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JUDAS PRIEST Singer ROB HALFORD Remembers DIMEBAG DARRELL

JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford has issued the following statement in memory of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott: "Hello everyone. My deepest condolences go out to everyone affected regarding the passing of dimebag. His mucianship was superb and his original style was and will remain an inspiration to players worldwide. His friendship can never be ...

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UPDATED: Tributes From Metal Musicians Pour In For DIMEBAG DARRELL

A number of heavy metal musicians have paid tribute to Dimebag Darrell (DAMAGEPLAN, ex-PANTERA) who was tragically murdered last night. ------------------------------------------------- Ozzy Osbourne: "Dimebag was a dear friend of mine. I'm absolutely beside myself with grief. I can't for the life of me understand why someone would do this. PANTERA toured with me many, many ...

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ANVIL Announce Tentative Title For New Album

Canadian metallers ANVIL have set "This Is Thirteen" (or "TIT" for short) as the title of their upcoming thirteenth studio album. "They plan on having 13 songs on the CD and the cover will be a superstitious theme, as in a broken mirror, black cat and the anvil under a ladder," reads a posting on ...

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MÖTLEY CRÜE Bassist Clears Up 'Bullshit' Session Musician Rumors

MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx has rejected Internet reports that the group's reunion single, "If I Die Tomorrow", features guest appearances by session musicians DJ Ashba (ex-BEAUTIFUL CREATURES) and Josh Freese (A PERFECT CIRCLE) on guitar and drums, respectively, in place of regular members Mick Mars and Tommy Lee. The song, which was co-written by ...

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SOLEMNITY Finish Recording New Album

Germany's SOLEMNITY have finished recording their third album, "Shockwave of Steel", tentatively due in the spring of 2005. "We will record a professional video clip for our new track 'Axe Attack' and therefore we search 20 girls (16 to 25 years old) which would have fun to record it together with us in early February ...

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MUMMIFICATION: New Album Out Now

California death grinders MUMMIFICATION have just released their brand new full-length CD, entitled "Runes of Blood", via their official web site. The album contains "nine brutal tracks of pure deathgrind, including a cover of DEATH's 'Zombie Ritual' with guest vocals by Juan Urteaga of VILE," according to a press release. Vocalist Aaron Zombie ...

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STEEL PROPHET: Date For Hollywood Show Changed

STEEL PROPHET's previously announced show at the Whisky A–Go-Go in West Hollywood, CA has been moved to December 17 from the previously announced December 18. STEEL PROPHET recently announced the addition of new members Tim Thomas (guitar, NEW EDEN), Glenn Cannon (bass, HELLION) and Gene McEwen (drums, STEIGER). The band released their latest CD, "Beware", ...

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MANOWAR Are Packing Chocolate Fudge: Photo Available

All fans who order more than $150.00 worth of merchandise from MANOWAR's official webstore, The Kingdom Of Steel, will receive a free exclusive MANOWAR Chocolate Ingot. "This exclusive item is the size of a gold bar right out of Fort Knox comprised of pure custom made chocolate fudge with the MANOWAR logo branded across the ...

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THE MEADS OF ASPHODEL Outline Upcoming Activities

U.K. black metallers THE MEADS OF ASPHODEL have posted the following update on their official web site: "'The Mill Hill Sessions' CD is now out on Godreah Records. This airs the band in a raw environment with guitars taking over the main sound, leaving the keyboards at a bare minimum. HAWKWIND's Alan Davey and Huw ...

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AGENT STEEL Prepare To Enter Studio

Reunited California speed metallers AGENT STEEL have finished writing nine new songs for the follow-up to last year's "Order of the Illuminati", tentatively due in 2005. Songtitles set to appear on the as-yet-untitled CD are "Curse Reborn", "Hail to the Chief" and "Wash This Planet Clean" (sample mp3). The group plan on writing ...

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STEEL PROPHET To Open For BODY COUNT In California

California-based power metallers STEEL PROPHET have announced the following dates in November/December: Nov. 27 – Hollywood, CA @ The Troubadour (w/ BODY COUNT) Dec. 18 – West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A–Go-Go An after-show party following the Whisky gig will take place at the Wyndham Bel Age Hotel across the street from the venue. STEEL ...

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DIO Concert To Be Broadcast On KSJO

DIO's headlining performance at The Grand (at the Regency Center) in San Francisco, CA Friday night (Oct. 29) will be broadcast live on KSJO 92.3 FM (The Bone). Don't miss this special Halloween weekend broadcast Friday night at 9:00 p.m. PST on Billy Steel's "Metal Zone". "[Opening band] ANTHRAX's set might be [broadcast] live as ...

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MESMERIZE Finish Recording New Album

Italian traditional heavy metallers MESMERIZE have completed the recording process for their fourth album, tentatively due in February 2005 through Dragonheart Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Off the Beaten Path" is being recorded in part at drummer Andrea Garavaglia's Octopussy studio with engineer Giovanni Spinotti, who has previously worked with LABYRINTH. Songtitles set to appear ...

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THY MAJESTIE Part Ways With Singer, Begin Recording New CD

Vocalist Gabriele Grilli (ex-FURY 'N GRACE/DOOMSWORD) has left Italy's THY MAJESTIE due to "personal reasons," according to a posting on the group's web site. Grilli left the band during the recording sessions for their follow-up to 2002's "Hastings 1066", tentatively due in early 2005 via Scarlet Records. A replacement singer has already been found and ...

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EXCITER Singer Explains Belgian Cancellation

EXCITER singer Jacques Belanger has issued the following statement regarding the cancellation of the final show of the group's recently compelted European tour: "First of all, I would like to thank BLACK ABYSS and STEEL ATTACK. Touring with them was a blast. I would like to thank the support crew, Hendrik, Mario and Spray for ...

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PAGE HAMILTON: 'HELMET Is My Band'

HELMET mainman Page Hamilton recently told East Bay Express that after four albums and near-constant touring, HELMET's nine-year run screeched to a halt when bassist Henry Bogdan and drummer John Stanier had a bitter falling-out with their frontman after a particularly grueling tour. "We were really sick of each other," Hamilton says now. ...

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MARDUK: 2005 European Tour Dates Announced

MARDUK will embark on a massive world tour beginning in December. The European portion of the trek, dubbed "Deathmarch 2004/2005", will be divided into two parts, with the first taking place in December and the second during spring 2005. Several dates for the second leg of the tour have been released by the group's booking ...

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STEEL PROPHET Announce Lineup Changes

California-based power metallers STEEL PROPHET have parted ways with guitarist Pete Skermetta, drummer Kevin Cafferty and bassist Vince Dennis. Replacing them in the group's lineup are Tim Thomas (guitar, NEW EDEN), Glenn Cannon (bass, HELLION) and Gene McEwen (drums, STEIGER). STEEL PROPHET's new lineup will make its live debut on Saturday, December 18 at The ...

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MARDUK: New Song Available For Download

A brand-new MARDUK song, entitled "Throne of Rats", has been made available for download at this location. "Throne of Rats" comes off the group's new album, "Plague Angel", due in Europe on November 22 via Blooddawn/Regain. It will be released on the following formats: CD, LP and Picture Disc, and possibly also as ...

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MARDUK: 'Plague Angel' Cover Posted Online

Swedish black metallers MARDUK have posted the cover artwork for their new album, "Plague Angel", at their official web site. "Plague Angel" is scheduled for release in Europe on November 22 via Blooddawn/Regain. It will be released on the following formats: CD, LP and Picture Disc, and possibly also as a limited-edition digipak ...

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MARDUK Set European Release Date For 'Plague Angel'

Regain Records has set a November 22 European release date for the new album from Swedish black metallers MARDUK, entitled"Plague Angel". The CD, which was recorded at Endarker studio in Norrköping, Sweden with producer Devo Andersson, will be the band's first release with new singer Mortuus (previously a member of FUNERAL MIST and TRIUMPHATOR under ...

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DOMAIN: New Song Available For Download

German melodic metal band DOMAIN have posted a new song, entitled "Endless Rain", at this location (mp3). "Endless Rain" comes off the group's new CD, "The Last Days of Utopia", due on February 7 via Limb Music Products. Another new song, "A New Beginning", is featured on a ZYX Music sampler entitled "Heroes ...

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Atlanta's HALLOWS EVE Announce Hometown Show

Reunited Atlanta-based thrashers HALLOWS EVE will be be playing a Halloween Bash on Saturday, October 30 at The International Artists Guild (I.A.G.), located at 845 Memorial Drive in Atlanta. HALLOWS EVE recently completed work on a new single, "Evil Offerings", at Van Gogh Studios in Atlanta with engineer Chris Gailfoil. The single, the group's first ...

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