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DOHENY Add Drummer

DOHENY, the Los Angeles-based band formed by ex-THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison (on guitar) and PITCHSHIFTER frontman Jon "J.S." Clayden, have announced the addition of drummer Colin LaRocque to the group's ranks. Colin, a native of Toronto, Canada, has been an L.A. resident for awhile and has been drumming for many years. Says Sean ...

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Former JUDAS PRIEST Singer Joins ICED EARTH!

Former JUDAS PRIEST frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens has officially joined ICED EARTH. Owens, whose split with PRIEST was said to have been amicable, has already finished laying down vocals to the group's new album, "The Glorious Burden", tentatively due this fall through SPV/Steamhammer Records. "The album is done, and it's not just done, it rules!!" ...

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STAIND Guitarist Speaks Out On LO-PRO

STAIND's official web site Staind.com has posted an audio recording of guitarist Mike Mushok talking about LO-PRO, the first signing to STAIND frontman Aaron Lewis' new Geffen/Interscope imprint label, 413 Records. Listen to it here. As previously reported, LO-PRO feature in their ranks former ULTRASPANK members Pete Murray (vocals) and Neil Godfrey (guitar), ...

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METALLICA Hire Psychologist For 'St. Anger' Management

Jon Bream of the Minneapolis Star Tribune is reporting that when shit hit the fan, METALLICA "brought in sports psychologist Phil Towle, who has worked with pro football's St. Louis Rams, an Olympic silver-medalist swimmer and other athletes. "Towle's first session with METALLICA was coincidentally the day bassist Jason Newsted unexpectedly announced he was quitting ...

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SAVATAGE Members To Perform Together For First Time In Eight Years

For the first time in eight years, bassist Johnny Lee Middleton and drummer Steve "Doc" Wacholz will join vocalist Jon Oliva and guitarist Chris Caffery on stage for the Criss Oliva 10th Anniversary Memorial Concert to remember and celebrate the life and contributions of Jon's brother, late SAVATAGE guitarist Christopher Michael Oliva. The concert will ...

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STAIND Guitarist Praises STATIC-X, LO-PRO

STAIND guitarist/songwriter Mike Mushok, currently on tour in support of the group's "14 Shades Of Grey" CD, is full of praise for STAIND's opening acts STATIC-X and LO-PRO. Writing in his online journal at Staind.com, Mike says, "if anyone is coming to see us, I suggest you get there early to check [out LO-PRO and ...

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LO-PRO To Release Debut In August

LO-PRO, the new project featuring former ULTRASPANK members Pete Murray (vocals) and Neil Godfrey (guitar), along with ex-GODSMACK drummer Tommy Stewart and former SNOT/AMEN bassist Jon "Tumor" Fahnestock, will release their debut album on August 26 through STAIND frontman Aaron Lewis' new Geffen/Interscope imprint label, 413 Records. The self-titled CD (see cover here) ...

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DEATHSTARS Sign With NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

Sweden's DEATHSTARS have inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The group's debut album, "Synthetic Generation" — originally issued in Sweden in March 2002 via the Universal affiliate LED Recordings — will be released through Nuclear Blast on November 10. DEATHSTARS, in existence since January 2000, were previously known as SWORDMASTER and feature in their ...

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NY Times: METALLICA Thrashes Back to 80's Angst

Jon Pareles of The New York Times reports that METALLICA brought along a fan club for its Summer Sanitarium tour: the other four hard-rock bands on the bill at Giants Stadium Tuesday night (July 8) . One by one they gave testimonials to METALLICA's influence. MUDVAYNE's lead singer, Chad Gray, wore a METALLICA T-shirt. Chino ...

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SAVATAGE Mastermind Confirmed For PROGPOWER USA IV

SAVATAGE mastermind Jon "The Mountain King" Oliva will join FATES WARNING's Ray Alder as a special guest at ProgPower USA IV on Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6 at Earthlink Live in Atlanta. "I think bringing Jon and Ray to the fest simply adds to the mystique of the show," said promoter Glenn Harveston. ...

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CANDLEMASS' LEIF EDLING: Doom Hard With A Six-Pack

CANDLEMASS mainman Leif Edling (bass) has posted the following update to the band's official web site: "DOOM HARD FESTIVAL "After the usual stop (and the usual first Heineken) at Schiphol, the band took off to the Rock Hard Festival somewhere in Germany. Great site in an outside amphitheatre with a river just behind the stage. ...

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EDGE OF SANITY's DAN SWANÖ Checks In With Studio Update

Producer/musician/songwriter Dan Swanö is currently recording a new EDGE OF SANITY album, "Crimson II", tentatively on August 26 through Black Mark Records. The following is Swanö's latest studio update, as posted to his official forum: "The vocals have been recorded now and there's been some changes. Rogga is still here, Granvik too (doing some backing ...

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DISSECTION Seeking New Members

Reactivated Swedish death metallers DISSECTION, now featuring guitarist/vocalist Jon Nödtvedt and ex-EMPEROR drummer Bård "Faust" Eithun, are looking for a rhythm/lead guitarist and bassist to complete the group's new lineup. The band's official web site, www.dissection.nu, has posted the following requirements for the new members: Profile 1: Rhythm/Lead Guitarist "DISSECTION is looking for ...

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ONWARD Split Up!

Acclaimed power metallers ONWARD appear to have split up following a parting-of-the-ways with their label, Century Media Records. The following is the official statement on the matter from ONWARD guitarist Toby Knapp (as posted on the group's official web site): "Dear listeners, "In the last few years I've become a person who believes ...

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DEEP PURPLE/URIAH HEEP Supergroup Has Yet To Begin Recording

The new supergroup featuring members of URIAH HEEP, DEEP PURPLE and OZZY OSBOURNE's former bass player Bob Daisley has yet to do any recording, despite previous reports to the contrary, according to Undercover News. COLD CHISEL singer Jimmy Barnes, fresh from finishing up the COLD CHISEL "Ringside" shows, is expected to make his way to ...

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A DEEP PURPLE/URIAH HEEP Collaboration?

According to URIAH HEEP guitarist Mick Box, a new CD is currently being recorded in Florida by the following lineup of musicians: Lee Kerslake (URIAH HEEP, OZZY OSBOURNE) – drums Bob Daisley (OZZY OSBOURNE) – bass Jimmy Barnes (COLD CHISEL) - vocals Jon Lord (DEEP PURPLE) – keyboards Steve Morse (DEEP PURPLE) – guitars No ...

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Late SAVATAGE Guitarist To Be Honored With Memorial Concert

SAVATAGE fans are cordially invited to join the band's mastermind Jon Oliva, along with some very special guests (to be announced), on Friday, October 17, 2003 at the Green Parrot Pub in Largo, Florida to remember and celebrate the life and contributions of Jon's brother, late SAVATAGE guitarist Christopher Michael Oliva, at a 10th Anniversary ...

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DOHENY Seek Drummer, Bassist

DOHENY, the new group formed by ex-THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison (on guitar) and PITCHSHIFTER frontman Jon "J.S." Clayden, have spent the past few weeks at a Los Angeles studio auditioning potential drummers and bass players to complete the group's live lineup. "Word is out among our friends and there has been an overwhelming ...

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MOTHRA Change Name, Announce Los Angeles Gig

MOTHRA, the new project featuring guitarist Mikey Doling (ex-SNOT, SOULFLY), bassist Jon "Tumor" Fahnestock (ex-SNOT, AMEN), drummer Roy Mayorga (SOULFLY), guitarist Levon Sultanian (ONESIDEZERO), and vocalist Jason Radford (ONESIDEZERO), have officially changed their name to ABLOOM, according to a posting on Tumor's web site. The band will play their first gig under the new name ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE: ROCK HARD Photos Posted Online

Several photos taken during CIRCLE II CIRCLE's appearance at this month's Rock Hard Festival have been posted online at this location. The two-day event, which took place June 7-8 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, featured additional performances from such acts as SAXON, IN FLAMES, ARCH ENEMY, BLIND GUARDIAN, CANDLEMASS, NEVERMORE, KREATOR and ANTHRAX, ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE Singer, SAVATAGE Mastermind To Make German In-Store Appearance

CIRCLE II CIRCLE singer Zachary Stevens (ex-SAVATAGE) and SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva will be making an in-store appearance at Media Markt (Robert-Bosch-Str. 2 Gewerbegebiet Süd) in Münster, Germany on Friday, June 6 at 6:00 p.m. CIRCLE II CIRCLE's debut album, "Watching In Silence", was released in April in Europe through Germany's AFM Records. All compositions ...

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DOHENY Announce New Guitarist

DOHENY, the new group formed by ex-THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison (on guitar) and PITCHSHIFTER frontman Jon "J.S." Clayden, have announced the addition of guitarist Sean Kipe to the band's lineup. "Sean came on top out of all the guys who stepped up for the guitarist spot," reads a statement on DOHENY's official web ...

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Vocalist MATT BARLOW Leaves ICED EARTH!

Vocalist Matt Barlow has announced his departure from ICED EARTH in order to pursue a career doing administrative work for the Department of Homeland Security. The following is Barlow's official statement on the matter: "In December of last year, prior to ICED EARTH signing a new record deal, [ICED EARTH mainman] Jon [Schaffer] and I ...

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MONSTER MAGNET Members Launch Side Project

MONSTER MAGNET mainman Dave Wyndorf has started a "psychedelic" side project called COMA. He is joined in the new group by other members of MONSTER MAGNET and as-yet-undisclosed "friends". No further information is available at this time. In other news, MONSTER MAGNET have announced a headlining date at the Podium in Hardenberg, Holland on June ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE Confirmed For TAMPA METALFEST 2003

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the new band fronted by former SAVATAGE singer Zachary Stevens, will perform at the Tampa Metalfest 2003 on July 4. Joining the group onstage will be "a VERY special guest on stage, a player we have never had live on stage with us before," the band write on their official web site. ...

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MONSTER MAGNET Announce New Bassist, Name Upcoming CD

MONSTER MAGNET have recruited LORD STERLING bassist Jim Baglino to replace Joe Calandra, who was unceremoniously booted from the band last month along with drummer Jon Kleiman. The group, who recently signed a European record deal with SPV/Steamhammer Records, are still looking for a new skinsman and are said to have set their sights on ...

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STAIND No Longer Have Anything To Do With FRED DURST

STAIND no longer have anything to do with the man who discovered them, LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst. "We kind of cut our ties with Fred not for any other reason other than wanting to get away from having that label of 'Fred's band'," STAIND drummer Jon Wysocki told Undercover News. "We are not Fred's ...

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Former SNOT/AMEN Bassist Joins LO-PRO

Former SNOT/AMEN bassist Jon "Tumor" Fahnestock has joined LO-PRO, the new project featuring former members of ULTRASPANK and GODSMACK. LO-PRO recently completed tracking their upcoming debut release for STAIND frontman Aaron Lewis' new Geffen/Interscope imprint label, tentatively dubbed A.D.D. The as-yet-untitled album was recorded with producer Don Gilmore (LINKIN PARK, TRUST COMPANY) and a mixer ...

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