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ANNIHILATOR Officially Sign With AFM RECORDS

As first reported here over two weeks ago, Canadian thrashers ANNIHILATOR have now officially signed a three-album worldwide recording deal with Germany's AFM Records. A double live CD, titled "Double Live Annihilation", will be the group's first release for the label and is expected to surface on Mar. 24, 2003. The group's next ...

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DOPE Frontman Responds To Parody Interview

DOPE frontman Edsel Dope has issued a response to the interview posted here several days ago in which an "anonymous" writer, otherwise known as STATIC-F's Trick Elzen, sought to counter some of Edsel's earlier statements regarding MURDERDOLLS, SLIPKNOT and former DOPE members Tripp Eisen and Acey Slade. Edsel's statement is as ...

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LIMP BIZKIT Frontman Gets In The Ring!

LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst is headed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, but don't expect to see him slap a triangle choke on anyone. Longtime UFC fan Durst will accompany light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz — "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" — to the ring when he takes on "The World's Most Dangerous Man," Ken ...

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CANDIRIA Get Jazzy Via Label Imprint

According to CANDIRIA's official web site, the first jazz-oriented release on the group's own Coma imprint label, "Five Episodes From the Subconscious", features CANDIRIA's Mike MacIvor and John LaMacchia on bass and guitar respectively, and CANDIRIA drummer Ken Schalk on keyboards. Produced by CANDIRIA at Brooklyn New York's legendary Purple Light Studios, the record also ...

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Former MACHINE HEAD Guitarist Forms New Project

Former MACHINE HEAD guitarist Ahrue Luster has teamed up with three members of the Sacramento band JUGGERNAUT in a brand-new, as-yet-unnamed project. The group, which is currently holed up at a Sacramento rehearsal studio writing and demoing original material, has already completed about six songs in instrumental form, according to Ahrue. Plans exist for the ...

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RAMONES Tribute CD: No More Delays

The long-awaited tribute album to the RAMONES, "We're a Happy Family: A Tribute to the Ramones", has a new release date: March 18. The Rob Zombie-produced CD, which had previously-scheduled release dates in December, November, and August, will surface through DV8/Columbia Records. For a complete list of the artists contributing to the 16-song effort, click ...

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DIO: More DVD Details Revealed

More information has been made available regarding DIO's upcoming live DVD, which is scheduled to be shot during the band's performance at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City on Friday, Dec. 13. According to Spitfire Records, the as-yet-untitled DVD will be directed by Ken Botelho for Century Productions and will surface next April through ...

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PISSING RAZORS Confirm Guitarist's Departure

PISSING RAZORS have officially confirmed the departure of guitarist Cesar Soto, who has since teamed up with fellow ex-PR members Joe Rodriguez (vocals) and Mat Lynch (guitar) in a new band called FUELED II FIRE. According to a message on PISSING RAZORS' official web site, "the reasons behind why this site had not ...

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PUDDLE OF MUDD: In Songwriting Mode

PUDDLE OF MUDD have written eight songs for their next album and hope to have 13 ready when they enter the studio in three weeks. "We have enough ideas and incomplete songs for about 10 more," reported guitarist Paul Phillips. "Things could be worse." In other MUDD news, the band's debut disc, "Come Clean", will ...

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SINISSTAR Enter Period Of 'Transformation'

Los Angeles-based SINISSTAR have parted ways with guitarist China, drummer Sid and guitarist/back-up singer Breck and are in the process of finalizing a new lineup, to be unveiled shortly. "SINISSTAR is undergoing a period of TRANSFORMATION and EVOLUTION," reads a message on the band's official web site. "Among other things, this means the band's personnel ...

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SEPULTURA Join SPV Family

As first reported here back in early July, SEPULTURA have now officially signed a European record deal with SPV/Steamhammer Records. The group's first release for the label will be an EP of cover songs, titled "Revolusongs", due before the end of the year. "SPV is excited about their latest signing, and welcomes SEPULTURA ...

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LION'S SHARE Part With Bassist And Drummer, Pursue Outside Projects

Acclaimed Swedish melodic metal act LION'S SHARE have parted ways with Pontus Egberg (bass) and Johan Koleberg (drums) due to personal differences. Lars Chriss (guitar) and Tony Niva (vocals) will continue writing and demoing material for the group's fifth studio album, to be released sometime in late 2003 or early 2004. More information, including samples ...

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HEADSTRONG Confirm Split With Label

As first reported here in early August, Canada's HEADSTRONG have now officially confirmed their split with RCA Records a mere six months following the release of their self-titled debut through the label. "Unfortunately due to circumstances too numerous to cite in this forum, our contract with RCA Records has been terminated," the group ...

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