CRYPTOPSY To Headline Michigan's XTREME BENEFEST

Canadian death metallers CRYPTOPSY will be headlining the Xtreme Benefest at the Royal Oak Theater in Royal Oak, Michigan, near Detroit, on Saturday November 16th, 2002. This two-day event (November 15-16) will serve as a benefit concert for former TESTAMENT/DEATH guitarist James Murphy (who was diagnosed with a brain tumor last August), and will feature ...

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KISS' GENE SIMMONS: No Tour Planned For The Fall

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons has shot down as "not true" a recent Internet rumor that KISS is planning a major tour for the fall of 2002 with the line-up of Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer and that new characters and outfits are being designed for Eric and Tommy—information that had supposedly originated ...

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BLAZE To Appear At UK's METAL MANIA Festival

Britain's BLAZE, featuring former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE frontman Blaze Bayley, have reportedly been confirmed for the Metal Mania festival, which is scheduled to take place at the Newcastle University on Saturday, September 7th. Other artists scheduled to appear at the event include TYGERS OF PAN TANG, BLITZKRIEG, EARTHROD, NUFUTURECOWBOYS, ALIVE UNDEAD (tribute to SLAYER's Reign In ...

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JAGUAR Continue Work On New CD

NWOBHM legends JAGUAR are reportedly mixing their new studio album for a fall release through an as-yet-unspecified label. Among the cuts scheduled to appear on the 12-song effort are the following: 01. Run Ragged 02. Living Hell 03. Wrong Side Of Nothing 04. As The Crow Flies 05. Nailed 06. Eighties ...

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EARACHE RECORDS To Reissue Classic Albums On Vinyl

Earache Records will be releasing several classic albums on vinyl, all limited to 1,000 copies each. The following are the U.S. release dates for the LPs in question: Aug. 20: NAPALM DEATH - Scum Aug. 20: CARCASS - Reek of Putrefaction Sept. 03: TERRORIZER - World Downfall Sept. 17: MORBID ANGEL - Altars Of Madness ...

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THE HAUNTED Complete Work On Nine Songs For Forthcoming CD

Swedish high-energy thrashers THE HAUNTED have completed "about nine songs" their forthcoming third full-length CD, due in early 2003 through Earache Records, according to a posting from bassist Jonas Björler on the group's official web site. "The process of writing songs usually starts off with one good riff or a good rhythm idea, and then ...

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USURPER Commence Pre-Production For EARACHE RECORDS Debut

Chicago death/thrash lords USURPER have commenced pre-production for their sixth, as-yet-untitled CD with producer Neil Kernon (i.e. CANNIBAL CORPSE, NEVERMORE) for a late 2002/early 2003 release through Earache Records. According to the label's official web site, as-yet-undisclosed members of MANOWAR will make guest appearances during the recordings. USURPER's forthcoming CD will be the group's first ...

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