BLO.TORCH: Demo Cuts Posted Online

Dutch death metallers BLO.TORCH have posted their entire "Plan B" demo online at this location. Recorded during February/March 2002 at Excess Studio in Rotterdam, Holland, "Plan B" marks the last recorded appearance with the group of vocalist Michel De Wilde, who was dismissed from the band due to "personal differences." The band, whose ...

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SLIPKNOT: 'We Are Not Breaking Up'

SLIPKNOT have posted the following message via their official web site (www.slipknot1.com): "January 24, 2003 "Hey everybody, what's up? Been awhile since we've updated this thing. Here's the deal. We have not nor are we breaking up. We're going to be getting together in the next few weeks to start writing the third ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN: 'MEGADETH's Negative Imagery Was Getting Me Down'

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman has not ruled out a future reunion with Dave Mustaine and Co. "Who knows?" Friedman answered when asked about the possibility of taking part in a reformed band. "I'm already playing with two members now [referring to the fact that bassist Dave Ellefson and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso will join him ...

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AC/DC To Make Cameo Appearance In Spanish Comedy

Spanish production company Lolafilms are apparently working on a Spanish film called "Isi-Disi". A comedy about the amorous foils of two university-aged brothers named AC and DC by their rocker dad, the film is set to feature cameos by AC/DC and Ricky Martin. The script is being written by Joaquin Gorriz and Miguel Angel Fernandez ...

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AMORPHIS Prepare To Mix New Album

Finland's AMORPHIS are scheduled to commence the mixing process for their as-yet-untitled new album on Feb. 4 at Finnvox studios with producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (H.I.M., MOONSPELL, SENTENCED). A late spring release through an as-yet-undetermined label is expected. The sextet, who are currently unsigned following a lengthy stint with Relapse Records, tracked 15 songs during the ...

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ANTHRAX's SCOTT IAN: 'I'm Fucking Stoked!'

The following is a re-posting of the latest installment of ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian's regular online column, dubbed "Alpha Mail", as it appears on the group's official web site at www.anthrax.com: "Comrades, gutten tag. Tenth day in Europe on the 'No Sleep 'Til Donzdorf' promo trip. 230 interviews as of today. That's a ...

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DEF LEPPARD Fan Bids $12,000 To Sing With The Group

An anonymous bidder has ended up paying the unbelievable amount of £7,625 (approx. $12,367) for the privilege of joining DEF LEPPARD for one song at soundcheck at the Hallam FM Arena in the group's hometown of Sheffield, England, on Feb. 20. All proceeds of the auction will go to Help A Hallam Child, helping sick ...

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FULL STRIKE To Record Sophomore CD

Sweden's FULL STRIKE, the project formed by HAMMERFALL guitarist Stefan Elmgren, ex-LOST HORIZON vocalist Niclas Jonsson, and ex-CRAWLEY bassist Chris Savage Goldsmith, are in the final songwriting stages for their sophomore album, which they plan to record in the spring for a late summer release through Spitfire Records. FULL STRIKE's debut album, "We Will Rise", ...

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FLOWING TEARS Split With Singer, Seek Replacement

Germany's FLOWING TEARS have parted ways with singer Stefanie Duchene. According to the group, "Stefanie wants to focus on private things in the future and coudn't combine that with the band's touring and recording plans any longer — so both sides decided that it would be the best for all to go separate ways. "The ...

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