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STORMLORD Part Ways With Keyboardist, Announce Replacement

Italian "extreme epic metal" act STORMLORD have parted ways with keyboardist Simone Scazzocchio. "There were no discussions or troubles with him, he was simply not interested in playing metal music anymore," the band write in a press release. "Our split has been friendly, we kept good relations and we wish him the best. "After some ...

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SOILWORK's STRID Finishes Laying Down Vocals For New TERROR 2000 Album

TERROR 2000, the Swedish thrash metal band featuring Björn "Speed" Strid (SOILWORK), Klas Ideberg (DARKANE), Nick Sword (EL MAGO), Erik Thyselius (CONSTRUCDEAD) and Dan Svensson (HATELIGHT), have finished laying down the vocals for their new album, "Terror for Sale", tentatively due in late August/early September via Scarlet Records. Commented Strid: "I've been recording the vocals ...

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RAM-ZET: New Album To Surface In July

Norwegian "black psychotic power metal" act RAM-ZET will release their third album, "Intra", on July 11 via Tabu Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Escape" (Spikefarm Records) was mixed in Sweden with producer Daniel Bergstrand (IN FLAMES, SOILWORK, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DARKANE, MESHUGGAH). RAM-ZET recently parted ways with keyboardist Magnus Østvang. The band are currently seeking ...

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HATESPHERE Confirmed For Belgium's GRASPOP METAL MEETING

Danish thrashers HATESPHERE have been confirmed for this year's Graspop Metal Meeting, set to take place June 24-26 in Dessel, Belgium. HATESPHERE will perform on Sunday, June 26 between 1:20 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on the Marquee II stage. The billing for the 10th-anniversary edition of the Graspop Metal Meeting is shaping up as follows: ...

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MNEMIC To Support DANZIG In Denmark

Danish modern metallers MNEMIC have been confirmed as the main support act for DANZIG this Friday (May 20) at Studenterhuset in Aalborg, Denmark. MNEMIC are continuing to tour in support of their sophomore album, "The Audio Injected Soul", which was released last September via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Mechanical Spin Phenomena" was ...

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WICKED WISDOM Confirmed For OZZFEST's Second Stage

According to Ozzfest.com, WICKED WISDOM — the five-piece band featuring actress Jada Pinkett Smith (wife of Will Smith) — has been confirmed as the final "mystery act" on the second stage of this year's Ozzfest. The band, which includes "Pocket" on guitar, "Rio" on bass, Cameron Graves on keys, Satnam Ramgotra on drums, and Jada ...

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CONSTRUCDEAD Confirm Lineup Changes, Reveal New Album Details

CONSTRUCDEAD, the Swedish band featuring TERROR 2000 drummer Erik Thyselius, have confirmed on their official web site that they have parted ways with vocalist Peter Tuthill and bassist Johan Magnusson. "This happened just a few days before entering the studio," reads a posting on the site. "Jens Broman from THE DEFACED and HATELIGHT filled the ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN Jams With G3 In Japan

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman's official web site has been updated with the following message: "The sold-out Tokyo International Forum got a treat when Marty joined Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and John Petrucci for an all-star jam at the end of the G3 show. They did 'Going Down', and as one would imagine, there was ...

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OZZFEST 2005: Second New Jersey Date Announced

Ozzfest 2005 has scheduled a second date at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ on July 27. The travelling festival had previously announced a July 26 date at the same location. The complete itinerary is now as follows: Jul. 15 - Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts Jul. 17 - Hartford, ...

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KAYSER: New Song Available For Download

A brand–new KAYSER track, entitled "Good Citizen", has been made available for download at this location. "Good Citizen" comes off the group's debut album, "Kaiserhof", due on June 13 via Scarlet Records. KAYSER is the new Swedish band featuring Spice (ex-SPIRITUAL BEGGARS), Mattias Svensson (THE DEFACED), Bob Ruben (ex-THE MUSHROOM RIVER BAND) and ...

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TERROR 2000: Studio Video Clip Posted Online

TERROR 2000, the Swedish thrash metal band featuring Björn "Speed" Strid (SOILWORK), Klas Ideberg (DARKANE), Nick Sword (EL MAGO), Erik Thyselius (CONSTRUCDEAD) and Dan Svensson (HATELIGHT), are in the studio recording their third album, entitled "Terror for Sale". "Everything is almost done and Björn is going to record his vocals as soon as he's back ...

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It's Official: GIZMACHI Added To OZZFEST's Second Stage

As BLABBERMOUTH.NET first reported on May 1, upstate New York's GIZMACHI have now officially filled one of the "mystery band" slots on the second stage of this year's Ozzfest. GIZMACHI will release their debut CD, "The Imbuing", on May 3 on Big Orange Clown Records, an imprint of Sanctuary Records. "The Imbuing" was produced by ...

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SCARVE To Support MESHUGGAH In Europe

France's SCARVE have been confirmed as the support act for MESHUGGAH on their upcoming European tour. Confirmed SCARVE tour dates are as follows: May 14 - Bomal, BEL @ Le Sassin (Durbuy Rock Festival) May 24 - Mulhouse, FRA @ Noumatrouff * May 25 - Paris, FRA @ Trabendo * May 27 - Winterthur, SWI ...

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Ex-MEGADETH Guitarist MARTY FRIEDMAN Is A Hit On Japanese TV

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman's official web site has been updated with the following message: "The [Japanese] TV show 'Hebimetasan', which features Marty each week as a regular, is a smash hit! The premise of the high-energy show is to introduce, explain and have fun with (as well as make fun of) heavy metal/hard rock ...

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RAM-ZET Sign With TABU, Prepare To Release New Album

Norwegian "black psychotic power metal" act RAM-ZET have inked a deal with Tabu Records. The group's third album, "Intra", was mixed in Sweden with producer Daniel Bergstrand (IN FLAMES, SOILWORK, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DARKANE, MESHUGGAH). A May 30 release is expected. In other news, RAM-ZET have parted ways with keyboardist Magnus Østvang. The band are ...

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AXAMENTA To Begin Recording New Album Next Week

Belgium's AXAMENTA, the former band of current EPICA bassist Yves Huts, will make their way to Hansen studio in Ribe, Denmark on Sunday, May 1 to begin recording their new album with producer Jacob Hansen (MERCENARY, RAUNCHY, ABORTED). Mixing and mastering will take place at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden under the supervision of producer ...

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IN FLAMES Upgraded To OZZFEST's Main Stage

According to Ozzfest.com, IN FLAMES have been upgraded to a main-stage slot at this year's Ozzfest. The Swedish band will open the proceedings on the main stage, where they are scheduled to go on right before BLACK LABEL SOCIETY. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows: Main Stage: BLACK SABBATH IRON MAIDEN MUDVAYNE ...

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Former BLIND GUARDIAN Drummer Issues Update

Former BLIND GUARDIAN drummer Thomen Stauch has issued an update on his SAVAGE CIRCUS project featuring PERSUADER members Jens Karlsson (vocals, guitar) and Emil Norberg (lead guitar) and the still-unnamed collaboration with SOILWORK vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid. Stauch's message reads as follows: "First I would like to thank you for your positive response to the ...

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SOILWORK Singer Apologizes To Former Drummer

SOILWORK vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid has issued an apology to the group's former drummer, Richard Evensand, for forgetting to including him on the thanks list on the band's latest album, "Stabbing the Drama". Strid's statement reads as follows: "I would like to take the time and make a statement about our former drummer Richard Evensand ...

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CONTRIVE: New Album Mixed By Acclaimed Producer FREDRIK NORDSTRÖM

Australian metal trio CONTRIVE have just completed mixing their debut album, "The Meaning Unseen", with famed Swedish producer Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg. Nordström, who is known for delivering some amazing sounds from top metal acts such as DIMMU BORGIR, OPETH, ARCH ENEMY and THE HAUNTED, to name a few, took great attention ...

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France's FURY FEST: Complete Schedule Announced

The complete schedule has been announced for the 2005 edition of Fury Fest, set to take place June 24-26 in Le Mans, France. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: Friday, June 24: Main Stage: 00.15 - 1.15 JELLO BIAFRA AND THE MELVINS 22.30 - 23.15 ANTHRAX 21.00 - 21.45 MILLENCOLIN 19.30 - 20.15 ...

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KAYSER: Former SPIRITUAL BEGGARS Frontman To Release New Album

KAYSER, the new Swedish band featuring Spice (ex-SPIRITUAL BEGGARS), Mattias Svensson (THE DEFACED), Bob Ruben (ex-THE MUSHROOM RIVER BAND) and Fredrik Finnander (ex-AEON), have completed work on their debut album, "Kaiserhof", due on June 13 via Scarlet Records. "Kaiserhof" was recorded at Caesar studios (SOILWORK, THE DEFACED) and features a sound best described as "a ...

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DARKEST HOUR Finish Mixing New Album

DARKEST HOUR have posted the following message on their official web site: "We have completed mixing our new album 'Undoing Ruin'. It is off to get mastered and then it will be in the can and ready to go. We can't wait to get these songs out to you guys and we stoked to play ...

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SAVAGE CIRCUS: Former BLIND GUARDIAN Drummer Joins Forces With PERSUADER Members

Former BLIND GUARDIAN drummer Thomen Stauch has teamed up with PERSUADER members Jens Karlsson (vocals, guitar) and Emil Norberg (lead guitar) in a new project called SAVAGE CIRCUS. This collaboration is not to be confused with Stauch's as-yet-unnamed band with SOILWORK vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid, which recently finished recording a full-length album. Stauch has issued ...

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CHIMAIRA Pull Out Of Belgium's GRASPOP METAL MEETING; MEGADETH, MADBALL Others Added To Bill

CHIMAIRA and BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE have cancelled their participation in this year's Graspop Metal Meeting, set to take place June 24-26 in Dessel, Belgium. Meanwhile, MADBALL have re-confirmed their appearance at the festival, along with latest additions MEGADETH, SKITSOTY, TERROR, AMEN, PRO-PAIN, DRAGONFORCE, GOREFEST, PETER PAN SPEEDROCK and SIRENIA. The billing for the 10th-anniversary ...

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Former BLIND GUARDIAN Drummer Explains His Departure

Former BLIND GUARDIAN drummer Thomen Stauch has issued another statement explaining in greater detail the circumstances that led to his departure from the group. Stauch's statement reads as follows: "Hi friends, "I hope this news doesn’t shock you too much, but from this point on I am no longer BLIND GUARDIAN's drummer. "Over the last ...

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