Report: RAMONES Guitarist Battling Prostate Cancer

Rolling Stone magazine is reporting that RAMONES guitarist Johnny Ramone is in a Los Angeles hospital battling prostate cancer. "Johnny's been a champ in confronting this, but at this point I think the chances are slim," drummer Marky Ramone told the magazine. "John never smoked cigarettes, he wasn't a heavy drinker and he was always ...

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SKUMLOVE: New Remixes Available Online

SKUMLOVE's Robyn Sin will reportedly contribute some guitar work to the new MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT CD. In other news, drummer Justin Bennet (PROFESSIONAL MURDER MUSIC, SKUMLOVE) will be sitting behind the kit for SKINNY PUPPY during their reunion tour, which is scheduled to kick off this week. Several new SKUMLOVE remixes, ...

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IMPERIAL EMPIRE: New Song Available For Download

South African death metal act IMPERIAL EMPIRE have made a new song, entitled "Crush The Earth", available for streaming and download at this location. "Crush The Earth" comes off the band's forthcoming opus, tentatively titled "The Third War", due out in September. This is the band's second full-length album, following 2003's "The Second ...

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OBITUARY Complete Four Songs, Continue Work On New Material

Reunited death metal legends OBITUARY have completed four new songs and are currently working on a few others. The material, which is said to be in the "classic OBITUARY" vein, will surface on the band's long-awaited new album, tentatively due in early 2005 through Roadrunner Records. Formed in 1984 as EXECUTIONER (later shortened to XECUTIONER), ...

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CHRIS HEAVEN To Contribute DEEP PURPLE Cover To BLACKMORE Tribute CD

Italian hard rock vocalist Chris Heaven (EDGE OF TIME, REDLYNX) is recording a cover of DEEP PURPLE's "Soldier of Fortune" for an upcoming tribute to Ritchie Blackmore being released through Finland's Lion Music. Joining Heaven on guitars will be Max Arminchiardi. In other news, Heaven and fellow original STATE OF GRACE member Luca Polich (guitar) ...

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STRANGULATION To Release Debut CD In July

Swedish brutal death metallers STRANGULATION will be releasing their debut album, entitled "Atrocious Retribution", in July late through the U.K.-based Retribute Records. The complete track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. Atrocious Retribution (mp3) 02. Flesh Harrier 03. Suffer & Die 04. The Strangulation 05. The Art Of Torture 06. Human ...

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HORIZON Launch Search For Lead Vocalist

French hard rockers HORIZON are currently seeking a lead vocalist. Patrick Hemer and Krissy Friedrich "are not looking just for a session vocalist, but a frontman who will join the line-up permanently," according to a press release. "A professional attitude as well as very good English [skills] are [a must]. Applicants from the U.K., Germany, ...

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MURDERDOLLS Bassist Records CINDERELLA Cover

MURDERDOLLS bassist Eric Griffin has teamed up with THE NAPOLEON BLOWNAPARTS frontman Ajax Garcia to record a cover of the '80s power ballad "Nobody's Fool". The song, originally recorded by the CINDERELLA, is to be released as part of a tribute to '80s power ballads. Ajax has confirmed that the song will be done in ...

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COFFIN TEXTS Rejoined By Drummer MARCE CASTRO

Los Angeles-based death metallers COFFIN TEXTS have been rejoined by drummer Marce Castro. "The [first] rehearsal [with Marce back in the group] went very well and takes me back to the day we first started, fired up for deathgrind," commented vocalist Robert Cardenas. "We want to thank Ariel Alvarado for his help the last 2 ...

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