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ARCH ENEMY Guitarist Checks In From U.S. Tour

ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "We are in Boulder, CO today… I had to switch out my camo shorts for camo pants — damn it's cold! "I saw my first racoon today, right outside the coffee shop on the street… Wow… I am from ...

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SOULFLY Guitarist Confirmed For HOLIDAY SHRED FEST

SOULFLY guitarist Marc Rizzo (ex-ILL NINO) will be performing at this year's Holiday Shred Fest on Saturday, November 19 at the Steel Music Hall in Rochester, New York. Also appearing on the bill will be "the ultimate shred master" Joe Stump and the JUDAS PRIEST tribute act XCITER, among others. For more information, go to ...

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SOLEMNITY: New EP To Feature MANILLA ROAD, CIRITH UNGOL Covers

Germany's SOLEMNITY will be issuing a new EP, "Another Bloody Sabbath", in April 2006. The track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. Hache De Guerre (w/ French lyrics) 02. Mystification (MANILLA ROAD cover) 03. What Does It Take (CIRITH UNGOL cover) 04. Dreamtime (instrumental) 05. Mephisto (live version) A strictly limited edition vinyl ...

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CIRITH UNGOL: Official Tribute Album Due In Early 2006

Germany's Solemnity Music will be issuing the first "official" tribute to CIRITH UNGOL, entitled "One Foot in Fire". The album is tentatively scheduled to be released in January/February2006 on regular CD and a special limited 12-inch picture vinyl edition with inlay. "One Foot in Fire" tentative track listing (in no particular order): FALCON (w/ Greg ...

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MICHAEL SCHENKER To Guest On GARY BARDEN's New Solo Album

The original MSG (MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP) pairing of Gary Barden (STATETROOPER) and Michael Schenker, responsible for such classic songs as "Armed & Ready" and "Cry for the Nations", recently spent time in the studio recording a track for Gary's forthcoming solo album. Michael played guitar on a track called "Let Me Down", from the album ...

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DELIRIOUS And JUSTICE Confirmed For Germany's RAGERS ELITE FESTIVAL

DELIRIOUS and JUSTICE are among the confirmed bands for the Ragers Elite Festival, set to take place on November 26 at Westfalen in Hamm, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: JUSTICE DELIRIOUS CUSTARD DOOMSHINE ABANDONED GUERRILLA ORDEN OGAN HORRORSCOPE STEEL DEATH HEXENHAMMER DELIRIOUS will celebrate their 15th anniversary at the festival. The ...

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VELVET REVOLVER Frontman Guests On COMEDY CENTRAL's 'Showbiz Show': Video Available

VELVET REVOLVER frontman Scott Weiland (ex-STONE TEMPLE PILOTS) made a surprise appearance with his son Noah on David Spade's "Showbiz Show" on Comedy Central Thursday night (Oct. 20). Download a Windows Media video of Scott's appearance on the program at Velvet-Revolver.com. RollingStone.com recently reported that Weiland will be a special guest performer at ...

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Australian Metal Compilation Available For Free Download

To coincide with a brand new design and site expansion, Australia's PyroMusic.net has announced the release their first free downloadable "Aussie metal compilation." Featured on "PyroMusic.net - Aussie Metal Compilation Volume 1" are a selection of Australian Metal bands whose styles range from thrash, black and death to doom, prog and power metal. The complete ...

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VALKYRIE'S CRY Under DRAGONLIGHT's Wings

Toronto-based metallers VALKYRIE'S CRY have inked a management deal for Europe with the Dragonight Agency. The band will release a special version of their debut five-song demo, "Black Knight", with brand new cover artwork. VALKYRIE'S CRY have been described by Dragonight's staff as the "ancient heavy metal heroes" because of their die-hard attitude and a ...

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PSYOPUS Guitarist Joins ASSJACK's Touring Lineup

PSYOPUS guitarist Chris Arp has joined the touring lineup of ASSAJCK, the hardcore/punk metal band led by SUPERJOINT RITUAL bassist Hank Williams III. "Chris will be taking over lead guitar duties throughout this tour and and is sure to amaze everyone with his shredding style," reads a posting on hank's web site. In addition to ...

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Outstay - THIRD DEGREE

If you like your grind simple, stripped down to the bare steel beams, festooned with thrash beats and seething slow parts, and delivered with clinical precision, THIRD DEGREE is your next essential purchase, easily slotted in with NASUM and those pissed-off recent NAPALM DEATH albums. On the chopping block is a quick half-hour of vein-bursting ...

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Italian MANOWAR Spoof Band Are 'Gay' And Proud

Italian power metal band NANOWAR have spoofed a well-known macho heavy metal legend with their album "Other Bands Play ... Nanowar Gay". Not only does the album cover spoof MANOWAR's "Fighting the World" album sleeve, it also twists the well-known MANOWAR battle cry from "slay" to "gay" and portrays the heroes in suitable VILLAGE PEOPLE-style ...

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AGENT STEEL To Enter Studio Later This Month

California-based metallers AGENT STEEL will enter the studio on October 17 with producer Bill Metoyer to begin recording their new album for an early 2006 release. The band debuted five new songs ("Hail to the Chief", "Wash the Planet Clean", "Liberty Lying Bleeding", "Fashioned from Dust" and "Fire Dragon") during their recent shows in San ...

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CENTINEX Confirmed For Sweden's MOTALA METAL FESTIVAL

Sweden's CENTINEX have been confirmed for the Motala Metal Festival, set to take place November 19 at Folkets Park in Motala, Sweden. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: DARK TRANQUILLITY NOCTURNAL RITES GRAVEWORM ELIXIR WARRANT ISOLE CENTINEX STEEL ATTACK DAWN OF SILENCE For more information, click here. As previously reported, CENTINEX's ...

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KATAGORY V Sign With NIGHTMARE RECORDS

Utah-based progressive/power metallers KATAGORY V have announced that their latest album, "The Rising Anger", will be released through Nightmare Records this spring. Commented bassist Dustin Mitchell: "We have spent the last few months making some minor adjustments and negotiations on the album, and we can now see light at the end of the tunnel. We ...

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MACHINE HEAD: Offically In Writing Mode

MACHINE HEAD drummer Dave McClain has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "What's up, everybody? Just getting back from doing some running, doing four miles every other day and starting five next week. I'm trying to get in shape for a half-marathon next year, maybe the Rock 'n Roll Marathon in ...

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METALLICA Guitarist Performs On New SANTANA Album: Audio Available

As most METALLICA fans have heard by now, the group's lead guitarist, Kirk Hammett, was asked by legendary guitarist Carlos Santana to contribute to the multi-Grammy-winning artist's upcoming release, "All That I Am". The CD, which features Kirk on the track the instrumental track "Trinity", will be in stores on November 1. In the meantime, ...

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COUNT RAVEN: Re-Releases On The Way!

Swedish doom masters COUNT RAVEN will have all four of their albums remastered and re-released through the German label Cyclone Empire before the end of the year. The first two releases — "Storm Warning" and "Destruction of the Void" — will arrive on October 14, to be followed by "High on Infinity" and "Messiah of ...

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THOR Struck By Lightning!

After conquering over 40 cities and towns in as many days, THOR "The Mighty Rock Warrior" was struck down by an unimaginably powerful bolt of lightning! This unthinkable event took place in Portland where he was performing for dazzled audiences. As he placed the steel bar to his lips in order to bend it in ...

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HELSTAR And AGENT STEEL To Team Up For 'Majestic Power Metal Assault'

Progressive power metal outfits HELSTAR and AGENT STEEL will burn across the skies of Southern California and Texas for a limited number of performances. Word has spread like a wildfire throughout the metal community that singer James Rivera (HELSTAR, ex-SEVEN WITCHES) and guitarist Juan Garcia (AGENT STEEL) have joined forces, along with bassist David Ellefson ...

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MY RUIN: More 'Double Shot Of Rock' Tour Dates Announced

MY RUIN, the Los Angeles-based band fronted by ex-TURA SATANA singer Tairrie B., are preparing to head out on the road in support of their upcoming Rovena Recordings release, "The Brutal Language" (September 27). Rovena Recordings is the band's own label, which is marketed and distributed by 33rd Street Records/Bayside Entertainment Distribution. After a successful ...

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