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Drummer BOBBY RONDINELLI Quits BLUE ÖYSTER CULT

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT drummer Bobby Rondinelli has officially quit the group in order to pursue his work with hard rock ensemble THE LIZARDS. Rondinelli, who has also played with the likes of BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW and RIOT, has toured and recorded with THE LIZARDS for several years now and is looking forward to exclusively dedicating ...

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Former HALFORD Axeman Announces Guitar Clinic

Former HALFORD and current TESTAMENT/PAINMUSEUM guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak will partake in a heavy metal guitar clinic presented by Jackson Guitars and M & M Music, Vineland, New Jersey. Metal Mike will perform live selections from his three solo instrumental albums, answer questions and talk in-depth about his first choice in guitars: Jackson Guitars. Concluding ...

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OVERKILL Singer To Guest On DAN LORENZO Solo Album

OVERKILL frontman Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and SINGLE BULLET THEORY guitarist/vocalist Matt Difabio have recorded special guest appearances on the second solo album from former HADES guitarist Dan Lorenzo. Blitz and Difabio appear on the tracks "Too Fast For Hate" and "Naked". The album, which was completed at Crystal Studios, will include "one recording I made ...

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RIOT Singer Joins THE LIZARDS

RIOT vocalist Mike Demeo has joined THE LIZARDS, the band featuring drummer Bobby Rondinelli of RAINBOW/BLACK SABBATH fame. THE LIZARDS will be performing with MOUNTAIN, CANNED HEAT and VANILLA FUDGE on July 27 at the Orange County Fairgrounds indoor arena in Middletown, NY (ticket info: 718-824-6480). THE LIZARDS will also be performing with VANILLA FUDGE ...

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RESPONSE NEGATIVE: Video Posted Online

RESPONSE NEGATIVE, the Florida-based death/thrash metal band featuring former OVERKILL/GRIP INC. guitarist Bobby Gustafson, have posted their video for the track "Carnivorous Lust" at this location. "Carnivorous Lust" comes off the group's recently completed five-song EP, which was recorded at Studio 13 with producer Jeremy Staska and mastered by Mike Fuller. The complete ...

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5 BILLION DEAD Launch Debut EP

5 BILLION DEAD, the new American metal band featuring EQUINOX singer/bassist Matt Wagner and DNS singer/artist Strain, have just released their debut EP. The CD was produced and mixed by Jason Suecof at Audiohammer studios (TRIVIUM, ADRIFT, MONSTROSITY, CAPHARNAUM) in Sanford, FL and was mastered by Jim Morris at Morrisound. MP3 clips of the tracks ...

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ICED EARTH Bassist Explains Lineup Changes

ICED EARTH bassist James MacDonough has posted a message on the ICED EARTH fan message board Iced-Realm.de regarding the recent departures of drummer Richard Christy and guitarist Ralph Santolla: "Ok, just so you can stop freaking out and saying all kinds of outlandish things this statement should be sufficient for the situation. "All of us ...

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AEROSMITH Concert In Alabama Canceled Due To Illness

AEROSMITH's concert near Birmingham was canceled within hours of its opening Sunday night (June 6) because of illness, according to the Associated Press. A faxed statement from Clear Channel Entertainment said the concert, which was also featuring rock band CHEAP TRICK, at the Verizon Wireless Music Center in Oak Mountain State Park has been rescheduled ...

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Vocalist TOBEY TORRES Leaves SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY

Vocalist Tobey Torres has left SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY and has reportedly been replaced by Martina Axen, formerly of DRAIN STH/SUPERFIX. "Tobey left SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY of her own will and was not kicked out," SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY mainman Jason Slater said in an online posting. "I am helping her with her solo project. I am ...

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Ex-MEGADETH Members, WATCHTOWER Guitarist To Perform At WORLD GUITAR CONGRESS

SPASTIC INK/WATCHTOWER guitarist Ron Jarzombek is once again hooking up with fellow guitarist Marty Friedman (ex-MEGADETH, CACOPHONY) following last year's "Guitarevolution" tour. The MARTY FRIEDMAN solo band, also featuring bassist/vocalist Chris Catero (RAZER, ex-WARDOG) and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (ex-MEGADETH, Y&T), will appear in concert at the "World Guitar Congress" on Tuesday June 8 in Baltimore, ...

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Former TWO HIT CREEPER Members Launch THE UNHEARD OF

Former TWO HIT CREEPER members Jim (guitar) and Mike (vocals) have formed a new band called THE UNHEARD OF. "Like we said a year and a half ago when we ended TWO HIT CREEPER, this band is pure unadulterated rock with influences stemming from LED ZEPPELIN, GN'R, STP, ALICE IN CHAINS, BLACK SABBATH and RAINBOW," ...

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ICED EARTH: Japanese Tour Postponed

ICED EARTH have been forced to postpone their previously announced Japanese tour due to the recent departure of drummer Richard Christy. "Though we tried everything in our power to keep this from happening we have no other alternative," ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer writes on the group's web site. The affected dates are as follows: ...

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PHANTOMBOLA To Support EDGUY In Australia

Australia's PHANTOMBOLA (PTB) have completed work on their debut full-length album, "Harvest". The track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Filter 02. Die4u 03. Timing 04. Dejavu 05. Let Me Out 06. Fade Away 07. Warriors 08. Lean 09. Aunti Lenni 10. Disremember Audio samples from the CD can be heard via the ...

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GLENN HUGHES, TESLA Confirmed For BOLINFEST 2004

Former DEEP PURPLE/BLACK SABBATH singer Glenn Hughes will once again play the BolinFest in Clear Lake, Iowa this Summer. It will be the event's 11th year of celebrating the memory of late DEEP PURPLE guitarist Tommy Bolin. It all takes place on the weekend of Friday, July 30 and Saturday, July 31, 2004 at the ...

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WYKKED WYTCH: Florida Dates Announced

Florida's WYKKED WYTCH will be doing several South Florida shows in May before returning to Europe in the summer to support their new album, "Nefret". The group's third full-length album, "Nefret" was just released in Europe this month through Demolition/Dreamcatcher Records after much delay. "Nefret" was recorded at Studio 13 and was produced by Jeremy ...

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OVERLORDE Sign With CULT METAL CLASSICS

American power metal band OVERLORDE have inked a deal with Greece's Cult Metal Classics. The band are tentatively set to enter the recording studio in July to record the 12-song, 60-minute effort titled "Return Of The Snow Giant". This will be the first-ever full-length release by the band, whose reputation is based on its five-song ...

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Prophecy - SOULFLY

The metal world was shocked last year when SOULFLY frontman Max Cavalera effectively fired his entire band, but then again, SOULFLY had never been what one could call a stable entity. Unlike Cavalera's previous band, SEPULTURA, SOULFLY has been squarely his sole vision, with any other musicians seeming more or less like hired hands. This ...

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HEIR APPARENT Announce New Drummer, Begin Work On New Material

American prog-metal legends HEIR APPARENT have announced the addition of former NIGHTSHADE drummer Jeffrey McCormack to the group's ranks. The band are currently working on material for their first studio effort in nearly a decade, and will be performing a few shows stateside before the disc is released. The group's current lineup is as follows: ...

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SKINLAB Part Ways With Drummer And Guitarist, Seek Replacements

SKINLAB bassist/vocalist Steev Esquivel has issued the following update on the band's activities: "Hey there everyone. Sorry it's been awhile since the last official update. Even though we've been laying low since the completion of the Jagermusic tour with SLAYER, HATEBREED and our labelmates ARCH ENEMY, there has been a lot going on in the ...

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RESPONSE NEGATIVE To Open For EXODUS In Florida

RESPONSE NEGATIVE, the Florida-based death/thrash metal band featuring former OVERKILL/GRIP INC. guitarist Bobby Gustafson, will be opening for EXODUS at The Culture Room in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on Wednesday, April 28. Also set to appear are SAQ and KRYPTIC KURSE. In other news, RESPONSE NEGATIVE's music will be featured on the upcoming "Get Thrashed" soundtrack, ...

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