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BLACK SABBATH's GEEZER BUTLER Plays Michael Kelly Acoustic Bass

Michael Kelly Guitar Company has announced that bassist Geezer Butler of the band BLACK SABBATH has chosen to play a Michael Kelly acoustic bass. Undoubtedly one of hard rock's most influential musicians, Butler has been a member of BLACK SABBATH since the band's inception in the 1960s. Butler received his Michael Kelly Dragonfly bass in ...

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GOTTHARD Enter Swiss Single Chart At No. 3

Veteran Swiss hard rockers GOTTHARD have entered the Swiss single chart at position No. 3 with their latest single, "Lift U Up". "Lift U Up" comes off the group's upcoming CD, "Lipservice", due in Europe on June 6 via G.Records/Nuclear Blast. The complete video for "Lift 'U' Up" can be viewed for free at Bluewin. ...

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The Nihilist Demos - NIHILIST

If you're any kind of death metal fan, you recognize some of those song titles above as classic ENTOMBED cuts. NIHILIST was the band that spawned not only ENTOMBED, but UNLEASHED (formed by Johnny Hedlund upon NIHILIST's breakup in 1989). In the span of a short two years, before morphing into ENTOMBED, this band laid ...

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GOTTHARD Finalize Track Listing For 'Lipservice'

Veteran Swiss hard rockers GOTTHARD have finalized the track listing for their new album, "Lipservice", due in Europe on June 6 via G.Records/Nuclear Blast. It is as follows: 01. All We Are 02. Dream On 03. Lift 'U' Up 04. Everything I Want 05. Cupid's Arrow 06. I Wonder 07. I'm Alive 08. I've Seen ...

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DARK FORTRESS: 'Stab Wounds' To Be Issued On Vinyl

German black metallers DARK FORTRESS have posted the following message on their official web site: "The vinyl version of the band's 'Stab Wound' release is finally available! Again you will get what you deserve! The LP comes in 180 g heavy vinyl, strictly limited to 500 copies including 4 bonus tracks. Due to the fact ...

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ULVER Mastermind GARM To Guest On New SOLEFALD Album

SOLEFALD drummer Lars Nedland (a.k.a. Lazare) has issued the following update on the recording/mixing process for the group's fifth album: "We're well into the process of mixing the album, and the result sounds killer. We've never had a more dynamic and heavy production, and I can't wait to let you guys hear it. But there's ...

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GOADED Schedule California Dates

GOADED (formerly DRIVEN), the California-based band featuring former DIO/WWIII guitarist Tracy G and DAVID LEE ROTH drummer Ray Luzier, have lined up the following dates during April/May: Apr. 27 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues May 06 - Newport Beach, CA @ Club Rain GOADED recently released their new, self-titled CD via Tracy's ...

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TED NUGENT Planning To Appeal Court Victory, Seek More Damages

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that Ted Nugent plans to appeal last week's court victory in Michigan. A jury ruled that the Muskegon Summer Celebration must pay Nugent $100,000 for breaching a contract in June of 2003, with $80,000 for the contracted fee and $20,000 for missed merchandise sales. However, Nugent's camp, which sought $1 ...

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Descent into Chaos - NIGHTRAGE

If you can set aside your AT THE GATES worship for just a moment, you'll be able to recognize NIGHTRAGE's "Descent into Chaos" for what it really is: Dependable Swedish melodic death metal. Don't get starry-eyed over the fact that it's Gus G who is laying down the meaty guitar parts and solos or that ...

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TONY IOMMI's Epiphone Guitar Gets Glowing Review

The March issue of U.K.'s Total Guitar magazine features a glowing review of the Epiphone Tony Iommi G-400 guitar, complete with a five-star rating. The magazine describes it as "probably the best Epiphone electric we’ve ever tried. The quality of finish is top class and the guitar has all the classic elements that we’ve come ...

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THE STORYTELLER To Enter Studio In May

Swedish power metallers THE STORYTELLER will enter Studio Underground in Västerås, Sweden in early May with producer Pelle Saether to begin recording their fourth full-length album. The follow-up to 2003's "Tales of a Holy Quest" will be recorded over a four-week period and will be "a bit harder then our previous albums," according to vocalist ...

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Never-Ending - MYSTIC PROPHECY

It's tough for me not to consider MYSTIC PROPHECY's "Never-Ending" as a companion piece of sorts to FIREWIND's "Forged by Fire". Both came my way within the last month or two, both are quality melodic metal albums, and both feature the axe wizardry of Gus G. Both albums also happen to be the third release ...

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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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