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MEMENTO Tap ALICE IN CHAINS Producer For Debut CD

Australia's MEMENTO are due to shortly enter the studio in Los Angeles, California with producer Toby Wright (i.e. ALICE IN CHAINS, SOULFLY, SEVENDUST, KORN) to begin recording their debut album for Columbia/Sony Records, due at the end of the year. For more information on the group, visit their official web site at this ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, DEREK SHERINIAN Trade Guest Appearances

Former DREAM THEATER keyboardist Derek Sherinian has finished tracking his parts for the forthcoming YNGWIE MALMSTEEN CD, entitled Attack, which is currently being recorded in Miami, Florida for a late summer release through Spitfire Records. According to Derek, "[Yngwie] was very specific in what he wanted, which unfortunately did not include any keyboard solos. But... ...

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DEREK SHERINIAN's Upcoming Solo Effort To Feature Host Of Name Musicians

Yngwie Malmsteen, Billy Sheehan, Tony Franklin (ex-BLUE MURDER/THE FIRM), Al DiMeola, Zakk Wydle, Brian Tichy (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE) and Simon Philips are among the artists scheduled to make guest appearances on the forthcoming solo album from former DREAM THEATER and current YNGWIE MALMSTEEN keyboardist Derek Sherinian. As yet untitled, the effort is due in September. ...

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Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Singer To Record Live CD/DVD

Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and current TALISMAN/HUMANIMAL frontman Jeff Scott Soto's performance at The Gods 2002 show in Bradford, UK on Sunday, June 2nd will reportedly be recorded for a live CD and DVD to be released later this year. Soto's backing band for the show will consist of guitarist Howie Simon (i.e. KEN TAMPLIN), drummer ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE And Family To Receive $3 Million For Book Deal

Simon & Schuster imprint Pocket Books will reportedly pay Ozzy Osbourne and his dysfunctional clan $3 million for two upcoming books — a paperback companion to their MTV reality smash and a hardcover family memoir. The Osbournes tie-in will hit stores in November and the memoir will be out in spring 2003. The book deal ...

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Former SABBAT Guitarist Speaks Out On Revamped Group

Former SABBAT guitarist and acclaimed metal producer Andy Sneap recently explained his reasons for not linking up with ex-SKYCLAD frontman Martin Walkyier in the revamped version of the former group, which is presently calling itself RETURN TO THE SABBAT. “The way I originally heard about [the reunion] was from one of the guys at Earache ...

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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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