Drummer PHIL VARONE Rejoins SKID ROW

Drummer Phil Varone has rejoined SKID ROW and is currently on the road with the group in North America before embarking on a European tour with the band in late March. Varone had previously left SKID ROW for "personal reasons" and was replaced in January by Orlando, Florida native Tim DiDuro. Since Varone rejoined the ...

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KAMELOT: Studio Update

Florida-based power metallers KAMELOT will shortly enter the studio to begin recording the follow-up to last year's "Epica", tentatively due in September/October through SPV Records. "Casey [Grillo] will probably record the drums at his studio Above the C and the remainder will be done in Wolfsburg [Germany]," guitarist Thomas Youngblood wrote in a recent online ...

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IN FLAMES Schedule Swedish Signing Sessions

IN FLAMES will be signing copies of their new single, "The Quiet Place", in Stockholm, Sweden at Sound Pollution on March 5 at 5:00 p.m. and at Bengans in Gothenburg, Sweden on March 6 at 4:00 p.m. "The Quiet Place" (Real Media video) comes off IN FLAMES' new album, "Soundtrack To Your Escape", ...

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CRADLE OF FILTH: Studio Report No. 2

CRADLE OF FILTH bassist Dave Pybus has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Hail. Now we are well into week two of the session and I went home this weekend for a two-day break while guitars were started on the tracks me and Adrian had laid down in the first week. ...

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THUNDERSTONE To Support AXEL RUDI PELL In Europe

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE will be supporting AXEL RUDI PELL on a European tour in April/May. Confirmed dates are as follows: Apr. 24 - Biebob - Vosselaar, BEL Apr. 25 - Zeche - Bochum, GER Apr. 27 - Markthalle - Hamburg, GER Apr. 28 - Rockfabrik - Ludwigsburg, GER Apr. 29 - Batschkapp - ...

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KATAKLYSM: 'The Test Of Time' DVD Due Next Year

Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM will start filming live and behind-the-scenes footage from their "No More Serenity" tour for an upcoming DVD, "The Test of Time", tentatively due in late 2005. The band will continue compiling footage until summer 2005 and will also record the making of their next studio album (which will be the band's ...

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MIKE PATTON Finds Success Of New FANTOMAS Album 'Astounding'

Former FAITH NO MORE singer Mike Patton has told Billboard.com that his plan to release two diverse FANTOMAS albums months apart was derailed after something completely unexpected occurred with the first disc, "Delirium Cordia". "It shipped like double what [FANTOMAS' 2001's release] 'Director's Cut' shipped, and that to me is astounding," said Patton. "This is ...

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ICED EARTH To Appear On MTV2's 'Headbanger's Ball'

ICED EARTH guitarist Jon Schaffer and vocalist Tim Owens will be appearing this weekend on MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball" in the U.S. The show has already played "The Reckoning" video, and now the guys will appear in the studio throughout the broadcast. It airs on Saturday, March 6 at 10:00 p.m. EST. It's two hours long, ...

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GENE SIMMONS' 'Asshole' Delayed Until May

Simmons Records/Sanctuary Music Group has pushed back the release date of Gene Simmons' highly anticipated sophomore solo album, "Asshole", to May 18 from the previously announced April 20. The title track, "Asshole", will be the first single released to rock radio on April 15. Like his 1978 self-titled solo album, "Asshole" features a number of ...

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