LOUDNESS To Issue New Live Album

Veteran Japanese metallers LOUDNESS will release a new live album, titled "Loudness Live 2002", on May 21. Recorded in Tokyo, Japan on December 31, 2002, the CD features 18 tracks, including "Crazy Night", "In The Mirror", "Slaughter House", "Crazy Doctor", and "S.D.I." ...

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LINKIN PARK's 'Meteora" Debuts At #1!

LINKIN PARK's second album, "Meteora", sold more than 810,000 copies in its first week, according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday, easily securing the group the #1 slot on next week's Billboard Pop Album chart. By comparison, LINKIN PARK's slow-burning debut, "Hybrid Theory", which wound up being the best-selling LP of 2001, took more than 12 ...

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DEFLESHED Confirmed For Sweden's MOTALA METAL FEST

Sweden's DEFLESHED have replaced FINNTROLL on the bill of this year's Motala Metal Fest, which is set to take place on April 19 at Folkets Park in Motala, Sweden. FINNTROLL had originally withdrawn from the event due to scheduling conflicts caused by their European tour with KATATONIA. Motala Metal Fest will now feature performances from ...

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Ex-EUROPE Guitarist To Release New Solo Album

Former EUROPE guitarist Kee Marcello has completed work on a new solo studio album, "Melon Demon Drive", due later in the year. In addition to Marcello, the album features contributions from drummer Snowy Shaw (KING DIAMOND, DREAM EVIL, MEMENTO MORI) and bassist Klatuu. The complete track listing for "Melon Demon Drive" is as follows: 01. ...

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COMES WITH THE FALL: Spring 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 the soon-to-be-issued "Live 2002" DVD. Confirmed shows so far are as follows: May 23 - The Pound SF - San Francisco, CA May 29 ...

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Former HELMET Drummer Launches New Project

TOMAHAWK/ex-HELMET drummer John Stainer has teamed up with DON CABALLERO guitarist Ian Williams in a new project called BATTLES. The band will make their live debut on May 21 at the Irving Plaza in New York City. Also set to appear are TOMAHAWK, the MELVINSFANTÔMAS BIG BAND and MONDO GENERATOR. ...

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Former MISFITS Frontman Returns To Action With GOTHAM RD.

GOTHAM RD., the new band featuring frontman Michale Graves (MISFITS, GRAVES), guitarist Loki (ANGELSIN, GRAVES guitar tech), bassist JV Bastard (MISTER MONSTER), and drummer Paul Lifeless (A LIFELESS ALLIANCE, MISTER MONSTER), are planning enter a Los Angeles studio this summer to record their debut album, due in late 2003/early 2004 through an as-yet-undetermined label. ...

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