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Metal News for May 24, 2007

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Obituary Announce New Album Title

Florida death metal legends OBITUARY have set "Xecutioner's Return" (Candlelight Records) as the title of their forthcoming album. The CD's release date has been pushed forward to August 28 from the previously announced September 11. The band is finalizing U.S. touring plans now that will kick off in early September. Full tour details will be announced shortly.

OBITUARY is working with artist Andreas Marshall for the cover art for "Xecutioner's Return". Marshall has worked with the band for "The End Complete" and their most recent record "Frozen in Time". Tracking of the record has now been completed with mixing and mastering now on schedule in the coming weeks.

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Blackjak Sign to Chavis Records

New Jersey's "most dangerous band" BLAKJAK has inked a deal with Chavis Records for the release of "Pleasure in Pain". BLAKJAK is currently in Aarius Studios in Sayersville, NJ recording its debut with guitar virtuoso/producer Jack Frost (SEVEN WITCHES, BRONX CASKET COMPANY, SMELL THE GLOVE, FROST, SAVATAGE) engineering and producing. "Pleasure in Pain" will be mixed and mastered by Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING).

According to a press release, BLAKJAK is "one of the hottest acts on the East Coast" which has opened for "every major band rolling through their turf. BLAKJAK rock their roll with a classic style of hard rock branding it with their own style and adding just enough heavy courtesy of Mr. Frost."

BLAKJAK will embark on "The Poor Tour" this summer. The trek will take the group up and down the East Coast, into Canada and out west.

"Pleasure in Pain" will be released late summer/early fall.

For more information on BLAKJAK, go to this location.

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Slash Did Visit Axl Rose During Lawsuit

VELVET REVOLVER/ex-GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash has admitted that he visited GUNS N' ROSES singer Axl Rose's house in 2005, despite previous claims to the contrary.

Slash and ex-GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan sued Rose in August 2005, accusing Rose of changing publishers of GUNS 'N ROSES' songs without their consent and pocketing the royalties from the deal.

Rose countersued Slash, and then stirred up further controversy by saying that Slash showed up at his house uninvited to offer a truce. According to a March 2006 MTV.com article, Rose said Slash dissed VELVET REVOLVER by telling Rose that singer Scott Weiland was a "fraud," McKagan was "spineless" and that he hated Sorum.

Slash denied everything except the visit to Rose's home.

"It's a long story," Slash told the Home News Tribune. "I actually did go to Axl's house at one point, but I never saw him. I never talked to him. I left a note with his person over there having to do with lawsuit that we were in. I don't know how it got turned into what it got turned into."

Axl's assistant, Beta Lebeis, recently told GUNS fan site Here Today...Gone To Hell! that she was the person that Slash spoke with on the night he visited Axl's house in 2005 and expressed negative feelings for his current bandmates in VELVET REVOLVER.

Rose's revelation of Slash's visit prompted a scathing rebuttal from Weiland, who called Rose a "fat, botox-faced, wig-wearin' fuck."

The quotes from Rose, as well as other rumours, though, did cause tension in VELVET REVOLVER. But Slash said he thinks the band has survived the rumors and innuendo and is more solid than ever.

"From the end of the ('Contraband') tour to the beginning of the (new) record, there was a lot of that going on," Slash said. "It was actually pretty detrimental at one point because it just got to be so overwhelming we couldn't seem to escape it. But it was just a matter of sticking together and getting through it, and we did. It will be interesting to see what they come up with next. The band is pretty firmly bonded, so I don't think it will be too easy to break that, to chip away at that stone, so to speak."

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H.I.M. Singer Guests With Other Finnish Singer

H.I.M. frontman Ville Valo has recorded a guest appearance on the debut album from Finnish singer Manna, who also happens to be H.I.M. guitarist Mikko "Linde" Lindstrom's wife. The track "Just for Tonight" can be found on the "Sister" album, which was released on May 9 in Finland. The CD was produced and mixed by Kalle Gustafsson (THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES) at the Svenska Grammofonstudion.

You can check out Manna's duet with Ville Valo online here.

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Korn Guitarist Not Sure About Playing New Songs

Launch Radio Networks reports: KORN unveiled its new single, "Evolution", on rock stations around the country over the weekend and debuted it live at a Los Angeles radio festival on Saturday (May 19). But guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer told Launch that he's not sure when fans will get to hear more new songs live before the album hits shelves on July 31. "At this time, we are just gonna do the one, just the first single, and then we're going to probably do some more new songs, but we just, we have to kind of figure out which ones," he said.

KORN recently posted another new song at its MySpace page, called "I Will Protect You".

The band has not yet finalized a title for its eighth album, which will follow up 2005's "See You on the Other Side".

KORN will co-headline this summer's Family Values Tour with EVANESCENCE beginning on July 20 in St. Louis.

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Chris Cornell Comes Clean On Audioslave Break-Up

Launch Radio Networks reports: Singer Chris Cornell recently told MTV.com that his days of being in a band were over and he was prepared to spend the rest of his career as a solo artist following his departure from Audioslave earlier this spring. Although AUDIOSLAVE guitarist Tom Morello recently said that he never officially heard from Cornell that he was leaving the group, the singer told Launch that he did make his intentions clear. "Tom and I did have communications about the fact that I was gonna go make a record, and that I was tired of what ended up seeming like political negotiations toward how we were gonna do AUDIOSLAVE business and getting nowhere with it," he said. "We had back and forths about that, and we also as a band sat in a room with other people trying to work this out on numerous occasions, and it wasn't really happening."

Cornell added that the process of "doing AUDIOSLAVE business" led him to go solo. "I still will always say that everybody did their best, I think, to try to come to some sort of an agreement, but it literally did sort of turn into these, like, negotiations, you know, almost like you're negotiating a contract with a record company, something like that," he said. "I can make my own records and I don't have to do that with myself."

Cornell received the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the third annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert on May 11 at the Music Box Theatre in Los Angeles. Cornell, who has been clean and sober for over four years, was honored for his work with the MAP Fund to help musicians who are recovering addicts.

In other news, Cornell's second solo album, "Carry On", will be released on June 5. He has recently released the video to his new single 'Arms Around Your Love' online.

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Urkraft Part Ways With Keyboardist

Fast-rising Danish death-thrash wrecking crew URKRAFT has parted ways with keyboardist Jeppe Eg. "What the future will show regarding a new keyboard player in URKRAFT we are not sure," the band writes on its web site.

URKRAFT recently entered the studio to make a pre-production recording of some of its new songs, to be included on the group's next CD. "The style is a little the same, although with a lot more death metal and more grooves," the band says. "Mikael [S. Jorgensen; drums] has managed to put in some seriously hard-hitting blasts and added some grindcore to the new 'songs' and the riffing is darker than ever."

URKRAFT's last album, "The Inhuman Aberration", was released in May 2006 via Earache Records. The CD was recorded at Antfarm Studios with Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, SICK OF IT ALL, HIMSA, HATESPHERE).

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Otep Finally Dropped From Capitol After Merger

Tunelab Music reports that the saga of whether or not Otep were still signed to Capitol Records is over. In a recent blog, the band revealed that they are now "free agents" and are exploring other possibilities. No word on if their new album 'The Ascension' will be released or remain on a shelf for eternity.

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Courtney Love Nixes Kurt Cobain Shoe Ad

Four dead rock stars - Joe Strummer (The Clash), Kurt Cobain, Sid Vicious, and Joey Ramone - were to head up a new advertising campaign for Dr. Martens boots. Famed advertising company Saatchi & Saatchi is understood to be behind the campaign, which sees the music icons wearing their prized boots while dressed as angels.

Dr. Martens spokesman Andrew Petch explained: "We wanted to communicate that Dr. Martens boots are 'made to last' and we discovered that these idolized musicians wore them. Showing them still wearing their Docs in heaven dramatized the boots' durability perfectly. And, as images, they feel very iconic."

But thanks in part to an outraged Courtney Love, the new Doc Martens ad has been given the boot. The 42-year-old entertainer was steamed after learing that a new advertising campaign for the footwear company features late husband Kurt Cobain modeling boots in heaven. More...

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Deftones Writing New Album, Team Sleep Revived

Billboard.com reports: The Deftones are still rocking their latest album, "Saturday Night Wrist," around the United States. But they've already started work on its successor, too. Frontman Chino Moreno tells Billboard.com that the Sacramento, Calif.-based quintet has set up a backstage writing room where they're creating new material.

"We're going in there and playing as five of us in the room with just our instruments, no other distractions," he explains. "That's how we started out, basically, when we first started the band -- us in the garage, no ProTools or anything to get us ahead of ourselves. We'd just play things over and over again, until we remembered it -- that's the rawest way you can do it, and the best, I think."

That process, Moreno says, is a reaction to the lengthy gestation of "Saturday Night Wrist," which went through several producers and sessions and was, he acknowledges, "a hard album to make, definitely pieced-together, real jigsaw puzzle-ish. It just wasn't fun, really, and I really don't want to have another experience like that."

Moreno says that with just a couple of songs in motion, it's too early to predict what the new album will sound like -- or when it will be recorded and released. But he feels good that "we're kind of ahead of ourselves a little bit instead of getting off tour and then going in to write a record and feeling a lot of pressure and under the gun. It feels like we're already moving."

Moreno is also moving on a second album by his other band, Team Sleep, which he says is nearly finished and should be out in early 2008. Moreno and company have been working on the follow-up to their self-titled 2005 album for the past year, and he describes it as "pretty sick" and "more electronically based with a lot of good guitar stuff and piano stuff mixed in. It's still kind of dreamy, not real aggressive, but it sounds neat."

Moreno says that unlike Deftones, Team Sleep thrives on a more piecemeal kind of recording process. "Everybody has their piece, and we come in and build this huge robot," he explains. "It sounds like that to me -- robotic, old German kind of electronic music. I wouldn't say lo-fi, but it's not real over-produced. It's just a fun project to do."

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Ligion Release Video for ‘Get Over Me’

Up and coming rockers LIGION have released a video off their invigorating debut External Affairs, which was released through Maple Jam/Bellum Records. You can view the video for the track ‘Get Over Me’ here. LIGION are currently on tour with SOiL and SEEMLESS.

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Ion Dissonance Release Digital EP

Montreal-based quintet ION DISSONANCE is preparing to release its third album, "Minus the Herd", on June 5. To give fans a taste of the new CD, the band has released a digital EP, entitled "Prelude to the Herd", that is available now on iTunes. The track listing for the EP is as follows:

01. Kneel
02. Of Me...Nobody Is Safe

You can purchase "Prelude to the Herd" at this location.

ION DISSONANCE recently posted the track "Kneel" on its MySpace page. More...

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Velvet Revolver Post New Video Online

VELVET REVOLVER's video for the first single from their new album, Libertad, 'She Builds Quick Machines', directed by Dean Karr (MARILYN MANSON, DEFTONES), in now available online at Yahoo! Music and YouTube.

Frontman Scott Weiland recently commented on the video, saying the clip was "fun to make" and was born of an idea he's had for quite some time.

Libertad is due for release on July 3rd. More...

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Blessed By a Broken Heart Complete New Album

Montreal-based quintet BLESSED BY A BROKEN HEART will hit the road on June 16th with A DAY TO REMEMBER. Visit their Myspace page for their complete touring itinerary.

The band just wrapped up the recording process for their new album with GGGarth (ATREYU, TRAPT) and Robbie (groove master) checks in with the following report: "We are very excited to announce that our record is finally done. Let me tell you, this is and will always be the greatest record of all time! Well, except for maybe Rick Astley's Whenever You Need Somebody, but it sure comes close! Anyway, I hope you guys make sure to pick up some Zubaz, Jordache, and LA Gears so you're completely ready for our global takeover!

The new album is now going to be called Pedal To The Metal and will blowout any speakers you play it from. Every song will get you hooked. All of the shreds hit harder and louder. The keyboard we used was actually bought directly from Eddie Van Halen (he was down on his luck and didn't want to just TAKE our money). I hope you are all as stoked as we are. I swear if you guys don't like it, I will eat my zebra spandex. We will have a new song up for you guys as soon as we can. So until then, scope out our summer tour dates and make sure to come out and say what's up."

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Diecast Post New Video Report

DIECAST is currently in the midst of a month-long North American tour as direct support to DROWNING POOL. The group has posted a new video which documents their pre-tour preparations. Check it out at this location.

DIECAST's new single for the track "Hourglass" is going to impact Active Rock radio in June following the success of "Nothing I Could Say".

DIECAST with DROWNING POOL remaining tour dates:

May 28 - 3rd Street Theatre - Cedar Rapids, IA
Jun. 01 - Hooligans - Jacksonville, NC
Jun. 02 - Jaxx - West Springfield, VA
Jun. 03 - Stingers - Boonsboro, MD
Jun. 06 - Machine Shop - Flint, MI
Jun. 08 - Lancaster Event Center - Lincoln, NE More...

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The Red Chord Reveal New Album Details

Metal Blade Records has revealed the details of THE RED CHORD's new album "Prey for Eyes", due in Europe on July 23 (except in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, where it will arrive on July 20). The CD was produced by Zeuss (HATEBREED, FULL BLOWN CHAOS) and will feature the artwork of Paul Romano (TRIVIUM, MASTODON, MAROON).

"Prey for Eyes" track listing:

01. Film Critiques & Militia Men
02. Dread Prevailed
03. It Runs in the Family
04. Send the Death Storm
05. Pray For Eyes
06. Responsibles
07. Midas Touch
08. Tread on the Necks of Kings
09. It Came form Over There
10. Intelligence Has Been Compromised
11. Open Eyed Beast Attack
12. Birdbath
13. Bone Needle
14. Seminar

Exclusive European Bonus Tracks/Videos:

15. Antman (live at Sounds of the Underground)
16. Blue Line (live at Sounds of the Underground)
17. Bread Pants
18. Black Santa (Live at Independence Day, Japan)
19. Ugly (Live at Independence Day, Japan)
20. Dreaming in Dog Years (Live at Independence Day, Japan)
21. Pile Up (Live at Big Daddy's Tallahassee, FL)

Multimedia Features:

Videos for "Stache Attack" and "Antman"

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Meshuggah Announce European Festival Dates

Sweden's MESHUGGAH have updated the "Tour" page at their official website with the addition of the following European summer festival dates:

23 - Kauhajoki, Finland - Nummirock
29 - Borlänge, Sweden - Peace & Love
30 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Metaltown

2 - Kristiansand, Norway - Quart Festival
7 - Bergum, Holland - Waldrock
8 - Salzhaus, Switzerland - Winthertur
12 - Novi Sad, Serbia - Exit Festival
14 - Venice, Italy - Frozen Rock Open Air More...

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Nightwish Announce New Singer

NIGHTWISH's official web site has been updated with an interview with the group's new singer, 35-year-old Swede Anette Blyckert (a.k.a. Anette Olzon). Read on:

Q: What is your musical background? Have we already heard you sing in other bands?

Anette: I was born and raised in a musical family. I have been singing since childhood and was forced by my mum to play the oboe for 8 years! I was with mum on tour with her band and sang with them now and then. I then competed in several talent shows from 13 years of age.

My first band was a cover band, named TAKE COVER, with older guys when I was 17, then I got into a band called ALYSON AVENUE, first just as a studio singer, then took lead role and we have released two albums since 2000. At age 21 I had a lead role in a rock opera/musical in Helsingborg called "Gränsland" and then got in at Balettakademien in Gothenburg. I have been in many different bands and choirs, and have done studio jobs and weddings during the years. I recently sang a duet on Michael Bormann's (ex-JADED HEART singer) album "Conspiracy".

I have taken singing lessons in my earlier days at Music Conservatorie in Copenhagen, Denmark, with a private teacher and nowadays when I need a private teacher, in Malmö Music University. I have been singing almost any genre there is. More...

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Fairytale Abuse Part Ways With Drummer

Danish black metal band FAIRYTALE ABUSE has issued the following update:

"Unfortunately, we have to announce that our faithful drummer, Troels Nissen, has decided to leave the band. Troels has been blasting along with us for three years, and we've been more than pleased with having him onboard. He decided to leave to seek new musical challenges, but stayed long enough to finish the recording of our upcoming album. He will always be a friend of the band, and we wish him all the best of luck. Troels will participate in the rest of the recording proces as well as the upcoming cover photo session.

"We are looking for a new drummer. Please spread the word. We have put up a page with the details here (Danish only)."

FAIRYTALE ABUSE's upcoming CD will be the follow-up to "The Spirit Tower", which was released worldwide in May 2006. The group spent the last few months writing the material for the album, which will feaure a "more brutal, more black, and more evil" musical style compared to its predecessor. Mixing and recording will be done by Jan Borsing at Borsing Studios in Århus, Denmark. According to the band, the studio was chosen because of the immense experience Jan Borsing has in producing melodic black metal.

For more information, visit their website.

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Deicide Part Ways With Guitarist Ralph Santolla

Florida-based death metallers DEICIDE have parted ways with guitarist Ralph Santolla. A replacement axeman has not yet been announced.

Santolla (ex-DEATH, ICED EARTH) told BLABBERMOUTH.NET last month that he was looking to join a new band "in any genre of metal." "I like to keep busy writing, recording and touring," Santolla said. "Down time drives me nuts. Anyone looking for a guitarist can contact me at ralphsantolla@hotmail.com."

Santolla appears on DEICIDE's latest CD, "The Stench of Redemption", which was released in August via Earache Records. The follow-up to 2004's "Scars of the Crucifix" was recorded at Morrisound in Tampa, Florida and marks the first recording with the new DEICIDE lineup following the departure of the Hoffman brothers.

DEICIDE released a DVD, "Doomsday L.A.", on February 6, 2007 via Earache. The set, which was filmed using multiple cameras on November 10, 2006 at the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles, features the group's new lineup of Glen Benton (bass, vocals), Steve Asheim (drums), Jack Owen (guitar; ex-CANNIBAL CORPSE) and Santolla. The bonus material incorporates exclusive interviews and promo videos, including the recent "Homage for Satan" clip.

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Metallysee Booking Agency Explains Cancellations

Metallysee Booking Agency, the long-running Belgian company which was recently blamed for a string of European tour cancellations by such bands as FINNTROLL, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, MARDUK, ENSLAVED and UNLEASHED — has released the following statement:

"For all of those that have been writing in with their hate mail, let me take a moment now to explain the recent mishaps that have been happening at my company, Metallysee Booking Agency.

"First of all, my name is Johan De Mesmaeker and I am one of the owners of Metallysee. I have had this company for more than 22 years, and during that time I have put many bands on tour in Europe. Many who have gone on to become bigger acts and many that have gone on to other booking agencies.

"During the past year, I had to take a leave from running the day-to-day operations of my company due to personal reasons and in my place was my (former) employee named Henk Mol (of Vain Productions). Together with my business partner Gina, Henk was responsible for putting the tours together and making sure that things functioned as they should. Well, as we know now, things didn't happen exactly this way.

"With my sister not knowing anything about the business (or the bands), Henk was pretty much in control of everything. In the case of the Earthshaker Roadshock tour, he, and HE ALONE, made the cost of this tour so high that it was impossible to continue that tour. Some bands were contracted to be paid more than they should have, while other bands were contracted to be paid when in fact they should have been paying us tour support. The same was the case with the MARDUK tour.

"In order to keep my company alive, I had no choice but to cancel these tours to avoid myself going into bankruptcy and to be able to continue in a business that I've been involved in for many years.

"In the case of Henk Mol, on the eve of the Earthshaker tour he conveniently 'quit' his position (and even has the NERVE to go back to some bands on our roster to tell them how he 'left' Metallysee and is in the process of starting his own booking agency and would like to book their tours from now on).

"Now while I don't absolve myself from any responsibility of these recent errors, the fact remains that before I took my leave, I have been doing the No Mercy and X-Mas tours (for example) twice a year for the past nine years that were completely successful. As most of you know, some of these tours had up to 8 and 9 bands and they always went to the [end] and everyone was always paid in full.

"In conclusion, I hope that this answers some questions that people have been asking. Slowly, I will rebuild my company and continue to book tours for the European market.

"To the bands that these problems have affected — FINNTROLL, AFTER FOREVER, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, TAROT, MACHINE MEN, ALL ENDS, MARDUK, ENSLAVED, MELECHESH, KEEP OF KALESSIN, GOATWHORE, PANTHEON I, UNLEASHED and BELPHEGOR — I offer my sincere apologies and will make every effort in time to compensate them for their losses. To the fans, labels, managers and my longtime promoter partners, I also offer my apologies."

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Behold...The Arctopus Recording New Album

Behold...The Arctopus is currently hard at work in the studio recording their first full-length album, "Skullgrid". Almost all the tracking has been completed and the band is very excited about the way the album is sounding. "Skullgrid" will contain 7 new tracks and and will feature guest solos by Mick Barr (Orthrelm, Octis, Ocrilim) and Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater). More album details will be revealed soon.

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Updated Gaza Tour Dates w/ The Handshake Murders

Gaza has confirmed a series of summer tours with Destroyer Destroyer, The Handshake Murders, Genghis Tron and label mates Ed Gein. The band will be hitting the road in June and touring through late July. You can also catch Gaza at this year's Dude Fest on July 28th and at GoreFest on July 29th.

Gaza tour with Destroyer Destroyer and The Handshake Murders:

6/03 San Diego, CA Soma
6/05 Anaheim, CA Chain Reaction
6/06 Santa Cruz, CA 418 Project
6/07 Portland, OR Satyricon
6/08 Redding, CA The Plaza
6/10 Ogden, UT The Country Club Theatre
6/12 Denver, CO Sox Place
6/13 Wichita, KS Eagles Lodge
6/15 Morgantown, WV Flipside
6/16 Virginia Beach, VA Club Relevant
6/17 Philadelphia, PA Italian American Social Club
6/20 New London, CT El N Gee
6/21 Gettysburg, VA Emmaus
6/24 Mt. Clemens, MI Hayloft Liquor Stand
6/25 Grand Rapids, MI Skelletones
6/28 St. Louis, MO Creepy Crawl
6/29 Little Rock, AR Vino's
6/30 Fayetteville, AR Fayetteville Music Hall

7/28 Indianapolis, IN The Harrison Center Dude Fest
7/29 Westland, MI VFW Post 6896 GoreFest

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Ex-Dominion Records President Joins SlideHammer

Former Dominion Records President Ron Kulakowski (artists Mercury Rising, The Quiet Room, Savior Servant, Undertow, etc.) has joined Central Jersey based mountain metalers "SlideHammer" as one of the bands guitarists under his old moniker "Ron Kulak". The band is comprised of former members of Tanelorn, Astoroth, The Skulls, and RBK. For further information and to hear some of the band's material visit the band's MySpace page.

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