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STEPHEN PEARCY: There Will Be No RATT Reunion

Former RATT frontman Stephen Pearcy has posted the following message on his official web site: "Right now I'm gearing up for RAT BASTARDS Unplugged, the VH1 'Metal Mania Stripped Vol. 2' Tour. The first show of this tour is October 25th in Minneapolis, MN. Were not going to have the same set every night so ...

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WARGASM Guitarist Issues 'Reunion' DVD Update

Guitarist Rich Spillberg of Boston's thrash pioneers WARGASM has issued the following update on the band's activities: "Bob [Mayo, bass/vocals] and Barry [Spillberg, drums] and I are really excited about your enthusiasm towards our upcoming DVD release. If you were of the fortunate few that were able to attend our reunion show last September (I ...

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DEMONS & WIZARDS: Japanese Version Of 'Touched By The Crimson King' To Include Bonus Tracks

According to Victor Entertainment Japan, DEMONS & WIZARDS's sophomore album, "Touched by the Crimson King", will be released in Japan on September 22 with the following bonus tracks: "Lunar Lament", "Wicked Witch" (slow version) and "Spatial Architects". The CD will also include the video for the song "Terror Train". As previously reported, the "Terror Train" ...

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Canada's SLAUGHTER: Rare MP3s Available For Download

Legendary early 1980s Canadian thrash/death metal band SLAUGHTER have released three new rare MP3s from when the group changed its name temporarily in 1992 to STRAPPADO and recorded the "Fatal Judgement" demo. The lineup on the recording consisted of Dave Hewson (vocals and guitars), Bobby Sadzak (guitars), Mike Dalton (bass), and Brian Lourie (drums). The ...

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BLESSED IN BLACK Confirm Singer's Departure

BLESSED IN BLACK, the new hard rock band featuring former NOTHINGFACE members Tom Maxwell (guitar), Jerry Montano (DANZIG, ex-THE DEADLIGHTS) and Tommy Sickles (drums), have confirmed the departure of singer Billy Keeton (ex-SKRAPE). Commented Montano in an online posting: "After over a year of hard work (on our end as a band), we have been ...

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Dark Ages - SOULFLY

It's been a while since I dove headfirst into a SOULFLY album. After the self-titled debut and "Primitive", I stopped paying attention and missed out on "3" and "Prophecy". I half-expected album number five to be a watered down, more commercially oriented, "nu" type of album. To say I was "shocked" at the blisteringly metallic ...

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SOULFLY Film Two New Promotional Videos In Serbia

While in Serbia last month, SOULFLY filmed two videos in support of the upcoming "Dark Ages" CD, due out on October 4 via Roadrunner Records. A video for "Frontlines" was filmed at a site that NATO bombed several years ago, and a clip for "Carved Inside" was shot at a 700-year-old fortress on the shores ...

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RIOT Schedule New York Show

Long-running hard rock band RIOT will be performing a one-off concert at The Crazy Donkey in Farmingdale, New York on Thursday, August 25. RIOT were recently joined for several shows by singer Mike Terelli (MESSIAH'S KISS, HOLY MOTHER, BURNING STARR) after regular vocalist Mike DiMeo was forced to bow out of the dates due to ...

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Former MEGADETH Bassist To Join SOULFLY For Two Shows

Former MEGADETH and current F5 bassist Dave Ellefson will be filling in for SOULFLY bassist Bobby Burns at two SOULFLY live shows next week. Burns is unable to make the dates due to a "family emergency." The details are as follows: Aug. 12 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre Aug. 13 – Long Beach, CA ...

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THE LIZARDS Working On New Music With 'Special Guest Star'

THE LIZARDS, the band featuring Bobby Rondinelli (BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH) and Mike DiMeo (RIOT), have posted the following message on their official web site: "How about this heat? Well, it isn't stopping us from making music! Besides, we are keeping cool in our underground lair at Electric Randyland Studios. We are hard ...

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ROUGH SILK Frontman To Guest On New DESTRUCTION Album

Singer Ferdy Doernberg of the German epic/melodic metallers ROUGH SILK has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "I'll appear on the new CD by the German thrash legends DESTRUCTION playing a slide-guitar solo on an all-star-song ('The Alliance of the Hellhoundz') featuring besides Schmier, Mike and Marc from DESTRUCTION, among others, ...

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VINNY APPICE's Wife Joins 'The Dio Message Board'

Justine Appice, wife of legendary drummer Vinny Appice (BLACK SABBATH, DIO), has been named "chief interviewer" for "The Dio Message Board". By using her knowledge and contacts in the industry acquired over the years, she has been able to secure some no-holds-barred interviews. Most recently she has interviewed Bobby Blotzer (RATT), Frank Marino, James Kottak ...

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RALPH SANTOLLA: 'I'm Not Playing With SEBASTIAN BACH'

Guitarist extraordinaire Ralph Santolla (DEATH, DEICIDE, SEBASTIAN BACH, ICED EARTH) has sent the following statement ot BLABBERMOUTH.NET: "Just to set the record straight — I'm not playing with Sebastian Bach [anymore]. When I joined DEICIDE, it was apparent that I had too many things going on at the same time. DEICIDE has kept me pretty ...

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7DAYSUN Collaborate With SOULFLY Bassist

Family For Life Records, the new label started by Bobby Burns of SOULFLY/PRIMER 55 fame, has just released the debut EP from the Louisville, KY-based band 7DAYSUN. Burns produced the EP, which is entitled "A New Beginning" and contains the following track listing: 01. Slowly Sinking 02. Under My Skin 03. Gift 04. Last December ...

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Firewood - WITCHCRAFT

The story goes that Sweden's WITCHCRAFT first began as a tribute to former 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS legend Roky Erickson and PENTAGRAM's Bobby Liebling. The self-titled debut album caused quite a buzz and if it's anything like "Firewood", I can understand why. Prior to actually hearing "Firewood", I would have taken with a grain of salt ...

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SEBASTIAN BACH To Co-Headline Italy's EVOLUTION FESTIVAL

Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach has posted the following message on his official web site: "I am totally excited to announce the Evolution Festival, which happens this July 16 in Toscolano Maderno, Italy!! This will be the first outdoor festival I have ever played in my life in Italy, which has ALWAYS been one ...

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