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SKINLAB's ESQUIVEL Recounts SOIL, HEADSTRONG Tour Shenanigans

SKINLAB frontman Steev Esquivel recently commented on the shenanigans that took place on the final night of the group's US tour with SOIL and HEADSTRONG, which took place on Monday, April 1st in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Stated Esquivel, “it was April Fools day, so we had to start early with our fun stuff. First off, our ...

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Velvet Noise - RAUNCHY

A completely convincing mixture of FEAR FACTORY, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD and MACHINE HEAD, Denmark's RAUNCHY are easily the country's best-kept secret and possibly one of the finest European “modern metal” bands I have heard in quite some time. The group's debut album, spectacularly produced by INVOCATOR mainman Jacob Hansen, is chock-full of excellent riffing, impressive ...

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PLANET US: The Michael Anthony Perspective

VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony has posted the following message via his official web site regarding the two songs recently recorded by PLANET US, the new rock supergroup featuring Anthony, Neal Schon (guitar—JOURNEY), Sammy Hagar (vocals—ex-VAN HALEN), and Deen Castronovo (drums—JOURNEY): “ 'Vertigo' has a slow, heavy groove and has Sammy's killer pipes all over ...

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NEVERMORE Drummer Forms Side Project, Main Band Remains Involved In Label Dispute

NEVERMORE drummer Van Williams has formed a side project called PURE SWEET HELL, a two-man metal band with “different influences” that also features in its ranks Christ Eichhorn, who plays guitar, bass and keyboards on the group's most recent six-song demo/CD (with Van handling the drums and vocals). Longtime friends and bandmates since Williams' pre-NEVERMORE ...

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MACABRE Prepare New CD, "Unplugged" Side Project

Serial killer metallers MACABRE are preparing to enter the studio with producer Neil Kernon (i.e. CANNIBAL CORPSE, QUEENSRYCHE, NEVERMORE) to record their long-awaited new full-length CD, entitled Murder Metal. A continuation of the band's Sinister Slaughter album, Murder Metal is tentatively due to be released in late summer/early fall through Hammerheart Records. In related news, ...

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TESTAMENT Pay Tribute To Fallen Inspiration

Several current and former members of TESTAMENT have offered their tributes and messages of condolences on the recent passing of EXODUS frontman Paul Baloff. The following are their words: Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT vocalist) “I would like to say that I will miss Paul Baloff and think of him always as a great frontier in the ...

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MOTORHEAD Get "Hammered"!

MOTORHEAD have set Hammered as the title of their forthcoming studio album, which is due to be issued on April 8th in Europe (through SPV/Steamhammer Records) and April 9th in North America. Recorded in Los Angeles, California by Bob Kulick and Bob Marlette, Hammered will feature the following track listing: 01. Shut Your Mouth 02. ...

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DOWN Set Sophomore Album Title, Plan Live Appearances

New Orleans supergroup DOWN, who feature in their ranks PANTERA's Philip Anselmo (vocals), C.O.C.'s Pepper Keenan (guitars), EYEHATEGOD's Jimmy Bower (drums), PANTERA's Rex Brown (bass) and CROWBAR's Kirk Windstein (guitars), have reportedly set Down II: Bustle In The Hedgerow as the title of their forthcoming sophomore effort, which is due to be issued through Elektra ...

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KONKHRA/DAEMON Update From Lundemark

KONKHRA/DAEMON mainman Anders Lundemark has offered the following update on the two bands' current status via KONKHRA's official web site at www.konkhra.com: [On KONKHRA] “Well, Johnny [Nielsen, drums] and Kim [Mathiesen, guitars] got back in the band, so now we are intact in our old line-up. We had some differences in the past ...

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ARCH ENEMY's "Wages Of Sin" To Be Unleashed On March 18th!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ARCH ENEMY — Supreme Wages Of Sin to be released on March 18th, 2002! The wait is finally over, soon we are all to experience the frenetically anticipated release of ARCH ENEMY's finest album to date, Wages Of Sin in Europe and America! The Swedish Metal supergroup has become the leading band ...

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DANZIG Rock The House At Hollywood's The Whiskey

Here is the set list (in no particular order) for DANZIG's performance at the Whiskey in Hollywood, California on Friday, December 28th (the group played at The Roxy in Hollywood the following night): 01. Godless 02. 7th House 03. Possession 04. How The Gods Kill 05. LiberSkull (new) 06. It's Coming Down 07. Until You ...

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MALMSTEEN/ex-DREAM THEATER Keyboardist Gets ALL TOO HUMAN!

Former DREAM THEATER and current YNGWIE MALMSTEEN keyboardist Derek Sherinian makes an appearance on the new CD from Texas progressive metallers ALL TOO HUMAN, entitled Entropy. The full track listing for the album is as follows: 01. Entropy 02. The Jester 03. Haunted 04. E-Killer 05. Arrhythmia (instrumental) 06. Seven Deadly Sins 07. White Stones ...

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HELSTAR's Rivera Reflects On The FLOTSAM Experience!

HELSTAR frontman James Rivera has posted the following message on the official FLOTSAM AND JETSAM message board regarding his recent stint as F&J's stand-in singer on the band's short-lived US tour (following the departure of Eric A.K. earlier in the year): Well now that I'm actually back at home in Houston, I can say that ...

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DUST TO DUST Part Ways With Sanctuary Records!

DUST TO DUST have parted ways with Sanctuary Records and plan to record and shop a new album within the next couple of months, according to a statement posted at the group's official web site. This may seem as a shock to most who have followed the band from their recent signing about a year ...

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War To End All Wars - YNGWIE MALMSTEEN

It's hard for me to imagine what YNGWIE MALMSTEEN must have been thinking when he allowed something as sonically hideous-sounding as this musical abortion to leave his hands and be sent to the pressing plant as a representation of his work. By far the worst-sounding of all his albums, War To End All Wars boasts ...

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Archive News Nov 26, 2001

SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser will be joining former IRON MAIDEN vocalist Paul Di'Anno on stage as a very special guest at the latter's headlining appearance at the Manifesto Bar in Sao Paulo, Brazil on December 11th. Kisser will reportedly perform with Di'Anno at the first show of the singer's three-night stint ...

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Archive News Nov 22, 2001

As a result of a tremendous increase in traffic since the anthrax terrorist attacks started, ANTHRAX (the band) have decided to move their official web site to http://www.anthraxtheband.com. According to a statement issued by anthraxheband.com webmaster Brent, “we've been getting immense numbers of hits (at times greater than starwars.com got to download ...

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Archive News Nov 21, 2001

According to a report published in yesterday's edition of The New York Post, LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst “lied when he said he visited a dying Australian girl injured in a mosh pit at his concert. Durst told Access Hollywood he visited Jessica Michalik on her deathbed and kept in touch with ...

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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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Archive News Nov 13, 2001

STUCK MOJO will be supported by 420 MONKS, the band led by MOJO frontman Bonz, at the former group's upcoming reunion gig at The Cotton Club in Atlanta, Georgia on New Year's Eve. In related news, SICK SPEED, the post-MOJO band of guitarist Rich Ward and drummer Bud Fontsere, will play their ...

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Archive News Nov 09, 2001

Former HELLOWEEN vocalist Michael Kiske will make a guest appearance on several tracks on the upcoming album from ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow and drummer Uli Kusch, it was announced yesterday. Although recent reports indicated that SYMPHONY X vocalist Russell Allen would be absent from the project's recording line-up following Grapow and ...

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Archive News Nov 05, 2001

Los Angeles' MEDICATION, featuring former MACHINE HEAD / SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader, ex-UGLY KID JOE / LIFE OF AGONY vocalist Whitfield Crane, ex-ADAYINTHELIFE guitarist Blunt and SOULFLY drummer Roy Mayorga, have refuted the recent reports of Mayorga leaving the band in order to rejoin SOULFLY on a full-time basis. According to an ...

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Archive News Nov 02, 2001

As exclusively reported here on October 5th, and subsequently denied (falsely) by none other than Mayorga himself (see news for October 9th, 2001), SOULFLY have enlisted former skinsman Roy Mayorga to replace the recently-departed Joe Nunez. The newly revamped group are currently at Phoenix, Arizona's (Brill Street) Chaton Studios recording their third ...

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Archive News Nov 01, 2001

Correction: ANTHRAX will now appear on the Late Night With Jay Leno show on Friday, November 2nd. Although details are sketchy at the moment, ANTHRAX's appearance is said to involve a previously-taped skit that will be aired via video. In related news, former ANTHRAX vocalist Neil Turbin has just signed to Metal ...

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Archive News Oct 26, 2001

German thrashers DESTRUCTION have officially confirmed the departure of drummer Sven Vormann, a move that was first reported here back on October 22nd. A replacement skinsman has already been found, but his identity has yet to be revealed. More details will be forthcoming in the next few days.


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Archive News Oct 23, 2001

In light of the numerous tour cancellations that have been announced in the recent weeks, MACHINE HEAD have issued a statement assuring their European fans that they will, in fact, be going ahead with their scheduled European headlined tour as planned. The statement—the Robert Flynn-handwritten version of which can be viewed at ...

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