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ALEX SKOLNICK To Sit Out TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Tour

Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick has announced his decision not to participate in this year's TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA tour. The following is Alex's official statement on the matter: "It is with mixed emotions that I announce my decision to not participate in this year's TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA tour. It has been an honor to be a part ...

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Newspaper: Radio Host Proclaims He Has Suicide Video

Robert Farley of the St. Petersburg Times reports a Chicago man says he has exclusive video of the much-hyped HELL ON EARTH performance Saturday night, including "crazy" footage that purports to show a sickly-looking man commiting suicide through "some sort of asphyxiation." But Shane Bugbee isn't necessarily buying that it's real. Bugbee, 34, said he ...

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KROKUS Singer Lays Down Vocals On New WARRIOR Album

KROKUS singer Marc Storace has finished laying down vocal tracks on the new WARRIOR album, tentatively due in early 2004. "I'm finally back home from my two-week studio trip to L.A. and three-week tour of Europe with KROKUS and …. all went amazingly well!" Storace writes in an online post. "15 Years Later / Los ...

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ICED EARTH's Forthcoming CD To Honor The 'Valor And Sacrifices' Of Hundreds Of Thousands Of Men

ICED EARTH's forthcoming album, "The Glorious Burden", represents a ten-song musical enterprise honoring the valor and sacrifices that made the world what it is today. The band's ninth full-length album will be released through SPV Records on January 13, 2004. Having only hinted at their infatuation with history in the past with "Ghost Of Freedom" ...

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ENTOMBED Members To Guest On CHAOSBREED Debut

CHAOSBREED drummer Nalle Österman (ex-GANDALF) has posted the following message to the band's official web site: "Hi, this is your captain speaking... Fasten your seatbelts 'cos here we go. Thanxxx for everyone who were supporting us at [our show at Helsinki's] Nosturi [on September 15] — [headliners] ENTOMBED kicked ass and made shit burst through ...

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DREAM THEATER To Release 'Train Of Thought' In November

DREAM THEATER have set "Train Of Thought" as the title for their new album, tentatively due on November 11 through Elektra Records. The complete track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. As I Am 02. This Dying Soul 03. Endless Sacrifice 04. Honor Thy Father 05. Vacant 06. Stream Of Consciousness 07. In ...

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GROOVIES INC.: MP3 Sample Posted Online

GROOVIES INC., the new Swedish band led by former ELECTRIC BOYS and current SILVERGINGER 5 guitarist/vocalist Conny Bloom, have posted a sample of their music in MP3 format at this location. In addition to Bloom, GROOVIES INC.'s lineup features Diva Cruz (congas, bongos, timbales, bells), Stevie Klasson (guitar, vocals), Andy Christell (bass, vocals), ...

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CONSORTIUM PROJECT III: New Album Details Revealed

Century Media Records have licensed the new CONSORTIUM PROJECT III album for worldwide release. Gaining lengthy experience from fronting activities with acts like HAMMERHEAD, VENGEANCE, ELEGY and also appearing on Arjen Lucassen's AYREON, Ian Parry's third and latest rendition to the realms of symphonic, progressive power metal is realized with CONSORTIUM PROJECT III's "Terra Incognita ...

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DESPAIRATION To Release New Album In November

German ambient/gothic metallers DESPAIRATION have finished recording their fourth full-length album, "Music For The Night", for a November release through Holland's DVS Records. The band will enter X-Ton-Studio next week to master the effort, which will contain 18 songs and around 80 minutes of playing time. A record-release party is planned for October 30 at ...

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ACE FREHLEY Says He's Fine Without KISS

Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley recently spoke to Billboard magazine about his decision to sit out the band's co-headlining trek with AEROSMITH. "When I finished the [KISS Farewell] tour, [Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons] told me that was it," Frehley said. "So I'm not gonna sit around and twiddle my thumbs. I started preparing, before ...

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GLENN HUGHES: Staying Always Funky

Former DEEP PURPLE/BLACK SABBATH singer Glenn Hughes has posted the following message to his official web site: "As most of you know, over the last 6 months I have made [solo album] 'Songs In The Key Of Rock', [HUGES TURNER PROJECT's] 'HTPII' and most recently [the collaboration with Italian guitarist Dario Mollo] 'Voodoo Hill 2'. ...

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Hailed Or Reviled, Music Of 1978-83 Just Won't Die

The Hartford Courant reports that it's been called "the worst period in rock history," yet music made between 1978 and 1983 just won't die. For proof, look at the summer concert schedule — it seems like it's all from that era: KISS, AEROSMITH, OZZY OSBOURNE, IRON MAIDEN, STEELY DAN, THE EAGLES, HEART and, of course, ...

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OZZY And Family Sign With MTV For More 'Osbournes'

MTV has signed Ozzy Osbourne and family for 20 new episodes of its hit reality series "The Osbournes", scheduled to begin airing early next year. "It's been one hell of a journey these past few years," Ozzy told the Television Critics Association summer gathering. "This whole MTV thing has been an incredible adventure. We didn't ...

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The Press-Enterprise: Metal Fans' Journey Leads To OZZFEST

Matt Surman of The Press-Enterprise reports in the paper's Sunday edition that the Ozzfest concert Saturday (July 5) at the Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen in Devore, California was attended by thousands of people representing various classifications of metal fans: the black-wearers, the muscled and tattooed, the shockers with dyed hair and piercings, the women ...

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In Harmonia Universali - SOLEFALD

SOLEFALD are one of those bands that can make a reviewers life testy and fairly time-consuming. For, if you wanted to get really anal about it, you could get through reams of paper trying to catalogue their every musical twist and turn per album. DARKTHRONE this band certainly are not. If you've heard their previous ...

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DESPAIRATION Hard At Work On 'Music For The Night'

German ambient/gothic metallers DESPAIRATION are hard at work on their fourth full-length album, "Music For The Night", tentatively due in October/November through the Dutch label DVS Records. The complete track listing for the album is as follows: 01. Music For The Night 02. Drift 03. Phantastronaut 04. River Of Perdition 05. Underground Poetry 06. Madrigal ...

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GODSMACK Set 'Serenity' As Next Single

GODSMACK have set "Serenity" as the next single from the band's latest CD, "Faceless". "Serenity" goes for official adds at radio on June 17, but many stations are already playing the tune. A video will be shot in the coming weeks with a yet-to-be-named director. The song was written by GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna in ...

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ROB ZOMBIE Speaks Out On Plans For 'Corpses' Sequel

Rob Zombie has commented on his freshly-announced deal with Lions Gate Films to write and direct a sequel to his directorial debut, the horror feature "House of 1000 Corpses". "House of 1000 Corpses" has earned more than $11 million in box office receipts since its U.S. release last month. Says Zombie: "After the success of ...

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BLIND GUARDIAN Name Live CD

German melodic metallers BLIND GUARDIAN have set "Live" as the title for their upcoming live album, due on May 26. The two-disc collection, which is currently being mixed at a German studio, will contain 20 songs recorded last year on the band's world tour. The full track listing for the CD is as follows (in ...

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IRON MAIDEN: New Album Mastered

IRON MAIDEN have finished mastering the much-anticipated follow-up to 2000's "Brave New World", due later in the year through Sony/Columbia Records. The following is producer Kevin Shirley's latest posting to his official web site: "Woah - New York is such a fun city and now I'm in 'clear air chop' on a very bumpy teeth-rattling ...

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