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Former A PERFECT CIRCLE Bassist Guests On KAURA EP

Former A PERFECT CIRCLE/ZWAN bassist Paz Lenchantin makes a guest appearance on violin on the song "Dividing Lines" from Los Angeles band KAURA's self-titled debut EP, out today (April 19) on the group's own imprint, Kaum Records. Born from the vision of Malcolm Guess (vocals and instrumentation) and Benjamin Jones (drums and instrumentation), KAURA's sound ...

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DEF LEPPARD: More Headlining Tour Dates Announced

During the second half of June, right after the first leg of the Rock 'N Roll Double-Header Tour with BRYAN ADAMS, DEF LEPPARD will play another 12 shows. Two of these were already announced last week (the Music Midtown and CityStages festivals), and now it has been confirmed that the band will play another 10 ...

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Rasta Poet Writes OSBOURNE Verses

BBC News is reporting that Birmingham-born poet Benjamin Zephaniah has written a poem about the Osbourne family to mark the final episode of their popular MTV reality series. "I thought it was only fitting to put pen to paper and write them a fitting ode," said the Rastafarian writer. "The challenge was to ...

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DEMIRICOUS Sign With METAL BLADE RECORDS

Metal Blade Records have announced the official signing of Indianapolis-based death metal band DEMIRICOUS. The group will enter Planet Z Studios in June with producer Zeuss (HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL) to begin recording their new full-length album. The title of the band's debut Metal Blade Records release will be announced shortly. Commented Metal Blade Records Inc. ...

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SKULLSHIFTER: Debut Album Track Listing Revealed

SKULLSHIFTER, the new band featuring former INSANIAC members CJ Scioscia (guitar) and Tom Nolz (guitar, vocals), are continuing work on their debut album, "Inner Demons", for a late 2005 release. Scioscia's latest update on the recording process reads as follows: "Here's where we stand — all of Tom's lead vocals are done, and all of ...

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Lost and Found - MUDVAYNE

With its third major label effort, Peoria, Illinois' MUDVAYNE reclaims much of the energy and originality that was apparent on 2000's debut, "L.D. 50", while also retaining the hints of melody and musical ambitions that marked its follow-up, 2002's "The End of All Things to Come". That album sounded a little hesitant and contrived, as ...

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JUDAS PRIEST/QUEENSRŸCHE Tour To Last Eight Weeks, Cover Outdoor Arenas

QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate revealed during an appearance on last night's "Rockline" nationally syndicated radio show that the group's upcoming tour with JUDAS PRIEST will last eight weeks and will cover mostly outdoor arenas. As BLABBERMOUTH.NET reported earlier today, a source at Epic Records told Launch Radio Networks that the PRIEST/QUEENSRŸCHE North American tour will ...

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METALLICA, JUDAS PRIEST, MEGADETH Members Pay Tribute To ANTHRAX

Metal musicians congratulate ANTHRAX on their 20th anniversary: MEGADETH's Dave Mustaine: "ANTHRAX is a band that I have always respected, that has always mattered and was very important to the American metal scene. As part of the 'big four' they were responsible for an enormous amount of the credit for helping establish American metal bands ...

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INSOMNIUM: In Songwriting Mode

Finnish melodic death metallers INSOMNIUM have posted the following message on their official web site: "Writing of the INSOMNIUM's third album is progressing slowly but surely. We had been without [a rehearsal] place for almost year since last spring when we were kicked out from our previous one because of breaking down the whole building. ...

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BRUCE DICKINSON: 'Tyranny Of Souls' Details Revealed

Sanctuary Records has set a May 24 U.S. release date (one day earlier internationally) for the new solo album from IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson, entitled "Tyranny of Souls". Dickinson is an artist who has influenced thousands of singers, musicians and fans alike in his outstanding role as the front man of legendary band IRON ...

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BYZANTINE To Begin Mixing New Album Next Week

Guitarist/vocalist Chris Ojeda Adams of the West Virginia-based "tech-metal" band BYZANTINE has issued the following update on the recording sessions for the group's sophomore album, "...And They Shall Take Up Serpents", tentatively due in June via Prosthetic Records: "Just finished the last night of tracking and I am really happy with what we have so ...

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Drummer JÖRG MICHAEL Talks About SAXON And STRATOVARIUS

SAXON/STRATOVARIUS drummer Jörg Michael has posted the following message on his official web site: "Probably you guys have heard about the tragic accident of last weekend when Biff's [Byford, SAXON singer] house burnt down in the north of France. It´s very hard to cope with a tragedy like this but on this way I like ...

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VINNIE PAUL Performs With ANTHRAX, DISTURBED During DIMEBAG Memorial Concert

PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul joined ANTHRAX and DISTURBED onstage during Wednesday night's (Feb. 23) benefit show in memory of Vinnie's brother, slain DAMAGEPLAN/PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. Vinnie performed PANTERA's "A New Level" with ANTHRAX before sitting behind the kit with headliners DISTURBED for a rendition of the PANTERA signature song "Walk", with many other ...

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METALLICA To Be Immortalized In Computer Game

ContactMusic.com is reporting that METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich has confirmed the heavy metal band will be immortalized in a computer game. Poking fun at last year's METALLICA documentary "Some Kind of Monster", Ulrich has also made it clear there will be no group therapy levels in the game. The 41-year-old says, "With the computer game, ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE To Play Only Pre-'Mindcrime' Material On JUDAS PRIEST Tour

QUEENSRŸCHE vocalist Geoff Tate recently spoke with "The Hairball John Radio Show" about the group's upcoming U.S. tour with JUDAS PRIEST and their forthcoming CD, the next chapter to the 1988 ground-breaking concept album, "Operation: Mindcrime", tentatively titled "Operation: Mindcrime II". An excerpt from the interview follows: Hairball John Radio Show: Geoff, I am trying ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Singer Says They're 'Halfway Done' Recording New Album

QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate spoke to Ferrante's Power Equipment about the group's current tour and their forthcoming CD, the next chapter to the 1988 ground-breaking concept album, "Operation: Mindcrime", tentatively titled "Operation: Mindcrime II". A couple of excerpts from the interview follow: Ferrante's Power Equipment: When you first wrote "Operation: Mindcrime", did you ...

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JUDAS PRIEST To Release 'The Collection' In April

According to RockRage.com, Legacy Recordings will be issuing a JUDAS PRIEST compilation, entitled "The Collection", on April 5. The three-disc set will chronicle JUDAS PRIEST's musical history with 35 tracks. Each CD will also include one live song ("Grinder", "Desert Plains" and "Devil's Child"). "The Collection" track listing: Disc 1: 01. Rapid Fire ...

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