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SECOND SKY: DAN SWANÖ's New Project Signs With THE END RECORDS

SECOND SKY, the new project featuring multi-talented Swedish musician/producer Dan Swanö (NIGHTINGALE, UNICORN, EDGE OF SANITY, INFESTDEAD, ODYSSEY, PAN-THY-MONIUM), has a inked a deal with The End Records. The group's debut album will be recorded in a little cottage on the countryside just outside Örebro, Sweden using a high-quality mobile recording studio. Formed out of ...

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DREAM THEATER/YES: More Tour Dates Announced

DREAM THEATER and YES will be teaming up for a North American summer tour throughout August and September 2004. Here are the tour dates that have been confirmed so far: Aug. 17 - Quebec City, QUE @ Agora Aug. 18 - Montreal, QUE @ Bell Centre Aug. 20 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Events ...

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Contraband - VELVET REVOLVER

It must have looked great on paper: three musicians from one of the best hard rock bands of the last twenty years joining forces with one of the most electrifying frontmen of the past decade. The talents of former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Matt Sorum could hardly be doubted, ...

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DREAM THEATER: New Live CD/DVD Set Due In October

DREAM THEATER's three-CD/two-DVD document of the band's April 26 show at Tokyo's Budokan Hall is scheduled for an October release, drummer Mike Portnoy has told Billboard.com. In the meantime, two previously released video collections will be packaged as a double-DVD and arrive in stores July 13 via Rhino Home Video. "Images and Words: Live in ...

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GARY HOLT: There Is No Beef Between EXODUS And TESTAMENT

EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt has dismissed speculation regarding a possible falling out between EXODUS and TESTAMENT stemming from a recent online posting by MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine. Writing to MEGADETH's official forum this past weekend, Mustaine confirmed reports that he was interested in touring with some of his thrash metal contemporaries on MEGADETH's ...

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DEATH Tribute Update: SHADOWS FALL Members Confirmed

Guitarist James Murphy (ex-DEATH, OBITUARY, TESTAMENT) has issued the following update regarding the status of the upcoming tribute CD, "Within The Mind - In Homage To The Musical Legacy Of Chuck Schuldiner": "Hi everyone, "It's been a good while since my last update and I apologize... Been quite busy with the 'Within The Mind' project, ...

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Update: METALLICA's DOWNLOAD Set List Revealed, Photos Posted Online

METALLICA's official web site, MetOnTour.com, has issued a statement confirming reports that drummer Lars Ulrich was absent from the group's gig at the Download festival earlier tonight. It reads as follows: "Yes, the rumours are true, Lars was not present at the Download Festival. Joey Jordison from SLIPKNOT and Dave Lombardo from SLAYER stepped up ...

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EXODUS' Tour Bus Catches Fire!

EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt has posted the following message on the band's web site: "Well, as some of you might of already heard yes our bus caught on fire somewhere between Rome and Bergamo Italy. I awoke to our driver shouting, 'Everybody off the bus, the bus is on fire!' and I ran like a ...

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MISERY INDEX: KEVIN TALLEY 'Fully' Back In The Band, New EP On The Way

MISERY INDEX, the Baltimore, Maryland-based band featuring Jason Netherton (bass/vocals, ex-DYING FETUS), Sparky Voyles (guitar, ex-DYING FETUS, M.O.D.), Bruce Greig (guitar, ex-DYING FETUS, NEXT STEP UP) and Kevin Talley (drums, ex-DYING FETUS, SUFFOCATION, M.O.D.), have posted the following message on their web site: "Hello everyone! We'd like to thank all of you who came out ...

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GENE SIMMONS: Absence Of PETER And ACE Equals No More Drama

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons recently spoke to TheCelebrityCafe.com about his upcoming solo album and the status of the band that made him famous. Asked if his relationship with the rest of KISS is better now than before, Gene replied, "Now that Peter [Criss] and Ace [Frehley] are not in the band, yes. To be quite ...

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MEGADETH To Play 20 Concerts In America This Year

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "I am going to put up a remix for your listening pleasure and switch it out every week or so with a new track until the release comes to relieve your fears that the remix did anything bad to the ...

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Incorporated - GRIP INC.

Despite the ever-presence of moonlighting SLAYER man Dave Lombardo, and as much as they may have claimed to be pushing the envelope of thrash, GRIP INC. have never made anywhere near the impression they would've liked to. And with vocalist Gus Chambers on the verge of leaving over creative issues a couple of years back, ...

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VIRGIN STEELE: Summer Festival Appearances Planned

VIRGIN STEELE frontman David DeFeis recently spoke to Germany's Dragonight web site about the band's current activities and the status of his "Lilith" project. "We are currently preparing for a few Italian open air summer festival shows, where we will be performing very long sets," David said. "Most likely they will be between two hours ...

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SEBASTIAN BACH, Wife To Star In VH1 Reality TV Show

Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach has announced the launch of a new VH1 reality TV show, "I Married Sebastian Bach". "Just what the world needs. Another reality TV show!" Sebastian writes on his web site. "Yes it's true — VH1 & myself have agreed to create my 2nd television show for the network . ...

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DREAM THEATER's RUDESS, YES' WAKEMAN To Perform Together

DREAM THEATER's Jordan Rudess and YES legend Rick Wakeman will be performing together tonight, May 18h at the Moog Fest. The event will be held at B.B. King's in New York City. As previously reported, Jordan Rudess and Richard Lainhart, synthesist extraordinaire, will be performing live online on Sunday, May 23, at 1 PM Eastern ...

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DREAM EVIL Drummer: Don't Call Us Power Metal

DREAM EVIL drummer Showy Shaw (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, NOTRE DAME) recently spoke to RevelationZ Magazine about the Swedish group's upcoming third album, "The Book Of Heavy Metal". Asked if he feels they have become more rock-oriented in their sound on the new CD, Snowy replied, "Heavy rock! Yes, indeed, we were reluctantly ...

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CATARACT Sign With METAL BLADE RECORDS

Swiss metalcore band CATARACT have inked a deal with Metal Blade Records. The band have just completed work on their new album, "With Triumph Comes Loss", at Antfarm Studio in Aarhus, Denmark with producer Tue Madsen for a September 6 release. A vinyl version of the album will be released through Dead Serious Records. The ...

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CARNIVAL IN COAL Sign With ELITIST RECORDS

French duo CARNIVAL IN COAL have inked a multi-album deal with Earache/Elitist Records. With three albums under their belt so far ("Viva La Vida", "French Cancan" and "Fear Not" — all released by Kodiak/Season Of Mist), the band have already built a large following of like-minded weirdos. Fans are hooked on their scatlogical lyrics and ...

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