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CYNIC To Reunite For European Festival Appearances, Possible U.S. Dates

Long-defunct Florida-based band CYNIC, whose 1993 album "Focus" is regarded as a landmark release in the field of technical/progressive metal, is rumored to be planning a reunion tour in the spring/summer of 2007, beginning with possible U.S. warm-up performances and culminating in a number of festival appearances across Europe. Although there has been no official ...

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Former CYNIC Bassist Publishes Instructional Book

Former CYNIC/OSI bassist Sean Malone has just published a new instructional book, "Music Theory for Bassists", through Hal Leonard. "The idea of the book is to present a bassist's-eye view of music theory: all of the facts and figures to get you up and running as quickly as possible with the 'language of music,'" says ...

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CIVILIZATION ONE To Enter Studio This Summer

CIVILIZATION ONE, the new "atmospheric, bone-crushing power metal" band featuring Chitral "Chity" Somapala (vocals; AVALON, FIREWIND, FARO, RED CIRCUIT), Aldo Lanobile (guitar; SECRET SPHERE), Luca Cartasegna (drums; ex-SECRET SPHERE, MORTUARY DRAPE), Vivian Lalu (keyboards; LALU, SHADRANE), and Pierre-Emmanuel Pélisson (bass; ex-HEAVENLY, MALADAPTIVE), will enter the studio this summer to begin recording their debut album, "Revolution ...

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Free - OSI

The first OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE album was a big hit for the Inside Out label. A prog-metal dream team — FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos, DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy and his former bandmate, keyboardist Kevin Moore, and bassist Sean Malone (CYNIC, GORDIAN KNOT) — assembled a truly collaborative record, one that played to ...

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OSI Featuring FATES WARNING, DREAM THEATER Members: New CD Title, Track Listing Revealed

OSI (OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE), the project featuring FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos, ex-DREAM THEATER keyboardist Kevin Moore, DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy and FATES WARNING/ARMORED SAINT bassist Joey Vera, have set "Free" as the tentative title of their sophomore album, due in Germany on March 31 via InsideOut Music. The drums for "Free" were ...

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Null - INTRONAUT

Every few years, a band comes along that evokes this startling, timeless feeling, making subgenres in metal look like the useless bin-card dividers they really are, exploring a truly progressive outlook, and making music that's uncompromising, extreme, melodic, and emotional. CYNIC comes to mind, as does ALCHEMIST, NEUROSIS, OPETH, and BURST. And now, based on ...

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OSI Tracking Guitars, Vocals; Mixing To Take Place In January

OSI (OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE), the project featuring FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos, ex-DREAM THEATER keyboardist Kevin Moore and DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy, have posted the following message on their official web site: "Jim, Kevin and Mike were at Carriage House Studios in Connecticut on November 18-20 tracking drums for the forthcoming OSI album. ...

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DREAM THEATER Drummer Schedules Sanitago Signing Session

DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy will take part in a signing session in Santiago, Chile on Saturday, December 6. The location details are as follows: Avda. Lib. B. O'Higgins 142 Locales 156 Santiago, Chile As previously reported, Portnoy was scheduled to enter the studio last weekend to record the drums for the second OSI (OFFICE ...

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DREAM THEATER's PORTNOY Lays Down Drums For New OSI Album

DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy entered the studio this past weekend to record the drums for the second OSI (OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE) album, tentatively due in early 2006 via InsideOut Music. "Initially I wasn't going to partake in the album and had passed on the offer, but I guess the moral of the story ...

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Roadrunner United: The All-Star Sessions - VARIOUS ARTISTS

You have to give a project like this credit for sheer balls alone, not to mention the amount of frequent-flyer miles annihilated in the name of tribute. Four "team captains" — ex-FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares, MACHINE HEAD mainman Robert Flynn, SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison and TRIVIUM frontman Matthew K. Heafy — assembled core bands ...

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FATES WARNING Editing Live DVD

FATES WARNING are currently editing a live DVD shot on February 20, 2005 in Athens, Greece. The disc, the audio for which was mixed by Bill Metoyer (SLAYER, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM), is tentatively due before the end of the year via InsideOut Music. In other news, FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos is collaborating with ex-DREAM ...

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ROADRUNNER UNITED: 'The All-Star Sessions' To Surface In October

Roadrunner Records has put together a groundbreaking record to mark the label’s 25th Anniversary. The group is called ROADRUNNER UNITED and the album titled "The All-Star Sessions". This full-length release, in stores on October 11, 2005, is a "master class" in hard rock/metal. Boasting 57 artists from 45 of Roadrunner's past and present bands, the ...

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TRIVIUM's HEAFY Reveals Details Of 'Roadrunner All-Stars' CD

TRIVIUM's Matt Heafy has revealed more details about his contributions to the upcoming "Roadrunner All-Stars" record to mark Roadrunner Records' 25th anniversary. The full-length release will contain original musical collaborations between past and present Roadrunner artists. Approximately 50 musicians are expected to participate in this record, making it a most elaborate collaboration project. Four central ...

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RELAPSE To Reissue The Complete ATHEIST Collection

Relapse Records has announced the forthcoming reissue of the entire recorded works of seminal technical metal pioneers ATHEIST. ATHEIST was one of the first truly adventurous bands to break out of the late '80s death metal underground. In addition to ATHEIST's albums (1989's "Piece of Time", 1992's "Unquestionable Presence", and 1993's "Elements") being benchmarks of ...

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AMORPHIS Re-Sign With NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

Nuclear Blast Records has announced that Finnish rockers AMORPHIS have re-signed with the label. This is what guitar player Esa Holopainen states about the "home-coming": "Last year was quite difficult for AMORPHIS. We went through (another) lineup change as we decided that it's better if Mr. Koskinen leaves the band. We had problems with trying ...

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FATES WARNING Confirmed For Holland's HEADWAY FESTIVAL

Legendary progressive metal act FATES WARNING have been confirmed as the headliners of the Headway Festival in Amstelveen, Netherlands on April 3. The band's appearance at Headway and their previously announced five headlining shows in February will most likely be their only shows in Europe this year. After April, FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos will ...

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CKY's DERON MILLER Offers Updates On DEATH Tribute Album, FOREIGN OBJECTS Side Project

CKY guitarist/vocalist Deron Miller has issued the following update on the highly anticipated DEATH tribute album "Within The Mind - In Homage To The Musical Legacy Of Chuck Schuldiner", his FOREIGN OBJECTS side project (featuring legendary ex-DEATH/TESTAMENT guitarist James Murphy) and the upcoming CKY album: "It's been a while since anyone has heard an update ...

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SPASTIC INK: Prepare To Have Your Minds Melted!

Acclaimed San Antonio, Texas prog/tech metal triumvirate SPASTIC INK, featuring guitarist/composer Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER, GORDIAN KNOT), bassist Pete Perez (RIOT), and drummer Bobby Jarzombek (HALFORD, RIOT, PAINMUSEUM) have set a March 23 release date via EclecticElectric for the their long awaited sophomore album, "Ink Compatible". Japan and South East Asia will follow on April 21 ...

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Representative: Ex-DEATH/CYNIC Guitarist's Appearance On ILLEGIMITATION CD Not Yet Confirmed

Contrary to published reports, former DEATH/CYNIC guitarist Paul Masvidal has not yet confirmed his guest appearance on the debut album from German black/death metallers ILLEGIMITATION. "Paul has never committed to do [the ILLEGIMITATION] record," a representative for Masvidal, Eric Greif, Esq., told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "He merely said they could send him a CD and ...

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Former DEATH/CYNIC Guitarist To Guest On ILLEGIMITATION CD

Former DEATH/CYNIC guitarist Paul Masvidal will reportedly make a guest appearance on the debut album from German black/death metallers ILLEGIMITATION. The as-yet-untitled effort will be recorded in August at Mastersound Studio in Fellbach, Germany under the production guidance of Alex Krull (ATROCITY, BELPHEGOR, SINISTER). Other guest musicians scheduled to appear on the CD include Victor ...

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SPASTIC INK To Release Sophomore Album In April

Acclaimed San Antonio, Texas-based prog/tech metal triumvirate SPASTIC INK, featuring guitarist/composer Ron Jarzombek, bassist Pete Perez, and drummer Bobby Jarzombek, have signed a deal with Marquee Inc. for the release of their long-awaited sophomore album, "Ink Compatible". Marquee will handle Japan and most Southeast Asian territories while the rest of the world will be covered ...

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