AXXIS Enter German Chart At No. 72

German metallers AXXIS have entered the official German Media Control Charts at position No. 72 with their latest effort, "Time Machine" (AFM). "Time Machine" was mixed at House Of Audio Studios in Karlsruhe, Germany with engineer Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69) and features a guest appearance by PINK CREAM 69 drummer Kosta Zafiriou. AXXIS will ...

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TAROT Confirmed For Finland's SAUNA OPEN AIR Festival

Finland's TAROT, the group led by NIGHTWISH/ex-SINERGY bassist Marco Hietala, have been confirmed for the post-festival party at this year's Sauna Open Air festival, which is scheduled to take place on Friday, June 11 in Tampere, Finland. Performing as part of the main event are NIGHTWISH, CHILDREN OF BODOM, THUNDERSTONE and DIABLO. Also appearing at ...

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INTERNAL BLEEDING To Enter Studio In March

Long Island death metallers INTERNAL BLEEDING are slated to enter the studio in March to record their new album, "Hatefuel". "For fans of [INTERNAL BLEEDING] and even [side-project] PUNCHYOURFACE, you're gonna be blown away," the band write in an online posting. "This is some of the most ferocious shit [INTERNAL BLEEDING] has put out to ...

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SHAITAN MAZAR To Record New Demo

SHAITAN MAZAR, the new band featuring former NILE members Chief Spires (bass, vocals) and John Ehlers (guitar), have been working very hard in their rehearsal room to complete the writing for their next recording, according to a posting on their official web site. A five- or six-song demo will shortly be recorded featuring the following ...

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GRAHAM BONNET Joins ELEKTRIC ZOO

Legendary vocalist Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, ALCATRAZZ, IMPELLITTERI, BLACKTHORNE) has accepted an offer to join Italian guitarist Dario Mollo's new project ELEKTRIC ZOO. "The plan is [for the band] to tour Europe, including Spain, Austria, Belgium, Italy and the U.K., from mid-April to mid-May this year," reads a post on Bonnet's web site. ...

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HAMMERFALL Drummer: TIMO TOLKKI Needs Professional Help

HAMMERFALL drummer Anders Johansson has issued a statement explaining his brief involvement with Finnish neo-classical metallers STRATOVARIUS as the band's new drummer. The statement reads as follows: "OK, this is what happened regarding the STRATOVARIUS turmoil: After all the member changes in my brother Jens' band STRATOVARIUS, he and Timo Tolkki asked me to help ...

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Producer: SLIPKNOT To Find New Kind Of Extreme On Upcoming CD

Producer Rick Rubin (SLAYER, SYSTEM OF A DOWN, AUDIOSLAVE, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS) recently spoke to Guitar One magazine about SLIPKNOT's decision to relocate to a mansion in the Hollywood Hills for the recording of the follow-up to 2001's "Iowa", due this summer through Roadrunner Records. "By nature, all bands grow apart," Rubin said. "When ...

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RONNIE JAMES DIO: No Chance Of Reunion With RITCHIE BLACKMORE

Ronnie James Dio has shot down the possibility of a RAINBOW reunion with him at the microphone. Back in April 2000 the singer confirmed to Classic Rock magazine that the idea had been discussed, with a British record company rep flying to guitarist Ritchie Blackmore's Connecticut base to discuss making what would have been the ...

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VENOM's CRONOS: 'DAVE GROHL's Not A Rock-Star Dick'

VENOM frontman Conrad "Cronos" Lant recently spoke to Rock Sound magazine about his involvement with the PROBOT project, the one-off metal album put together by ex-NIRVANA drummer/current FOO FIGHTERS guitarist/vocalist Dave Grohl. "Fuck, [Dave] is a totally down-to-earth guy, not a rock-star dick or nothing!" Cronos said. "We were hanging out an and having beers ...

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