DEVIN TOWNSEND To Guest On New AYREON CD

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD mastermind Devin Townsend has been confirmed as one of the guest performers on the new AYREON CD, "The Human Equation", tentatively due in May 2004 through an as-yet-undetermined label. As previously reported, other vocalists set to appear on the album include Mikael Ã…kerfeldt (OPETH), James LaBrie (DREAM THEATER) Devon Graves (a.k.a. Buddy ...

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FEAR FACTORY Confirm New Record Deal, Bassist

FEAR FACTORY have officially signed a new record deal with D3 Entertainment in the U.S. (as first predicted here back in July) and Roadrunner Records in Europe. The group's new album, titled "Archetype", is currently being recorded at Rumbo Recorders in Los Angeles with engineer Ken Marshall (SKINNY PUPPY). An April 2004 release ...

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Report: Heavy Metal Subgenres Broken Down

Lisa Rose of New Jersey's The Star-Ledger attempts in Friday's online edition to put her finger on the array of subgenres within the heavy metal music spectrum in advance of this weekend's New Jersey Metal And Hardcore Fest, which kicks off today at Asbury Park's Convention Hall complex. Check out her attempt at

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JERRY CANTRELL To Play Acoustic Gig In Los Angeles

Former ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell will be performing an acoustic set at Molly Malone's in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, November 16. Also appearing on the bill will be BANISH. Molly Malone's is located at 575 South Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. For more information, click here. ...

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FU MANCHU: New Three-Song CD To Surface In December

FU MANCHU singer/guitarist Scott Hill has posted the following message to the band's official web site: "We just finished the artwork for the upcoming 3-song 'Something Beyond' record [containing the new songs 'So Far Behind' and 'Something Beyond', plus the BLACK FLAG cover 'Six Pack'].. It should be out in December. Release date soon. It ...

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RUDY SARZO In Talks To Rejoin ANGEL

Bassist Rudy Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE) has been speaking with the group ANGEL and is likely to rejoin the band after some twenty-three years of absence, according to Melodic Rock. Sarzo was a member of ANGEL prior to being in both QUIET RIOT and OZZY OSBOURNE. It appears that QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie ...

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