TOOL Begin Work On New Material, Prepare To Release DVD

Despite having just completed the touring cycle for "Lateralus", the members of TOOL have already commenced the songwriting process for the group's next album in addition to continuing work on their upcoming DVD, due in early 2003. The following message was posted by the group's official webmasters at www.toolband.com. "After finishing about a year and ...

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THE HAUNTED To Embark On South African Mini-Tour

Swedish high-energy thrashers THE HAUNTED will be touring South Africa in March 2003 as part of the first-ever Witchfest Roaming Festival. Confirmed dates are as follows: Mar. 03 - Cape Town, RSA @ The Mercury Mar. 07 - Durban, RSA @ Burn Mar. 08 - Johannesburg, RSA @ The Door Support at all shows will ...

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RACER X: Live MP3 Posted Online

A live recording of RACER X's "Hammer Away", taken from the special live double-CD accompanying the Japanese release of the group's upcoming album, "Getting Heavier", can be downloaded from the band's official web site at this location. "Getting Heavier" was recorded during September/October at Batgirl Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada for a Christmas ...

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Former GREAT WHITE Duo Announce Additional Dates

JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE, a newly-formed collaboration between former GREAT WHITE members Jack Russell (vocals) and Mark Kendall (guitar), have announced additional dates as part of their ongoing U.S. tour. They are as follows: Nov. 29 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues Nov. 30 - Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues Dec. 06 ...

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AMERICAN DOG Sign European Deal

Columbus, Ohio-based AMERICAN DOG, featuring former SALTY DOG bassist Michael Hannon, have signed a European label deal with Germany's Ulftone Records. The band's latest CD, "Red, White. Black & Blue", will be released throughout Europe in February 2003. In the meantime, AMERICAN DOG will be heading back into the studio briefly to record the track ...

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MEDUZA Commence Pre-Production For Sophomore CD

Sweden's MEDUZA, who feature former members of AUTUMN LORDS, are in pre-production with producer Mike Wead (MERCYFUL FATE, KING DIAMOND) for the group's sophomore CD, due in early 2003 through Massacre Records. A Scandinavian tour is tentatively scheduled to take place in February. ...

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ELVENKING Announce New Singer, Prepare To Record CD

Italian "pagan metal" act ELVENKING have announced the addition of singer Kleid and violinist/keyboardist Elyghen to the group's ranks. Kleid replaces Damnagoras, who left the band in August due to health reasons, while Elyghen had previously worked with the group in a session musician capacity and has now been upgraded to a full-fledged member status. ...

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KATAKLYSM Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR 2003

Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM are the latest act to have been officially confirmed for next year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival. The event, which is scheduled to take place Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany, will include performances from the following artists, among others: DARK ANGEL DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER EXTREME NOISE TERROR GAMMA ...

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GHOST STORY Reform, Prepare New Demo

Georgia's GHOST STORY, a popular unsigned act during the late '80s, have reformed and are currently writing material for the group's upcoming CD, due in 2003. A couple of recently-recorded new songs are available for download via the group's official web site at this location. The band — whose current lineup comprises all ...

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Former FAITH NO MORE Bassist Produces FLATTBUSH Debut

Former FAITH NO MORE bassist Billy Gould recently finished producing the debut album from Southern California's FLATTBUSH for an April 2003 release through Gould's Kool Arrow label. FLATTBUSH have previously performed with ASESINO and BRUJERIA, among others, and are tentatively set to embark on a U.S. tour with NAPALM DEATH next summer. For more information ...

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