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PLACE OF SKULLS To Enter Studio In August

PLACE OF SKULLS, the Knoxville, Tennessee-based band featuring former PENTAGRAM guitarist Victor Griffin, will enter Lakeside Studios studio on August 1 with producers Travis Wyrick and Mike Dearing to begin recording their third full-length CD, tentatively due in early 2006 via Exile On Mainstream Records. The as-yet-untitled album will feature Griffin alongside Dennis Cornelius of ...

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RALPH SANTOLLA: 'I'm Not Playing With SEBASTIAN BACH'

Guitarist extraordinaire Ralph Santolla (DEATH, DEICIDE, SEBASTIAN BACH, ICED EARTH) has sent the following statement ot BLABBERMOUTH.NET: "Just to set the record straight — I'm not playing with Sebastian Bach [anymore]. When I joined DEICIDE, it was apparent that I had too many things going on at the same time. DEICIDE has kept me pretty ...

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KING'S X Name New Album

Texas-based rock trio KING'S X have set "Landscape" as the title of their new album, due on September 27 via InsideOut Music America. The first new KING'S X album from guitarist/vocalist Ty Tabor, bass guitarist/vocalist Doug Pinnick and drummer/vocalist Jerry Gaskill under the new deal will include up to 14 songs; the track listing is ...

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FRAMESHIFT Mastermind: SEBASTIAN BACH's Vocal Recording Gives Way To Veiled Violent Threats

ProgRock Records, the label behind Henning Pauly's FRAMESHIFT progressive rock project, has issued the following press release: "After recording an album about the ramifications of violence in society — FRAMESHIFT's 'An Absence of Empathy' — vocalist Sebastian Bach [ex-SKID ROW], on his website, has resorted to veiled threats of violence against FRAMESHIFT mastermind Henning Pauly. ...

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SEBASTIAN BACH To Co-Headline Italy's EVOLUTION FESTIVAL

Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach has posted the following message on his official web site: "I am totally excited to announce the Evolution Festival, which happens this July 16 in Toscolano Maderno, Italy!! This will be the first outdoor festival I have ever played in my life in Italy, which has ALWAYS been one ...

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BRET MICHAELS Attracts Added Attention For Film Role

Actor and producer Rikki Lee Travolta of the famous entertainment family was a key focal point in the VIP section of singer Bret Michaels' concert performance at famed Joe's Bar in Chicago on Saturday, June 25. Travolta previously appeared at Michaels' November Chicago concert date while scouting the singer for a potential role in the ...

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DARK TRANQUILLITY: Back From South America

Sweden's DARK TRANQUILLITY have posted the following message on their official web site: "Yep, we've returned home after a very exciting and successful trip to South/Central America and would like to thank everyone involved; the promotors & agents, the excellent local support bands, the club owners, our touring crew and of course the extremely devoted ...

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Reclaim the Beat - DEFLESHED

DEFLESHED has been in existence for well over a decade with several releases to their name. Presumably, "Reclaim the Beat" would represent the culmination of those years of honing songwriting skills and improving musicianship. This is not good. I'll cut a band a fair amount of slack for not being the most original and/or refusing ...

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KING'S X To Film Two Videos For New Album

The critically acclaimed, highly influential Texas-based rock trio KING'S X has signed with InsideOut Music America. The band's recent work has been released by InsideOut except in North America, and signing with IOMA unifies its label worldwide. The first new KING'S X album from guitarist/vocalist Ty Tabor, bass guitarist/vocalist Doug Pinnick and drummer/vocalist Jerry Gaskill ...

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CAGE To Perform At Camp Pendleton Marine Base

For the second year in a row, San Diego, California-based heavy metal band CAGE will be performing at the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base as part of the massive liberty celebration on the pristine shores of Del Mar beach. This event, which is scheduled to take place July 4, is open to the public and ...

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MUSHROOMHEAD To Release First-Ever DVD Next Month

MUSHROOMHEAD will release their first DVD, entitled "Volume 1", on July 26 via their own label, the Lumberjack-distributed The Filthy Hands Co. The title is available for pre-orders at www.mushroomhead.com for $19.98 (pre-orders will arrive one day before release date). Fans may also enter online to win prizes ranging from signed masks to free show ...

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MICHAEL SCHENKER: 'Heavy Hitters' CD To Surface Next Month

According to CD Universe, the "Michael Schenker and Heavy Hitters" album, featuring an all-star lineup of musicians based around guitar virtuoso Michael Schenker (MSG, UFO, SCORPIONS) paying homage to their contemporaries, is scheduled for release on July 12. This 10-track powerhouse collection was produced by legendary rock producer and musician Bob Kulick (KISS, MEATLOAF) and ...

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Sleep in your Grave - MANNTIS

And the metalcore waves keep crashing down upon us all. Luckily, MANNTIS' "Sleep in your Grave" makes two quality metalcore releases in a row for me, the other being LIFE IN PICTURES' "By the Sign of the Spyglass". Rather than being a boundary-pusher of sorts (like the latter release), "Sleep in your Grave" is effective ...

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HYDROGYN To Work With Legendary Producer MICHAEL WAGENER

West Virginia's HYDROGYN have announced that they will be entering the studio with legendary record producer Michael Wagener this summer to record their major debut, tentatively entitled "Bombshell". Wagener, who mixed METALLICA's "Master of Puppets" and produced OZZY OSBOURNE's "No More Tears" and SKID ROW's "Slave to the Grind", among other multi-platinum albums, paid the ...

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KING'S X Sign Worldwide Deal With INSIDEOUT MUSIC

KING'S X have inked a new worldwide deal with InsideOut Music. The group's recently completed new studio album is scheduled for release on September 27. The CD was produced by veteran metal producer Michael Wagener (SKID ROW, WARRANT, ACCEPT, HAMMERFALL) and is set to include the following tracks (in no particular order): 01. Bam 02. ...

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