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DEVIN TOWNSEND To Guest On RYAN VAN POEDEROOYEN's Solo Album

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD mastermind Devin Townsend will be making a guest appearance on the upcoming solo album from DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen. "I'm so stoked about this," Ryan writes on his web site. "Some people might not be surprised about this guest appearance because I play drums in the DTB. The fact ...

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DARKANE: Recording Of New Album To Begin 'As Soon As Possible'

Guitarist Christofer Malmström of Swedish thrashers DARKANE has posted the following message on his web site: "It's going to be a busy autumn. Finally it seems like [drummer] Peter's [Wildoer] hands are healed and we can start the serious work on our upcoming album. All songs are written but never rehearsed and [this week] we ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Name DVD, Prepare To Record New Album

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, the brainchild of Canadian musician Devin Townsend, have completed work on their live DVD, "For Those Aboot To Rock" [sic]. The disc reportedly features a full set from the band's sold-out hometown show at The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver recorded earlier this year, plus some "hilarious" backstage antics and video clips. A ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND Drummer To Record Solo Album

DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen has posted the following message on his web site: "Since I recently left my band of 8 years, GOD AWAKENS PETRIFIED, I've decided to do a solo album with all the idea's and riffs I never ended up using with GOD AWAKENS PETRIFIED or outside of GOD AWAKENS ...

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JANE'S ADDICTION Split Up Again?

JANE'S ADDICTION appear to have split up again, according to an online statement posted jointly by bandmates Dave Navarro (guitar), Stephen Perkins (drums) and Chris Chaney (bass). "We know we can't avoid this anymore so we will give it our best shot," the statement reads. "What's the deal? The deal is that it ...

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THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND Drummer Issues Update

THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen has posted the following update on his official web site: "First of all, Christofer Malmström (DARKANE) contacted me a couple of days ago to let me know that the NON-HUMAN LEVEL record is complete. That's right, all the songs are written and ready to go. There will ...

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THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND To Perform At FOOD4MUSIC 2004

THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND are scheduled to perform at the Food4Music 2004 on Sunday, May 30 in Vancouver, Canada. Also set to appear CYANOTIC, REMOVAL and EVENLIGHT. Food4Music 2004 will take place at Richards On Richards, located at 1036 Richards Street. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., showtime is 8:00 p.m. Tickets are priced at $12 ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND To Release Three-Disc DVD/CD Set Through INSIDEOUT MUSIC

DEVIN TOWNSEND has gotten the "green light" from InsideOut Music to begin compiling "the sickest DEVIN TOWNSEND DVD ever." The three-disc set will reportedly consist of a complete THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND live performance, archive footage spanning Devin's entire career (including GREY SKIES and STEVE VAI material), animations from Konrad (who was responsible for the ...

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NON-HUMAN LEVEL: DARKANE Guitarist's Solo Project To Begin Recording This Summer

THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND/GOD AWAKENS PETRIFIED drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen has posted the following update about NON-HUMAN LEVEL, the upcoming solo project of DARKANE guitarist Christofer Malmström: "I recently passed emails back and forth with Christofer about NON-HUMAN LEVEL. We are setting up to do drum tracks sometime this summer. Jay Van Poederooyen will be ...

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DOKKEN Set Release Date For 'Hell To Pay'

DOKKEN have set a May 18 release date through Sanctuary Records for their new album, "Hell To Pay". The follow-up to 2002's "Long Way Home" is expected to feature the lineup of Don Dokken (vocals), Barry Sparks (bass, TED NUGENT, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, MSG), Mick Brown (drums) and John Devin (guitar, ex-DORO). No further information is ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND: HEVY DEVY Update

The following message was posted on Devin Townsend's (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) official web site: "The two records that Devin had intended to release before Christmas were delayed by his schedule. They are finished, just the graphics are being finalised now and they should be submitted for printing within a couple of weeks, available to order ...

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AYREON: 'The Human Equation' Cast Of Characters Revealed

AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE), have revealed the cast of characters included in the storyline on the group's forthcoming CD, "Ayreon: The Human Equation", and the singers performing them. They are as follows: James LaBrie (DREAM THEATER): "Me" Marcela Bovio (ELFONÍA): His "Wife" Arjen Lucassen: His "Best Friend" Mike Baker ...

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THE HAUNTED Singer To Guest On PREACHER EP

THE HAUNTED frontman Peter Dolving is in talks to record a guest vocal track on the upcoming EP from the Vancouver-based metal band PREACHER. The disc, which is tentatively due later in the year, will also include guest appearances by guitarist Christofer Malmström (DARKANE) and drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen (THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND, GOD AWAKENS ...

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MISERY SIGNALS Full-Length Debut To Be Produced By DEVIN TOWNSEND

Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based metalcore band MISERY SIGNALS have just arrived in Vancouver, Canada to start work on their debut full-length CD with producer Devin Townsend (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, LAMB OF GOD, DECEMBER, THE HEAVILS) and engineer Shaun Thingvold. An autumn release through Ferret Records is expected. MISERY SIGNALS issued a self-titled five-song EP through State of ...

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THE HEAVILS Continue Work On Sophomore Album

Illinois-based metal band THE HEAVILS have set the tentative track listing for their sophomore album, which is currently being recorded at Greenhouse Studios in Vancouver, Canada with producer Devin Townsend (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, LAMB OF GOD, DECEMBER). The follow-up to 2003's "The Heavils" will feature a guest appearance by CHEAP TRICK guitarist Rick Nielsen. A ...

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AYREON Sign With INSIDE OUT RECORDS

AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE), have inked a new deal with Inside Out Records. Lucassen's first release for Inside Out under the AYREON banner will be the band's much-anticipated new CD, "The Human Equation", tentatively due in May. In other news, URIAH HEEP's Ken Hensley and IQ keyboardist Martin Orford ...

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Bassist RUSSELL BERGQUIST Leaves ANNIHILATOR

Bassist Russell "The Woodsman" Bergquist has left Canadian thrashers ANNIHILATOR for "personal" reasons. "I would like to wish the rest of the guys the best of luck with the new album and thank everyone for the support over the five years I was in the band," Russell said in an official statement. Added ANNIHILATOR mainman ...

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THE HEAVILS To Begin Recording With Producer DEVIN TOWNSEND

Metal Blade recording artists THE HEAVILS will begin tracking their sophomore album Thursday (January 8) at Greenhouse Studios in Vancouver, Canada with producer Devin Townsend (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, LAMB OF GOD, DECEMBER). The follow-up to 2003's "The Heavils" will feature a guest appearance by CHEAP TRICK guitarist Rick Nielsen. A spring release is expected. In ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD To Film First-Ever DVD

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD will film their first-ever DVD on Friday, January 16 at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, British Columbia. The as-yet-untitled disc, due later in the year through Century Media Records, will contain lots of outtake footage recorded over the past decade and is a precursor to the new STRAPPING YOUNG LAD CD, which ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND Apologizes To SYMPHONY X Fans

DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND mainman Devin Townsend (also of STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) has issued the following statement regarding various "incidents" that occurred during the group's North American tour with SYMPHONY X: "SYMPHONY X fans, I was childish and stupid in the way I treated the symphony x audience. I am sorry for acting so immature, and ...

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AYREON: More Guest Musicians Announced

AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE), have invited the following guest instrumentalists to contribute to the group's new album, "The Human Equation", due in May 2004 through an as-yet-undetermined label: Oliver Wakeman on keyboards: "Arjen has played guitar on some of Oliver's work, and they've been good friends ever since," reads ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND To Complete SYMPHONY X Tour

Despite having announced yesterday that the band would be dropping off the SYMPHONY X U.S. tour after December 4 due to illness, DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND will now complete the last four remaining dates of the tour, beginning with tonight's show in Davenport, Iowa. Remaining DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND/SYMPHONY X dates: Dec. 05 - Davenport, IA - ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND Drop Off SYMPHONY X Tour

DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND have pulled out of the last four previously announced shows with SYMPHONY X "due to illness." The affected dates are as follows: Dec. 05 - GC Live - Davenport, IA Dec. 06 - Bogart's - Cincinnati, OH Dec. 07 - Shelter - Detroit, MI Dec. 08 - Hard Rock Café - Pittsburgh, ...

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