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Former HEATHEN Bassist Died Trying To 'Get Clean'

San Francisco Bay Area metallers HEATHEN have issued an official statement regarding the tragic passing of their former bassist Mike "Yaz" Jastremski. The statement reads as follows: "We are numb and deeply saddened by the death of our brother Mike 'Yaz' Jastremski, who passed on May 23, 2005 [at the age of 42] of a ...

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MALADAPTIVE: Demo CD Mixed By JOEY VERA

MALADAPTIVE, the new band featuring former HEAVENLY members Frédéric Leclercq (guitar), Pierre-Emmanuel Pélisson (bass) and Maxence Pilo (drums), have just released their first demo CD featuring four songs mixed by Joey Vera (ANTHRAX, FATES WARNING, ARMORED SAINT). The band, who describe their sound as "intricate thrash guitar riffs, strong and intense drums and bass playing, ...

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HEATHEN: 'We Are Stunned By Passing Of Our Metal Brother'

San Francisco Bay Area metallers HEATHEN have issued a short statement regarding the passing of their former bassist Mike "Yaz" Jastremski. The statement reads as follows: "We are truly stunned by the news of the passing of our metal brother Mike 'Yaz' Jastremski. He passed on this morning [May 23]. We will all miss him ...

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Former HEATHEN Bassist MIKE 'YAZ' JASTREMSKI Passes Away

Former HEATHEN bassist Mike "Yaz" Jastremski passed away this morning (May 23). No further information is currently available. Jastremski performed on HEATHEN's classic 1987 debut "Breaking the Silence" before leaving the group a short time later to form PIGS. He eventually rejoined HEATHEN in time for their appearance at the August 2001 Thrash of the ...

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JON OLIVA To Produce BIRD OF PREY Debut

Jon Oliva, the mastermind behind SAVATAGE, DOCTOR BUTCHER, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA and JON OLIVA'S PAIN will be handling all production duties for the forthcoming debut album from BIRD OF PREY. BIRD OF PREY is led by vocalist Kyle Michaels. His impressive abilities have allowed him to collaborate with heavy hitters like Geezer Butler (BLACK SABBATH), Randy ...

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WARGASM Members To Perform At Benefit Concert

On Saturday June 25, the three members of WARGASM, plus assorted members of STEEL ASSASSIN, TRIPHAMMER, MADD HUNTER, EVERY SECOND, and TONGUE & GROOVE will perform at a benefit concert at the Mallard in Brockton, Massachusetts. Three bands consisting of the above-mentioned musicians will be formed specially for this occasion and will perform the music ...

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REDEMPTION: New Album Samples Posted Online

REDEMPTION's much-anticipated sophomore album, "The Fullness of Time", featuring FATES WARNING frontman Ray Alder, will be released in the U.S. on Sensory Records on June 21. It will be released in France on Replica Records (tentatively on June 20) and elsewhere in Europe on Massacre Records during June. There will also be a Brazilian release ...

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FATES WARNING Drummer, MSG Keyboardist Collaborate With Singer DAVID FEFOLT

FATES WARNING drummer Mark Zonder and MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP guitarist/keyboardist Wayne Findlay have been recording demos with vocalist David Fefolt (VALHALLA, HAWK, MASI). The as-yet-unnamed band's music is being described as "very progressive rock with a broad variety of influences, including Latin and reggae," with "very intense percussion and powerful vocals." The group's current plans ...

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FATES WARNING: Live DVD On The Way

Bassist extraordinaire Joey Vera (FATES WARNING, ARMORED SAINT, ANTHRAX) has posted the following message on his official web site; "First, the show in Amsterdam with FATES WARNING was killer. Mike Portnoy [DREAM THEATER] filled in on drums and it was a major blast jamming with Mike. He's just a monster drummer and a great guy. ...

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BIOHAZARD: New Album Cover Available

Renowned album-cover artist Ioannis (FATES WARNING, DEEP PURPLE, SEPULTURA, DREAM THEATER, UFO, KING CRIMSON) has just finished the artwork for BIOHAZARD's new and final album, "Means To An End", that is being released by SPV in early summer. Dangerous Age Graphics is making available a limited edition signed print of the cover. This will be ...

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SEVEN WITCHES Part Ways With SANCTUARY, Announce New Album Title

SEVEN WITCHES, the band featuring former SAVATAGE guitarist Jack Frost and HELSTAR singer James Rivera, have posted a message on their official web site regarding the band's upcoming activities and related projects. An excerpt from the update follows: "The band's contract with Sanctuary is up. They want to thank Sanctuary for all the help and ...

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Final Billing Announced For Germany's DOOM SHALL RISE Festival

The final billing has been announced for the third installment of Doom Shall Rise, dubbed "the world's biggest doom metal festival." The following bands will play on April 15 and 16 at the Chapel in Göppingen, Germany: BEYOND BELIEF (NL) BURNING SAVIOURS (SWE) GORILLA MONSOON (GER) ISOLE (SWE) LAHAR (NL) MAR DE GRISES (CHL) MIRROR ...

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