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CROWBAR: New Studio Album On The Way

New Orleans sludge meisters CROWBAR, who feature in their ranks DOWN guitarist Kirk Windstein, have commenced the songwriting process for their seventh studio album, tentatively due at the end of the year. "[The album will be recorded] as soon as I write it," Windstein said in a posting on the official DOWN message board. "I'm ...

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METALLICA Launch Bassist Search: 'The Vibe Is The Most Important Thing'

METALLICA's search to replace bassist Jason Newsted officially got underway last week, the group have announced via their web site (www.metallica.com). The band, who split with Newsted in January 2001 following disagreements over Jason's then-side project ECHOBRAIN, had previously maintained that they would wait until they had finished the recordings for their new album before ...

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METALLICA's KIRK HAMMETT: 'MESHUGGAH Is Brilliant'

METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett has been singing the praises of Sweden's MESHUGGAH, calling the band's music "really fucking interesting." “You know, I think MESHUGGAH is brilliant," Hammett said in a recent interview with journalist Martin Popoff. "A lot of that extreme stuff doesn't make much sense to me, but when I heard MESHUGGAH, and everybody ...

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METALLICA's JAMES HETFIELD: Captain Crunch Lives!

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield has posted the following message to the Jump In The Fire section of the group's official web site: "[Right now, I'm] taking a break, [drummer] Lars [Ulrich] is arranging a song, it's an important part of songwriting, yet the most boring part for me. I am still there in spirit. While ...

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METALLICA's KIRK HAMMETT Recovering Faster Than Expected

METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett appears to be recovering faster than expected following his accident this past weekend when he was stabbed by his surfboard while being tossed by a wave. According to the group's official web site, "a couple of days ago we all heard from Kirk, 'I should be back playing guitar in about ...

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METALLICA's KIRK HAMMETT: Our New Stuff Sounds Like MESHUGGAH!!

In what appears to have been intended as a joke, METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett and drummer Lars Ulrich have compared some of the group's newest compositions to those of MESHUGGAH, HATEBREED and ENTOMBED. The following are the duo's most recent postings to the "Jump In The Studio" section of the band's official web site: Kirk ...

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METALLICA's LARS ULRICH: 'SYSTEM OF A DOWN Blew My Head Off'

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich has become "extra-inspired" to create some killer new music after seeing SYSTEM OF A DOWN perform at Ozzfest 2002 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California this past Sunday. Here is the drummer's post on the subject as it appears in the "Jump In The Studio" section of the group's official ...

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METALLICA's KIRK HAMMETT: New Songs Have "Fighting Spirit"

The brand new issue of Rolling Stone magazine (issue #904, cover date: September 5, 2002) includes a short METALLICA studio report containing a few more details about the group's approach to the recording process for the band's much-anticipated new CD, tentatively due in early 2003. Among the topics covered in the article are the following: ...

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JIMI HENDRIX Tops Guitar Greats Poll

Rock legend JIMI HENDRIX has been voted the greatest guitarist of all time in a poll of readers of UK music magazine Total Guitar. LED ZEPPELIN's Jimmy Page came in at number two, while former CREAM member-turned-soloist Eric Clapton landed at three. Also appearing in the Top 20 are Slash (ex-GUNS N' ROSES), Eddie Van ...

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DEATH ANGEL Add Sacramento Date To Upcoming Itinerary

Reunited Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL will be appearing at The Boardwalk in Sacramento on Friday, July 5th in what will mark the band's first live appearance since their stunning performance at last year's Thrash Of The Titans festival. As previously reported, DEATH ANGEL will perform at The Pound in San Francisco on Saturday, July ...

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DEATH ANGEL: San Francisco Club Gig Date Change

Reunited Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL will play a (not so very) "secret" club show at San Francisco's The Pound on Saturday, July 6th and not Friday, July 5th, as previously announced, according to The Pound's official web site. Opening the show will be DEPRESSOR. DEATH ANGEL will perform the gig under the name KILL ...

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DEATH ANGEL To Perform "Secret" San Francisco Club Gig

Reunited Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL will perform a special "secret" show at San Francisco's The Pound on Friday July 5th under the name KILL AS ONE (the title of DEATH ANGEL's 1985 Kirk Hammett-produced demo). This special live event will serve as a warm-up for DEATH ANGEL's upcoming appearance at Dynamo Open Air festival, ...

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METALLIBASH 2002: A Celebration Of All Things METALLICA

Metallibash 2002, a celebration of all things METALLICA, is scheduled to be held on July 13th at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Planned for the event are the following: 7:00PM - Meet and Greet at GAMH, Fan2Fan 8:00PM - Bootleg Trading 9:00PM - MetClub Rep! 10:00PM - Raffles and Giveaways 11:00PM - ...

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JASON NEWSTED: JAMES HETFIELD Is A Changed Man

Former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted stopped by the New York City headquarters of Hard Attack, the nation's first 24-hour metal radio station on Sirius Satellite Radio, yesterday (Tuesday, April 16th) and spoke at length on topics ranging from his recent dinner meeting with METALLICA frontman James Hetfield to his feelings on the break-up of MEGADETH ...

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DOWN's KIRK WINDSTEIN: PANTERA Will Do Another Record

DOWN guitarist/CROWBAR frontman Kirk Windstein recently told Australia's Undercover News that believes that, contrary to recent rumors, PANTERA will regroup and make another album in the not-too-distant future. “I am pretty sure they are going to do another record,” Kirk is quoted as saying. “I know there has been a lot [of rumors] in the ...

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METALLICA's KIRK HAMMETT: DAVE ELLEFSON Is Not Our New Bass Player

Contrary to recent rumors, former MEGADETH bassist Dave Ellefson has not been selected to replace Jason Newsted in METALLICA, according to METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett, who made a brief appearance in the members-only chat room of the band's official web site on Friday, April 5th. Hammett reportedly offered no further information about Newsted's possible replacement ...

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