DEATHRIDE To Begin Recording In Early February

California's DEATHRIDE, the new project featuring COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara, are set to begin recording their debut album, tentatively titled "Thirteen", on Feb. 3 for a July release through Roadrunner Records. The following is Fafara's latest update on the group's activities, as posted on the band's official message board: "DEATHRIDE goes to the NAMM ...

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GRAVEWORM Complete Songwriting Sessions For Upcoming Album

Italian "gothic black metal" act GRAVEWORM have completed the songwriting sessions for their fourth album, and are planning on recording the effort at Stage One studio in Bühne, Germany in March/April with producer Andy Classen. A tentative September release through Nuclear Blast Records is expected. "The songs are generally faster but we [didn't] forget our ...

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THE HELLACOPTERS Get Certified

THE HELLACOPTERS' "By The Grace Of God" opus has been certified gold in Sweden for sales in excess of 30,000 copies. It is the second gold album for THE HELLACOPTERS, who achieved the same feat with their last release, 2000's "High Visibility". THE HELLACOPTERS, based in Stockholm, feature in their ranks former ENTOMBED drummer Nicke ...

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TENET Launch Official Web Site

Vancouver's TENET, featuring STRAPPING YOUNG LAD guitarist Jed Simon, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD/ex-DEATH drummer Gene Hoglan, ex-GRIP INC. bassist Stuart Carruthers, and former SACRIFICE/current INTERZONE frontman Rob Urbinati, have launched their official web site (still under contruction) at this location. The group are tentatively scheduled to record their debut album in the spring with ...

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PLANET US To Begin Recording Debut

PLANET US — the new rock supergroup featuring Neal Schon (guitar, JOURNEY), Sammy Hagar (vocals, ex-VAN HALEN), Deen Castronovo (drums, JOURNEY) and Michael Anthony (bass, VAN HALEN) — are scheduled to enter a San Francisco Bay Area studio this week to begin recording their debut album for a late 2003 release. "We are supposed to ...

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NIGHTWISH Sued By Finnish Orchestra Conductor Over Unpaid Fees

Finland's NIGHTWISH are being sued by arranger/conductor Riku Niemi over unpaid fees Niemi claims are owed him for his work on the group's platinum-certified "Century Child" release. NIGHTWISH keyboardist/mastermind Tuomas Holopainen, who wrote the bulk of the material on the album, claims that the whole thing is the result of a misunderstanding and that only ...

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FOZZY Line Up Canadian Gig

FOZZY, the group that features in its ranks WWE wrestler Chris Jericho, former members of STUCK MOJO and producer Andy Sneap, will perform at the Coliseum Nightclub in Winnipeg, Canada on Feb. 15. ...

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Winning Air-Guitar Ace Salutes AC/DC's ANGUS YOUNG

A 27-year-old Australian man beat 10 other finalists to win the Hobart Summer Festival air-guitar showdown with his impression of AC/DC "mad axeman" Angus Young, according to Australia's The Mercury. David Lithgow's carefully choreographed and well-rehearsed piece won the West Hobart carpet salesman a shiny black electric guitar, signed by COLD CHISEL's Ian Moss, and ...

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DIABOLIC Part Ways With Drummer

Florida death metal act DIABOLIC have parted ways with drummer Aantar Coates shortly after the completion of their recent European tour. The following is the group's official statement on the matter: "DIABOLIC has returned from their first European tour accompanied by a bittersweet sense of success. Even though DIABOLIC's overall experience in Europe was excellent, ...

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