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CARNAL FORGE To Tour With Childhood Idols

Swedish thrashers CARNAL FORGE are currently preparing to embark on The 2003 Metal Gods Tour, a multi-band package featuring HALFORD, co-headliners TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, PAIN MUSEUM, and AMON AMARTH. The trek is set to kick off on April 25 at the House Of Blues in Chicago. CARNAL FORGE bassist Lars Linden commented on the upcoming tour ...

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METALLICA To Work With PUSHEAD On 'St. Anger' Cover

METALLICA are leaning towards using their old friend Pushead to design the cover for their forthcoming album, "St. Anger", drummer Lars Ulrich revealed during an interview with Canadian radio station 97.7 HTZ FM. In addition, Ulrich offered two more working songtitles for the upcoming CD: "All Within My Hands" and "Dirty Window". Other known working ...

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ROBERT TRUJILLO: How I Found Out I Got The METALLICA Gig

New METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo recently spoke to Kerrang! magazine about his addition to the group and his decision to leave OZZY OSBOURNE's band in order to hook up with the San Franciscian metal pioneers. When asked how he found out he got the gig, Robert said, "METALLICA called me [in late February]. They said, ...

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JASON NEWSTED: 'LARS ULRICH Can Kiss My Ass'

Ex-METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted has hit out at Lars Ulrich for stating in a recent radio interview that Newsted seemed "lost" by accepting the job as OZZY OSBOURNE's new four-stringer. "If Lars was good enough he would have joined OZZY, too," Jason told Greek magazine Rock On. "Lars can kiss my ass. I ...

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OZZY On JASON NEWSTED: I'm 'Fucking Thrilled' He's Joining The Band

OZZY OSBOURNE unveiled his new lineup with a special media showcase/press conference Monday (March 17) at the group's North Hollywood, California rehearsal space. New bassist Jason Newsted (formerly of METALLICA) joined Osbourne, guitarist Zakk Wylde, and drummer Mike Bordin for a blinding four-song set featuring "War Pigs", "Believer", "No More Tears", and "Crazy Train". "I ...

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LARS ULRICH: 'METALLICA Have Never Sounded So Good'

The April 3, 2003 issue of Rolling Stone magazine features a short write-up on METALLICA recent bassist addition, former SUICIDAL TENDENCIES/OZZY OSBOURNE veteran Robert Trujillo, and includes a couple of quotes from drummer Lars Ulrich and Trujillo about the auditioning process that led to Robert being chosen to fill the slot left vacant by Jason ...

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RAUNCHY In Pre-Production For Sophomore CD

Denmark's RAUNCHY started pre-production for their sophomore album at singer Lars Vognstrup's home studio this past weekend. According to the band, "We completed one song and have 8 more tracks to go which we plan to record within the next few months." Pictures from the session can be seen here. The follow-up to ...

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It's Official: ROBERT TRUJILLO Joins METALLICA!

As first predicted here last week, METALLICA have officially announced the addition of bassist Robert Trujillo to the group's ranks. Trujillo, a former member of SUICIDAL TENDENCIES and OZZY OSBOURNE, fills the slot left vacant by the departure of Jason Newsted. "We've all known, and have been huge fans of Rob since ...

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TYKOON: KISS Cover Posted Online

TYKOON, the freshly-launched Stockholm band that features in its ranks guitarists Tommy Denander and Lars Chriss (LION'S SHARE), vocalist Geir Rönning (TOTO, PRISONER), bassist Andy Loos (GLORY) and drummer Peter Carr, have posted an MP3 clip of their version of KISS' "Easy As It Seems", at this location. "Easy As It Seems" was ...

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METALLICA: SANITARIUM Schedule To Accommodate Working Fans

METALLICA have made every effort to accommodate their fans who have to work during the week when devising the touring schedule for the upcoming Summer Sanitarium 2003. "We learned last time around that booking stadium shows on weekdays...not a great thing," METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich said. "Not to get too smart and too analytical, but ...

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METALLICA's 'Anger' Documented On Film

A documentary feature on the making of METALLICA's new album, "St. Anger", is in the process of being filmed by two directors who have "literally been on our asses coming up on two years," METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone. "There's close to a thousand hours of footage. I don't know how they're going ...

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JASON NEWSTED: 'METALLICA Are A Joke!'

Ex-METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted has slammed his former bandmates over their decision to tour this summer with LINKIN PARK and LIMP BIZKIT, calling the move "an obvious cash thing" and claiming that the group are "not staying true to their words." "It's a joke, I think METALLICA are just a joke," Newsted told Britain's

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METALLICA Address Bassist Rumors, Upcoming CD

On Wednesday (Feb. 5) after announcing the Summer Sanitarium 2003 Tour, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich was asked about the vacant bassist position in the group and rumors of ex-MARILYN MANSON member Twiggy Ramirez or OZZY OSBOURNE bassist Robert Trujillo joining. "It's not our job to... I hate to confirm or deny horseshit that they say," ...

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METALLICA And LIMP BIZKIT Speak Out On Vacancies, Upcoming Tour

MTV.com has posted a report from yesterday's press conference in Los Angeles at which members of METALLICA, LIMP BIZKIT and LINKIN PARK announced their upcoming tour, dubbed Summer Sanitarium. The following are some of the more interesting statements made at the conference: On who will play guitar for LIMP BIZKIT on the upcoming tour: Fred ...

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SEETHINGS Add New Bassist

SEETHINGS, the new Swedish band fronted by former DARKANE vocalist Lawrence Mackrory, have announced the addition of ex-DIABOLICAL bassist Lars Söderberg to the group's lineup. Söderberg made his live debut with the group at a concert Thursday (Jan. 30) at club Nirvana in Stockholm. SEETHINGS are in the process of signing a European record deal ...

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METALLICA's LARS ULRICH: It's CRUNCH TIME Again!

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich has posted the following update to the "Jump In The Studio" section of the band's official web site: "Not much to report today. Not much to report today??!! What the fuck kind of a site are we running here? Somebody give me some fucking information here. Oh..it is supposed to come ...

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METALLICA Get Visit From CARLOS SANTANA

METALLICA welcomed a special guest to its Bay Area headquarters, fellow San Francisco legend Carlos Santana. The guitar legend is friends with the METALLICA boys and he stopped down on Wednesday (Jan. 22), but reports of a collaboration are premature. Sources say they're just friends, and chat focused around music industry stories and comparing yesterday's ...

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METALLICA Play Surprise Show In California Parking Lot!

METALLICA performed a short set this afternoon on a flatbed truck in the parking lot of the Network Coliseum in Oakland, California (the site of the much-anticipated Raiders/Titans game). Pictures and video will be posted on the group's official web site later tonight. The surprise performance, which featured producer Bob Rock on bass alongside guitarist/vocalist ...

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METALLICA Bassist Search: Rumors Abound

Former SUICIDAL TENDENCIES and current OZZY OSBOURNE bassist Robert Trujillo is rumored to have made three trips to METALLICA's Bay Area headquarters in the recent weeks to audition for the vacant bassist slot in the group. Also said to have tried out for the band is former MARILYN MANSON bassist Twiggy Ramirez, a close friend ...

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LION'S SHARE Guitarist Leaves COSMIC SPHERE

LION'S SHARE guitarist Lars Chriss has decided to leave COSMIC SPHERE due to a "lack of time," according to the group's official web site. The rest of the band — guitarist Antti Wirman (WARMEN, CRAYDAWN), bassist Tapio Oksanen (CRAYDAWN), drummer Kristian Enqvist (ex-RISING FAITH), and vocalist Shawn McPherson (HOSTILE GROOVE) — have no intention of ...

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CANDLEMASS: Live Album Track Listing Unveiled

The reunited classic line-up of CANDLEMASS — vocalist Messiah Marcolin, bassist/founder Leif Edling, guitarist Mats "Mappe" Björkman, lead guitarist Lars Johansson and drummer Jan Lindh — will release a double live album, titled "Doomed For Live - Reunion 2002", on Jan. 20, 2003 through GMR Music Group. The set, which contains a recording of the ...

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Partial EUROPE Reunion Brings House Down At Stockholm Club

Three-fifths of the most celebrated EUROPE lineup — guitarist John Norum, bassist John Levén, and drummer Ian Haugland — reunited on stage last night (Dec. 13) at the Hard Rock Café in Stockholm, Sweden to perform the EUROPE classic "Rock The Night" and a version of LED ZEPPELIN's "Rock And Roll". The gig, which took ...

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DARKTHRONE Record And Mix New Album In 26 Hours!

Norwegian black metallers DARKTHRONE spent a total of 26 hours recording and mixing their latest opus, "Hate Them". The album — which is scheduled for a February 2003 release through Moonfog Productions — contains material that is being described by DARKTHRONE guitarist/vocalist Nocturno Culto (a.k.a. Ted Skjellum) as "spontaneous black metal with spirit. Well, that's ...

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METALLICA Launch Bassist Search: 'The Vibe Is The Most Important Thing'

METALLICA's search to replace bassist Jason Newsted officially got underway last week, the group have announced via their web site (www.metallica.com). The band, who split with Newsted in January 2001 following disagreements over Jason's then-side project ECHOBRAIN, had previously maintained that they would wait until they had finished the recordings for their new album before ...

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