SYSTEM OF A DOWN Guitarist Says He Has Penned 15 New Songs

SYSTEM OF A DOWN guitarist Daron Malakian has penned more than fifteen new songs for the group's next album, but he has not yet shared them with his bandmates. "What I'm writing is more frantic yet more melodic than our other records," he told Rolling Stone. "There's more of an Eastern touch to these songs ...

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M3 To Support DEF LEPPARD In Europe?

M3, the new British group featuring Bernie Marsden (guitar, ex-WHITESNAKE), Micky Moody (guitar, ex-WHITESNAKE), Neil Murray (ex-WHITESNAKE, BLACK SABBATH), Tony Martin (vocals, ex-BLACK SABBATH), Jimmy Copley (drums, ex-PAUL RODGERS, GILLAN, BECK), and Mark Stanway (keyboards, ex-MAGNUM), are rumored to be under consideration for the opening slot on DEF LEPPARD's European tour later this summer. More ...

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METALLICA Producer Speaks Out On 'St. Anger'

METALLICA producer Bob Rock recently spoke to MTV.com about the production on the group's new album, "St. Anger". "I wanted to do something to shake up radio and the way everything else sounds," said Rock, who helped write the music and lyrics and played basslines on the album. "To me, this album sounds like four ...

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DIO Confirms GOLDY On Board For The Long Term

This week on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline", Ronnie James Dio confirmed that Craig Goldy will in fact replace Doug Aldrich as the current guitarist for touring, writing and recording for "Magica" Parts II and III, according to Electric Basement. Dio also suggested that he has a huge archive of clips from his career ...

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Despite SARS, OZZY Plays Toronto — But Stays In Ottawa

Ozzy Osbourne demonstrated solidarity with SARS-plagued Toronto by playing a show there on Wednesday (June 11), according to CFOX. But he also hedged his bets by staying up the road in the Canadian capital of Ottawa. Osbourne told The Toronto Sun, "I'd be a liar if I said I'm not afraid of SARS, but what ...

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MERCENARY Lose TYPE O Support Slot

Despite their previous announcement to the contrary, Denmark's MERCENARY will NOT be opening for TYPE O NEGATIVE in Århus, Denmark at the end of the month. "Sadly, the management of TYPE O NEGATIVE decided to bring along UK's KILL II THIS for support in Denmark, so MERCENARY will not perform at Train on the 22nd ...

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PAPA ROACH Singer Gets Behind DIE TRYING

PAPA ROACH frontman Jacoby Shaddix is reportedly teaming up with label Island Def Jam to promote Sacramento, California's DIE TRYING, who released their self-titled debut album on Tuesday (June 10). The band's first single "Oxygen's Gone" is currently at Number 33 on the Radio & Records singles chart. Shaddix heard the band's music early on, ...

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JAGUAR Announce Dutch Dates

NWOBHM veterans JAGUAR have lined up the following Dutch dates in October: Oct. 24 - Groningen, NETH @ The Simplon. Oct. 25 - Hoorn, NETH @ Heavy Metal Maniacs Festival, The Manifesto JAGUAR's new studio album, "Run Ragged", is due on July 14 through Angel Air Records. ...

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