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TAPROOT's STEPHEN RICHARDS: New Material Is Very Different From First Album

TAPROOT frontman Stephen Richards recently spoke to Rolling Stone magazine about the progress of the group's sophomore CD, tentatively titled Welcome, which is currently being recorded with producer Toby Wright (i.e. ALICE IN CHAINS, SOULFLY) for a late August/early September release through Velvet Hammer/Atlantic Records. Here's what he had to say: We've changed a lot ...

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VADER Begin Recording New CD, Announce Title Change

Polish death metal veterans VADER have changed the title of their forthcoming album from Epitaph to Revelations. The band's first CD with ex-HUNTER four-stringer Simon (who replaced Shambo last year), Revelations is currently being recorded at Red Studio (the same studio where the group's Litany and Reign Forever World CDs were recorded) with producer with ...

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ANATHEMA Cancel Single Plans, To Issue Live DVD In April

Britain's ANATHEMA have cancelled plans to issue the track Pressure as the first single off their critically-acclaimed album A Fine Day to Exit after MTV and various radio stations refused to rally their support behind the release. According to an official statement by Music For Nations Records press officer Doug Wright, Pressure was withdrawn as ...

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MEMORY GARDEN Split With Metal Blade, Begin Work On Fourth Full-Length CD

Stockholm, Sweden's MEMORY GARDEN, featuring former ABSKTRAKT ALGEBRA guitarist Simon Johansson, have parted ways with Metal Blade Records and are currently in pre-production for their forthcoming fourth full-length CD with producer Dan Swanö (i.e. EDGE OF SANITY, NIGHTINGALE, etc.). According to Johansson, “we are working on new material and we have something like 10 songs ...

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ARK Enlist Former Warner Music Executive To Handle Group Affairs

ARK, who feature in their ranks former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN vocalist Jorn Lande, ex-CONCEPTION guitarist Tore Østby, former MALMSTEEN drummer John Macaluso, and ex-MALMSTEEN bassist Randy Coven, have enlisted Paul Ewing, former Vice President and Regional Director for Warner Music South East Asia for 18 years, to handle their business affairs. Ewing has been responsible for ...

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DIO Confirm Guitarist Switch, Announce CD Release Date

DIO have officially confirmed the departure of guitarist Craig Goldy and addition of Doug Aldrich as his replacement. The current line-up of the group—Aldrich, frontman Ronnie James Dio, drummer Simon Wright, and bassist Jimmy Bain—are working on their brand new CD, rumored to be titled Kill The Dragon, for a May release through Spitfire Records. ...

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TONY FRANKLIN Unveils "Secret" Project

Bassist extraordinaire Tony Franklin (i.e. DAVID COVERDALE, BLUE MURDER) has shed light on his much-rumored “secret” project which he has been hinting at but not offered any concrete information about in his previous postings on his official web site. Until now, that is. According to Franklin, “the 'Secret Project' is now out in the open! ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Axeman Rocks Out On Three Fronts

TENET, the new project featuring STRAPPING YOUNG LAD guitarist Jed Simon, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD/ex-DEATH drummer Gene Hoglan, GRIP INC. bassist Stuart Carruthers, and former SACRIFICE/current INTERZONE frontman Rob Urbinati, have finished demoing the material for the group's upcoming debut CD and are hoping to enter the studio in the next couple of months to begin ...

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VADER Set To Issue "Epitaph" In May

Polish death metal legends VADER are scheduled to enter Red Studio (the same studio where the group's Litany and Reign Forever World CDs were recorded) with producer with Piotr Lukaszewski during February to begin work on their upcoming CD, tentatively entitled Epitaph, for a May 26th release. The band's first CD with ex-HUNTER four-stringer Simon ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, GRIP INC., ex-SACRIFICE Men To Collaborate On New CD

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD guitarist Jed Simon, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD/ex-DEATH drummer Gene Hoglan, GRIP INC. bassist Stuart Carruthers, and former SACRIFICE/current INTERZONE frontman Rob Urbinati are rumored to be joining forces in a new “death metal-type” project called TENET, which is scheduled to record its debut album later in the year. As-yet-untitled, the effort will reportedly ...

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Former ELECTRIC BOYS Frontman Bounces Back!

Former ELECTRIC BOYS frontman/SILVERGINGER 5 guitarist Conny Bloom has just produced four songs for Henrik Levy, a talented Swedish singer/songwriter who sounds like “Nick Drake meets Johnny Cash and Simon & Garfunkel”, according to Bloom. The collaboration “has led into some other interesting projects as well, so we'll see what happens with that”. Meanwhile, “the ...

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Primitive - SOULFLY

Unlike the group's critically-acclaimed debut, which was a stylistically diverse offering that lacked focus, SOULFLY's sophomore release is a much more streamlined effort, featuring 12 songs that mostly revolve around the same mid-paced groove and a simplistic riffing style that has become Max Cavalera's trademark. There are still several experimental moments, of course, and as ...

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Archive News Nov 30, 2001

Here are some of the latest sales figures for various metal/hard rock releases in the US, as reported by Soundscan for the week ending November 25th, 2001 (number in parenthesis indicates the number of weeks the title has been on the sales chart):

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KID ROCK – Cocky: 223,062 (1) ...

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Archive News Nov 19, 2001 - update 2

Kip Winger, he of WINGER fame, has placed “original and authentic WINGER/Kip Winger memorabilia” for sale via eBay. According to Winger's official web site, “this garage sale features clothing used in performances and photo shoots, and equipment used in the studio on his recent albums.” For more info, go to this location.

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Archive News Nov 09, 2001

Former HELLOWEEN vocalist Michael Kiske will make a guest appearance on several tracks on the upcoming album from ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow and drummer Uli Kusch, it was announced yesterday. Although recent reports indicated that SYMPHONY X vocalist Russell Allen would be absent from the project's recording line-up following Grapow and ...

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Archive News Nov 05, 2001

Los Angeles' MEDICATION, featuring former MACHINE HEAD / SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader, ex-UGLY KID JOE / LIFE OF AGONY vocalist Whitfield Crane, ex-ADAYINTHELIFE guitarist Blunt and SOULFLY drummer Roy Mayorga, have refuted the recent reports of Mayorga leaving the band in order to rejoin SOULFLY on a full-time basis. According to an ...

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Archive News Oct 29, 2001

POWERMAN 5000 have parted ways with bassist Dorian Heartsong and drummer Al Pahanish, according to informed sources. Although the exact reasons for the pair's departure have not yet been revealed, the duo were recently seen moving their gear out of the band's rehearsal studio and were reported to have been jamming with ...

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Archive News Oct 04, 2001

A minor riot erupted at the conclusion of YNGWIE MALMSTEEN's headlining show in Porto Alegre, Brazil on Tuesday, October 2nd, causing the band to storm off the stage and leaving the group's equipment vulnerable to damage as a result of the angry crowd throwing objects in protest over the way the concert ended. Here ...

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Archive News Oct 03, 2001

Further to the news item we posted here yesterday about SOULFLY drummer Joe Nunez's possible defection from the group's ranks over contractual issues, it now appears that the skinsman is keeping busy by playing in a local Chicago-area band called STRIPPING THE PISTOL, who are reportedly showcasing for a few major labels on Sunday, ...

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Archive News Sep 25, 2001

Although nothing has been officially confirmed, sources close to the ENTOMBED camp have revealed that the group's much-publicized and –anticipated collaboration with a Swedish ballet ensemble at the Royal Opera Hall in Stockholm as part of a show called Unreal Estate, originally set to take place around February 2002, is unlikely to come to ...

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Archive News Sep 03, 2001

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist Kirk Hammett got up on stage to jam with METALLICA cover band CREEPING DEATH at Metallibash 2001, a METALLICA fan gathering which was held at San Francisco's Maritime Hall on Saturday, September 1st. According to reports, Ulrich and Hammett appeared at the event about 1 ½ hours into ...

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Archive News Aug 31, 2001

The reunited EXODUS, VIO-LENCE, FORBIDDEN and SADUS are tentatively set to join forces in a combined touring package that is due to go out under the moniker Bay Area Invasion, and which is presently being put together by Walter Morgan's Deadly Embrace Productions (the people behind this month's Thrash Of The Titans benefit ...

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Archive News Aug 22, 2001

As exclusively reported here yesterday, HELLOWEEN have now officially confirmed the departures of lead guitarist Roland Grapow and drummer Uli Kusch from the group's ranks. In a posting on the message board of HELLOWEEN's official web site last night, webmaster Tony offered the following statement on the matter: “Well…not much to tell you ...

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Archive News Aug 21, 2001

SLIPKNOT have reportedly been confirmed to play this year's Halloween show at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City for the second year in a row. At the present time, no support acts have yet been announced, but MUDVAYNE and TYPE O NEGATIVE are rumored to be taking part in the night's festivities. In ...

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Archive News Jul 23, 2001 - update 1

It looks like LIMP BIZKIT fans will have to wait until the end of 2002, at the earliest, for the follow up to last year's Chocolate Starfish &amp the Hot Dog Flavored Water. In an interview with Bilboard.com, LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst revealed that the guitarist Wes Borland and bassist Sam Rivers have ...

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Archive News Jul 18, 2001

Several unconfirmed dates for the upcoming Doomsday In The USA tour—featuring POWERMAN 5000 and SALIVA, plus a rotating opening slot that will include MACHINE HEAD, STEREOMUD and HALFCOCKED—have been leaked. The unconfirmed dates are as follows:

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Sept. 10 - Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room

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Archive News Jun 22, 2001

Former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted gave his first official interview since leaving the band on Wednesday night, June 20th, when he appeared on KNAC.com's Breath Of Fire show (hosted by Lonn Friend). Three tracks from Newsted's upcoming ECHOBRAIN CD—including a song containing a Kirk Hammett guitar lead—were aired during the bassist's appearance, ...

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