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Just after the release of Spiritual Healing,  Death toured in Europe without Chuck Schuldiner but with Louie Carrisalez of Devastation in his position!

In Cortland NY there is a road named after the great singer R.J. Dio and it's called The Dio Way!

Kiko Lureiro of Angra prefers to play the guitar with his right hand even he is left-handed!

When Venom were recording At War With Satan album they were listening a lot to Rush. So the total duration of their album (21:12) may mean something&

In Immortal's Pure Holocaust album all drums have been played by Abbath and not by Erik whose name is written in the back cover.

Pete Steele of Type O Negative signed the contract of the band's first record deal not with ink but with a mixture of his blood and sperm!

Dan Liker of Nuclear Assault met his wife at 2000 Metal Meltdown Festival 

Glenn Hughes while he was in Trapeze (back in 1973) was approached by Electric Light Orchestra but he finally preferred the invitation from Ritchie Blackmore and Deep Purple 

Edguy's name came after an idea of their highschool teacher when they were 15 years old!

Blind Guardian's first name was Lucifers Heritage and they released 2 demos under that

Jon Oliva of Savatage was one of the many candidates to replace Ozzy after he left Black Sabbath

Dave Mustaine was the producer of the debut album of Sanctuary, the first band of Nevermore's Warrel Dane

In Dream Theater's A Change Of Seasons album there are samples from the film Dead Poets Society 

Cannibal Corpse made an appearance in the Jim Carey movie Ace Ventura - Pet Detective?

Max and Igor's Cavalera mother appears in one scene in the Mindwar video

 In Opeth's  album 'My Arms, Your Hearse' each song's lyrics end with the name of the next song, and the last song, Epilogue, ends with the name of the first song, Prologue..

The members of Iron Maiden once faced the members of Scorpions in a soccer match. They tied, 1-1

The outro "Tss, Aah!!!" on early demo Implosion Of Heaven of Children Of Bodom  is more or less a joke. The guitar melody of it is from an advertisement of a light beer which was shown on Finnish TV in 1994. "Tss" is the sound of opening a beer bottle and "Aah" stands for drinker's pleasure. 

Mikael Stanne recorded vocals with In Flames for their debut album. However, contrary to popular belief, he was never an official member of that band; he was a session vocalist and sang to help out the members of In Flames who did not have a vocalist yet.

Judas Priest took their name from the song "The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest" performed by Bob Dylan on his 1967 album 'John Wesley Harding'

The name Iced Earth was suggested to Jon Schaffer by his best friend Bill Blackmon, who later died in a motorcycle accident. The song 'Watching Over Me' is dedicated to him.

Helloween's The Keeper of the Seven Keys was originally one double album but the music company divided it into two separate albums.

Mille Petrozza goes to the gym before every of Kreator live shows.

Emperor started out as a death metal group in Thou Shalt Suffer. If it wasn't for Euronymous of Mayem, Emperor would probably be a death metal group today because he's responsible for introducing Emperor to the world of black metal. 

Cradle Of Filth is known to have a ridiculously huge amount of merchandise. One of these merchandise recently has been under the fire of critics (which is nothing new to these guys), where Blue Grape merchandising are refusing to print a shirt with a nude lady bleeding on the front, and on the back reading "You're A Gilded Cunt."

The word Therion is Greek for "beast" and it refers to the beast of the Christian Book of Revelation. However, the band's name originates from the Celtic Frost album "To Mega Therion."

Chuck Billy and Eric Petersen of Testament are from Indian origin. Chuck Billy has Navajo roots, as most Indians. Eric´s origin is less obvious in his features and much more mixed.

My Dying Bride's album 34.788%...Complete  title was derived from a dream former guitarist Calvin Robertshaw had where he was told the human race had a limited lifespan, 34.788% of which had already expired.

Karl Sanders's of Nile favorite computer game is Call of Duty. 

Varg Vikernes of Burzum murdered Mayem's guitarist/founder Euronymous in 1993, and has supposedly taken part in church burnings along with Emperor's guitarist Samoth. He had been serving a prison sentence since then until being released in 2009. There he continued to create music with a synthesizer, since they don't allow other instruments in prison.

The tune playing in the end of Before The Winter of Stratovarius  is Luke Skywalker's Theme from Star Wars. 

Nevermore got their name from the repeated refrain in Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven". The band also referenced the poem in the title track from their 2005 album "This Godless Endeavor".

In the 1970s Joey DeMaio of Manowar was a bass tech for Black Sabbath and played with David Feinstein in David Feinstein's Thunder.

October 20, 2009
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