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UNCHAINED To Release Debut Album This Month

Swedish melodic metallers UNCHAINED will release their self-titled debut album on October 27 via Sound Riot Records. The CD was recorded at Pama Studios (KARMAKANIC, THE FLOWER KINGS) in Sweden and mastered at Digital Fabriken (DESTINY, RAUNCHY, TRANSPORT LEAGUE). Artwork was handled by ProgArt (KOTIPELTO, EVERGREY, LOST HORIZON). "Unchained", which features LOCOMOTIVE BREATH's Mattias Osbäck ...

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RUDY SARZO, BOBBY ROCK Among Guest Musicians On Upcoming MICHAEL ANGELO CD

Rudy Sarzo (DIO, ex-QUIET RIOT, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, WHITESNAKE, OZZY OSBOURNE), Bobby Rock (SLAUGHTER), Mark Tremonti (ALTER BRIDGE, ex-CREED), Jim Gillette (ex-NITRO) and Doug Marks ("Metal Method" founder) are among the musicians scheduled to appear on the new solo CD from former NITRO guitarist Michael Angelo Batio, tentatively due in early 2005. In other news, Michael ...

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GAIA EPICUS Hard At Work On Sophomore Album

Norwegian power metallers GAIA EPICUS are currently recording their second album, "Symphony of Glory", at Top Room Studios (TRISTANIA, VINTERSORG, BORKNAGAR) with producer Børge Finstad. The follow-up to 2003's "Satrap" is being recorded and mixed over a five-week period, and will feature artwork by Michael A. Mueller (MEGADETH). A December 7 release through Sound Riot ...

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CHAIN COLLECTOR To Enter Studio In October

CHAIN COLLECTOR, the Norwegian band featuring guitarist Gøran Bomann (CARPATHIAN FOREST), drummer Anders Kobro (CARPATHIAN, GREEN CARNATION, LAST CALL INC), guitarist Kjell Jacobsen (NEON GOD) and vocalist Kjetil Nordhus (TRAIL OF TEARS, GREEN CARNATION), will enter DUB studio in Kristiansand, Norway with producer Endre Kirkesola in early October to begin recording their debut album, tentatively ...

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MINDGRINDER To Enter Studio In November

Norwegian extreme metal band MINDGRINDER, featuring ex-SOURCE OF TIDE drummer/keyboardist Cosmocrator, will enter Akkerhaugen Lydstudio (EMPEROR, ZYKLON, WINDIR) in Norway in November to record their sophomore album, tentatively due in early 2005 via Nocturnal Art Productions. MINDGRINDER issued their debut album, "MindTech", in April through Nocturnal Art Productions. The CD was recorded in December 2002 ...

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STARZ Guitarist Detained At JFK Airport, Misses Live Album Recording

Legendary '70s hard rockers STARZ played in Cleveland Thursday night (Sept. 23) at the Beachland Ballroom minus guitarist Brenden Harkin. Brenden missed the plane to Cleveland after being detained by airport security for unspecified reasons in New York's Kennedy airport for over three hours. He was eventually released but could not get on the last ...

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QUIET RIOT Concert From 1989 Coming To DVD

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that a concert DVD from the late '80s version of QUIET RIOT will be released on November 16 via Music Video Distributors and 2RS Studios. "Quiet Riot: '89 Live In Japan" hails from the days when original singer Kevin DuBrow was out of the band after quitting in 1987 and ...

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Drummer BOBBY JARZOMBEK Talks About Landing ICED EARTH Gig

Former HALFORD and current ICED EARTH drummer Bobby Jarzombek recently spoke to Ferrante's Power Equipment about how he landed the ICED EARTH gig and his gear and technique. Several excerpts from the interview follow: Ferrante's Power Equipment: How did you get the Iced Earth gig? Did you have to audition? Bobby Jarzombek: "I got the ...

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TWILIGHTNING: New Single Sample Posted Online

Finnish power metallers TWILIGHTNING will release their sophomore album, "Plague-House Puppet Show", on September 22 via Spinefarm Records. The complete track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. Plague-House Puppet Show 02. Into Treason 03. The Fiend 04. Victim of Deceit 05. Painting the Blue Eyes 06. In the Fervor's Frontier 07. Fever Pitch ...

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QUEEN Inducted Into HOLLYWOOD'S ROCKWALK: Photos Available

Surviving QUEEN members Brian May and Roger Taylor were inducted into Hollywood's RockWalk on Wednesday (Sept. 8) following the Las Vegas premiere of the musical "We Will Rock You", a rock theatrical stage show featuring 20 of QUEEN's greatest hits. Their handprints will be placed in cement along with a special plaque in memory of ...

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AFTERSHOK Announce Joint Venture With AUBURN, Complete Work On New Album

AFTERSHOK, the classic hard rock/metal band fronted by SHOK PARIS lead vocalist Vic Hix, have announced their partnership with Cleveland-based independent label Auburn Records. AFTERSHOK's second CD, "Burning Chrome", will be released this fall under a joint venture between the band's own Aftershok Muzik label and Auburn. The band commented: "We handled sales and distribution ...

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SHARON OSBOURNE Explains OZZY's Camden No-Show

Ozzy Osbourne's wife/manager Sharon Osbourne has issued the following statement regarding Ozzy's no-show at the Ozzfest stop in Camden, NJ on August 26: "To those who attended the Ozzfest show in Camden on August 26, "I would like to address the few complaints that have arisen from BLACK SABBATH’s performance with Rob Halford [JUDAS PRIEST] ...

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Bassist RANDY COVEN To Join RIOT For NYC Performance

Bassist Randy Coven (ARK, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) will be performing with the legendary heavy metal band RIOT at Don Hill's in New York City on Friday, August 27. Also appearing on the bill will be HAVOCHATE (featuring ex-TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian), SUPERVILLAIN, DIRTY BROWN EYE, OPERATIKA and PHOENIX REIGN. More information is available at

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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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GLENN HUGHES To Release First-Ever DVD In September

Former DEEP PURPLE/BLACK SABBATH singer Glenn Hughes will release his first-ever DVD, entitled "Soulfully Live In The City Of Angels", on September 20 through Frontiers Records in Europe, Marquee/Avalon in Japan, Hellion Records in Brazil and Cleopatra Records in North America later in the fall. Also included in the package will be a double live ...

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HAVOCHATE: New Album Samples Posted Online

New York-based metal band HAVOCHATE, now featuring former TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian, have posted MP3 samples of three new tracks at their official web site. The songs "Alone", "Cycle of Pain" and "Speak No More" come off the group's upcoming second album, tentatively due in October/November in Europe and January 2005 in the ...

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DIO Bassist RUDY SARZO Updates Tour Diary

DIO bassist Rudy Sarzo (ex-QUIET RIOT, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, WHITESNAKE) has uploaded a bunch of photos from the group's recent European tour. Check them out here. As previously reported, DIO's latest album, "Master of the Moon", is scheduled for release in the U.S. on September 7 through Sanctuary Records. SPV are planning on issuing ...

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CHAIN COLLECTOR Sign With SOUND RIOT RECORDS

CHAIN COLLECTOR, the Norwegian band featuring guitarist Gøran Bomann (CARPATHIAN FOREST), drummer Anders Kobro (CARPATHIAN, GREEN CARNATION, LAST CALL INC), guitarist Kjell Jacobsen (NEON GOD) and vocalist Kjetil Nordhus (TRAIL OF TEARS, GREEN CARNATION), have inked a two-album deal with the Portugese label Sound Riot. The group, who had previously recorded a four-song demo entitled ...

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JANI LANE Off 'Bad Boys Of Metal' Tour?

Former WARRANT singer Jani Lane has reportedly dropped off the "Bad Boys of Metal" tour after missing a scheduled appearance at The Downtown in Farmingdale, NY Wednesday night (August 11). According to a fan posting at the Metal Sludge message board, "Nobody addressed the issue until [ex-QUIET RIOT singer] Kevin DuBrow hit the ...

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PREMONITION To Relocate To Chicago

Due to "family and personal" issues, long-running metallers PREMONITION will be relocating to Chicago this fall. The group's revamped lineup, featuring mainman Tattoo Frank alongside guitarist Stevenvy, bassist Glenn Curtis and drummer Gabrieal "Gobie" Anthony (SGT. ROXX), is expected to begin work on a new CD in the near future. "Rest assured, PREMONITION will go ...

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