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ABDULLAH Named 'Best Local Metal Band' By Cleveland's FREE TIMES

Cleveland doom rockers ABDULLAH have been honored as the "Best Local Metal Band" in the annual Free Times music awards for 2006. The Cleveland Free Times is the big weekly entertainment publication in Northeastern Ohio, along with long-standing rival Scene magazine, and past winners of this award have included CHIMAIRA, RINGWORM and MUSHROOMHEAD. ABDULLAH took ...

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BLINDED COLONY Sign With PIVOTAL ROCKORDINGS

Swedish metallers BLINDED COLONY have inked a deal with Pivotal Rockordings. The band will enter Sound Palace Studios later this month to begin the recording process for their sophomore effort. A late 2006 release is expected. BLINDED COLONY was formed in 2000 by guitarists Johan Blomström and Tobias Olsson, and vocalist Niklas Svensson. In 2003, ...

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DAVID LEE ROTH Brings Twang To VAN HALEN Songs

Launch Radio Networks reports: David Lee Roth will be singing VAN HALEN songs again this spring, but not with the band. Roth is featured on three tracks on "Strummin' With the Devil", a collection of VAN HALEN songs done in bluegrass style that will be released on June 6. Roth joins the JOHN JORGENSON BLUEGRASS ...

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LORDI Confirmed For EARTHSHAKER FEST Kick-Off Concert

Finnish hard rockers LORDI, whose live show is described as "a combination of theatre, fire and horror," have been confirmed for the Earthshaker Fest kick-off concert on Thursday, July 20 in Kreuth, Germany. More acts for the pre-festival party are expected to be announced soon. This year's Earthshaker Fest is scheduled to take place July ...

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ARISE AND RUIN: 'In Life' Video Available Online

Guelph, Ontario's ARISE AND RUIN will be releasing a new EP, entitlted "The Fear Of", on April 18 via Stereo Dynamite Recordings. The CD was produced by Ken Susi (UNEARTH) and will feature new artwork by the "extremely talented guys" at Sons Of Nero as well as some "kick-ass" enhanced CD features, according to the ...

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LINKIN PARK Singer Is New Father

The Associated Press is reporting that Chester Bennington of the Grammy-winning music group LINKIN PARK is a new father. Bennington's wife, Talinda, gave birth in Los Angeles on Thursday to a 9-pound, 3-ounce boy named Tyler Lee, according to a statement from their publicist. Other details were not disclosed. Bennington has two other sons, 10-year-old ...

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REBELLION To Enter Studio In April

REBELLION, the German band that features in its ranks former GRAVE DIGGER members Uwe Lulis (guitar) and Tomi Göttlich (bass), have posted the following update on their official web site: "We're in the middle of the songwriting progress, and in April, we'll start to record the new album. The release will be in January 2007 ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE: 'Violence Doesn't Work'

On the eve of BLACK SABBATH's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Ozzy Osbourne appeared on Sirius Satellite Radio to discuss SABBATH's legacy, this year's Ozzfest tour, his current state of health, and his own upcoming studio album. Discussing the controversial video intro to "War Pigs" used during Ozzfest 2004, Ozzy let ...

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LORDI To Represent Finland In EUROVISION SONG CONTEST

Finland's hard rockers LORDI, whose live show is described as "a combination of theatre, fire and horror," have been selected as the Finnish representatives in the Eurovision Song Contest. LORDI won the Finnish national selection with the song "Hard Rock Hallelujah" and will represent the country in the semifinal of the 51st Eurovision Song Contest ...

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P.O.D.: 'The Warriors Tour 2' Dates Announced

P.O.D. have unveiled details of their headlining spring tour of the United States. The month-long trek comes in the wake of the Southern California-based band's fourth full-length label release, "Testify", which has sold 122,000 copies since its late January release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The tour — dubbed "The Warriors Tour 2: Guilty By Association" ...

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JON BON JOVI Is Envious Of AXL ROSE

The New York Post is reporting that Jon Bon Jovi is disgusted rock rival Axl Rose receives more media attention than he does, because the elusive GUNS N' ROSES frontman "hasn't made a record in 13 years." Jon can't seem to get over the fact that the press will always be more fascinated with the ...

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MANOWAR, RHAPSODY And HOLYHELL Postpone Tour

Due to an unfortunate accident involving MANOWAR guitarist Karl Logan, all upcoming European dates of the "Demons, Dragons and Warriors World Tour" will be postponed until further notice. This postponement will include the performances of RHAPSODY and HOLYHELL. Logan was injured on Tuesday, January 24, 2006 in a motorcycle accident. He sustained severe injuries to ...

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MANOWAR Guitarist Injured In Motorcycle Accident

Karl Logan, lead guitarist of heavy metal powerhouse MANOWAR, was injured on Tuesday, January 24, 2006 in a motorcycle accident. Logan sustained severe injuries to his left arm, which will prevent him from performing for an as-yet-unknown period of time. "MANOWAR will have to reconsider all of our plans, but the good news is that ...

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ARCH RIVAL: Debut Album To Be Re-Released

ARCH RIVAL, the Ohio-based power metal band led by guitarist Michael Harris, will have their debut album, "In the Face of Danger", remastered and re-released through Wheel of Time Productions. The new version of the LP, which was originally issued in 1991, will contain as-yet-undisclosed bonus tracks. A May release is expected. A division of ...

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MANOWAR Bassist: 'We Care About Metal Fans More Than Anyone Else'

"We care about our bands, the quality of music and the metal fans more than anyone else!" — Joey DeMaio, MANOWAR bassist and President of Magic Circle Music. During MANOWAR's storied career, the band faced the trials and tribulations that confront musicians trying to make it in the music business. Although MANOWAR have been triumphant ...

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DEEP PURPLE Guitarist STEVE MORSE Checks In From The Road

DEEP PURPLE guitarist Steve Morse has posted the following message on his official web site: "I know it's been a long time since I've written anything, but this is the first moment where there is a lull in the amount urgent things to deal with. Many personal trials have happened, both with close friends and ...

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MANOWAR To Release New Single, Full-Length Album

MANOWAR will relerase a brand new single, "The Sons Of Odin", on February 27, 2006. This 10-minute epic, in classic true metal style, sets the perfect tone for the impending release of the yet-untitled full-length album, scheduled for April 3, 2006. Entitled "The Sons Of Odin", the upcoming CD will feature MANOWAR's patented, lion-hearted metal ...

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DEICIDE: New Demo Track Posted Online

A demo version of a new DEICIDE track has been posted online at this location. The song will be included on the band's upcoming album, "The Stench of Redemption", tentatively due in May via Earache Records. A full European tour is currently being booked to follow the release. "The Stench of Redemption" will ...

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DEICIDE Announce New Album Title

Floridian death metallers DEICIDE have unveiled the title of their latest album. Entitled "The Stench of Redemption", the record will be the first DEICIDE album to feature new guitarists Jack Owen (formerly of CANNIBAL CORPSE) and Ralph Santolla (ex-DEATH, ICED EARTH), who have been touring with the band since the departure of the Hoffman brothers ...

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ROSE TATTOO Frontman Visits Australian Troops

The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that legendary ROSE TATTOO frontman Angry Anderson was one of the Australian entertainers who gave up time with their families to put on a Christmas show for Australian Defence Force personnel stationed with the Al Muthanna Task group at a base near the town of As Samawah in southern ...

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CRIMSON GLORY Reunion Plans Detailed

Rod Harmon of HeraldTribune.com has issued the following report: Among prog-metal lovers, the Sarasota-Bradenton band CRIMSON GLORY is semi-legendary, a rival to QUEENSRŸCHE and TOOL — especially in Europe, where its out-of-print albums are highly sought collectors' items. It's been six years since the band released its last album, and 16 years since ...

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