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Nightwish Voiceless
siN's metal news reports: Finland's NIGHTWISH have posted the following message on the band's official website:

"Dear Tarja, 

It`s time to choose whether the story of NIGHTWISH ends here or whether it will still continue an undetermined period of time. We`ve been working with this creation for 9 years and we are not ready to give up yet. Nightwish is a way of life, something to live for, and we`re certain we can`t let it go.

Equally certain is the fact that we cannot go on with you and Marcelo any longer.[see full story for a lot more of this open letter]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Aretha Katrina Bash
Contact Music reports: Soul veteran ARETHA FRANKLIN threw lavish parties at a hotel in Detroit, Michigan, last week (21-22OCT05) for survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

Approximately 40 survivors of the August (29AUG05) hurricane which ravaged America's Gulf Coast are staying temporarily at the city's Southfield Hotel after being made homeless by the devastating storm. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Shirley Horn RIP
E! reports: Shirley Horn, the great jazz vocalist and pianist and one of the last links to the Miles Davis era, has died at age 71, her label announced Friday. 

The Grammy-winning songbird, whose vocal phrasing, song selection and piano prowess influenced the likes of Norah Jones and Diana Krall, succumbed Thursday to complications of diabetes in her hometown of Washington, D.C. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Guitar Hero
Reuters reports: Gibson Guitar has teamed with videogame developers Harmonix and RedOctane for a new musical simulation game called "Guitar Hero." The game will launch November 1 on the PlayStation 2 entertainment system.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Vomitory Lose Axe
Metal Blade reports: Vomitory announces the departure of long time guitarist Ulf Dalegren:

"We are very sorry to break the news that guitarist Ulf Dalegren has decided to leave Vomitory after fifteen years in the band. Life changes quite a lot during fifteen years and the priorities we need to make change as well along with it. We hate to see Ulf go, but we understand and respect his decision to 100%. We part our musical ways as the best of friends and continue as drinking companions just as usual. We wish him the best of luck with everything in the future! Uffe - we salute you!" � Vomitory[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Psyopus Hank III
Metal Blade reports: Psyopus guitarist, Chris Arp, will be hitting the road this fall with Hank III's band Assjack. "f*** yeah!" exclaims Arp. "Hank and I are buddies. He was looking for someone to shred with him so I figured why not. We'll be out for about a month and since Psyopus has hit some down time I figured this would be a perfect time to go."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Black Dahlia Murder Euro Dates
Metal Blade reports: The Black Dahlia Murder has confirmed a European tour for January/February 2006. The full European tour starts on January 20th in Essen, Germany with direct support provided my Liar.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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NoManZero Vs Chinese Gov
Press Release reports: Yeah, that's right, New Tang Dynasty Television out of New York City has completed production of the video for NoManZero's latest song, "Bye Bye CCP". We should warn you though, this video is not for the faint hearted and all scenes are real with no actors involved. Oh yeah, one last thing, if you dare to watch this video you will be breaking the law of the mainland Chinese Communist Government who have already banned it.

But we rock n rebels in NoManZero don't care and neither does New Tang Dynasty Television who will soon be broadcasting it to it's 200 million Chinese viewers on four continents (they rent time on four satillites in space and reach these 200 million Chinese viewers which is less than 15% of the 1.4 billion Chinese worldwide !! )The video can now be streamed from our band's website, www.NoManZero.com . The band's hopes are that the video will do it's small part to help those in China that want to relax, rock out and just plain be free like the rest of us over here be able to do just that without interference and censorship from an uptight government. Keep on Rockin in the Free World !!![see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rhino Bucket 06
Rhino Bucket reports: RHINO BUCKET, the Bon Scott-era AC/DC sound-alike band that recorded two albums for Warner Bros./EMI back in '90 and '92 and an independent album in '94 with former AC/DC drummer Simon Wright, will release their as-yet-untitled fourth album on February 21, 2006 via Acetate Records. The CD was mixed at Soundface Studios in Hollywood, California and was produced by the band and Stephan Siggurson[see full story for their new video for "Blood, Sweat and Beers"]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Annihilator Get Schizo
Kayos reports: "This CD is dedicated to our fans and all metal fans," says Jeff Waters of Canadian thrash-masters Annihilator. "This time around I went right for the throat: 100% thrash metal with an attitude. No Ballads. No Breaks in the Insanity. Schizo Deluxe is what a lot of metal fans have been screaming at me to give them this time: Brutal guitar riffs and solos, second-to-none musicianship, and back-to-the-roots thrash/heavy metal songwriting."

To be released on Locomotive Records on November 8, Schizo Deluxe reaffirms Waters' street cred and relevance to the metal scene in 2005. Since its 1989 Alice In Hell debut, Annihilator has stayed true�with a few creative alterations along the way, of course�to its singular mono-maniacal devotion to that original spark that emanated out of San Francisco in the mid-�90s: THRASH. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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All Star Cash Tribute TV
CBS reports: Musical superstars Sheryl Crow, Foo Fighters, Shooter Jennings & Jessi Colter, Norah Jones, Kid Rock, Alison Krauss, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, U2 and Dwight Yoakam will perform on I WALK THE LINE: A NIGHT FOR JOHNNY CASH, a new entertainment special honoring country music legend Johnny Cash to be taped at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood and broadcast Wednesday, Nov. 16 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon and Dennis Quaid are among the stars who will introduce the performances.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sound The Alarm
Rock Ridge reports: On Tuesday, November 1, 2005, Sound The Alarm will release a self-titled, digital-only EP on Rock Ridge Music. This Pennsylvania-based rock group's EP is the next in Rock Ridge's fall series of special, digital-only releases. This digital-only EP will be available everywhere digital tracks are sold in the US, including outlets such as Napster, iTunes, MusicMatch, and Walmart.com.

The six songs featured on the EP are "Fools and Thieves," "Suffocate To Stay Alive," "Cutting Deep," "Prove Them Wrong," "Waiting For Winter," and "Never Let You Down." Consisting of songs that scored the pop/punk band industry buzz and tunes written for their first full-length album, this EP chronicles the band's early beginnings. Sound The Alarm plan to release a new album in the summer of 2006 on Geffen Records.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Chipster reports: Following a hugely successful Summer and Autumn, during which the 18 month campaign in support of their Sonic Firestorm album has seen them wowing festival crowds around Europe before returning to the UK to play yet another sell out tour, London based metallists DRAGONFORCE have just completed work on their eagerly anticipated third album.

Inhuman Rampage contains eight brand new songs and will be released on January 9th, 2006 on Sanctuary's Noise Records label.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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