DESTRUCTION's SCHMIER: 'War Was Never A Solution'

DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer has issued a statement via the band's official web site in an attempt to clarify the group's reasons for posting their cover version of THE EXPLOITED's "Fuck The U.S.A." as a protest against the U.S.-led war on Iraq. "This war is touching all of us!" Schmier writes. ...

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SUFFOCATION Reunite, Begin Work On New CD

Acclaimed New York death metallers SUFFOCATION, who issued several successful albums in the early '90s, have officially reunited after a four-year break (as previously reported here and here) and are in the process of writing and recording their long-awaited sixth release. The group's current lineup — consisting of founding members Frank ...

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ENDO Confirmed For 94.9 ZETA'S BONZAI

Florida's ENDO have been confirmed for this year's 94.9 Zeta's Bonzaion April 25 at Bicentennial Park in Miami. Also set to appear are GODSMACK, SALIVA, POWERMAN 5000, and STONE SOUR, among others. In other news, ENDO's forthcoming sophomore effort, "Songs For The Restless", has been pushed back to a mid-to-late June release in order to ...

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SATYRICON: Kicking Hard

Norway's SATYRICON have posted the following tour update via their official web site at www.satyricon.no: "Altogether Switzerland and Austria were more exciting than we expected. These places are not exactly fantastic when it comes to metal despite CELTIC FROST coming from Switzerland, but it was nice. Graz being for sure the most enjoyable ...

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NIGHTWISH Go Double Platinum!

NIGHTWISH's latest effort, "Century Child", has been certified double platinum in Finland for sales in excess of 60,000 copies. The album was last year's second-highest selling Finnish release in Finland. When taking into account foreign albums, "Century Child" was still in the fifth place. ...

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GENE SIMMONS To Release Demo Recordings With Upcoming Book

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons is set to include two previously-unreleased demos, "Everybody Knows" and "You're My Reason For Living", with his forthcoming book, "Sex Money Kiss", due in late June through Simmons Books/New Millennium. The book, which will come in a special lunch-box design, will also be available in an audio version — read by ...

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GUNS N' ROSES Guitarist: AXL Is Hard At Work On New CD

GUNS N' ROSES frontman Axl Rose is currently finishing up the vocal overdubs for the band's much-anticipated "Chinese Democracy" CD, according to guitarist Richard Fortus (ex-LOVE SPIT LOVE, PSYCHEDELIC FURS), who was recently spotted by a fan at Don Hill's in New York City. When asked about GN'R's future plans, Richard reportedly said, "Yeah, we're ...

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DESTRUCTION: 'Fuck The U.S.A.!'

Veteran German thrashers DESTRUCTION have opted to make their own political statement by making available for download their version of THE EXPLOITED's "Fuck The U.S.A." at this location. The track, which was originally released as a bonus cut, is now being offered by the band "because of the recent events, and as ...

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