PRIMUS, SHOTGUN MESSIAH Members Guest On New TOM WAITS CD

PRIMUS' Les Claypool (bass) and Brian "Brain" Mantia (drums) and SHOTGUN MESSIAH's Harry Cody (guitar, banjo) are among the guest musicians appearing on the new TOM WAITS studio album, "Real Gone", due October 5 through Epitaph's Anti- Records label, according to Billboard.com. "Real Gone" will be the follow-up to the simultaneously released 2002 concept albums ...

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CARDBOARD VAMPYRES, DOHENY Perform In West Hollywood: Photos Available

CARDBOARD VAMPYRES, the new "covers" band featuring former ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell, ex-THE CULT guitarist Billy Duffy and former MÖTLEY CRÜE frontman John Corabi, performed at The Roxy in West Hollywood, California on July 16. Support at the show came from DOHENY, the California-based band formed by ex-THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison ...

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KAMELOT Putting The 'Finishing Touches' On New Album

According to a posting on KAMELOT's web site, guitarist Thomas Youngblood and singer Roy Khan will soon be heading back to Germany to put the finishing touches on the follow-up to last year's "Epica", tentatively due before the end of the year through SPV Records. Vocal sessions and guitar sessions will be done as well ...

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PLATITUDE Part Ways With Drummer, Announce Replacement

Swedish progressive power metal band PLATITUDE have parted ways with drummer Marcus Höher. "This was an entirely professional decision, we parted ways because of musical differences," the group write on their web site. "We want to thank Marcus for the time spent, and the impact on the band and our music. We wish him all ...

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FOREFATHER To Appear On BURZUM Tribute CD

England's FOREFATHER have contributed the music to one track ("Rhyming With Thunder") on the upcoming FOLKEARTH album "A Nordic Poem", tentatively due later in the year. In addition, FOREFATHER have recorded new version of their cover of BURZUM's "Beholding the Daughters of the Firmament" for an upcoming BURZUM tribute CD to be released by Perverted ...

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OMNIUM GATHERUM Complete Work On New Album

Finnish melo-death metallers OMNIUM GATHERUM have completed work on their sophomore album, "Fall Grave Silence", tentatively due in October/Novemeber through Rage Of Achilles Records. The follow-up to last year's highly acclaimed "Spirits and August Light" was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland with producer Nino Laurenne and engineer Teemu Aalto. The mastering sessions ...

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METALLICA Guitarist's Grandmother Passes Away

Kirk Hammett's (METALLICA) grandmother Baleriana Oyao, who was profiled in the June 9 edition of The Gilroy Dispatch as one of Gilroy, California's longest living residents, passed away on July 18 at her Gilroy, California home. She was 102. During her interview with The Gilroy Dispatch, Baleriana revealed that she was recently able ...

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