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Norwegian Church Draws Black Metal Fans

Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten is reporting that the restored stave church (photo) in Fantoft in Bergen, Norway has become a pilgrimage site for European black metal music fans who want to visit the site of the church-burning that Varg Vikernes (a.k.a. Count Grishnack) of the one-man band BURZUM was suspected of carrying ...

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STORMWITCH Sign With NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

Classic German power metallers STORMWITCH have signed with Nuclear Blast Records. The group, who count HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak as one of their biggest fans (HAMMERFALL used to play a cover version of the STORMWITCH track "Ravenlord"), will release their ninth album, "Witchcraft", on November 8. In addition to founding member and vocalist Andy Mück, ...

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SCOTT WEILAND Pleads No Contest To DUI

VELVET REVOLVER lead singer Scott Weiland pleaded no contest Friday (July 2) to a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence, according to the Associated Press. His sentencing was set for July 8. The 36-year-old singer was ordered in January to return to a live-in drug detoxification center after he left earlier than he was ...

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Inferno - MOTÖRHEAD

Dependable as snow in winter, MOTÖRHEAD keeps releasing albums. The band has also stuck to a pretty reliable routine as far as the quality of those albums go, usually putting out one very good disc and then following it up with a mediocre offering. This pattern probably started with 1986's terrific "Orgasmatron" and has been ...

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METALLICA Filmmakers Explain Movie's Limited Release

Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, the filmmakers behind the much-anticipated $4.3-million METALLICA documentary "Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster" have posted the following message on the group's official web site: "Dear friends, "As you've probably heard, our new movie 'Metallica: Some Kind of Monster' is opening in theatres this summer. You may have checked out some ...

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Report: KORN Singer Sued Over Crime Museum

Reuters reports: KORN singer Jonathan Davis has been sued by a former business associate for breach of contract after announcing plans for a museum of American serial killers to be promoted by a show featuring bikini-clad women. Arthur Rosenblatt, a collector of criminal artefacts, sued Davis, a former mortuary science student, and his associates, for ...

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CATHEDRAL Set Working Title For New Album

U.K.-based cult doom rockers CATHEDRAL have set "Seeds of Decay" as the working title of their eighth studio album, tentatively due in early 2005 through Nuclear Blast Records. Songtitles set to appear on the follow-up to 2002's "The VIIth Coming" include "Oro the Manslayer", "Corpsecycle", "Sabbadaius Sabbattum", "Eripmav Moon", "This Body Thy Tomb", "Everything Is ...

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THE ACCIDENT EXPERIMENT Break The Law, Announce New Album

THE ACCIDENT EXPERIMENT, the California-based band featuring former P.O.D. guitarist Marcos Curiel, were recently greeted with a cease-and-desist letter from attorneys of the American Red Cross. According to the letter, THE ACCIDENT EXPERIMENT's logo was in direct conflict with the interests of the American Red Cross. Any party with a logo similar to ...

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Portrait Of The Abyss Within - ELDRITCH

Although you might not hear their name spoken in the same reverential tones as, say, RHAPSODY or LABYRINTH, fellow Italian power metal diehards ELDRITCH have been there (since '91), seen it, done it and slain just as many dragons along the way. Probably. Although not nearly as prolific as Luca Turilli and the boys — ...

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Report: RAMONES Guitarist Battling Prostate Cancer

Rolling Stone magazine is reporting that RAMONES guitarist Johnny Ramone is in a Los Angeles hospital battling prostate cancer. "Johnny's been a champ in confronting this, but at this point I think the chances are slim," drummer Marky Ramone told the magazine. "John never smoked cigarettes, he wasn't a heavy drinker and he was always ...

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ZUUL FX Complete Work On Debut Album

ZUUL FX, the French band featuring former NO RETURN singer Steeve "Zuul" Petit, have completed work on their debut album, tentatively due this fall through an as-yet-undetermined label. The group spent two weeks recording and five days mixing the album with producer François Caste at Studio Sainte-Marthe in Paris, France. Mastering duties will be handled ...

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MIRROR OF DECEPTION Complete Work On Sophomore Album

Long-running German doom metallers MIRROR OF DECEPTION have completed the recordings for their second album, "Foregone", due on September 2 through the Belgian label Final Chapter Records. The new album was recorded at Soundmann Studio (END OF GREEN) in Stuttgart, Germany with producers Marc Martin and Mitch Meister, and consists of "nine powerful doom metal ...

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AEROSMITH Tattoo & Piercing Contest Underway

The official AEROSMITH fan club Aero Force One is holding a contest for the best AEROSMITH tattoos and piercings, according to Launch Radio Networks. The grand prize is an autographed copy of the group's latest CD, "Honkin' On Bobo", and a $200 shopping spree in the Aero Force One online store, while the second- and ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Singer To Perform With M3

Former RAINBOW and current YNGWIE MALMSTEEN vocalist Doogie White will be joining M3 for a few songs at several shows on their upcoming U.K. tour. M3, of course, is the "classic WHITESNAKE" tribute band featuring Bernie Marsden (guitar, ex-WHITESNAKE), Micky Moody (guitar, ex-WHITESNAKE), Neil Murray (ex-WHITESNAKE, BLACK SABBATH), Jimmy Copley (drums, ex-PAUL RODGERS, GILLAN), and ...

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KELLY OSBOURNE Talks About Her Drug Abuse

Kelly Osbourne has spoken about her spiral into drink and drugs — and blamed it on wanting to escape her "chubby English girl" image, according to Ananova. Kelly was interviewed on ITV1's "Tonight with Trevor McDonald" program by her brother Jack as he presented a show on teen drug and drink addiction. Kelly, who was ...

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Former PAINFACE Members Launch New Project

Former PAINFACE members Chad Valaschek and Tim Flor have started a new band following their split with ex-SLIPKNOT vocalist Anders Colsefini ("Mate, Feed, Kill, Repeat" era). The band, who are in the process of securing a lead vocalist for the project, are said to be pursuing "a more SLAYER-ish sound with the same PAINFACE hardcore ...

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CANS: Band Lineup For 2000 DECIBEL Festival Appearance Revealed

HAMMERFALL frontman Joacim Cans will be joined by Danny Gill (guitar), Stefan Pascolino (bass) and Mark Zonder (drums, FATES WARNING) during his solo appearance (under the CANS moniker) at the 2000 Decibel festival May 21-22 in Bengtsfors, Sweden (180 km north of Gothenburg). "Unfortunately neither Metal Mike [ex-HALFORD] nor Mat Sinner [PRIMAL FEAR, SINNER] will ...

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Ex-ANTHRAX Guitarist PAUL CROOK: Signature Guitar Unveiled

Guitarist Paul Crook (ANTHRAX, SEBASTIAN BACH, MEAT LOAF) has had a signature guitar manufactured by Ed Roman Guitars of Las Vegas, Nevada. "The Paul Crook Rockingbird with its Pearloid Purple finish delivers a tone that is as brutal as its shape," according to a posting on Crook's web site. "The neck-thru body design offers easy ...

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