OIL Announce New Bassist

Long Beach, California-based Christian metallers OIL, featuring DARK ANGEL frontman Ron Rinehart, have announced the addition of bassist Jonathan Thiemens to the group's ranks. "Jonathan has made a huge difference in our sound and [the fans] won't be disappointed," the band write on their official web site. OIL recently issued their first-ever live album, "Choice ...

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DOL AMMAD Enlist RHAPSODY Drummer For Debut CD

Greek "electronic art metal" act DOL AMMAD have enlisted RHAPSODY's Alex Holzwarth to lay down the drum tracks for the group's full-length debut, "Star Tales", tentatively due before the end of the year. The recordings will take place in August at Sascha Paeth's Gate Studios (RHAPSODY, ANGRA, KAMELOT, HEAVEN'S GATE) in Wolfsburg, Germany. DOL AMMAD ...

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LINKIN PARK Poised To Survive Death of Rap-Rock

L. Kent Wolgamott of JournalStar.com is reporting that "as record sales continue to slump, only three acts sold more than 2 million albums in the first six months of 2003. One, 50 CENT, is the hottest brand going in hip-hop. Another, NORAH JONES, benefited from a bunch of Grammy Awards. "The third is a band ...

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CRIMSON GLORY: Original Lineup To Reunite?

CRIMSON GLORY, one of the best and most influential prog-metal bands to emerge from the 1980s, appears to be one step closer to a full-fledged reunion. Former CRIMSON GLORY guitarist Ben Jackson, who has spent the last few years pursuing a solo career of sort with BEN JACKSON GROUP, has posted the following message to ...

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ANGER Confirmed For Florida's 12 HOURS OF MAYHEM Festival

Florida-based hardcore kings ANGER, featuring drummer Alex Marquez (ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION, DEMOLITION HAMMER, SOLSTICE), have been confirmed for the first annual 12 Hours Of Mayhem festival, set to take place November 1 at the Mahi Shrine Auditorium in Miami. The show will feature 12 of South Florida's heaviest metal and hardcore bands and will also include ...

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SKRAPE To Release 'Up The Dose' In September

SKRAPE have set "Up The Dose" as the title for their new CD, due on September 23 through RCA Records. The album — the group's first to feature new guitarist Randy Melser — was produced by Jimbo Barton (QUEENSRŸCHE, GODSMACK) in Miami, Los Angeles and in SKRAPE's own Orlando, Florida rehearsal/recording studio. It showcases 11 ...

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DEF LEPPARD Attend MICK JAGGER's Birthday Bash In Prague

THE ROLLING STONES frontman Mick Jagger marked his birthday Saturday night with a boozy bash into the early hours at a swish Prague night-club attended by his two daughters Jade and Elisabeth, and members of DEF LEPPARD. Czech Republic's former president Vaclav Havel, who appeared on stage at the start of THE ROLLING STONES' performance ...

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MORBID ANGEL: New Song Posted Online!

A brand new MORBID ANGEL track, titled "Enshrined by Grace", has been posted online at this location. "Enshrined by Grace" comes off the group's upcoming album, "Heretic", due in the U.S. on September 23 (a day earlier internationally) through Earache Records. The band are planning to embark on an extensive world tour in ...

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IRON BUTTERFLY Guitarist ERIK BRAUNN Dies At 52

Erik Braunn, the lead guitarist on IRON BUTTERFLY's classic heavy metal anthem of 1968 "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", died of cardiac arrest Friday in Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Times. He was 52. Braunn, considered a violin prodigy, began his musical career at age 4. He was born in Pekin, Ill., but raised in Los Angeles. ...

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