MASTERPLAN Album Pushed Up, Single Clip Posted Online

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande, will issue their self-titled debut album one week earlier than previously announced. The Andy Sneap-produced effort will now surface on Jan. 20, 2003 through AFM Records. A short clip of the album's first single, "Enlighten ...

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SLASH Speaks Out On AXL ROSE, New Project With Ex-GN'R Bandmates

Former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash has spoken to MTV.com about the new project he has formed with ex-GN'R bandmates Duff McKagan, Izzy Stradlin and Matt Sorum and the as-yet-unnamed group's ongoing vocalist search. Here are some of the more interesting quotes from the interview: On how the new band came together: "There's just a ...

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JASON NEWSTED: 'I Would Have Rejoined METALLICA'

Former METALLICA and current VOIVOD bassist Jason Newsted would have rejoined the San Franciscan metal superstars "in a fucking heartbeat" had frontman James Hetfield invited him to contribute to METALLICA's eighth studio album. "James and I had a really good sit-down back in February this year," Newsted told Kerrang! "We hadn't seen each other in ...

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AMORPHIS Enter Studio To Record New Album

Finland's AMORPHIS entered Finnvox studios in Helsinki today (Nov. 18) to begin recording the basic tracks for the band's next studio album. The sextet, who are currently unsigned following a lengthy stint with Relapse Records, plan to complete the recordings early next year for a tentative summer 2003 release through an as-yet-undetermined label. "Snoopy's (a.k.a. ...

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KISS' GENE SIMMONS: Why We Fired ERIC CARR On His Deathbed

During a recent question-and-answer session with fans attending his Tongue Tour in Australia, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons explained the reasons behind the group's decision to fire drummer Eric Carr a short time after he was diagnosed with cancer in 1991. "This is still a very emotional subject," Simmons said. "At first, when Eric was coughing ...

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BLISS 66 Frontman Auditions For Ex-GUNS N' ROSES Band

Cheyenne Goff of the Michigan-based BLISS 66 is among the singers that have auditioned for the vacant vocalist slot in the new band formed by ex-GUNS N' ROSES members Slash (guitar), Duff McKagan (bass), Matt Sorum (drums), and Izzy Stradlin (guitar). According to Slash's Official Fan Site (www.snakepit.org), Goff tried out for the group by ...

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ANTHRAX To Release 'We've Come For You All' In February

ANTHRAX's new album, "We've Come For You All", will be released in Japan through JVC Records on Feb. 4, 2003 and in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records on Feb. 24. The U.S., Canada, South America and Australia/New Zealand will follow shortly thereafter. In other news, ANTHRAX were joined by MOTÖRHEAD's Lemmy Kilmister, Phil Campbell and ...

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CONTROL DENIED To Complete Work On Sophomore CD

Despite the tragic passing of CONTROL DENIED mainman Chuck Schuldiner (founder of the seminal death metal outfit DEATH) in December 2001, the surviving members of the band — bassist Steve DiGiorgio, vocalist Tim Aymar, guitarist Shannon Hamm, and drummer Richard Christy — will regroup early next year to complete work on the act's long-awaited sophomore ...

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STATIC-X Bassist Joins AGONY At Colombian Festival

STATIC-X/ASESINO bassist Tony Campos joined Colombian metal act AGONY during their headlining performance on Nov. 10 at Latin America's biggest free-admission rock festival in Bogota, Colombia in front of 100,000 people. The show marked AGONY's first live appearance in their home country since relocating to Los Angeles in 1999 and the band's first gig in ...

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