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Wrongful Death Trial Begins For Former MÖTLEY CRÜE Drummer

Opening statements in a wrongful death civil trial involving former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee were expected Tuesday after a jury was selected, according to the Associated Press. The lawsuit claims Lee was negligent in the drowning of 4-year-old Daniel Karven-Veres, who was attending a swim party at the musician's Malibu home. The boy, whose ...

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Former OVERKILL Guitarist Resurfaces In RESPONSE NEGATIVE

Former OVERKILL/GRIP INC. guitarist Bobby Gustafson has resurfaced in a new South Florida-based band called RESPONSE NEGATIVE. A self-proclaimed power/death metal group, RESPONSE NEGATIVE have apparently yet to record any material with Gustafson, who, along with drummer Jim McCourt, is a recent addition to the band. Upcoming RESPONSE NEGATIVE dates: Apr. 12 – West Palm ...

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Office Of Strategic Influence - OSI

Controversy isn't something readily associated with something as mathematical and calculated as a progressive rock supergroup. But controversial this album is — and not for the first reason that springs to mind. That group/album title, you see, eludes to a proposed covert US information agency dreamed up after 9/11 to supposedly spread favorable propaganda in ...

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SEPULTURA Manager Says Band Have Yet To Sign U.S. Deal

SEPULTURA's manager, Jim Lewis, stated today that heated, ongoing negotiations between the band and numerous labels continue, and that no deal has been reached (yet) with No Name/Elektra Records. SEPULTURA are currently on a 14-date sold-out tour of European capital cities. Following their headlining tour, SEPULTURA look forward to their confirmed US dates with VOIVOD ...

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FATES WARNING Drummer To Sit Out QUEENSRŸCHE/DREAM THEATER Tour

FATES WARNING drummer Mark Zonder will not be able to accompany the group on their summer tour with QUEENSRŸCHE and DREAM THEATER due to "personal commitments," according to FW guitarist Jim Matheos. A temporary replacement has yet to be announced. In other news, FATES WARNING will be rejoined during the upcoming dates by former guitarist ...

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ICED EARTH Split With Guitarist, Begin Recording New CD

ICED EARTH have parted ways with guitarist Larry Tarnowski on the eve of the recording sessions for the group's new CD, tentatively titled "Glorious Burden". "[Larry] will continue his studies and we wish him all the best for his future endeavors," ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer wrote on the band's official web site. "There will ...

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NY Daily News: LINKIN PARK Relies On The Worst Musical Cliches

Jim Farber of the New York Daily News reviewed LINKIN PARK's new album "Meteora" and appeared unimpressed. "The group not only has failed to progress significantly, its album relies on what have became the genre's worst cliches. Each cut finds the group crooning, rapping and shouting in nearly the same order and ratio. It's as ...

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PAGAN WAR MACHINE To Support SEVEN WITCHES, CAGE

PAGAN WAR MACHINE, the new Los Angeles-based thrash project featuring Jim Durkin (former DARK ANGEL guitarist), Steve Gaines (ABATTOIR frontman), Marcelo Lima (guitar) and "Meyhem" Mendez (drums), will be performing with SEVEN WITCHES and CAGE at The Galaxy Concert Theatre in Santa Ana, California on April 16. ...

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DARK ANGEL: Live DVD On The Way

Reunited Los Angeles thrashers DARK ANGEL are in the process of compiling a live DVD consisting of footage recorded during the band's heyday in the late '80s as well as at some of their more recent appearances. Says guitarist Eric Meyer: "Over the years I've gathered a collection gigs that I think fucking kick ass, ...

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ABATTOIR Frontman Joins DREAMS OF DAMNATION

Los Angeles-based thrashers DREAMS OF DAMNATION, featuring former DARK ANGEL axeman Jim Durkin, have announced the addition of rhythm guitarist Steve Gaines (ABATTOIR, PAGAN WAR MACHINE) into the band. The new, five-piece lineup debuted at the Metal For Cancer benefit on March 1. Steve Gaines shared his thoughts on joining D.O.D.: "I am honored and ...

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LIMP BIZKIT's FRED DURST: 'I Told WES BORLAND What To Play'

LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst recently spoke to Britain's Kerrang! magazine about the group's upcoming album, "Bipolar", and the changes in the band's sound since the departure of longtime guitarist Wes Borland. When asked what his frame of mind was at the time of the interview, he responded, "I'm feeling insecure, as I always do, ...

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PAGAN WAR MACHINE: Live Photos Posted Online

PAGAN WAR MACHINE, the new Los Angeles-based thrash project featuring Jim Durkin (former DARK ANGEL guitarist), Steve Gaines (ABATTOIR frontman), Marcelo Lima (guitar) and "Meyhem" Mendez (drums) made their live debut at The Garage, in Hollywood on Saturday, March 1. The band shared the bill with ASESINO, NOKTURNE, SCARRED and DREAMS OF DAMNATION as part ...

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TWO HIT CREEPER Split Up

Los Angeles-based TWO HIT CREEPER have officially split up. The group, whose most recent demos were produced by SOULFLY drummer Roy Mayorga, had originally caught the interest of ORGY frontman Jay Gordon, who wanted to issue the band's debut CD through his Division One imprint (a plan that was later abandoned). Guitarist Jim and vocalist ...

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DREAMS OF DAMNATION Announce Tour Dates, Continue Work On Demo

Los Angeles thrash metal act DREAMS OF DAMNATION, featuring former DARK ANGEL axeman Jim Durkin, have announced the following dates: Mar. 01 – Hollywood, CA @ The Garage (Metal For Cancer) Jun. 09 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Galaxy (w/ IMMOLATION, GRAVE) The Metal For Cancer benefit for Tony "Bones" Hernandez will be headlined ...

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GARDENIAN Announce New Lineup, Begin Work On Fourth Album

Sweden's GARDENIAN have resurfaced after a lengthy, self-imposed hiatus and have announced details of a new lineup and album. Joining guitarist Niklas Engelin and drummer Thim Blom in the group's latest incarnation are TIME REQUIEM singer Apollo Papathanasio and former GOOSEFLESH bassist Robert Hakemo. Kriss Albertsson, who previously played bass in the group, remains a ...

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M.O.D. Finalize Track Listing For 'Rebel You Love to Hate'

M.O.D., the band led by former S.O.D. frontman Billy Milano, have finalized the track listing for their new album, "Rebel You Love to Hate", for a June release through Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was mixed by Milano and Dan Korneff at Watermusic in Hoboken, New Jersey and mastered on Feb. 5 at Masterdisk in ...

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AGENT STEEL Sign With Italy's SCARLET RECORDS

AGENT STEEL have signed a European record deal with Italy's Scarlet Records for the release of their new album, "Order Of The Illuminati". A May/June release is expected. "We are halfway through the mixdown sessions," said guitarist Juan Garcia in an official statement. "Bernie Versailles is handling the engineering and co-production duties and our goal ...

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THE DOORS Drummer Files Suit Against Bandmates Over Concert Tour

Attorneys for THE DOORS drummer John Densmore have filed a legal action in L.A. County Superior Court today charging breach of contract, trademark infringement and unfair competition against fellow band members Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger for the current THE DOORS concert tour, according to Hits Daily Double. The shows, organized by Manzarek and Krieger, ...

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PITCHSHIFTER Complete Work On Live CD

PITCHSHIFTER have completed work on their upcoming live album, "Bootlegged, Distorted, Remixed & Uploaded", for a March release through the group's own PSI Records. Commented producer/mixer Steve Duda: "It's been a challenge to capture the energy and intensity of PITCHSHIFTER on stage, but I think this album has it all. It's been a lot of ...

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DEFILED Sign With SEASON OF MIST RECORDS

Japan's DEFILED have inked a deal with Season of Mist Records. The group's fourth album, entitled "Divination", is scheduled for release on May 12. DEFILED play "progressive death metal with guttural vocals, hysteric guitars, insane bass and hyper-blasting drums, with a lots of tempo changes. Their style is very unique, twisted and technical," according to ...

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PITCHSHIFTER To Disband Following U.K. Tour

Long-running British industrial metallers PITCHHIFTER have announced plans to disband following their upcoming U.K. tour. "PITCHSHIFTER has always been a beautiful, crazy experiment," bassist Mark Clayden said in an official statement. "We knew that some day it would naturally run it's course and we always said we would call it a day at the right ...

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STONE SOUR Line Up U.K. In-Store

STONE SOUR have announced an in-store appearance in the U.K. to sign copies of forthcoming single "Bother". The recently re-launched group formed by SLIPKNOT vocalist Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root will appear at Virgin Megastore in Corporation Street, Birmingham, at 4:00 p.m. on Feb. 21. "Bother" is scheduled to be released in the U.K. ...

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JOHN ARCH Speaks Out On 'A Twist Of Fate'

Former FATES WARNING frontman John Arch, freshly signed to Metal Blade Records as solo artist, recently commented on the musical and the lyrical direction of his much-anticipated debut EP, "A Twist Of Fate", due later in the year. "I think the music has a good feel to it," Arch said. "There are a lot of ...

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Former FATES WARNING Singer Inks Solo Deal!

Former FATES WARNING vocalist John Arch has inked a solo deal with Metal Blade Records. The singer's first release through the label will be a 20-minute EP, "A Twist Of Fate", featuring FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos, FATES WARNING/ARMORED SAINT bassist Joey Vera and DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy. A late 2003 release is expected. ...

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M.O.D. Complete Basic Tracks For 'The Rebel You Love To Hate'

M.O.D., the band led by former S.O.D. frontman Billy Milano, have competed the basic tracks for their new album, titled "The Rebel You Love To Hate", due in April through Nuclear Blast Records. The CD, which was recorded at Wayne Manor studio with producers Paul Crook (ex-ANTHRAX guitarist) and Scott Metaxas (ex-NUCLEAR ASSAULT bassist), will ...

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