THE HELLACOPTERS Outline Upcoming Activities

THE HELLACOPTERS drummer Robert Eriksson has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Here we are again, another tour over, this time Australia and I must say this one has been fantastic! A big THANKS goes out to all people involved, friends, bands including M-16'S, WARPED, TURBONEGRO among others, you know who ...

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DIABLO Complete Work On 'Eternium'

Finnish aggro-metallers DIABLO have finished mixing and mastering their third album, "Eternium", at Helsinki's Finnvox studios with Mikko Karmila. The follow-up to 2002's "Renaissance" was recorded at Fantom studios and is scheduled for release on January 16, 2004. A single, titled "Read My Scars", will precede the album in early December. Says guitarist/vocalist Rainer Nygård: ...

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DREAM EVIL To Perform 'Unplugged' Set On Swedish Radio

Sweden's DREAM EVIL, the band featuring acclaimed producer Fredrik Nordström (HAMMERFALL, IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, etc.) and drummer Snowy Shaw (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, NOTRE DAME), will perform an "unplugged" set on the Stockholm-based radio station Rockklassiker 106.7 on Friday, October 31 between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m. You can listen to ...

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BYZANTINE Sign With PROSTHETIC RECORDS

West Virginia's BYZANTINE have inked a deal with Prosthetic Records. Having cut their teeth touring and playing shows with everyone from LAMB OF GOD to NORA to LACUNA COIL, the band will embark on a national run in early January in preparation for the release of their self-titled, self-produced debut, which arrives February 10, 2004. ...

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APARTMENT 26 To Support EVANESCENCE In The U.K.

APARTMENT 26, who feature in their ranks singer Biff Butler (son of former BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler), will be supporting EVANESCENCE in the U.K. later this month. APARTMENT 26 will be touring in support of their sophomore album, "Music For The Massive", due on January 27 through Atlantic Records. The follow-up to 2000's "Hallucinating" ...

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TEMPLE OF THE DOG Reunion Among Surprises At PEARL JAM Benefit Gig

PEARL JAM were joined by a host of famous musical friends on stage last night (Oct. 28) in Santa Barbara, Calif., at a benefit for the Louis Warschaw Prostate Cancer Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Among the guests appearing on stage during the performance were PEARL JAM's former drummer Jack Irons, singer/songwriter Jack Johnson, veteran ...

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DUFF MCKAGAN, JERRY CANTRELL Attend ROCK DA HOUSE Benefit

Former GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan, ex-ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell, and PAPA ROACH drummer Dave Buckner and his new wife Mia Tyler were on hand at a Rock da House-A Benefit for Convenant House-Fashion Show and All Star Jam on Monday (October 27) at Quixote Studios in Hollywood, California. Check out pictures ...

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Former BLACK SABBATH Guru's Seedy Sex Secret

Guy Newey of Britain's Evening Mail reports former BLACK SABBATH manager Jim Simpson has a secret sideline — running a seedy sex business from his Birmingham home. An Evening Mail probe has revealed that Simpson (photo) is touting erotic videos and allows punters to film their sexual fantasies at his Edgbaston abode. Simpson, ...

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BLITZKRIEG Confirmed For Germany's KEEP IT TRUE II Festival

NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) legends BLITZKRIEG have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Keep It True II festival, set to be held on April 10, 2004 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany. BLITZKRIEG will perform in the slot originally occupied by the reunited SATAN, who cancelled their appearance at the event ...

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