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STYGIA: 'Divine Allegiance' Track Listing Revealed

Boston, Massachusetts-based up-and-coming "shred" guitarist Todd Seitz has finalized the track listing for the debut album from his STYGIA project, entitled "Divine Allegiance". It is as follows: 01. Colossus 02. The Hunter 03. Journey Through The Sea 04. Spirit Bomb 05. Moonlight 06. Oblivion Overcome 07. Egg of the King 08. A Circle Undone 09. ...

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ANTHEM: 'Black Empire' Out Now

Japanese metal stalwarts ANTHEM have released their latest effort entitled "Black Empire". This is the fifth CD to feature the band's current lineup of Naoto Shibata (bass), Akio Shimizu (guitar), Hiro Homma (drums), and Eizo Sakamoto (vocals). Prior releases include "Seven Hills", "Overload", "Eternal Warrior" and "Immortal". Some of you may recognize both Naoto Shibata ...

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LOUDNESS Issues Update On Drummer MUNETAKA HIGUCHI

Veteran Japanese metallers LOUDNESS — whose drummer Munetaka Higuchi was diagnosed with liver cancer (Hepatocellular Carcinoma) in April 2008 — have issued the following update: "Munetaka Higuchi — who has been receiving medical treatment since April and has so far received two rounds of chemotherapy and an operation to remove part of his liver — ...

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STYGIA Seeking Keyboardist For Debut Album

Boston, Massachusetts-based up-and-coming "shred" guitarist Todd Seitz has issued the following update on the recording sessions for the debut album from his STYGIA project, entitled "Divine Allegiance": "Unfortunately, Mike Pinnella (SYMPHONY X) cannot record keyboards until February due to a busy schedule. I'm forced to seek another keyboardist as this is too long to wait ...

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SYMPHONY X's LEPOND Completes Bass Tracks For STYGIA Debut

Boston, Massachusetts-based up-and-coming "shred" guitarist Todd Seitz has issued the following update on the recording sessions for the debut album from his STYGIA project, entitled "Divine Allegiance": "Mike LePond of SYMPHONY X finished recording his bass tracks earlier this week. I couldn't be happier with his work! The bass tracks are totally killer. I have ...

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METALLICA's LARS ULRICH Breaks Silence On 'Death Magnetic' Sound Quality Controversy

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich has commented on the fan-generated controversy over the audio quality of the group's new album, "Death Magnetic". Several articles from both the mainstream press and recording industry web sites have discussed the album in context of the so-called "Loudness Wars," a term used by UK publication The Guardian, which claims that ...

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LOUDNESS: 'The Legend Of Loudness' Four-Disc DVD Set Out Now

Veteran Japanese metallers LOUDNESS have released a new four-disc DVD set entitled "The Legend Of Loudness - Live Complete Best" in Japan through Tokuma Communications. It features footage spanning the band's entire career — from the early 1980s through 2008 — including the periods when it was fronted by Michael Vescera (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, OBSESSION) and ...

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STYGIA: Album Title Announced

Boston, Massachusetts-based up-and-coming "shred" guitarist Todd Seitz has issued the following update on the recording sessions for the debut album from his STYGIA project: "I'm about to get Mike Vescera a few tracks to start recording vocals. I've written rough melodies in which Mike will improve or fine tune what I've done. Mike LePond has ...

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SYMPHONY X Keyboardist To Guest On STYGIA Debut

Boston, Massachusetts-based up-and-coming "shred" guitarist Todd Seitz has issued the following update on the recording sessions for the debut album from his STYGIA project: "I've made one more lineup change since we had some trouble arranging for Mats Olausson [YNGWIE MALMSTEEN] to make it to the states for keyboard sessions. We didn't expect to have ...

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HAMMERFALL: 'Masterpieces' E-Card Available

On June 27, two new HAMMERFALL releases will see the light of day: a covers CD a collection of all the covers recorded by HAMMERFALL to date plus three new, unreleased ones and a DVD continuing chronicling the band's career. * "Masterpieces" covers CD: 01. Child of the Damned (WARLORD) 02. Ravenlord (STORMWITCH) 03. Eternal ...

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SYMPHONY X Bassist To Guest On STYGIA Debut

STYGIA mainman/guitarist Todd Seitz has issued the following update: "Michael LePond of SYMPHONY X will now be recording bass tracks on the upcoming STYGIA album. I'm sure his contribution to the album will be outstanding as he is part of the best progressive metal band in the business. I'm very lucky to have him take ...

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STYGIA: New Lineup Announced

STYGIA mainman/guitarist Todd Seitz has announced the recording lineup for the band's forthcoming album which will be tracked this summer. It is as follows: Michael Vescera (ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, LOUDNESS) - Vocals Mats Olausson (ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) - Keyboards Chris McCarvill (HOUSE OF LORDS, ex-JEFF SCOTT SOTO) - Bass Todd Seitz - Guitar John Macaluso (ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, ...

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HAMMERFALL Announces New Guitarist

Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL have recruited guitarist Pontus Norgren (THE POODLES, TALISMAN, GREAT KING RAT) to replace Stefan Elmgren, who left the in early April to focus on his new career as a pilot. "Pontus is a fantastic guitar player with musical roots in ACCEPT and neo-classical metal," commented HAMMERFALL drummer Anders Johansson. "I have known ...

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MOTRHEAD's LEMMY Refuses To Turn It Down

MOTRHEAD mainman Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister has told Times Online that he would resist any attempt to force him to turn down the music as part of Scotland's new control of noise at work regulations, introduced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following a Brussels (European Union) directive. "The essence of rock 'n' ...

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HAMMERFALL: New DVD, Covers Album Due In June

On June 27, two new HAMMERFALL releases will see the light of day: a DVD continuing chronicling the band's career, and a covers CD a collection of all the covers recorded by HAMMERFALL to date plus three new, unreleased ones. Incidentally, this will be guitarist Stefan Elmgren's last release with HAMMERFALL. * "Rebels With A ...

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LOUDNESS Taps DED CHAPLIN Drummer For Japanese Dates

Kozo Suganuma, drummer for one of the most popular fusion bands in Japan, FRAGILE and a former member of DED CHAPLIN (featuring LOUDNESS singer Minoru Niihara), has been tapped to fill in for LOUDNESS drummer Munetaka Higuchi for the latter group's previously announced Japanese dates. Higuchi was hospitalized on April 7 and is currently undergoing ...

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