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EXCITER Completing Work On 'Greatest Hits' Compilation

Canadian thrash pioneers EXCITER have entered the studio next month to re-record 16 of their "best" songs for an upcoming "Best Of" album, tentatively due in early 2004 through Osmose Productions. The group, who were recently rejoined by frontman Jacques Belanger, are re-recording material from the following albums: "Heavy Metal Maniac", "Violence and Force", "Long ...

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JUDAS PRIEST/HALFORD Reunion: The Official Press Release!

After more than 12 years apart, JUDAS PRIEST and original lead vocalist Rob Halford have reunited for a global live concert tour in 2004. The definitive JUDAS PRIEST lineup of Rob Halford, lead guitarist Glenn Tipton, lead guitarist K.K. Downing, bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis are back. The original band members have been ...

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Bassist PAUL CHAMPAGNE Leaves EXCITER

Bassist Paul Champagne has announced his decision to leave Canadian thrash pioneers EXCITER. The following is Champagne's official statement on the matter: "After much thought, I have decided to leave EXCITER due to musical and personal differences. The expectations of the band were causing me to compromise my musical integrity in terms of playing style ...

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EXCITER To Re-Record Classics For Upcoming 'Best Of' Compilation

Canadian thrash pioneers EXCITER will enter the studio next month to re-record 16 of their "best" songs for an upcoming "Best Of" album, tentatively due before the end of the year. The group, who were recently rejoined by frontman Jacques Belanger, will re-record material from the following albums: "Heavy Metal Maniac", "Violence and Force", "Long ...

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JACQUES BELANGER Rejoins EXCITER

Former EXCITER vocalist/frontman Jacques Belanger has rejoined the band after a one-and-a-half-year absence. As a result, Rob Degroot, who joined EXCITER in the fall of 2002, is no longer the band's vocalist. According to an official Osmose Productions newsletter, "the band felt that [Rob] was not progressing and adapting to EXCITER's signature style. EXCITER is ...

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EXCITER Add New Bassist

Canadian thrash pioneers EXCITER have announced the addition of bassist Paul Champagne to the group's lineup. The band — Champagne, recently-acquired vocalist Rob Degroot, guitarist John Ricci and drummer Rik Charron — are "currently writing new material, heavy and aggressive, in the EXCITER tradition," according to the group's official web site. "Intense rehearsals have started ...

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EXCITER Announce New Vocalist

Canadian thrash pioneers EXCITER have announced the addition of vocalist Rob Degroot to the group's ranks. Degroot replaces Jacques Belanger, who left the band last year. Guitarist John Ricci told Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles that "[Rob's] vocals are similar in style to Rob Halford ... real strong high vocal stuff. He can perform great ...

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GEORGE LYNCH Completes Work On Album Of DOKKEN/LYNCH MOB Remakes

Former DOKKEN guitarist George Lynch has commenced the mixing process for the as-yet-untitled an album of current remakes of DOKKEN and LYNCH MOB songs, which he recently recorded with the help of ex-DOKKEN and current L/P bassist Jeff Pilson (who sings on the DOKKEN tunes) and ex-LYNCH MOB frontman Robert Mason (who handles the LYNCH ...

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POISONBLACK: 'Escapexstacy' Details Unveiled

Finland's POISONBLACK (formerly SHADOWLANDS) — featuring SENTENCED vocalist Ville Laihiala on guitar, and CHARON frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto — have finalized the track listing for their debut album, "Escapexstacy", due on Feb. 17, 2003 through Century Media Records. It is as follows: 01. The Glow Of The Flames 02. Love Infernal 03. The State 04. All ...

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EXCITER Part With Bassist

Canadian thrashers EXCITER have parted ways with bassist Marc Charron, who left the band to pursue his career in the high tech industry. A new bass player is auditioning for the vacant spot later this week. In other news, the group have a new email address: 4-exciter-@sympatico.ca ...

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JUDAS PRIEST To Issue Double Live CD In January

JUDAS PRIEST's forthcoming double live album, Live In London, is scheduled for release on January 13th, 2003 through Germany's SPV/Steamhammer Records. The set, which was recorded during the group's appearance at the London Brixton Academy on December 19th, 2001, will reportedly include tracks not found on the DVD release of the same name. (Thanks:

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Former JUDAS PRIEST Drummer Joins Cover Band

Former JUDAS PRIEST drummer Les Binks, who was in the band between 1977 and 1979 and who co-wrote the PRIEST classic "Beyond the Realms of Death", has reportedly joined a British cover band called THE SHAKERS, also featuring in its ranks ex-ALICE COOPER/THE ALMIGHTY guitarist Pete Friesen. Les played on the PRIEST albums Stained Class, ...

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ROB HALFORD: I Knew The BANG YOUR HEAD Show Was Going To Be A Debacle

In the September 2002 issue of Germany's Rock Hard magazine, former JUDAS PRIEST and current HALFORD frontman Rob Halford commented on his reportedly "lackluster" June 29th appearance at the Bang Your Head festival in Balingen, Germany, where the group apparently played a 50-minute co-headlining set that included a "truly horrible" vocal performance from Rob and ...

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ROB HALFORD: I'm Afraid Of Forgetting Lyrics While Performing

Former JUDAS PRIEST and current HALFORD frontman Rob Halford has attributed the lack of animation during his recent live appearances to the fact that he has increasing problems remembering the lyrics to his songs while he's performing them on the concert stage. "You as a hardcore fan complain if you don't see what you expected," ...

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EXCITER: Regrouped And Ready To Thrash Again

EXCITER have posted the following message on their official web site: "After months of being dormant since [frontman] Jacques [Belanger]'s departure back in September, EXCITER has regrouped. A couple of months ago, we put the word out that we're searching for a new vocalist. This has generated interest from singers worldwide. Countries such as Germany, ...

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BEEHLER: MP3 Posted Online

BEEHLER, the new band consisting of original EXCITER members Dan Beehler (drums/vocals) and Allan Johnson (bass), along with guitarists Sean Brophy and Scott Walsh, have posted an MP3 of the song "Used Bitch" online at this location. As previously reported, BEEHLER have finished writing 75% of the material for their debut album, which ...

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Former EXCITER Members Reunite In BEEHLER

Original EXCITER members Dan Beehler (drums/vocals) and Allan Johnson (bass) have reunited in a brand new band called simply BEEHLER. The quartet, whose line-up is completed by guitarists Sean Brophy and Scott Walsh, have already finished writing 75% of the material for their debut album, which is being described by Dan as "the heaviest shit ...

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HALFORD: GRASPOP Set List Revealed, Rob's WNEW Interview Posted

HALFORD performed the following set during their appearance at Graspop Metal Meeting on Saturday, July 6th: 01. Painkiller 02. Jawbreaker 03. Resurrection 04. Made In Hell 05. Exciter 06. Betrayal 07. Golgotha (10-minute break due to technical problems) 08. Cyberworld 09. The Hellion 10. Electric Eye (cut off in middle due to continued technical problems) ...

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JUDAS PRIEST: The Toledo, Ohio Set List

JUDAS PRIEST performed the following set during their US tour-opening show on Friday, July 5th at The Hard Hat Concert Hall in Toledo, Ohio: 01. Bloodsuckers 02. Metal Gods 03. The Sentinel 04. Blood Stained 05. One on One 06. Victim of Changes 07. Devil's Child 08. Diamonds and Rust 09. Exciter 10. Hell is ...

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Crucible - HALFORD

Unlike 2000's Resurrection, which was widely hailed as the album JUDAS PRIEST should have made after Painkiller, HALFORD's Crucible is a decidedly more diverse effort, featuring plenty of traditional metal moments while occasionally following a more experimental approach, thereby preventing this album from sounding like a carbon copy of its predecessor. From the classic PRIEST-style ...

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HALFORD: New Tracks Posted Online!

Five new HALFORD tracks, believed to have been ripped from a promo cassette copy containing music from the group's as-yet-untitled forthcoming sophomore CD, can be downloaded from The Exciter Page. The five songs featured are as follows: 01. Betrayal 02. One Will 03. Rock the World Forever 04. Golgotha 05. In the Morning HALFORD's new ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Re-Masters On The Way, HALFORD Speaks Out

The third and final phase of the JUDAS PRIEST re-masters is scheduled to be released in early March (March 4th in Germany). There will be only two unreleased studio songs on them—"All Fired Up" (Turbo) and "Living Bad Dreams" (Painkiller)—30-seconds sound excerpts in Real Audio of which can be heard at this and ...

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EXCITER's Ricci Confirms Vocalist Departure, Band Hiatus

After several months of silence, EXCITER guitarist John Ricci has finally confirmed via the group's official web site that vocalist Jacques Blanger has left the group. According to Ricci, Jacques has quit the band because of 'creative differences'he feels, that he is 'musically confined' in EXCITER's original, aggressive style. No replacement has yet been found ...

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Archive News Dec 05, 2001

METALLICA are taking a break for the holidays, but will return to the studio in January with a view towards releasing a new studio album next fall, according to statements attributed to the band's management and their publicist by MTV.com. While frontman James Hetfield spent time in rehab for alcoholism and “other ...

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Archive News Nov 23, 2001

Veteran German thrashers KREATOR will be recording a live CD and DVD on their upcoming European tour, according to an official statement posted at the group's web site. The album will reportedly include 24 songs from all periods of KREATOR's history, while the DVD will contain one professionally-recorded, full-length live concert, as ...

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Archive News Nov 05, 2001

Los Angeles' MEDICATION, featuring former MACHINE HEAD / SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader, ex-UGLY KID JOE / LIFE OF AGONY vocalist Whitfield Crane, ex-ADAYINTHELIFE guitarist Blunt and SOULFLY drummer Roy Mayorga, have refuted the recent reports of Mayorga leaving the band in order to rejoin SOULFLY on a full-time basis. According to an ...

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