STEVE VAI To Release Collections Of Rarities

STEVE VAI will release the next two installments of "The Secret Jewel Box Set""Archives, Volume 3: Mystery Tracks" and "Archives, Volume 4: Various Artists" — on his birthday, June 6, 2003, exclusively through his official web site, Vai.com. "Archives Vol. 3" is a compilation of Steve's bonus tracks featured on Japanese releases of ...

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BACKYARD BABIES Officially Select Producer For New CD

As first predicted here two weeks ago, Sweden's BACKYARD BABIES have now officially selected Joe Barresi (LIMP BIZKIT, BUCKCHERRY, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, MONSTER MAGNET, KYUSS) to produce their as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2001's "Making Enemies Is Good". The band are expected to enter Stockholm's Polar Studios next month to begin recording the ...

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COMES WITH THE FALL: Tour Dates Announced

Los Angeles-based COMES WITH THE FALL, which consists of members of JERRY CANTRELL's touring band, will embark on a spring tour in support of their recently released "Live 2002" CD and "Live Underground 2002" DVD. Confirmed shows so far are as follows: May 25 - Los Angeles, CA - The Dragonfly May 29 - Tempe, ...

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EXTOL To Release 'Synergy' In August

Norway's EXTOL will issue their third album, "Synergy", on Aug. 12 through Century Media Records. The follow-up to last year's "Undeceived" sees the group "sticking to their unique and complex yet highly melodic style, while also incorporating a more direct thrash approach," according to an official press release. The concept behind "Synergy", guitarist Christer explains, ...

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SLAVES ON DOPE To Hit The Road

SLAVES ON DOPE have lined up the following dates during the coming weeks: May 31 - Sacramento, CA - The Boardwalk (ONESIDEZERO) Jun. 04 - Ft Wayne, IN - Piere's (w/ RA, TWISTED METHOD) Jun. 05 - Ironton, OH - 3rd Street Showgrounds (w/ RA, TWISTED METHOD) Jun. 07 - Madison, WI - Annex Jun. ...

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STONE SOUR Announce U.K. In-Store Appearances

STONE SOUR, the recently re-launched group formed by SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root, will be making two in-store appearances during their upcoming U.K. tour. You can meet the band and get your stuff signed at these times and places: Tuesday, July 8 at 4:00 p.m.: Virgin Megastore, 6-8 Wheelergate Nottingham NG1 2NB ...

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SUGARCOMA Finish Recording Pre-Production Demos

Britain's SUGARCOMA have completed work on the latest batch of demos for their sophomore album, tentatively due in early 2004 through Music For Nations Records. Says drummer James Cuthbert: "Basically we finished recording the demos for the second album [last week]. We have three-quarters of the second album written, this has all been done in ...

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THE DUSKFALL Begin Work On New Material

Luleå, Sweden-based THE DUSKFALL are presently working on the material for their sophomore album, to be recorded in August/September 2003. "The new songs will keep the 'DUSKFALL sound' but still add speed, aggression and technicality to their core," according to a posting on the band's official web site. "No titles are final yet but will ...

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TYPE O NEGATIVE: New Song Posted Online

A brand new TYPE O NEGATIVE track, titled "I Don't Wanna Be Me", has been posted online at this location. "I Don't Wanna Be Me" comes off the group's forthcoming album, "Life Is Killing Me", due on June 17 through Roadrunner Records. The follow-up to 1999's "World Coming Down" was recorded at Brooklyn, ...

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VANISHING POINT Rejoined By Keyboardist DAN OLDING

Australian progressive metal band VANISHING POINT have been rejoined by keyboardist Dan Olding. The following is Olding's official statement announcing his decision to return to the fold: "I won't make this a big long letter like last time because now I have much happier news to report... After almost a year away from it all, ...

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