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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PRIMAL FEAR Announce 'Very Special' German Gig

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have announced "a very special show" for their fans in Bochum, Germany on April 17 at the Matrix. The band will perform "a very special song list, including some PRIMAL FEAR classics, some very rare PRIMAL FEAR tracks and some special cover tunes," according to the group's official web site. ...

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THE PROJECT HATE To Enter Studio In April

Sweden's THE PROJECT HATE, featuring Jörgen Sandström of ENTOMBED/GRAVE fame on lead vocals, have posted the following update via their official web site: "2003 will be a interesting year for us as well as for you Haters. After the fuck-up with the planned re-recording of the DEADMARCH album, we are back on track again, like ...

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LION'S SHARE Guitarist Leaves COSMIC SPHERE

LION'S SHARE guitarist Lars Chriss has decided to leave COSMIC SPHERE due to a "lack of time," according to the group's official web site. The rest of the band — guitarist Antti Wirman (WARMEN, CRAYDAWN), bassist Tapio Oksanen (CRAYDAWN), drummer Kristian Enqvist (ex-RISING FAITH), and vocalist Shawn McPherson (HOSTILE GROOVE) — have no intention of ...

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