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GUNS N' ROSES' AXL ROSE: Meat The Parents

The following item was published in today's edition of the New York Post: Forget turkey. Axl Rose craves red meat on Thanksgiving. The GUNS N' ROSES frontman booked a private room for 30 family members and friends at the Old Homestead steakhouse in the Meatpacking District on Thursday, says owner Greg Sherry. "I told him ...

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BORKNAGAR Announce Recording Plans, Launch Side Project

Norway's BORKNAGAR will enter the studio early next year to begin recording the follow-up to "Empiricism". "We estimate to use about 4-6 months to record the album, as we want to use the time needed to get the album as close to perfection as possible," mastermind Oystein G. Brun said in a statement. "The album ...

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[S1FT] To Change Name, Return With 'Crushing' New Material

San Francisco Bay Area's [S1FT], who feature in their ranks DEATH ANGEL touring guitarist Ted Aguilar (filling in for D.A.'s Gus Pepa, who is unable to take part in the reunion shows), are in the process of changing their name before returning to the live circuit in early 2003 with a "FUCKING CRUSHING set of ...

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DAVE GROHL Nixes UNLEASHED Frontman For PROBOT Project Over Questionable Politics

FOO FIGHTERS mainman Dave Grohl contemplated approaching UNLEASHED frontman Johnny Hedlund to contribute lead vocals to one of the songs for his upcoming metal project, PROBOT, but changed his mind after learning of the Swedish death metal vocalist's rumored Nazi leanings, Grohl revealed in an interview with Sweden's Close-Up magazine. "I love UNLEASHED's music — ...

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THE GATHERING Shift EP Units, Plan Full-Length Album In January

Holland's THE GATHERING have reportedly shipped over 11,500 copies of their Black Light District EP since its Internet release on June 24th. The CD is being distributed through Suburban/Bertus for the Benelux territory and through Season of Mist for the French territory. In other news, THE GATHERING have completed work on a new full-length album ...

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VINTERSORG Offers Update On Current And Future Projects

VINTERSORG/BORKNAGAR/HAVAYOTH frontman Vintersorg has released the following update on his recent and upcoming projects: "Right now we're working on the pre-production for the next VINTERSORG album, which is going to have the format of a concept/theme album, a story running through the albums entirety, and with a musical flow that includes small compositions between the ...

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ULTRANOISE To Record New Demo

Australia's ULTRANOISE will head into the studio in mid-October to record a four-song demo with new lead vocalist Gus Megaritty (who replaced Mazen Sawaqed earlier in the year). The band have spent the past couple of months re-writing tracks from the group's already-completed new album, Comprehensive Therapy, and developing new songs, which they hope to ...

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ALTARIA To Be Joined By NIGHTWISH Guitarist During Upcoming Gigs

Finnish melodic metal band ALTARIA, featuring SONATA ARCTICA guitarist Jani Liimatainen, will be joined by NIGHTWISH guitarist Emppu Vuorinen on second guitar during some of their forthcoming live shows, according to ALTARIA's official web site. In other news, ALTARIA will record a song called "Stranger" from CACOPHONY's Go Off! CD for the Jason Becker Tribute ...

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OLD MAN'S CHILD Change New CD Title

Norway's OLD MAN'S CHILD, featuring DIMMU BORGIR members Galder (guitarist) and Nick Barker (drums, also in LOCKUP), have changed the projected title of their recently-completed new CD to In Defiance Of Existence from the originally-announced Infidel. The album, which includes several guest solos by DREAM EVIL guitarist Gus G., is set to be released through ...

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THE PROJECT HATE Finalize Track Listing For 'Killing Hellsinki'

THE PROJECT HATE, featuring Jörgen Sandström of ENTOMBED/GRAVE fame, will issue their first-ever live album through Horns Up Records in the fall/winter. Entitled Killing Hellsinki, the album will feature six live tracks, recorded at the Tavastia club in Helsinki, Finland on July 12th, 2002, as well as the band's original 1999 demo, featuring ENTOMBED singer ...

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MNEMIC: 2002 Demo Posted Online

The Danish "hybrid metal" act MNEMIC, featuring INVOCATOR session drummer Brian Rasmussen and ex-MERCENARY guitarist Mircea G. Eftemie, have completed work on their 2002 Promo CD with producer Tue Madsen (i.e. THE HAUNTED, KONKHRA, 2 TON PREDATOR, etc.) at AntFarm Studios. A self-described mixture of MESHUGGAH, DEVIN TOWNSEND and FEAR FACTORY, the group have made ...

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MNEMIC Prepare To Record New Material

The Danish "hybrid metal" act MNEMIC, featuring INVOCATOR session drummer Brian Rasmussen and ex-MERCENARY guitarist Mircea G. Eftemie, will hit the studio in late August with producer Tue Madsen (i.e. GROPE, 2 TON PREDATOR, etc.) to record three songs for promotional use. These tracks will be available for download via the band's official web site ...

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THE GATHERING Commence Mixing New Full-Length CD

Holland's THE GATHERING have commenced the mixing process for their as-yet-untitled new full-length effort, tentatively due in January through the group's own Psychonaut Records. According to drummer Hans Rutten, "we're all relieved and satisfied as it turned out excellent. Right now we've streamlined the album into a 10-track full length, a mere 50 minutes of ...

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EDGE OF TIME Guest List Expands

The forthcoming debut album from EDGE OF TIME, the new band formed by Italian frontman Chris Heaven and ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN drummer Michael Von Knorring, will feature a number of guest appearances from well-known metal and hard rock musicians, including those from former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN bassist Svante Henryson, MASTERPLAN/ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-DIO guitarist Rowan Robertson, ...

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QUIET RIOT To Issue Live DVD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: QUIET RIOT SLATED FOR A LIVE DVD RELEASE QUIET RIOT, the group who made the term "Bang Your Head" a household slang, and who surprised many by setting the standard to what became an onslaught of Heavy Metal bands to come out of Los Angeles on the heels of the bands #1 ...

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THE PROJECT HATE To Issue First-Ever Live Album

THE PROJECT HATE, featuring Jörgen Sandström of ENTOMBED/GRAVE fame, will issue their first-ever live album through Horns Up Records in the fall/winter. Entitled Killing Hellsinki, the album will feature six live tracks, recorded at the Tavastia club in Helsinki, Finland on July 12th, 2002, as well as the band's original 1999 demo, featuring ENTOMBED singer ...

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DEATH ACROSS AMERICA 2002: Final Dates Unveiled

The final dates for this year's installment of the Death Across America tour, featuring KATAKLYSM, DIVINE EMPIRE, MISERY INDEX, and BEYOND THE EMBRACE, have been announced. They are as follows: Jul. 27 - Milwaukee, WI @ US Cellular Arena Jul. 29 - Ft. Collins, CO @ Starlight Jul. 31 - Alburquerque, NM @ Launch Pad ...

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Former DIO Guitarist To Issue Two-CD Set Of Covers

Former DIO guitarist Tracy G is currently working on a double-CD solo effort consisting of 90 minutes of cover songs by "a few of my favorite artists and bands that inspired me to play guitar," according to Tracy's latest newsletter. Among the artists whose songs are set to be included on the as-yet-untitled album are ...

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COSMOSQUAD's Italian Show Gets Moved

Due to unforseen circumstances, the first-ever European live appearance by L.A. prog/fusion metal triumvirate COSMOSQUAD, which was set for Thursday, June 13 at Club Alpheus in Rome, Italy has been moved to another venue in town, Classico, located at Via G Libetta n. 3. For more info call: (06) 57288857 or e-mail [email protected] The event ...

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MARILYN MANSON Slapped With Civil Lawsuit Over Michigan Incident

MARILYN MANSON has been hit with a civil lawsuit by the security guard at the center of the singer's criminal court case. 26-year-old Joshua Keasler, a former Clarkston, Michigan security guard filed the suit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Detroit, alleging assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, gross negligence and wanton misconduct ...

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THE GATHERING Carry On Writing New Material, Plot US Tour

Despite threats of litigation from longtime label Century Media Records (who are apparently owed another CD from the band under their present agreement with the act), Holland's THE GATHERING are going ahead with their plans to issue the group's next studio album through their own Psychonaut Records. According to drummer Hans Rutten, “we will find ...

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CELTIC FROST's TOM G. FISCHER Speaks Out On PROBOT Project

CELTIC FROST/APOLLYON SUN mainman Tom Gabriel Fischer recently commented on his contribution to the upcoming PROBOT project, led by former NIRVANA and current FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl, in the form of a track called "Big Sky", the final recordings for which were delivered over a year ago. According to Fischer, I haven't heard from ...

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CELTIC FROST Mainman Pays Tribute To Late EXODUS Frontman

CELTIC FROST/APOLLYON SUN mainman Tom Fischer (aka Tom Warrior) has issued the following statement as a tribute to the late EXODUS frontman Paul Baloff, who recently passed away after suffering a massive stroke: I knew Paul in person, he made it a point to come to visit us at our hotel in Oakland when we ...

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