Report: Has Heavy Metal Gone Soft?

Rafer Guzmán of Newsday writes: "Is heavy metal — once the angriest and scariest form of rock on the planet — going soft? The genre has always taken different forms, from the devilish BLACK SABBATH in the 1970s to the rap-rocking LIMP BIZKIT of today. But these days, metal is taking on a surprising new ...

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Former HADES Guitarist Engages In Old KISS Worship

Former HADES guitarist Dan Lorenzo has sent us the following update: "I know a lot of people out there hate KISS...but a lot of us worship the old stuff...last weekend I sang and played guitar on 'Rip It Out' by Ace Frehley and 'Going Blind' from the 'Hotter Than Hell' album. Jimmy Schulman played bass ...

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THE PROJECT HATE Reschedule New Album Recording Sessions

THE PROJECT HATE, the Swedish band featuring Jörgen Sandström of ENTOMBED/GRAVE fame on lead vocals, have posted the following message on their official web site: "We had planned to enter the studio in September, but Mazza will be doing the new 2 TON album at that time. Then we thought we could to it in ...

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SHAITAN MAZAR: New CD To Contain Seven Tracks

SHAITAN MAZAR, the new band featuring former NILE members Chief Spires (bass, vocals) and John Ehlers (guitar), are currently at Retread Studio recording their new release, due out this summer. "Brett [Goode] has finished the drum tracks as of Sunday," Ehlers writes on the band's web site. "Next week Robert [Dirr] and I will begin ...

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GAURITHOTH: Satanic Perverse Black Latex Metal

Finnish "Satanic perverse black latex metal" band GAURITHOTH will enter the studio later this month to begin recording their debut album for CAH Records, tentatively due before the fall. GAURITHOTH's last release was a five-song demo, entitled "Priesthunt" (2003). Two tracks from the CD — "Priesthunt" and "The Lord's Supper" — can be downloaded from ...

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VOLBEAT Sign With NEW AEON MEDIA, Prepare To Record Debut Album

Danish metallers VOLBEAT have inked a one-album deal with New Aeon Media, a subsidiary of Holland's Karmageddon Media. The group will enter Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark on June 17 with producer Jacob Hansen (RAUNCHY, INVOCATOR) to begin recording their as-yet-untitled debut album, tentatively due in October. VOLBEAT's last release was a six-song promotional CD/demo, ...

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Former VAN HALEN/EXTREME Singer Working On First Solo Album

According to MelodicRock.com, former VAN HALEN/EXTREME vocalist Gary Cherone is busy recording his first solo album. Taking a break from his last band, TRIBE OF JUDAH, Gary is calling the project CHERONE and is recording an album that "won't conform to the norm." The CD, which will reportedly contain hints of soul/R&B, is being described ...

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IMMOLATION Drummer Joins Melodic Black Metallers REQUIEM AETERNAM

Melodic black metal band REQUIEM AETERNAM, originally from Uruguay but currently based in New York, have announced that drummer Alex Hernández, known for his work in IMMOLATION, has joined the group to lay down the drum tracks for their upcoming album, "Philosopher". "His huge talent and wide experience, gained in more than a decade of ...

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