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FATES WARNING: 'FWX' Release Date Announced

Metal Blade Records has set an October 5 release for the new FATES WARNING album, "FWX". The follow-up to 2000's "Disconnected" was recorded at Carriage House studios in Stamford, Connecticut and was described by drummer Mark Zonder as "very powerful and strong." Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Left Here", "River Wide Ocean ...

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HEATHEN Announce New Bassist

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers HEATHEN have announced the addition of bassist Jon Torres to the group's ranks. Torres is no stranger to the Bay Area metal scene, having participated in such bands as THUNDERHEAD, WARNING SF, ULYSSES SIREN, LAAZ ROCKIT and ANGEL WITCH. HEATHEN, who are rumored to have parted ways with previous ...

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STRATOVARIUS Singer KOTIPELTO To Appear At PROGPOWER USA V

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto will be a special guest at ProgPower USA V, set to be held on September 16 in Atlanta, GA. Kotipelto, whose second solo album, "Coldness", was released in early 2004 by Century Media Records, will be signing autographs, hosting a meet-and-greet, and will also be attending the ProgPower pre-party on September ...

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POISON Frontman To Perform At COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION Festival

Bret Michaels of POISON fame and occasional country crooner, will perform at CMA Music Festival/Fan Fair Sunday night (June 13) at The Coliseum in Nashville, Tennessee with Capitol Nashville artist Chris Cagle. "This is what CMA Music Festival is all about," said CMA Executive Director Ed Benson. "Exciting and fresh musical collaborations." "The fact that ...

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Bassist JOEY VERA To Tour Europe With ANTHRAX

Bassist Joey Vera (FATES WARNING, SEVEN WITCHES, ARMORED SAINT, ANTHRAX) has posted the following message on his web site: "Seems like just yesterday but it's been almost a month since I got back from the tour with ANTHRAX in Japan and Australia. Most of us, myself included, got some weird upper respiratory illness half way ...

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SHADOW GALLERY Finish Recording Drums For New CD

Progressive metallers SHADOW GALLERY have finished tracking the drums and have now moved on to recording the guitars for their fifth album, tentatively due later in the year. SHADOW GALLERY's last studio album, "Legacy", was released in April 2001. As previously reported, SHADOW GALLERY guitarist Gary Wehrkamp has teamed up with FATES WARNING drummer Mark ...

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MARSHALL LAW Demo New Songs, Ex-PARADISE LOST Drummer Assists

Birmingham, England-based heavy metal band MARSHALL LAW have demoed up the following tracks for inclusion on a new studio album, tentatively due later this year: 01. Retribution 02. Bloodlines 03. Axis Of Power 04. What Lies Behind 05. Why Do Men Die 06. Nothing Lasts Forever 07. Faith Divides 08. Waiting For The Sign 09. ...

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CANS: Band Lineup For 2000 DECIBEL Festival Appearance Revealed

HAMMERFALL frontman Joacim Cans will be joined by Danny Gill (guitar), Stefan Pascolino (bass) and Mark Zonder (drums, FATES WARNING) during his solo appearance (under the CANS moniker) at the 2000 Decibel festival May 21-22 in Bengtsfors, Sweden (180 km north of Gothenburg). "Unfortunately neither Metal Mike [ex-HALFORD] nor Mat Sinner [PRIMAL FEAR, SINNER] will ...

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ZONDA: New Single Posted Online

Israeli female-fronted heavy metal band ZONDA heave made available for download their new single, "Believe In What You See", at this location. "Believe In What You See" comes off the group's recently completed 12-song CD which the band are using to procure a record deal. In existence since 1999, ZONDA's influences include such ...

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HAMMERFALL Singer Sets U.S. Release Date For Solo Debut

HAMMERFALL singer Joacim Cans has set a May 11 North American release date through Sanctuary/Noise Records for his solo debut, "Beyond the Gates". Released under the moniker CANS, "Beyond the Gates" was recorded between November 2003 and February 2004 at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden, Frankie's Hideaway in the U.S. and House of Music Studios ...

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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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