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ARMORED SAINT Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD!!! Festival

Reunited California-based metallers ARMORED SAINT, who feature in their ranks (former?) ANTHRAX singer John Bush and current FATES WARNING bassist Joey Vera, have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 23-24, 2006 in Balingen, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical ...

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OSI Tracking Guitars, Vocals; Mixing To Take Place In January

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, have posted the following message on their official web site: "Jim, Kevin and Mike were at Carriage House Studios in Connecticut on November 18-20 tracking drums for the forthcoming OSI album. ...

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DREAM THEATER Drummer Schedules Sanitago Signing Session

DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy will take part in a signing session in Santiago, Chile on Saturday, December 6. The location details are as follows: Avda. Lib. B. O'Higgins 142 Locales 156 Santiago, Chile As previously reported, Portnoy was scheduled to enter the studio last weekend to record the drums for the second OSI (OFFICE ...

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MEMORIZED DREAMS Part Ways With SOUND RIOT RECORDS

Norwegian progressive power metallers MEMORIZED DREAMS have ended their co-operation with Sound Riot Records. "This takes effect immediately and the band [are] actively seek[ing] a label to release [their] next album, 'End of Innocence'," the group write in a statement. "During the last year it has been almost impossible to get in touch with the ...

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DREAM THEATER's PORTNOY Lays Down Drums For New OSI Album

DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy entered the studio this past weekend to record the drums for the second OSI (OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE) album, tentatively due in early 2006 via InsideOut Music. "Initially I wasn't going to partake in the album and had passed on the offer, but I guess the moral of the story ...

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'Lords Of Chaos' Film Director: 'I Just Want To Tell A Good Story'

San Diego film company ZU33 is currently developing "Lords of Chaos", a fiction film based on true events in the Norwegian black metal music scene in the early 1990s. The project is scheduled to go into pre-production this month, with physical production scheduled to begin in Februrary 2006. The screenplay was written by Hans Fjellestad, ...

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Dismissal Sought In GREAT WHITE Nightclub Fire Case

The Associated Press has issued the following report: Lawyers for the owners of a nightclub where 100 people died in a 2003 fire want criminal charges against their clients tossed out because evidence was allegedly withheld from a grand jury. Attorneys for Jeffrey and Michael Derderian argued in court papers filed Monday (Nov. 14) that ...

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MARSHALL LAW Set Tentative Track Listing For 'Axis Of Power'

Long-running Birmingham, England-based heavy metal band MARSHALL LAW have lined up the following dates during November/December: Nov. 13 – Dudley, UK @ JBs (supporting ZODIAC MINDWARP) Dec. 09 – Coventry, UK @ Jailhouse Coventry (supporting SHY) MARSHALL LAW recently completed work on their new album, "Axis of Power". The complete track listing for the effort ...

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Former THY MAJESTIE Singer Producing Italy's VIOLET SUN

Former THY MAJESTIE and current PLATENS singer Dario Grillo is currently producing a new album from the Italian gothic-power metal band VIOLET SUN, led by the soprano Alessandra Amata. The group's musicial style is being described as a mixture of "EVANESCENCE, NIGHTWISH, KOVENANT and LACUNA COIL." As previously reported, PLATENS (Haramaic word for "cosmic equilibrium") ...

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TILES: Original Drummer Rejoins The Fold

Detroit-based rock band TILES have announced the return of original drummer Mark Evans. Evans was a founding member of TILES and appears on the band’s first three releases, "Tiles" (1994), "Fence the Clear" (1997), and "Presents of Mind" (1999). TILES guitarist Chris Herin offers the following comment on Evans' return: "We auditioned some excellent drummers… ...

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Report: SANCTUARY GROUP Is 'Worth Less Than Nothing'

Times Online is reporting that Sanctuary Group, the music company which handles artists such as GUNS N' ROSES, IRON MAIDEN, SLIPKNOT and SLAYER, gave warning on Friday (Oct. 28) that it would have to take a multimillion-pound hit to its balance sheet as it fights to ensure its long-term survival. The company told investors that ...

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NIGHTWISH Part Ways With Singer TARJA TURUNEN, Vow To Carry On

NIGHTWISH mainman Tuomas Holopainen (keyboards) has issued the following "open letter" to the group's singer, Tarja Turunen: "Dear Tarja, "It's time to choose whether the story of NIGHTWISH ends here or whether it will still continue an undetermined period of time. We've been working with this creation for 9 years and we are not ready ...

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FATES WARNING, EVERGREY, FINNTROLL Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL

FATES WARNING, EVERGREY, FINNTROLL, CRUCIFIED BARBARA and PRIMORDIAL are the latest confirmed bands for next year's edition of the Rock Hard Festival, set to take place June 2-4, 2006 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Also scheduled to appear at the three-day event are BOLT THROWER, SOILWORK and BRAINSTORM. More confirmations will be announced during the coming months. ...

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MEGADETH To Become 'Cartoon Legends'

According to a posting on the official MEGADETH web site, MEGADETH will appear on the "Duck Dodgers" episode "In Space No One Can Hear You Rock/ Ridealong Calamity", tentatively scheduled to air on the Boomerang channel at 7:00 p.m. Pacific on Friday, October 28. They will also appear in the series finale, "Bone Fide Phony ...

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Capture the Magic - ICARUS WITCH

I had heard so much hype over the "Roses on White Lace" debut EP from ICARUS WITCH that I couldn't wait to check out "Capture the Magic", the band's first full-length. Needless to say, my expectations were high, based on so many press outlets worshipping the band as the savior of traditional (read: NWOBHM) melodic ...

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MARSHALL LAW Finish Mixing New Album

Long-running Birmingham, England-based heavy metal band MARSHALL LAW have finished mixing their new album, "Axis of Power". "Next process is to master the album. This may take a little while longer as we have to send it to another studio for this final process," stated vocalist Andy Pyke. Songtitles set to appear on the CD ...

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SPHERE OF SOULS Complete Work On Debut Album

SPHERE OF SOULS, the Dutch prog-metal formation featuring ex-SUN CAGED vocalist André Vuurboom, have completed work on their debut album, "From the Ashes". The CD is said to be of a conceptual nature and contains thirteen tracks encompassing a wide range of influences and styles. The music is being described in a press release as ...

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SOUL DOCTOR Sign With FRONTIERS RECORDS

Frontiers Records have announced the signing of SOUL DOCTOR, featuring singer Tommy Heart (FAIR WARNING). The group's third studio opus, "For a Fistful of Dollars", is scheduled for release on December 5. Born in 2001 as a hard-rockin' union featuring Heart together with Chris Lyne on guitar, ex-BONFIRE man Joerg Deisinger and drummer Zacky, SOUL ...

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COUNT RAVEN: Re-Releases On The Way!

Swedish doom masters COUNT RAVEN will have all four of their albums remastered and re-released through the German label Cyclone Empire before the end of the year. The first two releases — "Storm Warning" and "Destruction of the Void" — will arrive on October 14, to be followed by "High on Infinity" and "Messiah of ...

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Once Was Not - CRYPTOPSY

It has taken a while for Canadian death metal techsters CRYPTOPSY to get back on track after the departure of Mike DiSalvo. The last studio album was 2000's "And Then You'll Beg", after which vocalist Martin LaCroix entered the picture, lasting long enough to perform on concert LP "None so Live" and eventually departing. It ...

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Bastard Son - WATCH THEM DIE

Some records take on a personality of their own, and we attribute motives to them anthropomorphically. You'll hear someone describe an album by saying "it wants you to mosh", or "it makes you bang your head". Well, fair warning: "Bastard Son" from WATCH THEM DIE wants to punch you in the balls, over and over ...

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THE ARCANE ORDER Sign With METAL BLADE RECORDS

Metal Blade Records has announced the signing of Denmark's THE ARCANE ORDER. "THE ARCANE ORDER's music sounds fresh, heavy, melodic and unique. The boys are skilled musicians and excellent songwriters. We are looking forward to a great collaboration with them and a fantastic album in spring 2006," says Metal Blade Europe spokesman Andreas R. THE ...

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