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Former AMEN Guitarist Resurfaces In "Heavy" New Band

Los Angeles-based BLUEBIRD, featuring former AMEN guitarist Paul Figueroa, are currently mixing their new album, entitled Hot Blood, with Joe Barresi (i.e. JESUS LIZARD, MELVINS, QOTSA) for a late 2002 release through Dim Mak Records. "It's a multi-dimensional beast that will rip your heart out as well as your face off!," vocalist Samuel James Velde ...

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KYUSS, FU MANCHU Studio Collaborator Dead Of Cancer

Fred Drake, mastermind behind the Rancho De La Luna recording studio, member of the band EARTHLINGS?, and major contributor to the recordings of bands such as KYUSS, FU MANCHU, NEBULA, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, and the Desert Sessions, died on June 20th after suffering from cancer for several years. ...

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ELEKTRIK MISTRESS Reconsider Break-Up Plans

Despite a previous announcement to the contrary, Canadian "stoner rockers" ELEKTRIK MISTRESS will carry on with a new line-up, which presently drummer Shannon Boone and bassist Jeff "Hippie". According to Stoner Rock, guitarist/vocalist Kurt Kuthe originally thought a name change would be in order, but decided against it. "I liked the name to much," Kurt ...

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VIVA DEATH: A FOO FIGHTERS/FACE TO FACE Collaboration

More information has surfaced about VIVA DEATH, the new band formed by FOO FIGHTERS guitarist Chris Shiflett, his brother/FACE TO FACE bassist Scott, FACE TO FACE frontman Trever Keith, and ubiquitous session drummer Josh Freese (i.e. VANDALS, A PERFECT CIRCLE). The group's 15-song, self-titled set is due on August 27th through Vagrant Records, the same ...

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A PERFECT CIRCLE Commence Work On Sophomore Effort

A PERFECT CIRCLE have reportedly finished recording 80 percent of the music for their follow-up to Mer De Noms and hope to issue their sophomore effort in spring 2003, guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen told MTV. "It's definitely a step up from the last record," Van Leeuwen said. "A PERFECT CIRCLE kind of established its sound, ...

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