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IMPERANON Guitarist Collaborates With Keyboardist RISTO KUPIAINEN: Audio Available

Guitarist Aleksi Sihvonen of Finnish melodic thrash/death metallers IMPERANON recently recorded a song called "Pentatonic School" with a young and talented keyboardist by the name of Risto Kupiainen. You can download the track here. For more information about Risto, visit www.speedpianosoolo.cjb.net. As previously reported, IMPERANON recently parted ways with guitarist Lauri ...

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BLAZE To Support WHITESNAKE In Wolverhampton

BLAZE, the British band led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE frontman Blaze Bayley, will be supporting WHITESNAKE at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, England on Tuesday, November 30. Joining Bayley in the group's current lineup are bassist Nick Douglas (DORO), guitarists Oliver Palotai (ULI JON ROTH) and Luca Princiotta, and drummer Daniel Loeble (RAWHEAD REXX). ...

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PARADISE LOST: Survival Of The Fittest

PARADISE LOST's official web site has posted the questions and answers from vocalist Nick Holmes recent Q&A session with the group's fans. Several excerpts from the session follow: Q: Will we have in the forthcoming more electronic elements than in "Symbol of Life" (2002)? Nick Holmes: "No, quite a lot less...the new album is more ...

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LILLIAN AXE Announce First Show With New Singer

LILLIAN AXE will play their first live show with new singer, Derrick LeFevre, on New Year's Eve in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Due to the "new" nature of the band and years of fervent fan requests, they will be playing a completely revamped setlist, including many album tracks that have rarely been played at live shows. ...

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PARADISE LOST: More European Tour Dates Announced

PARADISE LOST have announced more dates in December as part of a short European tour. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Dec. 11 - Idrogios – Thessaloniki, GRE (w/ ATROCITY, LEAVES' EYES) Dec. 12 - Rodon - Athens GRE (w/ ATROCITY, LEAVES' EYES) Dec. 16 - Wulfrun Hall – Wolverhampton, UK Dec. 18 - ...

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PARADISE LOST To Play One-Off U.K. Date In December

PARADISE LOST have scheduled a one-off U.K. headline show on Thursday, December 16 at Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall. Doors open 7pm with special guests to be announced. Tickets are £14 and go on sale at 10am Thursday, October 14 from the box office (tel.: 10902 552121). PARADISE LOST announced last week that the title of their ...

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BLAZE: Photo Of New Lineup Posted Online

A photo of the brand-new BLAZE touring lineup, taken at the band's Oct. 1 gig at Motion in Bergamo, Italy, has been posted online at this location. Joining mainman Blaze Bayley (ex-IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE) in the lineup are bassist Nick Douglas (DORO), guitarists Oliver Palotai (ULI JON ROTH) and Luca Princiotta, and drummer ...

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PARADISE LOST: Greek Dates Announced

PARADISE LOST will be playing two shows in Greece in December. The details are as follows: Dec. 11 – Idrogios – Thessaloniki, GRE (w/ ATROCITY, LEAVES' EYES) Dec. 12 - Rodon – Athens, GRE PARADISE LOST announced earlier this week that the title of their newest album will be "Paradise Lost" — in celebration of ...

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IRON MAIDEN Drummer To Perform At LONDON GUITAR SHOW 2005

IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain will be joining guitarist Phil Hilborne for a live performance at the forthcoming London Guitar Show 2005 on May 7-8, 2005 at the Wembley Conference Centre. Also appearing will be bassist Jaz Lochrie (bass) and "special guests." A classical and electric guitarist, Phil Hilborne plays with the PHIL HILBORNE BAND ...

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PARADISE LOST Announce New Album Title

PARADISE LOST announced today (Oct. 6) that the title of their newest album will be "Paradise Lost" — in celebration of their 10th studio album since their full-length debut, "Lost Paradise", was released in 1990. Artwork and tracklisting are still to be confirmed. The follow-up to 2002's "Symbol of Life", "Paradise Lost" was recorded primarily ...

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PARADISE LOST Singer To Answer Fans' Questions

PARADISE LOST vocalist Nick Holmes will be conducting a Q&A (question-and-answer) session about the new album with the fans. You can post your questions for him at the band's official forum (you will need to register before you can post). After the band have recieved enough questions, they will be posting the answers ...

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Former BLAZE Members Launch New Project

According to a posting at BlazeFans.com, the new project featuring former BLAZE members John Slater (guitar), Steve Wray (guitar) and Rob Naylor (bass) has been christened RISE TO ADDICTION. The group's complete lineup is as follows: H Armstrong (HANGNAIL, END OF LEVEL BOSS) - Vocals John Slater (ex-BLAZE) - Guitar Steve Wray (ex-BLAZE) ...

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Former BLAZE Guitarist STEVE WRAY Explains His Departure

Former BLAZE guitarist Steve Wray has commented on his decision to leave the group. Writing to the band's official forum, Steve said, "My decision to leave BLAZE has not been one taken lightly and it is with a 'heavy heart,' in some respects, that I leave. There are many reasons for my departure too many ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE Announce New Lineup

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the new band fronted by former SAVATAGE singer Zachary Stevens, have announced the details of their new lineup. Commented Stevens: "Zak says, We have been very careful to select only the best musicians for the new band. All of these guys came highly recommended by a very good friend of ours, John ...

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IMPERANON Part Ways With Guitarist, Announce Replacement

Finland's IMPERANON have parted ways with guitarist Lauri Koskenniemi. Lauri decided to quit IMPERANON to focus on his other band, CRYSTAL BLAZE, according to a posting on the group's web site. A replacement for Koskenniemi has aleady been found in the shape of Teemu Mäntysaari. IMPERANON's debut album, "Stained", was released in May through Nuclear ...

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Former BLAZE Bassist ROB NAYLOR Speaks Out

BLAZE fan site BlazeFans.com has posted a brand-new interview with the group's former bassist, Rob Naylor. Several excerpts from the interview follow: BlazeFans.com: You have mentioned that you are learning to fly planes — can you tell us more about this? What got you interested? Rob Naylor: "I've been keen on flying ...

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TYGERS OF PAN TANG Replace BLAZE At France's RAISMESFEST

NWOBHM legends TYGERS OF PAN TANG have replaced BLAZE as third on the bill at this year's Raismesfest in Raismes, France on Saturday, September 11. PRIMAL FEAR and RAGE will follow TYGERS OF PAN TANG on Saturday, with ANGRA headlining the Sunday night (Sept. 12). Also appearing on the bill will be AFTER FOREVER, E-FORCE, ...

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LILLIAN AXE Announce New Singer

Long-running hard rockers LILLIAN AXE have announced the addition of singer Derrick LeFevre to the group's ranks. "I have known Derrick for over 10 years and he has been the vocalist for many good local bands," LILLIAN AXE guitarist Steve Blaze said in a statement. "He is a true star, but just hasn't had his ...

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BLAZE To Film Live DVD In December

BLAZE, the British band led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE singer Blaze Bayley, will be filming their BLAZE Big Bash performance at JBs in Dudley, U.K. on Saturday, December 18 for an upcoming DVD, tentatively due in 2005. No further information is available at this time. As previously reported, BLAZE recently cancelled several European gigs in ...

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BLAZE: Lineup Changes Force Show Cancellations

BLAZE, the British band led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE singer Blaze Bayley, have cancelled several European gigs in early September "due to late changes in the band line up resulting in insufficient time to prepare for these shows," according to a posting on the group's web site. The affected dates are as follows: Sep. 04 ...

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DORO Pens New Song For German Female Boxing Champion

German metal singer DORO (a.k.a. Doro Pesch) has just finished writing the new entrance theme song for Germany's most successful female boxing star, world champion Regina Halmich. The premiere of this cooperation will be presented on September 11, 2004 at the world championship fight against Las Vegas-based Elena Reid — to be broadcast live in ...

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PARADISE LOST Finish Recording New Album

PARADISE LOST have completed the recording process for their as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2002's "Symbol of Life", with singer Nick Holmes scheduled to fly home to England from L.A. this week after finishing up the final vocals for the album. The upcoming CD, which is being described by Holmes as "definitely the heaviest album we have ...

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SHRUM: Long-Awaited CD To See Light Of Day This Year

SHRUM, the now-defunct side-project of late ACID BATH bassist Audie Pitre and drum programmer/keyboardist/vocalist Tomas Viator (DISINCARNATE, SUFFER), will have their long-awaited "Red Devils and Purple Ringers" CD released through Northern Blaze Records later in the year. More information will be made available soon. ...

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BALLISTIC: In Writing Mode

BALLISTIC mainman Tom Gattis (ex-DEUCE, TENSION, WARDOG) has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Well, we're in writing mode big time, got a song called 'Sonic Massacre' that will hit harder and faster than Blaze Bailey's well deserved black eye. The children are turning out heavier and darker than the last ...

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