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HAMMERFALL Singer To Hold Release Party For Solo Debut

HAMMERFALL vocalist Joacim Cans will hold a release party for his solo project, CANS, on Saturday, May 8 at the Metallterrassen Club in Gothenburg, Sweden. Joacim will act as DJ, and the evening will also include a performance by the "all-star" band METAL MONARCHS, featuring HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak as well as a number of ...

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FATES WARNING Complete Drum Tracks For New CD

FATES WARNING drummer Mark Zonder has finished laying down drums for the group's new album at Carriage House studios in Stamford, Connecticut. Tentatively titled "FWX", the forthcoming CD "is going to be a great album," says Zonder. "Very powerful and strong. Next they will be doing guitars, bass, keys and vocals. This should be what ...

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EXCITER Set Release Date For Collection Of Re-Recorded Classics

Canadian thrash pioneers EXCITER have set "New Testament - Coven of Re-Recorded Classics" as the title of their upcoming collection of reworked early songs, due June 7 through France's Osmose Productions. A North American release through The End Records is expected a short time later. The complete track listing for the CD is as follows: ...

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ANTHRAX Singer, Wife Expecting First Child

ANTHRAX vocalist John Bush and his wife Tori are expecting their first child in November, according to a posting on the band's official web site. In other news, ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian recently spoke to Australia's TimeOff.com.au about the departure of bassist Frank Bello (the band have since acquired ARMORED SAINT/FATES WARNING bassist on a ...

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FATES WARNING Announce New Album Title, Confirm Drummer's Departure

Progressive-metal veterans FATES WARNING have set "FWX" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in October through Metal Blade Records. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Left Here", "River Wide Ocean Deep", "Another Perfect Day", "Stranger (With A Familiar Face)" and "Wish". "Ray [Alder, vocals], Mark [Zonder, drums] and I will ...

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FATES WARNING Drummer Jams With MONTROSE

FATES WARNING drummer Mark Zonder played with Ronnie Montrose, Ricky Phillips (bass) and Johnny Lesveque (vocals) at the Dallas Guitar Show on Saturday, April 17. Commented Zonder, "I went up to L.A. to rehearse with Montrose on Thursday before the Dallas show. We only rehearsed for about an hour and just ran the set. Then ...

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Drummer MARK ZONDER To Leave FATES WARNING?

FATES WARNING drummer Mark Zonder has revealed that he has no intentions of touring with the band in support of their upcoming CD, due later in the year. Asked by a fan what he hopes to accomplish in the future, both personally and with FATES WARNING, Zonder said, "Actually after this recording of the new ...

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JOHN SYKES: Setlist For Japanese Tour Opener Revealed

Legendary guitarist John Sykes (THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE, BLUE MURDER) has just kicked off a solo tour of Japan with a show in Osaka Friday night. Joining Sykes in his touring band are former DREAM THEATER/YNGWIE MALMSTEEN keyboardist Derek Sherinian, bassist Marco Mendoza (WHITESNAKE, BLUE MURDER, THIN LIZZY) and drummer Tommy Aldridge (OZZY OSBOURNE, TED NUGENT, ...

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WATCH THEM DIE To Open For GWAR

Oakland-based purveyors of aggression WATCH THEM DIE will embark on a national U.S. tour alongside GWAR this May. The group kick off their touring insanity with a short West Coast run with DARKEST HOUR on April 9 and will wrap things up in early June. This quintet rose from the ashes of several highly influential ...

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JOEY VERA: Touring With ANTHRAX Will Be Killer

ARMORED SAINT/FATES WARNING bassist Joey Vera has posted the following message on his official web site: "As most of you have heard, I will be going on tour with ANTHRAX filling in for the recently departed bassist Frank Bello. The band has asked me to do their upcoming tour of Japan and Australia which they ...

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JOACIM CANS Has No Intention Of Leaving HAMMERFALL

HAMMEFALL singer Joacim Cans has posted the following message on his official web site: "Well, after traveling around Europe for 11 days, promoting [my solo] album ['Beyond the Gates'] in Finland, Denmark, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Germany and Holland, I am finally home to continue the promotion campaign with phoners. Springtime is in the air ...

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FATES WARNING Drummer To Jam With MONTROSE

FATES WARNING drummer Mark Zonder will be playing old MONTROSE tunes with Ronnie Montrose, Ricky Phillips (bass) and Johnny Lesveque (vocals) at the Dallas Guitar Show on April 17. "This should be quite exciting as MONTROSE was my favorite band for many many years," Zonder said in an online posting. "Sort of a dream come ...

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ANTHRAX's SCOTT IAN: Lineup Changes Suck

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has posted the following message on the band's official web site (as part of his regular online column, dubbed "Alpha Mail"): "Comrades, the emails have been pouring in and I'd like to thank you all very much for your words of support. Seriously, thank you so much. I read all the ...

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ANTHRAX Announce 'Warm-Up' Show In Hollywood

ANTHRAX have announced a one-off date on Thursday, April 8 at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California, The gig, which will serve as a "warm-up" concert for their Japanese/Australian tour, "is a show not to be missed" guitarist Scott Ian writes on the band's web site. "We're letting [the fans] know first ...

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It's Official: ANTHRAX Part Ways With Bassist FRANK BELLO

ANTHRAX manager Tim Dralle has confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET that bassist Frank Bello is no longer a member of ANTHRAX. The group's official statement on the matter is as follows: "Due to internal reasons, Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING) will be temporarily handling bass playing duties for ANTHRAX on their upcoming tours of Japan and ...

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Sources: FRANK BELLO Quits ANTHRAX, Is Replaced Temporarily By JOEY VERA

Bassist Frank Bello has quit ANTHRAX and is relocating to Los Angeles to join the reformed HELMET, informed sources have told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. The surprising move reportedly came the day after ANTHRAX finished taping the additional video footage for their much-anticipated live DVD, "Music Of Mass Destruction", due on April 6 through Sanctuary Records. Replacing Bello ...

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FATES WARNING, SHADOW GALLERY, SILENT FORCE Members Team Up In ALFA-DOG

FATES WARNING drummer Mark Zonder has teamed up with guitarist Gary Wehrkamp (SHADOW GALLERY) and vocalist D.C. Cooper (SILENT FORCE, ex-ROYAL HUNT) in a new project called ALFA-DOG. The group's musical direction is described by Zonder as "song-oriented, commercial-style . . . while still keeping to our progressive roots." ALFA-DOG are currently shopping around for ...

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Original FATES WARNING Drummer Resurfaces In New Band

According to a posting on FATES WARNING's official web site, original FATES WARNING drummer Steve Zimmerman has put together a new band called MILLENNIUM X. The group's current line up consists of Steve on drums, Brain Betterton on vocals, Tommy Blardo on guitars and studio bass, and Brett Betterton on guitars (bass player pending). Zimmerman ...

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HAMMERFALL Singer Records ACCEPT Cover For ALTARIA CD

Finnish melodic metallers ALTARIA have revealed the identity of the "high-profile" vocalist who appears on their cover version of ACCEPT's "Balls To The Wall". According to a posting on the ALTARIA's official web site, HAMMERFALL vocalist Joacim Cans sings lead vocals on the song, which is set to be included as a bonus track on ...

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ALTARIA: 'Divinity' Track Listing Revealed

Finnish melodic metallers ALTARIA have revealed the track listing for their sophomore album, "Divinity", due in late May through AOR Heaven sub-label Metal Heaven Records. "Divinity" was mixed at Tico Tico Studio (SONATA ARCTICA, SENTENCED, FOR MY PAIN…) and will initially be available as a limited-edition digipack, featuring one bonus track — a cover version ...

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MALEVOLENT CREATION Issue Bootleg Warning

Florida-based death metallers MALEVOLENT CREATION have issued the following statement regarding a recently released bootleg recording: "Metal Mind Records / Productions from Poland has released an illegal bootleg DVD/VHS live show from MALEVOLENT CREATION recorded in early 2003 at the Metal Mania Festivals in Krakow Poland. "In early 2003, when we started our 44-show European ...

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EVAN SEINFELD/TERA PATRICK Explicit Sex Videos Posted Online

Looks like BIOHAZARD bassist/vocalist Evan Seinfeld has wasted no time taking the plunge into porn, as originally reported here last month. Tera Patrick's (Seinfeld's porn star wife) official web site, OfficialTeraPatrick.com, is currently hosting explicit videos of the couple engaging in various sex acts, available only to members who join for a monthly ...

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KATAKLYSM Singer To DEZ FAFARA: 'Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is'

KATAKLYSM vocalist Maurizio Iacono has issued a response to DEVILDRIVER frontman Dez Fafara's assertion that Iocono "should shut the fuck up and take a listen to DEVILDRIVER" before passing judgment on the group. In a press statement issued in December, Iacono voiced his frustration over the fact that DEVILDRIVER were chosen over KATAKLYSM to be ...

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