OZZY OSBOURNE Bassist Parts Ways With Ex-HELMET Leader

Former ROB ZOMBIE/current OZZY OSBOURNE bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson has parted ways with the new project headed up by ex-HELMET leader Page Hamilton, according to MTV.com. Guitarist Chris Traynor (ex-HELMET, BUSH) will be handling bass duties in the studio for the time being. As previously reported, Hamilton has signed a deal with Interscope Records for ...

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Former ABIGOR Drummer To Play With GRAVEWORM

Former ABIGOR and current DARKWELL/SHADOWCAST drummer Moritz Neuner will be filling in behind the kit for Italian gothic black metal band GRAVEWORM during much of 2004, according to an official press release. Neuner is the temporary replacement for regular skinsman Martin Innerbichler who will concentrate the whole year on "growing static buildings." After the very ...

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Former BLACK CROWES Singer Becomes A Dad

Former BLACK CROWES singer Chris Robinson and his wife, actress Kate Hudson, welcomed their first child. Ryder Russell Robinson was born Wednesday in Los Angeles. He weighed eight pounds, 11 ounces, said the couple's spokesman, Brad Cafarelli. Hudson, 24, is the daughter of actor Goldie Hawn. She and Robinson, 37, have been married since 2000. ...

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THE HEAVILS To Begin Recording With Producer DEVIN TOWNSEND

Metal Blade recording artists THE HEAVILS will begin tracking their sophomore album Thursday (January 8) at Greenhouse Studios in Vancouver, Canada with producer Devin Townsend (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, LAMB OF GOD, DECEMBER). The follow-up to 2003's "The Heavils" will feature a guest appearance by CHEAP TRICK guitarist Rick Nielsen. A spring release is expected. In ...

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MURDERDOLLS Singer To Embark On 'Solo' U.K. Tour

MURDERDOLLS frontman Wednesday 13 (formerly of North Carolina horror-metal outfit FRANKENSTEIN DRAG QUEENS FROM PLANET 13) will embark on a U.K. solo tour in March. Backing him on these shows will be Floridian "grave rockers" DEATH BECOMES YOU. Confirmed dates are as follows: Mar. 13 – Birmingham, UK @ Academy Mar. 14 - London, UK ...

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TANKARD Set Release Date For 'Beast of Bourbon'

Veteran German thrashers TANKARD have set a March 22 release date through AFM Records for their new album, "Beast of Bourbon". The follow-up to 2002's "B-Day" was recorded at Stage One studio in Bühne, Germany with producer Andy Classen and is slated to include such cuts as "Fistful Of Love", "Under Friendly Fire", "Genetic Overkill" ...

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