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PANTERA's New Found Power Has A Name: DAMAGEPLAN

PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul have officially named their new band DAMAGEPLAN. The group, whose debut album is due January 27 through Elektra Records, also features singer Patrick Lachman, who used to play guitar in HALFORD and DIESEL MACHINE. Former JERRY CANTRELL back-up guitarist Shawn Matthews, who played bass in an early ...

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DESTROYER 666 To Tour Australia For First Time In Three Years

Australia's DESTROYER 666, who are currently based in Holland, will be returning to Australian shores in December/January for their first national tour in three years. The band's "The Wolves Return" tour will see the band appearing at the Metal For The Brain Festival in December before performing in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth for the ...

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PUSHED's JON DETTE: We Have Not Broken Up!

Despite previous reports to the contrary, Southern California's PUSHED have not broken up, according to the band's drummer, Jon Dette (ex-SLAYER, TESTAMENT). "We've replaced guitarist Joe [Johnson] and bassist Greg [Christian, ex-TESTAMENT]," Dette told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "The new guitar player is Peter Scheithauer (ex-KILLING MACHINE, STREAM, BELLADONNA). Juan Garcia [AGENT STEEL] is most likely going to ...

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RATT: U.S. Tour Dates Announced

RATT will be embarking on a U.S. tour beginning in late October. Confirmed/tentative dates are as follows: Oct. 23 - Colorado Springs, CO @ The Gardens Oct. 24 - Gillette, WY @ Jakes Oct. 25 - Verval, UT @ Club Excess Oct. 26 - Ogden, UT @ Kamikaze's Oct. 28 - Norfolk, NE @ The ...

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SNAPCASE: New Song Posted Online

A new SNAPCASE track, titled "Believe, Revolt (Relocation Blueprint)", has been posted online in MP3 format at this location. "Believe, Revolt (Relocation Blueprint)" comes off the group's forthcoming collection of exclusive material and rarities, "Bright Flashes", due on November 4 through Victory Records. "Bright Flashes" includes four covers of songs by DEVO, JANES ...

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AFTER ALL To Support OVERKILL, SEVEN WITCHES In Europe

Belgium's AFTER ALL have been added to a number of dates on the forthcoming OVERKILL/SEVEN WITCHES European tour beginning on November 16 in Bordeaux, France. Prior to touring with OVERKILL, AFTER ALL will play two live dates in Holland and Belgium as special guests of legendary U.S. speed metal band AGENT STEEL. In addition, they ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Guitarist Discusses Early Rivalry With IRON MAIDEN

In a recent interview with Germany's Rock Hard magazine, JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing addressed former IRON MAIDEN singer Paul Di'Anno's claim in his autobiography that he was the main reason for the old feelings of rivalry that existed between MAIDEN and PRIEST during the early '80s. "Paul apologized personally to me — what a ...

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CALLENISH CIRCLE To Utilize Session Bassist On Upcoming Tour

Former GENETIC WISDOM guitarist Ralph Roelvink will be filling in for CALLENISH CIRCLE bassist Rene "Rocco" Rokx on the band's upcoming "Bonded By Metal Over Europe" tour. The trek, which will also feature EXODUS, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, AGENT STEEL, GOD DETHRONED, GRAVE, MORTICIAN, OCCULT and PROSPECT, is scheduled to kick off on October 7 in Rennes, ...

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AFTER ALL To Support AGENT STEEL In Holland, Belgium

Belgium's AFTER ALL will embark on a three-date mini-tour of Holland and Belgium in late October as special guests of legendary U.S. metallers AGENT STEEL. Upcoming AFTER ALL tour dates: Oct. 18 – Brugge, BEL @ Magdalenazaal (w/ RED ZEBRA, SPACEMAN SPIFF, THE CHUMPS) Oct. 25 – Roeselare, BEL @ Bang Your Brain Festival (w/ ...

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HAMMERFALL: 'One Crimson Night' Track Listing Announced

Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL have confirmed the track listing for their upcoming live CD/DVD, "One Crimson Night", due on October 20 through Nuclear Blast. The CD/DVD will contain the entire concert from Lisebergshallen in Göteborg, Sweden on February 20, 2003, while the DVD will also include an "On The Road" documentary from the European part ...

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THIN LIZZY: More Tour Dates Announced

THIN LIZZY have announced more dates as part of their "Global Chaos 2003" World Tour. Upcoming THIN LIZZY tour dates, according to their management: Oct. 10 - The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY Oct. 11 - Steel Music Hall – Rochester, NY Oct. 12 - The Downtown - Farmingdale, NY Oct. 13 - TBA Oct. 14 ...

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MORTICIAN Announce New Drummer

New York-based death metallers MORTICIAN have announced the addition of drummer Sam Inzerra to the group's ranks. The band will be touring Europe in the fall as part of the "Bonded By Metal Over Europe 2003" tour, also featuring EXODUS, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, AGENT STEEL, GOD DETHRONED, GRAVE, CALLENISH CIRCLE and OCCULT. "Bonded By Metal Over ...

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BEHEMOTH, CARNAL FORGE Drop Off 'Bonded By Metal' European Tour

BEHEMOTH and CARNAL FORGE have dropped off the upcoming "Bonded By Metal Over Europe 2003" tour. No reason was given for their cancellation. Replacing them on the bill will be Dutch death metallers GOD DETHRONED and another as-yet-undisclosed act. The current lineup for the tour looks like this: EXODUS NUCLEAR ASSAULT AGENT STEEL GOD DETHRONED ...

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SINERGY To Record New Album In February

Finland's SINERGY will enter the studio on February 1 for at least six weeks to begin recording their fourth full-length album, tentatively due in June 2004 through Nuclear Blast Records. "Me and [guitarist] Alexi [Laiho, also in CHILDREN OF BODOM] spent the first two days I was back in Finland [after a recent two-month trip ...

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Review: Refocused METALLICA Cranks It Up

Michael D. Clark of the The Houston Chronicle is reporting that as headliners of Saturday's (Aug. 2) Summer Sanitarium tour at Reliant Stadium, METALLICA "brought a sound system that would make a Harrier jet flyby sound church-quiet. They exploded on compositions of chaos at a decibel level not one corner of the football cathedral could ...

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Inferno - ENTOMBED

Something to light up your hi-fi? If the variable quality of their recent catalogue is anything to go by, then you can really only expect something that flickers at best from the grimacing Swedes — more of a mild conflagration than an inferno in your CD tray. ENTOMBED used to be SUCH a great death ...

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'Wacken Metal Overdrive' To Be Released On DVD

On July 28, SPV/Steamhammer will be releasing a special DVD, entitled "Wacken Metal Overdrive", featuring interviews and live footage of various artists performing at the annual Wacken Open Air Festival, widely considered to be the biggest and best "pure metal" festival in the world. The complete track listing for "Wacken Metal Overdrive" (view cover

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JUDAS PRIEST/HALFORD Reunion: The Official Press Release!

After more than 12 years apart, JUDAS PRIEST and original lead vocalist Rob Halford have reunited for a global live concert tour in 2004. The definitive JUDAS PRIEST lineup of Rob Halford, lead guitarist Glenn Tipton, lead guitarist K.K. Downing, bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis are back. The original band members have been ...

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TARAXACUM Set Release Date, Track Listing For 'Rainmaker'

TARAXACUM, the group featuring former STEEL PROPHET vocalist Rick Mythiasin, EDGUY bassist Tobias Exxel on guitar, drummer Franky Wolf, ex-HAGGARD guitarist Danny Klupp and ROUGH SILK/AXEL RUDI PELL keyboardist Ferdy Doernberg, have set an August 25 release date through MTM-Metal Records for their sophomore album, "Rainmaker". 01. Disfunctional (4:02) 02. Prayer In Unison (4:22) 03. ...

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BURDEN OF GRIEF Name New Album

German death/thrash metal act BURDEN OF GRIEF have set "Fields Of Salvation" as the title for their third full-length album, tentatively due later in the year through Massacre Records. The follow-up to 2001's "On Darker Trails" will contain nine tracks and will be mixed at Jailhouse studios in Denmark with producer Tommy Hansen (HELLOWEEN, PRETTY ...

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Of Which They Bleed - WITHERED EARTH

It doesn't suffice to be a plain old death metal band these days. By their spidery logo alone, it would suggest that New York's WITHERED EARTH are entirely and wholeheartedly clinging to the malevolent horns of MORBID ANGEL et al. But peel back the layers of blood-spattered graphics and mummified ghouls and you'll find a ...

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SKINLAB: Raw, Brutal And Straight To The Point!

SKINLAB frontman Steev Esquivel has posted the following update to the group's official web site: "Hey, hey ya'll, time to drop some more news. "Tons going on in the SKINLAB camp. We've been busy trying to get everything together for the next release, 'The Nerve Damage Sessions'... At first, the idea was to put out ...

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AGENT STEEL Finish Recording Bonus Tracks

AGENT STEEL have finished recording three live tracks of older material to be included as bonus tracks on their upcoming 12" limited picture disc. "The performances to the live songs were totally brutal and metal with surgical precision!" the band said in an official statement. The single, which will also be available on CD, will ...

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GRAVE Confirmed For THE BONDED BY METAL OVER EUROPE TOUR 2003

Legendary Swedish death metallers GRAVE have been confirmed for the for the upcoming "The Bonded By Metal Over Europe Tour 2003". The trek — which will include appearances by EXODUS, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, AGENT STEEL, BEHEMOTH, MORTICIAN, CARNAL FORGE, OCCULT and CALLENISH CIRCLE — will hit the following cities during October: Oct. 08 - Sheffield, UK ...

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