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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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JOEY VERA: 'My Time With ANTHRAX Is Done'

Bassist extraordinaire Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING, ANTHRAX) has posted the following message on his official web site: "Coming up in a few days, I leave for a one-off show in Amsterdam (The Netherlands that is) with FATES WARNING. We're headlining the Headway Festival there on April 3rd. We've got Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER) ...

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LAST CRACK Confirm Amsterdam Date

Reunited Midwest hard rockers LAST CRACK have added an Amsterdam club show to their European mini-tour in early April. Winston International, part hotel, part art gallery, part night club will host LAST CRACK live in conert on Monday, April 4. The Winston is located on Damrak Straat close to the train station. LAST CRACK are ...

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GREG LEON Returns To Take Care Of 'Unfinished Business'

Southern California guitar legend Greg Leon (ex-DOKKEN, QUIET RIOT) has just issued his first album since 1997's "Wishing Well", appropriately titled "Unfinished Business", while also reviving his old band moniker, THE GREG LEON INVASION. The original INVASION, formed out of the ashes of SUITE 19, featuring a pre-MÖTLEY CRÜE Tommy Lee on drums, was one ...

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PLACE OF SKULLS Confirmed For Germany's DOOM SHALL RISE 3 Festival

PLACE OF SKULLS, the Knoxville, Tennessee-based band featuring former PENTAGRAM guitarist Victor Griffin, have been confirmed for the Doom Shall Rise 3 festival, set to take place April 15-16 in Göppingen, Germany. Doom Shall Rise is the world's biggest festival exclusively dedicated to doom metal. The complete billing for the event is as follows: BEYOND ...

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LAST CRACK Schedule Dates In Iceland

Reunited Midwest hard rockers LAST CRACK have added two shows to their upcoming European mini-tour. The band will be performing Thursday, March 31 and Friday, April 1, at the Grand Rokk in Reykjavik, Iceland. Radio Reykavik has picked up playing LAST CRACK's catalog and will be featuring live interviews of the band on both days ...

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TWISTED SISTER Frontman Defends High Schoolers' Right To Rock

The Associated Press is reporting that TWISTER SISTER frontman Dee Snider will will be at Hamburg Area High School's annual talent show in Pennsylvania next month when students plug in their amplifiers and let loose. School administrators had threatened to bar student rock bands from taking part in the talent show because of the potential ...

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Officer Fired Over KID ROCK Autograph

Sean Seelinger of VanderbiltHustler.com is reporting that a Vanderbilt University campus officer officer was fired due to "the perception of preferential treatment" when he stopped Robert Ritchie, known as Kid Rock, in Nashville, Tennessee last Wednesday morning (Feb. 16), said Pat Cunningham, captain of operations for VUPD, during a news conference. The officer, ...

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Drummer MARK ZONDER Talks About His Current Status With FATES WARNING

FATES WARNING drummer Mark Zonder recently gave an interview to the group's official web site about his current status with the band, his drumming technique and his other projects, among other topics. Several excerpts from the interview follow: Q: The Official statement regarding your involvement with FATES WARNING stated that one of the primary reasons ...

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LAST CRACK Confirmed For Holland's HEADWAY FESTIVAL

Reunited Midwest hard rockers LAST CRACK have been confirmed for the Headway Festival, set to take place on April 3 in Amstelveen, Holland. It will be the band's first trip back to Europe since the Dynamo Festival in Eindhoven, Holland in 1994, and the "Burning Time" tours of 1991. This tour, dubbed "Burning Funkhouse Live", ...

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Original YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Artwork Released By Artist

In early 1999, artist Ioannis (FATES WARNING, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, KING CRIMSON, DEEP PURPLE, DREAM THEATER) completed the art for YNGWIE MALMSTEEN's album "Alchemy", which is often cited as one of Yngwie's finest covers by critics and fans. A limited-edition signed print by Ioannis was produced and sold on Yngwie Malmsteen's 1999 Japanese tour. Unfortunately ...

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MARSHALL LAW 'Making Excellent Progress' On New Album

Birmingham, England-based heavy metal band MARSHALL LAW are continuing to lay down tracks for their new album, "Axis of Power", and "are making steady and excellent progress," according to vocalist Andy Pyke. "From scrap to new equipment, new studio however we are now making powerful steps forward," he said. The upcoming CD is expected to ...

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Bassist JOEY VERA Offers Updates On FATES WARNING, ANTHRAX

Bassist extraordinaire Joey Vera (FATES WARNING, ANTHRAX) has posted the following message on his web site: "Last weekend FATES WARNING shot a video for the tune 'Simple Human' from our new CD titled 'FWX'. It's basically a live performance video with some 'acting' talents courtesy of our lead singer Ray Alder. 'Less is more' — ...

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ANDREAS KISSER, ALEX SKOLNICK, SEBASTIAN BACH Among Musicians Featured On RUSH Tribute CD

SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser, former TESTAMENT axeman Alex Skolnick, ex-SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach and former WARRANT frontman Jani Lane are among the musicians appearing on the upcoming RUSH tribute album, "Subdivisions", due on March 15 via Magna Carta Records. The CD, which features pre-mix editing by longtime RUSH producer Terry Brown, contains

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REDEMPTION: 'The Fullness Of Time' Track Listing Revealed

REDEMPTION's primary songwriter and guitarist/keyboardist Nicolas van Dyk has issued the following update on the group's much-anticipated sophomore album, tentatively titled "The Fullness of Time" (featuring FATES WARNING frontman Ray Alder): "The cover art is completed and will be up here shortly. We worked again with Travis Smith and he came up with something really ...

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TOM ARAYA's Brother, Ex-KITTIE Guitarist Join Forces In THINE EYES BLEED

Canadian act THINE EYES BLEED, featuring former KITTIE guitarist/technician Jeff Phillips and bassist John Araya (brother of SLAYER's Tom Araya), have inked a multi-album deal with The End Records. The group's debut album "In The Wake Of Separation", is scheduled for an April 26 release. Highlighted by a disciplined ferocity and over-the-top instrumentation, the band ...

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MOONSPELL: DVD In Progress

MOONSPELL frontman Fernando Ribeiro has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "These days are strangely long and short. One minute of distraction and you are caught in the night’s mantle without a warning and when you awake up in the mourning of a new day (sic) it seems like you just ...

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It's Official: SPOCK'S BEARD Drummer To Join FATES WARNING On European Tour

As widely expected, legendary progressive metallers FATES WARNING have officially recruited SPOCK'S BEARD drummer Nick D'Virgilio to replace Mark Zonder on their upcoming European tour. Nick is a first-class drummer and toured with such artists as TEARS FOR FEARS, MIKE KENEALLY, JONATHAN BROOKE, ERIC BURDON, SPOCK'S BEARD, KEVIN GILBERT, DEBARGE and THE LEGENDS OF CLASSIC ...

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