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Ex-ANTHRAX Singer DAN NELSON Quits BLACKGATES

Former ANTHRAX singer Dan Nelson has left BLACKGATES — the East San Francisco Bay Area metal outfit featuring drummer Paul Bostaph (ex-TESTAMENT, EXODUS, SLAYER, FORBIDDEN) and guitarist Jeremy Epp (THE VENTING MACHINE). Commented the band: "Regretfully, Dan Nelson has decided to leave BLACKGATES. He has decided that he wants to concentrate full time on being ...

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PRETTY MAIDS Frontman To Guest On New AVANTASIA Album

Singer Ronnie Atkins of Danish hard rock veterans PRETTY MAIDS has been confirmed as one of the guest musicians who will appear on "The Mystery Of Time", the new album from EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet's AVANTASIA project. Also scheduled to make appearances on the CD are Michael Kiske (UNISONIC, HELLOWEEN), SAXON frontman Biff Byford, former ...

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SPIRITUAL BEGGARS To Embark On European Tour In April

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS — the Swedish band featuring ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott and bassist Sharlee D'Angelo, along with vocalist Apollo Papathanasio (FIREWIND) — has issued the following year-end update: "Happy New Year, rockers! Thank you for your support and patience in 2012. We're looking forward to being a lot more active in 2013, that's for ...

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ARJEN LUCASSEN To Guest On New AVANTASIA Album

AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen (also ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE) has been confirmed as one of the guest musicians who will appear on "The Mystery Of Time", the new album from EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet's AVANTASIA project. Also scheduled to make appearances on the CD are Michael Kiske (UNISONIC, HELLOWEEN), SAXON frontman Biff Byford, former KISS guitarist Bruce ...

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AVANTASIA: First Audio Sample Of Forthcoming Album

Michael Kiske (UNISONIC, HELLOWEEN) has been confirmed as one of the guest musicians who will appear on "The Mystery Of Time", the new album from EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet's AVANTASIA project. Also scheduled to make appearances on the CD are SAXON frontman Biff Byford, former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick and drummer Russell Gilbrook of URIAH ...

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King Animal - SOUNDGARDEN

If there's one band that mostly escaped the wrath of heavy metal's original flock, one that still laments the arrival of NIRVANA and grunge despite metal's protracted return, it's SOUNDGARDEN. The primary reason for this is their evolution from a STOOGES-meets-HUSKER DU-meets-MUDHONEY mindset that wielded the flannel flag prouder than SOUNDGARDEN's chief contemporaries, PEARL JAM ...

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Be 3 - KRUK

No, this isn't the black metal band, KRUK, albeit, if you hang out long enough with this one, you'll hear an out-of-place death whoop crash into "Master Blaster" on their latest album, "Be 3". This incarnation of KRUK hails from Poland and while they do boast an album in their catalog titled "Before He'll Kill ...

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SAXON Frontman To Guest On New AVANTASIA Album

SAXON frontman Biff Byford has been confirmed as one of the guest musicians who will appear on "The Mystery Of Time", the new album from EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet's AVANTASIA project. Also scheduled to make appearances on the CD are former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick and drummer Russell Gilbrook of URIAH HEEP. A short video ...

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AVANTASIA: New Album Title Revealed

EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet's AVANTASIA project has set "The Mystery Of Time" as the title of its new album, due in March. Immediately after the release of this new metal opera, based on a story written by Sammet, the band will embark on a full-fledged indoor tour, during which the band and special guests will ...

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Former KISS Guitarist BRUCE KULICK To Guest On New AVANTASIA Album

Former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick (pictured below) was in the studio earlier this month recording lead guitar tracks for the forthcoming album from EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet's AVANTASIA project, due in March 2013. Bruce previously appeared on AVANTASIA's "The Wicked Symphony" and "Angel Of Babylon" CDs and Tobias contributed guest vocals to Bruce's last solo ...

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AVANTASIA To Embark On Headlining Tour In April

EDGUY mainman Tobias Sammet's AVANTASIA project is planning to embark on a headlining tour for in April 2013. Also in the works are several summer festival appearances, as well as South American and Asian tours at the end of the summer. Commented Tobias: "I know I once said we weren't gonna do it again, but ...

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EDGUY Frontman Taps URIAH HEEP Drummer For New AVANTASIA Album

EDGUY mainman Tobias Sammet entered VOX Klangstudio in Bendestorf, Germany late last month with producer Sascha Paeth (KAMELOT, EDGUY, EPICA, RHAPSODY) to begin recording the new album from Sammet's AVANTASIA project for a spring 2013 release. The CD will once again be a rock opera based on a conceptual story very similar to the early ...

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SPIRITUAL BEGGARS To Release New Album In The Spring

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS — the Swedish band featuring ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott and bassist Sharlee D'Angelo, along with vocalist Apollo Papathanasio (FIREWIND) — is hard at work on its new studio album for a spring 2013 release via InsideOut Music. In other news, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS will perform at next year's Roadburn festival on April 21, ...

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Former URIAH HEEP Vocalist JOHN LAWTON To Release New Concept Album

The music industry is buzzing about the new concept album by former URIAH HEEP/LUCIFER'S FRIEND vocalist John Lawton titled "The Power Of Mind". An innovative new CD, conceived, written and produced by the CGI member Dr. Milen Vrabevski, but performed by John Lawton and Bulgarian ensemble Diana Express, "The Power Of Mind" is an exploration ...

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BLACKGATES Schedules East Coast Live Debut

BLACKGATES — the new East San Francisco Bay Area/New York metal outfit featuring former ANTHRAX singer Dan Nelson, drummer Paul Bostaph (ex-TESTAMENT, EXODUS, SLAYER, FORBIDDEN) and guitarist Jeremy Epp (THE VENTING MACHINE) — will make its East Coast live debut on Saturday, November 3 at Saint Vitus bar in Brooklyn, New York. Also scheduled to ...

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KORPIKLAANI Bassist Interviewed On 'Rich Davenport's Rock Show' (Audio)

Bassist Jarkko Aaltonen of Finnish folk metallers KORPIKLAANI was interviewed on the latest edition of "Rich Davenport's Rock Show". The program can be streamed using the Mixcloud player below. (Note: The Aaltonen interview begins around the 21-minute mark.) KORPIKLAANI's eighth studio album, "Manala", was released on August 3 via Nuclear Blast Records. The cover artwork ...

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KRUK Recording Third Album

Polish hard rockers KRUK are currently in the studio working on the material for their as-yet-untitled third album, to be released in the fall. The CD is being produced by Marcin Kindla, previously associated with the Polish pop scene. "The material on which we are currently working is undoubtedly still rock music. However, we do ...

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BOB DAISLEY Pays Tribute To JON LORD

Legendary bassist Bob Daisley (pictured below; OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, URIAH HEEP, GARY MOORE) has released the following statement regarding the passing of former DEEP PURPLE keyboardist Jon Lord: "[Monday was] a sad day. Jon Lord has 'left the building.' "Jon put the 'deep' into PURPLE; he contributed greatly to their sound. Whatever he ...

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BLACKGATES Interviewed On 107.7 THE BONE's 'Metal Zone' (Video)

On Friday, May 4, "Metal Zone" host Nikki Blakk of the San Francisco, California radio station 107.7 The Bone conducted an interview with BLACKGATES — the new East San Francisco Bay Area/New York metal outfit featuring former ANTHRAX singer Dan Nelson, drummer Paul Bostaph (ex-TESTAMENT, EXODUS, SLAYER, FORBIDDEN) and guitarist Jeremy Epp (THE VENTING MACHINE). ...

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BLACKGATES Performs Live For First Time; Video Available

BLACKGATES — the new East San Francisco Bay Area/New York metal outfit featuring former ANTHRAX singer Dan Nelson, drummer Paul Bostaph (ex-TESTAMENT, EXODUS, SLAYER, FORBIDDEN) and guitarist Jeremy Epp (THE VENTING MACHINE) — made its live debut last night (Saturday, May 5) at Rooster's Roadhouse in Alameda, California as part of the Cinco De Mayo ...

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BLACKGATES: Photos Of New Lineup Posted Online

A number of photos of the new lineup of BLACKGATES — the new East San Francisco Bay Area/New York metal outfit featuring former ANTHRAX singer Dan Nelson, drummer Paul Bostaph (ex-TESTAMENT, EXODUS, SLAYER, FORBIDDEN) and guitarist Jeremy Epp (THE VENTING MACHINE) — can be found at this location. BLACKGATES will make its live ...

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BLACKGATES Announces First Show

BLACKGATES — the new East San Francisco Bay Area/New York metal outfit featuring former ANTHRAX singer Dan Nelson, drummer Paul Bostaph (ex-TESTAMENT, EXODUS, SLAYER, FORBIDDEN) and guitarist Jeremy Epp (THE VENTING MACHINE) — will make its live debut on May 5 at Rooster's Roadhouse in Alameda, California as part of the Cinco De Mayo Metal ...

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