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MOB RULES: New Album To Include Bonus CD Of Rare Material

German melodic metallers MOB RULES will release their fourth album, "Among the Gods", as a digipack featuring rare and previously unreleased audio and video material. The complete track listing for the bonus CD is as follows: Audio: 01. Battlefield Control (unreleased outtake 2002) 02. All That I Bleed (SAVATAGE Cover) 03. Hydrophobia (alternate version) CD-Rom: ...

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SAVATAGE Singer, MORBID ANGEL Producer Launch New Project

Vocalist Damond Jiniya (SAVATAGE, DIET OF WORMS) and producer Juan "Punchy" Gonzalez (LOVER OF SIN, DIET OF WORMS) have formed a brand-new project called THE NEGLECTED. The group's debut CD, "The Neglected", was written and recorded in February at D.O.W. studios in Mango, Florida. The complete track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. ...

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ANDREW W.K. Addresses The OBITUARY Connection

ANDREW W.K. was recently asked by a fan if having drummer Donald "D.T." Tardy of the legendary death metal band OBITUARY backing him up brings in fans who otherwise wouldn't be listening to the music he plays. "It's cool that you're asking that now because I've been thinking about OBITUARY a lot lately," Andrew responded ...

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RUNNING WILD Guitarist Collaborates With CIRCLE II CIRCLE Singer

RUNNING WILD guitarist Bernd Aufermann has collaborated with one of his "all-time fave" singers, CIRCLE II CIRCLE frontman Zak Stevens (ex-SAVATAGE), on a song for CIRCLE II CIRCLE's forthcoming sophomore album, tentatively due late summer through Germany's AFM Records. No further information is available at this time. RUNNING WILD are confirmed for this year's edition ...

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ALEX SKOLNICK Talks About Playing In OZZY OSBOURNE's Band

Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick has spoken out about the experience of auditioning for — and ultimately landing — the guitarist gig in OZZY OSBOURNE's band, only to be told less than a month later it had been given to someone else. Asked via his message board what was it like playing with Ozzy and ...

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VICIOUS RUMORS To 'Crush The World' With New DVD

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area melodic metallers VICIOUS RUMORS have confirmed that they have signed a multi-album recording contract with Holland's Mascot Records (as first reported here last week). "Mascot Records is a very 'guitar shred'-oriented label signing guitar legends such as Michael Schenker, Paul Gilbert, Marty Friedman and now VICIOUS RUMORS' Geoff ...

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SAVATAGE Guitarist Decides To Make Solo Debut A Double CD

SAVATAGE/TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA guitarist Chris Caffery has revealed the more details about his upcoming debut solo album, "Faces", due in September through Greece's Black Lotus Records. The two-disc set will consist of two parts, one called "Faces" and the other "God Damn War". "When you open the CD box, 'Faces' will be on the left, 'God ...

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DISTANT THUNDER Begin Recording Debut Album

DISTANT THUNDER, the new Houston-based group featuring vocalist James Rivera (ex-HELSTAR, SEVEN WITCHES, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM), ex-DESTINY'S END guitarist Eric Halpern and SYMPHONY X bassist Mike Lepond, are currently recording their debut album with producer Jack Frost (SEVEN WITCHES, ex-SAVATAGE) for a late spring/early summer release through Massacre Records. The as-yet-untitled CD, which will include ...

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Former TESTAMENT Guitarist Comments On The Group's Early Albums

Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick recently gave an interview to JamBands.com in which he discussed his time in TESTAMENT and his progression away from the heavy music scene into a more jazz/fusion-influenced approach. Asked if playing in front of large crowds during TESTAMENT's early days was a strange experience for him at such a young ...

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THE JON OLIVA PROJECT To Release Debut CD In May

THE JON OLIVA PROJECT, consisting of SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva and former members of CIRCLE II CIRCLE, will issue their debut album in May. An extensive tour throughout Europe and the U.S. will follow the release. The group's live performances will cover material from Oliva's solo CD as well as "a bountiful assortment" of SAVATAGE ...

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SAVATAGE Guitarist In Pre-Production For Solo Debut

SAVATAGE/TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA guitarist Chris Caffery is currently in the studio doing pre-production for his debut solo album, "Faces", due in September through Greece's Black Lotus Records. The CD, which will reportedly include co-production assistance from SAVATAGE/ex-MEGADETH guitarist Al Pitrelli, will tentatively feature some of the following working songtitles: 01. Faces 02. Fade Into The X ...

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THE JON OLIVA PROJECT To Begin Pre-Production For Debut Album

THE JON OLIVA PROJECT, consisting of SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva and former members of CIRCLE II CIRCLE, will begin pre-production next week for the group's first album, tentatively due in late spring, "just in time for the Euro-festival run and anywhere else we can perform in Europe while we are there," according to drummer Christopher ...

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DIET OF WORMS Begin Work On New Album

DIET OF WORMS, the Florida-based band featuring SAVATAGE singer Damond Jiniya and MORBID ANGEL producer Juan "Punchy" Gonzalez, have set "Hactivision" as the working title of their fourth studio album, tentatively due in the summer. The follow-up to last year's "Tantrum Land" CD is currently being recorded at the group's own studio (D.O.W.) in Seffner, ...

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ATTACKER: New Music Available For Download

Reunited New Jersey metal legends ATTACKER have posted two MP3s from their forthcoming album, "Soul Taker", to be released on Iron Glory Records on January 26, 2004. The two songs "Sleepy Hollow" and "Tortured Existence", can be downloaded at this location. ATTACKER's return performance at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ on December 13, 2003 ...

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SAVATAGE Mastermind To Perform Series Of Solo Gigs

Jon Oliva, founding member and mastermind of SAVATAGE, has recruited the former members of CIRCLE II CIRCLE (Matt Laporte - guitar, Kevin Rothney - bass, Christopher Kinder - drums, and John Zahner - keyboards) to perform a series of concerts showcasing his new solo material as well as classic SAVATAGE songs, some of which have ...

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DORO: DVD Trailer Available Online

A trailer for DORO's first-ever DVD, "Für Immer", has been posted online at this location. Released on December 1, the two-disc set (view cover here) contains a complete show recorded in October 2002 in Balve, Germany and loads of extra special highlights and bonus material: backstage footage, a 35-minute documentary, bootleg ...

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SAVATAGE Guitarist Signs Solo Record Deal

SAVATAGE/TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA guitarist Chris Caffery has signed a deal with Greece's Black Lotus Records for the release of his debut solo album. The CD, tentatively titled "Faces", will feature many guest musicians and will be released worldwide in September 2004. The following is Caffery's official statement on the matter: "I am proud to announce that ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE: 'We Are Stronger Than Ever!'

CIRCLE II CIRCLE have issued the following statement via their official web site: "Due to some recent changes in the CIRCLE II CIRCLE camp we would like to assure everyone of our fans and business partners that Zak Stevens / CIRCLE II CIRCLE will be touring with SAXON and DORO in December for ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE Singer And Rest Of The Band Go Separate Ways

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the new band fronted by former SAVATAGE singer Zachary Stevens, appears to have disintegrated over irreconcilable business-related differences, with Stevens currently standing as the sole remaining member of the group. The rest of the band — John Zahner (keyboards), Christopher Kinder (drums), Matt La Porte (guitars), Kevin Rothney (bass) and Shane French ...

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DORO's First-Ever DVD To Be Released In December

DORO's (full name: Doro Pesch) first-ever DVD, entitled "Für Immer", is scheduled for release on December 1. A two-disc set, "Für Immer" (view cover here) contains a complete show recorded in October 2002 in Balve, Germany and loads of extra special highlights and bonus material: backstage footage, a 35-minute documentary, bootleg stuff and ...

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ALEX SKOLNICK To Sit Out TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Tour

Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick has announced his decision not to participate in this year's TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA tour. The following is Alex's official statement on the matter: "It is with mixed emotions that I announce my decision to not participate in this year's TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA tour. It has been an honor to be a part ...

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DIET OF WORMS Part Ways With Drummer

DIET OF WORMS, the Florida-based band featuring SAVATAGE singer Damond Jiniya and MORBID ANGEL producer Juan "Punchy" Gonzalez, have parted ways with drummer Steve "Divine" Wright. According to the band's web site, Steve "left the ranks to pursue other interests. We wish him all the luck in the world...and then some." The group — whose ...

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