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The Longest Night - PHARAOH

I had a feeling PHARAOH's follow-up to its 2003 debut, "After the Fire", would be a true-blue, quality slab of traditional/power metal with contagious melodies, pounding rhythms, and killer guitar work, but "The Longest Night" far exceeded even those expectations. "The Longest Night" would more accurately be described as one of the year's best heavy ...

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GARY MOORE To Release New Studio Album In May

Legendary guitarist GARY MOORE will release his new studio album, "Old New Ballads Blues", on May 2 via Eagle Records (April 24 in the U.K.). The CD features five new original songs, including the uptempo "Ain't Nobody", the poignant ballad "Gonna Rain Today", the country-influenced "No Reason to Cry" and the driving instrumental "Cut it ...

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RUSH Guitarist, VOIVOD Drummer To Guest On JOHN KASTNER's Solo Debut

RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson and VOIVOD drummer Michel "Away" Langevin are among the impressive cast of musicians contributing to the solo debut from John Kastner (ASEXUALS, DOUGHBOYS, ALL SYSTEMS GO!), entitled "Have You Seen Lucky". The album, scheduled to be released in late spring, boasts additional guest appearances by Lee Ving (FEAR), Jim Cuddy (BLUE ...

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ENSLAVED Members Comment On New Album

Norwegian extreme metallers ENSLAVED are putting the finishing touches on their new album, "Ruun", tentatively due on May 8 via Tabu. The following comments about the upcoming CD from each of the bandmembers were posted on the group's official web site: Ivar Bjornson (guitar): "Me and Grutle has worked out a concept I feel is ...

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THE DEFACED: 'Almost Done' Recording New Album

THE DEFACED, the Swedish band featuring DARKANE/TERROR 2000 guitarist Klas Ideberg, have posted the following message on their official web site: "We're almost done recording the vocals for the next THE DEFACED album. Jens [Broman; CONSTRUCDEAD, HATELIGHT] has been tracking vocals now for three weekends and he's really been working his ass off. He’s been ...

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Heavy Metal Documentary 'A Headbanger's Journey' To Receive U.S. Premiere At SXSW FILM FESTIVAL

"Metal: A Headbanger's Journey", a brand-new documentary offering a guided tour through heavy metal's storied but largely ignored history, will receive its U.S. premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW), set to take place March 10-19 in Austin, Texas. Directed by Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen and Jessica Joy Wise, "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" ...

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DEF LEPPARD Guitarist's MAN-RAZE Explain Album Delay

MAN-RAZE, the new band featuring DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen, have posted the following message on their official web site: "We've had many mails and messages asking what is happening with our album...so we want to let you know what's going on. The simple answer is that it's not yet ready! "Let us explain: As ...

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DOWNLORD Trapped In 'Scandinavian Black Metal Arctic Hell'

DOWNLORD, the Danish death metal band featuring former members of BOLT THROWER/BENEDICTION, INIQUITY, and SACRIFICIAL, hit a major snag during their initial attempt at travelling to Reno Kiilerich's (ex-DIMMU BORGIR, OLD MAN'S CHILD) studio to record drum tracks for their next demo project Commented vocalist Dave Ingram: "We set off towards Skjern (western Denmark) where ...

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RUSH Drummer To Appear In 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force' Movie

Last September, while on the SS Professor tour, Lorne Wheaton, RUSH drummer Neil Peart's tech, stated that Neil will be making an appearance on "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" sometime in the future. It turns out that Peart won't just be appearing in an episode, but in fact will appear in the big-screen movie coming later ...

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THE PROJECT HATE Begin Writing New Album

THE PROJECT HATE, the Swedish band featuring Lord K. Philipson (GOD AMONG INSECTS, ex-LEUKEMIA), Jörgen Sandström (ex-ENTOMBED, GRAVE), bassist Michael Håkansson (EVERGREY), guitarist Petter S. Freed (2 TON PREDATOR) and singer Jo Enckell (IGNORANCE BLISS), have posted the following message on their official web site: "We haven't heard anything more about the planned video that ...

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KROKUS Announce New Drummer

KROKUS frontman Marc Storace has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "The first week of the new year brought us a new drummer by the name of Stefan Schwarzmann [ex-ACCEPT, U.D.O., HELLOWEEN]. He nicely rounds up the missing link in our rhythm section in time for the new album recordings. It ...

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The Truth - BLEEDING THROUGH

More often than not a band's claims of its new album being both heavier and more melodic than a highly regarded predecessor equates to nothing more than a steaming pile of donkey dung. In the case of BLEEDING THROUGH's "The Truth", the claim is basically truthful. One could argue whether it is heavier than "This ...

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MNEMIC: Recording Session Postponed

Danish modern metallers MNEMIC have abandoned their previously announced plans to record their next album at The Abyss studio with producer Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN). Commented the band: "We are sorry to inform all the people that hoped for a summer release, but that's simply not happening. One of the reasons is simply because we ...

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MACHINE HEAD Frontman Offers New Album Update

MACHINE HEAD frontman Robert Flynn recently took time out to update the group's fans on the songwriting process for the group's new album, tentatively due in late 2006/early 2007 via Roadrunner Records. "So what does are new shit sound like?" Flynn wrote. "Well... it doesn't sound like [METALLICA's] 'Master of Puppets' [as Flynn was quoted ...

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RUSH: 'R-30' DVD To Receive World Television Premiere This Weekend

"Invisible airwaves will crackle with life" when VH1 Classic presents the world television premiere of "Rush R-30", a DVD concert performance from the band's $21 million grossing sell-out 30th Anniversary Tour. The concert will air as part of VH1 Classic's salute to RUSH the weekend of Friday, January 13. The "Rush R-30" concert was filmed ...

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RUSH: 'Exit...Stage Left' DVD Release Date Reports Wrong

Contrary to published reports, Zoe Vision/Rounder Records "has no plans whatsoever" to release the DVD version of RUSH's classic "Exit...Stage Left", a representative for the company told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. It is, however, still believed that the "Exit...Stage Left" DVD will surface later in the year via another label. In a recent interview with Billboard.com, RUSH guitarist ...

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RUSH: 'Exit...Stage Left' DVD Delayed

According to a posting on the RUSH fan site Power Windows, Zoe/Rounder has pushed back the projected U.S. release date of the the DVD version of RUSH's classic "Exit...Stage Left" concert film to March 7 from the previously announced February 7. "Everything's been remixed to 5.1, and that was the intention — to ...

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RUSH Frontman Hopes To Release New Album Next Summer

RUSH bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee has told MTV.com that he, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart have been getting their home studios ready to start writing the group's new album, and in January they plan to begin the collaborative process. "The whole process of writing, recording and getting ready for a tour is ...

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