THE DARKNESS Frontman's 'School Of Rock'

The Sun reports THE DARKNESS frontman Justin Hawkins, who studied for a National Diploma in Music Technology at Huddersfield Technical College, wants to spend around $186,000 of his $3.7 million fortune on creating the Justin Hawkins Studio at the college. "Justin rang a couple of weeks ago to catch up," his former tutor Rick Cocker ...

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RESUSCITATOR Sign With DISPLEASED RECORDS

California-based "dark occult blackened death metal" act RESUSCITATOR have signed a deal with Holland's Displeased Records/From Beyond Productions. The group's first release through Displeased will be a re-issue of their debut full-length album, "Cursed Visions From His Infernal Realm" (2003), due this spring. A new full-length album, tentatively titled "A Warrior's Death", will follow later ...

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Finland: The Most 'Heavy Metal' Country In The World?

Heavy metal/hard rock music continues to thrive in Finland, where bands like CHILDREN OF BODOM regularly top the chart with their single and full-length releases. Here is how the metal/hard rock genre fared on the Finnish Pop Album (Top 120) chart for the week ending February 21, 2004: 04. EVANESCENCE – "Fallen" 12. DIABLO – ...

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PSYCHOPUNCH To Record New Album In March

Sweden's PSYCHOPUNCH are scheduled to enter Sunlight Studio in Stockholm on March 6 with producer Tomas Skogsberg (THE HELLACOPTERS, ENTOMBED, BACKYARD BABIES) to begin recording their new album, "Smashed On Arrival", tentatively due in June via Germany's Silverdust Records. The band had previously released four albums on the White Jazz label. "Smashed On Arrival" will ...

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Original FATES WARNING Drummer Resurfaces In New Band

According to a posting on FATES WARNING's official web site, original FATES WARNING drummer Steve Zimmerman has put together a new band called MILLENNIUM X. The group's current line up consists of Steve on drums, Brain Betterton on vocals, Tommy Blardo on guitars and studio bass, and Brett Betterton on guitars (bass player pending). Zimmerman ...

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European G3 Tour Without YNGWIE MALMSTEEN?

According to the YNGWIE MALMSTEEN fan site Guitar Alchemy, initial reports from the Joe Satriani camp indicate that Malmsteen will not be taking part in the planned European G3 trek alongside Satriani and Steve Vai. Instead the third slot will likely be filled by Robert Fripp of KING CRIMSON fame. No further information ...

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BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION: More TV Appearances Scheduled

BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION bassist Nikki Sixx (MÖTLEY CRÜE) and guitarist Tracii Guns (L.A. GUNS) will be co-hosting MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball" on Saturday, March 6. Two days later, on March 8, the BRIDES will be the featured musical guests on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno". In addition, the band will be guesting on the nationally ...

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TWISTED TOWER DIRE Working On New Material

Virginia's "classic metal" act TWISTED TOWER DIRE are currently writing material for the follow-up to 2003's "Crest of the Martyrs", tentatively due this summer through Remedy Records. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Starshine", "Tales of Submission", "Netherworlds", and "Casualties of the Cruel". In other news, TWISTED TOWER DIRE recently recorded a version ...

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