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TROUBLE To Enter Studio This Weekend!

Reunited doom legends TROUBLE, who recently replaced longtime bassist Ron Holzner with Chuck Robinson (formerly of THIS TORTURED SOUL), will enter the studio on Saturday, August 9 to begin recording a seven-track acoustic compilation of classic TROUBLE material. The as-yet-untitled EP, which will also include a brand-new song written by Robinson and singer Eric Wagner, ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN To Be Joined By Ex-MEGADETH Drummer, WATCHTOWER Guitarist On Upcoming Tour

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman has announced his backing band for the upcoming Guitarevolution tour, the month-long trek featuring Friedman, Alex Skolnick's (ex-TESTAMENT, SAVATAGE) jazz combo THE ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO and original MEGADETH guitarist Chris Poland's (ex-DAMN THE MACHINE) prog-rock outfit OHM. Joining Marty on the tour will be guitarist Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER, SPASTIC INK), ...

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DIVINE RAPTURE: New Song Posted Online

A brand new DIVINE RAPTURE track, titled "Severed", has been posted online at this location. "Severed" comes off the Pennsylvania-based death metal group's forthcoming CD, "The Burning Passion", due in September/October through France's Listenable Records. The self-produced effort was tracked and engineered by Ron Vento at Nightsky Studios in Maryland and was mixed ...

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OIL Announce New Bassist

Long Beach, California-based Christian metallers OIL, featuring DARK ANGEL frontman Ron Rinehart, have announced the addition of bassist Jonathan Thiemens to the group's ranks. "Jonathan has made a huge difference in our sound and [the fans] won't be disappointed," the band write on their official web site. OIL recently issued their first-ever live album, "Choice ...

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IRON BUTTERFLY Guitarist ERIK BRAUNN Dies At 52

Erik Braunn, the lead guitarist on IRON BUTTERFLY's classic heavy metal anthem of 1968 "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", died of cardiac arrest Friday in Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Times. He was 52. Braunn, considered a violin prodigy, began his musical career at age 4. He was born in Pekin, Ill., but raised in Los Angeles. ...

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TROUBLE To Record New Album In October

Reunited doom legends TROUBLE, who recently replaced longtime bassist Ron Holzner with Chuck Robinson (formerly of THIS TORTURED SOUL), are set to enter the studio in October with producer Vincent Wojno (MACHINE HEAD, KREATOR, KONKHRA) to record their long-awaited new album, titled "Seven". According to frontman Eric Wagner, 15 songs have been written so far ...

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SOULSTORM To Release New Material

Before relocating to Los Angeles, SOULSTORM lead singer/bassist Nick Sagias and longtime drummer Patrick Harquail went into Peter Hudson's Hallamusic studios (MONSTER VOODOO MACHINE, INTERZONE) in Toronto and recorded 10 new songs in an all-day jam that were left as rough skeletons to build the new songs upon. "At the time of recording Pat and ...

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DIVINE RAPTURE Sign With LISTENABLE RECORDS

Pennsylvania-based death metallers DIVINE RAPTURE have inked a deal with France's Listenable Records. The group will release their new album, "The Burning Passion", in September/October. The self-produced effort was tracked and engineered by Ron Vento at Nightsky Studios in Maryland and was mixed and mastered by Babak Davodian at Transcend Studios in New York. "DIVINE ...

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NEPENTHEAN: Undulating Doom

NEPENTHEAN, the new doom metal project featuring MORGION's Rhett Davis (drums) and Justin Christian (bass), ex-TRENCH guitarist Ron Slater, and TORTURE WHEEL vocalist E.M. Hearst, are due to record their debut demo, "The Suffering", in September. The demo will feature appearances by "special guest musicians and will contain three tracks of undulating doom," according to ...

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HADES Drummer Update: More Chemotherapy Needed

HADES guitarist Dan Lorenzo has issued the following update on the condition of bandmate Ron Lipnicki (drums), who is currently battling testicular cancer: "Ron had this HUGE operation 2 weeks ago to remove the cancerous tumor. They were concerned they might have to remove one of his kidneys. It was supposed to be a four-hour ...

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IGGY POP To Release 'Skull Ring' In September

IGGY POP has finalized the track listing for his new solo album, "Skull Ring", due September 30 through Virgin Records. The follow-up to Pop's 2001 LP, "Beat 'Em Up", features collaborations with fellow ex-STOOGES members Ron and Scott Asheton on four tracks ("Little Electric Chair", "Skull Rings", "Loser" and "Dead Rock Star"), SUM 41 (on ...

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HADES Drummer Undergoes Operation To Remove Cancerous Tumor

HADES drummer Ron Lipnicki underwent a 10-hour operation Thursday (June 12) to remove a cancerous tumor. According to HADES guitarist Dan Lorenzo, the doctors were very happy with how everything went during the operation, which followed three months of chemotherapy. "Last Sunday (June 8) Jimmy Schulman (former HADES bassist), myself and Ron jammed on old ...

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IGGY & THE STOOGES To Play Detroit In August

A reunited IGGY POP & THE STOOGES will play the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit, Michigan on Aug. 14, according to the Detroit Free Press. Tickets are expected to run from $22 for lawn seats to $48 for pavilion seats. Sale info is not yet available. Also scheduled for the bill: New York noise-rock ...

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OIL Part Ways With Bassist, Seek Replacement

Long Beach, California-based Christian metallers OIL, featuring DARK ANGEL frontman Ron Rinehart, have parted ways with bassist Matthew Joy and are currently seeking a replacement. "Upcoming album release shows or any other concert bookings will not be affected," states a message on the band's official web site. "Our friend — and smokin' bass player — ...

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PAINMUSEUM Drop Off HALFORD/TESTAMENT Dates

PAINMUSEUM, the new band featuring HALFORD guitarist Metal Mike Chlasciak, vocalist Tim Clayborne, HALFORD drummer Bobby Jarzombek and longtime Metal Mike collaborator Steve Booke on bass, have withdrawn from their previously announced Los Angeles, Anaheim and Las Vegas dates in support of HALFORD and TESTAMENT, citing "economic and logistical constraints" as the reason for their ...

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ST. VITUS Announce One-Off Gig In Chicago

The classic "Born Too Late"-era lineup of doom legends ST. VITUSDave Chandler (guitar), Scott "Wino" Wienrich (vocals), Armando Acosta (drums) and Mark Adams (bass) — will take the stage together for the fist time since 1991 on Tuesday, July 1 at the Double Door in Chicago, Illinois. Dave Chandler had this to say ...

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HOLOCAUST Make Peace With SANCTUARY RECORDS

Long-running New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) pioneers HOLOCAUST — perhaps best known for penning the track "The Small Hours", which was later covered by METALLICA on their "The $5.98 E.P. - Garage Days Re-Revisited" EP have received a "lengthy and very considerate email from the senior management at Sanctuary Records" regarding the band's ...

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PAIN OF SALVATION Singer To Guest On SPASTIC INK Album

PAIN OF SALVATION vocalist/guitarist Daniel Gildenlöw will be contributing lead vocals to one track on the long-awaited SPASTIC INK sophomore release, "Ink Compatible", tentatively due before the end of the year. "[Daniel] is easily one of the most dramatic singers out there," said SPASTIC INK mastermind Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER) of his decision to collaborate with ...

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HOLOCAUST To Release New Album This Month

Reunited NWOBHM legends HOLOCAUST have set a May 19 release date for their ninth album, "Primal". The CD, which was recorded in both the States and Scotland, marks a return to the group's metal roots and marks the recording debut with the band of new members John McCullim (guitar), Ron Levine (drums) and Bryan Bartly ...

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OIL Finalize Track Listing For Live Album

Los Angeles-based Christian metallers OIL, featuring DARK ANGEL frontman Ron Rinehart, have finalized the track listing for their first-ever live album, "Choice Cuts Off The Chopping Block", now available for pre-order via Roxx Productions. The CD, which was recorded primarily during the band's appearance at the First Baptist Church of Downey in Downey, California on ...

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THE OFFSPRING Drummer Exits, FREESE Takes Over

THE OFFSPRING drummer Ron Welty has announced that he has quit the band. In a statement on the band's web site, the drummer explained: "After more than 15 great years with THE OFFSPRING, I've decided to leave to devote all my energies to a new project called STEADY GROUND. I wish Dexter, Noodles and Greg ...

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PAIN MUSEUM Replace SYMPHONY X On THE 2003 METAL GODS TOUR

PAIN MUSEUM, the new band featuring HALFORD members Metal Mike Chlasciak (guitar) and Bobby Jarzombek (drums), have replaced SYMPHONY X on the bill of the much-anticipated The 2003 Metal Gods Tour, a multi-band package featuring HALFORD, co-headliners TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, DARK TRANQUILITY, AMON AMARTH, and CARNAL FORGE. SYMPHONY X reportedly pulled out of the trek in ...

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Former MISERY INDEX Man To Provide Vocals For Next PSYCHOTOGEN CD

Baltimore-based technical death metal band PSYCHOTOGEN have recruited Mike Harrison (ex-MISERY INDEX) to provide vocals and lyrics for the band's upcoming second release, "The Calculus of Evil". PSYCHOTOGEN had previously planned on using DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN frontman Greg Puciato on the forthcoming CD, a plan which has since been abandoned. PSYCHOTOGEN will record "The Calculus ...

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HALFORD Drummer Issues 'Performance & Technique' Video

Drummer Bobby Jarzombek, best known for his work with HALFORD, RIOT, and SPASTIC INK, has just released his first ever drum video. "Performance & Technique" spotlights Bobby's unique approach to drumming and features two free-form solos, footage of a RIOT-era drum solo performed live in Japan, and full-length performances of "Peppered Cancer" and "School", two ...

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HALFORD Announce New Guitarist!

Former JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford introduced the new HALFORD guitarist, Chad Tarrington, at the meet-and-greet prior to the group's show last night in Anaheim, California. Rob chose yesterday to introduce Chad because he wanted the fans to be the first to take photos of the new HALFORD line-up: Rob, Chad, Mike Chlasciak (guitar), Ray ...

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