Former ANNIHILATOR Drummer Sets The Record Straight About His Departure

Former ANNIHILATOR drummer Randy Black has issued a statement countering the band's official account of his departure from the group. In ANNIHILATOR's press release announcing their split with Black (dated October 9), mainman Jeff Waters claimed that "despite having guaranteed the band that he would be performing on their upcoming new release, and being scheduled ...

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Brain Tests For OZZY?

Britain's Daily Record is reporting in its October 15 online edition that OZZY OSBOURNE is undergoing tests for Parkinson's disease. The ex-BLACK SABBATH frontman has been seen shaking throughout the MTV hit reality show "The Osbournes". Former heavy-duty drug abuser Ozzy, 54, is allegedly having checks for the brain disease in a Boston ...

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EVANESCENCE Announce More Tour Dates

EVANESCENCE have announced a handful of late-2003 shows in support of their double-platinum major-label debut, "Fallen". Also appearing at the dates will be SEETHER, FINGER ELEVEN and GODHEAD. As previously reported, EVANESCENCE have lined up a non-album version of the "Fallen" cut "My Immortal" for their next single, according to the band's web site. "If ...

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ICED EARTH Drummer: No Rest For The Wicked

ICED EARTH/ex-DEATH drummer Richard Christy has issued the following update regarding his current activities: "First off, my band BURNING INSIDE: Richard Christy (ICED EARTH, DEATH) - drums, Michael Estes (ACHERON) - guitar, Steve Childers (BLACK WITCHERY) - guitar, and Jamie Prim - bass and vocals, is playing our first show in two and a half ...

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STAMPIN' GROUND Record BBC Radio Session

Britain's STAMPIN' GROUND recently recorded a live session for BBC Radio 1 at their studios in London. The session, which will be aired on the Radio 1 "Rock Show" on October 21 in the U.K. between 12:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. "was recorded 100% live, and lets just say it's 'live'," the band explain on ...

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THE GREAT DECEIVER Set Release Date For 'Terra Incognito'

THE GREAT DECEIVER, the Swedish band featuring former AT THE GATES/THE CROWN frontman Tomas Lindberg, will release their sophomore album, "Terra Incognito", in March through Peaceville Records. The follow-up to 2002's "A Venom Well Designed" was recorded earlier in the year at Dug-Out studio in Uppsala, Sweden with producer Daniel Bergstrand (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, MESHUGGAH, ...

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MY DYING BRIDE: New Album To Surface In February, Live DVD On The Way

MY DYING BRIDE's brand-new studio album is now scheduled for a February 2004 release, according to the band's label, Peaceville Records. The follow-up to 2001's "The Dreadful Hours" was recorded at Academy Studios and features material that is being described as "objective" observers as "very dark and twisted." The band are currently working on a ...

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METALLICA: Fade To Bluegrass?

Terry Pace of TimesDaily.com reports that bluegrass group IRON HORSE will be releasing their genre-bending, redefining tribute (view cover here) to the head-banging, heavy-metal sounds of monster rockers METALLICA nationwide today via the Los Angeles-based label CMH Records. "It's the last thing in the world we ever expected to do," admitted IRON HORSE ...

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