THANATOSCHIZO To Record New Album In November

Portuguese avantgard metallers THANATOSCHIZO will enter Oporto's Rec N' Roll Studios in November with producer Luís Barros (drummer for AFM Records recording artists TARANTULA) to begin recording their third album, tentatively due in April 2004 through Rage Of Achilles Records. The as-yet-untitled effort is the follow-up to last year's "InsomniousNightLift", which was released through Portugal's ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN, ALEX SKOLNICK And CHRIS POLAND To Team Up For U.S. Tour

Guitar shredders extraordinaire Marty Friedman (ex-MEGADETH), Alex Skolnick (ex-TESTAMENT, SAVATAGE) and Chris Poland (ex-MEGADETH) will be teaming up for a U.S. tour later in the summer. Friedman will be performing as a solo artist while Poland and Skolnick will be showcasing their current group projects, OHM and THE ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO, respectively. The trek, dubbed ...

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Former MEGADETH Drummer, LIZZY BORDEN Bassist Jam With XYZ

Former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza and LIZZY BORDEN bassist Marten Andersson were set to perform session duties with XYZ during the latter band's previously announced tour with GREAT WHITE and L.A. GUNS when they got word that the trek was called off due to insurance issues. Says Andersson, "As some of you might have heard ...

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AEROSMITH: Blues Album Delayed Until January

AEROSMITH's much-anticipated new blues album has had its release date pushed back to January 2004. Guitarist Joe Perry told Billboard.com, "All the basics are done, we're probably three-quarters done with the overdubs. And there really aren't many to do, because we cut the album basically live." "By having the record come out in January, it ...

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150,000 Tickets Sold For Toronto's SARS Benefit

The Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto concert — featuring AC/DC and RUSH, among others — sold a record 150,000 tickets in its first day of sales, according to Billboard.com. The event's main sponsor, Molson Canadian, also said that sales to U.S. fans for the July 30 concert at Downsview Park were "well ahead of expectations." ...

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'Headbanger' Added To Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary

The word "headbanger" — defined as both a hard rock musician and a fan — is one of the latest additions to the Collegiate Dictionary from the folks at Merriam-Webster, according to CNN.com. The 11th edition, available in bookstores Tuesday, includes 10,000 new words and more than 100,000 new meanings and revisions among its 225,000 ...

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SUFFOCATION To Embark On Mini-Tour In August

Legendary New York death metallers SUFFOCATION will do a limited run of dates in August. Although nothing has yet been confirmed, DEEDS OF FLESH are strongly rumored to have landed the support slot for the tour. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon. ...

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SEVERE TORTURE Acquire Second Guitarist

Dutch death metal outfit SEVERE TORTURE have acquired a second guitarist: BLO.TORCH axeman Marvin Vriesde. "We met him during the CANNIBAL CORPSE tour last year were he played (guest) guitar for DEW-SCENTED," the band write on their official web site. "Currently we are writing stuff for the upcoming album based on 2 guitars and it ...

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