EXODUS To Begin Work On New Material

San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS, featuring vocalist Steve Zetro Souza, are reportedly in the process of piecing together new musical ideas with a view towards possibly premiering at least one new track during the band's upcoming gigs early next month. Souza is said to be especially enthusiastic about the possibility of composing new material ...

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MURDER SQUAD: An AUTOPSY, ENTOMBED, DISMEMBER Collaboration

Former DEATH/AUTOPSY drummer Chris Reifert has collaborated with Sweden's MURDER SQUAD (featuring DISMEMBER bassist Rickard Cabeza, DISMEMBER vocalist Matti Krki, ENTOMBED guitarist Uffe Cederlund and ENTOMBED drummer Peter Stjrnwind) on the group's sophomore full-length effort, entitled Ravenous, Murderous. Completed at a Stockholm studio over a two-week period in March, the album is scheduled for a ...

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VOIVOD To Begin Work On New Album, Compile "Best Of" CD

Former METALLICA and current ECHOBRAIN bassist Jason Newsted will join Canadian cyber-metallers VOIVOD in the studio this summer for the recording of the group's tenth studio album, which is tentatively due to be released through Century Media Records in early 2003. Also in the works is a Best Of CD spanning the band's entire career ...

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MASTERPLAN Shuffle Bassists, Finalize Album Track Listing

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Jorn Lande, have parted ways with bassist Jrgen Attig and have acquired IRON SAVIOR's Jan-S. Eckert as his replacement. Eckert has already recorded all the bass lines for the group's self-titled debut album, which is tentatively scheduled ...

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CANDLEMASS Frontman Launches "Goth Synth Rock" Side Project

CANDLEMASS/MEMENTO MORI frontman Messiah Marcolin has launched a brand new Stockholm, Sweden-based gothic synth rock band called REQUIEM, which also features in its ranks Peter Moore (synthesizers, programming and speech), and Michael Samuelsson (guitars, bass and speech). A recent three-song demo is presently available for download from the group's official web site at

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SUPERJOINT RITUAL Limited-Edition CD To Feature Bonus Cuts

The first 25,000 copies of the upcoming SUPERJOINT RITUAL debut CD, entitled Use Once And Destroy, will include two special bonus demo tracks: "Starvation Trip" and "Little H". The album is due to be issued through Sanctuary Records on May 21st. SUPERJOINT RITUAL is the new band featuring PANTERA's Philip Anselmo on vocals, C.O.C./ EYEHATEGOD's ...

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