GRIP INC.'s WALDEMAR SORYCHTA: We Never Split Up

GRIP INC. guitarist Waldemar Sorychta recently spoke to Denmark's Metal Reference about the four-year break between the band's current release, "Incorporated", and its predecessor, 1999's "Solidify". Asked about the Internet reports that the band had split up, Waldemar said, "We hadn't split up. There were many rumors about GRIP INC. following the last ...

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NICK BARKER Confirmed For DEATH Tribute CD

Guitarist James Murphy (ex-DEATH, OBITUARY, TESTAMENT) has issued the following update regarding the status of the upcoming tribute CD, "Within The Mind - In Homage To The Musical Legacy Of Chuck Schuldiner": "On Saturday, March 6th I was able to confirm a new guest for the 'Within The Mind' tribute to Chuck Schuldiner: Nick Barker ...

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HYPNOTIC FACE Sign With SHARK RECORDS

Czech power thrashers HYPNOTIC FACE have inked a deal with Germany's Shark Records (a division of Crazy Life Music) following the closing of their previous label, Insanity Records. The group's debut full-length effort, "The End Of Sanity", is scheduled for release in late May. "The End Of Sanity" (view cover here) was recorded ...

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DON AIREY Talks About LIVING LOUD, Joining DEEP PURPLE

The online rock journal "The Fuze" conducted an interview with DEEP PURPLE keyboardist Don Airey a month ago in Vancouver. The following are some of the highlights of that conversation: On adding his personality to the band's sound: "I had an idea to start 'Perfect Strangers' with a big church organ sound, of which I've ...

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CRUACHAN Announce Album-Launch Celebration

Irish folk metal band CRUACHAN will be celebrating the launch of their fourth full-length album, "Pagan", with a one-off live date in Dublin on April 6 at The Voodoo Lounge. Support at the show will come from CELTIC LEGACY. "Pagan" is scheduled for release on April 5 through Karmageddon Media). The album was recorded and ...

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AEROSMITH To Tour Japan In July

AEROSMITH have lined up a Japanese tour following the completion of the U.S. leg of their "Honkin' On Bobo" trek in June. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Jul. 10 - Sapporo, JPN @ Sapporo Dome Jul. 13 - Osaka, JPN @ Osaka Dome Jul. 15 - Hiroshima, JPN @ Green Arena Jul. 17 ...

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RAVEN To Open For BUDGIE In Virginia

Long-running British metallers RAVEN will be opening for BUDGIE on March 24 at Jaxx in Springfield, Virginia. RAVEN's next performance will take place this Friday (March 12) at the March Metal Meltdown VI festival in Irvington, New Jersey. As previously reported, RAVEN are continuing to compile footage for their first-ever DVD, tentatively due later in ...

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IRON MAIDEN Light Designer MARTIN BRENNAN Interviewed

The Spanish IRON MAIDEN fan site MaidenZone.com has posted a brand-new interview with MAIDEN's longtime light designer Martin Brennan. Asked what the process is for the light design of the MAIDEN shows, Brennan said, "I know how MAIDEN should look, and how the audience expect to see the band. Then, I am told the dates, ...

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