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ARCH ENEMY: The Making Of 'The Ultimate Metal Album'

ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott has posted the following studio update on the group's official web site: "As the long and cold Swedish winter has slowly lost its icy grip on our country here up in the north, the sun has been shining and it has been an unusually couple of warm weeks here…the spring ...

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SPIRITUAL BEGGARS To Support DIO In Japan

Sweden's SPIRITUAL BEGGARS have been confirmed as the support band for DIO on their upcoming tour of Japan. Confirmed dates are as follows: May 27 - Zepp - Nagoya, JPN May 28 - Zepp - Osaka, JPN May 29 - Zepp - Tokyo, JPN Prior to the Japanese tour, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS will play a hometown ...

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MEGADETH, DEEP PURPLE, ALICE COOPER Rockers Head Back To School

The soundtrack to the much-anticipated film "Rock School" will be released on May 31, 2005 through Trillion Records. The documentary, which will hit theaters early this summer through NewMarket Films, chronicles the inception and success of Paul Green's School Of Rock Music, which was founded in Philadelphia in 1999 to teach young musicians and singers ...

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URIAH HEEP Sign New Management Deal, Seek Label Home

URIAH HEEP have signed to Simon Porter at Duroc Media Ltd. for management. The announcement, which takes place with immediate effect, sees the band reunited with Porter, who acted as HEEP's publicist for ten years during the Seventies and early Eighties when he worked as publicity director of Bronze Records. Comments Porter (who also represents ...

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Liquid Monster - BRAINSTORM

I remember giving BRAINSTORM's "Soul Temptation" one of those solid-but-mediocre tags in a review I did a couple of years ago, and I'm still not certain why, as it ended up growing on me. I now consider it to be a fine heavy metal album. That review has always bugged me. Needless to say, I ...

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EYES OF FIRE Complete Work On New Album; Wrap Up Successful U.S. Tour

Orange County-based quintet EYES OF FIRE have just completed work on their as-yet-untitled highly anticipated sophomore album, currently set for a late summer release via Century Media Records. The recent additions of keyboardist Pete Traux and drummer Nicky Bernardi helped them become a more dynamic and focused group, and their maniacal ambient savagery has reached ...

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GORGOROTH Guitarist Discusses Controversial Polish Gig, Singer GAAHL's Prison Sentence

GORGOROTH founder/guitarist Infernus recently spoke to the Swedish webzine MetalHeart.se about a number of topics, including the controversial concert in Poland that resulted in the group being investigated for offending religious feelings, singer Gaahl's conviction for beating a 41-year-old man and threatening to drink his blood, and the group's upcoming studio album. Several ...

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Former KITTIE Bassist Comments On Her Departure

Former KITTIE bassist Jennifer Arroyo has commented on her departure from the group to focus on her other band, SUICIDE CITY (also featuring BIOHAZARD's Billy Graziadei). In an online posting, Jennifer wrote, "Yes, I left KITTIE. It was one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make in my life, but sometimes in life ...

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Former CANNIBAL CORPSE Guitarist Auctioning Guitars, Memorabilia To Help Friend

Former CANNIBAL CORPSE and current ADRIFT guitarist Jack Owen has sent the following message to BLABBERMOUTH.NET: "I'm auctioning off two guitars, two CANNIBAL CORPSE jackets, and some CANNIBAL CORPSE memorabilia to help Ralph Santolla [SEBASTIAN BACH, ex-ICED EARTH, DEATH], who is ill with a degenerative condition (see previous BLABBERMOUTH.NET news story). He, like ...

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Returning STATIC-X Guitarist To Carry On With REVOLVE Project

STATIC-X frontman Wayne Wells (a.k.a. Wayne Static) has issued the following statement regarding the recent announcement that guitarist Koichi Fukuda was rejoining the band: "There seems to be a little confusion over Koichi's new involvement in STATIC-X and I hope this post will clear things up for everyone. "Has Koichi joined STATIC-X? Yes, he played ...

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Burn the Flags - BY NIGHT

I was prepared to toss this one into the metalcore overflow bin, even though the press quote states: "Expect influences that range from EXTOL to MESHUGGAH, OPETH to ENTOMBED, and BREACH to BURST." One should always take such grandiose statements with a grain of salt anyway. In the case of "Burn the Flags" by Sweden's ...

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Former Bandmate Jumps To TRIPP EISEN's Defense: 'Innocent Until Proven Guilty'

Former DOPE/PRIMER 55 drummer Preston Nash has spoken out in defense of ex-STATIC-X guitarist Tripp Eisen amid allegations that Eisen sexually assaulted at least two underage girls that he met online. Writing to STATIC-X's official message board, where the overall sentiment has been overwhelmingly negative towards Tripp ever since news of Eisen's arrest broke on ...

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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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