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OMEN Complete Work On 'Eternal Black Dawn'

Classic U.S. metallers OMEN have completed work on their eagerly-anticipated follow-up to "Reopening The Gates", entitled "Eternal Black Dawn", for an early 2003 release through an as-yet-undetermined label. The group's first CD with new vocalist Kevin Goocher, "Eternal Black Dawn" is being described as "a triumphant return to the classic OMEN sound heard on such ...

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BLIND GUARDIAN: Houston Show Cancelled

BLIND GUARDIAN's show at Cardi's in Houston, Texas, originally scheduled to take place tonight (Nov. 29), may or may not happen, according to the group's official web site. Having announced the show's cancellation yesterday, the band's webmaster has posted a message on the site earlier today advising everyone to check with the club ahead of ...

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Former FATES WARNING Guitarist Issues DRAGONSPOON Debut

DRAGONSPOON, the new project of former FATES WARNING guitarist Frank Aresti, have issued their debut full-length CD through Hook N Mouth Records. According to an official press release, "DRAGONSPOON ventures into the world of industrial music with Frank's unique style of heavy guitar riffing, and a dark, sophisticated tone." DRAGONSPOON will be performing live at ...

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OSI Finish Mastering CD, Compile Extra Footage

OSI (OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE) — the new "prog" supergroup featuring DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy, FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos, CHROMA KEY/ex-DREAM THEATER keyboardist Kevin Moore, and GORDIAN KNOT/ex-CYNIC bassist Sean Malone — has finished mastering its self-titled debut album for an early 2003 release through Inside Out Records. A limited-edition two-disc set, containing ...

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ENGINE To Participate In AOL Chat

ENGINE frontman Ray Alder (FATES WARNING) and bassist Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT) will participate in an America Online chat on Tuesday, October 29 at 9:00 p.m. ET. The chat is exclusive to America Online and its members and will take place at AOL Keyword: Rock Chat. Non-AOL subscribers may also participate by visiting www.aol.com and ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE's EMI RECORDS Catalog To Be Reissued

EMI Records will reissue the QUEENSRŸCHE catalog in 2003 with bonus tracks, expanded packaging, unreleased photos, memorabilia and new liner notes. The albums planned for re-release are as follows: April 8, 2003: "Queensrÿche" EP "The Warning" "Rage For Order" "Operation: Mindcrime" May 6, 2003: "Empire" "Promised Land" "Hear In The Now Frontier" ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Compilation CD To Surface In January

EMI Records is reportedly gearing up to release yet another QUEENSRŸCHE CD, this time a compilation called Classic Masters: Queensrÿche. All tracks are said to have been digitally re-mastered. The tentative track listing for the album is as follows: 01. Queen of the Reich 02. Warning 03. The Killing Words 04. Speak 05. I Don't ...

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KORN Frontman Shoots Fiancée For PLAYBOY

KORN frontman Jonathan Davis has photographed his fiancée Deven, a former porn actress, for Playboy. "There's nothing better than shooting your chick naked," Jonathan Davis told the magazine. When Playboy.com approached the KORN singer about becoming their fifth celebrity photographer — joining the likes of hip-hop giant Nelly, Tommy Lee and DISTURBED's David Draiman — ...

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RUSH To Issue Best-Of Collection In January

RUSH will issue a new best-of collection, entitled The Spirit Of Radio: Greatest Hits (1974-1987), on January 28th through Mercury/UME. All the selections on the 16-song set — which comprises tracks taken from the band's Mercury Records output — have been digitally remastered, and a 16-page booklet is included in the packaging. The complete tracklisting ...

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MADBALL To Perform Reunion Gig

New York hardcore heavyweights MADBALL have reunited and will perform their first comeback show at Krome in South Amboy, New Jersey on Friday, December 6th. Also appearing on the bill will be MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD, DEATH THREAT, and NO WARNING. Tickets go on sale on Friday, October 11th via Ticketmaster. Additional dates will be announced ...

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W.A.S.P. Tour Still On!

Despite rumors to the contrary, W.A.S.P.'s previously-announced North American tour is going ahead as scheduled, according to Metal Blade Records, whose act ENGINE (featuring FATES WARNING frontman Ray Alder and ARMORED SAINT bassist Joey Vera) is slated to fill the opening slot on the trek. At this time, it appears that ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY and former ...

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DIRT Confirmed For W.A.S.P. Tour

Houston, Texas-based DIRT have been added to the upcoming W.A.S.P. North American tour, according to the band's management. The trek kicks off on October 15th in Tempe, Arizona and is scheduled to last until December 9th. Also set to appear on the bill are Metal Blade recording artists ENGINE, featuring FATES WARNING singer Ray Alder ...

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SIX FEET UNDER To Issue Live DVD In November

SIX FEET UNDER's forthcoming live CD/DVD, entitled Double Dead, is due for release on November 5th through Metal Blade. Lensed at the Lab in St. Paul, Minnesota on June 14th, the group's performance was professionally shot on film by Dave Roth, who directed the band's "The Day The Dead Walked", "Victim of the Paranoid", and ...

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W.A.S.P., STEPHEN PEARCY, ENGINE: More U.S. Dates Announced

More dates have been announced for the forthcoming W.A.S.P. North American tour, which will feature ex-RATT frontman STEPHEN PEARCY, ENGINE (featuring FATES WARNING singer Ray Alder and ARMORED SAINT bassist Joey Vera), and ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY in the support slots. They are as follows: Oct. 15 - Tempe, AZ @ Bash on Ash Oct. 16 - ...

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OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE Complete Work On Debut Album

OSI (OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE) — the new "prog" supergroup featuring DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy, FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos, CHROMA KEY/ex-DREAM THEATER keyboardist Kevin Moore, and GORDIAN KNOT/ex-CYNIC bassist Sean Malone — have finished mixing their debut album, Office of Strategic Influence, for an early 2003 release through Inside Out Records. Among the ...

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W.A.S.P. Announce Support Acts For North American Tour

W.A.S.P. have announced ex-RATT frontman STEPHEN PEARCY, ENGINE (featuring FATES WARNING singer Ray Alder and ARMORED SAINT bassist Joey Vera), and ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY as the support acts for their forthcoming North American tour, which is tentatively scheduled to take place during October/November. Exact dates and venues will be announced soon. ...

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BLACK SABBATH Displays Classic "Symptoms" On Rhino Set

On October 15th, Warner Bros./ Rhino Records will issue a 29-track, two-CD package from BLACK SABBATH, entitled Symptom of the Universe: The Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978), containing studio cuts spanning eight albums, from the group's self-titled 1970 debut to 1978's Never Say Die, the last studio album recorded before frontman Ozzy Osbourne exited the band ...

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ENGINE Cancel BLACKBIRD Appearance

ENGINE, featuring vocalist Ray Alder (FATES WARNING), bassist Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT), guitarist Bernie Versailles (AGENT STEEL) and drummer Pete Parada (FACE TO FACE), have been forced to cancel their appearance at the Blackbird Rock Festival on Labor Day weekend due to an unspecified "scheduling conflict." ...

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PORCUPINE TREE Frontman To Appear On OSI Debut

PORCUPINE TREE frontman Steven Wilson has contributed lead vocals to two songs on the forthcoming debut album from OSI (ORCHESTRA OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE), which features in its ranks DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy, FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos, CHROMA KEY/ex-DREAM THEATER keyboardist Kevin Moore, and GORDIAN KNOT/ex-CYNIC bassist Sean Malone. Moore and Matheos reportedly commenced ...

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SEAN MALONE Comments On Much-Anticipated OSI Debut

GORDIAN KNOT/ex-CYNIC bassist Sean Malone has commented on his recently-completed contributions to the debut album from OSI (ORCHESTRA OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE), also featuring DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy, FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos, and CHROMA KEY/ex-DREAM THEATER keyboardist Kevin Moore. Says Malone: "It's always hard to explain the style of any kind of music, especially ...

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SICK SPEED, FOZZY Line Up Australian Gigs

Atlanta's SICK SPEED, featuring ex-STUCK MOJO guitarist Rich Ward and drummer Bud Fontsere, will be performing at The 9th Ward in Melbourne, Australia on Friday, August 9th. In related news, FOZZY, who include in their ranks Ward, Fontsere, WWE wrestler Chris Jericho, and producer Andy Sneap, are scheduled to appear at Festival Hall in Melbourne, ...

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ENGINE: More Live Dates Announced

ENGINE, featuring vocalist Ray Alder (FATES WARNING), bassist Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT), guitarist Bernie Versailles (AGENT STEEL) and drummer Pete Parada (FACE TO FACE), have added the following dates to their upcoming itinerary: Aug. 08 - Mason Jar - Phoenix, AZ Aug. 09 - The Shack - Anaheim, CA Aug. 10 - Paladino's - Reseda, ...

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ORCHESTRA OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE: The Prog-Rock Supergroup!

DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy, FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos, CHROMA KEY/ex-DREAM THEATER keyboardist Kevin Moore, and GORDIAN KNOT/ex-CYNIC bassist Sean Malone have set OSI (ORCHESTRA OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE) as the name of their much-anticipated prog-rock "supergroup" project, which commenced the recording sessions for their self-titled debut album in early June at the Carriage House ...

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WARLORD Announce Session Musicians For Upcoming Live Performances

The reunited '80s metallers WARLORD, featuring guitarist William J. Tsamis, drummer Mark S. Zonder (i.e. FATES WARNING), and latest addition, vocalist Joacim Cans (i.e. HAMMERFALL), will be accompanied by BLACK JESTER/MOONLIGHT CIRCUS guitarist Paolo Viani, HELREID/MOONLIGHT CIRCUS keyboardist Daniele Soravia, and SIGMA bassist Pasko during their upcoming live appearances, which will include a performance at ...

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New SHADOWS FALL Track To Appear On "Plea For Peace" Compilation

SHADOWS FALL will be featured on the upcoming Plea For Peace compilation alongside some of the biggest metal, hardcore, punk, emo and indie rock bands today, including ANTI FLAG, FINCH, POISON THE WELL, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, SNAPCASE, GOD FORBID, CURLUPANDIE, OPEN HAND, CAVE IN, EIGHTEEN VISIONS, TAKING BACK SUNDAY, THE MOVIELIFE, DILLINGER FOUR, PIEBALD, ULTIMATE FAKEBOOK, ...

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UNDERGROUND MOON To Open For ENGINE In Hollywood

L.A. modern rockers UNDERGROUND MOON, featuring ex-DOKKEN bassist Jeff Pilson on vocals, will be supporting FATES WARNING singer Ray Alder's ENGINE at the Troubadour this coming Sunday, June 23rd. Showtime for UNDERGROUND MOON is 9:15 PM sharp. The Troubadour is located at 9081 Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood. Tel.: (310) 276-1158. ...

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WARLORD: More MP3s Posted Online

The reunited '80s metallers WARLORD, featuring guitarist William J. Tsamis, drummer Mark S. Zonder (i.e. FATES WARNING), and latest addition, vocalist Joacim Cans (i.e. HAMMERFALL), have posted additional MP3 clips from their forthcoming comeback album, entitled Rising Out Of The Ashes, at this location. The four cuts featured are as follows: 01. Invaders ...

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