BONFIRE Hard At Work On New Album

Veteran German rockers BONFIRE are busy writing and recording songs for their next studio album, tentatively due in August. A world tour in support of the as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2001's "Strike X" will begin in October. For more information, visit the band's official web site at www.bonfire.de. ...

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BALLISTIC's GATTIS Speaks Out In Support Of The War

BALLISTIC mainman Tom Gattis has issued a statement via the group's official web site offering support for the Bush administration's decision to wage war on Iraq. The statement reads as follows: "The war in Iraq has begun. I am only speaking for myself, but I am for it. However, I do question the timing. We ...

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Former ANTHRAX Guitarist Re-Launches Web Site

Former ANTHRAX guitarist Dan Spitz has re-launched his official web site at a new location: www.spitzcity.com. There has been no word yet on the long-promised press release revealing details about Spitz's new SEVEN X SEVENTY project, which at one time was supposed to feature contributions from IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain and ex-MEGADETH ...

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Birth Of CHRIS CORNELL's Daughter Changed Him

Even the dark, mysterious Chris Cornell seemed unusually sunny when chatting with Tom Lanham of the San Francisco Examiner — due in large part to the birth of his daughter Lily two years ago, he confessed. "I was a sweet, pretty innocent little kid, but it didn't take long for that to change, for the ...

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CRUACHAN Name New CD

Ireland's CRUACHAN have set "Pagan" as the title for their forthcoming album, tentatively due in the fall through Hammerheart Records. The follow-up to last year's "Folk-Lore" will be recorded and mixed at Sonic studios in Dublin between March 29 and May 11. ...

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DARK ANGEL: Live DVD On The Way

Reunited Los Angeles thrashers DARK ANGEL are in the process of compiling a live DVD consisting of footage recorded during the band's heyday in the late '80s as well as at some of their more recent appearances. Says guitarist Eric Meyer: "Over the years I've gathered a collection gigs that I think fucking kick ass, ...

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Former HELMET Leader Addresses Reunion Rumors

Ex-HELMET and current GANDHI mainman Page Hamilton has sent a lengthy e-mail to the unofficial HELMET site HelmetBand.com clarifying a comment made during a GANDHI show last summer/fall in which he referred to his former bandmates as "assholes" and addressing the persistent rumors of a HELMET reunion at some point in the not-too-distant future. Hamilton's ...

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