WALHALLA: CHILDREN OF BODOM Side Project Seeks Record Deal

Finnish black-thrashers WALHALLA, featuring guitarist Roope Latvala (CHILDREN OF BODOM, SINERGY) and guitarist/vocalist Lord Heikkinen (SOULGRIND), recently spent time writing new material and are currently seeking a record deal. Commented Heikkinen: "We have some songs ready and it is now all about schedules. We are looking for a deal to do the album." A WALHALLA ...

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BLACK SABBATH Gold Discs Stolen

BBC News is reporting that a 12-string Fender guitar and gold and silver BLACK SABBATH discs have been stolen in a burglary at the home of Ozzy Osbourne's manager Patrick Meehan. They were taken in a break-in at outbuildings in Troy Lane, Edenbridge, Kent, Kent Police have revealed. A gold and a silver ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Singer Calls New Album 'Unique'

The new JUDAS PRIEST album, which is called "Angel of Retribution", is "unique," according to frontman Rob Halford. Halford returned to the band in 2003, and they toured this year, but this will be their first studio record together since 1990's "Painkiller". Halford told Launch Radio Networks that the new project already stands out for ...

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BEECHER Sign With EARACHE RECORDS

Manchester, U.K.-based hardcore/metal combo BEECHER have inked a multi-album, worldwide deal with Earache Records. Fusing the ethics of primal hardcore with a love for the technicalities and aggression of metal, BEECHER have become known as one of the hardest working bands on the live circuit, treading the boards with the likes of THE DILLINGER ESCAPE ...

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Colombia's ATHANATOR Sign With DIRRTY RECORDS

Medellin, Colombia-based thrash metal quartet ATHANATOR have inked a deal with the Los Angeles label Dirrty Records. The band are currently planning a worldwide tour to support their third album, "Earth of Blood", which will be released in the spring. Commented Dirrty Records CEO Lunden De'Leon: "We're very pleased to be working with ATHANATOR. With ...

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'Reflections Of A SAMMY HAGAR Fan' Book Available Now

"Summer of Sammy: Reflections of a Sammy Hagar Fan" is a tribute book by a Michigan business man who has become a total "redhead." He conversion starts with his first Sammy concert in 2002 (Sam and Dave Tour), and is confirmed when attending Hagar concerts through 2003, as well as several VAN HALEN shows during ...

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OBLITERATION Guitarist Quits (Again)

OBLITERATION rhythm guitarist Cesar Vallejo has once again left the group. "I cannot dedicate myself to this band 100 percent anymore," he writes in a statement. "Nonetheless, I will be helping OBLITERATION while they find a permanent guitarist and bassist. On the other hand, I will continue with my thrash metal band, CREMAINS. We are ...

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