HAMMERFALL Begin Recording New Album

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "The first week of recording have gone extremely smoothly! [Drummer] Anders [Johansson] played very well — as usual — and [producer] Charlie [Bauernfeind] has managed to make the drum sound even better than on 'Crimson Thunder'! Magnus [Rosén] has recorded ...

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THE CULT Stage Impromptu Reunion Concert At Fashion Show After-Party?

The New York Post's "Page Six" column reports: "Catwalking rock scions sexed up the Buddhist Punk fashion show the other night at the Maritime Hotel. Keith Richards' daughters Theodora and Alexandra joined Mick Jagger's daughter Lizzy on the runway, along with Christina Amphlett from the DIVINYLS, wannabe rocker Gina Gershon and actual models Rie Rasmussen, ...

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TYPE O NEGATIVE: U.S. Tour Cancelled?

TYPE O NEGATIVE appear to have cancelled their previously announced U.S. tour with AMORPHIS. Although the group have yet to issue an official statement on the matter, a posting at the Northern Lights (Clifton Park, NY venue) web site had attributed the cancellation "to an illness in the band." It should ...

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THE CROWN: More Details About Upcoming Triple-DVD Revealed

Vocalist Johan Lindstrand of the defunct Swedish thrashers THE CROWN has posted a message regarding the group's upcoming posthumous three-disc DVD, slated for release sometime next year. "This will be the final goodbye to our true fans out there that's been supporting us since the very beginning," he wrote. "It will contain as much sweet ...

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VAN HALEN Bassist's Hot Sauce Burning Up The Competition

VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony's tongue-sizzling brand of hot sauce, Mad Anthony's Hot Sauce, recently burned up the competition at the 2005 Chile Pepper Magazine Fiery Food Challenge when it took second place in the "Hot Sauce - General" category, which has the most entries in the entire challenge. In addition, the as-yet-unannounced Mad Anthony's ...

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Guitarist RICHIE KOTZEN Talks About His Short-Lived POISON Stint

Guitarist Richie Kotzen, who made a name for himself via his hard rock, blues-influenced albums, perhaps got his most notable exposure during his one-album stint with glam rockers POISON in the early '90s. Many regarded it as an odd pairing, having the guitar virtuoso step in for the significantly less technically proficient C.C. Deville. But ...

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FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Book Studio Time For New Album

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM drummer Craig Nielsen has posted the following update on the band's official message board: "Just letting everyone know that the official start of the recording of the new record for Crash Music is October 7. This gives us a release sometime in the beginning of 2005. We dont have a title yet. ...

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STILL REMAINS Sign With ROADRUNNER RECORDS

Grand Rapids, MI's STILL REMAINS have inked a deal with Roadrunner Records. The group, whose sound is being described as a mixture of "heart-crushing howls" and "heartfelt melodies amidst a swirl of keyboards" while "guitars chug brutally and then harmonize like IRON MAIDEN on overdrive," came to Roadrunner's attention through A&R man Mike Gitter (KILLSWITCH ...

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