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Ex-TESTAMENT Guitarist Stands Behind His Criticism Of METALLICA's 'St. Anger'

Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick has contacted BLABBERMOUTH.NET to clarify his previous comments regarding METALLICA's latest effort, "St. Anger", and to defend himself against the outpouring of negative reactions leveled at him by METALLICA supporters in the days after his original remarks were published. The following is Skolnick's statement on the matter: "The ...

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SILENT FORCE Begin Laying Down Guitar 'Attack'

SILENT FORCE, the band featuring ex-ROYAL HUNT singer D.C. Cooper, will begin recording the guitar tracks for their third album, "Line Of Attack", today (July 1) at RAGE guitarist Victor Smolski's VPS studio in Hamm, Germany. The follow up to 2001's "Infatuator", which is being produced by Dennis Ward (ANGRA, PINK CREAM 69), is due ...

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Ex-TESTAMENT Guitarist: New METALLICA 'Represents Everything Wrong With The Music Business'

Former TESTAMENT guitarist Alex Skolnick, whose previous group was once considered to be among the natural successors to the San Francisco Bay Area metal throne held by METALLICA, has slammed his one-time heroes, calling their latest opus, "St. Anger" a "sloppy mess" and insisting that Hetfield and Co. "represent everything wrong with the music business." ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN, ALEX SKOLNICK And CHRIS POLAND To Team Up For U.S. Tour

Guitar shredders extraordinaire Marty Friedman (ex-MEGADETH), Alex Skolnick (ex-TESTAMENT, SAVATAGE) and Chris Poland (ex-MEGADETH) will be teaming up for a U.S. tour later in the summer. Friedman will be performing as a solo artist while Poland and Skolnick will be showcasing their current group projects, OHM and THE ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO, respectively. The trek, dubbed ...

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Former MEGADETH Drummer, LIZZY BORDEN Bassist Jam With XYZ

Former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza and LIZZY BORDEN bassist Marten Andersson were set to perform session duties with XYZ during the latter band's previously announced tour with GREAT WHITE and L.A. GUNS when they got word that the trek was called off due to insurance issues. Says Andersson, "As some of you might have heard ...

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BELPHEGOR Complete Work On 'Lucifer Incestus'

Austrian death/black metal act BELPHEGOR have completed work on their fourth full-length album, "Lucifer Incestus", tentatively due in September. The follow-up to 2000's "Necrodaemon Terrorsathan" was recorded at Mastersound studios In Stuttgart/Fellbach, Germany with producer Alex Krull (ATROCITY). The complete track listing for "Lucifer Incestus" is as follows: 01. Inflamate Christianos (intro) 02. The Goatchrist ...

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DEF LEPPARD Singer To Appear On ALEX HARVEY Tribute

According to last week's U.K. Sunday Mail newspaper, DEF LEPPARD singer Joe Elliott has been invited to take part in an upcoming Alex Harvey tribute album. The CD, which is due later in the year, will feature THE SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND accompanied by a host of singers such as Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, punk ...

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BLACK CROWES Singer Expecting First Child

BLACK CROWES singer Chris Robinson and wife/actress Kate Hudson ("Almost Famous") announced Thursday they are expecting their first child. The couple has been married since December 2000. The child is due sometime early next year, according to the couple's publicist, Brad Cafarelli. He refused to say how far along the pregnancy is. Hudson, 24, currently ...

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BLIND GUARDIAN's 'Live' Drops Down To No. 42 On German Chart

BLIND GUARDIAN's brand new live album, entitled simply "Live", has dropped down to the No. 42 slot on the German Media Control chart in its third week of release. The two-disc collection contains 20 songs recorded last year on the band's world tour. As previously reported, BLIND GUARDIAN drummer Thomas Stauch has now officially returned ...

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IMMOLATION: Road Update

IMMOLATION continue to spread their blasphemy throughout the U.S. in support of "Unholy Cult", widely considered the group's most vicious offering in years. With support coming from GRAVE, GOATWHORE and CREMATORIUM they will continue to annihilate extreme metal fans until the end of June. IMMOLATION recently checked in with the following tour update: "We are ...

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ENTOMBED Pull Out Of Cleveland's BW&BK 6-PACK WEEKEND

Sweden's ENTOMBED were forced to cancel their appearance at this weekend's BW&BK 6-Pack Weekend in Cleveland, Ohio after drummer Peter Stjärnvind's wife was hospitalized with an as-yet-undiagnosed syndrome, the symptoms of which include internal bleeding. Under the circumstances, particularly the suddenness with which the condition arose, and the uncertainty of the outcome, Stjärnvind wishes to ...

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BLIND GUARDIAN's Live Album Enters German Chart At No. 16!

BLIND GUARDIAN's brand new live album, entitled simply "Live" has entered the German Media Control charts at No. 16. The two-disc collection contains 20 songs recorded last year on the band's world tour. In other news, BLIND GUARDIAN drummer Thomas Stauch has returned to his rightful place after having recovered from a tendon infection which ...

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DAVID LEE ROTH Pressing Forward With Lawsuit Against VAN HALEN

Former VAN HALEN frontman David Lee Roth is continuing to move forward with his lawsuit against the band over unpaid royalties, according to Launch. Roth's lawsuit, filed on December 11 in Los Angeles Superior Court, claims that the group didn't include him in a 1996 renegotiation of its contract with Warner Brothers Records, thereby resulting ...

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BLIND GUARDIAN: 'The Show Must Go On!'

BLIND GUARDIAN will once again be utilizing the services of RHAPSODY drummer Alex Holzwarth for their upcoming tour due to a tendon infection suffered by regular BG skinsman Thomas Stauch. "Unfortunately Thomen seems to have got the same problems with the nerves in his hand like he had before our South American tour last year," ...

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ROB ROCK: 'Eyes Of Eternity' CD Delayed

Former IMPELLITTERI frontman Rob Rock has pushed back the projected release date for his second solo album, "Eyes Of Eternity", to June 23 through Germany's Massacre Records. The CD will receive a Japanese release on July 21 through JVC/Victor Entertainment. The CD, which was produced, arranged, and mixed by Roy Z. (HALFORD, BRUCE DICKINSON, HELLOWEEN), ...

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Ex-LIZZY BORDEN Guitarist Seeks New Projects

Guitarist Alex Nelson has officially confirmed his departure from LIZY BORDEN. The following is Nelson's statement on the matter: "Even though it's been a fabulous 18 years (on and off) playing with the coolest guys I could ever hope for, it's time to move on and search for new challenges... "I have decided to pursue ...

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THE PROJECT HATE Finalize Track Listing For 'Hate, Dominate, Congregate, Eliminate'

Sweden's THE PROJECT HATE, featuring Jörgen Sandström of ENTOMBED/GRAVE fame on lead vocals, have finalized the track listing for their forthcoming third album, "Hate, Dominate, Congregate, Eliminate", due this fall through ENTOMBED's Threeman Recordings. The follow-up to "When We Are Done, Your Flesh Will Be Ours" will contain the following cuts: 01. Hate 02. Nailed ...

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KORN Frontman To Play Crack Dealer In New Movie

KORN frontman Jonathan Davis will star in a new film called "Seeing Other People", due next year. The movie is in production now, and Davis plays a crack dealer, the singer revealed in an online chat. "Seeing Other People" is being directed by Wallace Wolodarsky, and stars Alex Borstein (formerly of "Mad TV"), Josh Charles, ...

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THE SKOL TRIO: Live Dates Announced

THE SKOL TRIO, the band led by former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE axeman Alex Skolnick, have lined up the following appearances during May/June: May 29 - LaGrange, KY @ Twice-Told Cafe May 30 - Milwaukee, WI @ Vnuk's May 31 - Chicago, IL @ Gunther Murphy's Jun. 01 - Detroit, MI @ Motor City Guitar Jun. 03 - ...

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INCUBUS Add New Bassist

INCUBUS have hired ex-guitarist for THE ROOTS, Ben Kenney, as their new bassist. Kenney will replace Alex "Dirk Lance" Katunich, who was recently released from duty after 12 years with the band. In a press statement, frontman Brandon Boyd said the band decided to let Lance go after INCUBUS finished touring for "Morning View". ...

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INCUBUS Part Ways With Bassist

INCUBUS have parted ways with bassist Alex "Dirk Lance" Katunich. The group's frontman, Brandon Boyd, has posted a statement regarding Katunich's departure to the group's official web site, www.enjoyincubus.com. It reads as follows: "Hello, Friends. "I normally don't participate in this forum because in all honesty internet message boards and chat rooms scare ...

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ANTHRAX's BENANTE: 'The Europeans Love The New Shit'

ANTHRAX have confirmed the following North American tour dates during May: May 06 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory (w/ MINISTRY) May 07 - Norfolk, VA @ The Norva (w/ MOTÖRHEAD) May 09 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (w/ MOTÖRHEAD) May 11 - Montreal @ The Medley (w/ MOTÖRHEAD) May 13 - Mt. Clemens, ...

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STRATOVARIUS to Play In Taiwan, China

Finland's STRATOVARIUS have added several concerts in Taiwan and China following their Japanese tour in early June. Confirmed dates are as follows: May 31 - Fukuoka, JAP @ Drum Be-1 Jun. 01 - Hiroshima, JAP @ Club Quattro Jun. 03 - Osaka, JAP @ Club Quattro Jun. 04 - Nagoya, JAP @ Bottom Line Jun. ...

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GLENN HUGHES To Perform In Orlando

Former DEEP PURPLE/BLACK SABBATH singer Glenn Hughes will perform at The Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando, Florida on Thursday, March 27. He will be joined at the gig by guitarist Jeff Kollman, keyboardist Dave Schulz and drummer Gary Ferguson. In other news, Hughes will embark on a short tour with Alex Ligertwood and Robin McAuley ...

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