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AYREON: Final Three Vocalists Announced!

AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE) has confirmed the final three vocalists confirmed to appear on the new AYREON CD, "The Human Equation", tentatively due in May 2004 through an as-yet-undetermined label. According to a post on Arjen's official web site, "an odd chain of events brought a premature end to the guessing game, but ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND To Guest On New AYREON CD

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD mastermind Devin Townsend has been confirmed as one of the guest performers on the new AYREON CD, "The Human Equation", tentatively due in May 2004 through an as-yet-undetermined label. As previously reported, other vocalists set to appear on the album include Mikael Åkerfeldt (OPETH), James LaBrie (DREAM THEATER) Devon Graves (a.k.a. Buddy ...

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DARKANE Guitarist Names Solo Project

DARKANE guitarist Christofer Malmström has set NON-HUMAN LEVEL as the name of his forthcoming solo project, which will feature appearances by MESHUGGAH bassist Gustaf Hielm, DARKANE drummer Peter Wildoer (on vocals!) and THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND/GOD AWAKENS PETRIFIED drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen. "[Christofer] came up with the name to describe all the craziness of what's ...

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A Tribute To The Beast: Volume 2 - VARIOUS ARTISTS

With IRON MAIDEN content to recycle their trusted formula ad infinitum — can anyone honestly say that their "Brave New World" reformation was anything other than the same old same old? — a reappraisal of their back catalogue (in this instance via Nuclear Blast's roster) seems like the only way to get anything resembling a ...

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SYMPHONY X: European Tour Dates Announced

Prog-metallers SYMPHONY X have announced a host of European headlining gigs in October/November. Confirmed dates are as follows: Oct. 18 - Mean Fiddler - London, UK Oct. 19 - Elysee Montmartre - Paris, FrA Oct. 20 - Effenaar - Eindhoven, NETH Oct. 21 - Melkweg - Amsterdam, NETH Oct. 22 - Biebob - Vosselaar, BEL ...

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BALL Change Name To BLEED DEFEAT

BALL, the Los Angeles-based band featuring former OZZY OSBOURNE/PRIDE AND GLORY and current BILLY IDOL drummer Brian Tichy on guitar/vocals, have changed their name to BLEED DEFEAT. "We switched some guys around and sent out a new CD with some new songs," Tichy writes on his web site. "We sent them to all kinds of ...

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MESHUGGAH, DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND Members To Appear On DARKANE Guitarist's Solo Album

MESHUGGAH bassist Gustaf Hielm, DARKANE drummer Peter Wildoer and THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND/GOD AWAKENS PETRIFIED drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen will be contributing to the forthcoming solo album from DARKANE guitarist Christofer Malmström, tentatively due sometime in 2004. "I'm very excited to be involved in this project," Van Poederooyen said. "Christofer and I got in contact ...

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SYMPHONY X Sign With WORLD MANAGEMENT

Prog-metallers SYMPHONY X have inked a management deal with World Management (MORBID ANGEL, NILE, UNLEASHED). The group, who will be performing at ProgPower USA IV in Atlanta in early September, are scheduled to embark on a three-week European tour beginning in mid-October, to be followed by a North American headline run with THE DEVIN TOWNSEND ...

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SYMPHONY X To Tour With THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND

SYMPHONY X and THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND will be teaming up for a North American tour beginning in early November. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Nov. 12/2003 - Downtown - Farmingdale, NY Nov. 13/2003 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA Nov. 14/ 2003 - Paramount Theatre - Asbury Park, NJ (New Jersey Metal ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD To Release New EP

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD are preparing to release a new EP which is to include four new songs and four cover tunes. Among the cuts set to appear on the effort is a song called "Love", which is said to incorporate all of the heaviness of past STRAPPING YOUNG LAD releases with a bit of dark ...

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TENET: Demo Recordings Posted Online!

Vancouver's TENET, the new band featuring STRAPPING YOUNG LAD guitarist Jed Simon, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD/ex-DEATH drummer Gene Hoglan, ex-FORBIDDEN/TESTAMENT guitarist Glen Alvelais, ex-GRIP INC. bassist Stuart Carruthers, and former SACRIFICE/current INTERZONE frontman Rob Urbinati, have posted three demo tracks at their official web site. The rough recordings, which are believed to feature only Simon and ...

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LAMB OF GOD Turn Down OZZFEST Slot

LAMB OF GOD have turned down an offer to play the main stage of this year's Ozzfest due to "scheduling conflicts." "Thanks to the die-hard support of the people that believe in this band, we have taken things from the garage to the largest metal festival on the planet," the band write on their official ...

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PROGPOWER USA IV Officially Sold Out

ProgPower USA IV, North America's premiere festival for progressive and power metal music, has officially sold out more than three months in advance. The festival will return to Atlanta's Earthlink Live, the venue that housed last fall's sold-out event, on Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6. "I don't think anyone can doubt that ProgPower ...

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LAMB OF GOD Sign U.K. Record Deal with ROADRUNNER

LAMB OF GOD have signed a U.K. record deal with Roadrunner Records. The group's sophomore CD, "As The Palaces Burn", will be released through the label shortly. The follow-up to 2000's "New American Gospel" was recorded at Richmond, Virginia's Montana studios with producer Devin Townsend (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD). ...

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As The Palaces Burn - LAMB OF GOD

"With trembling hands you'll beg for mercy / I'll show you none," roars LAMB OF GOD front man Randy Blythe in "Purified". It's a fitting battle cry for the sophomore release from the Richmond, Va. quintet, for "As The Palaces Burn" — with points docked only for brevity (three years yields just 38 minutes?) — ...

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MOTÖRHEAD's LEMMY Gets Trademark Hat Back

The distinctive hat owned and worn by MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister has been returned to its rightful owner after it was stolen from the backstage area last May. "It's got everything still on it!" Lemmy waxed enthusiastically to Reality Check TV's Edward "Ace" Annese, referring to the various ornaments the hat had on ...

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Accelerated Evolution - THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND

Devin Townsend and "writer's block" are two things that have about as much chance as coming together in this lifetime as George Bush hugging a tree. In his world, if he's not working on or releasing an album, then he probably pops a thermometer in his mouth to check if he's coming down with something. ...

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FATES WARNING Frontman To Appear At PROGPOWER USA IV

FATES WARNING/ENGINE frontman Ray Alder has been confirmed to make a special guest appearance at Progpower USA IV, which takes place at Atlanta's Earthlink Live on September 5 and 6. Alder will perform at the event with Sensory recording artists REDEMPTION, now featuring vocalist Corey Brown, formerly of PSYCO DRAMA and currently in MAGNITUDE NINE ...

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SOILWORK Guitarist: 'DEVIN TOWNSEND Is A Machine'

SOILWORK guitarist Peter Wichers recently spoke to Chart Attack about the recording process for the new record, "Figure Number Five", after working with STRAPPING YOUNG LAD mastermind Devin Townsend on the band's last album, 2002's "Natural Born Chaos". "Well, one thing was to be extremely anal," Wichers said. "When it came to recording, [Devin] was ...

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PROGPOWER USA IV: The Official Press Release

Finland's NIGHTWISH and Germany's RAGE have been confirmed to make their American debuts as headliners of ProgPower USA IV, which returns to Atlanta's Earthlink Live on September 5 and 6. "It is always exciting for us as a band to take on new areas and see how our stuff goes down there," said NIGHTWISH bassist ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Enter BILLBOARD HEATSEEKERS Chart

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD's "SYL" has entered the Billboard Heetseakers chart at #97 during its first week of release, according to the band's record label, Century Media Records. STRAPPING YOUNG LAD have just completed a North American tour with NILE, DARK TRANQUILLITY, NAPALM DEATH and THE BERZERKER and are preparing to hit the road in Europe ...

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