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Classic HADES Albums To Be Reissued In May

On Tuesday, May 10, 2005, Rock Ridge Music will reissue two albums from the '80s heavy metal band HADES. The two recordings, "Resisting Success" and "If At First You Don't Succeed", each include a newly-recorded, previously unreleased track. HADES was formed by guitarist Dan Lorenzo back in 1978, playing around local rock clubs in New ...

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BLOODSTOCK FESTIVALS 2005: Headliners Announced

The organizers of the U.K.'s Bloodstock festival have announced that Bloodstock 2005 will comprise two separate festivals. The brand new outdoor show Bloodstock Open Air (B-O-A) will take place on June 24-25 at Catton Hall, in the Midlands, with the annual Bloodstock 2005 U.K. Metalfest taking place indoors at the Assembly Rooms in Derby on ...

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ALEX SKOLNICK Talks About His Relationship With Former TESTAMENT Bandmates

Blasting-Zone.com recently conducted an in-depth interview with former TESTAMENT guitarist Alex Skolnick. Several excerpts follow: Blasting-Zone.com: At this point in time, how would you describe your relationship with the members of TESTAMENT? Alex: "It's good...every time they're in town, I go see them. It's only Chuck (Billy, vocals) and Eric (Peterson, rhythm guitar) ...

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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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STRATOVARIUS Singer Signs First Band To His Record Label

STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto's High and Loud record label has signed a promising new Finnish progressive/power metal band called WINGDOM. WINGDOM is the first band to be signed to the label that has previously only released Kotipelto's solo albums. WINGDOM's new album, "Reality", will be released in Finland on April 20, while the rest of ...

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GODSMACK Drummer Defends AMEN Frontman

Former AMEN and current GODSMACK drummer Shannon Larkin has posted a statement on AMEN's message board defending AMEN mainman Casey Chaos against accusations of fraud and mishandling of funds by other ex-members of the group. His message reads as follows: "Hello, humans. Larkin here. Remember me? I'm the drummer on 95 percent of everything since ...

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GEORGE LYNCH Tears It Up At NAMM

Former DOKKEN guitarist George Lynch's official web site has issued the following update: "Show dates began in northern California and smoothly warmed the band up to a well-oiled machine. "Playing these shows led George into NAMM week where the first stop was a headlining gig at the Anaheim House of Blues at Disneyland. After barnstorming ...

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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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SEVEN WITCHES Singer Comments On Allentown Fiasco

SEVEN WITCHES vocalist James Rivera (HELSTAR, DISTANT THUNDER) has posted a statement on the band's official message board regarding the disastrous circumstances that led to the group's underage fans being evicted from the venue halfway through the group's live DVD shoot at Crocodile Rock in Allentown, PA Saturday night (Feb. 12). His statement ...

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NASUM Talk About Missing Singer: 'It's Hard To Comprehend What Has Happened'

NASUM drummer Anders Jakobson recently spoke exclusively to Sweden's Close-Up magazine about the group's singer/guitarist Mieszko Talarczyk, who is among the more than 500 Swedes still missing in Thailand following the massive undersea earthquake measuring 8.7 on the Richter scale and resulting tsunamis along South Asia's coasts. "The whole thing feels so totally ...

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DAVE MUSTAINE Discusses Going Solo, DIMEBAG, KERRY KING And METALLICA

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine recently spoke to Rockdetector.com editor Bernard Doe (formerly of the much-missed Metal Forces). In the interview Mustaine talks about his decision to disband MEGADETH and become a solo artist, his ex-bandmates, the murder of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell, his feud with SLAYER guitarist Kerry King and, of course, METALLICA. ...

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ADEMA To Play Iraq As Part Of USO Tour

ADEMA bassist Dave DeRoo has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "First off, I'd like to welcome Kevin Lee of Novi Entertainment to the ADEMA family. His management team represents a wide array of different artists, and we're lookin' forward to 2005 being ADEMA's best year yet. "Well, we got an ...

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Alien - STRAPPING YOUNG LAD

"Well, aren't you just a traveling shitstorm?" A more appropriate quote couldn't be found for Devin Townsend, nor STRAPPING YOUNG LAD's new one, "Alien". This release has untouchable frenetic speed, fuming and frenzied honesty at its purest, a radical shift in what we've come to know as "extreme" metal, topped off with Devin screaming like ...

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GREAT WHITE Members Discuss Rhode Island Nightclub Tragedy

Jack Russell and Mark Kendall of the band GREAT WHITE, whose pyrotechnics set off the disastrous fire at The Station nightclub, appeared Wednesday night (Feb. 9) on CNN's "Larry King Live". Joining them on the program were badly burned and blinded survivors of that deadly disaster as well as the father of GREAT WHITE guitarist ...

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TOMMY THAYER Talks About Upcoming KISS DVD

Cameron Edney of the Yahoo! group Inside_Out666 recently conducted an interview with KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer. A transcript of the interview follow: Inside_Out666: I'd like to start by talking a bit about BLACK 'N BLUE. Can you tell us how the band formed? Tommy Thayer: "BLACK 'N BLUE formed in Portland, OR in ...

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LARS ULRICH's Father Talks About 'Some Kind Of Monster'

Torben Ulrich, father of METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich, recently spoke to Amazon.com about "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster", his own fascinating career, and what it's like to be a rock 'n' roll parent. Several excerpts from the interview follow: Amazon: Were you disappointed that [Lars] didn't pursue tennis [as a career]? Torben: No, no. The ...

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ANTHRAX: BELLADONNA, SPITZ And BELLO To Join Band At Holland's DYNAMO

Contrary to an earlier announcement indicating that former ANTHRAX singer Joey Belladonna would share vocal duties with his replacement, John Bush, for the band's special 25-year anniversary concert at Holland's Dynamo Open Air festival on May 7 in Hellendoorn, it now appears that only Belladonna will be present at the gig. For the occasion ANTHRAX ...

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BLOOD DUSTER: METALLICA Want Their Shirts, THE HAUNTED Don't Like Their Gay Humor

Infamous Australian act BLOOD DUSTER, described as blending lethal grindcore with traditional '70s-style Southern rock and rockabilly rhythms spiced up with a large dose of grossed-out humor, are set to release their debut DVD. The band, who regularly perform naked onstage, have already shocked the world with product such as "Fisting the Dead", the banned-cover ...

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KYLÄHULLUT: CHILDREN OF BODOM Side Project Releases New Album

According to a posting on the CHILDREN OF BODOM fan site Scythes-Of-Bodom.com, KYLÄHULLUT, the Finnish project featuring Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM), Vesku Jokinen (KLAMYDIA) and Tonmi Lillman (ex-TO/DIE/FOR, SINERGY), released their new full-length album, entitled "Turpa Täynnä" (Hammered), in Finland last Wednesday (Jan. 26). The band, whose name is roughly translated to ...

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