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ARMORED SAINT Check In From Europe

The following message was posted on ARMORED SAINT's MySpace profile: "Gonzo [drums] checked in this morning and wanted me to pass the following message on to you all: 'Bang Your Head [festival in Germany] was completely rocking. People were saying that we were the best act of the weekend.... lots of praise to the SAINT. ...

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OSI Complete Work On 'Free' Video, Plan EP Release

OSI (OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE), the project featuring FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos, ex-DREAM THEATER keyboardist Kevin Moore and DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy, recently completed a music video for the title track of their sophomore album, entitled "Free". The clip, which directed by Andreas Nilsson, is now being released to video outlets worldwide. The ...

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MY RUIN To Embark On 'Summer Of Hell Tour'

MY RUIN, the Los Angeles-based hard rock band fronted by Tairrie B, will be supporting ARMORED SAINT at The Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana, California ob June 18 then hitting the road and the end of the month to headline their own "Summer of Hell Tour" in Europe with guests/labelmates GU MEDICINE & BARRABUS in ...

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SAINT CAINE Frontman Comments On Ex-BLOODSIMPLE Drummer's Addition

SAINT CAINE guitarist/vocalist John Kosco (ex-DROPBOX) has commented on the addition of ex- ex-BLOODSIMPLE/DOWNSET drummer Chris Hamilton to the group's ranks. The group — whose lineup is completed by guitarist Joey Wilkinson (ex-DROPBOX) and bassist John Eville — are currently working on their debut album, to be released in late 2006/early 2007. Said Kosco: "We ...

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BREED 77: New Album Pushed Back

Following a storming set at the Download festival, a Metal Hammer Golden Gods "Best British Act" nomination and a sold-out tour, BREED 77 are gearing up for a pan-European album release and as a result have been forced to push back the release of their highly anticipated new album "In My Blood (En Mi Sangre)". ...

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Former DROPBOX, BLOODSIMPLE Members Join Forces In SAINT CAINE

Former DROPBOX members John Kosco (guitar, vocals) and Joey Wilkinson (guitar) have joined forces with ex-BLOODSIMPLE/DOWNSET drummer Chris Hamilton and bassist John Eville in a new band called SAINT CAINE. The group are currently working on their debut album, to be released in late 2006/early 2007. "It's going to be difficult for us to decide ...

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BIRD OF PREY Announce New Guitarist

According to Rockdetector.com, BIRD OF PREY — the band led by vocalist Kyle Michaels, a scene veteran who has previously played with MASI, ANIMAL, the GEEZER BUTLER BAND, RAVAGE the DAVID SHANKLE GROUP — has announced a new guitarist. The group — whose musical style is self-described as "'70s heavy rock with 21st ...

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ARMORED SAINT To Film Live DVD In England

Diana DeVille of KNAC.COM recently conducted an interview with ARMORED SAINT members Gonzo (drums) and Phil Sandoval (guitar). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow: KNAC.COM: Very cool. So talk a little bit about the routing. Was it a matter of warming up on your home turf and then off to Europe, ...

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COMMUNIC Replace EXODUS AT Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD!!! Festival

Norwegian progressive/power metal band COMMUNIC, who feature in their ranks ex-SCARIOT members Oddleif Stensland (vocals) and Tor Atle Andersen (drums), have reportedly replaced EXODUS on the billing of this year's Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 23-24, 2006 in Balingen, Germany. The running order is now shaping up as follows: Friday, June ...

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DARKANE Confirmed For Belgium's GRASPOP METAL MEETING

Swedish high-energy thrashers DARKANE have been confirmed for the Graspop Metal Meeting, set to take place June 23-25 in Dessel, Belgium. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: Friday, June 23: WHITESNAKE LACUNA COIL SATYRICON DIE KRUPPS MOONSPELL MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP EVERGREY EDGUY TRIVIUM Y&T THE GATHERING LEAVES' EYES STREAM OF PASSION GOJIRA SOILWORK ...

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EXODUS Pull Out Of Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD!!! Festival

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers EXODUS have cancelled their previously announced appearance at this year's installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 23-24, 2006 in Balingen, Germany. The festival organizers have issued the following statement on the matter: "Having cooperatively solved several organisational problems in advance and acommodating the ...

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ARMORED SAINT To Guest On KNAC.COM Today

ARMORED SAINT drummer Gonzo and guitarist Phil Sandoval will be interviewed live today, Saturday June 3 on KNAC.COM by host Diana DeVille. The interview is scheduled to take place at 3:30 pm PST and can be accessed by going to www.knac.com and clicking on the left-hand side of the front page where it ...

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NILE Replace ANNIHILATOR At Italy's EVOLUTION FESTIVAL

NILE have replaced ANNIHILATOR on the billing of this year's Evolution Festival, set to take place July 14-16, 2006 at Toscolano Maderno Campo Sportivo in Brescia, Italy. The festival billing is now as follows: Friday, July 14: W:O:A Metal Battle 2006 METHEDRAS THE FAMILI MACBETH DARK LUNACY LABYRINTH DEATH SS Saturday, July 15: NIGHTMARE ELDRITCH ...

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ANCIENT RITES Confirmed For Belgium's GRASPOP METAL MEETING

Belgian metallers ANCIENT RITES have been confirmed for the Graspop Metal Meeting, set to take place June 23-25 in Dessel, Belgium. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: Friday, June 23: WHITESNAKE LACUNA COIL SATYRICON SEVENDUST MOONSPELL MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP EVERGREY EDGUY TRIVIUM Y&T THE GATHERING LEAVES' EYES STREAM OF PASSION GOJIRA SOILWORK 36 ...

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CALLENISH CIRCLE Confirmed For Belgium's GRASPOP METAL MEETING

Dutch melodic death metallers CALLENISH CIRCLE have been confirmed for the Graspop Metal Meeting, set to take place June 23-25 in Dessel, Belgium. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: Friday, June 23: WHITESNAKE LACUNA COIL SATYRICON SEVENDUST MOONSPELL MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP EVERGREY EDGUY TRIVIUM Y&T THE GATHERING LEAVES' EYES STREAM OF PASSION GOJIRA ...

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BEYOND FEAR Confirmed For BANG YOUR HEAD!!! Warm-Up Show

BEYOND FEAR, the new Ohio-based band featuring former JUDAS PRIEST and current ICED EARTH frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens alongside guitarist John Comprix (SPAWN, 13 FACES), Dennis Hayes (ex-WINTERS BANE, SEVEN WITCHES) on bass, Dwane Bihary (MISSING SKIN) on rhythm guitar, and drummer Eric Elkins (CRYPTKICKER, ALL YOU FEAR), have been confirmed for the Bang Your ...

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DEATH ANGEL Announce Hometown Gig

San Francisco Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL have added a hometown gig to their current itinerary. Tickets for the concert, which will take place on August 26 at Slim's, go on sale this Sunday, May 7. The group's schedule is now shaping up as follows: Jun. 09 - Boardwalk - Orangevale, CA (w/ HOSTILITY, MUDFACE, ...

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GRAVE Cover ALICE IN CHAINS' 'Them Bones'

Legendary Swedish death metallers GRAVE have reportedly laid down a cover version of ALICE IN CHAINS' "Them Bones" during the recording sessions for their new album, "As Rapture Comes", tentatively due in July. It is not presently clear if the song will be included in the final album's track listing or if it will appear ...

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Free - OSI

The first OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE album was a big hit for the Inside Out label. A prog-metal dream team — FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos, DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy and his former bandmate, keyboardist Kevin Moore, and bassist Sean Malone (CYNIC, GORDIAN KNOT) — assembled a truly collaborative record, one that played to ...

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