DEVIN TOWNSEND: I Really Want To Produce BURTON C. BELL's Solo Album

Multi-talented Canadian musician Devin Townsend (i.e. STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) has expressed interest in producing the forthcoming solo CD from ex-FEAR FACTORY frontman Burton C. Bell. "I would really like to produce Burton's new record," Townsend stated in an recent online newsletter. "I bet you it's going to be cool. Would I play on it? Maybe." ...

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Bassist BILLY MORRISON Quits THE CULT

Bassist Billy Morrison has officially left THE CULT. "It's official," Morrison stated via his web site. "I will not be playing in THE CULT anymore. I had a great time last year, and feel privileged to have had the opportunity to be a part of that band's long history. I move on now, and plan ...

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METALLICA Select RAMONES Cover For Tribute CD

METALLICA have selected the track "53rd & 3rd" as their contribution to the upcoming RAMONES tribute album, We're A Happy Family, which is due later in the year through DV8/Columbia Records, according to www.metallica.com Although the band had ended up recording and mixing no less than four RAMONES covers before deciding which track ...

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THE HAUNTED Postpone Recording Of Third CD

Swedish high-energy thrashers THE HAUNTED have reportedly pushed back the projected release date of their highly-anticipated third full-length album to early next year. Initially scheduled to be recorded in late August/September for a November release through Earache Records, the follow-up to The Haunted Made Me Do It is said to have been postponed as a ...

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SEPULTURA Finish Recording Covers EP

SEPULTURA have completed the recording process for their upcoming covers EP at Trama studios in São Paulo, Brazil with producer Steve Evetts (i.e. EARTH CRISIS, SNAPCASE) and are currently mixing the CD for a tentative October release. The complete track listing for the EP is as follows: 01. Mongoloid (DEVO) 02. Angel (MASSIVE ATTACK) 03. ...

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KISS' GENE SIMMONS: ACE FREHLEY Is Still In The Band

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons recently conducted an interview with Metal Edge magazine for their October 2002 issue in which he was asked point-blank to confirm that guitarist Ace Frehley was no longer a member of the band. "No, [he isn't out of the band]," Simmons told the magazine. "Statement of fact, statement of intention, statement ...

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SHIVA Ink Deal With CENTURY MEDIA

Century Media Records has signed Orange County, California-based SHIVA. Formed out of the ashes of cult atmospheric metalists MINDROT, SHIVA are said to be making "unconventional music for a conventional world, writing heavy, pulsating, ethereal songs that are unique to the current heavy music scene," according to an official press release. "This diversity has landed ...

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JIMI HENDRIX Tops Guitar Greats Poll

Rock legend JIMI HENDRIX has been voted the greatest guitarist of all time in a poll of readers of UK music magazine Total Guitar. LED ZEPPELIN's Jimmy Page came in at number two, while former CREAM member-turned-soloist Eric Clapton landed at three. Also appearing in the Top 20 are Slash (ex-GUNS N' ROSES), Eddie Van ...

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WESTWORLD Push Back "Cyberdreams" Release Date

New York's WESTWORLD, featuring TNT frontman Tony Harnell and RIOT guitarist Mark Reale, have pushed back the release date of their third full-length effort, entitled Cyberdreams, to October 28th. Harnell stated: "This is probably our best studio album ever, I know the fans are going to love it." Songs set to appear on the album ...

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