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TALISMAN Name New Album

Legendary Swedish/American hard rock act TALISMAN, featuring former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN members Jeff Scott Soto (vocals) and Marcel Jacob (bass), have set "Cats & Dogs" as the title for their forthcoming CD, due in early 2003 through Frontiers Records. "It's still in the mixing/mastering stages so as of yet, we don't know which tracks will make ...

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GODSMACK Announce Special New Year's Eve Show

GODSMACK have announced a special New Year's Eve show at The Hard Rock Cafe in Orlando, Florida. Tickets for the concert, which are priced at $85.00, were made available to the GODSMACK fan club yesterday at 10:00 a.m. and will go on sale to the general public today at 5:00 p.m. The $85.00 admission reportedly ...

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MACHINE HEAD Set Tentative Track Listing For Live Album

MACHINE HEAD's as-yet-untitled live album is tentatively scheduled to be mixed by Colin Richardson in November at Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire, England for a January/February release through Roadrunner Records. The album, which was originally set to contain material recorded solely at the band's December 8th, 2001 show at the Brixton Academy in London, England, will ...

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Ex-MACHINE HEAD/TESTAMENT Drummer Gets Endorsed

Former MACHINE HEAD/TESTAMENT drummer Chris Kontos (currently in THE SERVANTS) has landed an endorsement deal with Moon Drum Co. As part of the deal, Moon has given Kontos his own signature set, made to Chris' specifications: Big, solid, fat drums. 14X16 tom, 16X18 floor, 18X18 floor, 24X18 kick, 14X6 & ½ snare. The shells are ...

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IRON MAIDEN Singer Enjoys Second Career As Pilot

IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson is hitting new heights in his second career as a commercial airline pilot, according to the Associated Press. "It's a great job," Dickinson told The Daily Telegraph. "Nothing else compares." Charter airline Astraeus confirmed that Dickinson, 44, serves as first officer on Boeing 737s flying between Britain and holiday destinations ...

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MACHINE HEAD's ROBERT FLYNN: New Songs Are 'Sick As Hell'

MACHINE HEAD have been "writing [new material] like crazy" during the past few weeks, and "have about 10 songs/rough ideas written, and three others that have already been sent to the scrap yard for parts," guitarist/vocalist Robert Flynn revealed via his latest diary entry posted at the group's official web site. Among the working song ...

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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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STAR ONE Announce Backing Vocalist For European Tour

Irene Jansen, the sister of AFTER FOREVER frontwoman Floor Jansen will be supplying the backing vocals on the forthcoming European tour by STAR ONE, the project led by AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE). Says Lucassen: "I once saw a girl freaking out in the audience to the music of AFTER FOREVER. She turned out ...

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DROWNING POOL Let Cremated Bodies Hit The Floor

DROWNING POOL frontman Dave Williams recently recounted a bizarre incident the band experienced when it appeared on the second stage of Ozzfest last year. "Ozzfest last year we were signing autographs at a signing and this lady came up with a zip-loc bag full of this white powder, and we were all going, 'Uh maybe ...

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STAR ONE To Embark On European Tour

STAR ONE, the project led by AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE), will embark on a short European tour in late September/early October. Dubbed Intergalactic Space Crusaders, the tour will cover Holland, Germany, France and Belgium will feature renditions of STAR ONE and AYREON material. The nine musicians that will reportedly partake in the festivities ...

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SEVENDUST's LAJON WITHERSPOON: JERRY CANTRELL Is Lucky He Didn't Get His Ass Kicked

SEVENDUST frontman Lajon Witherspoon recently commented on the July 1st incident at Edgefest in Barrie, Ontario when he and former ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell exchanged insults from the stage after numerous technical difficulties during Cantrell's set led to an abbreviated performance from the guitarist. Said Lajon: "This is how it went down man, ...

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EXODUS To Premier New Material At MILWAUKEE METALFEST, WACKEN OPEN AIR

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS are tentatively scheduled to premier two new songs during their upcoming appearances at the Milwaukee Metalfest and Wacken Open Air festival, guitarist Gary Holt has revealed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET. The two tracks—one of which has the working title "Throwing Down"—are reworked versions of songs originally written for and demoed ...

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THE OSBOURNES Go Apartment Hunting In New York City

The following article appeared in today's edition of the New York Post: June 30, 2002 — There goes the neighborhood. The Osbournes may be America's favorite dysfunctional family, but Upper East Side residents have mixed emotions when it comes to welcoming them as possible neighbors. The Prince of Darkness and his kooky kin have been ...

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TILES To Work With RUSH Producer On Forthcoming CD

Detroit-based prog rockers TILES will once again be utilizing the services of former RUSH/VOIVOD producer Terry Brown during the recording sessions for their upcoming album, tentatively titled Window Dressing. According to guitarist/songwriter Chris Herin, the band "experimented a lot, drew upon new influences, and tried to knock down some of our more obvious musical signposts. ...

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S.O.D.'s BILLY MILANO: "CHARLIE BENANTE And SCOTT IAN Are Fired!"

S.O.D. frontman Billy Milano has issued a follow-up statement in response to the growing criticism over his decision to seek out replacements for guitarist Scott Ian and drummer Charlie Benante, both of whom are widely viewed as integral members of the group. "First off, as far as [former FEAR FACTORY drummer] Ray [Herrera] is concerned, ...

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Former AFTER FOREVER Guitarist Resurfaces In SAHARA DUST

Former AFTER FOREVER guitarist Mark Jansen has resurfaced in a brand new act called SAHARA DUST. The band, whose musical style is said to be similar to that of Jansen's previous group, features the following line-up: Iwan Hendrikx (SILENT EDGE/EXIVIOUS) - drums Coen Janssen - keyboards Helena Iren Michaelsen (ex-TRAIL OF TEARS) - vocals Ad ...

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STAR ONE Shine With Impressive Dutch, German Chart Debuts

STAR ONE's Space Metal CD debuted at position #3 in the Dutch alternative chart list and at position #60 in the Dutch Pop Album charts. The album also debuted at position #70 in the German Media Control charts. STAR ONE's Space Metal, the project led by AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE), features a cast ...

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Former STRYPER Drummer Gets BLISSED

Former STRYPER drummer Robert Sweet has teamed up with David Pearson and Trevor Barr from the group STATIC (not to be confused with STATIC-X) to form a brand new project called BLISSED. According to Sweet, it's been quite a while since I've felt this good about a group effort musically, and this feels great. If ...

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AFTER FOREVER Record Gig For Radio Broadcast

Dutch gothic/atmospheric doom metal act AFTER FOREVER's first live performance with new guitarist Bas Maas, which took place at Paradiso in Amsterdam on April 7th, was recorded for the radio program Leidsekade Live. According to the band, “Bas had only been given little time to master the songs and [vocalist] Floor is still being haunted ...

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AFTER FOREVER Part With Guitarist, Replacement Announced

Dutch gothic/atmospheric doom metal act AFTER FOREVER have parted ways with guitarist and founding member Mark Jansen due to “musical differences”. “Mark was one of the founders and forces behind AFTER FOREVER,” reads the group's official statement on the split. “We thank him for his important contribution to the success that the band has gained ...

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COLD Extend Invitation To Fans To Appear In Upcoming Video

Casting for COLD's new "Gone Away" video will take place on Saturday, March 23rd from 12 noon to 8:00 PM in the bottom floor conference room the Omni Hotel in Jacksonville, Florida. The address of the hotel is: Omni Jacksonville Hotel 245 West Water Street Jacksonville, Florida 32202 Between March 9th and March 20th, please ...

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SHADOW GALLERY Axeman To Guest On Lucassen's "Space Metal"

SHADOW GALLERY axeman Gary Wehrkamp will appear on two tracks on the upcoming Space Metal CD from STAR ONE, the new project helmed by AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE). Here are Arjen's thoughts on Gary's contributions: "I might have told you this before, but I really think that the guitar solo of SHADOW GALLERY's ...

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Archive News Dec 04, 2001

METALLICA have posted the following update on the present condition of frontman James Hetfield via their official web site at www.metallica.com:

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“Yes folks, we have word from James, and the news is all good. His recovery has gone exceedingly well, he is back out, about and feeling rather ...

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