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GODSMACK's ERNA: We're Not An ALICE IN CHAINS Clone Band

GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna believes that his band is more original-sounding than they're being given credit for. When asked by Launch recently how he feels about the way the group is perceived by critics, Erna said, "I think the only misconception is that we were pegged as an ALICE IN CHAINS clone band at one ...

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DEFTONES To Release New Album In May

DEFTONES' long-awaited follow-up to 2000's "White Pony" is tentatively set for a May 20 release through Maverick Records. "It's been a long process, longer than any other record," DEFTONES drummer Abe Cunningham told MTV.com about the almost three-year span leading up to the Sacramento band's fourth album. DEFTONES singer Chino Moreno is currently in a ...

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SUPERJOINT RITUAL To Record New Album In March

SUPERJOINT RITUAL, the New Orleans-based band fronted by PANTERA/DOWN singer Philip Anselmo, are set to enter the studio in March to begin recording their sophomore album. The follow-up to last year's "Use Once And Destroy" is due in late summer through Sanctuary Records. ...

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Updated: PANTERA, Ex-HALFORD Members Join Forces In NEW FOUND POWER

PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul have teamed up with DIESEL MACHINE/ex-HALFORD guitarist Patrick Lachman (on vocals!) and ex-JERRY-CANTRELL guitarist Shawn Matthews (on bass) in a brand new band called NEW FOUND POWER. The group are said to be in the process of writing material for their debut album, tentatively due later in ...

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NIKKI SIXX: Back In The Studio

MÖTLEY CRÜE/BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION bassist Nikki Sixx has posted the following message in the "Rock'n'Roll Diary" section of CRÜE's official web site: "Thank you all for the kind words for my son. We forwarded most of them to him and it was nice for him to read your words. He's a great 'lil guy and ...

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DOWN/CROWBAR Guitarist Joins VALUME NOB

DOWN/CROWBAR guitarist Kirk Windstein has joined New Orleans' VALUME NOB as the band's temporary bassist. Windstein, who recently commenced the songwriting process for the next CROWBAR album, made his live debut with the group on Friday (Jan. 17) at Dixie Taverne in New Orleans and will reportedly be appearing with the band at all of ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE Records Vocals For New BLACK LABEL SOCIETY CD!

OZZY OSBOURNE has recorded a guest lead vocal appearance on the upcoming BLACK LABEL SOCIETY CD, "The Blessed Hellride", due in April via Spitfire Records. Osbourne was reportedly followed by MTV cameras and crew last Thursday (Jan. 9) as he came down to BLS's recording studio and laid down his vocals on a track entitled ...

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IOMMI/ANSELMO Project Still On?

Despite rumors to the contrary, the proposed pairing between BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi and PANTERA/DOWN frontman Phil Anselmo on Iommi's next solo CD appears to still be on, according to BLACK SABBATH fan site www.black-sabbath.com. "I did some inquiries, and was told that [the reports of the project being cancelled are] false," writes the ...

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NICKELBACK Finish Writing Material For New CD

NICKELBACK frontman Chad Kroeger has been spending time in a Vancouver recording studio, writing and tracking material for the group's upcoming CD. "The new NICKELBACK record is already written and we've recorded three songs, two of which we are pretty sure are all ready to be singles," Kroeger told MuchMusic.com. However, after the success of ...

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SINERGY Perform Special 'Covers' Gig In Helsinki

Finland's SINERGY performed a special "party gig" in Helsinki at On The Rocks on Dec. 18 featuring a variety covers from some of heavy metal's finest old-school bands. The group's complete set list for the evening was as follows: 01. W.A.S.P. - Animal (Fuck Like A Beast) 02. GUNS N' ROSES - My Michelle 03. ...

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IOMMI/ANSELMO Project Postponed?

Unconfirmed reports have surfaced that the proposed pairing between BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi and PANTERA/DOWN frontman Phil Anselmo on Iommi's next solo CD has either been indefinitely postponed or cancelled. No further information is available at this time. In related news, SUPERJOINT RITUAL — which also features Anselmo on vocals — plan to begin ...

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DEATHRIDE Name Debut, Prepare To Record

California's DEATHRIDE, the new project featuring COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara, have set "Swinging The Dead" as the title for their forthcoming debut album, tentatively due in July through Roadrunner Records. "We start preproduction [with producer Ross Hogarth] sometime around January 12th to the 15th," Fafara says in an official statement. "We will begin the ...

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DEATHRIDE Sign With ROADRUNNER RECORDS

California's DEATHRIDE, the new project featuring COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara, have inked a deal with Roadrunner Records. The group — whose lineup is completed by Dragon (guitar), Shak (bass), Sleeper (guitar), and Junk (drums) — will enter the studio early next year with producer Ross Hogarth (COAL CHAMBER, MÖTLEY CRÜE, FASTER PUSSYCAT) to begin ...

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DIMEBAG DARRELL, KID ROCK, CHAD KROEGER Collaborate On ELTON JOHN Cover

PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell, KID ROCK and NICKELBACK frontman Chad Kroeger have collaborated on a cover of ELTON JOHN's "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)". The joint effort, which was apparently spearheaded by Kroeger, was more of a "virtual" collaboration than a conventional one, since the three parties never actually shared studio space but e-mailed music ...

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KORN, DISTURBED Celebrate Halloween On Stage

KORN dressed as cowboys and performed a country rendition of "Here To Stay" during their Halloween night performance in Dallas, Texas on the Pop Sux! tour. Meanwhile, opening act DISTURBED came dressed as KORN and played a rendition of the classic KORN tune, "Blind", as part of their regular set. Vocalist David Draiman and co. ...

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DOWN Announces Lubbock Date

DOWN, featuring PANTERA's Philip Anselmo along with members of C.O.C., EYEHATEGOD and CROWBAR, has added a show in Lubbock, Texas to its upcoming itinerary. The New Orleans-based band will perform at The Pavillion in Lubbock on Saturday, Nov. 30. ...

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KYLE THOMAS Speaks Out On The PANTERA/EXHORDER 'Feud'

Vocalist Kyle Thomas of the much-missed New Orleans metallers EXHORDER, cited by many as the originators of the riff-heavy power-groove approach popularized by PANTERA, has spoken out about his group's alleged influence on the latter band the belief by some that PANTERA "ripped off" EXHORDER in order to attain their early major label success. "Although ...

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Metal Stars To Honor Late DROWNING POOL Singer On Upcoming DVD

A tribute DVD to late DROWNING POOL frontman Dave Williams, titled Sinema, is scheduled for release on November 19th through Wind-Up. Sinema combines a history of the band with personal accounts of the much-loved singer. It features uncensored, behind-the-scenes footage of the bandmembers on tour and hanging out in their hometown of Dallas, according to ...

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TONY IOMMI To Collaborate With PHIL ANSELMO On Upcoming CD

PANTERA frontman Phil Anselmo will contribute lead vocals to the next solo album from BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi, the guitarist has confirmed to Billboard.com. Anselmo and Iommi are to formally begin work on the project in January in England, according to Tony, who says that he and Anselmo plan to tour to support the ...

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DIABLO Commence Work On Third CD

Finnish aggro-metallers DIABLO — described by some as a "heavier and more aggressive version of MACHINE HEAD/PANTERA" — are hard at work on their third full-length CD, tentatively titled Eternium, for a fall 2003 release. DIABLO's sophomore effort, Renaissance, debuted at position #14 in the official Finnish album charts shortly after its release back in ...

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EIBON Complete Work On Debut Album

EIBON, the black metal project featuring PANTERA/DOWN frontman Philip Anselmo, SATYRICON's Satyr and DARKTHRONE's Fenriz, will complete their self-titled album by the end of September, according to a Moonfog Productions newsletter. No release date information is currently available. In related news, SATYRICON have lined up the following European dates during October-December: Oct. 03 - Tromsø, ...

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SOCIETY 1 Ink Deal With EARACHE RECORDS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Earache Records is proud to announce its newest worldwide signing: SOCIETY 1. Fronted by Hollywood extremist, Matt Zane, SOCIETY 1 are at the forefront of the new breed of L.A. metal bands. With a pounding industrial pulse, ballistic guitars and Matt Zane's unparallelled rage, SOCIETY 1 have inspired comparisons to MARILYN MANSON, ...

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BRICK BATH Part Ways with Vocalist, Seek Replacement

Pavement/Crash Music recording artists BRICK BATH have officially parted ways with vocalist Joseph McCaw due to irreconcilable differences as well as the singer's ongoing health issues. The band is seeking a permanent replacement and are currently auditioning vocalists through September before they head back out on tour in the fall. Vocalists interested in auditioning should ...

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THE HOUSE OF SHOCK Announce Horror Dates 2002

Louisiana-based haunted house The House Of Shock, the "sick creation" of founding members/owners Phil Anselmo (PANTERA), Ross Karpelman, and Jay Gracianette, has announced its Horror Dates 2002: October 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27, 30, 31 and November 1, 2. Located five minutes outside of New Orleans, the 10-year-old The House of Shock has become "a local ...

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