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Axl Rose - Is Suing Guitar Hero

Eager to become the talk of every music fans' Thanksgiving dinner today, Axl Rose has just issued his most insane lawsuit yet, suing "Guitar Hero" makers Activision for $20 million for featuring Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle" in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.

Axl initially signed off on "Welcome to the Jungle" being used in the game, but on one condition: do not put any music by Velvet Revolver, which boasts guitarist Slash (Rose's former bandmate and mortal enemy) in the game. Well, not only did "Guitar Hero III" offer a bunch of Velvet Revolver songs, they crowned Slash the game's spokesperson, featured him on the game's cover and made him a playable avatar. Cue Axl's lawsuit.

" began spinning a web of lies and deception to conceal its true intentions to not only feature Slash and VR prominently in GH III but also promote the game by emphasizing and reinforcing an association between Slash and Guns N' Roses and the band's song "Welcome to the Jungle", "Rose's lawyer Skip Miller writes in the $20 million suit. Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine" featured in Guitar Hero II, and "Shackler's Revenge" from Axl's long-awaited Chinese Democracy actually debuted as a game-ending challenge in Rock Band 2, so Rose isn't opposed to the use of his songs in music video games. This comes down to, once again, Rose's undying hatred of Slash.

"There's zero possibility of me having anything to do with Slash other than by ambush, and that wouldn't be pretty," Rose said in 2009. "In a nutshell, personally I consider him a cancer and better removed, avoided." Rose also sued his former manager Irving Azoff, the CEO of Live Nation Ticketmaster, accusing Azoff of conspiring to assemble a Guns N' Roses reunion tour that included Slash. That legal tiff is likely the reason why Axl's GNR hasn't toured the U.S. on its Chinese Democracy trek (although a February tour is rumored).

Funny detail: Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock was already released 3 years ago.


Band profile: Guns N' Roses
Posted: 25.11.2010 by LeChron James | Comments (45)

Mägo De Oz - Gaia III Special Box Set

On the 30th November Mägo De Oz will re-release their last album Gaia III - Atlantia in a special box set edition with lots of extra material. The special box set will contain their last work Gaia III - Atlantia, a DVD with the last video clips ant their making of, plus a third CD called Gaia Epílogo with some new songs composed during the 3 Gaia albums but not edited up to date.

Gaia III - Atlantia was originally released worldwide on 6 April 2010.


Band profile: Mägo De Oz
Posted: 25.11.2010 by Sostoa | Comments (4)

Spazmosity - Remaining Live Dates For 2010 Cancelled

Swedish blackened death metal band Spazmosity are forced to cancel their gigs for the remainder of this year, due to drummer Dimman being involved in a motorcycle accident. Spazmosity will return to the live and festival scene in early 2011.


Band profile: Spazmosity
Posted: 25.11.2010 by BudDa | Comments (2)

Control Denied - Full Re-Issue Album Streaming Online

All 26 tracks included in the recent three-disc deluxe re-issue of Control Denied's The Fragile Art of Existence are streaming online now via the band's website.

Control Denied's legendary first album has been re-mastered, re-packaged and features liner notes from drummer Richard Christy, never-before-seen photographs, as well as over an hour of previously unreleased demo and rehearsal tracks. The Fragile Art of Existence tracklist and album details were previously reported at this location. The album is available through Relapse Mailorder.


Band profile: Control Denied
Posted: 25.11.2010 by BudDa | Comments (5)

Nervecell - Completes Writing New Album

Dubai-based death metallers Nervecell have finished writing the songs for their next studio album. The recordings will take place somewhere next month. The band issued the following update:

"We are really thrilled that the writing process for the new album has been successfully completed and the band is eager to enter the studio next month and start recording. We've been working really hard on this record through out this year and in between the tours we've had in Europe and Asia. All the pre-production for the songs are done and we're very happy with how everything has turned out for us so far.

The new songs are sounding aggressive, fast and dark! The fans can expect a heavy dosage of old school death metal, modern thrash metal, intertwined with our touch of Eastern melodies and brutality. Needless to say there will be more exciting news and surprises featured on this new record to follow.

The new (as-yet-untitled) album is set for a release early 2011 on Lifeforce Records (Europe) / Spellbind Records (Middle East). This will mark the follow-up to the much anticipated 2009 debut Preaching Venom which was released in Europe in October 2009 on Lifeforce Records."

The band will announce the album title and more details in the upcoming weeks, so make sure you stay tuned.


Band profile: Nervecell
Posted: 25.11.2010 by S.K.Ø.M | Comments (5)

Helstar - Mini-European Tour For December Announced

Helstar will be touring Europe this December in support of its latest effort, "Glory of Chaos", released on November 5, 2010 in Europe via AFM Records. Helstar's European headlining tour will kick-off on December 10th in Kerkrade, Netherlands, and will conclude on December 18th in Tilburg, Netherlands.

Helstar December 2010 European Tour Schedule:

10-12 The Rock Temple - Kerkrade, Netherlands
11-12 Metal City Festival - Lünen, Germany
12-12 Kaminwerk - Memmingen, Germany
13-12 Gala Hala - Ljubljana, Slovenia
14-12 Viper Room - Vienna, Austria (with Blaze Bayley)
15-12 Rock City - Uster, Switzerland
16-12 Eiche - Crailsheim, Germany
17-12 Eindhoven Metal Meeting Festival - Eindhoven, Netherlands
18-12 Little Devil - Tilburg, Netherlands


Band profile: Helstar
Event: Helstar: European Tour 2010
Posted: 25.11.2010 by Abattoir | Comments (1)

Saxon - Announce UK Tour

Several sources claim that Saxon have announced the following UK tour dates for next spring, ending with yet another show at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in London on St George's Day. These are the dates:

April 9: Leamington Spa Assembly
April 10: Nottingham Rock City
April 11: Whitehaven Civic Hall
April 13: Manchester Academy 2
April 14: Glasgow O2 ABC
April 15: Newcastle O2 Academy
April 17: Leeds O2 Academy
April 18: Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
April 19: Bristol O2 Academy
April 21: Falmouth Princess Pavilion
April 22: Bournemouth O2 Academy
April 23: London Shepherd's Bush O2 Academy

Wolfsbane and Fury UK are said to be supporting.

Band profile: Saxon
Event: Saxon
Posted: 24.11.2010 by Baz Anderson | Comments (0)

Volbeat - Five UK Dates Cancelled

The first five dates of the UK tour scheduled to start tomorrow have been cancelled:

The band did personally not want to cancel this tour but unfortunately Michael Poulsen was ordered by doctors not to fly or travel until his medical condition is stabilized to their satisfaction. At this moment Michael Poulsen is currently under doctor's supervision and a full recovery is expected within time to be able to pursue engagements from Dec 1st and onwards.

The cancelled dates are as follows:

24.11.2010 - GBR, Portsmouth
25.11.2010 - IRL, Dublin
26.11.2010 - GBR, Belfast
28.11.2010 - GBR, Sheffield
29.11.2010 - GBR, Nottingham

Band profile: Volbeat
Event: Volbeat: UK & Ireland Tour [CANCELLED]
Posted: 23.11.2010 by Baz Anderson | Comments (7)

Chimaira - Bassist Leaves The Band

Chimaira have parted ways with long-serving bassist Jim LaMarca. The message from the band reads as follows:

"After a decade of good times and achievements, our friend and band mate Jim LaMarca has decided to retire from Chimaira. We wish him nothing but the best as he settles in and starts a family. As for seeking a replacement... we'll cross that bridge down the line. In the meantime, consider it "business as usual" with the Chimaira you know and love."

Dååth guitarist Emil Werstler will be handling the bass duties in Chimaira for the rest of the year.

Chimaira will embark on a short headlining tour in late November with support from Impending Doom, Dååth and This Or The Apocalypse. Click on the event link below to get all the dates.


Band profile: Chimaira
Event: Blue Collar Brawler Tour 2010
Posted: 22.11.2010 by Abattoir | Comments (4)

Wizard - New Album Tracklist Revealed

As the release date of the upcoming Wizard album Of Wariwulfs And Bluotvarwes approaches, the German power metal band has already posted the lyrics of the album online... which means we now know the official tracklisting for the album. Of Wariwulfs And Bluotvarwes will be released through Massacre Records on a yet to be determined date.

Of Wariwulfs And Bluotvarwes tracklist:

01. Bluotvarwes
02. Hagre
03. ... Of Wariwulfs And Bluotvarwes
04. Fair Maiden Mine
05. Bletzer
06. Hearteater
07. Taste Of Fear
08. Hagen Von Steln
09. Messenger Of Death
10. In The Sign Of The Cross
11. Undead Insanity


Band profile: Wizard
Posted: 22.11.2010 by Sostoa | Comments (1)

Jag Panzer - Finish Recording New Album

US Power metal legends Jag Panzer have finished recording their new album, entitled The Scourge Of Light. The band's 9th studio album is scheduled for release sometime in February or March 2011, depending on your location. The Scourge Of Light will be the band's first album under label SPV/Sony which they signed under a couple of months ago.

The cover artwork was painted by Los Angeles artist Justin Yun. Obviously the logo and title aren't in this image, because the band wanted everyone to see Justin's entire painting.

The Scourge Of Light cover art] tracklist:

01. Condemned to Fight
02. The Setting of the Sun
03. Bringing on the End
04. Call to Arms
05. Cycles
06. Overlord
07. Let It Out
08. Union
09. Burn
10. The Book of Kells


Band profile: Jag Panzer
Posted: 22.11.2010 by BudDa | Comments (4)

Holy Moses - Update From The Band

Long-running German thrashers Holy Moses have checked in with the following band update:

"The year 2010 has not yet ended, but we like to take the chance to give you a short overview. After the successful shows in Finland, at Kaltenbach Open Air in Austria, and the really great shows with Doro at Landau Germany and at Bloodstock Open Air in UK, the band is going to take a break from playing Live.

But we are not sleeping:

We are working on new songs, and we started up to arrange old school classics of Holy Moses in a new structure. We will be back in the studio for an new Holy Moses album in spring 2011 at Absurd Studio Hamburg.

From December, 2011 until December, 2012 we will have our 30th years anniversary with Holy Moses, and we are preparing ourselves right now for this great event.

Our contract with Wacken Records had ended in 2010 and we are dealing right now with different companies for the release of the new album and our first DVD in Holy Moses history.

The first shows for summer 2011 are already booked and we will release this dates in the upcoming weeks in December. We will play only special shows in 2011 around the whole world, to celebrate the 30th years anniversary of Holy Moses.

We want to thank you already for that, because without you, our fans, Holy Moses would not exist for 30 Years. Thanks for all your support also in 2010 and with a lot of power and energy we will start into 2011."


Band profile: Holy Moses
Posted: 22.11.2010 by BudDa | Comments (0)

Avantasia - No More Avantasia Live Shows In 2011

Rumors keep circulating about a second leg of the Avantasia tour in 2011. The musicians want to make clear that after the December world tour there will be no more Avantasia tours or festival appearances, except from the Wacken show in 2011.

Tobias Sammet: "In 2011 we will not play any show except from the Wacken show, due to commitments that we all have with our individual main bands. That's why we are very happy about having found a time frame to bring the show on stage in December. The Metal Opera Comes To Town world tour 2010 will be a special event that will be neither repeated nor continued. That's why we'll play as many songs as possible and make it a special experience for us as much as for our fans. Because we are not naive enough to believe that this line-up will ever get the chance to share the stage again after the forthcoming tour."

All The Metal Opera Comes To Town dates, as well as live guest musicians, can be found here.


Band profile: Avantasia
Event: Avantasia
Posted: 22.11.2010 by Tristam | Comments (4)

Sodom - European Tour Dates Confirmed

Teutonic thrash metallers Sodom have announced a string of European live dates, scheduled to take place in February next year. The band will be touring in support of their latest effort, In War And Pieces, released in Germany last week and the rest of Europe today (more album details available here).

04.02.2011 (B) Vosselaar, Biebob
05.02.2011 (NL) Eindhoven, Dynamo
06.02.2011 (UK) London, Underworld
07.02.2011 (D) Saarbrücken, Garage
09.02.2011 (CH) Pratteln, z7
10.02.2011 (I) Milan, Live Club
11.02.2011 (A) Wien, Szene
12.02.2011 (SLO) Maribor, Stuk
13.02.2011 (H) Budapest, Diesel
15.02.2011 (D) Aschaffenburg, Colos Saal
16.02.2011 (D) Hamburg, Markthalle
17.02.2011 (D) Bochum, Zeche
18.02.2011 (D) Erfurt, Centrum
19.02.2011 (D) Herford, X
20.02.2011 (D) Ludwigsburg, Rockfabrik


Band profile: Sodom
Event: Sodom
Posted: 22.11.2010 by Abattoir | Comments (6)

Wastefall - Have Reunited

Greek Progressive metal band Wastefall have reformed, after disbanding in the summer of 2008.

Here's the full message released by the band: "After a long time of absence, Wastefall are back! We are more than glad to announce that vocalist, guitarist Domenik Papaemmanouil returned from exile and guitarist Alex Katsiyiannis decided to abandon his haven. The only difference is that we decided to recruit Tassos Loukos behind the drums, since Kostis Papaleksopoulos is still in exile. Apart from that, the members remain the same. See you really soon."


Band profile: Wastefall
Posted: 21.11.2010 by Thryce | Comments (4)