Former FROM ZERO Bassist Denies Leaving Over Softer New Direction

Former FROM ZERO bassist Rob Ruccia has rejected Internet rumors that he left the group because of the increasingly softer nature of the band's songwriting. In a posting via the group's official web site, Ruccia stated that "I didn't leave because the music got softer. I left to pursue producing and engineering other bands. My ...

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IRON SAVIOR Postpone German Gigs Due To Drummer's Injury

German power metallers IRON SAVIOR were forced to postpone their previously-announced Mega-Metal-Party shows in September after it was determined that drummer Thomas Nack would require a longer-than-expected recovery period due to a recent hand injury. The new dates are as follows: Nov. 08 – Krefeld, GER @ Kulturfabrik Nov. 22 – Hamburg, GER @ Grünspan ...

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AKERCOCKE Commence Work On 'Choronzon'

The UK Satanic black/death metal band AKERCOCKE are hard at work on their third full-length album, entitled Choronzon, for an early 2003 release. Among the tracks set to appear on the CD are the following: 01. Praise The Name Of Satan! 02. Becoming The Adversary 03. Leviathan 04. Bathykolpian Avatar 05. Scapegoat 06. Enraptured By ...

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AXEL RUDI PELL: Live CD/DVD Track Listing Revealed

German axe hero AXEL RUDI PELL has revealed the track listing for his upcoming double CD and DVD—entitled Knights Live and Knight Treasures (Live and More), respectively—which were recently mixed with engineer Charlie Bauerfeind at HELLOWEEN singer Andy Deris' studio Mi Sueno in Tenerife, Spain. The songs set to be included on the CD are ...

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PRIMAL FEAR Bassist To Guest On RICK RENSTROM's Solo CD

PRIMAL FEAR bassist and SINNER frontman Mat Sinner will lay down lead vocals on a track called "Calling on Vengeance" for US guitarist Rick Renstrom's forthcoming album, Until The Bitter End. Sinner will also play bass on an additional three songs on the album, which is due at the end of the year through Mascot ...

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THE CULT: More West Coast Dates Announced

THE CULT have added a couple of more dates to their upcoming west coast mini-tour, which kicks off in mid-October. So far, the following shows have been confirmed: Oct. 15 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore Oct. 16 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint at The Hard Rock Oct. 18 - Ventura, CA ...

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Former DANZIG Drummer Lands In QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE

Former DANZIG drummer Joey Castillo has joined QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE as the band's new touring drummer. Castillo will join QOTSA on their tour with ...AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF DEAD, which kicks off on Friday in Washington, D.C. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE were previously thought to have recruited ...

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NARNIA Continue Work On 'The Great Fall', Spring 2003 Release Expected

Swedish neo-classical metallers NARNIA are finishing up work on their fourth full-length album, entitled The Great Fall, for a spring 2003 release through Nuclear Blast Records. According to the group's official web site, "this time we will give you a concept album based on some of today's topical issues." Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/current HAMMERFALL drummer Anders ...

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