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STRATOVARIUS Members Defend Change In Direction

In a recent interview with Metal Temple magazine, STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto and keyboardist Jens Johansson spoke about the band's new, self-titled album which sounds quite different from all their previous releases. Here's an excerpt from the interview: Metal Temple: I have to say that the new STRATOVARIUS album doesn't sound like anything ...

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ALL TOO HUMAN To Enter Studio In August

Texas-based progressive metallers ALL TOO HUMAN will enter the studio in August to record material for their next two CDs, the first of which is expected to surface in early 2006. A follow-up effort is tentatively due in August 2006. Songtitles set to appear on the upcoming CDs include "Juggernaut", "Cut Me", "Ruffian", and "Insurgent". ...

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PAMELA MOORE: QUEENSRŸCHE's 'Sister Mary' Begins Recording New Album

Pamela Moore, the voice of "Sister Mary" from QUEENSRŸCHE's legendary concept album "Operation: Mindcrime", entered Sonic Ranch studios near El Paso, Texas on Wednesday (July 6) with renowned producer Neil Kernon (QUEENSRŸCHE, NEVERMORE, JUDAS PRIEST, CANNIBAL CORPSE, DEICIDE) to begin recording a new album featuring material co-written with Benjamin Anderson of RORSCHACH TEST. In a ...

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JUDAS PRIEST: Exploring Acoustic Territory

Launch Radio Networks reports: JUDAS PRIEST recently performed two songs acoustically for an appearance on VH1 Classic, which will air on Saturday, July 16 at noon and midnight ET. While acoustic performances are relatively new territory for PRIEST, guitarist Glenn Tipton told Launch that the band may explore the idea further. "We're actually enjoying ourselves ...

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Poll: AEROSMITH, VAN HALEN, GN'R, METALLICA Among Greatest American Rock Bands Of All Time

AEROSMITH, VAN HALEN, GUNS N' ROSES, QUEENSRŸCHE, METALLICA, KISS and NIRVANA are among the top 20 greatest American rock bands of all time, according to the readers of USA Today. The winners were selected based on several factors, including influence, popularity/record sales, live performance, musicianship, and longevity. Top 20 greatest American rock bands of all ...

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Dreams of Death - FLOTSAM AND JETSAM

The number of people willing to "Flots Til Death!" has dropped precipitously since the band's major-label heyday. The band turned out to be too metal for mainstream crossover success, despite a bit of airplay in 1992 with the heavily-hyped "Cuatro", while their move away from thrash roots alienated old-school 1980s fans. Their melodic tendencies and ...

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JUDAS PRIEST To Perform Acoustically On VH1 CLASSIC

JUDAS PRIEST's Glenn Tipton, Rob Halford and K.K. Downing performed two songs acoustically for an upcoming VH1 Classic appearance, set to air on Saturday, July 16 at noon and again at midnight EST. As previously reported, PRIEST guitarist Glenn Tipton told ABC ePrep that the band's upcoming live DVD, featuring footage from their recent shows ...

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Original TESTAMENT Lineup To Open FOR JUDAS PRIEST In California

San Francisco Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT have been added to 107.7 The Bone's "Bone Bash VI" concert on Saturday, July 2 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. They will share the main stage with JUDAS PRIEST, QUEENSRŸCHE and CARBOARD VAMPYRES (featuring former ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell and ex-THE CULT guitarist Billy ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE: Live Recordings Of New Songs Posted Online

QUEENSRŸCHE have uploaded "bootleg"-quality live recordings of two tracks slated to appear on their upcoming CD, the next chapter to the 1988 ground-breaking concept album, "Operation: Mindcrime", tentatively titled "Operation: Mindcrime II". Check out the songs "Hostage" and "I'm American" at Queensryche.com. As previously reported, QUEENSRŸCHE have signed with Rhino Records for the ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Frontman Confirms Plans For Live DVD

JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford has confirmed the group's plans to release a live DVD documenting PRIEST's "Angel of Retribution" tour, tentatively due sometime in 2006. In an interview with the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline", conducted earlier in the week, Halford said, "We had a wonderful moment recently where we played our hometown in ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Sign With RHINO RECORDS

QUEENSRŸCHE have signed with Rhino Records for the release of their new album, the next chapter to the 1988 ground-breaking concept album, "Operation: Mindcrime", tentatively titled "Operation: Mindcrime II". The follow-up to 2003's "Tribe" is tentatively scheduled for release in January 2006. As previously reported, QUEENSRŸCHE have tapped SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY mainman Jason Slater to ...

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Former ALICE IN CHAINS Guitarist Working With AEROSMITH Producer

Former ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist has finished demoing 13 new songs and is currently working on material for his upcoming solo CD with acclaimed songwriter/producer Marti Frederiksen (AEROSMITH, FAITH HILL, DEF LEPPARD). Cantrell just cut a new track called "Swine" with Frederiksen and ex-JANE'S ADDICTION bassist Chris Wyse and is said to be planning on ...

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DEEPSET To Open For JUDAS PRIEST, QUEENSRŸCHE

DEEPSET, a hard rock band featuring members of Nicko McBrain's (IRON MAIDEN) MCBRAIN DAMAGE, is set to open for JUDAS PRIEST and QUEENSRŸCHE at Sound Advice Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Florida. on June 23. DEEPSET features Jonathan Murphy (vocals), Rick Baum (guitar), Marcus Suarez (drums) and Dave "The Beast" Spitz (bass), formerly of BLACK ...

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Former ALICE IN CHAINS Guitarist Buys New Los Angeles Home

Former ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell has just bought his first Los Angeles home which has been kept up in the vintage 1930s style. There is a guest house that will be turned into a studio. Cantrell recently spent time at Doug Fieger's studio in Los Angeles recording new music for his upcoming solo ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Singer: 'Mindcrime II' Will Be Musically Light Years Away From Original

QUEENSRŸCHE vocalist Geoff Tate recently spoke to The Patriot-News about the group's forthcoming CD, the next chapter to the 1988 ground-breaking concept album, "Operation: Mindcrime", tentatively titled "Operation: Mindcrime II". Several excerpts from the interview follow: On the "Mindcrime"'s biting commentaries about quasi-pious religious figures and power-hungry politicians being even more meaningful now ...

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CARDBOARD VAMPYRES To Open For JUDAS PRIEST, QUEENSRŸCHE In California

CARDBOARD VAMPYRES, the new "covers" band featuring former ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell and ex-THE CULT guitarist Billy Duffy, will be opening for JUDAS PRIEST and QUEENSRŸCHE on Saturday, July 2 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. In addition, there will be a special post-show fireworks display. CARDBOARD VAMPYRES currently have Eric ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Singer Says 'Operation: Mindcrime II' Is 'A Very Long Record'

QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate recently spoke to the Hershey Chronicle about the group's tour with JUDAS PRIEST and the progress of the recording sessions for the new QUEENSRŸCHE album, the next chapter to the 1988 ground-breaking concept album, "Operation: Mindcrime", tentatively titled "Operation: Mindcrime II". Several excerpts from the interview follow: On reasons ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE: Fall 2005 Headlining Tour Announced

QUEENSRŸCHE have announced the details of their fall 2005 North American headlining tour. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Sep. 13 - Royal Theater – Victoria, B.C., Canada Sep. 14 - Vancouver PAC – Vancouver, B.C., Canada Sep. 16 - Sport Mart Place – Kamloops, Canada Sep. 17 - PG Civic Center - Prince ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Kick Off U.S. Tour: Setlist Revealed

JUDAS PRIEST kicked off the North American leg of their world tour on Monday (May 30) at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. The group's setlist was as follows: 01. Hellion/Electric Eye 02. Metal Gods 03. Riding on the Wind 04. Touch of Evil 05. Judas Rising 06. Revolution 07. Breaking the Law ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE's GEOFF TATE: 'The Door Is Officially Closed' On CHRIS DEGARMO's Return To Band

On the eve of QUEENSRŸCHE's U.S. tour in support of JUDAS PRIEST, vocalist Geoff Tate called into "The Classic Metal Show" to discuss the tour and the progress of the recording sessions for the new QUEENSRŸCHE album, the next chapter to the 1988 ground-breaking concept album, "Operation: Mindcrime", tentatively titled "Operation: Mindcrime II", among other ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Singer To Guest On Cleveland's 'The Metal Show'

QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate will be the special, in-studio guest of "The Metal Show" on Sunday night (May 29) at 10:00 p.m. EST on 92.3 FM WXTM in Cleveland, Ohio. Tate will be choosing all the music, telling road stories, talking about the band's upcoming "Operation: Mindcrime II" release, and discussing their tour with JUDAS ...

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PUMP Sign With METAL HEAVEN/SOULFOOD

PUMP, the German heavy rockers featuring ex-BRAINSTORM singer Marcus Jürgens, have inked a multi-album deal with Metal Heaven/Soulfood. The band will enter the Area 51 studios in July with producer Tommy Newton (VICTORY, JADED HEART, CRYSTAL BALL) to record their sophomore album, "Breakdown to Breakthrough". PUMP's debut CD, "Against Everyone's Advice", was released back in ...

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TAPPING THE VEIN To Enter Studio In June

Philadelphia's TAPPING THE VEIN are scheduled to enter the studio next month with renowned producer Neil Kernon (NEVERMORE, QUEENSRŸCHE, CANNIBAL CORPSE) to begin recording the follow-up to 2002's "The Damage", tentatively due in early 2006 via Nuclear Blast Records. Kernon apparently contacted the band while they were in the middle of writing material for their ...

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