BAL-SAGOTH: New Album Progress Update

The writing of the long-awaited sixth BAL-SAGOTH album is now at last nearing completion, and additionally some preliminary recording has commenced. The majority of the recording phase is scheduled to commence in full during the early autumn. A detailed press release concerning the sixth album will be unveiled exclusively at the official BAL-SAGOTH web site ...

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STORMWITCH Sign With NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

Classic German power metallers STORMWITCH have signed with Nuclear Blast Records. The group, who count HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak as one of their biggest fans (HAMMERFALL used to play a cover version of the STORMWITCH track "Ravenlord"), will release their ninth album, "Witchcraft", on November 8. In addition to founding member and vocalist Andy Mück, ...

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GENE SIMMONS In Country Music Video: Clip Posted Online

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons filmed a cameo appearance in the new video from country artist TRICK PONY on June 17 at the Heartland Mansion in Las Vegas, Nevada. The video, for the track "The Bride", features Simmons in the role of the "whore priest," according to Gene. Watch the video at TRICK PONY's web site: ...

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Report: BLACK SABBATH's Video Montage Compares BUSH To HITLER

DrudgeReport.com is reporting that BLACK SABBATH are opening their shows on the Ozzfest 2004 tour with the song "War Pigs", featuring a video portrait comparing President Bush to Adolf Hitler. The video featured Bush and Hitler on the same screen, with the caption: "Same shit different asshole," says a DrudgeReport.com source. Footage of bombs dropping ...

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Michigan Man Gets 1 ½ Years For Selling AEROSMITH, KISS Bootlegs

The Associated Press is reporting that a Michigan man was sentenced to 1 1/2 years in prison and must pay $120,000 for selling bootlegged recordings of performances by AEROSMITH, KISS, BOB DYLAN and BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN. Jeffrey Smittle, 44, of Ceraso, Mich., was sentenced Thursday in Pittsburgh federal court. He pleaded guilty in April to unauthorized ...

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METALLICA's HETFIELD And ULRICH Speak To NPR: Audio Posted Online

METALLICA's James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich gave a lengthy interview to Madeleine Brand of NPR about their $4.3-million documentary "Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster". The film, which opened in New York last Friday and will premiere nationwide in coming weeks, is a behind-the-scenes look at METALLICA's group therapy sessions while recording their most recent studio ...

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ADRIFT To Record Full-Length Debut In August

ADRIFT, the new Florida-based hard rock band featuring former CANNIBAL CORPSE guitarist Jack Owen, are currently in pre-production with producer John Hughes III (CHUMLEY'S TOY, GEORGE CLINTON, DAVID SANBORNE), working on material for their as-yet untitled full-length debut, to be recorded at ARS Studios in Orlando between August 25 and September 4. Songtitles set to ...

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Exclusive: ELLEFSON Vs. MUSTAINE Complaint Available For Download

BLABBERMOUTH.NET has obtained a copy of the 38-page complaint filed by former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson against the group's leader, David Mustaine, alleging the singer shortchanged him on profits and backed out of a deal to turn Megadeth Inc. over to him when the band broke up in 2002. Ellefson also accuses Mustaine of locking ...

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DECIBEL: New Extreme Music Magazine To Hit Streets In September

Decibel, the self-described "America's most exciting new extreme metal magazine," will launch in September. "Decibel covers a scene which continues to reach new heights both artistically and commercially," said the magazine's Editor-In-Chief Albert Mudrian. "Decibel has a clear editorial focus — we won't be following trends, we'll be ahead of them." Published by the Philadelphia-based ...

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