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MEMORY GARDEN: New Music Posted Online

Stockholm, Sweden's MEMORY GARDEN, the band featuring former ABSKTRAKT ALGEBRA guitarist Simon Johansson, have posted MP3 clips of three new songs via their official web site at this location. According to Johansson, "two of them are more uptempo things and one is a doomy son of a bitch... I hope you like what ...

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JEFF SCOTT SOTO Hits The Road

Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and current TALISMAN guitarist Jeff Scott Soto has posted the following message to his official web site, www.jeffscottsoto.com: "Hey all, Jeff here...I wish 2 send u all a message of thanks 4 all the support & positive feedback from the 'Prism' [solo] album. It has been the most enthusiasm I've ...

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SATANIC SLAUGHTER Part Ways With Bassist, Announce Replacement

Swedish "black/death/thrash" metal act SATANIC SLAUGHTER have parted ways with bassist Fillip "Fille" Carlsson and have replaced him with Simon Axenrot, brother of drummer Martin. SATANIC SLAUGHTER have confirmed the following dates during the summer: May 16-18 – Stavenhagen, GER @ Bands Battle 2003 Jul. 25-16 – Volyne, CZ @ Open Hell Festival Aug. 16 ...

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Former DREAM THEATER Keyboardist Completes Work On New Solo CD

Former DREAM THEATER and current YNGWIE MALMSTEEN keyboardist Derek Sherinian has completed work on his third solo CD, entitled "Black Utopia", for an April 22 release. Among the special guests appearing on the CD are Yngwie Malmsteen (guitar), Al DiMeola (guitar), Zakk Wylde (guitar), Steve Lukather (guitar), Simon Phillips (drums), Billy Sheehan (bass), Tony Franklin ...

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MEMORY GARDEN Collaborate With MERCYFUL FATE Guitarist On New Demo

Stockholm, Sweden's MEMORY GARDEN, featuring former ABSKTRAKT ALGEBRA guitarist Simon Johansson, are in the process of recording three new songs for promotional and shopping purposes. "We are once again working together with [producer] Mike Wead [MERCYFUL FATE, KING DIAMOND] and are really happy with this collaboration," writes Johansson on the band's official web site. "What ...

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MEMENTO: Video Posted Online

Australia's MEMENTO have posted the video for the track "Coming" at this location. "Coming" comes off the group's upcoming debut album, "Beginnings", due on Feb. 25 through Columbia Records. "Beginnings" was produced by Toby Wright (ALICE IN CHAINS, SOULFLY, TAPROOT) and mixed by Brendan O'Brien (STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, KORN, PAPA ROACH). ...

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MEMENTO Set Release Date For 'Beginnings'

Australia's MEMENTO have set a Feb. 25 release date through Columbia Records for their debut album, "Beginnings". "Beginnings" was produced by Toby Wright (ALICE IN CHAINS, SOULFLY, TAPROOT) and mixed by Brendan O'Brien (STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, KORN, PAPA ROACH). ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD: Tales Of Insecurity And Fear

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD mainman Devin Townsend recently told Canada's Chart Attack that the band's trademark humor is less apparent on the group's upcoming album than in the past — a move that he says was entirely intentional. "One of the new things introduced is that the humor of STRAPPING has sort of changed to irony," ...

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TENET Launch Official Web Site

Vancouver's TENET, featuring STRAPPING YOUNG LAD guitarist Jed Simon, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD/ex-DEATH drummer Gene Hoglan, ex-GRIP INC. bassist Stuart Carruthers, and former SACRIFICE/current INTERZONE frontman Rob Urbinati, have launched their official web site (still under contruction) at this location. The group are tentatively scheduled to record their debut album in the spring with ...

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JEFF SCOTT SOTO Guitarist To Jam With GRAHAM BONNET

JEFF SCOTT SOTO guitarist Howie Simon will be joining former RAINBOW/MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP frontman Graham Bonnet for a special concert at Paladino's in Tarzana, California on Friday, Feb. 21, 2003. The one-off show, which will also include appearances by Graham's bandmates from the IMPELLITTERI "System X" sessions (excluding mainman Chris Impellitteri), will reportedly consist of ...

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SACRIFICE Reunite! (Sort Of)

Guitarist/vocalist Rob Urbinati got together a couple of days ago with his former SACRIFICE bandmates Gus Pynn (drums) and Scott Watts (bass) and jammed some old SACRIFICE stuff, according to Voices From The Darkside. "It was fun, even though we all had trouble remembering the stuff," Urbinati commented. Rob is currently preparing to ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Guitarist Turns Down DARK ANGEL Slot

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD's Jed Simon has turned down an offer to fill the vacant guitarist slot in DARK ANGEL following the departure of founding member Jim Durkin. Although he had originally agreed to join the Los Angeles thrashers in their reunion bid, Simon has apparently had a change of heart — the reasons for which ...

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Former DARK ANGEL Guitarist Speaks Out On His Departure

Former DARK ANGEL and current DREAMS OF DAMNATION/PAGAN WAR MACHINE guitarist Jim Durkin has spoken out on his non-participation in the upcoming DARK ANGEL reunion tour. The Los Angeles-based thrashers, who were set to embark on a West Coast mini-tour in early December, have replaced Durkin in the group's lineup with STRAPPING YOUNG LAD axeman ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Guitarist Joins DARK ANGEL!

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD guitarist Jed Simon has been tapped to join the reunited DARK ANGEL on their upcoming West Coast tour and subsequent European festival appearances. Simon, a thrash metal veteran whose pre-SYL recording history includes work with such underground acts as CAUSTIC THOUGHT and ARMOROS, replaces founding member Jim Durkin, who was recently dismissed ...

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ZIMMER'S HOLE Part Ways With Keyboardist

ZIMMER'S HOLE, the Vancouver-based project featuring guitarist Jed Simon and bassist Byron Stroud of STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, have parted ways with keyboardist Will Campagna, who "has left the band for other commitments," according to Simon. The band are currently seeking a replacement. In other news, ZIMMER'S HOLE have commenced the songwriting process for their next ...

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THE BLUEPRINT Play 'Secret' U.K. Gig

THE BLUEPRINT, the Nottingham, UK-based group consisting of former PITCHSHIFTER guitarist Matt Grundy, ex-EARTHTONE9 singer Karl Middleton, PITCHSHIFTER bassist Mark Clayden, CONSUMED guitarist Will Burchell and CONSUMED drummer Chris Billam, played a secret gig last night in their hometown of Nottingham, where they shared the stage at Rock City with old friends and current labelmates ...

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PLANET X To Hit The Road, Keyboardist To Issue Solo Album

PLANET X, featuring keyboardist Derek Sherinian (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, DREAM THEATER), guitarist Tony MacAlpine, and drummer Virgil Donati, are preparing to hit the road next week. According to Sherinian, "bassist Ric Fierabracci is sounding great with the band — this should be fun. The live set will feature most of the music from our new CD ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, ZIMMER'S HOLE To Tour Europe

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD and ZIMMER'S HOLE will reportedly be teaming up for a European tour in March. In other news, ZIMMER'S HOLE — whose lineup includes guitarist Jed Simon and bassist Byron Stroud of STRAPPING YOUNG LAD — will be re-releasing their first album, "Bound By Fire", through Virusworx Records on January 27. The reissue ...

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MOTÖRHEAD Frontman To Unveil Autobiography

MOTÖRHEAD's Lemmy Kilmister will publish his long-awaited autobiography, White Line Fever, via Simon & Schuster in late October/early November. The 320-page book will be unveiled via several book signings in Europe, including an appearance at HMV on Oxford Street in London, England on October 18th. ...

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MOTÖRHEAD's LEMMY Ripped Off By Former Assistant

A former management assistant to MOTÖRHEAD's Lemmy Kilmister has been charged with ripping off the rock'n'roll legend, according to Allstar. Alex Guerrero is facing multiple counts of forgery and grand theft to the tune of just over $30,000. He's been released on a $15,000 bond and has his first court appearance set for October 9th. ...

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UPDATE: Man Sought In AC/DC Festival Booking Hoax

A con artist claiming to have ties to the management company representing AC/DC has apparently tricked the organizers of Finland's Pori Jazz festival into believing that AC/DC would perform at the event if he was paid an advance fee of 50,000 euros (approximately $49,000). The following is a translation of an article that originally appeared ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Enter Studio To Record Third CD

Innovative cult metallers STRAPPING YOUNG LAD have entered Armoury Studios (FEAR FACTORY, KISS, MÖTLEY CRÜE, VAN HALEN) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to record their third full-length studio album — their first since 1997's wildly-received City. Devin Townsend, SYL mastermind and guitarist, enthusiastically states: "I often have heard about people wanting a new dominating metal ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Offshoot Project Inks Deal With VIRUSWORX RECORDS

Vancouver's TENET, featuring STRAPPING YOUNG LAD guitarist Jed Simon, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD/ex-DEATH drummer Gene Hoglan, ex-GRIP INC. bassist Stuart Carruthers, and former SACRIFICE/current INTERZONE frontman Rob Urbinati, have inked a deal with Hamburg, Germany's Virusworx Records. The group are tentatively scheduled to enter the studio in February 2003 with producer/SYL mainman Devin Townsend to record ...

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ZIMMER'S HOLE To Reissue First Album

ZIMMER'S HOLE, featuring guitarist Jed Simon and bassist Byron Stroud of STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, will be re-releasing their first album, Bound By Fire, on Virusworx Records next year. The new version will reportedly feature new artwork and as-yet-undisclosed bonus material. More information will be available in the coming months. ...

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NAPALM DEATH's BARNEY GREENWAY: New Album Is "Fast And Crazy"

NAPALM DEATH will tentatively issue their latest album, entitled Order Of The Leech, in October through Snapper Music in Europe and Spitfire Records in the US, frontman Mark "Barney" Greenway has told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "The [deal] with Dreamcatcher [Records, who released the group's Enemy Of The Music Business CD in 2001] didn't really work out in ...

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