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OZZY OSBOURNE Up For 'Brummie Of The Year' Award

Neil Elkes of Evening Mail is reporting that Ozzy Osbourne is among the celebrities competing for the "Brummie of the Year" award. Creator Jon Bounds said the award was created to honor Birmingham, England-born and -bred icons who epitomize the down-to-earth qualities of the city. He said: "The one thing that the people of Birmingham ...

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ENTOMBED Guitarist Joins DISFEAR

ENTOMBED guitarist Uffe Cederlund has joined Swedish crust rock outfit DISFEAR as the group's second touring guitarist. Uffe will pull double duty on the upcoming Close-Up Made Us Do It Tour and will continue playing with DISFEAR in the future when he's not busy with ENTOMBED. DISFEAR feature in their ranks former AT THE GATES/THE ...

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MAYHEM Announce Release Date For 'Chimera'

Norwegian black metallers MAYHEM have set a March 29, 2004 release date through Season Of Mist Records for their new full-length CD, "Chimera". The album, which is currently being recorded at a mobile studio in the mountains of Norway, will feature a musical direction that is being described by the band as "much more back ...

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POWERMAN 5000 Drummer To Tour With SOCIETY 1

POWERMAN 5000 drummer Adrian Ost will be taking over drumming duties for SOCIETY 1 for the remainder of SOCIETY 1's tour with TWIZTID. SOCIETY 1 drummer Dagon was forced to drop off the tour and return home to attend to a personal situation. SOCIETY 1, with Adrian on drums, will jump back onto the TWIZTID ...

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THREE INCHES OF BLOOD: U.S. Album Release Delayed

Canadian metallers THREE INCHES OF BLOOD have pushed back the U.S. release date of their full-length debut, "Battlecry Under a Winter Sun", to February 17 through Arena Rock Recording Co. (distributed by ADA). Upcoming THREE INCHES OF BLOOD tour dates: Nov. 14 - Seattle, WA @ Studio 7 Nov. 22 - Kamloops, BC @ Sportmart ...

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DESTINY: Special Releases In The Works

Long-running Swedish metal band DESTINY are currently working on two special releases containing a total of 22 songs. One of the albums is a re-recording of the group's out-of-print debut album "Beyond All Sense", originally released as a limited vinyl edition in 1985. The album will also contain two newly-recorded bonus tracks originating from the ...

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Former FEAR FACTORY Guitarist To Play BODY BAG Reunion Show

Former FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares has spent the past two weeks in Portland rehearsing with death metallers BODYBAG for their reunion gig, which is scheduled to take place tonight (Nov. 7) at Club DV8 in Portland, Oregon. "Things are going great," says drummer BODY BAG drummer Jimmy Littlefield. "Dino is a true pro and ...

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POISON's BRET MICHAELS Explains VINCE NEIL Shoving Incident

In a brand-new interview published in the January 2004 issue of Metal Edge magazine, POISON frontman Bret Michaels commented on the scuffle that occurred on one of the last dates of the band's summer tour involving MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil, one of the supporting acts on the bill. Michaels was very reluctant to divulge ...

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THREE INCHES OF BLOOD Secure U.S. Deal For Debut Album

Canadian metallers THREE INCHES OF BLOOD will release their full-length debut, "Battlecry Under a Winter Sun", in the U.S. on January 20 through Arena Rock Recording Co., distributed by ADA. "Good times were had for the month of October," the band write on their web site. "Our first U.K. tour was an unbelievable success. Huge ...

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LACUNA COIL To Embark On National U.S. Headlining Tour

As the buzz surrounding the Italian sextet LACUNA COIL's latest single "Heaven's A Lie" continues to build at commercial radio, the group prepares to make their much anticipated return to the U.S. After developing a rabid following throughout this past year relentlessly touring with the likes of ANTHRAX, OPETH and TYPE O NEGATIVE, they are ...

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TED NUGENT To Speak In Support Of Dove-Hunting Bill

Ted Nugent will be one of the speakers at a rally Tuesday (November 4) on the steps of the state Capitol in Lansing, Michigan to support a bill that would make Michigan the 40th state to allow dove hunting. The rally, which starts at 9 a.m., backs a bill introduced by Rep. Susan Tabor, R-Delta ...

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Former ANCIENT Singer To Guest On The Band's New CD

Former ANCIENT singer Lord Kaiaphas (ex-THOKK, GRAND BELIAL'S KEY) will make a guest appearance on the band's forthcoming CD, tentatively due in the spring through Metal Blade Records. The album will be recorded in January at Mirage and Alpha-Omega studios and the mixing and mastering will take place in early February at Studio Fredman in ...

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CATHEDRAL, KRUX, GRAND MAGUS To Team Up For Swedish Night of Doom

CATHEDRAL, KRUX and GRAND MAGUS will be teaming up for a one-off night of "doom" at The Shrine (Kolingsborg) in Stockholm, Sweden on January 31. KRUX, of course, feature in their ranks CANDLEMASS mainman/bassist Leif Edling, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Mats Levén, plus ENTOMBED members Peter Stjärnvind (drums), and Jörgen Sandström (guitar, also in THE PROJECT ...

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'ROCK FOR X-MAS' Raising Funds For Families In Need

Rock 4 XMAS, a foundation that helps provide toys and the overall Christmas spirit to less fortunate families across the country, will launch a 30+ city tour will be begin on October 30 in Salt Lake City, UT with many '70s, '80s and '90s stars of the music business set to perform. This year's star ...

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GOD FORBID Get 'Heavier And More Melodic' On Upcoming CD

The New Jersey-based quintet GOD FORBID have completed work on their new album, "Gone Forever", tentatively due in March 2004 through Century Media Records. "Gone Forever" was recorded at Trax East Studios by Eric Rachel (ATREYU, E.TOWN CONCRETE, EVERY TIME I DIE) and was mixed by acclaimed producer Colin Richardson (MACHINE HEAD, CHIMAIRA, FEAR FACTORY). ...

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BRUCE KULICK: 'I'm Fine!'

Former KISS and current GRAND FUNK RAILROAD guitarist Bruce Kulick is at home and recovering after being hit by two stray bullets outside a nightclub in Hollywood last night. Kulick attended a concert by MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil at the Key Club on Sunset Blvd., and left the with a friend at 1:30 a.m. ...

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GOD FORBID To Support MUSHROOMHEAD

New Jersey thrash quintet GOD FORBID will be main support on the following MUSHROOMHEAD dates: Oct. 29 - St. Louis, MO @ Pops Oct. 30 - TBA Oct. 31 - Cleveland, OH @ The Phantasy Nov. 01 - Cleveland, OH @ The Phantasy Nov. 02 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room Nov. 03 - ...

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KISS, AEROSMITH Planning Separate Arena Tours Next Year

Billboard.com reports that KISS and AEROSMITH are prepping separate arena tours for next year. As previously reported, AEROSMITH will also release a collection of blues-inspired songs on Columbia in early 2004. KISS and AEROSMITH have extended their successful co-headlining tour into late December. The trek, which rolls into Mountain View, California Friday night (Oct. 10), ...

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ENTOMBED, RAISED FIST, DISFEAR To Team Up For Scandinavia's CLOSE-UP MADE US TO IT Tour

Sweden's premiere metal/hard rock publication Close-Up Magazine, in association with Burning Heart Records and The Agency Group Scandinavia, will present the Close-Up Made Us Do It Tour 2003 in December. The trek, which will kick off on December 3 in Sundsvall, Sweden, will feature the kings of Swedish metal ENTOMBED alongside fellow countrymen RAISED FIST ...

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GODSMACK Rethink Acoustic EP Idea

GODSMACK appear to have changed their minds about releasing an all-acoustic EP, titled "The Other Side", next month through their label, Republic/Universal Records. The band recorded acoustic versions of "Serenity" and seven other songs during sessions in Hawaii this summer with producer David Bottrill. A tentative Nov. 18 release date is set, but LiveDaily.com quotes ...

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MAYHEM: Prepare For An Attack Like No Other!

Norwegian black metallers MAYHEM have vowed to go make their next studio effort, "Chimera", "much more back to basics and much more brutal" than 2000's "Grand Declaration of War", according to post on the band's web site. The group have also confirmed that they have have re-signed with Season Of Mist Records for the release ...

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KISS Frontmen Subpoenaed Before Chicago Concert

William Hageman of Chicago Tribune reports that KISS leaders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley were served subpoenas by a private investigator Friday night (September 26) before their performance at the Tweeter Center in connection with a former business manager who is now a fugitive living in South Africa. The case involves Jesse M. Hilsen, 63, ...

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40 BELOW SUMMER Sign Deal With ROADRUNNER RECORDS U.K.

New Jersey's 40 BELOW SUMMER have inked a deal with Roadrunner Records U.K. for the release of their sophomore album, "The Mourning After". The follow-up to 2001's "Invitation To The Dance" will be released on October 27 through Roadrunner and one day later in the U.S. through Razor & Tie Records. A video for the ...

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