ANNIHILATOR: New Members Announced

Long-running Canadian thrashers ANNIHILATOR have announced the addition of bassist Sandor de Bretan and drummer Rob Falzano to the group's ranks. Bretan hails from Waters' hometown of Ottawa Canada, while Falzano, a Boston native, came recommended to Water by "All For You" studio drummer Mike Mangini, who was also Falzano's teacher. Mangini will also be ...

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METALLICA's ULRICH: We Don't Owe People Anything

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich has defended the group's latest album, "St. Anger", against criticism that it is virtually unlistenable, telling The Oregonian that heavy metal fans are not open to their favorite bands changing and experimenting with a tried-and-tested formula. "We needed to make a record that was underproduced, and I think we succeeded!" Lars ...

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OZZY, SHARON OSBOURNE Tour Battleship Missouri

Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon brought the their MTV reality show, "The Osbournes", to the Navy Tuesday (March 9), when they visited and toured (photo) the USS Missouri (BB 63) Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. "The concierge desk called this morning and asked if we could give a special tour," said Same ...

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ANDREW W.K. At SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST

Andrew W.K. will be hosting the "Take Action Tour Party" at Emo's in Austin, Texas on Saturday, March 20. The show starts at 12 noon and goes until 6:00 p.m. Andrew will reportedly be introducing the bands and "screaming up a wildfire!" A poster for the party can be viewed at www.WeWantFun.com. ...

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ELVENKING Set New Release Date For 'Wyrd'

Italian "pagan metal" act ELVENKING have set an April 19 release date through Germany's AFM Records for their new album, "Wyrd". The follow-up to 2001's "Heathenreel" was recorded in three different studios, including Gernhart facilities in Siegburg, Germany and was mixed in December at the House Of Music facility in Stuttgart, Germany with producer Achim ...

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DESTINY Schedule Swedish Record Release Party

Long-running Swedish metal band DESTINY have scheduled a release party for their new album, "Future Of The Past", on Friday, March 19 at the rock club Sticky Fingers (Kaserntorget 7) in Gothenburg, Sweden. In addition to a live DESTINY performance, fans will get a chance to see the premiere of the new DESTINY video for ...

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KISS: Australian Tour To Feature MELBOURNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

KISS have invited 12 members of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra to join them on their upcoming Australian tour (Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane only) for a special 30-minute encore performance of the KISS Symphony concert which was documented on a live DVD and CD last year. GRINSPOON and MACHINE GUN FELLATIO have been confirmed as the ...

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DARKWELL Name New Album, Announce Tour Dates

Austrian "gothic metal" band DARKWELL, featuring ex-ABIGOR and current SHADOWCAST drummer Moritz Neuner, will embark on a short Central European tour this spring in support of their upcoming second full-length album, "Metatron", tentatively due late April through Napalm Records. The follow-up to the "Conflict Of Interest" EP (2002), "Metatron" was recorded at Mirror Production Studios ...

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