Former NILE Members Launch New Band

Former NILE members Chief Spires (bass, vocals) and John Ehlers (guitar) have joined forces in a new band called SHAITAN MAZAR. "Our purpose is, basically, no limits," Spires said in an official press release. "Ranging from the most extreme attack to metal, ambient, melodic passages. The demo is complete, and is being shopped to a ...

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GREAT WHITE Singer Chats With Q101's MANCOW: Audio Available

GREAT WHITE frontman Jack Russell recently phoned into "Mancow's Morning Madhouse" on Chicago's Q101. Jack talked about touring to raise money for victims of The Station nightclub fire in Rhode Island, the feeling he went through on the most horrific night of his life, the details of the disastrous event, and the decision to continue ...

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Heavy Metal Music Linked To Teenage Depression

Michelle Mark of Calgary Sun reports that a new study on heavy metal or hard rock music and depression shows teens who listen to those genres of tunes are more likely to be singing the blues. "Metal music often conveys images (for example) of death and violence," said University of Montreal psychologist and ...

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GENE SIMMONS Banned From BORDERS BOOKSTORES

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons told Cindy Adams of The New York Post that he's been banned from making appearances at Borders bookstores to sign copies of his new book, "Sex Money Kiss". Borders says it's because the events at his past appearances were all too wild, raunchy and vulgar. "[Is it] my fault women come ...

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GUITAREVOLUTION To Hit East Coast In Early 2004

Guitarists extraordinaire Marty Friedman (ex-MEGADETH), Chris Poland (ex-MEGADETH, DAMN THE MACHINE) and Alex Skolnick (ex-TESTAMENT, SAVATAGE) will be teaming up for an East Coast "Guitarevolution" tour in early 2004. Exact cities and venues will be announced soon. The three axeman recently completed a successful run of West Coast dates under the "Guitarevolution" banner. Upcoming THE ...

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'Headbanger's Ball' Half-Hour Daily Blocks Airing This Fall

"Headbanger's Ball", the resurrected metal program that had an eight-year run between 1987 and 1995, has been expanded to include half-hour, unhosted blocks of videos each weekday (Monday–Friday) between 8:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. EST on MTV2. Saturday night's two-hour show, hosted by HATEBREED singer Jamey Jasta, remains in place at 10:00 p.m. EST. ...

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DIMMU BORGIR: Largest First-Week Sales In NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS History

DIMMU BORGIR's "Death Cult Armageddon" sold 6,352 copies in the U.S. during its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan, landing at position No. 169 on The Billboard 200 chart. This sales figure stands as the largest first-week SoundScan number ever achieved by a Nuclear Blast/Century Media recording artist. As previously reported, "Death Cult ...

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Former ZWAN Members To Tour With PAPA M Project

Former A PERFECT CIRCLE/ZWAN member Paz Lenchantin will join her former ZWAN bandmate David Pajo's PAPA M project for a fall tour and new studio album, according to Billboard.com. The U.S. portion of the trek begins Sept. 20 in Baltimore and wraps October 27 in Champaign, Illinois. Nine European dates will follow, beginning November 4 ...

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Former ILL NINO Members Join Forces In CORETEZ

Former ILL NINO members Roger Vasquez (guitar) and Marc Rizzo (percussion) have joined forces in CORETEZ, a new project that is currently "experimenting and demoing songs" at Hell studios in New Jersey with producer Adam Hornyak. CORETEZ's music is "a mix with the new and the old," according to a post on the group's newly ...

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