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INTENSE Complete Work On 'Second Sight'

British power metallers INTENSE have completed work on their debut album, "Second Sight", due later in the year through an as-yet-undetermined label. The follow-up to the 1998 mini-album "Dark Season" was produced by THRESHOLD guitarist Karl Groom at his Thin Ice Studios, and is said to be the group's "freshest, most potent offering to date." ...

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LIZZY BORDEN's Guitar Search Continues

LIZZY BORDEN have commenced the recording process for their eighth album, tentatively due in early 2004 through Metal Blade Records. The as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2000's critically acclaimed "Deal with the Devil" will reportedly be "a straight-ahead, balls-out high-energy hard rock album." The band, who parted ways with guitarist Alex Nelson earlier in the year, are ...

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VADER's 'Blood' To Arrive Earlier Than Expected

Polish death metallers VADER will issue a new mini-CD, titled "Blood", on September 22 — a month earlier than the originally announced October 20 release date. The seven-song effort will contain two new songs, "We Wait" and "Shape-shifting", which were recorded over a one-week period beginning on July 10 at Red Studio with engineer Piotr ...

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QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE To Enter The Studio In February

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE are expected to enter the studio in February to begin recording the follow-up to 2002's "Songs for the Deaf". The band have extended their touring plans with a series of North American club dates, which will take the band through the end of October. Afterward, bassist Nick Oliveri told Billboard.com ...

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GUANO APES: 'Quietly' Video Posted Online

Germany's GUANO APES have posted the video for the track "Quietly" on their official web site at this location. "Quietly", the latest single off GUANO APES' current album, "Walking On A Thin Line", is scheduled to be released on July 21. The digipak version of the single will include two brand-new songs ("Cream ...

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AEROSMITH's STEVEN TYLER: Large-Lipped, Thin-Hipped

The New York Post reports that Steven Tyler's daughters are plus-sized, but the large-lipped AEROSMITH singer seems to be disappearing. During a photo shoot for Glamour's August "Great Genes" spread, in which celebs and their families pose in blue jeans, the magazine had a problem finding denims to fit the slim-hipped Tyler. While daughters Mia ...

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GUANO APES: 'Quietly' Single To Include Brand-New Material

Germany's GUANO APES will release a new single, "Quietly", on July 21. The digipak version of the single will include two brand-new songs which were exclusively recorded for the new release, according to the group's official web site. A video clip has already been shot and is currently being edited. "Quietly" comes off GUANO APES' ...

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Ex-TESTAMENT Guitarist: New METALLICA 'Represents Everything Wrong With The Music Business'

Former TESTAMENT guitarist Alex Skolnick, whose previous group was once considered to be among the natural successors to the San Francisco Bay Area metal throne held by METALLICA, has slammed his one-time heroes, calling their latest opus, "St. Anger" a "sloppy mess" and insisting that Hetfield and Co. "represent everything wrong with the music business." ...

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Former MEGADETH Drummer, LIZZY BORDEN Bassist Jam With XYZ

Former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza and LIZZY BORDEN bassist Marten Andersson were set to perform session duties with XYZ during the latter band's previously announced tour with GREAT WHITE and L.A. GUNS when they got word that the trek was called off due to insurance issues. Says Andersson, "As some of you might have heard ...

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POWER QUEST To Release 'NeverWorld' Later In The Year

U.K. melodic power metal band POWER QUEST have started recording their new album, tentatively titled "NeverWorld", at Thin Ice Studios (THRESHOLD, ARENA, JOHN WETTON) and are set to mix the effort at Mastertone Studios with Pete Coleman (AC/DC, PARADISE LOST). The follow-up to "Wings Of Forever" is expected to be completed around the end of ...

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EDENBRIDGE Singer To Guest On POWER QUEST CD

EDENBRIDGE singer Sabine Edelsbacher will fly to England in July to record one song for the next POWER QUEST album. The recordings take place at Thin Ice studios, owned by Karl Groom (THRESHOLD) and Clive Noland (ARENA, PENDRAGON). In other news, Sabine recently recorded two songs ("To Believe Enough To Fight", "The Pagan Dream") for ...

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TONY FRANLIN Says He Knows Nothing About A BLUE MURDER Reunion

Former THE FIRM bassist Tony Franklin has refuted the reports of his involvement in an upcoming reunion of BLUE MURDER, the classic early '90s hard rock band he helped launch with guitarist/vocalist John Sykes (THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE) and Carmine Appice (OZZY OSBOURNE, VANILLA FUDGE). "I've had a number of people asking about the possibility of ...

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BLUE MURDER To Embark On Reunion Tour In September?

BLUE MURDER, the much-missed "supergroup" featuring guitarist John Sykes (ex-WHITESNAKE, THIN LIZZY), drummer Carmine Appice (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE, VANILLA FUDGE) and bassist Tony Franklin (ex-THE FIRM), will be reforming for some European dates in September, according to the web site of Sykes' management company, Coallier Entertainment Ltd. No further information is available at this ...

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Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival: Complete Schedule Announced

The complete schedule for this year's installment of Bang Your Head festival, set to take place Jun. 27-28 in Balingen, Germany, has been announced. It is as follows: Friday, June 27 DESTRUCTOR (opener) BITCH ROBROCK AMON AMARTH AXXIS T.N.T. ANNIHILATOR DOKKEN SODOM HAMMERFALL DIO (headliner) Saturday, June 28 HIRAX (opener) ANGELWITCH MASTERPLAN BRAINSTORM PINK CREAM ...

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GUANO APES: European Festival Appearances Announced

Germany's GUANO APES have lined up the following festival appearances during the summer: Jun. 14 – Kiel, GER - MTV Campus Invasion 2003 Jun. 20 – Scheeßel, GER - Hurricane Festival Jun. 21 – Neuhausen, GER - Southside Festival Jul. 04 – Wiesen, AUT - Forestglade Festival Jul. 05 – Imst, AUT - Forestglade West ...

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HALFORD Officially Split With SANCTUARY RECORDS

HALFORD have officially parted ways with Sanctuary Records after having released two studio albums and one double live CD through the label. The band, who recently cancelled the North American leg of their The Metal Gods 2003 tour due to contractual difficulties, "were released from [their] recording agreement with Sanctuary, with two albums remaining, in ...

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GUANO APES Cancel U.K. Tour

Germany's GUANO APES have been forced to cancel their U.K. tour after frontwoman Sandra Nasic was taken ill during the band's tour opener in Sheffield. The following is the group's official statement on the matter: "Hi folks, on this tour, bad luck seems to follow. First we had to put off the dates for our ...

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GUANO APES In Milan, Italy: Photos Available

Germany's GUANO APES performed live in Milan, Italy Thursday night (May 1). Check out the pictures here. GUANO APES' latest album, "Walking On A Thin Line", entered the German Media Control charts at position #1. The band's previous CD, "Don't Give Me Names", achieved the same feat three years ago. The band have ...

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Ex-LIZZY BORDEN Guitarist Seeks New Projects

Guitarist Alex Nelson has officially confirmed his departure from LIZY BORDEN. The following is Nelson's statement on the matter: "Even though it's been a fabulous 18 years (on and off) playing with the coolest guys I could ever hope for, it's time to move on and search for new challenges... "I have decided to pursue ...

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BITCH To Play Hollywood This Weekend

Legendary '80s Californian act BITCH, fronted by Betsy "Bitch" Weiss, will be playing a live show at The Cat Club (located next door to The Whisky A Go Go) on Saturday, April 26 at 11:30 p.m. "It has only been a couple of weeks since we played our last gig," Betsy said in an official ...

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GUANO APES Postpone Dutch Dates

Germany's GUANO APES were forced to postpone two Dutch concerts (Tilburg on April 24, and Amsterdam on April 25) after frontwoman Sandra Nasic came down with a case of "bad flu." Nasic's illness is not expected to affect the opening dates of the group's upcoming German tour, which is scheduled to kick off on Sunday, ...

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BRIAN PERRY Leaves PRONG

Bassist Brian Perry has left PRONG. No reason was given for his departure. Perry has previously played with JAKE E. LEE, LIZZY BORDEN, and DIRTY LOOKS and was featured on PRONG's recently-issued live album, "100% Live". For more information, visit Perry's official web site at www.brianperry.net. PRONG have just completed work on their ...

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CELTIC FROST: New Song Posted Online!

Reunited Swiss avant-garde metallers CELTIC FROST have made available for exclusive use via www.celticfrost.com one of the demos for the new album currently in the works. The song is called "Ground", written in 2002/2003, and is said to be "a mere pre-production demo," recorded earlier this year at the band's rehearsal space in ...

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LIZZY BORDEN Looking For Guitar Player

LIZZY BORDEN are currently seeking a Los Angeles-based guitar player with image, personality and the right attitude to join the band for forthcoming recording and live work. Songwriting capability and knowledge of the wide range of musical tastes within the rock genre are required to help take LIZZY into the 21st century. All interested parties ...

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HALFORD Part Ways With Bassist, Announce Replacement

HALFORD have officially parted ways with bassist Ray Riendeau and have replaced him with former LIZZY BORDEN four-stringer Mike Davis. Davis, 38, was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and had reportedly played in OZZY OSBOURNE's band for a week until he "got booted due to politics and other miscellaneous issues." Mike had also ...

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THIN LIZZY: European, American Tour Dates Announced

The current lineup of THIN LIZZYJohn Sykes (guitar/vocals), Scott Gorham (guitar), Michael Lee (drums, ex-PAGE/PLANT, THE CULT, LITTLE ANGELS), and Guy Pratt (bass, ex-PINK FLOYD, GARY MOORE) — have announced the following dates during the coming months: May 01 - Silja Rock, SWE May 03 – TBA - FIN May 05 – KB ...

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