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Former ALICE IN CHAINS Axeman Rehearsing For Upcoming Gig, Tour Details To Be Announced Shortly

Former ALICE IN CHAINS axeman Jerry Cantrell started rehearsals on Friday, March 8th for the upcoming SXSW (South By Southwwest) music and media conference show at Stubb's BBQ in Austin, Texas. Jerry's supporting cast on stage next Saturday night. March 16th, will consist of three members from the band COMES WITH THE FALL (guitarist/vocalist William ...

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BYFIST Confirmed For Texan Version Of BANG YOUR HEAD

Texas' BYFIST have just been confirmed for the American version of the Bang Your Head festival, which is scheduled to take place in San Antonio, Texas on April 5th. Other bands set to appear include HELSTAR, GAHDZILLA MOTOR CREW, plus many more. BYFIST's Adrenalin EP was produced by WAYNE/REVEREND mainman David Wayne (ex-METAL CHURCH) and ...

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KORN Frontman Speaks Out On Rights Of Recording Artists

KORN and the group's management The Firm are reportedly backing legislators and the Recording Artists Coalition (RAC) who favor more equitable contracts for recording artists. KORN were originally scheduled to perform as part of the block of concerts scheduled in the Los Angeles area in support of the RAC, but the show was eventually pulled ...

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LILLIAN AXE To Issue First-Ever Live Album

LILLIAN AXE will record their first-ever official live album in their nearly 20-year history at a club show in Houston, Texas on May 4th. Tentatively due to be released in the fall, the live album may be issued as a two-CD set, with the first disc containing the live recording and the second disc comprising ...

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NOVEMBERS DOOM Finish Recording, Prepare To Mix New CD

Chicago doomsters NOVEMBERS DOOM have finished recording their latest album, entitled To Welcome the Fade, with producer Neil Kernon (i.e. CANNIBAL CORPSE, NEVERMORE, QUEENSRYCHE) at Sheffield Studios in Hammond, Indiana and will begin mixing it at Sonic Ranch/Village Productions in Tornillo Texas on February 25th. Mastering will most likely take place at Oceanview Digital Mastering ...

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PANTERA's ANSELMO: "Enough Is Enough"

PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo has sensationally hinted to the Dutch Aardschok magazine that he may quit the Texas metal act before another studio album is recorded. In the March 2002 issue of the publication, Anselmo states that “PANTERA was my home for many, many years. I don't have a problem with anyone in the band. ...

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ABSU Drummer Among Leading Candidates To Join SLAYER

ABSU percussionist Proscriptor (a.k.a. Russ R. Givens) is a strong candidate to fill the vacant SLAYER drummer slot following the departure of Paul Bostaph, who left the group last December due to a chronic elbow injury. Although the drummer has yet to be officially offered the position, Givens reportedly auditioned with SLAYER guitarist Kerry King ...

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AGNOSTIC FRONT Frontman Collaborates On Oi Tribute CD

AGNOSTIC FRONT frontman Roger Miret has collaborated with Dutch journalist and noted hardcore expert Onno Cromag on The Worldwide Tribute To The Real Oi Vol. 2, a self-explanatory compilation that is due to be issued shortly through I Scream Records in Europe and Triple Crown in the US. The full track listing for the collection ...

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PISSING RAZORS Confirm Headlining Tour, Other Dates

El Paso, Texas' own PISSING RAZORS will be hitting the road later this month in support of their latest CD, Where We Come From. The band kicks it off with a month-long headlining trek and will then team up with CANNIBAL CORPSE and DARK FUNERAL for a nationwide tour that will include several Canadian dates. ...

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JERRY CANTRELL: I Miss ALICE IN CHAINS

Former ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell has recently indicated that his forthcoming second solo album, entitled Degradation Trip, sounds unlike any other record I have ever done. It's probably one of the heaviest records I have put out including ALICE. Scheduled for an early summer release, Degradation Trip is the follow-up to 1998's Boggy ...

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SLAYER Confirm Death In Family, Cancel Dates

SLAYER's representatives and record label have confirmed that frontman Tom Araya's father died Wednesday night of a heart attack, as first reported here early this morning. SLAYER have canceled their Thursday, February 7th show at the Bronco Bowl in Dallas, Texas and may postpone or cancel other dates as well. ...

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SLAYER Frontman Suffers Death In Family, Shows Likely Postponed

Unconfirmed reports indicate that SLAYER frontman Tom Araya was informed of his father's sudden passing following the group's headlining performance at Aerial Theatre in Houston, Texas last night, February 6th. As a result, it appears highly likely that at least the next couple of shows on SLAYER's current itinerary will be postponed or cancelled. The ...

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SPEEDEALER Announce Release Date For NEWSTED-Produced CD

Texas aggro rockers SPEEDEALER will issue their fourth album, entitled Second Sight, on May 14th through Palm Pictures, a division of Island Records. Produced by Jason Newsted of METALLICA fame, Second Sight was recorded during September/October at The Plant in Sausalito, California with Kent Matcke (i.e. STABBING WESTWARD) engineering. SPEEDEALER reportedly recorded 17 songs, 12 ...

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AMON AMARTH/DIABOLIC Tour Cancelled!

Sweden's AMON AMARTH have been forced to cancel the remaining dates of their North American tour with DIABOLIC due to “venues dropping shows” midway through the trek, according to an official statement from Metal Blade Records. AMON AMARTH's last performance was on January 31st in Corpus Christi, Texas. The AMON AMARTH/DIABOLIC tour originally included headliners ...

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KORN (and ZOMBIE) Pull Out Of L.A. Gig, Plan Dates Elsewhere

KORN and ROB ZOMBIE will not perform during the Concerts for Artist Rights on February 26th in the Los Angeles area, contrary to prior reports. According to a spokesperson for the multi-venue event, both of the above-mentioned acts were previously announced only as part of a "preliminary schedule" and have since indicated that they would ...

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Swedish Rock To Invade New York, Austin

Ten Swedish rock bandsincluding SAHARA HOTNIGHTS, SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES, SILVERBUILT (aka CITIZEN BIRD), LEFT HAND SOLUTION, and WILLOWTREEwill perform at a showcase at New York City's legendary CBGBs club on March 10-11 before heading over to Austin, Texas for the SXSW conference on March 13-14. ...

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PRIMAL FEAR: "Special Guest Appearance" Planned!

PRIMAL FEAR have completed the recording sessions for their forthcoming album, entitled Black Sun, at House Of Music Studio in Winterbach, Germany and are on their way to Texas' Sonic Ranch Studio to finish the record. According to the group, “Black Sun will be different as the other three albums, but still 150% PRIMAL FEAR.” ...

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DREAM THEATER US Dates (Almost) Finalized

DREAM THEATER have finalized the bulk of the dates for their upcoming An Evening With DREAM THEATER — World Tourbulence 2002 US tour, which is scheduled to begin on March 7th in Phoenix. The details are as follows: Mar. 07 - Phoenix, AZ - Web Theater Mar. 08 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theater ...

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BYFIST In Running To Open U.D.O./WAYNE Euro Tour

Texas' BYFIST are reportedly in the running for the opening slot on the upcoming U.D.O./WAYNE European tour. BYFIST's Adrenalin EP was produced by WAYNE mainman David Wayne (ex-METAL CHURCH) and engineered by Joe Floyd of WARRIOR at Silver Cloud Studios in Burbank, California. ...

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NEW END ORIGINAL Part With Drummer, Bassist

NEW END ORIGINAL, featuring former FAR/current ONELINEDRAWING frontman Jonah Matranga, have parted ways with drummer Charlie Walker (ex-CHAMBERLAIN/SPLIT LIP) and bassist Scott Winegard (ex-TEXAS IS THE REASON). According to an official statement from Matranga, “for different personal reasons, independently from one another, Charlie and Scott decided that they didn't want to be in a band ...

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GHOULTOWN To "Give 'Em More Rope" In April

Former SOLITUDE AETURNUS bassist Lyle Steadham's new band GHOULTOWN (in which he plays bass and sings) will enter an Austin, Texas studio on January 25th to begin recording their new album, entitled Give 'Em More Rope, for an April release. Among the tracks that are set to appear on the forthcoming CD are the following: ...

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PANTERA Side Project And Special Guests Get Fired Up On New Year's Eve!

PANTERA bassist Rex Brown, ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell, DROWNING POOL frontman Dave Williams and SEVENDUST vocalist Lajon Witherspoon joined GASOLINE—the metallic southern rock side project of PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul—for a cover of PANTERA's “Walk” at GASOLINE's performance at Dallas' Bronco Bowl on December 31st. According to fans that ...

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GARY MOORE Gets Ready To Unleash "Best Of Blues" CD!

GARY MOORE will be issuing a best of CD, entitled Walking By MyselfThe Best Of The Blues, through Virgin Records on January 28th. Featuring tracks from the blues CDs that were originally issued in the 1990s, the album will be issued in a limited-edition two-CD release that will include a live bonus CD. The track ...

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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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