid any uncomfortable feelings that might ...

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CRADLE OF FILTH: Studio Report No. 2

CRADLE OF FILTH bassist Dave Pybus has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Hail. Now we are well into week two of the session and I went home this weekend for a two-day break while guitars were started on the tracks me and Adrian had laid down in the first week. ...

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RUNNING WILD: New Album Delayed

RUNNING WILD's webmaster has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "[RUNNING WILD mainman] Rolf Kasparek phoned me today and told me about the new album, several festivals and many more... "Well, first of all many greetings from Rolf. It took a bit longer to build up his own studio but now ...

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METALJAM 2004 To Benefit The CURE AUTISM NOW! FOUNDATION

WRATHCHILD, the Los Angeles-based IRON MAIDEN tribute band featuring former SINERGY/NEW EDEN bassist Melanie Sisneros (a.k.a. Steve Heiress), DREAMS OF DAMNATION/HANGAR 18 drummer Dave Chedrick, ex-THE IRON MAIDENS singer Jenny Warren (a.k.a. Bruce Chickinson), CREEPING DEATH guitarist James "Dave Moore-y" Moore, and PROPHECY guitarist John "Virtual Adrian" Leighton, are scheduled to perform at MetalJam 2004, ...

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LORD BELIAL: More Swedish Dates Announced

Swedish black metallers LORD BELIAL have lined up the following dates in April/May: Apr. 10 - Club Nocturnal – Gothenburg, SWE May 01 - Club Adrian/Hvitfelt - Uddevalla, SWE May 07 - Belsepub - Gothenburg, SWE May 29 - Körpehölsfestivalen - Uddevalla, SWE As previously reported, LORD BELIAL finished mixing their new album, "The Seal ...

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VANDENBERG: Compilation CD To Receive European Release

Long-defunct Dutch hard rock outfit VANDENBERG, led by one-time WHITESNAKE guitarist Adrian Vandenberg, will be issuing a compilation CD, "The Definitive Vandenberg", on February 27 through Warner Music in Europe. "The Definitive Vandenberg" track listing: Disc 1: 01. Burning Heart 2004 (symphonic version) 02. Your Love Is In Vain 03. Wait 04. Too Late 05. ...

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LORD BELIAL Announce Swedish Dates

Swedish black metallers LORD BELIAL have lined up the following dates in April/May: Apr. 10 - Club Nocturnal - Gothenburg, SWE May 01 - Club Adrian - Uddevalla, SWE LORD BELIAL finished mixing their new album, "The Seal Of Belial", at Los Angered Recording studios in Gothenburg, Sweden earlier this month. As previously reported, the ...

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DRAGONFORCE Set Title, Release Date For Sophomore Album

London-based power metallers DRAGONFORCE have set "Sonic Firestorm" as the title of their sophomore album, due on April 19 through Noise Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Valley Of The Damned" was recorded primarily at Thin Ice Studios, Virginia Water, Surrey, England with producer Karl Groom, while all the guitars were recorded at guitarist Herman Li's ...

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VANDENBERG To Be Featured In Dutch TV Program

Long-defunct Dutch hard rock outfit VANDENBERG, led by one-time WHITESNAKE guitarist Adrian Vandenberg, will be featured in a Dutch TV program called "Single Luck" this Friday, January 23. The brainchild of producer "Tonko Dop", the show focuses on bands that produced one world smash hit before reverting to relative obscurity, and this week's episode will ...

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DOPE Postpone Shows After Tour Bus Breaks Down

DOPE have been forced to postpone tonight's show in Columbus, OH and tomorrow's show in Fayetteville, NC due to "circumstances beyond their control." According to a posting on the group's official web site, "the band's tour bus, en route from North Carolina to pick them up, suffered from mechanical failures, leaving the band stranded at ...

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DOPE Part Ways With Bassist, Announce Temporary Replacement

DOPE bassist Sloane "Mosey" Jentry has left the band only five days before the start of the group's eight-week national tour, according to a posting on the band's official web site. "[Mosey] has decided to retire from the music business in search of a more normal, stable life in conjunction with his fiery, monogamous romance ...

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SOCIETY 1 Part Ways With Drummer

SOCIETY 1, the Californian band led by former porn director Matt Zane, have parted ways with drummer Dagon. The following is Dagon's official statement on the matter: "My involvement with SOCIETY 1 was an enlightening experience that has allowed me to grow as a visionary and an artist. The energy of our cohesive live performances ...

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DRAGONFORCE Begin Work On New Album, Announce Japanese Tour

London-based power metallers DRAGONFORCE have started work on the follow-up to their debut album, "Valley Of The Damned", released earlier this year. The majority of the recording is taking place at Thin Ice Studios, Virginia Water, Surrey, England with producer Karl Groom, while all the guitars are being recorded at guitarist Herman Li's own private ...

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POWERMAN 5000 Drummer To Tour With SOCIETY 1

POWERMAN 5000 drummer Adrian Ost will be taking over drumming duties for SOCIETY 1 for the remainder of SOCIETY 1's tour with TWIZTID. SOCIETY 1 drummer Dagon was forced to drop off the tour and return home to attend to a personal situation. SOCIETY 1, with Adrian on drums, will jump back onto the TWIZTID ...

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