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VICIOUS RUMORS: 'Warball' Artwork Revealed

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers VICIOUS RUMORS have posted the cover artwork for their new album, "Warball", at this location. Due in October via Mascot Records, the CD was recorded at Trident Studios in Pacheco, CA by Geoff Thorpe and Juan J. Orteaga and includes lead-guitar contributions from Brad Gillis (NIGHT RANGER) ...

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Blood of the Snake - DEREK SHERINIAN

You don't get to be a respected journeyman like DEREK SHERINIAN without making a few friends along the way — or without having the chops to execute stop-on-a-dime stylistic changes and make yourself sound convincing. "Blood of the Snake" goes all over the place, with a little something for everyone, and a veritable Who's Who ...

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SACRED STEEL Sets Tentative Track Listing For 'Hammer Of Destruction'

German metallers SACRED STEEL have set the tentative track listing for their sixth album, "Hammer of Destruction", due on November 10 via Massacre Records. The CD was recorded at the Spiderhouse studio in Lütte (near Berlin) with legendary producer Harris Johns (VOIVOD, HELLOWEEN, ST. VITUS, DEPRESSIVE AGE, SODOM, KREATOR). Mixing took place at the Music ...

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VICIOUS RUMORS Complete Work On 'Warball'

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers VICIOUS RUMORS have completed work on their new album, "Warball", due in October via Mascot Records. The CD was recorded at Trident Studios in Pacheco, CA by Geoff Thorpe and Juan J. Orteaga and includes lead-guitar contributions from Brad Gillis (NIGHT RANGER) and Thaen Rassmussen (ANVIL CHORUS). The group's ...

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USURPER Parts Ways With Vocalist DAN TYRANTOR

Due to ongoing circumstances and issues in vocalist Dan Tyrantor's personal life, he has resigned from Chicago's USURPER. The remaining four members will indefinately continue as a four-piece, with guitarist Rick Scythe and bassist Jon Necromancer taking over the vocal duties. USURPER is still confirmed and will perform at both the Minneapolis Mayhem 3 festival ...

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Heavy Metal Concert Stirs Concerns In California

Araceli Esparza of the Pasadena Star-News has issued the following report: They're calling it "Slaughterfest" and promising concertgoers will "bleed metal" at the Whittier Community Theatre [in Whittier, California] later this month. Promoters Castle Black Productions, along with Sam Ash and Guitar Center music stores, have booked seven heavy metal bands, including GRAVE ...

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VICIOUS RUMORS Guitarist Hospitalized With Appendix Infection

Bassist Dave Starr of the veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers VICIOUS RUMORS has posted the following message on the band's official forum: "VICIOUS RUMORS guitarist Geoff Thorpe is in the hospital here in Alameda, Ca. with an infection in his appendix and he is waiting for surgery. If anyone would like to send him ...

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MYTHIASIN: Former STEEL PROPHET Begins Recording New Album

MYTHIASIN, the band fronted by former STEEL PROPHET vocalist Rick Mythiasin, has commenced the recording sessions for its debut album, tentatively due before the end of the year through an as-yet-undisclosed label. The drum tracks for the song "The Truth" were completed last Sunday (July 23). Other songtitles set to appear on the CD include ...

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SABATON Replaces SAVAGE CIRCUS At Sweden's GATES OF METAL Festival

Swedish metallers SABATON have replaced SAVAGE CIRCUS on the billing of the Gates of Metal festival, set to take place August 4-5 at at Folkets Park in Hultsfred, Sweden. The lineup is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): AMORPHIS DEATHSTARS DESTRUCTION DISMEMBER HAMMERFALL HELLOWEEN LUMSK MACHINE MEN MAYHEM MINISTRY NAGLFAR NARNIA ONE MAN ...

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STEEL PROPHET Is Promising A 'Huge Surprise' For Their Fans

STEEL PROPHET founders Steve Kachinsky (guitar) and Vince Dennis (bass) are currently working on new songs, according to a posting on the group's official web site. "In addition to that, the band has a HUGE surprise in store for their fans, but it's just too big to reveal right now!" the posting adds. STEEL PROPHET's ...

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VICIOUS RUMORS To Release 'Warball' In October

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers VICIOUS RUMORS have changed the projected title of their new album to "Warball" from the previously announced "Sonic Rebellion". The CD was recorded at Trident Studios in Pacheco, CA by Juan J. Orteaga and includes guitarists Brad Gillis (NIGHT RANGER) and Thaen Rassmussen. The group's first CD with new ...

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AGENT STEEL Signs With MASCOT RECORDS

California-based metallers AGENT STEEL have inked a deal with Holland's Mascot Records. The band is currently recording its new album for a tentative early 2007 release. A European tour with labelmates VICIOUS RUMORS is expected to kick off in March. Commented guitarist Juan Garcia: "The recording of the new album is coming along great vocals ...

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USURPER To Enter Studio In Early 2007

Chicago's USURPER is currently preparing songs for their sixth full-length album, which they plan to record in early 2007 for a summer release through Earache Records. The album is currently untitled but some new songtitles include "Talons of Steel", "Planet of the Humans" and "Rebel Wolf". In other news, USURPER has posted photos of its ...

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HELSTAR To Headline CALIFORNIA BURNING STAR METAL FEST

The reunited HELSTAR has been confirmed as the headlining act for the 2006 California Burning Star Metal Fest, set to take place August 5-6 at The Jumping Turtle in San Marcos, CA. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: Saturday, August 5 (show starts at 1:00 p.m.): HELSTAR NEIL TURBIN'S DEATHRIDERS NIHILIST CAGE WITHER ...

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VANDEN PLAS Confirmed For U.K.'s BLOODSTOCK FESTIVAL

VANDEN PLAS, SAVAGE CIRCUS and INSOMNIUM have been confirmed for the sixth annual Bloodstock Festival, set to be held September 29-30 at the Assembly Rooms in Derby, England. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: Friday, September 29: Main Hall: PRIMAL FEAR AXEL RUDI PELL SAVAGE CIRCUS MAJESTY MARSHALL LAW Darwin Suite: TO-MERA EDEN ...

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WEDNESDAY 13: 'Fang Bang' Track Listing Revealed

WEDNESDAY 13 (ex-MURDERDOLLS) has finalized the track listing for his sophomore solo album, "Fang Bang", due on September 12 via Restless Records/Rykodisc. The follow-up to 2005's "Transylvania 90210: Songs of Death, Dying and the Dead" was mixed by Bob Marlette, who has previously worked with such artists as BLACK SABBATH, ALICE COOPER and KISS. "Fang ...

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ORANGE GOBLIN Confirmed For U.K.'s HELLACAUST Festival

ORANGE GOBLIN and LUNARMILE (the British band featuring frontwoman Toni-Marie, daughter of BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi) have been confirmed for the Hellacaust indoor metal festival at The Sanctuary in Birmingham, England on Sunday, November 5. Other bands set to appear include MITHRAS, CONQUEST OF STEEL, SEASON'S END, EXPLODER, HEADLESS CROSS, and MUSTA TALVI. Tickets ...

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The Eagle Has Landed Pt. III - SAXON

Does anyone really need another SAXON live album? If you're a diehard fan, then the answer is a resounding "Yes!" Others may prefer 1982's "The Eagle Has Landed" for the early lineup and exclusively classic material or 1996's "The Eagle Has Landed Pt. II" for a relatively broad career retrospective. Still, each of the three ...

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SUFFOCATE FASTER Sign With 1981 RECORDS

Cincinnati Ohio's straight-edge hardcore heavyweights SUFFOCATE FASTER have inked a deal with 1981 Records. The group's new album, "Don't Kill The Messenger", is scheduled for release on September 19. Commented 1981 Records co-owner Cliff Wiener: "We're excited to be aligned with such hardworking musicians and look forward to destroying the world together!" The follow-up to ...

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DESTRUCTION, PARAGON Confirmed For Sweden's GATES OF METAL Festival

DESTRUCTION and PARAGON have been confirmed for the Gates of Metal festival, set to take place August 4-5 at at Folkets Park in Hultsfred, Sweden. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): AMORPHIS DEATHSTARS DESTRUCTION DISMEMBER HAMMERFALL HELLOWEEN LUMSK MACHINE MEN MAYHEM MINISTRY NAGLFAR NARNIA ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD ...

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STIKKI FYKK: 'Cover' Of OBITUARY's 'Slowly We Rot' Posted Online

STIKKI FYKK, the long-running "nasty dirty glam thrash rock" from Germany featuring Dr. Vinnie Stikk (a.k.a. Andreas Preisig, owner of Battle Cry Records), Baron Carloz (a.k.a. Eren Eraslan, former guitar player of STORMRIDER), Sergeant Ryan Vixxen (a.k.a. Mathias Czop, former guitar player for STORMRIDER), Corporal Ver-Kehr (a.k.a. Kai Schindelar of LANFEAR and SACRED STEEL), Michael ...

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