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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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SHARON OSBOURNE Admits To Teenage Abortion

DigitalSpy.co.uk is reporting that Sharon Osbourne has admitted that she once had an abortion when she accidentally became pregnant when she was seventeen. Sharon spoke about her wild lifestyle of the past, and how her mistakes now give her authority to judge her children when they make theirs, such as Jack and Kelly's need to ...

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TOMMY LEE Says MÖTLEY CRÜE Reunion Talk Is 'Just A Rumor'

Former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee phoned into the "Jackie & Bender" radio show on KISS 106.1 FM in Seattle on Thursday (Oct. 28). During the 10-minute interview, Lee talked about attending The University of Nebraska-Lincoln for his reality show, working on his autobiography with Rolling Stone's Anthony Bozza, his seemingly unlikely friendship with BACKSTREET ...

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SIN DEALER Schedule Video Shoot

SIN DEALER, the band featuring members of SEA OF GREEN, SONS OF OTIS, EDWIN and PLASMA BLAST, will be shooting a video for the song "Rock & Roll Mass" next month. The group have also been busy writting new material and will hit the studio at the end of December to record six new songs, ...

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DEF LEPPARD Bassist Ties The Knot

Sheffield Today is reporting that two members of multi-million-selling Sheffield band DEF LEPPARD have gotten hitched in a matter of weeks. Bass player Rick Savage was the latest to get married — the bells having barely stopped ringing after band frontman Joe Elliott married his girlfriend Kristine at a star-studded bash in a ...

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AFTERSHOK Announce Joint Venture With AUBURN, Complete Work On New Album

AFTERSHOK, the classic hard rock/metal band fronted by SHOK PARIS lead vocalist Vic Hix, have announced their partnership with Cleveland-based independent label Auburn Records. AFTERSHOK's second CD, "Burning Chrome", will be released this fall under a joint venture between the band's own Aftershok Muzik label and Auburn. The band commented: "We handled sales and distribution ...

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ION VEIN Rejoined By Original Bassist

Chicago prog/power metallers ION VEIN have announced the return of the group's original bassist, Brian Gordon, to the fold after a four-year hiatus. "Brian left in 2000 to pursue other musical interests and although he was no longer a member of the band, we have remained good friends and he was always considered an extended ...

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