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ANDREW W.K. Gives Kit Kat A Break

ANDREW W.K. recently revealed that one of his songs was used in a commercial for the Kit Kat chocolate candy bar. Says Andrew: "I recorded a song called 'Give Me A Break', which was used by the Kit Kat chocolate candy bar company (but changed to 'Gimme A Break') in several different commercials... I think! ...

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ROYAL HUNT: 'Eye Witness' Track Listing Unveiled

Denmark's ROYAL HUNT have set the tentative track listing for their forthcoming album, "Eye Witness", due in late May through Frontiers Records. The follow-up to 2001's "The Mission", a concept album based on Ray Bradbury's "The Martian Chronicles", will contain the following songs: 01. Hunted 02. Can't Let Go 03. The Prayer 04. The Age ...

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BORKNAGAR Prepare To Enter Studio

Norway's BORKNAGAR will enter Toproom and Fagerborg Studios on March 14 with producer Borge Finstad (MAYHEM, SOLEFALD) to record the follow-up to "Empiricism", due at the end of the year through Century Media Records. Among the titles tentatively set to appear on the CD are the following: 01. Cyclus 02. The Inner Ocean Hypothesis 03. ...

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REDLYNX Reunion Concert Planned For Later This Month

A REDLYNX reunion concert, featuring Italian hard rock vocalist Chris Heaven (EDGE OF TIME), will take place on March 25 at Aeiou in Turin, Italy on March 25. The band will play "old and new songs" and will record the show for a webcast and a possible live CD. REDLYNX's current lineup consists of Heaven, ...

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MNEMIC Finalize Track Listing For Debut

The Danish "hybrid metal" act MNEMIC, featuring INVOCATOR session drummer Brian Rasmussen and ex-MERCENARY guitarist Mircea G. Eftemie, will enter AntFarm studio with producer Tue Madsen on March 2 to begin recording their debut album for Nuclear Blast Records, due in late summer. The complete track listing for the album (in no particular order) is ...

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JENS F. RYLAND Leaves BORKNAGAR!

Gutarist Jens F. Ryland has left Norway's BORKNAGAR. "[Jens'] decision is based on various personal reasons, but we would like to state that there is no conflict nor bad blood in relations to the break," mainman Oystein G. Brun said in an official statement. "On behalf of BORKNAGAR, I wish him all the best for ...

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JOE STUMP Lines Up Mexican Appearances

Guitar shredder JOE STUMP has lined up the following Mexican appearances during March: Mar. 15 - Mexico City, MEX @ Taquilla del Circo Volador (Instrumental) Mar. 16 - Cuernavaca, MEX @ The Pit Foro Bar (2:00 p.m. Guitar Clinic) Mar. 16 - Cuernavaca, MEX @ The Pit Foro Bar (6:00 p.m. Instrumental) Mar. 17 - ...

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MNEMIC Prepare To Record NUCLEAR BLAST Debut

The Danish "hybrid metal" act MNEMIC, featuring INVOCATOR session drummer Brian Rasmussen and ex-MERCENARY guitarist Mircea G. Eftemie, will enter AntFarm studio with producer Tue Madsen on March 2 to begin recording their debut album for Nuclear Blast Records, due in the summer. ...

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MYSTIC PROPHECY Sign With NUCLEAR BLAST

MYSTIC PROPHECY, the band consisting of VALLEY'S EVE vocalist R. D. Liapakis, ex-STORMWITCH bassist Martin Albrecht, RAISE HELL drummer Dennis Ekdahl, and DREAM EVIL/FIREWIND guitarist Gus G., have inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Records and will issue their second album, "Regressus" ('The Return'), on June 16. According to an official press release, "Regressus" is ...

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HARLEY FLANAGAN Slams CRO-MAGS 'Farewell' Tour Plans

CRO-MAGS co-founder Harley Flanagan (bass/vocals) has issued a statement slamming his former bandmate, vocalist John Joseph, over his plans to embark on a CRO-MAGS "farewell" tour next month with an all-new lineup that does not include Flanagan. The statement reads as follows: "Harley Flanagan WILL NOT be touring with John Bloodclot and his NO-MAGS. This ...

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OVERKILL Members Launch All-Out Thrash Assault With SPEED KILL HATE

OVERKILL members Dave Linsk (guitar), Derek Tailer (guitar), and Tim Mallare (drums) have formed a new "old-school thrash" project called SPEED KILL HATE. The band, who are completed by vocalist Mario (formerly of Linsk's pre-OVERKILL band ANGER ON ANGER), are currently writing and recording the material for their debut record, tentatively due later in the ...

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CRO-MAGS Unveil 'Farewell' Lineup

New York hardcore veterans CRO-MAGS are scheduled to embark on an Australian tour in late February. The band's lineup for what is being billed as the group's "farewell" tour will reportedly consist of the following: John Joseph – vocals Rocky George (SUICIDAL TENDENCIES) – guitar A.J. Novello (LEEWAY) – guitar Franklin Rhi (CROWN OF THORNS, ...

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GUANO APES: Single Track Listing Unveiled

Germany's GUANO APES have finalized the track listing for their new single, "You Can't Stop Me", due on Jan. 20. It is as follows: 01. You Can't Stop Me 02. Dick 03. Scratch The Pich 04. Plastic Mouth (G-Ball & Kaa Mix) 05. Trumpet Song "You Can't Stop Me" comes off the band's as-yet-untitled third ...

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SACRIFICE Reunite! (Sort Of)

Guitarist/vocalist Rob Urbinati got together a couple of days ago with his former SACRIFICE bandmates Gus Pynn (drums) and Scott Watts (bass) and jammed some old SACRIFICE stuff, according to Voices From The Darkside. "It was fun, even though we all had trouble remembering the stuff," Urbinati commented. Rob is currently preparing to ...

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THE GATHERING To Issue 'Souvenirs' In February

Holland's THE GATHERING will issue their long-awaited new full-length album, "Souvenirs", through Psychonaut Records on Feb 24, 2003 in Benelux, France, Spain, Portugal, GAS, Greece, UK, Italy. On Mar. 12, the album will be released in the U.S., Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Scandinavia, and Eastern Europe. The complete track listing for the album is as ...

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Former DIO Guitarist Completes Work On New Solo CD

Former DIO/WORLD WAR III guitarist TRACY G has completed work on his latest solo CD, "Deviating From The Set List", featuring covers of classic rock tunes. The album, which reportedly took a year to record, includes guest appearances from 24 artists, among them Ralph Saenz (vocals - ATOMIC PUNK, METAL SHOP), Ray Luzier (drums - ...

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ARMORED SAINT: Two DVDs, Album Reissue On The Way

ARMORED SAINT and Metal Blade Records will be releasing a DVD version of the band's home video, "A Trip Thru Red Times", in February. Included on the DVD will be extra videos, an interview conducted this past September, an "old-school" photo gallery, plus the added feature of a 5.1 surround mix. The band, who are ...

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New York Post: Dead End For GUNS N' ROSES

The following item was published in today's edition of the New York Post: Welcome to the bungle: Thanks to Axl Rose's bizarre behavior, GUNS N' ROSES had the plug pulled yesterday on the band's first tour in almost a decade. Clear Channel, the promoter, halted the long-anticipated tour after the band canceled Friday's concert at ...

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SHARON OSBOURNE To Go Head-To-Head With QUEEN OF ENGLAND

Sharon Osbourne will go head-to-head with The Queen of England by delivering the alternative Christmas message to Britons on England's Channel 4, according to the channel's spokesperson Channel 4 said Osbourne's message — which, like the Queen's will be broadcast at 3 p.m. on Christmas Day — will be targeted to viewers "who crave more ...

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MNEMIC Sign With NUCLEAR BLAST

The Danish "hybrid metal" act MNEMIC, featuring INVOCATOR session drummer Brian Rasmussen and ex-MERCENARY guitarist Mircea G. Eftemie, have inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band will enter AntFarm studio with producer Tue Madsen in March 2003 to record their debut album, due in the summer. In other news, MNEMIC will be embarking ...

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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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