June 2002 - Blabbermouth Archive

THRESHOLD Complete Work On "Critical Mass"

UK progressive metallers THRESHOLD have completed work on their new album, entitled Critical Mass, for an early September release. The artwork is currently being completed by Thomas Ewerhard who was also responsible for the band's two previous studio album sleeves, and a multimedia section is also being put together for a limited-edition release of the ...

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SHAMAN Announce Hometown Gig

Brazil's SHAMAN, featuring former ANGRA members Andre Matos (vocals), Luis Mariutti (bass) and Ricardo Confessori (drums), have announced a hometown show at Via Funchal in São Paulo, Brazil on September 14th. As previously reported, SHAMAN's debut album, entitled Ritual, is due to be released through Italy's Lucretia Records in July. ...

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SYSTEM OF A DOWN To Issue "Toxicity" Outtakes

SYSTEM OF A DOWN are planning on issuing the previously-leaked, unreleased Toxicity outtakes which were the subject of much online speculation last month. "We are gonna release some of them, mixed the way we would actually put them on an album," bassist Shavo Odadjian told MTV. "But we're gonna do it in a ...

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KISS' GENE SIMMONS: More Important Than THE PRESIDENT?

The following item originally appeared in today's edition of The New York Post: If Israel goes ahead and bans CNN from its airwaves, viewers there won't be missing out on much. Just before 7:00 PM the other night, Fox News Channel was carrying a live speech about education by President Bush, a fairly important subject ...

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MANMADEGOD Announce Upcoming Gigs

San Francisco Bay Area's MANMADEGOD, featuring former FORBIDDEN guitarist Craig Locicero and drummer Steve Jacobs, have lined up the following gigs during July/August: Jul. 05 – Concord, CA @ Bourbon Street Aug. 02 - Concord, CA @ Bourbon Street As previously reported, MANMADEGOD recently completed their debut CD for American Recordings at Los Angeles' Ocean ...

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GRAVE Drummer Sits Out European Tour

Legendary Swedish death metallers GRAVE utilized the services of COERCION drummer Pelle Ekegren during their most recent European tour after regular skinsman Jensa Paulsson was forced to stay home due to unspecified "family issues". It is not presently clear if Ekegren will join the group on a permanent basis or if Paulsson will return for ...

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Former YNGWIE/LOUDNESS Frontman Inks Deal With MASCOT RECORDS

Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/LOUDNESS vocalist Michael Vescera has signed a recording agreement with Holland's Mascot Records for the third MICHAEL VESCERA PROJECT album, due later in the year. Among the musicians set to make guest appearances on the album are Roland Grapow (ex-HELLOWEEN, MASTERPLAN), Rob Johnson (MAGNITUDE 9), Kiko Loureiro (ANGRA), and Mike Chlasciak (HALFORD). ...

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