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SEVEN WITCHES Vs. JACK KOSHICK: Bounced Checks And Threats Of Bodily Harm

SEVEN WITCHES, the band featuring former SAVATAGE guitarist Jack Frost and ex-HELSTAR singer James Rivera, have issued the following press release regarding their dealings with well-known heavy metal concert promoter Jack Koshick (Milwaukee Metalfest, March Metal Meltdown): "To date, SEVEN WITCHES has played three Koshick events, and until recently, was always treated well. However, following ...

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ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO Cover JUDAS PRIEST, DIO On New CD

ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO, the jazz ensemble led by former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick, will release their new album, "Transformation", on September 14 through Magna Carta's offshoot label Magnatude Records. Original compositions , which fill just over half the album, are accompanied by new arrangements of tunes by JUDAS PRIEST, DIO, DEEP PURPLE, and more. There ...

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SAVATAGE Mastermind Changes Name Of Solo Project

SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva has changed the name of his solo project to JON OLIVA'S PAIN from the previously announced 'TAGE MAHAL. The name change came about because the group's management realized that there is an established blues artist in Europe who has been using a similar name for decades. JON OLIVA'S PAIN's debut album, ...

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ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO To Hit The Road

ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO, the jazz ensemble led by former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick, will be embarking on a short tour in August. "After months coordinating and preparing our next release (due Sep. 14th) and working on other projects, we are stoked to be hitting the road again," Alex writes on his web site. "We will ...

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PROTOTYPE Confirmed For PROGPOWER USA V Pre-Show Party

Los Angeles-based progressive thrash metal band PROTOTYPE will headline the ProgPower USA V pre-show party in Atlanta, Georgia, on September 16, 2004. This annual event is marked by attendance of festival-goers as well as all of the bands from the actual festival for a meet-and-greet. Other bands appearing on the bill are ENERTIA (NY), MAGISTRAL ...

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CRIMSON GLORY Members To Appear At PROGPOWER V Festival

According to the official CRIMSON GLORY web site, guitarist Ben Jackson and singer Midnight have been invited to attend ProgPower V festival as special guests on September 17-18 in Atlanta, Georgia. Ben and Midnight will be doing a meet-and-greet only and will not be performing at the event. The sold-out ProgPower V will be held ...

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Heavy Metal's Premier Guitarists Pick Their Dream G3 Lineups

Norway's Imhotep zine recently asked more than 100 guitarists to choose their own dream G3 lineups. "The respect that the guitar players have for Joe Satriani and Steve Vai is a proven fact," writes the magazine's Thiago Pinto Corrêa Sarkis (also of Brazil's Whiplash). "Anyway, talking with some musicians, I could realize that the G3 ...

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JON OLIVA: Singer DAMOND JINIYA Is Still An Active Member Of SAVATAGE

Contrary to a statement by former SAVATAGE vocalist Zack Stevens (CIRCLE II CIRCLE) published by the Greek webzine Metal-Realm.com, singer Damond Jiniya is still an active member of SAVATAGE, the group's management has confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "There are no changes in anything that has to do with SAVATAGE," the band's vocalist/mastermind Jon Oliva said in ...

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SAVATAGE Part Ways With Singer DAMOND JINIYA?

SAVATAGE have parted ways with singer Damond Jiniya (DIET OF WORMS, THE NEGLECTED), according to a recent interview with former SAVATAGE and current CIRCLE II CIRCLE vocalist Zack Stevens. Although SAVATAGE guitarist Chris Caffery was previously quoted as saying that the group's next studio album would feature contributions from three singers — Jiniya, Jon Oliva ...

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DAVE MUSTAINE: 'DAVID ELLEFSON Is Suing Me And MEGADETH'

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Here is what I have been saying in the interviews, what happened chronologically that caused the demise of the band, why [drummer] Nick [Menza] was fired, [guitarist] Marty [Friedman] quitting, records turning out the way they did, and finally me ...

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STRATOVARIUS Singer KOTIPELTO To Appear At PROGPOWER USA V

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto will be a special guest at ProgPower USA V, set to be held on September 16 in Atlanta, GA. Kotipelto, whose second solo album, "Coldness", was released in early 2004 by Century Media Records, will be signing autographs, hosting a meet-and-greet, and will also be attending the ProgPower pre-party on September ...

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ALEX SKOLNICK's THE SKOL TRIO Land U.K. Distribution Deal

THE SKOL TRIO, the band led by former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE axeman Alex Skolnick, have secured a U.K. distribution deal for their latest CD, "Goodbye To Romance: Standards For A New Generation". The album, which is said to consist of classic hard rock tunes from the '70s and '80s rearranged "with rich harmonies and pulsating grooves of ...

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VICIOUS RUMORS: New Band Photos Posted Online

Long-running San Francisco Bay Area metallers VICIOUS RUMORS have posted brand-new band pictures at this location. As previously reported, VICIOUS RUMORS recently signed a multi-album recording contract with Holland's Mascot Records. The group's first release for the label will be a DVD, entitled "Crushing the World - Part 1", due later this summer. ...

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DORO: Special Guest Stars Announced For WACKEN OPEN AIR Appearance

German hard rock singer Doro Pesch will be joined by Chris Cafferty (SAVATAGE), Udo Dirkschneider (U.D.O., ex-ACCEPT) and Blaze Bayley (BLAZE, ex-IRON MAIDEN) during a special performance with the Metal Classic Night Orchestra for a unique program of her best hits and other metal classics at this year's Wacken Open Air festival. Pesch will also ...

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LAMB OF GOD: New Album To Arrive In August?

According to an ad in the August 2004 issue of Revolver magazine (page 106), LAMB OF GOD's new album, "Ashes of The Wake", will be released on August 31 through Epic Records. The ad also displays what might be the cover art for the new album. As previously reported, the follow-up to 2003's "As the ...

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TAD MOROSE: Live Appearances Announced

Sweden's TAD MOROSE will appear live at the Hälsingland Runt Biker Meet on July 10 at Baldersnäs MC Club in their hometown of Bollnäs. Also performing will be LEFAY. TAD MOROSE will also make a live appearance at the opening ceremony for Global Games in Bollnäs on July 26. Guitarist Krunt has issued the following ...

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ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO Sign With MAGNA CARTA RECORDS

ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO, the jazz ensemble led by former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick, have inked a deal with Magna Carta Records. "Fittingly, Magna Carta is based in Rochester, NY, where we have some of our most rabid supporters," the band write on Alex's web site. "We want to thank all the fans and industry folks ...

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JON OLIVA's 'TAGE MAHAL To Release Three-Record Series

SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva and his 'TAGE MAHAL solo project have announced the beginning of what will now be a three-record series released over the next few years. "Metal lovers all over the globe can expect the first release of Volume I in September/October of this year followed by a systematic and timely release of ...

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SEVEN WITCHES In The Studio: Video Footage Available

ThatsSoMetal.com has uploaded video footage of guitarist Jack Frost (ex-SAVATAGE) and his band SEVEN WITCHES recording their new CD, entitled "Year of the Witch". You will get to hear them recording a couple tracks from the record along with some in studio antics and a report on what the near future holds for the WITCHES. ...

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JON OLIVA And TAGE MAHAL Sign With SPV RECORDS

SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva has signed a deal with SPV Records to distribute the debut release from TAGE MAHAL. Oliva's first solo release is now complete and will be released worldwide in September/October 2004. The album will feature more than 60 minutes of Jon's solo material recorded by Greg Marchak at Audio Lab Studios and ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE Complete Pre-Production For New Album

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the new band fronted by former SAVATAGE singer Zachary Stevens, have completed the pre-production for the group's much anticipated second release on AFM Records at Cabin Fever Studios in Brooksville, Florida. Owned and operated by hit songwriter Troy Montgomery, Cabin Fever Studios is known for its privacy, excellent writing conditions, relaxed atmosphere, ...

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VICIOUS RUMORS Confirm Italian Tour Cancellation

As first reported here on April 30, long-running San Francisco Bay Area metallers VICIOUS RUMORS have now officially confirmed the cancellation of their previously announced Italian tour. The group's statement on the matter is as follows: "Dear Fans, with much regret, VICIOUS RUMORS has had to cancel their Italian tour. Lead guitarist Geoff ...

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ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO To Contribute Song To Jazz Compilation

ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO, the jazz ensemble led by former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick, will be contributing a track to "Expressions In Jazz Major", a limited-edition jazz compilation album to be released this July. The album will benefit the Instruments for the Youth Foundation. The Florida based non-profit organization works to provide free musical instruments to ...

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VICIOUS RUMORS Cancel Italian Tour

VICIOUS RUMORS' previously announced Italian tour has reportedly been cancelled due to guitarist Geoff Thorpe's "health problems". No further information is currently available. As previously reported, VICIOUS RUMORS recently signed a multi-album recording contract with Holland's Mascot Records. The group's first release for Mascot will be a DVD, entitled "Crushing the World - Part 1". ...

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SAVATAGE Mastermind JON OLIVA: Solo Debut In Mixing Stage

SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva and 'TAGE MAHAL are now completing the final mix for of Oliva's solo debut at Morrisound Studios in Tampa, Florida with Jim Morris at the helm. Eight tracks have been completed and the remaining mixes and mastering will be finalized within the next few weeks. Worldwide distribution is close to being ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE: European Tour Dates Announced

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the new band fronted by former SAVATAGE singer Zachary Stevens, have lined up the following dates as part of their "Summer Smack Down 2004" tour: Jun. 25 – Dessel, BEL @ Graspop Festival Jun. 26 – Munchen, GER @ Garage De luxe Jun. 27 – Affalter, GER @ Zur Linde Jun. 28 ...

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