Former EVANESCENCE Guitarist Begins Work On Solo Album

Former EVANESCENCE guitarist Ben Moody will enter the studio in January to begin work on his solo debut, according to MTV.com. Moody has been writing and demoing songs in Los Angeles since the split, and he is planning on recording all the lead vocals himself — as well as playing most of the instruments — ...

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MESHUGGAH: 'Catch 33' Tentatively Scheduled For Release In April

Nuclear Blast Records has set an April 11, 2005 tentative European release date for the new MESHUGGAH studio album, "Catch 33". In a recent interview with the Chronicles of Chaos extreme music webzine, MESHUGGAH drummer Tomas Haake said of the upcoming CD, "It's not a proper full-length if you will, more like an experimental full-length. ...

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DARRELL ABBOTT Memorial Fund Details

A memorial fund has been created to aid help cover bereavement and medical expenses for DAMAGEPLAN's head of security, Jeffrey "Mayhem" Thompson, and two other band employees injured in last week's shooting that resulted in the death of the group's guitarist, "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. Checks can be sent to The Dimebag Darrell Memorial Fund at ...

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Injured OZZY OSBOURNE Forced Out Of Variety Show

BBC News is reporting that Ozzy Osbourne has been forced to pull out of the Royal Variety Performance, which is being filmed on Tuesday (Dec. 14), because of a shoulder injury. Osbourne needs another operation because the metal plate he had inserted after a quad bike accident last year has become so painful. ...

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SODOM: DVD To Surface In March, Studio Album To Follow In August

Veteran German thrashers SODOM are tentatively scheduled to release their first DVD in March 2005. According to SODOM frontman Thomas "Angelripper" Such, the DVD's concert footage will will contain 23 songs. An overview of the band's career thus far and additional bonus features will also appear on the disc. "Such a giant DVD we make ...

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DESTRUCTION To Enter Studio In January

Due to the fact that their current record label negotiations have taken longer than expected, German thrashers DESTRUCTION have postponed the projected release date of their new album to late summer 2005. "But the new label will be announced in the next weeks, latest at beginning of the next year," the group's bassist/vocalist Marcel "Schmier" ...

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GRAVE DIGGER: New Song Available For Download

A single edit of a brand new GRAVE DIGGER track, entitled "The Last Supper", is available for download at this location. "The Last Supper" is the title track of GRAVE DIGGER's upcoming album, due on January 17, 2005 through Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to last year's "Rheingold" was recorded at Principal studio ...

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HATE ETERNAL Guitarist: 'DIMEBAG's Spirit Will Carry On Forever'

HATE ETERNAL/ex-MORBID ANGEL guitarist Erik Rutan has issued the following statement in memory of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott: "I have thought so long and hard on what I could possibly say that has not already been said about the tragic death of Dimebag Darrell Abbott but I felt compelled to make a statement with ...

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BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION To Carry On Without NIKKI SIXX

BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION guitarist Tracii Guns has posted the following message on the group's web site: "OK, I am back… The BRIDES are back. "I have had great talks with London [LeGrand, vocals] and Scot [Coogan, drums] and we have decided to move forward with the BRIDES. We are gonna take it slow and make ...

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