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Former EMPEROR Drummer To Play On DISSECTION Comeback CD

Former EMPEROR drummer Bård "Faust" Eithun will be sitting behind the kit for DISSECTION's comeback release, due in late 2004. According to Eithun's newly-launched official web site, "the plan is [for Faust and currently-incarcerated DISSECTION mainman Jon Nödtveit to] start rehearsing during the spring 2003 and it seems like the constellation will be ...

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Norway's SLAYER Magazine To Unleash Issue #17

Norway's Slayer magazine is currently preparing its 17th issue (dubbed "Witching Metal") containing 68 pages in the familiar Slayer vein, featuring interviews with Jon Nødtveidt of DISSECTION (the first interview after his arrest!), EXODUS, CANDLEMASS, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, OCCULT, RAZOR, THE CROWN, MERCILESS, BLACK WIDOW (the ancient UK prog band), MANINNYA BLADE, OMEN, FRANK GOSDZIK (a.k.a. ...

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TOMAHAWK Announce Free Los Angeles Gig

TOMAHAWK, the "all star" band featuring former FAITH NO MORE vocalist Mike Patton, ex-HELMET drummer Jon Stainer, former JESUS LIZARD guitarist Duane Denison, and ex-THE COWS/current MELVINS bassist Kevin Rutmanis, will play a free warm-up show for their upcoming tour with TOOL at Amoeba Records in Los Angeles, California on July 10th at 6:00 PM. ...

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DEEP PURPLE's IAN GILLAN: JON LORD To Return For UK Tour

DEEP PURPLE frontman Ian Gillan has confirmed plans for former keyboardist Jon Lord to join the group for the upcoming UK tour. "I have it on good authority, i.e. from Jon Lord, that he will be joining us for the UK dates in September," stated Gillan. "Given the circumstances then and now, we've all decided ...

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PUSHED Announce San Diego Gig

Southern California's PUSHED, featuring former TESTAMENT/SLAYER drummer Jon Dette and ex-TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian, will perform at The Brick by Brick in San Diego on Saturday, June 22nd. ...

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TOMAHAWK Land Entire TOOL Tour

TOMAHAWK, the "all star" band featuring former FAITH NO MORE vocalist Mike Patton, ex-HELMET drummer Jon Stainer, former JESUS LIZARD guitarist Duane Denison, and ex-THE COWS/current MELVINS bassist Kevin Rutmanis, will be opening for TOOL on the latter band's entire North American tour. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Jul. 11 - Bakersfield, CA ...

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DEEP PURPLE: Who WIll Play Keyboards On Upcoming UK Tour?

London-area newspapers are advertising the upcoming DEEP PURPLE UK tour as featuring Don Airey on keyboards, despite previous reports indicating that Jon Lord would make his farewell appearance with the group on this portion of the trek. At this time, no official word has come down on who will end up handling the keys during ...

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TOMAHAWK Dates With TOOL Announced

TOMAHAWK, the "all star" band featuring former FAITH NO MORE vocalist Mike Patton, ex-HELMET drummer Jon Stainer, former JESUS LIZARD guitarist Duane Denison, and ex-THE COWS/current MELVINS bassist Kevin Rutmanis, will be supporting TOOL at the following dates: Jul. 11 - Bakersfield, CA @ Centennial Gardens Arena Jul. 12 - Oakland, CA @ Oakland Coliseum ...

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SOILENT GREEN: Recovering!

SOILENT GREEN vocalist Benjamin Falgoust has posted the following message via the group's official web site: "It has been quite an interesting last 5 months. I am sure some of you know about the December 4th, 2001 accident in Washington State during the Extreme Music for Extreme People tour. When we rolled our van and ...

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SUTURE Ink Deal With Deepsend Records

Louisiana's “sickest death metal act” SUTURE have inked a deal with underground label Deepsend Records (home of CINERARY, among others). The group's full-length debut, entitled Deconstructing Anatomy, will be out in July, and will feature artwork by Jon Zig (i.e. DEEDS OF FLESH, DISGORGE). ...

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PUSHED Cancel Ramona Gig, Announce San Diego Appearances

Southern California's PUSHED, featuring former TESTAMENT/SLAYER drummer Jon Dette and ex-TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian, have cancelled their appearance at The Roadhouse in Ramona, California, which was scheduled to take place on April 27th. No reason was given for the cancellation. PUSHED are due to appear at Brick By Brick in San Diego, California on May ...

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DRAGONLORD Recruit Former TESTAMENT Bassist, Announce Upcoming Gigs

San Francisco Bay Area black metallers DRAGONLORD, featuring members of TESTAMENT, have officially announced the addition of bassist Derrick Ramirez (ex-TESTAMENT) to the group's ranks. DRAGONLORD will be performing at the Bourbon Street Bar and Grill in Concord, California on April 27th. Also appearing on the bill will be GREENHOUSE EFFECT, MUDSLINGER, and LORDS OF ...

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MARILYN MANSON To Appear On Chat Show "Dinner For Five"

MARILYN MANSON will appear on the May 6th episode of actor Jon Favreau's Dinner for Five, a half-hour chat show featuring four show-business personalities sitting down to dinner with the host. The New York Times had this to say about the episode: "But things can go awry, as they do at real dinner parties. The ...

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SAVATAGE Announce PITRELLI's Return To Group's Ranks

SAVATAGE have officially rejoined forces with former MEGADETH guitarist Al Pitrelli. As a result of this develoment, the group will no longer be requiring the services of SEVEN WITCHES axeman Jack Frost, who filled in for Pitrelli during the latter's tenure with Mustaine and co. "Me and the boys have remained friends in the past ...

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ICED EARTH's JON SCHAFFER: No New Music Until Spring/Summer 2003

ICED EARTH guitarist Jon Schaffer has completed work on the music for four songs for the next DEMONS & WIZARDS album—Schaffer's hugely-acclaimed collaboration with BLIND GUARDIAN vocalist Hansi Kursch—but has yet to share the material with Kursch, who is presently busy promoting the recently-released BLIND GUARDIAN CD A Night At The Opera, according to a ...

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Continuing Drama In Post-CRIMSON GLORY World

Former CRIMSON GLORY guitarist Ben Jackson's release party on March 22nd and 23rd at Keegan's Clubhouse Lounge in Sarasota, Florida for the BEN JACKSON GROUP CD, entitled Here I Come, was “a HUGE success,” according to Jackson's official web site. “Former CRIMSON GLORY members were on hand to support their brother, including [drummer] Dana Burnell, ...

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SUICIDE SHIFT: The SADUS/TESTAMENT Collaboration

The new San Francisco Bay Area-based project featuring SADUS/TESTAMENT bassist Steve DiGiorgio, SADUS frontman Darren Travis, and TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy, has tentatively set SUICIDE SHIFT as its moniker, and are presently finalizing work on 10 original compositions, some of which have been completed, while others still “need a lot of work with Chuck”, according ...

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JON LORD Leaves DEEP PURPLE, Is Replaced By DON AIREY

Longtime DEEP PURPLE keyboardist Jon Lord has left the band. According to bassist Roger Glover, “Jon has told us he plans to retire from active participation in DEEP PURPLE. We wish him the best. The moment cannot pass without a personal comment. It is sad that Jon has come to this difficult decision but every ...

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