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OBSESSION Working On New Album

Reunited classic early '80s metal band OBSESSION is working on a new album, entitled "Order of Chaos", for a tentative 2010 release. The group is also said to be in talks with Ulterium Records about a possible new record deal. OBSESSION has been confirmed to perform at next year's Keep It True XIII festival, set ...

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STYGIA: 'Divine Allegiance' Album Update

Boston, Massachusetts-based up-and-coming "shred" guitarist Todd Seitz has issued the following update on the debut album from his STYGIA project, entitled "Divine Allegiance": "We have made tons of progress on the STYGIA 'Divine Allegiance' recordings. Mike [Vescera; ex-LOUDNESS, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN] completed his vocal tracks for the entire album. Kevin [Codfert; ADAGIO] is nearly finished ...

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THESYRE Seeking New Label Home

Quebec, Canada-based black/thrash metallers THESYRE have issued the following update: "Our contractual obligations with France's Osmose Productions ended with the release of 'Résistance', our second and last album for them. We're now free agents and shall consider the options for the release of our next album, on which we're already working." "Résistance" was released on ...

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LOUDNESS: 'Munetaka Higuchi: Forever Our Hero' DVD Out Now

Japanese metallers LOUDNESS have just released a new concert DVD, "Munetaka Higuchi: Forever Our Hero". The footage was filmed/recorded at a tribute show in memory of late LOUDNESS drummer Munetaka Higuchi, which was held on February 14, 2009 at C.C. Lemon Hall in Tokyo, Japan. Released in Japan on June 24, "Munetaka Higuchi: Forever Our ...

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LOUDNESS: 'Hit The Rails' Video Available

"Hit The Rails", the new video from veteran Japanese metallers LOUDNESS, can be viewed below. The song comes off the band's latest album, "The Everlasting", which came out on May 27 via Tokuma Japan Communications. The track listing for the CD (along with three samples) is as follows: 01. Hit The Rails (audio) ...

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THESYRE: New Song Available For Streaming

Quebec, Canada-based black/thrash metallers THESYRE have made a new song, "Matérialisme consumériste infectieux", available for streaming via the ReverbNation widget below. The track comes off the band's forthcoming album, "Résistance", which is scheduled for release on April 14 via Osmose Productions. The LP version will follow a short time later on Nightmare/War Arts Productions. "Résistance" ...

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ADAGIO Keyboardist To Guest On STYGIA Debut

ADAGIO's Kevin Codfert will record the majority of keyboards on "Divine Allegiance", the debut album from STYGIA, the project led by Boston, Massachusetts-based up-and-coming "shred" guitarist Todd Seitz. Todd says, "Though there have been a few changes of plans with keyboardists, this should be the final one. Kevin plans on starting his keyboard recording after ...

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LOUDNESS To Release 'Return To Forever - Aun' In May

Veteran Japanese metallers LOUDNESS will release their new studio album, "Return To Forever - Aun", on May 27 via is Tokuma Japan Communications. LOUDNESS's upcoming tour of Japan will focus exclusively on songs from the band's first four albums — "The Birthday Eve" (1981), "Devil Soldier" (1982), "Law Of Devil's Land" (1983) and "Disillusion" (1984). ...

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THESYRE: New Song Posted Online

Quebec, Canada-based black/thrash metallers THESYRE have posted a new song, "Hymne au mérite", on their MySpace page. The track comes off the band's forthcoming album, "Résistance", which is scheduled for release later in the year via Osmose Productions. "Résistance" will feature the following track listing: 01. Au présent 02. Hymne au mérite 03. ...

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LOUDNESS To Release New Album In May

According to a posting on LOUDNESS' official web site, the Japanese band's as-yet-untitled new album will be released in Japan on May 27 through Tokuma Japan Communications. More information will be made available soon. LOUDNESS's upcoming tour of Japan will focus exclusively on songs from the band's first four albums — "The Birthday Eve" (1981), ...

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LOUDNESS To Focus On Early Material For Japanese Tour

According to a posting on LOUDNESS guitarist Akira Takasaki's web site, the Japanese metal veterans will perform songs exclusively from their first four albums — "The Birthday Eve" (1981), "Devil Soldier" (1982), "Law Of Devil's Land" (1983) and "Disillusion" (1984) — during the band's upcoming tour of Japan. The dates are as follows: ...

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THESYRE: 'Résistance' Audio Samples Available

Quebec, Canada-based black/thrash metallers THESYRE have posted audio samples from their forthcoming album, "Résistance", at this location. Due later in the year via Osmose Productions, "Résistance" will feature the following track listing: 01. Au présent 02. Hymne au mérite 03. Par une froide nuit d'octobre 04. Laïque et souverain 05. De réalisme et ...

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STYGIA Debut To Be Mixed In March Or April

Boston, Massachusetts-based up-and-coming "shred" guitarist Todd Seitz has issued the following update on the debut album from his STYGIA project, entitled "Divine Allegiance": "At the moment, Mike [Vescera; ex-LOUDNESS, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN] is working on getting the vocals recorded. Everything is coming along great. We should be ready for the mix in March or April. The ...

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THESYRE: 'Résistance' Details Revealed

Vocalist/bassist Eric M. Syre of Quebec-based black/thrash metallers THESYRE has issued the following update: "We delivered the audio master and the artwork [for the new THESYRE album, 'Résistance'], to Osmose Productions this week. Once they'll have everything set for the manufacture we'll be able to post the exact release date for the album. Osmose will ...

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PAINDIVISION Announces Lineup Changes

Australian metallers PAINDIVISION have issued the following update: "The last six months have been some of the busiest and toughest times for the band with recording and releasing 'One Path'. These stresses have ended in some members departing the group to pursue other interests and have also introduced new members joining the fold, ready to ...

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LOUDNESS Members Honor Late Drummer MUNETAKA HIGUCHI; Video Available

A "Last Memorial Birthday" in honor of late LOUDNESS drummer Munetaka Higuchi was held yesterday (Wednesday, December 24) at Aoyama Sougisho in Tokyo, Japan. The surviving members of LOUDNESS attended the event, which coincided with what would have been Munetaka's 50th birthday. Footage of yesterday's tribute can be viewed below. Higuchi passed away on November ...

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Ex-QUIET RIOT Drummer Comments On Passing Of MUNETAKA HIGUCHI

QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali has issued the following statement regarding the passing of LOUDNESS drummer Munetaka Higuchi: "My condolences to the family of Munetaka Higuchi and the members of LOUDNESS on the passing of Munetaka Higuchi-san. I had the opportunity of being interviewed by him while in Japan with QUIET RIOT in 1989 for ...

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MEGADETH Drummer Comments On Passing Of LOUDNESS' MUNETAKA HIGUCHI

MEGADETH's Shawn Drover has commented on the passing of LOUDNESS drummer Munetaka Higuchi, who died this morning (November 30) after a seven-month battle with liver cancer. He said, "I just found out that one of my favorite drummers passed away — Munetaka Higuchi from the band LOUDNESS. Munetaka had been diagnosed with liver cancer less ...

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LOUDNESS Drummer MUNETAKA HIGUCHI Dead At 49

WeROCK City has informed BLABBERMOUTH.NET that drummer Munetaka Higuchi of veteran Japanese metallers LOUDNESS passed away today (Sunday, November 30) around 10:00 a.m. (Japan Standard Time) at a hospital in Osaka, Japan. He was 49 years old. Higuchi was diagnosed with liver cancer (Hepatocellular Carcinoma) in April 2008. He had reportedly undergone two ...

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STRATOVARIUS Keyboardist To Guest On STYGIA Debut

STRATOVARIUS keyboardist Jens Johansson has recorded a guest solo for "Divine Allegiance", the debut album from STYGIA, the project led by Boston, Massachusetts-based up-and-coming "shred" guitarist Todd Seitz. Todd says, "The song ['The Hunter'] is partially inspired by one of my favorite video game series Turok Dinosaur Hunter." "Divine Allegiance" track listing: 01. Colossus 02. ...

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PAINDIVISION Signs Japanese Deal With SOUNDHOLIC

Australian metallers PAINDIVISION have inked a Japanese deal with Soundholic Records for the release of their second album, "One Path". The CD, which was issued in Australia in October, will be made available in Japan in January/February with a special bonus track — a cover of the song "Like Hell" from Japanese metal legends LOUDNESS. ...

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