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RIOT's Set Cut Show At Spain's ATARFE VEGA ROCK Festival

Veteran American hard rock outfit RIOT have just returned from Europe where they performed at the 2005 edition of Spain's Atarfe Vega Rock festival. RIOT singer Mike DiMeo was unable to accompany the band to the festival in due to his commitment to THE LIZARDS (featuring drummer Bobby Rondinelli of BLUE ÖYSTER CULT/BLACK SABBATH/RAINBOW fame). ...

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PAINMUSEUM/TESTAMENT Guitarist Teams Up With MUSICIAN'S FRIEND

Guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak (PAINMUSEUM, TESTAMENT, HALFORD) has teamed up with the world's largest musical equipment company, Musician's Friend, in order to bring a Metal Mike Gear Shop. Metal Mike Gear Shop makes it easy for guitar fanatics to find out about and directly purchase equipment as used by Chlasciak. The exclusive home for this ...

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OVERKILL: Early Albums To Be Reissued On One CD

Megaforce Records will re-release OVERKILL's two classic early albums, "Fuck You and Then Some" and "Feel the Fire", on one CD February 22, 2005. These albums not only showcase the early years of the band, but also represent some of the finest early thrash metal. New York thrash quartet OVERKILL formed in the early 1980s ...

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Former VINNIE VINCENT INVASION Drummer Joins CARNIVAL OF SOULS

Former VINNIE VINCENT INVASION drummer Bobby Rock has joined the New York-based metal band CARNIVAL OF SOULS. "CARNIVAL OF SOULS needed to replace their former drummer [W.A.S.P. skinsman Stet Howland] with someone who could be a team player and contribute mentally as well as physically to be part of this high-energy metal band," Rock said ...

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PAT TRAVERS And CARMINE APPICE Hard At Work On New Album

Guitarist Pat Travers and drummer Carmine Appice (VANILLA FUDGE, BLUE MURDER) are in the studio laying down tracks for their second CD, this time for Cleopatra Records. Performing on the album are two acclaimed bass players, Tony Franklin (BLUE MURDER, THE FIRM, WHITESNAKE) and Chuck Wright (QUIET RIOT, ALICE COOPER). The album contains new versions ...

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DEVILDRIVER Finish Recording New Album

DEVILDRIVER, the Santa Barbara, California-based band featuring former COAL CHAMBER singer Dez Fafara, have posted the following message on their official web site: "This past Sunday (Jan. 30), tracking on the upcoming DEVILDRIVER CD, 'The Fury of Our Maker's Hand', officially concluded. In fact, the last track to have vocals laid down was the title ...

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IRON MAIDEN Drummer Jams For Charity

IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain, who is very busy with charities (ranging from the Narada Foundation to Raven's Heart), was expected to take part in a jam session Sunday night (Jan. 30) at the Marriott in Delray Beach, Florida for the West Palm Beach-based Children's Place at Home Safe fund-raiser. Other musicians that were scheduled ...

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RIOT To Utilize Session Singer For Spanish Festival Appearance

RIOT singer Mike DiMeo will be unable to accompany the band to the 2005 edition of Spain's Atarfe Vega Rock festival in late February due to his commitment with THE LIZARDS (featuring drummer Bobby Rondinelli of BLUE ÖYSTER CULT/BLACK SABBATH/RAINBOW fame). As a result, RIOT guitarist Mark Reale has hired vocalist Mike Tirelli (MESSIAH'S KISS, ...

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PAINMUSEUM To Shoot Video For 'Speak The Name'

PAINMUSEUM, the new band formed by the HALFORD duo of "Metal" Mike Chlasciak (guitar, also in TESTAMENT) and Bobby Jarzombek (drums, also in ICED EARTH), will be filming a video for the track "Speak the Name" in February with directors Evil Eye Sight in coordination with C.M.M. Entertainment, LLC Media. Commented Mike: "This first video ...

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GLENN HUGHES Unveils Signature Bass At NAMM: Photos Available

Legendary bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH) unveiled his new signature bass at the Manne Guitars booth on Saturday (Jan. 22) at the NAMM 2005 convention in Anaheim, California. Joining Glenn to celebrate the occasion were some of his close friends such as Alex Ligertwood, Hans Zermuehlen, Bobby Kimball, Pat Travers, Ed Roth and ...

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It's Official: SPOCK'S BEARD Drummer To Join FATES WARNING On European Tour

As widely expected, legendary progressive metallers FATES WARNING have officially recruited SPOCK'S BEARD drummer Nick D'Virgilio to replace Mark Zonder on their upcoming European tour. Nick is a first-class drummer and toured with such artists as TEARS FOR FEARS, MIKE KENEALLY, JONATHAN BROOKE, ERIC BURDON, SPOCK'S BEARD, KEVIN GILBERT, DEBARGE and THE LEGENDS OF CLASSIC ...

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PENTAGRAM Frontman Hospitalized Following Aborted D.C. Concert

PENTAGRAM frontman Bobby Liebling was reportedly hospitalized Saturday night (Jan. 15) after failing to perform as scheduled at the band's show at the Black Cat club in Washington D.C. Also appearing on the bill were ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY and THE HIDDEN HAND. One person who attended the show, "supernerd23", has posted the following report on the ...

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OVERKILL Singer Discusses New Album 'ReliXIV'

Eagle Rock/Spitfire Records has set a March 22 North American release date for the new OVERKILL album, "ReliXIV". With 2005 marking the 20-year anniversary of their first record-deal signing, and 14 full-length studio albums under their belt, OVERKILL continue to present high-quality, no-frills, solid working-class thrash on their latest album. "We're the real deal, and ...

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Metal For Life - PAINMUSEUM

HALFORD/TESTAMENT guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak has always been very vocal about his love for '80s/early '90s metal, and the traditional heavy metal influences shine through clearly on his latest release, the first to be issued under the PAINMUSEUM banner. Musically, this is exactly the kind of stuff you would expect to hear from someone who ...

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