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GENE SIMMONS Says He Will No Longer Buy PEARL JAM Albums Following VEDDER's Anti-BUSH Outburst

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons recently told Insight magazine that if fellow rock performers continue to do outrageous politically-charged things such as stabbing a Bush mask onstage, they should expect their record sales to go down. "I don't think everybody that booed will stop buying PEARL JAM records or going to PEARL JAM concerts," Gene said ...

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MERCYFUL FATE, ARCH ENEMY Members Join Forces In FIREGOD

Guitarist Mike Wead (MERCYFUL FATE, KING DIAMOND) has teamed up with longtime friends Snowy Shaw (KING DIAMOND, DREAM EVIL, NOTRE DAME), Sharlee D'Angelo (MERCYFUL FATE, ARCH ENEMY, WITCHERY) and Simon Johansson (MEMORY GARDEN, ABSTRAKT ALGEBRA) in a brand new band called FIREGOD. A singer for the project has yet to be announced. "I'm more than ...

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Former SKID ROW Drummer's Father Passes Away

Former SKID ROW drummer Rob Affuso lost his beloved father Bob Affuso, who unfortunately passed away last week. "Bob was a really cool guy who was always in a great mood and I will always remember his radiant smile and infectious laughter backstage or in the bus while we were on tour in SKID ROW," ...

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PAIN OF SALVATION Singer To Guest On SPASTIC INK Album

PAIN OF SALVATION vocalist/guitarist Daniel Gildenlöw will be contributing lead vocals to one track on the long-awaited SPASTIC INK sophomore release, "Ink Compatible", tentatively due before the end of the year. "[Daniel] is easily one of the most dramatic singers out there," said SPASTIC INK mastermind Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER) of his decision to collaborate with ...

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ROADRUNNER RECORDS Launches THE VAULT!

Roadrunner Records U.S. have launched a special section of their official web site called The Vault where you can buy digital files of all Roadrunner music — past and present, deleted and current. Check it out here. In conjunction with the site's launch, SLIPKNOT drummer/MUDERDOLLS guitarist and an avid Roadrunner aficionado Joey Jordison ...

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WITHOUT FACE Seek New Guitarist, Female Vocalist

Hungarian progressive metallers WITHOUT FACE are looking for a new guitarist and female vocalist. The group, who were previously reported to have parted ways with vocalist Julie due to personal difficulties with the other bandmembers, are presently based in Nottingham, England and are signed to Elitist/Earache Records. Influences include the likes of DREAM THEATER, SYMPHONY ...

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IRON MAIDEN, DIO, MOTÖRHEAD: More Dates Announced

More dates have been released for the forthcoming North American leg of IRON MAIDEN's "Give Me Ed… 'Til I'm Dead World Tour", which will also include appearances by DIO and MOTÖRHEAD. Confirmed and tentative dates so far are as follows: Jul. 25 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center Jul. 26 - Wantagh, NY ...

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FINNTROLL To Carry On Touring Despite Guitarist's Passing

FINNTROLL have announced plans to go ahead with their previously announced European tour with KATATONIA despite the recent passing of guitarist Teemu "Somnium" Raimoranta. "We are doing the tour as previously agreed," the band said in an official statement. "We do this with heavy hearts, as the sudden loss of Teemu 'Somnium' Raimoranta, a close ...

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Office Of Strategic Influence - OSI

Controversy isn't something readily associated with something as mathematical and calculated as a progressive rock supergroup. But controversial this album is — and not for the first reason that springs to mind. That group/album title, you see, eludes to a proposed covert US information agency dreamed up after 9/11 to supposedly spread favorable propaganda in ...

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PROJECT: FAILING FLESH Music Posted Online

PROJECT: FAILING FLESH, the new group featuring former VOIVOD/current E-FORCE bassist/vocalist Eric Forrest, Kevin 131 (GARDEN OF SHADOWS, TWISTED TOWER DIRE, BRAVE, WHILE HEAVEN WEPT) and Tim Gutierrez (instruments), have posted the tracks "A Beautiful Sickness" and "Entrance Wound" in MP3 format at this location. Both cuts come off the group's debut ...

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SIX FEET UNDER Enter Studio To Record New Album

SIX FEET UNDER have entered Morrisound Studios in Tampa, Florida to record tracks for their new album that will be out through Metal Blade Records sometime in the fall. The following is a studio report by SIX FEET UNDER frontman Chris Barnes: "Hello motherfuckers!!!! It's me, your friendly singer dude from SIX FEET UNDER... Well, ...

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Debating Iraq at OZZY's

The following item was published in today's edition of the New York Daily News: Elizabeth Taylor and Justin Timberlake were the guests of honor at a benefit Elton John gave with Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne Wednesday night in L.A. But the names of two other well-known people were on everybody's lips: Bush and Saddam. "We ...

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LED ZEPPELIN: DVD/CD Details Unveiled

More details have been revealed about the upcoming LED ZEPPELIN two-disc DVD, "Led Zeppelin DVD", and the three-CD collection, "How The West Was Won", due on May 27 through Atlantic Records. The complete track listing for both releases is as follows: Led Zeppelin DVD: Royal Albert Hall, January 1970: 01. We're Gonna Groove 02. I ...

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LED ZEPPELIN: The Mother Lode Of Live Recordings On The Way

Atlantic Records has announced the forthcoming release of the mother lode of LED ZEPPELIN live recordings. Slated for a simultaneous May 27 release are "Led Zeppelin DVD", a two-disc set, and "How The West Was Won", a three-CD set. Long sought-after by ZEPPELIN devotees and collectors, this marks the first-ever official release of these rare ...

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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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PROJECT: FAILING FLESH Photos Posted Online

PROJECT: FAILING FLESH, the new group featuring former VOIVOD/current E-FORCE bassist/vocalist Eric Forrest, Kevin 131 (GARDEN OF SHADOWS, TWISTED TOWER DIRE, BRAVE, WHILE HEAVEN WEPT) and Tim Gutierrez (instruments), have posted several studio and band photos at this location. PROJECT: FAILING FLESH's debut CD, "A Beautiful Sickness", is due to be mastered by ...

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E-FORCE Sign With SEASON OF MIST RECORDS

E-FORCE, the Montreal-based band featuring former VOIVOD bassist/vocalist Eric Forrest, guitarist Bryan Donahue (formerly of HOMICIDE) and guitarist/drum programmer Dan Lauzon (formerly of ENTROPY), have reportedly inked a deal with French label Season Of Mist Records (MAYHEM, NECROPHAGIA, AGRESSOR, CARPATHIAN FOREST). The group's debut album is expected to surface later in the year. In related ...

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KORN, FOO FIGHTERS Take Home Grammies

KORN won a Grammy in the "Best Metal Performance" category at the 45th Annual Grammy Awards, held last night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Bakersfield, California quintet were honored for the track "Here To Stay" off their most recent Epic/Immortal album, "Untouchables". FOO FIGHTERS took home a Grammy for "Best Hard ...

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CKY: No Regrets About GUNS N' ROSES Tour

Although the GUNS N' ROSES North American comeback tour started and ended in riots and was ultimately cut short, CKY has no regrets. "We got to play Madison Square Garden with GUNS N' ROSES," guitarist Chad Ginsberg told Rollingstone.com. "That's cool as shit! Axl gave us a great opportunity. He was really into us." CKY ...

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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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One Kill Wonder - THE HAUNTED

"The only pressure we feel comes from within ourselves," is the standard musician's answer to an equally cliché question. In a rare moment of sincerity, THE HAUNTED guitarist Patrik Jensen has admitted that the pressure of following up 1999's "The Haunted Made Me Do It" has at times been overwhelming. That's understandable, not to mention ...

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GODSMACK Party With STING After GRAMMY Nods

The members of GODSMACK celebrated their two 2003 Grammy nominations with fellow nominee Sting (ex-THE POLICE) at the New York City club Dorsia, which is co-owned by GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna, according to the New York Post. GODSMACK's "I Stand Alone" is up for "Best Hard Rock Performance" and for "Best Rock Song" at the ...

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GRAMMY AWARDS Nominees Announced!

The nominees in the "Best Hard Rock Performance" and "Best Metal Performance" categories for the 45 Annual Grammy Awards are as follows: Best Hard Rock Performance: FOO FIGHTERS – "All Of My Life" GODSMACK – "I Stand Alone" P.O.D. – "Youth Of The Nation" QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE – "No One Knows" SYSTEM OF ...

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