DEEP PURPLE Singer Goes 'Bananas'

DEEP PURPLE vocalist Ian Gillan recently confirmed that the band's new album will be called "Bananas". He explained the reason behind the odd title to DeepPurple.net. "It came about through a picture we saw of a Vietnamese guy just winging this huge amount of bananas on a kind of a bus where's he's walking along ...

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BLIND GUARDIAN: 'Live' Outtakes Posted Online

BLIND GUARDIAN have posted an album's worth of live outtakes from various shows recorded for their recently-released live album, simply entitled "Live". The band issued the following statement announcing their decision to make the recordings available to the public: "As most of you probably know, for the release of 'Live' there was going to be ...

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MNEMIC Film Video For 'Ghost'

Danish "hybrid metal" act MNEMIC, featuring former INVOCATOR session drummer Brian Rasmussen and ex-MERCENARY guitarist Mircea G. Eftemie, have shot a music video in Gothenburg, Sweden, for the track "Ghost", the first single off their debut album, "Mechanical Spin Phenomena", due on July 28 thorugh Nuclear Blast Records. The music video was directed by Patric ...

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Bassist PAUL CHAMPAGNE Leaves EXCITER

Bassist Paul Champagne has announced his decision to leave Canadian thrash pioneers EXCITER. The following is Champagne's official statement on the matter: "After much thought, I have decided to leave EXCITER due to musical and personal differences. The expectations of the band were causing me to compromise my musical integrity in terms of playing style ...

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CRIMINAL To Record 'Supersonic Death' In The Fall

CRIMINAL, the formerly Chile-based act who feature in their ranks former PENTAGRAM mainman Anton Reisenegger and ex-EXTREME NOISE TERROR drummer Zac O'Neil, have set "Supersonic Death" as the title for their new album, tentatively due in early 2004 through Metal Blade Records. The following is Reisenegger's latest update on the band's current activities: "I'm living ...

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Edmonton Sun: METALLICA Are Metal Dinosaurs In Turmoil

Mike Ross of the Edmonton Sun reviewed METALLICA's new album "St. Anger", giving it three out of five stars. Ross writes, "METALLICA has obviously tried very, very, very hard to make an album that sounds wild and raw. What fans will get instead with "St. Anger" — in stores [Thursday] — is a cluttered snapshot ...

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