IMAGIKA Prepare To Record New CD

San Francisco power/thrash metallers IMAGIKA will enter Sonic Ranch studios (formerly Village Productions) in Tornillo, Texas next month with producer Neil Kernon (CANNIBAL CORPSE, NEVERMORE, QUEENSRŸCHE) to begin recording their fourth album, tentatively titled "FallenGod", for a late 2003 release through an as-yet-undisclosed label. "We are very excited about the opportunity to work with Neil, ...

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SUN CAGED: Debut Album Delayed

Dutch progressive metallers SUN CAGED, who feature in their ranks STAR ONE keyboardist Joost van den Broek, have pushed back the projected released date for their debut album to October 22. "Just when the CD was about to be manufactured, [Finland's] Lion Music was able to agree on a licensing deal with Japanese Maquee/Avalon Records," ...

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EMERALD To Enter Studio In September

Swiss melodic metallers EMERALD will enter the studio in September to record their new album, "Forces Of Doom", for an early 2004 release through Germany's Crazy Life Music/Shark Records. Among the tracks set to appear on the CD are the following: 01. Tears Of A Warrior 02. Until Freedom Returns 03. Forces Of Doom 04. ...

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RIGOR MORTIS Re-Launch Official Web Site

Reunited Texan thrashers RIGOR MORTIS have re-launched their official web site at www.rigormortis.com. The group's bassist/vocalist Casey Orr, who has spent the past few weeks playing with the reunited SPEEDEALER, has posted the following update on the band's activities: "A lot has been happening since this site went down for reconstructive surgery, so ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Singer Jams With ANTHRAX In Cleveland

JUDAS PRIEST frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens joined ANTHRAX onstage during their appearance at Agora Theater in Cleveland on May 15. "Tim came down with his very pregnant wife Jeannie and [ANTHRAX singer] John [Bush] called him up on stage to do 'Madhouse' with us," guitarist Scott Ian wrote on ANTHRAX's official web site. "Ripper tore ...

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AEROSMITH Frontman To Appear On WILLIE NELSON TV Special

AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler is among the featured guests on USA Network's "Willie Nelson and Friends: Live and Kickin'", a 70th birthday celebration for a self-proclaimed old-fashioned musical man, who, to many of his fans, represents a breathing symbol of America. The show, which is set to air Monday night (May 26) at 9:00 p.m. ...

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STEVE VAI To Release Collections Of Rarities

STEVE VAI will release the next two installments of "The Secret Jewel Box Set""Archives, Volume 3: Mystery Tracks" and "Archives, Volume 4: Various Artists" — on his birthday, June 6, 2003, exclusively through his official web site, Vai.com. "Archives Vol. 3" is a compilation of Steve's bonus tracks featured on Japanese releases of ...

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BACKYARD BABIES Officially Select Producer For New CD

As first predicted here two weeks ago, Sweden's BACKYARD BABIES have now officially selected Joe Barresi (LIMP BIZKIT, BUCKCHERRY, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, MONSTER MAGNET, KYUSS) to produce their as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2001's "Making Enemies Is Good". The band are expected to enter Stockholm's Polar Studios next month to begin recording the ...

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