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SKID ROW To Release "Thick Is The Skin" In Early 2003

The revamped SKID ROW, featuring new vocalist Johnny Solinger, have finished recording eight or nine songs for the group's long-awaited comeback release, tentatively titled Thick Is The Skin, which is tentatively due to surface in early 2003 through an as-yet-undetermined label. Among the cuts set to appear on the group's first new CD since 1995's ...

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THE QUILL To Tour Holland In July

Sweden's THE QUILL, who recently released their third full-length CD, entitled Voodoo Caravan, through SPV/Steamhammer Records, will embark on a mini-tour of Holland during July. The confirmed dates are as follows: July 11 - Den Helder, NETH @ De Engel, July 12 - Beverwijk, NETH @ The Rose, July 13 - Weert, NETH @ Bospop ...

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CALLENISH CIRCLE Announce New Bassist

Well, that was quick… Just one day following the announcement of a split with bassist Roland Schuschke, Dutch melodic death metallers CALLENISH CIRCLE have officially added former CHEMICAL BREATH guitarist Rene Rokx to the group's ranks as their new bass player. According to a message posted via the band's web site, "CHEMICAL BREATH was one ...

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THE SCORPIONS: Attack Of The Flying Vs!

The following press release comes to us courtesy of www.gibson.com: Rudolph Schenker and Matthias Jabs, rhythm and lead guitarists for German rock band THE SCORPIONS, made an impromptu visit to Gibson USA in Nashville on Monday, June 17th. In town for a Tuesday show, Schenker and Jabs were excited to see the changes ...

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CALLENISH CIRCLE Part Ways With Bassist

Dutch melodic death metallers CALLENISH CIRCLE have parted ways with bassist Roland Schuschke. According to an official statement from the group, "it was a tough decision, but for the future of the band it was inevitable. Several reasons can be mentioned for this departure but we decided not to speak about details in public. Anyhow, ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN's "Attack": More Details Revealed

YNGWIE MALMSTEEN has written around 19 songs for his forthcoming album, entitled Attack, which is currently being produced by MALMSTEEN and engineered by Tom Fletcher in Miami, Florida. However, only 14 tracks are expected to make the final CD, which is unlikely to surface before September. Says YNGWIE: "There are quite a few different sounding ...

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New SHADOWS FALL Track To Appear On "Plea For Peace" Compilation

SHADOWS FALL will be featured on the upcoming Plea For Peace compilation alongside some of the biggest metal, hardcore, punk, emo and indie rock bands today, including ANTI FLAG, FINCH, POISON THE WELL, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, SNAPCASE, GOD FORBID, CURLUPANDIE, OPEN HAND, CAVE IN, EIGHTEEN VISIONS, TAKING BACK SUNDAY, THE MOVIELIFE, DILLINGER FOUR, PIEBALD, ULTIMATE FAKEBOOK, ...

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ECHO DRAIN Accuse JASON NEWSTED Of Cybersquatting

More details have emerged about the lawsuit filed by Dallas-based ECHO DRAIN against former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted, his post-METALLICA band ECHOBRAIN, and Newsted's Chophouse Records over the two bands' similar-sounding names. In addition to alleging that fans are confusing the two groups and that some music fans believe that ECHO DRAIN stole the name ...

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SHADOWS FALL Complete Work On "The Art Of Balance"

Massachusetts-based quintet SHADOWS FALL, featuring new drummer Jason Bittner (formerly of STIGMATA and CRISIS), have completed work on their third full-length album, entitled The Art Of Balance, for a September 17th release through Century Media Records. Recorded at Planet Z studios with producer Zeuss (i.e. GOD FORBID, HATEBREED), The Art Of Balance will contain the ...

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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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PAINFLOW Become GOD'S AN INSECT

Finnish industrial metallers PAINFLOW have changed their name to GOD'S AN INSECT and are continuing work on first new material since parting ways with Massacre Records late last year. "We have made a bunch of new songs that sound completely new, although you can still recognize some similarities when compared to the old material," reads ...

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CALLENISH CIRCLE Added To Benelux NO MERCY Festival Dates

Dutch melodic death metallers CALLENISH CIRCLE have been confirmed for the upcoming No Mercy X-Mass festivals in the Benelux. Other acts scheduled to appear at the event are: SIX FEET UNDER, MARDUK, DYING FETUS, IMPALED NAZARENE, MACABRE, IMMOLATION and THE HAUNTED. CALLENISH CIRCLE will join the festivities at Hof Ter Lo in Antwerpen, Belgium on ...

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Former MONSTER VOODOO MACHINE, SOULSTORM Members Resurface In SCUZZY

Toronto's SCUZZY, featuring former members of MONSTER VOODOO MACHINE and SOULSTORM, are currently recording a debut EP of "heavy, riff-oriented songs with a classic stoner-type groove" that will be ready for release in the summer. Consisting of Jason Cuddy (vocals/guitar), Junior (lead guitar), Sean Garvey (bass), and John O (vocals, drums, and harmonica), SCUZZY have ...

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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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IMMOLATION Ink European Deal With Listenable Records

IMMOLATION have signed a three-album European deal with Listenable Records. As previously reported, the group's forthcoming effort, Unholy Cult, will be issued through Olympic Records in North America in late October. According to bassist/vocalist Ross Dolan, "[the new album] is going to sound monstrous! The lyrics turned out really strong, as unholy as ever. You ...

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Former SAVATAGE Frontman Inks Deal With AFM Records

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the new band of former SAVATAGE frontman Zachary Stevens, have inked a deal with Germany's AFM Records. The group expect to enter the studio in July to begin recording their debut album for a January 2003 release. As previously reported, Stevens has most recently been collaborating with SAVATAGE guitarist Chris Caffery on ...

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Prince Valium - MEDICATION

Featuring former UGLY KID JOE/LIFE OF AGONY singer Whitfield Crane, ex-MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader, former ADAYINTHELIFE guitarist Blunt, and ex-SKREW/PIECE DOGS bassist Kyle Sanders, Los Angeles' MEDICATION (formerly MYSTRESS) have relied at least in part on their impressive resumes to establish a bit of a name for themselves before they'd even issued their debut ...

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OZZFEST Shuffles Dates, Showcases Dutch Metal Acts

The Ozzfest show at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, originally scheduled for Thursday, August 29th has been changed to Sunday, August 25th. In addition, the Ozzfest date at AutoWest Amphitheatre in Sacramento, originally scheduled for Sunday, August 25th has been changed to Saturday, August 24th. In related news, the Nijmegen, Netherlands edition of Ozzfest, which ...

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MEDICATION Recruit Fill-In Drummer, Finalize Track Listing For "Prince Valium"

Los Angeles-based MEDICATION, who feature in their ranks former MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader, ex-UGLY KID JOE/LIFE OF AGONY vocalist Whitfield Crane, ex-ADAYINTHELIFE guitarist Blunt, and ex-THE PIECE DOGS bassist Kyle Sanders, have recruited drummer Jason Loree for the group's current US tour, which kicked off last night in Chicago Heights, Illinois. It is currently ...

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Former ALIEN Singer Bounces Back With Solo Release

Former ALIEN singer Jim Jidhed, one of the greatest voices of AOR, is coming back with his first solo album in 12 years. Containing material written largely by Jidhed himself, the singer's first solo album since 1990 is being produced by Tommy Denander and will also include songs penned by Steve Perry (JOURNEY), Cliff Magness ...

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SAVATAGE Guitarist To Collaborate With Former Frontman On Upcoming CD

SAVATAGE guitarist Chris Caffery is collaborating with former SAVATAGE frontman Zachary Stevens on the latter's upcoming full-length CD, which will reportedly surface under the CIRCLE II CIRCLE banner. According to the latest online posting from Caffery, the guitarist is currently co-writing the songs for the upcoming effort with Stevens and will likely play the guitar ...

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Metal/Hard Rock Album Sales In The US As Reported By SoundScan

Here are the latest sales figures for various current and catalog metal/hard rock releases in the US (in total units sold to date since the albums were issued), as reported by SoundScan for the week ending April 21st, 2002: KORN Issues: 3,047,076 KORN Follow The Leader: 3,414,717 LIMP BIZKIT Chocolate Starfish: 6,259,073 LIMP BIZKIT Significant ...

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