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HEATHEN Schedule German Festival Appearances

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers HEATHEN have been confirmed for the Headbangers Open Air 2005 festival, set to take place July 9-10, 2005 in Germany. Also scheduled to perform at the festival are TYRANT'S REIGN, WEAPON, RAVENSTHORN, ALL SOULS' DAY, Z-IRON, INNER WISH, ATTACKER, WARRANT (not the Los Angeles hard rock combo), GASKIN, MYSTERY ...

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THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN Named MTV 'Advance Warning' Artist

THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN have been named one of MTV's December 2004 "Advance Warning" artists based on the strength of their new video. The video, for the song "Setting Fire to Sleeping Giants", made its world premiere on MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball" this past weekend and comes from DILLINGER's critically acclaimed new release, "Miss Machine". "Advance ...

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HEATHEN To Enter Studio In January

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers HEATHEN are scheduled to enter the studio in January to begin recording their new full-length album. An early spring release through an as-yet-undetermined label is expected. HEATHEN are currently in the process of booking a tour for 2005. Those interested in booking HEATHEN in 2005 can contact management at ...

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Renowned Heavy Metal Artist Makes 2005 Calendar Available

Renowned album cover arist Ioannis has just made available, in time for the holidays, his new 2005 Calendar. It features a collection of his heavy metal art images that were used as album covers by such acts as FATES WARNING, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and QUIET RIOT among others. Have a great year by ...

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REDEMPTION Complete Work On Sophomore Album

REDEMPTION's sophomore album, featuring FATES WARNING vocalist Ray Alder, has finally been completed. "Recording, mixing, and mastering are complete and the result is amazing," Nicolas van Dyk, REDEMPTION's primary songwriter and guitarist/keyboardist, writes on the group's web site. "We worked with Tommy Newton, known for his work with bands such as CONCEPTION, HELLOWEEN, ARK, UFO ...

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Former RATT Bassist: DIMEBAG Changed The Rock Music World

Former RATT bassist Juan Croucier has issued the following statement regarding the death of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell: "Ironically, I learned today that Darrell was a big RATT fan. What a thing to learn on a day like today. I had heard the rumor before but it was confirmed to me by Warren De Martini. ...

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UPDATED: Tributes From Metal Musicians Pour In For DIMEBAG DARRELL

A number of heavy metal musicians have paid tribute to Dimebag Darrell (DAMAGEPLAN, ex-PANTERA) who was tragically murdered last night. ------------------------------------------------- Ozzy Osbourne: "Dimebag was a dear friend of mine. I'm absolutely beside myself with grief. I can't for the life of me understand why someone would do this. PANTERA toured with me many, many ...

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BLUE ÖYSTER CULT: Limited-Edition Art Available

Legendary rockers BLUE ÖYSTER CULT are making available a very limited edition set of prints (400 prints only) of the album cover art from their most recent live album and DVD, "Long Day's Night". The print is numbered and signed by founding members Buck Dharma, Eric Bloom, Allan Lanier and cover artist Ioannis (DEEP PURPLE, ...

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TALISMAN Bassist: New Album To Surface Next Year?

Swedish bassist extraordinaire Marcel Jacob (TALISMAN, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, JOHN NORUM) has posted the following message on his official web site: "2004 has seen some activity...the releases of 'the remasters' has continued, with 'Humanimal', 'Life+ 5 Out of 5', 'Truth+Live at Sweden Rock 2001', and finally the rerelease of the first HUMAN CLAY album on 'Closing ...

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DARK TRANQUILLITY: Early Album Reissues Detailed

DARK TRANQUILLITY's "Lost to Apathy" EP has entered the Swedish single chart at position No. 47. View the whole chart here. "We didn't expect to hit the charts with a fast-paced thrash fest with screaming vocals, so this is definately good news," the band write on their web site. In other news, DARK ...

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HEATHEN To Record New Demo

Guitarist Lee Altus of the reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers HEATHEN has issued the following update via the band's official message board: "In a few weeks we'll be entering the studio to record some of the songs that we've been working on. It's going to be more of a pre-production demo kind of thing ...

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Former THY MAJESTIE Singer Bounces Back With Solo Project

PLATENS (Haramaic word for "cosmic equilibrium"), the Italian melodic rock brainchild of ex-THY MAJESTIE singer Dario Grillo, will release its debut album, "Between Two Horizons", on December 6 via Frontiers Records. Dario recorded two albums ("The Lasting Power" and "Hastings 1066") and one EP ("Echoes of War") with the Italian power metal band THY MAJESTIE ...

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Former FATES WARNING Drummer Completes EP/Demo With New Band

Former FATES WARNING drummer Steve Zimmerman has completed work on an EP/demo with his new band INTERFACE, featuring former members of his previous group, MILLENNIUM X (Tom Blardo on guitars/vocals and Brian Doyle on bass). The band entered HomeGrown Recording Studios in Deltona, FL sometime in the fall and finished the final mixes on November ...

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JOHN SYKES To Release New Live Album In December

Legendary guitarist John Sykes (THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE, BLUE MURDER) will release a new live album in Japan in December in Japan. The recordings are from the tour Sykes did last April in Japan. Joining Sykes in his touring band for the Japanese trek were former DREAM THEATER/YNGWIE MALMSTEEN keyboardist Derek Sherinian, bassist Marco Mendoza (WHITESNAKE, ...

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REDEMPTION To Begin Mixing New CD

Sensory Records recording artists REDEMPTION are going to be utilizing the servives of "an amazing producer" during the mixing process for their new album, tentatively titled "The Fullness of Time", according to a posting on their web site. "Got to keep in a secret for a few more weeks but Bernie [Versailles, guitar] and I ...

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SUN CAGED Guitarist Commences Work On New Solo Album

Guitarist Marcel Coenen of the Dutch progressive metallers SUN CAGED is currently working on a new solo album. "A few songs have been written already," reads a posting on the group's web site. "The album will be quite different from 'Guitartalk' since it will feature songs with vocals. The mix will be 50/50. Marcel found ...

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SOUNDSCAN REPORT: KORN, HELMET, NIGHTWISH, FATES WARNING

The following are notable heavy metal/hard rock U.S. sales debuts for the week ending October 12, 2004, as reported by Nielsen SoundScan (The Billboard 200 chart position included, where applicable): #4: KORN – "Greatest Hits, Vol. 1": 129,614 #121: HELMET – "Size Matters": 9,723 NIGHTWISH – "Once": 3,089 FATES WARNING – "FWX": 2,067 DRY KILL ...

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RUSH: Baroque Tribute Album Out Now

Vitamin Records has just released "A Baroque Tribute to Rush", an album that promises to "revive the strength and unity that was produced in some of the legendary Canadian band's best work such as 'Madrigal' and 'Time Stands Still'," according to a posting on the label's web site. The complete track listing for the effort ...

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CRESCENT SHIELD: Demo Recordings Available For Download

CRESCENT SHIELD, the new "high-energy power/traditional metal" band featuring the talents of vocalist Michael Grant (ONWARD), guitarist Dan Delucie (DESTINY'S END), drummer Craig Anderson (ENGINE), and bassist Melanie Sisneros (SINERGY, THE IRON MAIDENS, NEW EDEN), have posted three demo tracks at their official web site. The songs "Last Of My Kind", "Await The Champion" and ...

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CHROMA KEY: New Album Due In November

InsideOut Music has set a November 9 release date for the new album from CHROMA KEY, entitled "Graveyard Mountain Home". The CD was produced and mixed in Istanbul, Turkey by the project's mastermind Kevin Moore (ex-DREAM THEATER, FATES WARNING) between September 2003 and September 2004. The track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. ...

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