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VOIVOD Putting Finishing Touches On New Album

Legendary Canadian experimental metallers VOIVOD are putting the finishing touches on their much-anticipated new album with producer Glen Robinson (VOIVOD's "Nothingface", TEA PARTY, GWAR) at Multisons studio in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Frontman Denis "Snake" Belanger has checked in with the following update: "Glen gave us a mix down of all the songs for us to ...

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ELECTRIC EARTH Complete Work On Sophomore Album

ELECTRIC EARTH, the Trollhättan, Sweden-based hard rock band featuring Peter Gottlieb (vocals and guitar; formerly with the ROLLIN' MACHINE), Tommy Scalisi (lead guitar; GOOSEFLESH, RAT SALAD), Lyris Karlsson (bass; RAT SALAD) and Lars Berger (drums; GOOSEFLESH, RISING), have completed work on their second CD, "Vol II – Words Unspoken". At the moment, they are looking ...

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ANTHRAX Guitarist To Guest On VH1's 'I Love the 80s: 3D'

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian will be revisiting the commentator's chair and waxing poetic on all things '80s next week on VH1's "I Love the 80s: 3D". VH1 is reprising its highly successful and hilarious "I Love the 80s" approach for "I Love the 80s: 3D". All of your favorite comics, rock stars and celebs will ...

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STEPHEN PEARCY: There Will Be No RATT Reunion

Former RATT frontman Stephen Pearcy has posted the following message on his official web site: "Right now I'm gearing up for RAT BASTARDS Unplugged, the VH1 'Metal Mania Stripped Vol. 2' Tour. The first show of this tour is October 25th in Minneapolis, MN. Were not going to have the same set every night so ...

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Renowned Cover Artist Remembers VOIVOD's PIGGY

Renowned album-cover artist Ioannis (FATES WARNING, DEEP PURPLE, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, DREAM THEATER, UFO, KING CRIMSON) has issued the following statement regarding the passing of VOIVOD guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour: "In the early summer of 1989 on my second job for Mechanic Records after finishing DREAM THEATER I flew up to Montreal to meet four ...

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NOVEMBERS DOOM Guitarist Mourns Loss Of 'DENIS D'AMOUR, My Hero'

NOVEMBERS DOOM guitarist Larry Roberts has issued the following statement regarding the passing of VOIVOD guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour: "Many people may never have realized what a tremendous influence this man [Piggy] and his band is/was on me. I started listening to VOIVOD back around 1987, and I became very obsessed with their sound and ...

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AGE OF SILENCE To Release New EP In October

AGE OF SILENCE, the Norwegian band featuring Lazare (BORKNAGAR, SOLEFALD), Hellhammer (WINDS, ARCTURUS, MAYHEM) and Eikind (KHOLD, TULUS), among others, will release a new EP, entitled "Complications – Trilogy of Intricacy", on October 11 via The End Records. As the title suggests, this release contains three songs of an intricate nature following in the vein ...

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BYZANTINE: '...And They Shall Take Up Serpents' Track Listing Revealed

West Virginia-based "tech-metal" band BYZANTINE have finalized the track listing for their sophomore album, "...And They Shall Take Up Serpents", due on July 12 via Prosthetic Records. The follow-up to "The Fundamental Component" was once again produced by the band and Charles A. Fisher and was mixed by Brad Divens (FU MANCHU, WRATHCHILD AMERICA). "...And ...

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THE RING To Film Tonight's Show For Upcoming DVD

THE RING, the Swedish band featuring former HUMANIMAL/GREAT KING RAT guitarist Pontus Norgren, ex-JEKYLL & HYDE frontman Jakob Samuel and ROYAL HUNT/ex-JEKYLL & HYDE guitarist Marcus Jidell (on bass), will be filming their live performance tonight (May 27) at Mondo in Stockholm for an upcoming DVD. "We have some great stuff from the MOTÖRHEAD tour ...

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AOR HEAVEN Inks European Deal With RIVEL RECORDS

AOR Heaven/Metal Heaven have struck up a deal with the Swedish label Rivel Records to handle all of Rivel's upcoming releases for the European territory. First up will be new editions of the spring's best-sellers AUDIOVISION and DIVINEFIRE, both of which are expected on July 18. AUDIOVISION are a melodic hard rock/metal band which was ...

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STEPHEN PEARCY Recording Acoustic Version Of RATT's 'Round & Round'

Former RATT frontman Stephen Pearcy is in the studio this week recording an acoustic version of the RATT classic "Round & Round" with guitarists Keri Kelli (ADLER'S APPETITE, VINCE NEIL, ex-SLASH'S SNAKEPIT) and Erik Ferentinos (VOODOO, 13A). There is no word yet on where the resultant recording will end up. As previously reported, Pearcy's second ...

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Former RATT Singer STEPHEN PEARCY To Release 'Fueler' In May

Former RATT singer Stephen Pearcy's second solo CD, "Fueler", has a street release date of May 10 on Cleopatra/Top Fuel Records. This version will be featuring the two new songs "Sinomatic" and "Gamblers & Thieves". Stephen, his RAT BASTARDS, and some surprise special guests will headline the world-famous Whisky a Go-Go on May 20 on ...

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ZAN CLAN To Release New Album In April

ZAN CLAN, the new group fronted by former SHOTGUN MESSIAH vocalist Zinny Zan, will be releasing their new album, "We Are Zan Clan, Who the F**k Are You??!", on April 13 via GMR Music. Check out two unmastered clips/teasers from the upcoming CD (both files are zipped to prevent streaming): "Déjà Vu" (.zip), ...

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THE RING To Film Stockholm Show For Upcoming DVD

THE RING, the Swedish band featuring former HUMANIMAL/GREAT KING RAT guitarist Pontus Norgren, ex-JEKYLL & HYDE frontman Jakob Samuel and ROYAL HUNT/ex-JEKYLL & HYDE guitarist Marcus Jidell (on bass), have posted the following message on their official web site: "We now have received the contract from Sweden Rock Festival and we're playing on June 9 ...

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Chronoclast - BURIED INSIDE

What's with Canadians and drum wizardry? First we have KATAKLYSM's marching-band "hyperblast," and now Ottawa youngin's BURIED INSIDE are pulling off some kind of similar rat-a-tat-tat that turns their "blast beat" sections into a friggin' avalanche of sound. Meanwhile, they're shifting from these utter obliteration parts to quasi-melodic noodling that's somewhere between metalcore and MASTODON, ...

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THE RING Begin Work On New Material

THE RING, the Swedish band featuring former HUMANIMAL/GREAT KING RAT guitarist Pontus Norgren, ex-JEKYLL & HYDE frontman Jakob Samuel and ROYAL HUNT/ex-JEKYLL & HYDE guitarist Marcus Jidell (on bass), have posted the following message on their official web site: "There is already a bunch of songs written for the new album and we are now ...

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SHADOWS FALL Drummer Reports From DIMEBAG's Funeral

SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bittner has issued the following report from the funeral services and public memorial for slain DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, which were held on Tuesday (Dec. 14) in Arlington, Texas: "I have just gotten to my computer today after returning home from Dimebag Darrell Abbott's funeral and I wanted to share ...

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GODSMACK Bassist Skates With TEXAS TORNADO

GODSMACK bassist Robbie Merrill skated with some players from the Texas Tornado hockey team on Wednesday, November 16, at 10:00 a.m. at the Dr Pepper StarCenter in Frisco, according to OurSports Central. Merrill, a former AAA Midget player, participated in an informal scrimmage and then was presented with an official Tornado jersey. Later that evening, ...

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