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KISS Webmaster Confirmed For KISS EXPO In Indianapolis

KISS' official webmaster, Mike Brandvold (of KissOnline.com) has been added as a special guest for both Indy KISS Expos on March 5 and March 6. Bill Starkey, founder of the Kiss Army, will also make an appearance during the weekend event. In addition, Jill Cataldo will be hosting KISS karaoke on one of the days ...

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SETH To Appear On IMMORTAL Tribute Album

French black metal band SETH will take part in the "official" IMMORTAL tribute album, to be released this fall via the Greek label Townsend Avalanche Music. Other groups scheduled to appear on the CD include VOID, ENTHRONED, AURA NOIR and DØDHEIMSGARD. More details will be made available soon. SETH will be the first French band ...

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GORGOROTH Sign With REGAIN RECORDS

Norwegian black metallers GORGOROTH have signed a deal with Sweden's Regain Records. The group recently completed the drum tracks for their new album, "Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam", at Lydriket Studios in Norway for a tentative late spring/early summer release. GORGOROTH were most recently signed to Nuclear Blast Records, who released the band's last three efforts: ...

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ZAKK WYLDE Hits Studio To Record LYNYRD SKYNYRD Cover

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY/OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Zakk Wylde went into the studio on Tuesday, January 24 to lay down his version of a LYNYRD SKYNYRD classic for the upcoming tribute album, "Heavy Helping", due later in the year via Sanctuary Records. Other artists that have reportedly contributed to the CD include METALLICA, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, SEBASTIAN ...

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GORGOROTH Complete Drum Tracks For New Album

Norwegian black metallers GORGOROTH have completed the drum tracks for their new album, "Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam", at Lydriket Studios in Norway. "Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam" will contain eight tracks and is tentatively expected late spring/early summer through an as-yet-undisclosed label. GORGOROTH were most recently signed to Nuclear Blast Records, who released the band's last ...

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BLACK SABBATH To Tour Europe And North America This Year

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that BLACK SABBATH will be back in action this summer. Singer-bassist Glenn Hughes, who's finishing up a new album with SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi, said that Ozzy Osbourne and company will hit both Europe and North America this year, and that he might also be on the bill. "They are ...

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RAMONES Documentary Coming On DVD In March

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that the recent theatrical documentary about the RAMONES will be released on DVD on March 15. "End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones" follows the band's musical history, the often-strained personal relationships between the members, and their drug use. The film has interviews with band members, their friends, ...

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EXTOL To Support MASTODON And DOZER In Europe

Norwegian progressive thrash/death metallers EXTOL have been confirmed as the opening act for MASTODON and DOZER on their joint European tour beginning on February 19 in Hamburg, Germany. EXTOL recently finished filming a video for the song "Pearl" off their forthcoming fourth full-length album, "Blueprint" (short for "The Blueprint Dives"). "Blueprint" is scheduled for release ...

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Ex-MEGADETH Bassist Files Notice Of Appeal In Connection With DAVE MUSTAINE Lawsuit

Former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson's attorney, Randall Jacobs, has filed a notice of appeal in connection with a suit filed by Ellefson against MEGADETH singer-guitarist Dave Mustaine, a co-founding member of the metal band, and the group's corporate entities, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The suit, filed in July 2004, alleged that Ellefson was entitled ...

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SEASON OF MIST Unable To Reach Agreement With GORGOROTH

The French record label Season of Mist has issued the following statement: "Despite negotiating for several months and despite all the rumors, Season of Mist and [Norwegian black metallers] GORGOROTH could not find a final agreement on their cooperation, both on a contractual and personal level. We nonetheless sincerely wish the band the best. "Season ...

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BLAZED: DEE SNIDER's Son Releases New EP

BLAZED, the Long Island, New York-based band fronted by Jesse Blaze, son of '80s rocker Dee Snider of TWISTED SISTER fame and former MTV2 VJ, have just released a seven-song EP entitled "Now the Party Starts!" Described as a collection of "authoritative hard rock that mixes all the best aspects of punk, metal and arena ...

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KISS EXPO In Indianapolis: Details Revealed

According to KissOnline.com, the Indy KISS Expo has been confirmed and this year's Expo will be a two-day event taking place Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6. Saturday's Expo will feature special guest KISS drummer Eric Singer who will perform live in concert with Eric Dover (ALIVE COOPER) and Stefan Adika (DEE DEE RAMONE). ...

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LUNARIS Undergo Major Lineup Changes

LUNARIS keyboardist Raymond Njerve has issued the following update on the band's current activities: "Since the John Dee show [in Oslo, Norway] in November, a lot has happened in the LUNARIS camp. Circumstances both inside and outside of the band forced us to make some rather drastic changes that have affected the outlook of the ...

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Graveyard Statue Honors Late RAMONES Legend

The Associated Press is reporting that late punk guitarist Johnny Ramone is being immortalized with a bronze statue at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Ramone, co-founder and guitarist of THE RAMONES, was 55 when he died of prostate cancer on Sept. 15, 2004, at his Los Angeles home. The statue is near the grave of bandmate ...

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METALLICA, SEBASTIAN BACH, ZAKK WYLDE To Appear On LYNYRD SKYNYRD Tribute CD

METALLICA, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, SEBASTIAN BACH, KID ROCK, SALIVA, Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE) and Dee Snider (TWISTED SISTER) are among the many artists that have reportedly contributed LYNYRD SKYNYRD tunes to an upcoming tribute album, "Heavy Helping", due later in the year via Sanctuary Records. C.O.C.'s contribution reportedly comes in the shape ...

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ARCTURUS Part Ways With Singer

Vocalist Øyvind Hægeland has left ARCTURUS, according to a posting on the group's official web site. No reason was given for his departure. As previously reported, ARCTURUS have been confirmed for Norway's Inferno Metal Festival 2005, set to take place March 24-25 at the Rockefeller and John Dee venues in Oslo. ARCTURUS are also scheduled ...

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SEBASTIAN BACH: 'Bach To Europe' Tour Diary

Daniel Stanton of Anger Management/Coallier Entertainment has submitted the following tour diary documenting Sebastian Bach's (ex-SKID ROW) most recent "Bach To Europe" European trek: "With many tours under my belt, nothing will come close to the psychotic world of working with the hyper madman named Sebastian Bach. No matter how you slice it, this 'Basmanian ...

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DOZER To Suport MASTODON In Europe

Swedish "stoner" rockers DOZER have been confirmed as main support on MASTODON's upcoming European tour beginning in early February. DOZER are continuing to tour in support of their third album, "Call It Conspiracy", which was released last year via Molten Universe. The album was recorded at Music-A-Matic Studio in Gothenburg and Polar and Nord Studios ...

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MASTODON To Tour Europe In February/March

MASTODON have lined up the following European dates during February/March: Feb. 09 - Glasgow, SCO - Cathouse/The Garage Feb. 10 - Northumbria, UK @ Northumbria University Feb. 11 - Birmingham, UK @ Acadamy 2 Feb. 12 - Manchester, UK @ Acadamy 3 Feb. 14 - Sheffield, UK @ Corporation Feb. 15 - Oxford, UK @ ...

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JOHNNY RAMONE's Book To See Light Of Day

Former RAMONES drummer Marky Ramone has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "I'm getting letters from fans about Johnny's [Ramone] book (that he didn't finish), I want to say a few words about that. Johnny was writing his book, but unfourtunately it wasn't finished. His writer called me for an interview, ...

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MOTÖRHEAD's LEMMY: 'I Loved DIMEBAG'

Members of MOTÖRHEAD have issued brief separate statements regarding the death of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell: Lemmy: "To Vinnie & all concerned: Man, I am so fuckin sorry. You know I loved Dimebag and I'm about as sorry as you can get. Glad you're OK though. If there's anything you need help with, you got ...

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MOTÖRHEAD's CAMPBELL Rocks with MINARIK INFERNO GUITAR

Guitarist Phil Campbell of the legendary U.K. band MOTÖRHEAD recently became a believer in Minarik Guitars after FPE agents introduced him to these one-of-a-kind instruments. Campbell and his MOTÖRHEAD bandmates are currently in the midst of a world tour. Phil's guitar chops, combined with the tonality of the Minarik Inferno, are blowing away audiences in ...

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