STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Drummer To Play With OPETH In Vancouver

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD/DARK ANGEL drummer Gene Hoglan will reportedly be sitting behind the kit for OPETH at the Vancouver stop of their current North American tour Friday night (Jan. 23). Hoglan will be standing in for regular OPETH skinsman Martin Lopez, who is said to be at home in Sweden recovering from a recent bout ...

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DRAGONFORCE Set Title, Release Date For Sophomore Album

London-based power metallers DRAGONFORCE have set "Sonic Firestorm" as the title of their sophomore album, due on April 19 through Noise Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Valley Of The Damned" was recorded primarily at Thin Ice Studios, Virginia Water, Surrey, England with producer Karl Groom, while all the guitars were recorded at guitarist Herman Li's ...

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NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE Sign With POISON ARROW RECORDS

Reunited Finnish speed/thrash metal masters NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE have inked a deal with Poison Arrow Records. The group, who feature in their ranks the original guitar duo — Markku Jokikokko and Jukka Kyrö (BURNING POINT) — responsible for composing all of the group's early material, plus former ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW/current FOR MY PAIN vocalist ...

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METALLICA's HETFIELD And ULRICH To Make Their Animation Debut Tonight

The new animated comedy series "Disney's Dave the Barbarian", featuring the animation debut of METALLICA's James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, is scheduled to premiere Friday, January 23 at 5:30 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel. Produced by Walt Disney Television Animation, the series follows the title character's hilarious escapades with his offbeat family — including his ...

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DRACENA Name Album, Post Demo MP3s

Gothenburg, Sweden-based female-fronted metal band DRACENA have set "Infernal Damnation" as the title of their debut album, tentatively due later in the year. "We are looking for a studio at the moment, have a few interesting offers this far," the band write on their web site. In the meantime, the group have made available for ...

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JERRY CANTRELL Pays Homage To JIMI HENDRIX: More Tour Dates Announced

Former ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell will participate in a short tribute tour to Jimi Hendrix beginning with a February 22 date in Hendrix's hometown of Seattle. Other musicians scheduled to appear include LIVING COLOUR, Buddy Guy, and DOUBLE TROUBLE. According to Rolling Stone magazine, two additional shows have been set so far: Portland's ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Comment On Ex-Drummer's Guilty Verdict

JUDAS PRIEST Management Co-Ordinator Jayne Andrews has commented on the news that ex-PRIEST drummer Dave Holland was convicted of trying to rape a special needs youngster in 2002. "We are as shocked and stunned as everyone else by this news," she wrote on the band's official Noticeboard. "However, we would like to point out that ...

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PROBOT To Perform Live At MTV Studios!

PROBOT, the metal side-project of former NIRVANA drummer/current FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl, will be taping a live performance at the MTV studios in New York City on Wednesday, January 28. Grohl will be joined for the occasion by a one-off band featuring Eric Wagner (TROUBLE), Wino (ex-THE OBSESSED, ST. VITUS, SPIRIT CARAVAN), Greg Anderson ...

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Australia's DIABOLIX Reform

Matt B., co-founding member of the acclaimed Australian thrash metal band DIABOLIX has resurrected the group after the band originally called it quits in 2001. The thrash metal quartet is now a solo project of founder Matt B. with a massive new direction: 'Toward the end of DIABOLIX in 2001 I was becoming very unhappy ...

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