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PURE SWEET HELL Sign With CRASH MUSIC

PURE SWEET HELL, the metal band featuring NEVERMORE drummer Van Williams, have inked a deal with Crash Music, Inc. The group's full-length debut, "The Voyeurs of Utter Destruction As Beauty", is scheduled for release on February 22, 2005. PURE SWEET HELL consists of Williams, Christ Eichhorn, who has spent much of his time writing music ...

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GLENN HUGHES: U.K. Tour Rescheduled

To coincide with the late-January 2005 release of his new album "Soul Mover" on CD, former DEEP PURPLE/BLACK SABBATH singer Glenn Hughes will be undertaking a two-month European tour, beginning with seven shows in the U.K in February (the European dates will be announced as soon as they are confirmed). The U.K. dates are as ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE: New Album Details Revealed

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the new band fronted by former SAVATAGE singer Zachary Stevens, have completed work on their sophomore album, "Middle of Nowhere", due in late February 2005 through AFM Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Watching In Silence", "Middle of Nowhere" was produced by Stevens with Jim Morris and Dan Campbell and features the songwriting ...

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LACUNA COIL Singer Hooks Up With SLIPKNOT's ROOT

In the latest issue of the U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine, LACUNA COIL frontwoman Cristina Scabbia confirmed that she is no longer involved in a relationship with the group's bass player, Marco Coti Zelati, after spending 10 years together. Asked about the reports that she is currently dating SLIPKNOT/STONE SOUR guitarist Jim Root, Cristina (who was ...

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GENE SIMMONS: 'Speaking In Tongues' Audio CD Out Now

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons has posted the following message on his web site: "Proud to report the 'Speaking In Tongues' audio CD is now in stores. I went into the studio and put together a CD you can play in your car. It also includes some new material. "For those of you who tuned in ...

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HAVOCHATE: Former HADES Drummer Joins The Fold

New York-based metal band HAVOCHATE, now featuring former TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian, have announced the addition of drummer Ron Lipnicki (ex-HADES) to the group's ranks. HAVOCHATE are scheduled to release their sophomore effort before the end of the year in Europe and January 2005 in the U.S. The follow-up to last year's "This Violent Earth", ...

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GOD.FEAR.NONE To Release Debut Album Next Spring

GOD.FEAR.NONE, the new Greek melodic death metal band formed by ex-SADWINGS members Jim Voutsas (guitar) and Chronis (vocals), are scheduled to release their debut album next spring via Sonic Age Records. GOD.FEAR.NONE, as SADWINGS, have supported NEVERMORE in the past, and are said to be "definitely one of the most promising European metal groups in ...

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GLENN HUGHES Records MOODY BLUES Cover

Vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (ex-DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH), drummer Chad Smith (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS) and guitarist John Frusciante (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS) recently recorded a cover version of MOODY BLUES' "Nights In White Satin", according to a posting at GHPG.net. The recording, which is said to be feature one of Glenn's "greatest-ever" vocal performances, was ...

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KAMELOT: Preparing For A 'Monster Year'

KAMELOT are putting the finishing touches on their new album, tentatively entitled "The Black Halo". "This week we are heading to Morrisound Studios in Tampa to finish some vocals and special effects," KAMELOT guitarist Thomas Youngblood writes on the group's web site. "Mari will appear again as Helena, I will help engineer the sessions along ...

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SLIPKNOT Guitarist Says New Singles Show Band Evolution

SLIPKNOT sent two singles to radio last week, "Vermilion" and "Vermilion Pt. 2", both off the band's current album, "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)". The songs feature elements like vocal harmonies and acoustic guitars, which have not been heard in SLIPKNOT tunes before. Guitarist James Root told Launch it was a necessary step forward for ...

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SOCIETY 1: DVD Details Revealed

SOCETY 1 have set a November 29 release date for their first-ever DVD, "Fearing the Exit". Included on the disc will be the following: * The entire record-breaking "Suspension Show", filmed live at The Key Club in LA in March 2004. See history being made as Matt "The Lord" Zane becomes the first rock singer ...

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DEF LEPPARD Bassist Ties The Knot

Sheffield Today is reporting that two members of multi-million-selling Sheffield band DEF LEPPARD have gotten hitched in a matter of weeks. Bass player Rick Savage was the latest to get married — the bells having barely stopped ringing after band frontman Joe Elliott married his girlfriend Kristine at a star-studded bash in a ...

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HANOI ROCKS Singer Slams MÖTLEY CRÜE, GENE SIMMONS

In a recent interview with RockUnited.com, HANOI ROCKS members Michael Monroe, Andy McCoy and new guitarist Stevie Klasson spoke about the group's latest single, upcoming album and other recent activities. Seveal excerpts from the interview follow: RockUnited.com: Michael, you recently did an interview with MetalSludge.com and it concerned a lot about (MÖTLEY CRÜE/BRIDES ...

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SLIPKNOT Guitarist Discusses Missing Member

SLIPKNOT guitarist James Root, a.k.a. #4, has spoken to Launch Radio Networks about touring Europe without programmer Craig Jones #133, also known as #5, who was forced to leave the trek over the weekend and head home for emergency dental surgery. Asked to explain what afflicted Jones, Root said, "I honestly don't know. He was ...

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RUDY SARZO, BOBBY ROCK Among Guest Musicians On Upcoming MICHAEL ANGELO CD

Rudy Sarzo (DIO, ex-QUIET RIOT, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, WHITESNAKE, OZZY OSBOURNE), Bobby Rock (SLAUGHTER), Mark Tremonti (ALTER BRIDGE, ex-CREED), Jim Gillette (ex-NITRO) and Doug Marks ("Metal Method" founder) are among the musicians scheduled to appear on the new solo CD from former NITRO guitarist Michael Angelo Batio, tentatively due in early 2005. In other news, Michael ...

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JIMI HENDRIX Visual Memoir To Be Published This Fall

Ozzy Osbourne and Eric Clapton are among the musical contemporaries offering personal insights on Jimi Hendrix and his music in "Classic Hendrix", described as the "most comprehensive visual memoir of Hendrix ever published." 34 of the most celebrated names in rock photography have supplied over 250 photos for the book. These include Elliott Landy, Jean-Pierre ...

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CLIFF BURTON, RANDY RHOADS Among MAXIM Magazine's Top Rock Star Deaths

The Associated Press is reporting that Cliff Burton (METALLICA), Randy Rhoads (OZZY OSBOURNE), John Bonham (LED ZEPPELIN) and Kurt Cobain (NIRVANA) are among the musicians that made Maxim magazine's list of rock stars that have been the most "rock-starrish" even in death. Cobain's suicide just makes the list at number 25. Interestingly, number seven on ...

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PUDDLE OF MUDD To Perform In Iraq

PUDDLE OF MUDD were scheduled to head overseas to entertain American troops stationed in Baumholder, Germany on Friday (Sept. 10). The band will then perform in Iraq before playing another show in Germany — in Friedberg — on Sept. 15. According to a Europe-based entertainment director for the U.S. armed forces, the rockers ranked favorably ...

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McFarlane Toys' MÖTLEY CRÜE Box Set To Retail For $50-$60

McFarlane Toys have officially announced the action figure box set release of the wildest rock band of the 1980s, MÖTLEY CRÜE. Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx and Mick Mars are featured in the set based on their "Shout at the Devil" album. Under a license from Signatures Network, the MÖTLEY CRÜE action figure box ...

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NAPALM DEATH To Record Third CD Of Cover Songs

NAPALM DEATH frontman Mark "Barney" Greenway recently spoke to Denmark's Antenna webzine about the group's new CD, "Leaders Not Followers: Part II", and the band's plans to record yet another album with cover songs. Several excerpts from the interview follow: Antenna: How do you pick which songs to be covered? Barney Greenway: "I ...

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MÖTLEY CRÜE: Action-Figure 'Boxed Set' Due In November

McFarlane Toys will be releasing a MÖTLEY CRÜE action-figure "Deluxe Boxed Set" in November 2004. Several photos of the CRÜE toys can be viewed at this location. The brainchild of Grammy- and Emmy-winning producer/director Todd McFarlane (creator of Spawn and founder of Spawn.com), Tempe, Arizona-based McFarlane Toys has several successful music lines, including ...

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IMPALED Complete Work On 'Death After Life'

Oakland, California's demented, maniacal surgeons known as IMPALED have completed work on their third album, "Death After Life", tentatively due in early 2005 through Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Mondo Medicale", "Death After Life" was recorded by Billy Anderson (CATHEDRAL, MR. BUNGLE, L7, SLEEP), Trey Spruance (MR. BUNGLE, SECRET CHIEFS 3), and Randall ...

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Review: Anger Management Bad For METALLICA

Jim Derogatis of the Chicago Sun-Times reviewed METALLICA's headlining performance at Chicago's Allstate Arena Friday night (August 27). An excerpt from his review follows: "The problem with METALLICA's more than two-hour set, however, was that Hetfield and his bandmates — who've famously benefitted from band therapy sessions and all sorts of personal growth ...

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HAVOCHATE: New Album Samples Posted Online

New York-based metal band HAVOCHATE, now featuring former TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian, have posted MP3 samples of three new tracks at their official web site. The songs "Alone", "Cycle of Pain" and "Speak No More" come off the group's upcoming second album, tentatively due in October/November in Europe and January 2005 in the ...

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TOMMY LEE Enrolls In College?

The Buffalo News reports: "The University at Buffalo enjoyed some positive publicity when MTV visited two years ago to follow the experiences of a fraternity and sorority pledge class. "Despite that, UB said 'no' to a new reality show, a series in which cameras will follow a well-known Hollywood celebrity as he enrolls in college ...

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