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ADAGIO To Open For ROBERT PLANT At Tunisian Festival

French progressive metallers ADAGIO will open for former LED ZEPPELIN frontman Robert Plant on March 24, 2006 in Tunis, Tunisia as part of the "International Mediterranean Guitar Festival". The concert will mark the first show of ADAGIO's "Dominate Tour", which will follow later in 2006. As previously reported, ADAGIO have set "Dominate" as the title ...

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VANDEN PLAS To Release New CD In February

German progressive metallers VANDEN PLAS will release their new album, "Christ.0", on February 24, 2006. It is a concept album inspired by Alexandre Dumas' novel "The Count of Monte Cristo". The recordings are currently taking place at the Bazement studios near Wiesbaden, Germany. The track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. Christ 0 ...

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ROB ROCK To Film DVD At Germany's OWEN ROCK NIGHT Festival

Powerhouse heavy metal vocalist ROB ROCK (ex-IMPELLITTERI, DRIVER, JOSHUA) has announced that he will record his first live DVD at the Owen Rock Night Festival in Germany in March 2006. Rock is also confirmed for the Elements of Rock festival in Switzerland April 2006. JVC/Victor Entertainment Japan released ROB ROCK's latest CD, "Holy Hell", with ...

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BLOOD TSUNAMI To Play Oslo This Weekend

BLOOD TSUNAMI, the Oslo, Norway-based thrash metal band featuring drummer Bård G. Eithun (a.k.a. Faust; SCUM, ABORYM, ex-EMPEROR), will make their next live appearance on Saturday, December 3 at John Dee in Oslo. The concert, which celebrates the 15th anniversary of Body Map merchandise, will also include performances by GOTHMINISTER and ZENZOR. Fenriz of DARKTHRONE ...

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CRONIAN: BORKNAGAR Side-Project To Release 'Terra' Next Year

CRONIAN (formerly ION), the Norwegian/Swedish project featuring BORKNAGAR members Oystein G. Brun (guitars and programming) and Vintersorg (vocals and programming), have signed a worldwide three-album deal with Century Media Records. Regarding how the project came together, CRONIAN said in a statement, "Already back in 1999 we had plans to do a project together, something beside ...

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BLOOD TSUNAMI To Record Full-Length Debut in December

BLOOD TSUNAMI, the Oslo, Norway-based thrash metal band featuring drummer Bård G. Eithun (a.k.a. Faust; SCUM, ABORYM, ex-EMPEROR), are currently spending their time writing and rehearsing new material for their next studio assault. "The new stuff is brutal beyond belief and true fans of quality thrash metal won't be disappointed," the band write in a ...

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ADAGIO Guitarist Lands Two Magazine Columns

Guitarist Stephan Forté of the French progressive metallers ADAGIO has two new columns in the French magazine Guitarist. In the first column, dubbed "The Electric Legacy", each month, he will adapt on guitar a short part from a piece of a classical composer (from contemporary to baroque). The first article will focus on Bèla Bartok ...

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FIREWIND Announce New Singer, Drummer

FIREWIND, the Greek power metal act led by guitarist Gus G. (DREAM EVIL, ARCH ENEMY), have announced the addition of singer Apollo Papathanasio (ex-MAJESTIC, TIME REQUIEM) to the group's ranks. "He is a world-class act and I'm very happy that the timing's right now and we're joining forces under the FIREWIND flag!" Gus said in ...

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JON OLIVA'S PAIN Announce New Album Title

JON OLIVA'S PAIN, the solo project of SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva, have set "Maniacal Renderings - Chapter 2" as the title of their sophomore album, tentatively due next spring. "The title is very fitting considering the direction of the new music and the lyrics Jon is putting down on paper," JON OLIVA'S PAIN drummer Christopher ...

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VOIVOD Manager's Personal Tribute To DENIS 'PIGGY' D'AMOUR

VOIVOD manager James MacLean has issued the following statement regarding the passing of VOIVOD guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour: "The death of Denis D'Amour was a tragedy. Piggy truly lived for his music. He was easy-going yet focused, never complained and never wanted to be a burden on anyone, he just wanted to write music and ...

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ADAGIO: New Album Details Revealed

French progressive metallers ADAGIO have set "Dominate" as the title of their new album, due in Japan on December 16 via Avalon/Marquee. The CD was produced by Stephan Forté and Kevin Codfert, and was mixed at House of Audio Studios in Germany by Dennis Ward. "Dominate" track listing: 01. Fire Forever 02. Arcanas Tenebrae/Dominate 03. ...

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FIREWIND Working With 'Incredible New Vocalist'

FIREWIND, the Greek power metal act led by guitarist Gus G. (DREAM EVIL, ARCH ENEMY), have posted the following message on their official web site: "As many of you know by now from other online sources, Chity Somapala [vocals] has decided to leave FIREWIND due to 'personal reasons.' But this doesn't mean that FIREWIND stops ...

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DORO PESCH TO Guest On ABBA Tribute TV Show

The official web site of German female metal singer Doro Pesch (ex-WARLOCK) has been updated with the following message: "There will be a ABBA tribute show in November on German TV (RTL). The show presents ABBA's best songs and Doro will be guest of the show, too. The show was recorded in September and Doro ...

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AMEN Frontman: Convicted Murderer FAUST Is 'The Nicest Man'

In a recent interview with Britain's Rock Sound magazine, AMEN frontman Casey Chaos spoke about his SCUM project, which also features in its ranks Samoth (ZYKLON, EMPEROR), Bård G. Eithun (a.k.a. Faust) (ex-EMPEROR), Happy Tom (TURBONEGRO), and Cosmocrator (MINDGRINDER). Asked if he ever addressed Faust's past with him (the drummer was jailed in 1994 for ...

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WORLD BELOW Part Ways With Frontman, Cancel Tour

WORLD BELOW, the Swedish band featuring CARNAL FORGE/CENTINEX guitarist Jonas Kjellgren and CENTINEX drummer Ronnie Bergerståhl, have parted ways with bassist/vocalist Mikael Danielsson (ex-SIDEBURNERS). As a result, the group's previously announced tour with ISOLE has been cancelled. Commented Kjellgren: "Sad but true — Mikael Danielsson has left the band today. Why? I don't really know, ...

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STEVE VAI Teams Up With VERNON NEILLY For Guitar Merchandise Giveaway

Launch Radio Networks reports: Rock guitarist Steve Vai and smooth jazz/blues guitarist Vernon Neilly and the record companies they founded, Vai's Favored Nations and Neilly's Boosweet Records, have teamed with online marketing company On Target Media Group to put together a giveaway contest called Six-String Extravaganza. The on-going promotion allows music fans a chance to ...

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FIREWIND Keyboardist Continues Work On Solo CD

Bob Katsionis, keyboardist of Greek power metal act FIREWIND as well as guitarist of NIGHTFALL and IMAGINERY, is putting the finishing touches on his third solo CD. Once again, the effort will be an all-instrumental work in the vein of LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT, DREAM THEATER and STRATOVARIUS, with special guest appearances by Jeff Waters (ANNIHILATOR), ...

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BLOOD TSUNAMI: Norwegian Thrash Featuring Former EMPEROR Drummer

BLOOD TSUNAMI, the Oslo, Norway-based thrash metal band featuring drummer Bård G. Eithun (a.k.a. Faust; SCUM, ABORYM, ex-EMPEROR), have completed work on their new demo, which they're currently using to procure a record deal. BLOOD TSUNAMI was formed in 2004 by guitarist and vocalist Pete Evil, who hooked up with Jay on drums and began ...

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HEAD CONTROL SYSTEM: ULVER Mastermind's New Project Changes Name

SINDROME, the new project featuring Norwegian Grammy award-winning songwriter Kristoffer Rygg (a.k.a. Garm, Trickster G.) and Daniel Cardoso (ex-SIRIUS), have officially changed their name to HEAD CONTROL SYSTEM. The group, whose music is described as heavy rock "with experimental edges, alternative feeling and a strong visual cinematic component," have posted three complete and mastered tracks ...

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SAVAGE CIRCUS Drummer THOMEN STAUCH Explains Distribution Problems

SAVAGE CIRCUS drummer Thomen Stauch (ex-BLIND GUARDIAN) has posted the following message on the group's web site regarding the relative unavailability of the band's debut album, "Dreamland Manor", in the European record shops: "After talking to our record company again, I figured out that there is a lot of nonsense going on at the dealers! ...

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GOTTHARD To Release 'Anytime, Anywhere' Single

Swiss hard rockers GOTTHARD will release their new single, "Anytime, Anywhere", in their homecountry on October 3 (October 14 in the rest of Europe). The maxi-single will include two versions of the title cut, one live version of "In The Name" (from the "G." album), two of the bonus tracks from the "Lipservice" album and ...

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ARCH ENEMY: Working With New Swedish Guitarist

ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Wow, that was two months that went by quickly — we had a blast this summer in the U.S.! The Ozzfest dates were very successful for us and we enjoyed seeing our music connect with so many fans, new ...

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