THE CROWN: Heading For The Ultimate!

Swedish thrashers THE CROWN, recently rejoined by original vocalist Johan Lindstrand, are in the process of writing material for their next studio album, tentatively due in the summer. "This time we are heading for the ultimate and so far it sounds very promising," bassist Magnus Olsfelt stated. "The new material is pretty diverse but in ...

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VOIVOD: New CD Sampler Makes The Rounds

A limited-edition three-song VOIVOD CD sampler, containing the tracks "Gasmask Revival", "Rebel Robot", and "We Carry On", was recently sent out to select media/press contacts as well as fans that signed up for the Chophouse Records message board. The tracks — which are being described as "picking up where 'The Outer Limits' left off" — ...

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BACKYARD BABIES Prepare To Record New Album

Sweden's BACKYARD BABIES are presently working on material for the follow-up to their third album, 2001's "Making Enemies Is Good". The band are talking to several potential producers for the project and are expecting to enter Stockholm's Polar Studios early next year to begin recording the CD for a late 2003 release. ...

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LIMP BIZKIT's DURST Goes After AVRIL LAVIGNE

Globe magazine reports LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst has the hots for 18-year-old Avril Lavigne. Days before his appearance at the Billboard Awards in Las Vegas earlier this month, Durst was busy advertising his affections for Lavigne. A fan asked him to sign a giant guitar pick backstage, and Durst begged the fan to show ...

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THERAPY? Ink New Record Deal

Britain's THERAPY? have inked a new worldwide record deal with Eagle Rock Records. The band, who were previously signed to Ark 21 Records, have commenced the recording sessions for their next studio album, tentatively due in early 2003. "It's exciting to be with a label who understand rock bands and we're looking forward to giving ...

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VIRGIN STEELE Record Long Island Performance For Upcoming DVD

VIRGIN STEELE's "very special" concert at The Downtown in Farmingdale, Long Island on Saturday, Dec. 21 was recorded for an upcoming live CD/DVD, due in late 2003. The group's set list for the three-hour (!) performance was as follows: 01. Invictus 02. Life Among The Ruins 03. Voice As Weapon 04. Conjuration Of The Watcher ...

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ENDO Decide On Album Title (Again)

Miami, Florida's ENDO have finally settled upon "Songs For The Restless" as the title for their sophomore effort, tentatively due in March through DV8/Columbia Records. "We have an art concept and ideas that fit the title perfectly," the band explained. "We mulled through a few titles that might have suggested the same idea, but none ...

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EIDOLON Hard At Work On New Material

Toronto's EIDOLON have set "Apostles Of Defiance" as the title for their next studio album, which is currently being recorded for a tentative September 2003 release through Metal Blade/Skyscraper Music Records. According to drummer Shawn Drover, "we are taking our time with this record to make sure that this is the ultimate heavy metal statement ...

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AMEN Lose Bassist

Bassist John "Tumor" Fahnestock has left AMEN. The following is Tumor's statement regarding his departure from the group: "I am honored to have been a part of such a legendary, groundbreaking band for over the past three years. I wish [AMEN frontman] Casey Chaos all the best and I am honored to have shared the ...

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