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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

WIN a copy of the excellent JOHN LEE HOOKER box set.

Warner have bought metal label Roadrunner, which means bands like Slipknot, Nickelback and Megadeth now share the same owners as James Blunt!

Lordi frontman Mr Lordi has just opened a themed restaurant in Finland. It's called 'Rocktaurant', and is in Rovaniemi.

After Forever are to release new album, 'Energized' through Nuclear Blast in late March. The record features guest appearances from Doro Pesch and Annihilator guitarist Jeff Waters.

Grateful Dead Productions, Carlos Santana, and the members of Led Zeppelin and The Doors filed a lawsuit today seeking to stop the unlawful reproduction, promotion and sale of thousands of vintage concert memorabilia items and illegal copies of the memorabilia.

Avril Lavigne has revealed that her new album will be titled "The Best Dam Thing" and will be released in April, 2007.

Good Charlotte has selected the Avenged Sevenfold collaboration "The River" as the first single from its upcoming fourth studio album, "Good Morning Revival." Due March 20 via Epic, the set also includes the track "Keep Your Hands Off My Girl".

RIP - Dave Clark Five saxophonist Denis Payton & MUD drummer Dave Mount.

PRESS RELEASES

RIDE THE SKY, the new band of ex-HELLOWEEN drummer and MASTERPLAN founder Uli Kusch and ex-TEARS OF ANGER / BEYOND TWILIGHT singer Bjørn Jansson plus Benny Jansson on guitar, have signed a worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast!
"We're very happy that RIDE THE SKY has inked a deal with the label that has brought up so many great bands in the past years", states Uli. "We're looking forward to a creative cooperation with Nuclear Blast!" "We are extremely proud about being part of the Nuclear Blast roster and together with Uli Kusch, our song writing will take us to a whole new dimension", adds singer Bjørn Jansson. At the moment, the band is still writing songs for the upcoming debut album. The recording will take place in the band's own studio (Monsterclan Studios N&S) soon; RIDE THE SKY will produce the record by themselves together with a co-producer and are currently in negotiations with various contacts concerning the mix.
RIDE THE SKY's debut album will be released around August / September 2007.

GIG NEWS

MAGNUM
May 17th - Glasgow Garage
May 19th - Nottingham Rock City
May 23rd - Manchester University
May 24th - Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall

MASTODON
March 5th - Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
March 6th - Manchester University
March 7th - Glasgow ABC
March 13th - Nottingham Rock City
March 14th - Portsmouth Pyramid Centre
March 15th - London Mean Fiddler

STONE SOUR
March 11th - Birmingham Carling Academy
March 12th - Manchester Apollo
March 13th - London Astoria
March 15th - Glasgow Carling Academy

REVIEWS

HYDROGYN ‘Bombshell’ Chavis Records (2006) www.hydrogyn.com

Hydrogyn, fronted by the good looking Julie (see website for pics!) have already charted on the Billboard Heatseekers chart in the US and after hearing this album you can see why. Julie’s vocal range is wide be it the gentle opening to ‘Vesper’s Song’ or belting it out on the cover of AC/DC’s ‘Back In Black’ she is a top notch vocalist. It’s like After Forever and Evanescence but without the goth trappings and more metal guitars. ‘Breaking Me Down’ and ‘Confession’ really get the old adrenalin pumping whilst ‘Whisper’ sees the band step down a gear producing an almost AOR sounding tune. With Michael Wagner (Ozzy) in the production chair the album has a rich, deep sound and if you like female fronted metal/hard rock bands this album is a ‘must have’. Roll on album number two, but in the meantime catch them on tour in 2007 including UK dates in Feb and March!

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Jason Ritchie

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