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BANG YOUR HEAD Festival: Final Running Order Announced

The final running order for this year's Bang Your Head festival, which is scheduled to take place in Balingen, Germany on June 28th and 29th is as follows: Friday, June 28th: RIVAL MÄGO DE OZ RHAPSODY JAG PANZER SYMPHONY X CANDLEMASS OVERKILL GAMMA RAY FOZZY NIGHTWISH SAXON Saturday, June 29th: S.A....
May 29, 2002
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VANISHING POINT Part Ways With Keyboardist, Seek Replacement

Danny Olding, keyboardist for acclaimed Australian progressive metal band VANISHING POINT has announced his departure from the group. Olding posted the following message via the group's official web site: "Hello to all my friends... "Unfortunately I have quite a sad announcement to make... "Now that...
May 24, 2002
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DEVIN TOWNSEND: The Latest Update

An update from the wacky world of DEVIN TOWNSEND (i.e. STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, PHYSICIST, OCEAN MACHINE, etc.): Some good and bad news regarding the tour is that Chris Valagao who was to be the new keyboard player in STRAPPING YOUNG LAD has had to leave due to his commitments to ZIMMERS HOLE and his wo...
May 23, 2002
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S.O.D.'s BILLY MILANO: "CHARLIE BENANTE And SCOTT IAN Are Fired!"

S.O.D. frontman Billy Milano has issued a follow-up statement in response to the growing criticism over his decision to seek out replacements for guitarist Scott Ian and drummer Charlie Benante, both of whom are widely viewed as integral members of the group. "First off, as far as [former FEAR FACTO...
May 21, 2002
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SINISTER To Embark On European Tour With NILE And HATE ETERNAL

Dutch female-fronted death metallers SINISTER will support NILE and HATE ETERNAL on their European tour, which is scheduled to tale place in October. The confirmed dates are as follows: Oct. 02 – London, UK @ Mean Fiddler Oct. 03 – Plymouth, UK @ Jongleurs Oct. 04 – Dublin, IRE @ Eamon Dorans Oct. 0...
May 20, 2002
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S.O.D. Frontman Confirms Approaching FEAR FACTORY Duo

S.O.D. frontman Billy Milano has confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET that he has spoken to former FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares and drummer Raymond Herrera about the possibility of having them replace Scott Ian and Charlie Benante (both of ANTHRAX),respectively, in the current S.O.D. line-up. "I ap...
May 15, 2002
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ENGINE Line Up West Coast Dates

ENGINE, featuring vocalist Ray Alder (FATES WARNING),bassist Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT),guitarist Bernie Versailles (AGENT STEEL) and drummer Pete Parada (FACE TO FACE),will perform the following dates during June: Jun. 21 - The Roadhouse - Sacramento, CA Jun. 25 - The Galaxy Theatre - Santa Ana,...
May 13, 2002
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TWELVEPOINTHEAD Set To Perform At UK's BLOODSTOCK 2002

Britain's TWELVEPOINTHEAD have been added to the second stage of the upcoming UK metal festival Bloodstock on August 31st. Other artists set to appear at the event include BLIND GUARDIAN, DIAMOND HEAD, GAMMA RAY, FREEDOM CALL, RETURN TO THE SABBAT, BIOMECHANICAL, THRESHOLD, BAL-SAGOTH, BALANCE OF PO...
May 13, 2002
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HAMMERFALL To Commence Recording Fourth CD

Sweden's HAMMERFALL are due to begin recording their fourth full-length album this week at Holland's Wisseloord studios, where they will track the drums before moving over to BLIND GUARDIAN's Twilight facility in Germany on May 13th to record the bass. The band will then head over to HELLOWEEN singe...
May 6, 2002
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DEF LEPPARD: Second DVD Party To Be Held At L.A.'s Cat Club

A party is being held tonight (Sunday, May 5th) at Slim Jim Phantom's Cat Club in Los Angeles, celebrating the DVD re-releases of DEF LEPPARD's Visualize/Video Archive home videos. Organized by "Happenin' Harry", a friend of DEF LEPPARD frontman Joe Elliott, the party will feature DVD showings and g...
May 5, 2002
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DIAMOND HEAD To Go All-Electric At UK's BLOODSTOCK

DIAMOND HEAD will reportedly perform a full electric set at the UK metal festival Bloodstock on August 31st. Other artists set to appear at the event include BLIND GUARDIAN, GAMMA RAY, FREEDOM CALL, RETURN TO THE SABBAT, BIOMECHANICAL, THRESHOLD, BAL-SAGOTH, BALANCE OF POWER, ELVENKING and PRIMORDIA...
April 29, 2002
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GAMMA RAY's HENJO RICHTER Turns Down HELLOWEEN Offer

GAMMA RAY guitarist Henjo Richter will not be accepting HELLOWEEN's offer to join the latter band as a replacement for the departed Roland Grapow, according to GAMMA RAY's record label Sanctuary/Metal-Is Records. As you may recall, Richter had been holding discussions with HELLOWEEN mainman Michael...
April 26, 2002
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GAMMA RAY Confirmed For UK's BLOODSTOCK Festival

German power metallers GAMMA RAY are the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's Bloodstock UK metal festival, which is scheduled to be held at the Assembly Rooms in Derby on Saturday, August 31st. Other artists set to appear at the event include BLIND GUARDIAN, FREEDOM CALL, RETURN TO THE...
April 26, 2002
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SWEDEN ROCK 2002: Final Line-Up Announced

The following is a complete list of acts (in alphabetical order) confirmed to appear at this year's Sweden Rock festival, which is scheduled to take place on Friday, June 7th and Saturday, June 8th in Sölvesborg, Sweden: 220 VOLT BRUCE DICKINSON CANDLEMASS DAMNED NATION DESTINY DOC HOLLIDAY DORO DRE...
April 19, 2002
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DAVE LEE ROTH To Make 2002 Live Debut At Atlanta's MUSIC MIDTOWN

DAVE LEE ROTH's current touring band—consisting of Roth (vocals),Brian Young (guitar),James Lomenzo (bass) and Ray Luzier (drums)—will perform their first show of 2002 on May 3rd at the Music Midtown festival in Atlanta, Georgia. The event, which takes place over a three-day period between May 3rd...
April 18, 2002