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MEGADETH: New Album Track Listing Revealed

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has revealed the track listing for the group's new CD, tentatively due later in the year through Sanctuary Records. It is as follows: 01. Blackmail The Universe 02. Shadow Of Death 03. My Kingdom 04. Of Mice And Men 05. Truth Be Told 06. The Scorpion 07. Kick The Chair 08. ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN Explains His Non-Participation In MEGADETH Reissues

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman has responded to speculation regarding his non-participation in the listening session in Arizona for the upcoming MEGADETH remixes/reissues which are being spearheaded by the group's mainman/mastermind Dave Mustaine. Writing to MEGADETH's official message board last weekend, Mustaine revealed that he is currently "making arrangements now to have the ex-[MEGADETH] members ...

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MEGADETH Reissues To Feature Plenty Of Bonus Material

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "Droogies! "Today I officially finished the last song of MEGADETH and am on to the MD.45 record. "The news is that excluding 'Risk' which will only have two, every other record is going to have four bonus tracks. I enjoyed ...

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SPASTIC INK: Prepare To Have Your Minds Melted!

Acclaimed San Antonio, Texas prog/tech metal triumvirate SPASTIC INK, featuring guitarist/composer Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER, GORDIAN KNOT), bassist Pete Perez (RIOT), and drummer Bobby Jarzombek (HALFORD, RIOT, PAINMUSEUM) have set a March 23 release date via EclecticElectric for the their long awaited sophomore album, "Ink Compatible". Japan and South East Asia will follow on April 21 ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN On MEGADETH Reunion: 'Never Say Never'

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman recently spoke to Australia's Guitar magazine about the possibility of him collaborating with Dave Mustaine again in the not-too-distant future. Asked what the latest word is on a potential MEGADETH reunion with him on guitar, Marty said, "There really is no word on that. I don't have any interest in ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN: Guest Appearances, Guitar Seminars Announced

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman played lead guitar on one song on the upcoming album, "Monster", from the Japanese heavy rock band 03. The CD will be released on March 31 via Avex Records. In other news, Friedman will be appearing at The First World Guitar Congress, held June 2-9 in Baltimore, Maryland. Other guest ...

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PRONG Bassist Explains Temporary Lineup Changes

PRONG bassist Mike Longworth has issued the following update on the band's official web site regarding the group's temporary lineup changes for their upcoming festival appearances "Hey you all, it's Mike. I just wanted to fill you all in on what's going on right now with the lineup of PRONG... Monte [Pittman, guitar] will be ...

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TOMMY LEE Bassist To Tour With PRONG

TOMMY LEE bassist Marty O'Brien has issued the following update on his recent and upcoming activities: "I've been pretty busy lately. Tommy Lee is locked up in his home studio writing new songs, so I'm taking advantage of the time off and I'm playing for anyone and everyone… Most importantly, I've gone and joined a ...

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VICIOUS RUMORS To 'Crush The World' With New DVD

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area melodic metallers VICIOUS RUMORS have confirmed that they have signed a multi-album recording contract with Holland's Mascot Records (as first reported here last week). "Mascot Records is a very 'guitar shred'-oriented label signing guitar legends such as Michael Schenker, Paul Gilbert, Marty Friedman and now VICIOUS RUMORS' Geoff ...

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DAVE MUSTAINE To Begin Mixing New MEGADETH Album In March/April

Dave Mustaine is scheduled to begin mixing the new MEGADETH album "somewhere around the middle of March/beginning of April," the guitarist/vocalist revealed in an online posting. "The time factor is based on [producer/mixer] Jeff Balding [JEWEL, TRISHA YEARWOOD, LONESTAR, SHANIA TWAIN] squeezing this session into his previously booked schedule. This worked out great for me ...

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SPASTIC INK To Release Sophomore Album In April

Acclaimed San Antonio, Texas-based prog/tech metal triumvirate SPASTIC INK, featuring guitarist/composer Ron Jarzombek, bassist Pete Perez, and drummer Bobby Jarzombek, have signed a deal with Marquee Inc. for the release of their long-awaited sophomore album, "Ink Compatible". Marquee will handle Japan and most Southeast Asian territories while the rest of the world will be covered ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN: MEGADETH's Songs Don't Represent Me At All

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman has elaborated on his previous announcement that he had turned down an offer to rejoin a reunited MEGADETH alongside frontman Dave Mustaine, drummer Nick Menza and bassist David Ellefson. Asked by a fan on his web site to "quit bullshitting around for two weeks" and help Mustaine complete the previously ...

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist Working On New Music

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman is currently in the studio writing his own new music, as well as new music with Japanese songwriters Tamada and Takada (who penned the latest AIKAWA NANASE single, "Ai No Uta"). Says Marty, "The three of us have a great vibe and these tunes are exactly what I have been ...

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CHIMAIRA Split With Drummer, Replace Him With SOILWORK's EVENSAND

CHIMAIRA have parted ways with drummer Andy Herrick and have replaced him with SOILWORK skinsman Richard Evensand. CHIMAIRA frontman Mark Hunter called into "The Metal Show" in Cleveland Sunday night (January 4) and discussed the circumstances behind the lineup change. The following are several excerpts from that interview: On Andy's departure: Mark: "The other evening ...

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Ex-MEGADETH Guitarist MARTY FRIEDMAN: I Turned Down Offer To Play On DAVE MUSTAINE's Solo CD

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman has revealed that he was asked to participate in MEGADETH mastermind Dave Mustaine's upcoming solo project but declined the offer, citing the possibility of a future MEGADETH reunion as the reason for his decision. In a brand-new interview posted at MartyFriedman.com, Marty was asked to clear up the MEGADETH reunion ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN: South American Mini-Tour Announced

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman will embark on an Ibanez-sponsored South American tour of mini-live events, clinics and master classes during November/December. The details are as follows: Nov. 28 - Lima, PER @ Teatro Montecarlo Nov. 29 - Santiago, CHL @ VIP Show Dec. 01 - Santiago, CHL @ Teatro Oriente Dec. 03 - Concepcion, ...

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist Forms Music Production Company

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman and multi-platinum producer/engineer Allen Isaacs have formed a music production team in Japan. They will be based out of Tokyo and Los Angeles and will be putting their musical stamp on artists focusing on introducing their American influences into the massive Japanese pop market as well as bringing their vast ...

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist Releases Solo Album In Indonesia

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman released his latest solo CD, "Music For Speeding", in Indonesia on October 15 and sold over 700 copies in two days, which — according to Friedman's web site — is "an extremely impressive number. Even more impressive is that this is despite Marty having yet to ever visit the beautiful ...

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ALEX SKOLNICK To Sit Out TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Tour

Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick has announced his decision not to participate in this year's TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA tour. The following is Alex's official statement on the matter: "It is with mixed emotions that I announce my decision to not participate in this year's TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA tour. It has been an honor to be a part ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN: Upcoming Appearances Announced

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman has lined up the following appearances during October/November: Oct. 08 – Osaka, JAP @ Festival Hall (w/ Sera Masanori) Oct. 09 – Tokyo, JAP @ Budokan (w/ Sera Masanori) Oct. 19 – Osaka, JAP @ (w/ Aikawa Nanase) Oct. 29 – Peking, CHI (Mini-Concert Event) Oct. 30 - Hong Kong ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN: Tour Report, Live Video Clips Posted Online

WATCHTOWER/SPASTIC INK guitarist Ron Jarzombek, who recently completed a seven-date run as part of ex-MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman's backing band on the Guitarevolution tour (also featuring former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick and original MEGADETH guitarist Chris Poland), has posted the following tour report on his official web site: "This whole adventure started with me sending ...

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GUITAREVOLUTION To Hit East Coast In Early 2004

Guitarists extraordinaire Marty Friedman (ex-MEGADETH), Chris Poland (ex-MEGADETH, DAMN THE MACHINE) and Alex Skolnick (ex-TESTAMENT, SAVATAGE) will be teaming up for an East Coast "Guitarevolution" tour in early 2004. Exact cities and venues will be announced soon. The three axeman recently completed a successful run of West Coast dates under the "Guitarevolution" banner. Upcoming THE ...

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