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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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FATES WARNING Confirmed For Holland's HEADWAY FESTIVAL

Legendary progressive metal act FATES WARNING have been confirmed as the headliners of the Headway Festival in Amstelveen, Netherlands on April 3. The band's appearance at Headway and their previously announced five headlining shows in February will most likely be their only shows in Europe this year. After April, FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos will ...

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FATES WARNING To Film 'Simple Human' Video

FATES WARNING are reportedly scheduled to film a video for the song "Simple Human" on January 23. Directing the clip will be Jerry Clubb of MentalSuplex Productions, who has previously worked with SIX FEET UNDER on their "Dead and Buried" video. "Simple Human" (mp3) comes off the group's recently released CD, "FWX", available ...

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FATES WARNING: More European Tour Details Revealed

Legendary progressive metal act FATES WARNING have announced the venue details for their upcoming European tour, scheduled to take place next month. The dates are as follows: Feb. 16 - Wigwam - Budapest, HUN Feb. 17 - TBA - Sofia, BUL Feb. 18 - Vox Music Club - Istanbul, TUR Feb. 19 - Hydrogios - ...

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SLAYER Frontman TOM ARAYA Talks About DIMEBAG's Murder

SLAYER frontman Tom Araya recently spoke to KNAC.com 's Brian Davis about his upbringing and the murder of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, among other topics. An excerpt from the interview follows: KNAC.com: Jeff has his thing with war, and you have a kind of fascination with serial killers. What is it that ...

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DOOM SHALL RISE Festival Tickets On Sale Now

Tickets for the third Doom Shall Rise festival, the world's biggest festival exclusively dedicated to doom metal, are now on sale at the festival web site, DoomShallRise.de. The third installment of this annual event will take place on April 15-16 in Göppingen, Germany. The billing is as follows: BEYOND BELIEF (NL) BURNING SAVIOURS ...

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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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