FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Bassist Steps In For HALFORD's RIENDEAU

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM bassist Jason Ward was set to fill in for HALFORD's Ray Riendeau during the group's West Coast mini-tour this week after Riendeau's family suffered a tragic loss that prevented the bassist from appearing at the dates (which have since been cancelled). It is not presently clear if Ward will join HALFORD during ...

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PRIMER 55 Split Up!

PRIMER 55 have announced their decision to disband "due to creative and personal issues." The band, who recently completed the Jagermeister $12 Riot U.S. tour with DOPE, had previously issued two full-length albums through the Island/Def Jam label. The following is guitarist Bobby Burns' statement on the split: "Hey everyone... What I'm about to tell ...

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GWAR's ODERUS TO SLIPKNOT's TAYLOR: 'Shut Your Whining Trap'

GWAR's Oderus Urungus (a.k.a. Dave Brockie) has slammed SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor over the latter's recent vow that he will never allow SLIPKNOT to "hang out after we have lost our relevance… I got one fucking word for you: GWAR," Taylor added. "I will never do that, and I would never let that happen to ...

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Manager: Why ROB HALFORD Wasn't Allowed Into The U.S.

Rob Halford's personal manager John Baxter has issued his own commentary regarding the postponement of HALFORD's West Coast dates after the singer was denied entry into the United States from London, England due to his work visa not being thoroughly processed by The United States Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS). Baxter's statement is as follows: ...

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BLACK SABBATH Drummer Issues New Year's Greetings

BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward has issued the following New Year's Greeting via his official web site: "Just got back from South TX, very tired, celebrated Christmas with my two youngest children. Real nice Christmas, I made it into the relax and fun zone and gave frequently to the ringing bells outside each mall entrance. ...

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SONATA ARCTICA Set First Single Off Upcoming CD

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have set "Victoria's Secret" as the first single off their upcoming full-length effort, "Winterheart's Guild", due on Feb. 22 in Japan and Mar. 17 in Finland. The single itself will precede the album on Feb. 17. "Winterheart's Guild" features a guest appearance by keyboardist Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS/ex-DIO) on four cuts. ...

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BROWN Prepare New CD, Live Dates

Raleigh, North Carolina's BROWN, featuring former CORROSION OF CONFORMITY drummer Reed Mullin on guitar/vocals, will spring back into action in April with the announcement of upcoming live dates and "some new releases," the details of which have yet to be divulged. BROWN, who no longer include in their ranks producer John Custer (C.O.C., DAG, CRY ...

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EINHERJER: 2002 Demo Posted Online

Norway's EINHERJER have made available for download all three tracks from their recently-completed promotional CD via their official web site at this location. The cuts featured on the demo are as follows: 01. The Eternally Damned 02. Ware Her Venom 03. Dead Knight's Rite ...

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HUGHES TURNER PROJECT To Release Debut Via SHRAPNEL

HUGHES TURNER PROJECT (HTP), the collaboration between former DEEP PURPLE/BLACK SABBATH vocalist Glenn Hughes and ex-RAINBOW/DEEP PURPLE singer Joe Lynn Turner, will issue their self-titled debut album on Mar. 11 through Shrapnel Records in the U.S. Shrapnel will also release the group's "Live in Tokyo" album in the U.S. in the summer. The American release ...

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