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THE ACTUAL To Support VELVET REVOLVER On U.S. Dates

Los Angeles power trio THE ACTUAL, which is signed to Softdrive Records, the label headed up by VELVET REVOLVER frontman Scott Weiland's (ex-STONE TEMPLE PILOTS), has been confirmed as the support act on VELVET REVOLVER's U.S. tour in May. The dates are as follows: May 03 - Los Angeles, CA - Avalon May 05 - ...

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UNBURIED Forges On As Trio

St. Louis, Missouri-based extreme metal band UNBURIED has parted ways with vocalist Justin Tombed. "There are no hard feelings or bad blood, we will remain brothers beyond the grave," commented guitarist Dreathus Harris. "Instead of finding a new frontman we have taken the initiative to move on as a trio, we work more efficiently and ...

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The Life Burns Tour - APOCALYPTICA

Every time the opportunity arises to listen to APOCALYPTICA I can be heard muttering something about having immense respect for the metal-by-way-of-cello group, but not having the patience for it. Then I listen to it and wonder what the hell I was thinking. The band's renditions of tunes by the likes of (vintage) METALLICA are ...

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SOULFLY Mainman Discusses Upcoming Album

For the past month, SOULFLY mainman Max Cavalera has been holed up inside his home in Arizona writing songs for the band's next album, recording demos, and letting his creativity flow. The following question-and-answer session with Max was posted on the group's official web site, SoulflyWeb.com: Q: So, Max, how have you been ...

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STURCH Signs With SWELL CREEK RECORDS

German modern hard rock act STURCH has inked a deal with Swell Creek Records. The label is going to release the band's debut album, "Beauty, Anger & Agression" in September 2007. The first single, "Bless Me with Patience", can be downloaded from the band's MySpace page. STURCH is: Dennis Wendig (Vocals) Mario Evers ...

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SCOTT WEILAND Issues Update On SOFTDRIVE RECORDS

VELVET REVOLVER frontman Scott Weiland's (ex-STONE TEMPLE PILOTS) has issued the following update on his record label, Softdrive Records: "Since I last spoke to you all, we have signed a new artist, SOMETHING TO BURN. This will be a great musical partnership. The band is very independent; they have been filming and creating their own ...

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AXEL RUDI PELL Announces Title For 'Covers' CD

German guitar hero AXEL RUDI PELL has set "Diamonds Unlocked" as the title of his upcoming "covers" album, due in September/October via SPV Records. Recording sessions for the effort will begin on April 2. Commented Pell: "We will record 11 songs, ten cover versions and one self-written intro. I saw a few song suggestions from ...

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AEON Prepares To Record New Album

Sweden's AEON has issued the following update: "We are now gearing up to hit the studio this weekend to start recording the follow-up to 2005 Unique Leader release 'Bleeding the False'. 12 new songs of pure hatred are about to be put on tape and it feels fucking great. We will be pushing that red ...

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DREAM THEATER: First Date Of U.S. Headlining Tour Announced

DREAM THEATER has announced the first date of its upcoming U.S. headlining tour. It is as follows: July 27 - Gibson Amphitheater - Los Angeles, CA Opening acts have yet to be confirmed. DREAM THEATER recently joined forces with Roadrunner Records on a new deal. The prog-leaning group's label debut, "Systematic Chaos", will arrive in ...

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DREAM THEATER: European Tour Dates Announced

DREAM THEATER has announced the following European tour dates: Jun. 03 - Gods Of Metal Festival - Milan, Italy Jun. 09 - Newcastle City Hall - Newcastle, England (headlining show) Jun. 10 - Download Festival - Donington Park, England Jun. 17 - Fields Of Rock Festival - Biddinghuizen, Netherlands Jun. 22 - Plaza de Toros ...

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MEGADETH, BUCKCHERRY, SHADOWS FALL, DREAM THEATER Confirmed For U.K.'s DOWNLOAD Festival

MEGADETH, BUCKCHERRY, SHADOWS FALL, DREAM THEATER and TURBONEGRO have been confirmed for the Download festival, set to take place June 8-10 at Donington Park, Leicestershire, England. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): BOWLING FOR SOUP BRING ME THE HORIZON BUCKCHERRY DEVIL DRIVER DIMMU BORGIR DRAGONFORCE DREAM THEATER ENTER SHIKARI EVANESCENCE ...

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DREAM THEATER Keyboardist Schedules Live Appearances

DREAM THEATER keyboardist Jordan Rudess has lined up the following live appearances: Opening for BLACKFIELD (the collaboration between PORCUPINE TREE leader Steven Wilson and Aviv Geffen): Mar. 13 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live Mar. 15 - Annapolis, MD - Ramshead Mar. 16 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom Mar. 17 - Hoboken, ...

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DREAM THEATER's MIKE PORTNOY: 'In Constant Motion' Instructional DVD Trailer Available

The trailer for DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy's upcoming instructional DVD, "In Constant Motion", has been posted online at this location (Windows Media, 16 MB). The trailer includes clips from Portnoy's drum "duets" with Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX), Jason Bittner (SHADOWS FALL) and Richard Christy (ex-DEATH, ICED EARTH). Due mid-March via Hudson Music, "In ...

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DREAM THEATER: 'Systematic Chaos' Track Listing Revealed

Progressive metal pioneers DREAM THEATER have finalized the track listing for their new album, "Systematic Chaos", due in June via Roadrunner Records. "This album's got all of the elements we've become known for," reveals drummer Mike Portnoy, who co-produced the CD with guitarist John Petrucci (Paul Northfield engineered and mixed the effort). "The focus on ...

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AFTER ALL To Support STONE SOUR In Belgium, Holland

Belgian thrashers AFTER ALL have been confirmed as direct support for STONE SOUR in Belgium and Holland. The details are as follows: Feb. 19 - AB - Brussels, Belgium Mar. 07 - Melkweg Max - Amsterdam, Holland AFTER ALL is confirmed to appear at this year's Pestpop festival on April 21 in Wieze, Belgium. Also ...

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SOULFLY Mainman Performs 'Jumpdafuckup' In Russia; Video Available

SOULFLY mainman Max Cavalera made a special guest appearance with the popular Russian hardcore group FAQ on January 11, 2007 in Moscow, Russia at the Shadow Club. Cavalera performed "Molotov", "Jumpdafuckup" and the FAQ original track "The Killing Song", to which he also contributed vocals in the studio for inclusion on FAQ's upcoming album, "Circus ...

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ARCH ENEMY Frontwoman Issues South American Tour Recap

ARCH ENEMY vocalist Angela Gossow has posted the following message on her MySpace page: "Chile, Argentina and Brazil: 12 days in total (60 hours of them just flying — 10 flights altogether, through thunderstorms and one with broken landing gear). Four shows, more than 8,000 fans total attending, one insane signing session with 450 rabid ...

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MANOWAR Wants To Take You To Valhalla!

With the upcoming Demons, Dragons and Warriors Tour, MANOWAR is ready to bring true metal to your town and take you to Valhalla — the place of immortal warriors! Mobilized with seven trucks and six buses, MANOWAR's 100-strong army of warriors and crew will invade Europe with a storm of energy, devotion and power. With ...

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DREAM THEATER Keyboardist To Open For BLACKFIELD

DREAM THEATER keyboardist Jordan Rudess will open for BLACKFIELD (the collaboration between PORCUPINE TREE leader Steven Wilson and Aviv Geffen) on all their East Coast U.S. shows. He will be performing as a solo artist featuring his unique piano style. The dates are as follows: Mar. 13 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live Mar. ...

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