IOMMI/ANSELMO Project Still On?

Despite rumors to the contrary, the proposed pairing between BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi and PANTERA/DOWN frontman Phil Anselmo on Iommi's next solo CD appears to still be on, according to BLACK SABBATH fan site www.black-sabbath.com. "I did some inquiries, and was told that [the reports of the project being cancelled are] false," writes the ...

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IRON MAIDEN Producer: New Material 'Rocks Hard'

IRON MAIDEN have officially commenced the recording process for their new studio CD at an unspecified London facility, producer Kevin Shirley has confirmed via his official web site. "It really rocks hard!" Shirley stated about the as-yet-untitled album, which is not expected to surface before the summer. In the meantime, the group have announced a ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE: New Song Clip Posted Online

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the new band fronted by former SAVATAGE singer Zachary Stevens, have posted a clip of the title track of their upcoming debut album, "Watching In Silence", online at this location. As previously reported, "Watching In Silence" is due for release in February/March 2003 via AFM Records. All compositions on the ...

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ANTHRAX's BENANTE: Illegal Music Downloading Is Going To Hurt Sales

ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante has clarified his stance on illegal music downloading via the latest installment of his regular online column, posted at www.anthrax.com. "Everyone has been very cool with the downloading thing and the toy collecting, I'm psyched!" he wrote. "I would like to mention that I do understand that it's so hard to ...

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DEF LEPPARD To Release New Single, Appear On TV

"Long Long Way To Go", the third single from DEF LEPPARD's latest CD, "X", has been scheduled for release on Feb. 24. The various versions of the CD-single that will be available in the shops, will include one or more of the following extra tracks: - "Now" (live acoustic, recorded in Germany) - "Hysteria" (live ...

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HAMMERFALL Prepare For European Tour

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following update via the group's official web site: "The holidays are officially over, and we have already begun the preparations for the European leg of The Crimson Crusades. I think all in the band has had a very relaxing and enjoyable time, but now it's back to business ...

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STRATOVARIUS Begin Work On 'Elements Part 2'

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto has posted the following update via his official web site: "I just wanted to info you about my activities at the moment... :) "I rented a small studio/rehearsing place for my self in Helsinki. I've been renovating the place with a friend of mine (thanks Hepa!) and hopefully at the end ...

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ALTARIA Complete Recording, Begin Mixing Full-Length Debut

Finnish melodic metal band ALTARIA, featuring SONATA ARCTICA guitarist Jani Liimatainen, have completed the backing and harmony vocal tracks for their debut album, "Invitation", and are currently taking care of "additional recordings and other small details and minor fixes" before beginning to mix the effort at Helsinki's Sonic Pump studios on Jan. 21. Among the ...

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D.R.I. Reissue Classic Recordings

D.R.I. have reissued their classic "The Dirty Rotten LP" in CD-enhanced form through Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Beer City Records. According to the group's official web site, the new version "contains 44 audio tracks and five videos from the '82-'84 era. All the tracks from the original 'Dirty Rotten LP' and 'Violent Pacification' records, songs from the ...

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