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Reunited SWORD Confirmed For Germany's KEEP IT TRUE XV Festival

Reunited '80s Montreal power metallers SWORD (not to be confused with Texas-based luminaries THE SWORD) have been confirmed for the Keep It True XV festival, set to take place April 27-28, 2012 ay Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: SWORD...
May 3, 2011
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LEAVES' EYES' 'Meredead' Lands On German Chart

"Meredead", the new album from LEAVES' EYES — the German/Norwegian band formed by ex-THEATRE OF TRAGEDY singer Liv Kristine Espenaes Krull and members of ATROCITY — has entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 32. Released on April 22 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland via Napalm Reco...
May 3, 2011
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OZZY OSBOURNE's Son Slams Writer Over 'God Bless' Review

Ozzy Osbourne's son, Jack Osbourne, has slammed Variety writer John Anderson over Anderson's review of "God Bless Ozzy Osbourne", a feature-length documentary about the life of the legendary heavy metal singer. "God Bless Ozzy Osbourne" was co-produced by Jack Osbourne and is the first film released...
May 3, 2011
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AMON: New Photos From The Studio Available

Former DEICIDE members Eric Hoffmann (guitar) and Brian Hoffman (guitar) recently resurrected their pre-DEICIDE band AMON with Jesse "Jecheal" Jolly (PROMETHEAN HORDE, DIABOLIC, SUCCESS WILL WRITE APOCALYPSE ACROSS THE SKY, AFTER DEATH) on vocals/bass and and Mike Petrak (LEPROSY, SUCCESS WILL WRITE...
May 3, 2011
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DARKANE's PETER WILDOER Talks About Auditioning For DREAM THEATER (Audio)

Swedish musician Peter Wildoer (DARKANE, JAMES LABRIE, PESTILENCE),who was one of seven drummers auditioning for the spot in DREAM THEATER left vacant by the departure of Mike Portnoy, spoke to Nicholas R. Andreas of When Prog And Power Unite about the three-hour October 2010 audition and the prepa...
May 2, 2011
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STEPHEN PEARCY: New Solo Album Title Announced

RATT frontman Stephen Pearcy has set "Sucker Punch" as the title of his new solo album. The CD's first single, "Don't Want To Talk About", will be released digitally via iTunes on Tuesday, May 3. Pearcy will hit the road this June as part of the "Metal In America" tour. The singer's touring band inc...
May 2, 2011
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BATTLECROSS Signs With METAL BLADE RECORDS

Metal Blade Records has announced the signing of Detroit, Michigan's BATTLECROSS. The band's new album will be released this summer. The CD was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Random Awesome Recording Studio in Bay City, Michigan and produced by BATTLECROSS and Josh Schroeder. Incorporating many el...
May 2, 2011
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SEVEN WITCHES: New Album Artwork, Track Listing, Release Date Revealed

Many years have passed since the last SEVEN WITCHES album saw the light of day and guitarist/mainman Jack Frost decided it was time to give the fans what they wanted... and brought back James Rivera (HELSTAR) to front the group once again. With the monstrous bass and songwriting of Mike LePond (SYMP...
May 2, 2011
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LEAVES' EYES: 'Meredead' EPK Available

An EPK (Electronic Press Kit) for"Meredead", the new album from LEAVES' EYES — the German/Norwegian band formed by ex-THEATRE OF TRAGEDY singer Liv Kristine Espenaes Krull and members of ATROCITY — can be viewed below. Released on April 22 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland via Napalm Records, the...
May 2, 2011
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OZZY OSBOURNE: Long-Form Trailer For 'Blizzard' And 'Diary' Reissues Available

On May 31, music fans will have their first taste of reissues from rock icon OZZY OSBOURNE's catalog of work with the releases of two albums which form the cornerstone of Ozzy Osbourne's career as a solo artist: "Blizzard of Ozz" and "Diary of a Madman" (Epic Records/Legacy Recordings). Long revered...
May 2, 2011
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DREAM THEATER: It Was Destiny At Work For Us To Have Found The Right Drummer At The Right Time

A little more than a month after drummer Mike Portnoy's sudden departure from DREAM THEATER, the band held three days of auditions in New York City. Over an incredibly productive three-day period, the band played, jammed and spoke candidly and at length with seven of the world's greatest drummers. T...
May 2, 2011
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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Taps DOUBLEDRIVE Drummer

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY has recruited Mike Froedge (pictured below; SPEED X, DOUBLEDRIVE) as its new drummer. Will Hunt left BLACK LABEL SOCIETY in late February in order to join his EVANESCENCE bandmates in the studio for the recording sessions for the band's third album. Sitting behind the kit for BLA...
May 2, 2011
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OZZY OSBOURNE Visits Panamanian President; Video Available

Legendary heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne visited Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli at the Palacio de las Garzas (Herons' Palace) the afternoon of the singer's concert at Figali Convention Center in Amador, Panama on April 19, 2011. Video footage of Ozzy's visit can be viewed below. On May 31...
May 1, 2011
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New DREAM THEATER Drummer: 'I'm Pinching Myself'

Drumhead magazine spoke to new DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Mangini about how he landed his new gig and the preparation for the recording process for the band's new album. "I'm pinching myself," he said. "I wake up most mornings thinking about my personal playing growth and DREAM THEATER. I have a smi...
April 30, 2011
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DREAM THEATER Guitarist: MANGINI 'Is Not Only A Beast Of A Player But An Incredible Person'

Progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER have recruited Mike Mangini — the 48-year-old session artist who has played for ANNIHILATOR, EXTREME, JAMES LABRIE and STEVE VAI — as the replacement for the recently departed Mike Portnoy. In a posting on his official forum, DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petruc...
April 30, 2011