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FATES WARNING Frontman To Appear At PROGPOWER USA IV

FATES WARNING/ENGINE frontman Ray Alder has been confirmed to make a special guest appearance at Progpower USA IV, which takes place at Atlanta's Earthlink Live on September 5 and 6. Alder will perform at the event with Sensory recording artists REDEMPTION, now featuring vocalist Corey Brown, formerly of PSYCO DRAMA and currently in MAGNITUDE NINE ...

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OMEN Confirmed For Germany's KEEP IT TRUE Festival

Classic U.S. metallers OMEN are the latest act to have been confirmed for Keep It True festival, set to be held on July 19 in Gerlachsheim, Germany. Organized by Oliver Weinsheimer from German magazine Heavy Oder Was?! and MAJESTY singer Tarek Maghary, the self-dubbed "underground metal" festival will feature performances from the following acts, among ...

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Office Of Strategic Influence - OSI

Controversy isn't something readily associated with something as mathematical and calculated as a progressive rock supergroup. But controversial this album is — and not for the first reason that springs to mind. That group/album title, you see, eludes to a proposed covert US information agency dreamed up after 9/11 to supposedly spread favorable propaganda in ...

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INCUBUS Part Ways With Bassist

INCUBUS have parted ways with bassist Alex "Dirk Lance" Katunich. The group's frontman, Brandon Boyd, has posted a statement regarding Katunich's departure to the group's official web site, www.enjoyincubus.com. It reads as follows: "Hello, Friends. "I normally don't participate in this forum because in all honesty internet message boards and chat rooms scare ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE/DREAM THEATER: More Dates Released

More dates have been released for the forthcoming North American tour co-headlined by QUEENSRŸCHE and DREAM THEATER. The trek, which will include FATES WARNING in the "special guest" slot, will hit the following cities in late July: Jul. 17 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre Jul. 24 - Universal City, CA @ Universal ...

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THE OFFSPRING On 'Solid Legal Ground' In Title-Snatching Stunt

THE OFFSPRING are on pretty solid legal ground despite having openly admitted to having snatched the title for their next album from GUNS N' ROSES. "Trademark law does not come into existence unless the title is used in interstate commerce," according to copyright lawyer and co-author of "Musician's Business & Legal Guide", Greg Victoroff, who ...

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FATES WARNING Drummer To Sit Out QUEENSRŸCHE/DREAM THEATER Tour

FATES WARNING drummer Mark Zonder will not be able to accompany the group on their summer tour with QUEENSRŸCHE and DREAM THEATER due to "personal commitments," according to FW guitarist Jim Matheos. A temporary replacement has yet to be announced. In other news, FATES WARNING will be rejoined during the upcoming dates by former guitarist ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE/DREAM THEATER: First Dates Released

The first two dates have been released for the forthcoming North American tour co-headlined by QUEENSRŸCHE and DREAM THEATER. The trek, which will include FATES WARNING in he "special guest" slot, will hit the following cities in late July: Jul. 24 - Universal City, CA @ Universal Amphitheatre Jul. 25 – San Diego, CA @ ...

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MACHINE HEAD: Cover-Song Contest Results Announced

MACHINE HEAD have announced the winning entries in their recently-launched cover-song contest. As previously reported, the members of the group's official forum were asked to list three songs that they would like to hear MACHINE HEAD cover, after which the band picked the 10 most interesting requests they felt they could do justice to. All ...

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EXODUS Drummer Pulls Out Of ANGEL WITCH Reunion

EXODUS drummer Tom Hunting has pulled out of the planned ANGEL WITCH reunion project in order to focus all his time on upcoming touring and recording commitments with his main band. In his place, ANGEL WITCH mainman Kevin Heybourne, bassist Jon Torres (WARNING SF, ULYSSES SIREN, LAAZ ROCKIT) and Lee Altus (HEATHEN, DIE KRUPPS) have ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE: EMI Reissues Postponed (Again)

QUEENSRŸCHE's "Queensrÿche", "The Warning", "Rage For Order" and "Operation: Mindcrime" releases — originally scheduled to be reissued on April 8 — will now not surface through EMI Records until May 6. Meanwhile, reissues of "Empire", "Promised Land" and "Hear In The Now Frontier" are not expected until May 10. No reason was given for the ...

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COURTNEY LOVE Pops For A Personal Drug Czar

The following article appeared in today's edition of the New York Daily News: Courtney Love is determined to kick her pill habit. The [former] HOLE singer confirms she has hired a round-the-clock minder to help her stay clean. "He travels with [bleeped]-up rock stars to make sure they don't take drugs," Love tells us, bluntly. ...

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SEVEN WITCHES: New Music Posted Online

SEVEN WITCHES, the band featuring former SAVATAGE guitarist Jack Frost, ARMORED SAINT/FATES WARNING bassist Joey Vera, and HELSTAR singer James Rivera, have posted the track "Dance With The Dead" in streaming audio at this location. "Dance With The Dead" comes off the group's fourth album, "Passage To The Other Side", due on April ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE: First Wave Of Reissues Pushed Back

QUEENSRŸCHE's "Queensrÿche", "The Warning", "Rage For Order" and "Operation: Mindcrime" releases — originally scheduled to be reissued on April 8 — will now not surface through EMI Records until April 22. No reason was given for the delay. Each of the records has been repackaged with bonus tracks, unreleased photos, memorabilia and liner notes by ...

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SOLSTICE Reform, Begin Work On New Material

British doom metal veterans SOLSTICE have reformed and are in the process of writing new material. The band are "back bigger, badder and bolder than ever," according to the latest newsletter from Miskatonic Foundation, to whom SOLSTICE guitarist Rich Walker is signed with his side project ISEN TORR. "The new [SOLSTICE] songs are stripped of ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Reissues On The Way

Two decades after QUEENSRŸCHE released their self-titled 12-inch debut EP, EMI Records is celebrating the band's career by reissuing the disc and the six critically acclaimed albums that followed: "The Warning", "Rage For Order", "Operation: Mindcrime", "Empire", "Promised Land" and "Hear In The Now Frontier". Each of the seven QUEENSRŸCHE records has been repackaged with ...

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ANGEL WITCH Reunite (Again)

NWOBHM legends ANGEL WITCH have reformed with yet another lineup — this time featuring a couple of very special surprise "guests". Joining mainman Kevin Heybourne in the band's latest incarnation are San Francisco Bay Area metal veterans Tom Hunting (drums — EXODUS), Lee Altus (guitar — HEATHEN, DIE KRUPPS), and Jon Torres (bass — WARNING ...

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JOHN ARCH Speaks Out On 'A Twist Of Fate'

Former FATES WARNING frontman John Arch, freshly signed to Metal Blade Records as solo artist, recently commented on the musical and the lyrical direction of his much-anticipated debut EP, "A Twist Of Fate", due later in the year. "I think the music has a good feel to it," Arch said. "There are a lot of ...

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MERAUDER: New Song Available For Download

New York's MERAUDER have posted an MP3 of the track "No Warning" for download at this location. "No Warning" comes off the group's forthcoming third full-length album, "Bluetality", due on Jan. 28 through Century Media Records. "Bluetality" features a guest appearance from ILL NINO drummer Dave Chavarri and production from former S.O.D./current M.O.D. ...

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Former FATES WARNING Singer Inks Solo Deal!

Former FATES WARNING vocalist John Arch has inked a solo deal with Metal Blade Records. The singer's first release through the label will be a 20-minute EP, "A Twist Of Fate", featuring FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos, FATES WARNING/ARMORED SAINT bassist Joey Vera and DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy. A late 2003 release is expected. ...

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GORDIAN KNOT To Release 'Emergent' Next Month

The long awaited new GORDIAN KNOT album, "Emergent", will surface on Jan. 14, 2003 through Sensory Records. GORDIAN KNOT is the project of former CYNIC and current OSI (ORCHESTRA OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE) bassist Sean Malone. "Emergent", the project's second album, will feature guest appearances by Bill Bruford (YES, KING CRIMSON), Jason Gobel (ex-CYNIC), Steve Hackett ...

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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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