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Guitarist DOUG ALDRICH Quits WHITESNAKE

Doug Aldrich, WHITESNAKE's guitarist of the past 11 years, is leaving the band "to pursue a solo career," according to the group's founding singer and mainman, David Coverdale. Aldrich has since issued the following statement regarding his departure from WHITESNAKE: "Thanks to my big bro David for such a killer run together!! So many songs, ...

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Former TOTO Singer FERGIE FREDERIKSEN Dead At 62

Melodic rock singer Dennis Hardy "Fergie" Frederiksen passed away yesterday (January 18) after a lengthy battle with liver cancer. He was 62 years old. Frederiksen was best known as the former vocalist of TOTO (on the "Isolation" album, released in 1984), as well as his involvement involved in a lot of other outstanding musical projects: ...

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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's JOEL STROETZEL Says Having JESSE LEACH Back Is 'A Natural Thing' And 'Very Easy'

Anthony Toto of Pop-Break.com recently conducted an interview with guitarist Joel Stroetzel of Massachusetts metallers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Pop-Break.com: The documentary for "Disarm The Descent" was excellent; it captured the vibe of KILLSWITCH reuniting with [singer] Jesse [Leach] and reconnecting as a band. In a ...

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TERRANA Completes Work On First Three Songs

TERRANA, the new three-piece power rock trio led by renowned drummer Mike Terrana (TARJA, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, AXEL RUDI PELL, MASTERPLAN, GAMMA RAY, RAGE), has finished recording three songs at Nadir Music Studios in Genoa, Italy with producer Tommy Talamanca (SADIST mastermind). The official video for one of the three tracks, "One Way", can be seen ...

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IMPERA: New Song 'Beast Within' Available For Streaming

Swedish hard rockers IMPERA will release their sophomore studio album, "Pieces Of Eden", on October 18 via Escape Music. The CD was produced by Johan "Impera" Kihlberg and was mixed by Lars Chriss (LION'S SHARE), who also plays guest guitar on the song "Goodbye" a cover of the track that originally appeared on Paul Stanley's ...

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The Fall of Omnius - NEPHREN-KA

It should be no surprise who French death grinders NEPHREN-KA emulates. Consider this group in the milling vein of NILE's debut album from which they derive their namesake, "Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka". Inspired by the same sandy wastelands as NILE, NEPHREN-KA doesn't consult ancient Sumerian scriptures on their debut full-length, "The Fall of Omnius". ...

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IMPERA To Release 'Pieces Of Eden' In October

Swedish hard rockers IMPERA will release their sophomore studio album, "Pieces Of Eden", on October 18 via Escape Music. The CD was produced by Johan "Impera" Kihlberg and was mixed by Lars Chriss (LION'S SHARE), who also plays guest guitar on the song "Goodbye" a cover of the track that originally appeared on Paul Stanley's ...

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HERMAN RAREBELL's 'Acoustic Fever': Audio Samples Of Entire Album

Former SCORPIONS drummer Herman Rarebell has just released a new album, "Acoustic Fever", containing all-acoustic versions of 12 SCORPIONS songs he co-wrote while in the band. An 11-minute YouTube clip containing audio samples of the entire CD can be found below. "Acoustic Fever" features Rarebell on drums alongside Robby Lochner (Rob Halford's FIGHT, Cherie Currie, ...

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HERMAN RAREBELL's 'Acoustic Fever': Complete Details Revealed

Former SCORPIONS drummer Herman Rarebell has just released a new album, "Acoustic Fever", containing all-acoustic versions of 12 SCORPIONS songs he co-wrote while in the band. "Acoustic Fever" features Rarebell on drums alongside Robby Lochner (Rob Halford's FIGHT, Cherie Currie, Eddie Money, GREAT WHITE FEATURING JACK RUSSELL) on steel string guitars, Dario Seixas (FIREHOUSE, STEPHEN ...

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JACK RUSSELL, DON DOKKEN, TONY MARTIN To Guest On HERMAN RAREBELL's 'Acoustic Fever'

Former SCORPIONS drummer Herman Rarebell will release a new album, "Acoustic Fever", at the end of June. The CD contains all-acoustic versions of 12 SCORPIONS songs Herman co-wrote while in the band. "Acoustic Fever" features Rarebell on drums alongside Robby Lochner (Rob Halford's FIGHT, Cherie Currie, Eddie Money, GREAT WHITE FEATURING JACK RUSSELL) on steel ...

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IMPERA To Release 'Pieces Of Eden' In September

Swedish hard rockers IMPERA have tapped producer/engineer Lars Chriss (LION'S SHARE) to mix their sophomore studio album, "Pieces Of Eden", tentatively due in September. A video clip of the band in the studio can be seen below. IMPERA released its critically acclaimed debut album, "Legacy Of Life", last year through the U.K. label Escape Music. ...

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NIACIN: Audio Samples Of Entire 'Krush' Album

After a seven-year hiatus, instrumental neo-fusion supergroup NIACIN — featuring legendary bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, STEVE VAI, DAVID LEE ROTH), world-renowned drummer Dennis Chambers (SANTANA, PARLIAMENT/FUNKADELIC) and acclaimed keyboardist John Novello (CHICK COREA, RITCHIE COLE) — will release its sixth studio album, "Krush", in North America on April 2. The artwork (see below) was ...

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HEAVEN & EARTH: 'No Money, No Love' Video Released

"No Money, No Love", the new video from HEAVEN & EARTH, can be seen below. The clip features performance footage of the band, along with an old hotel packed with a motley crew of midgets, magicians, and scantily clad temptresses. The video was directed by acclaimed photographer Glen Wexler, who has worked with VAN HALEN, ...

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NIACIN: New Album Details Revealed

After a seven-year hiatus, instrumental neo-fusion supergroup NIACIN — featuring legendary bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, STEVE VAI, DAVID LEE ROTH), world-renowned drummer Dennis Chambers (SANTANA, PARLIAMENT/FUNKADELIC) and acclaimed keyboardist John Novello (CHICK COREA, RITCHIE COLE) — will release its sixth studio album, "Krush", in North America on April 2. The artwork (see below) was ...

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SAVAGE CIRCUS Continuing Work On Third Album

SAVAGE CIRCUS, the multinational project featuring Jens Karlsson (vocals; PERSUADER) and Emil Norberg (lead guitar; PERSUADER), has issued the following update: "Here is a little update for all those who are impatiently waiting for the third release. We are working really hard on the new stuff, but since we're still not completely done with all ...

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HEAVEN & EARTH's 'Dig' Due In April

Taking up where iconic bands like DEEP PURPLE and BAD COMPANY left off, HEAVEN & EARTH is on a mission to resurrect the sanctity of classic rock in its purest, most accessible form on their third studio album titled "Dig". Due out on April 23 via Quarto Valley Records, the CD was produced by Dave ...

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