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SERJ TANKIAN Interviewed By ABORT Magazine

On assignment for ABORT Magazine, NINJASPY vocalist/guitarist Joel "ninjoelspy" Parent recently went one on one with SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman Serj Tankian for a candid interview to discuss Serj's new album, animal rights and a black metal choir. The chat is now available for streaming using the audio player below. Serj Tankian, a Grammy ...

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SERJ TANKIAN Announces Two U.S. Symphony Shows

Serj Tankian, a Grammy Award winner and one of rock's most unconventional frontmen, will perform "Elect the Dead Symphony" — a very special orchestral interpretation of Tankian's critically acclaimed solo debut "Elect the Dead" — for two very special live shows to take place this summer. Tankian will recreate "Elect the Dead Symphony" — which ...

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Drummer MATT C. Explains 'Split' With MYSTIC PROPHECY

Drummer Matt C. has commented on his recent departure from the German/Greek metal band MYSTIC PROPHECY, with whom he played on a recent European tour with STRATOVARIUS. He said, "First of all, many thanks for all the kind words I've recieved since the MYSTIC PROPHECY tour, I had a great time touring with the MYSTIC ...

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MYSTIC PROPHECY Seeking New Drummer

German/Greek metal band MYSTIC PROPHECY has parted ways with temporary drummer Matt C., who played with the group during its recent tour with STRATOVARIUS. Because of "occupational and personal reasons," it's not possible for Matt to remain with the band permanently. MYSTIC PROPHECY is seeking a drummer "who feels confident to play their material and ...

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The Mighty Swine - THE MIGHTY SWINE

Considering the stacks upon stacks of CDs that are sent in for review, occasionally it is an album cover and a band name that causes one to spin a disc, at least as far as independent releases and albums on tiny labels are concerned. Precious time does not allow a spin of every disc received. ...

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MYSTIC PROPHECY To Support STRATOVARIOUS In Europe

German- Greek power metallers MYSTIC PROPHECY will support STRATOVARIOUS on their upcoming European tour. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Jan. 07 - Zeche - Bochum, Germany Jan. 08 - Hof ter Lo - Antwerp, Belgium Jan. 09 - Melkweg - Amsterdam, Netherlands Jan. 10 - Garage - London, UK Jan. 12 - Elysee ...

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VAINGLORY: New Song Posted Online

American power metal band VAINGLORY, which features in its ranks vocalist Kate French (CHASTAIN) and lead guitar virtuoso Corbin King, has posted a new track, "Waste Of Skin", on the group's MySpace page. The song will appear on the follow-up to 2007's self-titled "Vainglory" album, entitled "Manifesting Destiny", which is expected before the ...

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THE BLACK CROWES Announce 'Stuck Inside Utopia' Tour

THE BLACK CROWES have announce the 2009 "Stuck Inside Utopia" tour. The trek begins August 25, 2009 and runs through the end of the year. The shows will feature over two hours of music culled from THE BLACK CROWES' forthcoming album and the band's deep catalogue. Chris Robinson, lead singer for THE BLACK CROWES states: ...

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MYSTIC PROPHECY's 'Fireangel' Lands On German Chart

"Fireangel", the sixth album from the German power metal band MYSTIC PROPHECY, has entered the Media Control chart in the group's home country at position No. 77. "Fireangel" was released on May 22 via Massacre Records. The follow-up to 2007's "Satanic Curses" was recorded at Prophecy Studios and was mixed in Sweden under the direction ...

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PAUL RODGERS To Spend 2009 Writing New Material

Apart from a brief set of summer dates with BAD COMPANY, Paul Rodgers says that he plans on spending the rest of 2009 at home relaxing and working on solo material. "Frankly, I have a fantastic happy home (laughs) and I overlook the lake," he tells The Pulse of Radio. "And I actually want to ...

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MYSTIC PROPHECY: 'Fireangel' Trailer Available

German power metal band MYSTIC PROPHECY will release its sixth album, "Fireangel", on May 22 via Massacre Records. The follow-up to 2007's "Satanic Curses" was recorded at Prophecy Studios and was mixed in Sweden under the direction of Fredrik Nordström (DIMMU BORGIR, ARCH ENEMY, IN FLAMES) and R.D. Liapakis (FIREWIND, CHASTAIN, ELDRITCH). According to the ...

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MYSTIC PROPHECY Schedules CD-Release Shows

German power metal band MYSTIC PROPHECY entered Prophecy Studios on December 19, 2008 to begin recording its sixth album, entitled "Fireangel", for a May 22 release via Massacre Records. The follow-up to 2007's "Satanic Curses" was mixed in Sweden under the direction of Fredrik Nordström (DIMMU BORGIR, ARCH ENEMY, IN FLAMES) and R.D. Liapakis (FIREWIND, ...

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DAVID T. CHASTAIN To Release 'Heavy Excursions' In April

Acclaimed guitarist David T. Chastain will release a new collection, "Heavy Excursions", in April via Leviathan Records. Over the last 20 years, guitar magazine writers around the world have favorably compared David T. Chastain to guitar greats Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Steve Morse, Al Di Meola, Allan Holdsworth, Uli Roth, Michael Schenker and ...

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MYSTIC PROPHECY: More 'Fireangel' Details Revealed

German power metal band MYSTIC PROPHECY entered Prophecy Studios on December 19, 2008 to begin recording its sixth album, entitled "Fireangel", for a May 22 release via Massacre Records. The follow-up to 2007's "Satanic Curses" will be mixed in Sweden under the direction of Fredrik Nordström (DIMMU BORGIR, ARCH ENEMY, IN FLAMES) and R.D. Liapakis ...

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MYSTIC PROPHECY Prepares To Enter Studio

German power metal band MYSTIC PROPHECY will enter Prophecy Studios on December 19 to begin recording its sixth album for an early 2009 release. The as-yet-untitled effort will be mixed in Sweden under the direction of Fredrik Nordström (DIMMU BORGIR, ARCH ENEMY, IN FLAMES) and R.D. Liapakis (FIREWIND, CHASTAIN, ELDRITCH). MYSTIC PROPHECY was recently joined ...

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CRYSTAL TEARS Completes New Album Recordings

Greek metallers CRYSTAL TEARS spent time at Music Factory studio in Kempten, Germany between May 12 and May 21 recording their new album with producer R.D. Liapakis (FIREWIND, CHASTAIN, ELDRITCH). Acclaimed singer Ian Parry (ELEGY, CONSORTIUM) wrote the lyrics and vocal melody lines for the CD and completed the vocal recordings at his own studio ...

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CHASTAIN Albums To Be Issued On CD

Shrapnel Records will reissue the first two CHASTAIN CDs — "Mystery of Illusion" and "Ruler of the Wasteland" — in October. Band founder/guitarist David T. Chastain states: "At long last these will be available on CD as an official release. These CDs aren't to be confused with the bootleg versions that were put out a ...

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VAINGLORY Putting Finishing Touches On New Album

VAINGLORY/ex-CHASTAIN vocalist Kate French has issued the following update: "Just wanted to let everyone know that [VAINGLORY's] new CD will be ready within the next few months and it is KICK-ASS!! No fancy frills, no guest appearances, no pricey names backin' us up, no name-droppin' or regurgitated, fake, money-making BULLSHIT, but if you wanna hear ...

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Valley of Fire - SOUTHERN GENTLEMEN

Fairly standard-issue rib-off rock on the face of it, but SOUTHERN GENTLEMEN dish up a little more passion and craft than your average local roadhouse warriors on this, their fourth long-player. The chops here are impeccable — David T. Chastain needs no introduction to anyone serious about the guitar, while vocalist Eric Johns slots in ...

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HAMMERFALL: 'Masterpieces' E-Card Available

On June 27, two new HAMMERFALL releases will see the light of day: a covers CD a collection of all the covers recorded by HAMMERFALL to date plus three new, unreleased ones and a DVD continuing chronicling the band's career. * "Masterpieces" covers CD: 01. Child of the Damned (WARLORD) 02. Ravenlord (STORMWITCH) 03. Eternal ...

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CRYSTAL TEARS Completes Initial Recording Sessions For New Album

Greek metallers CRYSTAL TEARS spent time at Music Factory studio in Kempten, Germany between May 12 and May 21 recording their new album with producer R.D. Liapakis (FIREWIND, CHASTAIN, ELDRITCH). The band commented; "An experience superb! A clean studio with all comforts and two helpful and caring people. Both producer and sound engineer (C. Schmid) ...

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VAINGLORY Parts Ways With Drummer, Seeks Replacement

American power metal band VAINGLORY, fronted by vocalist Kate French (CHASTAIN) and featuring lead guitar virtuoso Corbin King, has parted ways with recently acquired drummer Mike Oliviero. According to the band, "All along we were looking for (and still are) a person that can be devoted to the band and not want to be in ...

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Singer IAN PARRY To Guest On CRYSTAL TEARS Album

Greek metalers CRYSTAL TEARS have tapped singer Ian Parry (ELEGY, CONSORTIUM) to write the lyrics and vocal melody lines for the group's new CD. The band has also joined forces with R.D. Liapakis (FIREWIND, CHASTAIN, ELDRITCH), who will produce the album in Germany starting in May. Parry plans to start his vocal recordings at his ...

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