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JAG PANZER Singer Goes BALLISTIC!

JAG PANZER frontman Harry "The Tyrant" Conklin will be joining BALLISTIC for upcoming live shows and studio activities. Harry will continue as the lead singer for JAG PANZER, but from now on he will also be a full member of BALLISTIC. The following is an official statement on the matter from BALLISTIC's main songwriter/guitarist Tom ...

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DOWNSET: New Song Available For Download

A brand new DOWNSET track, titled "Forever", has been posted online in MP3 format at this location. "Forever" comes off the group's long-awaited new album, "Universal", due on March 9 through the Seattle, Washington-based label Hawino Records. The follow-up to 2000's "Check Your People" (Epitaph) was produced by guitarist Brian "Ares" Schwager, mixed ...

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Ex-FAITH NO MORE Singer Continues Work On 'Pop' Solo Project

Former FAITH NO MORE/current FANTOMAS singer Mike Patton has reportedly recorded six songs for his upcoming "pop" solo album, "Comfort System", with Norwegian producer John Erik Kaada (CLOROFORM). "I've been working with Mike in San Francisco, and soon he'll come over to my studio in Norway to add some vocals to [the recordings]," Kaada told ...

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EVERGREY: Reissues To Contain Bonus Artwork And Videos

Inside Out Music will be re-releasing special-edition versions of EVERGREY's "The Dark Discovery" and "Solitude*Dominance*Tragedy" on March 16. Both editions will contain extended artwork and bonus videos. As previously reported, EVERGREY are back in the studio working on songs for their fifth CD, tentatively titled "The Inner Circle". The new album will be produced by ...

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ICED EARTH's SCHAFFER Explains Guitarist's Departure

ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer recently spoke to Guitar World magazine about the departure of guitarist Larry Tarnowski prior to the recording of the group's latest CD, "The Glorious Burden". According to Schaffer, Tarnowski, an ICED EARTH member for five years, left before the recording sessions after expressing frustration over his limited role. "He may ...

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ANTISEEN To Perform 'Book-Release' Show In Philadelphia

Reunited North Carolina punk legends ANTISEEN will be performing a special "book-release" show on Saturday, January 24 at the Khyber Pass in Philadelphia where their coffee-table book, "Destructo Maximus", will be available for the first time. View the promo poster for the show by clicking here. "Destructo Maximus" includes new interviews with the ...

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EXODUS Announce Record-Release Party

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS have announced a record-release party on Thursday, March 11 at DNA Lounge in San Francisco. Tickets are priced at $8.00 in advance, $12.00 at the door. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. EXODUS' first studio album since 1992's "Force of Habit", "Tempo of the Damned" is due out in ...

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DOWNSET To Release New Album In March

DOWNSET will release their new album, "Universal", in March through Seattle, Washington-based label Hawino Records. "Universal" was produced by guitarist Brian "Ares" Schwager, mixed by Wes Seidman and mastered by Tom Baker, and features the band lineup of Ares, Rey Orepeza (vocals), Chris Lee (drums) and Rico Villasenor (bass). Commented label owner Kyle Gibbons, "My ...

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EXODUS To Tour Europe In June

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS will be embarking on a European tour beginning in early June. The first confirmed dates are as follows: Jun. 10-12 – Sölvesborg, SWE @ Sweden Rock Jun. 22 – Glasgow, SCO @ Cathouse Jun. 23 – Swansea, UK @ Escape Jun. 24 – London, UK @ Underworld EXODUS' ...

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EVERGREY Begin Work On New Album

Swedish progressive dark metallers EVERGREY are back in the studio working on songs for their fifth CD, tentatively titled "The Inner Circle". The new album will be produced by singer Tom Englund and guitarist Henrik Danhage and engineered by Arnold Lindberg. A spring release through Inside Out Music is expected. In the meantime look for ...

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JIMMY PAGE 'Signature' Model Les Paul Unveiled

The Gibson Custom Shop will be introducing eight new models at this year's winter NAMM show, including the long-awaited Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul. With specs culled from in-depth research on Jimmy's original #1 Les Paul and featuring an aged finish by Tom Murphy, the Custom Shop replica of Jimmy's legendary instrument will initially be ...

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VENOM Singer Comments On PROBOT Project: 'This Was Heavy Shit!'

VENOM frontman Conrad "Cronos" Lant recently spoke to Germany's Visions magazine about his involvement with the PROBOT project, the one-off metal album put together by ex-NIRVANA drummer/current FOO FIGHTERS guitarist/vocalist Dave Grohl. "It was very, very strange," Cronos recalled about the first time he heard from Grohl. "I didn't know what to expect at all. ...

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EXODUS Guitarist GARY HOLT: 'I Hate Politicians'

EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt recently answered a fan question on the band's official forum regarding the lyrical inspiration for the lead-off track on the group's upcoming CD, "Tempo of the Damned". Asked if the song, titled "Scar Spangled Banner", was a "putdown on America," Gary said, "First let me say that I'm a proud American, ...

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DAVE GROHL Explains TOM ARAYA's Absence From PROBOT CD

FOO FIGHTERS frontman/ex-NIRVANA drummer Dave Grohl recently spoke to Metal Edge magazine about his "metal" side-project PROBOT project and the reason SLAYER vocalist Tom Araya ended up not contributing to the final CD. "I tried to get Tom on the record — he was the last piece of the puzzle," Grohl said. "The list of ...

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PRIMAL FEAR Guitarist Welcomes Addition To Family

Congratulations are in order for PRIMAL FEAR guitarist Stefan Leibing and his wife Monika on the birth of their son, Eric. The latest addition to the German "Metal Commando" arrived Monday (December 5) at 10:30 a.m. local time. As previously reported, PRIMAL FEAR's new album, "Devil's Ground" (view cover art here), is due ...

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HAMERFALL Guitarist Reports From The ROCKFABRIK 20-Year-Anniversary Jam

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Happy holidays, Templars! As you might have gathered from the Forum, some of us were at the Rockfabrik in Ludwigsburg, Gemany, last weekend. The legendary club celebrated its 20-year anniversary, and HAMMERFALL was invited to the festivities. So Anders, Joacim ...

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PRIMAL FEAR Confirmed For England's BLOODSTOCK FESTIVAL

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have been confirmed for this year's installment of the Bloodstock Festival, set to take place September 3-4, 2004 at The Assembly Rooms in Derby, England. Also scheduled to appear are EDENBRIDGE, CRUACHAN, BALANCE OF POWER and FOURWAYKILL. More confirmations will be announced soon. As previously reported, PRIMAL FEAR's new album, ...

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DAN SWANÖ Begins Work On New NIGHTINGALE Album

Multi-talented Swedish musician/producer Dan Swanö (EDGE OF SANITY) has commenced work on the fifth NIGHTINGALE album, tentatively due at the end of 2004 through Black Mark Records. "I am in the first stages of demoing new tracks right now and [guitarist/keyboardist Tom] Nouga [has] a bunch of new stuff ready," Dan writes on his official ...

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Tempo of the Damned - EXODUS

By the time EXODUS split up in the early '90s, they had all but lost their steam, their latter-day recorded output serving as little more than a painful reminder of the fact that the band would never recapture the magic that had made their first couple of efforts such classics in the thrash metal genre. ...

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