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TESTAMENT: A Tale Of Three Drummers

TESTAMENT will be utilizing the services of regular drummer Jon Allen (SADUS) for the first two dates of their The 2003 Metal Gods North American tour at the House of Blues in Chicago, Illinois on April 25 and at The Agora in Cleveland, Ohio on April 26. Starting on May 2 at B.B. King's in ...

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HAVOCHATE Confirmed For MOTÖRHEAD/ANTHRAX U.S. Tour

New York metal band HAVOCHATE have secured the opening slot on the upcoming MOTÖRHEAD/ANTHRAX North American tour. "To share the stage with metal veterans such as ANTHRAX and MOTÖRHEAD is a great honor for me both personally and professionally," said HAVOCHATE vocalist Jon Mallek. "By being part of this tour, I believe we have positioned ...

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METALLICA: Recapturing The Heavy Metal Throne

METALLICA have firmly re-established their footing and recaptured the heavy metal throne at a time when bone-crunching rock is becoming stagnant, according to MTV.com writer Jon Wiederhorn, who has written a lengthy "St. Anger" album preview under the headline "Damage Inc. Is Back In Business". "Gone are the radio ballads, straightforward rock anthems, string-laden exorcisms ...

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DOHENY Collaborate With Studio Veteran On New Track

DOHENY, the new group formed by ex-THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison (on guitar) and PITCHSHIFTER frontman Jon "J.S." Clayden, are collaborating on a track with Jed Leiber, owner of The Studio on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. Says J.S.: "It's been an honor to write with Jed. He has an amazing sense of ...

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IRON MAIDEN: New Album Mastered

IRON MAIDEN have finished mastering the much-anticipated follow-up to 2000's "Brave New World", due later in the year through Sony/Columbia Records. The following is producer Kevin Shirley's latest posting to his official web site: "Woah - New York is such a fun city and now I'm in 'clear air chop' on a very bumpy teeth-rattling ...

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ROCK HARD FESTIVAL 2003: Complete Lineup Announced

The complete lineup and running order has been announced for Rock Hard Festival 2003, a two-day event set to take place June 7-8 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. It is as follows: Saturday, June 7: 01. GOD DETHRONED 02. TRIBE AFTER TRIBE 03. CIRCLE II CIRCLE (feat. guest appearance by Jon Oliva) 04. TROUBLE 05. ...

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TOMAHAWK: New Song Posted Online

A brand new TOMAHAWK track, titled "Rape This Day", has been posted online in MP3 format at this location. "Rape This Day" comes off the group's forthcoming CD, "Mit Gas", due on May 6 through Ipecac Records. TOMAHAWK is the "all star" band featuring former FAITH NO MORE vocalist Mike Patton, ex-HELMET drummer ...

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TOMAHAWK Finalize Track Listing For 'Mit Gas'

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, have set May 6 as the release date through Ipecac Records for their new album, "Mit Gas". The complete track listing for the album is ...

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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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Former HELMET Leader Addresses Reunion Rumors

Ex-HELMET and current GANDHI mainman Page Hamilton has sent a lengthy e-mail to the unofficial HELMET site HelmetBand.com clarifying a comment made during a GANDHI show last summer/fall in which he referred to his former bandmates as "assholes" and addressing the persistent rumors of a HELMET reunion at some point in the not-too-distant future. Hamilton's ...

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EXODUS Drummer Pulls Out Of ANGEL WITCH Reunion

EXODUS drummer Tom Hunting has pulled out of the planned ANGEL WITCH reunion project in order to focus all his time on upcoming touring and recording commitments with his main band. In his place, ANGEL WITCH mainman Kevin Heybourne, bassist Jon Torres (WARNING SF, ULYSSES SIREN, LAAZ ROCKIT) and Lee Altus (HEATHEN, DIE KRUPPS) have ...

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LINKIN PARK's Record Label Is Keeping Tight Lid On 'Meteora'

LINKIN PARK singer Chester Bennington told Jon Bream of Star Tribune that security is so tight for their "Meteora" album, due March 25 through Warner Bros. Records, that his copy of the advance disk includes a special code, so any duplicates can be traced back. "They don't even trust me," he said. Chester explained to ...

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ULI JON ROTH Hard At Work On New Album

Legendary guitarist Uli Jon Roth (ex-THE SCORPIONS) is currently working on his next release, tentatively due in late spring/early summer. According to the Uli Jon Roth Authorized Homepage, Uli "has recorded Vivaldi's Four Seasons at his studio with an orchestra and is now putting finishing touches to this amazing piece of music. He also is ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE Set Release Date For Debut CD

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the new band fronted by former SAVATAGE singer Zachary Stevens, have set an April 28 European release date through Germany's AFM Records for their debut album, "Watching In Silence". All compositions on the CD were written by Stevens and SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva, with four exceptions, which were penned by Stevens and ...

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PUSHED To Appear On ROCK 105.3

Southern California's PUSHED, the band featuring former TESTAMENT/SLAYER drummer Jon Dette and ex-TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian, will be appearing on Rock 105.3's "The Jack and Norm Show" on Sunday, March 9 at 10:30 p.m. They will be "hanging out, having a beer and playing some songs" off their recently-released EP, "Iodine". PUSHED will also be ...

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DOHENY: Demo Samples Posted Online

DOHENY, the new group formed by ex-THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison (on guitar) and PITCHSHIFTER frontman Jon "J.S." Clayden, have posted MP3 clips of the songs "Drive Me" and "Take My Eyes" at this location. The band, who have already completed an album's worth of material at Morrison's demo studio, will continue ...

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BORKNAGAR Drummer To Join TESTAMENT

TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson has posted the following update to the band's official web site, www.testamentlegions.com: "Hello fans! "Latest news regarding the European 'No Mercy Festival' we are about to embark on in April. Due to [TESTAMENT/SADUS drummer] Jon Allen's personal family issues, he will not be able to participate in the tour ...

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SAVATAGE Singer To Guest At CIRCLE II CIRCLE Gig

SAVATAGE mainman Jon Oliva will reportedly make an appearance with CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the new band led by ex-SAVATAGE singer Zak Stevens, at the group's first-ever show on Friday, Feb. 28 at Twilight in Tampa, Florida. Oliva is also said to have been invited by Germany's Rock Hard magazine to be a special guest during ...

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PUSHED Announce Hollywood Gig

Southern California's PUSHED, featuring former TESTAMENT/SLAYER drummer Jon Dette and ex-TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian, have announced a headlining show at Whisky A Go-Go in West Hollywood, California on March 11. The band recently teamed up with entertainment attorney Kevin Anderson who is aggressively shopping a management and major label deal for the group, according to ...

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AEROSMITH To Pay Tribute To The Blues At Special NY Gig

AEROSMITH will team up with other music biz stars and legends B.B. King, Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, Aaron Neville, Macy Gray, and Buddy Guy for a special performance at New York's famous Radio City Music Hall on Friday, Feb. 7. This once-in-a-lifetime lineup of music greats will benefit the Blues Music Foundation — ...

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ICED EARTH Mainman To Publish Band Autobiography

ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer has posted the following message via the group's official web site (www.icedearth.com): "Greetings, "Well, now that the [record] deal [with SPV/Steamhammer] is finally done, studio arrangements are being made. We are getting a later start than I wanted but that's rock n roll. We should be recording in mid-March and ...

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ANGEL WITCH Reunite (Again)

NWOBHM legends ANGEL WITCH have reformed with yet another lineup — this time featuring a couple of very special surprise "guests". Joining mainman Kevin Heybourne in the band's latest incarnation are San Francisco Bay Area metal veterans Tom Hunting (drums — EXODUS), Lee Altus (guitar — HEATHEN, DIE KRUPPS), and Jon Torres (bass — WARNING ...

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