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Former WARRANT Frontman Signs On For VH1's 'Celebrity Fit Club 2'

Former WARRANT frontman Jani Lane has signed on for the next installment of VH1's "Celebrity Fit Club" reality series. The following description of the show comes from VH1's official web site: VH1's "Celebrity Fit Club", hosted by comedian Ant, is one unique reality series. Simply by signing up to VH1's "Celebrity Fit Club", our participants ...

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HATE ETERNAL Set Release Date For 'I, Monarch'

Floridian extreme metallers HATE ETERNAL have completed work on their third album, "I, Monarch", due on June 28 via Earache Records (one day earleir internationally). "I, Monarch" was recorded and mixed by HATE ETERNAL mainman Erik Rutan (SOILENT GREEN, INTO THE MOAT) at his own Mana Studios in Tampa, Florida. Artist Paul Romano (MASTODON, TRIVIUM) ...

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REBELLION To Release New Album Next Month: Audio Available

REBELLION, the German band that features in its ranks former GRAVE DIGGER members Uwe Lulis (guitar) and Tomi Göttlich (bass), will release their new album, "Sagas of Iceland", on May 30 via Massacre Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Born a Rebel" will be the first part of a Viking trilogy based upon Ragnar Lodenhose ("Sons ...

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DREAM THEATER: 'Octavarium' Artwork Revealed

DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy has uploaded the cover artwork for the group's new album, "Octavarium", at this location. The CD is scheduled for release on June 7 via Atlantic Records. DREAM THEATER began writing and recording their latest album last November at the Hit Factory studios in New York City. The follow-up ...

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'The Osbournes' Gets New Lease On Life On Web

World Entertainment News Network is reporting that MTV will broadcast reality show "The Osbournes" on the Internet as part of a free online channel. The cable network has decided to launch the MTV Overdrive web site to compete with rival firms like Walt Disney and Microsoft, who have already capitalized on the growing number of ...

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DREAM THEATER: New Album Details Revealed

DREAM THEATER have completed work on their eighth full-length studio album, entitled "Octavarium", tentatively set for release through Atlantic Records on June 7. The track listing is as follows: 01. The Root of All Evil 02. The Answer Lies Within 03. These Walls 04. I Walk Beside You 05. Panic Attack 06. Never Enough 07. ...

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FORCE OF EVIL's New Album Inspired By Classic Works Of Horror

Classic works of horror, both film and fiction, are the primary inspiration behind the new FORCE OF EVIL album "Black Empire", scheduled for release on March 29, via Escapi Music. Virtually all the songs are directly based on works of horror. "Black Empire" is FORCE OF EVIL's second album. Denmark-based FORCE OF EVIL was formed ...

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EMBRACE THE END Sign With ABACUS RECORDINGS

Sacramento's EMBRACE THE END have inked a deal with Abacus Recordings. Featuring current members of FIRST BLOOD and KILLING THE DREAM, EMBRACE THE END separates itself from those acts and the current choking atmosphere of metalcore bands by their sheer scathing ferocity. The sextet just wrapped up the recording of their debut record, titled "Counting ...

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Report: Children Who Lost Parents In GREAT WHITE Fire Coping

The following report was issued by the Associated Press: Nathan Mattera's summers now include bereavement camp, and his after-school activities have been pared to counseling and playing near home. He stays close to his grandmother, now his legal guardian, and occasionally sleeps at the foot of her bed. The 11-year-old boy's life was uprooted when ...

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Reunited AVENGER Confirmed For HEADBANGERS OPEN AIR Warm-Up Show

Reunited NWOBHM outfit AVENGER, featuring former ATOMKRAFT singer Ian Davison Swift and ex-BLITZKRIEG drummer Gary Young, have been confirmed for the Headbangers Open Air warm-up show on July 7 at the Cantina in Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany. Headbangers Open Air is scheduled to take place July 8-9 in Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany. Bands confirmed for the festival include HEATHEN, ...

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GUNS N' ROSES Catalog To Generate $100 Million For SANCTUARY

According an article in the U.K.'s The Times, Sanctuary Music Group said that it expected to generate about £50 million (approx. $94 million) from exploiting GUNS N' ROSES hits through film soundtracks, cover versions and their use in advertisements. Sanctuary announced earlier in the week that it had acquired the publishing rights to GUNS N' ...

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Drummer TOMMY ALDRIDGE Says OZZY Made Fun Of RONNIE JAMES DIO

In an interview with the Dio Message Board, legendary drummer Tommy Aldridge (WHITESNAKE, THIN LIZZY) addressed the confusion as to why his picture appeared on the OZZY OSBOURNE "Diary of a Madman" album sleeve when he was not the drummer on the recording (Lee Kerslake was). "I think it's pretty obvious that it's not my ...

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AFTERSHOK: Classic Metal Delivered 'Bigger And Better'

AFTERSHOK, the classic hard rock/metal band fronted by SHOK PARIS lead vocalist Vic Hix, have just released their long-awaited follow-up to 2002's "Unfinished Business", entitled "Burning Chrome". "Burning Chrome", available on Auburn Records, was recorded over a period extending from late 2003 through summer 2004, and features AFTERSHOK's established classic metal sound along with a ...

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HIGH ON FIRE Announce U.S. Headlining Tour

HIGH ON FIRE have announced their first headlining tour of 2005 in support of their forthcoming new album, "Blessed Black Wings". HIGH ON FIRE will kick off a three-week trek beginning February 4 at the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles, CA. The tour is expected to conclude on February 24 in Salt Lake City, UT ...

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HEATHEN Sign Distribution Deal With IDN

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers HEATHEN have inked a North American distribution deal with the New York-based based Innovative Distribution Network (IDN). The band, who are currently unsigned, released their latest CD, "Recovered", independently this past spring. The effort featured covers of songs from QUEEN, THIN LIZZY, TYGERS OF PAN TANG and SWEET SAVAGE, ...

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HEATHEN Schedule German Festival Appearances

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers HEATHEN have been confirmed for the Headbangers Open Air 2005 festival, set to take place July 9-10, 2005 in Germany. Also scheduled to perform at the festival are TYRANT'S REIGN, WEAPON, RAVENSTHORN, ALL SOULS' DAY, Z-IRON, INNER WISH, ATTACKER, WARRANT (not the Los Angeles hard rock combo), GASKIN, MYSTERY ...

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SEBASTIAN BACH: Remembering DIMEBAG DARRELL

Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach has issued the following statement in memory of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott: "My relationship to this sick series of events goes way back, some 18 years. I joined a band from Detroit called MADAM X back in 1986 and the very first place I ever played on the ...

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