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MYSTIC PROPHECY Enlist Former PRIMAL FEAR Drummer

MYSTIC PROPHECY, the melodic power metal band consisting of VALLEY'S EVE vocalist Roberto Dimitri Liapakis, ex-STORMWITCH bassist Martin Albrecht, and FIREWIND/ex-DREAM EVIL guitarist Gus G., have announced the addition of ex-PRIMAL FEAR drummer Klaus Sperling and SYMPHORCE guitarist Markus Pohl to the group's ranks. "Both members are crazy about playing the upcoming shows in April/May ...

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Forged by Fire - FIREWIND

Greek Guitar God Gus G. (damn, that's a lot of Gs!) never rests. Even after leaving DREAM EVIL to focus more attention on his pride and joy, FIREWIND, he still does time with NIGHTRAGE and MYSTIC PROPHECY. All these bands have benefited greatly from his massive chops; his chunky riffs and ferocious leads are matched ...

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Only In Amerika - HED P.E.

I suppose that we should give California quintet HED P.E. some credit to sticking to their rap-metal (or G-Punk, as they like to call it) guns when everyone else in that relatively short-lived trend has either gone away or thrown that style overboard. But on the other hand, what HED has to say on its ...

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THE SIX AND VIOLENCE Singer PAULIE G Dead At 41

Paul Gazzara (a.k.a. Paulie G.), one of the vocalists for the legendary New York hardcore band known as THE SIX AND VIOLENCE, passed away on Wednesday, February 9. He was 41 years old. "Paulie's official cause of death has not been released, but he had been suffering from myriad of health issues over the last ...

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BORKNAGAR To Record Acoustic Album

BORKNAGAR mainman Oystein G. Brun has issued the following statement regarding the group's current status: "Dear fans and associates, 'Having created epic metal for several years now, an idea and a vision has arisen within the BORKNAGAR camp, and we hereby want to inform you about how it will affect our forthcoming release: The next ...

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FIREWIND To Support HAMMERFALL In April

Greek melodic power metal band FIREWIND, featuring former DREAM EVIL guitarist Gus G., have been confirmed as the support act for Sweden's HAMMERFALL on their upcoming Icebreaker Festival dates in April. Other bands on the bill are LORDI, THUNDERSTONE and PRETTY MAIDS (in Gothenburg only, instead of THUNDERSTONE). Apr. 21 - Z7 – Pratteln, SWI ...

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MEAT LOAF Provokes NIKKI SIXX In Daughter Rant

ContactMusic.com is reporting that rocker MEAT LOAF reduced a MÖTLEY CRÜE after-show party to silence when he blasted bassist Nikki Sixx in a row over his daughter's raunchy stage attire. The "Bat Out of Hell" veteran allowed his daughter Pearl Aday (currently engaged to ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian) to tour with the raucous ...

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SKEW SISKIN To Record German-Language Album

German hard rockers SKEW SISKIN are currently working on new material with famous German rock-star rebel Udo Lindenberg. For the first time in SKEW SISKIN history, the songs are in German language. Commented SKEW SISKIN frontwoman Nina C. Alice: "With Udo I now have a partner for writing German lyrics.....with attitude! Similar to Lemmy [MOTÖRHEAD] ...

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ADAGIO Announce Swiss Festival Appearance

French progressive metallers ADAGIO have announced that they will be performing with ANOREXIA NERVOSA at the Transit Festival in Geneva, Switzerland on March 4. ADAGIO recently finished recording a pre-production demo for their upcoming album. "It features four tracks with awesome vocal performance of [new singer] Gus [Monsanto] and insane guitar chops," according to a ...

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TED NUGENT Festival Lawsuit Headed To Trial

John S. Hausman of the Muskegon Chronicle is reporting that Ted Nugent's lawsuit against Muskegon Summer Celebration for canceling his scheduled June 2003 concert will go to trial, barring a settlement between the parties. Muskegon County Circuit Judge Timothy G. Hicks on Tuesday rejected Summer Celebration's "motion for summary disposition" asking the judge ...

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NIGHTRAGE: New Song Available For Download

A brand new NIGHTRAGE track, entitled "Being Nothing", has been made available for download at this location. "Being Nothing" comes off the group's sophomore album, "Descent Into Chaos", due in Europe on February 21 via Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Sweet Vengeance", "Descent Into Chaos" was mixed at Studio Fredman in ...

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NEVERMORE: 'Enemies Of Reality' Remix Completed

Producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY, SKINLAB, MASTERPLAN) has finished remixing NEVERMORE's "Enemies of Reality" album for re-release via the Century Media label in the spring. Commented Sneap: "I finished the remixes [Saturday] night [Jan. 15] bar a couple of vocals that got lost somewhere between Seattle and the U.K. (only a whisper and ...

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GOADED: Audio Samples Posted Online

GOADED (formerly DRIVEN), the California-based band featuring former DIO/WWIII guitarist Tracy G and DAVID LEE ROTH drummer Ray Luzier, have released their new, self-titled CD via Tracy's Spooky G label. The complete track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Disclaimer 02. Stand 03. Feed the Fire 04. Bound 05. Flow 06. Headphones 07. ...

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ALICE COOPER To Play Launch Party For New Brand Of Golf Apparel

According to SportsEnd.com, ALICE COOPER will be playing a private show to help launch Phillips-Van Heusen and Tehama's jointly designed IZOD-G brand of fashion-forward performance apparel for golf. The invitation-only concert is expected to take place at the end of January in Orlando, Florida. No further details are currently available. ...

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TOTAL DEVASTATION: New Song Available For Download

A brand new TOTAL DEVASTATION track, entitled "Divine", has been posted online in MP3 format at this location. "Divine", which features a guest appearance by ROTTEN SOUND singer Keijo "G" Niinimaa, comes off the Finnish death metallers' sophomore album, "Reclusion", due on February 17 via Firebox Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Roadmap of ...

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Report: TED NUGENT's Festival Lawsuit Lives On

John S. Hausman of the Muskegon Chronicle is reporting that Ted Nugent's lawsuit against Muskegon Summer Celebration for canceling his scheduled June 2003 Muskegon concert has survived another court challenge. After a courtroom hearing Wednesday, Muskegon County Circuit Judge Timothy G. Hicks denied a defense motion to dismiss the entire case brought by ...

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Former DIO Guitarist To Issue New Instrumental CD

Former DIO/WWIII guitarist Tracy G has set "Dr. Erector Pili" as the title of his new instrumental CD, tentatively due in April 2005. In other news, Tracy has completed work on the new CD from his DRIVEN project, which is now going under the GOADED moniker (reportedly due to the existence of several other groups ...

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ADAGIO Finish Recording New Demo

French progressive metallers ADAGIO have finished recording a pre-production demo for their upcoming album. "It features four tracks with awesome vocal performance of [new singer] Gus [Monsanto] and insane guitar chops," according to a posting on the band's web site. "The new stuff is incredibly heavy." ADAGIO, who parted ways with singer David Readman (PINK ...

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Guitarist/Producer JAMES MURPHY Says He Will Always Be In Awe Of What DIMEBAG Accomplished

Guitarist/producer James Murphy (ex-TESTAMENT, DEATH, OBITUARY) has issued the following statement regarding the death of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell: "I first met Darrell about 18 years ago at a show in Texas around '85-'86. PANTERA was playing to a pretty packed house at this little hole-in-the-wall venue — a bar, really, with a stage jammed ...

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FUNERAL PROCESSION Complete Work On New EP

German black metallers FUNERAL PROCESSION have finished recording their new EP, "Legion Cymru". The EP will be released as a seven-inch single by Nightfog Productions (Germany), as a mini-CD by Millennial Visions (Germany) and as an MC with several bonustracks by Intolerant Rekords Canada. The seven-inch and the mini-CD are scheduled for a late 2004 ...

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