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Report: KORN To Sign With EMI/VIRGIN

KORN are close to inking a new record deal with EMI/Virgin, according to Hits Daily Double, the companion web site of music industry tip sheet HITS. The proposed deal is said to be for two albums and a one-third interest in the band's publishing, merchandising and ticket sales as part of a new contractual model, ...

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LALU To Release 'Temporal' In Early 2006

LALU, the new heavy/progressive project featuring French composer Vivien Lalu alongside drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen (DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND) and bassist Russell Bergquist (ex-ANNIHILATOR), will release their new album, "Temporal", in early 2006 through the Finnish label Lion Music. Two tracks on the CD will feature Virgil Donati (PLANET X, SOUL SIRKUS) on drums and Gary ...

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BOB DAISLEY: Busy Months Ahead

According to a posting on legendary bassist Bob Daisley's (OZZY OSBOURNE, URIAH HEEP, GARY MOORE, RAINBOW) official web site, "Bob looks set for a very busy 3-4 months with commitments being locked in for a new GARY MOORE album, touring dates with the HOOCHIE COOCHIE MEN in Europe, LIVING LOUD recording and touring, and this ...

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OMNIUM GATHERUM Begin Work On New Material

Guitarist Markus Vanhala of the Finnish death metallers OMNIUM GATHERUM has issued the following update: "Harri Pikka and I have updated our guitar arsenal with a Gibson Flying-V and a Gibson Les Paul! "OMNIUM GATHERUM have started composing the new stuff for the next album which is planned to be recorded next spring. The first ...

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LED ZEPPELIN Voted 'Ideal Supergroup'

BBC News has issued the following report: The four members of LED ZEPPELIN have been voted the U.K.'s ideal supergroup, with Robert Plant beating the late Freddie Mercury to best singer. About 3,500 music fans were polled for Planet Rock Radio and were asked to create their fantasy band. Jimmy Page won best ...

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EXODUS To Release 'Shovel Headed Kill Machine' In October

According to MTV.com, thrash-metal veterans EXODUS have titled their upcoming album "Shovel Headed Kill Machine". Recorded at Trident studios in Pacheco, California and mixed by Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY), the follow-up to 2004's "Tempo of the Damned" is scheduled for an October 5 release via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD is the band's ...

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STATETROOPER: 'The Calling' Album Available As A Digital Download

STATETROOPER, the reunited British hard rock outfit fronted by former MSG (MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP) singer Gary Barden, have announced the release of their latest album, "The Calling", as a paid digital download via their official web site. The band are using a new, legal P2P file-sharing system called Weed to allow Internet sales of the ...

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SEVENDUST To Release New Album Via Band's Own Label Imprint

SEVENDUST are teaming up with innovative record label WineDark Records, which is distributed in the U.S. by Fontana Distribution, a division of Universal Music and Video Distribution (UMVD), for the upcoming release of their latest record, "Next". SEVENDUST are the Atlanta, GA-based rock group who clawed their way through the late 1990s and early 2000s ...

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KORN Bassist To Guest On DMC's Solo Album

KORN bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu and Kid Rock are among the confirmed guests on the upcoming solo album from Darryl McDaniels (a.k.a. DMC), formerly one-third of the legendary band RUN-DMC, which has sold more than 30 million albums and singles worldwide. Entitled "Checks, Thugs and Rock 'n Roll", the CD will feature additional guest appearances ...

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EXODUS: New Album Update

EXODUS frontman Rob Dukes has posted the following update on the progress of the recording sessions for the band's new album: "Just checking in to let you know where we are at... Paul [Bostaph, drums; ex-SLAYER, FORBIDDEN] is done — fucking killed it. Gary [Holt, guitar] — rhythm tracks done...fucking awesome. Jack [Gibson, bass] — ...

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WEAPON 13: Former HIRAX, WARGOD Members Prepare To Record New Demo

WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, the new band featuring former HIRAX members Gary Monardo (bass), Johnny Tabares (drums, HIRAX's "Raging Violence" album), and Bob Savage (guitar, HIRAX's 1984 demo), along with ex-WARGOD singer Robbie Perkins, have changed their name to WEAPON 13 to avoid confusion with similarly named acts. The group have just completed writing songs ...

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EXODUS Part Ways With Guitarist RICK HUNOLT

Guitarist Rick Hunolt has left long-running San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS, informed sources have told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Hunolt was apparently not involved in the recording process for the band's new album, which is currently being tracked at Trident studios in Pacheco, California. EXODUS' as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2004's "Tempo of the Damned" will mark the band's ...

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EXODUS: Drum Tracks Completed

EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "Paul [Bostaph, ex-SLAYER, FORBIDDEN] completed all his drums tracks yesterday and I'm just blown away by what he can do behind the kit. One of the greatest I've ever had the pleasure of watching perform in my life. Just total ...

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ROADRUNNER 'All-Stars' Album: Progress Includes New Captain And New Team Members

Roadrunner Records has advanced in the process of putting together the groundbreaking "Roadrunner All-Stars" record to mark the label's 25th anniversary. The full-length release will contain original musical collaborations between past and present Roadrunner artists. Approximately 50 musicians are expected to participate in this record, making it a most elaborate collaboration project. Four central musicians ...

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MICHAEL SCHENKER: 'Heavy Hitters' CD To Surface Next Month

According to CD Universe, the "Michael Schenker and Heavy Hitters" album, featuring an all-star lineup of musicians based around guitar virtuoso Michael Schenker (MSG, UFO, SCORPIONS) paying homage to their contemporaries, is scheduled for release on July 12. This 10-track powerhouse collection was produced by legendary rock producer and musician Bob Kulick (KISS, MEATLOAF) and ...

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EXODUS Guitarist: Drums On New Album Sound 'Fuckin' Huge'

EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "Just getting up and getting ready to head back to the studio but I thought I'd give everyone an update first. "Yesterday was day one and it could not have gone any better. Paul's [Bostaph, ex-SLAYER, FORBIDDEN] drum sound is ...

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EYEHATEGOD Are In No Rush To Sign New Record Deal

Schwegweb.com recently conducted an interview with EYEHATEGOD frontman Michael D. Williams. Several excerpts from the interview follow: Schwegweb.com: First off, what the hell has EYEHATEGOD been doing during their lengthy absence? Michael D. Williams: "Just doing a lot of different stuff. Jim's been doing SUPERJOINT [RITUAL], DOWN and C.O.C. for a little while. ...

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EXODUS Guitarist: 'There Is Nothing That Can Stop Us'

EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "Just letting everyone know we are hitting the studio June 4th and all systems are go! In only nine rehearsals, Paul [Bostaph, ex-SLAYER, FORBIDDEN] has all the songs down and everything is crushing! We are recording at Trident studios in ...

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Bassist GARY SCHUTT Quits JEFF SCOTT SOTO BAND

According to MelodicRock.com, bassist Gary Schutt has officially left Jeff Scott Soto's (TALISMAN, SOUL SIRKUS, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) solo band. Soto commented in a statement: "It is with regret I announce the departure of Gary Schutt from my solo band who has decided to pass on continuing with me on future tours. "I have known Gary ...

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AVENGER To Support Y&T In U.K.

AVENGER, the newly reformed NWOBHM band featuring original members Ian Davison Swift (ex-ATOMKRAFT), Gary Young and Mick Moore, along with new additions Glenn S. Howes (ex-TYGERS OF PAN TANG, BLITZKRIEG) and Liam Thompson (DEATH AND BLOOD), will be the main support act on Y&T's upcoming tour of the U.K. Confirmed dates are as follows: Jun. ...

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