SEPULTURA: New KISSER Audio Interview Posted Online

A 10-minute audio interview with SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser, conducted earlier this month by Norway's Metal Express, can be heard at this location. SEPULTURA have yet to announce a North American release date for their new album, "Roorback". The follow-up to 2001's "Nation", which was recorded and mixed by producer Steve Evetts (SNAPCASE, ...

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HALFORD Guitarist To Play National Anthem At Soccer Match

HALFORD/PAINMUSEUM guitarist Metal Mike Chlasciak will be playing tribute to the red, white and blue when he handles the national anthem duties at the MetroStars MLS soccer match on Wednesday, July 2, 2003 at Giants Stadium in New Jersey. "I wanted to do something to show my support for all those young metal heads in ...

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L.A. Hard Rockers FIREBALL MINISTRY Sign To NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

Los Angeles-based heavy hitters FIREBALL MINISTRY have signed an exclusive worldwide contract with Nuclear Blast Records. Alumni of MTV's "You Hear It First" program, the band made the news official by announcing it on last week's edition of MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball". MTV's resident hard rock supporter Iann Robinson had this to say about FIREBALL MINISTRY: ...

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THUNDERSTONE Recording Sophomore Album

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE are recording their sophomore album at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki with producer/guitarist Nino Laurenne. The as-yet-untitled follow-up to last year's "Thunderstone" is tentatively due in late 2003 through Nuclear Blast Records. ...

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NIGHTWISH Announce New York City Gig

Finland's NIGHTWISH will follow up their appearances at the ProgPower Festival in Atlanta (Sep. 5) and at The Medley in Montreal, Canada (Sept. 6) with a one-off gig at L'Amour in Brooklyn, New York on Sunday, Sept. 7. NIGHTWISH's upcoming DVD, "End Of Innocence", is due on Aug. 4 through Spinefarm. As previously reported, the ...

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GUNS N' ROSES Bassist: 'Chinese Democracy' To Surface This Year

GUNS N' ROSES bassist Tommy Stinson has told Billboard.com that he expects the group's long-awaited new album, "Chinese Democracy", to see the light of day sometime this year. "The record is being completed. Other people are putting their final little touches on things, and then it goes to mix," he explained. "My physical presence wasn't ...

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