TRAIL OF TEARS To Record New Album In November

Norway's TRAIL OF TEARS will enter the studio in November to begin recording their fourth album, tentatively due in early 2004 through Napalm Records. The group are currently writing material for the effort and will soon make a pre-production recording of all the songs, according to a post on the band's web site. In other ...

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ASSASSIN Are Ready To 'Go Fight Kill'

ASSASSIN, the reunited German thrash act that released a couple of promising albums in the late '80s via the SPV label (1987's "The Upcoming Terror" and 1988's "Interstellar Experience"), have posted the following message to their official web site: "First of all the whole band wanna thank all the crazy headbangers who saw our recent ...

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TED NUGENT Calls Illinois Residents 'Spineless Wimps'

TED NUGENT took the people of Illinois to task Monday (August 11) just hours before he performed for them at the state's fair, according to the Associated Press. Nugent appeared on a WJJG-AM radio show in Springfield, Ill., hosted by John Cox, a Republican candidate for United States Senate. During the show, he told Cox ...

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JEFF PILSON Completes Work On New WAR AND PEACE CD

Former DOKKEN bassist Jeff Pilson has posted the following message to his official web site: "Basically the last several weeks have been spent finishing up the WAR AND PEACE record, and I just turned the demo version in to management this morning. I ended up playing guitar solos (which is such fun for me!), and ...

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HEIR APPARENT Announce New Singer (Again)

Seattle's HEIR APPARENT have acquired yet another new singer, ex-INNER RESONANCE vocalist Peter Orullian (www.orullian.com). The group's last frontman, former ETHERIA singer Mike Blair, joined the band in February as a replacement for Bryan Hagan. At the time, the group praised Blair's contributions, saying that they were "very enthusiastic about [their] new potential with Mike ...

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DEPSWA, GRADE 8 Off OZZFEST?

DEPSWA and GRADE 8 are both rumored to have dropped off this year's Ozzfest after their tour support was pulled by Geffen and Lava/Atlantic Records, respectively. DEPSWA's debut album, "Two Angels and a Dream" has sold 9,060 copies to date in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, while GRADE 8's self-titled CD has shifted 9,840 ...

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Review: DEF LEPPARD's Candied Metal For Masses

Ben Rayner of the Toronto Star reviewed DEF LEPPARD's performance at the Molson Amphitheatre Tuesday night (August 12). "Holding triumphant court before roughly 10,000 loyal fans — an aging crew fond of cellphone pouches, denim shirts and gratuitous breast implants — at the Molson Amphitheatre last night, DEF LEPPARD in 2003 sounded remarkably similar to ...

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