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AGENT STEEL: 'Kicking It' In Amsterdam

AGENT STEEL guitarist Juan Garcia has issued the following update: "Greetings metalheads? Juan from AGENT STEEL here kickin' it in my second fave city in the world Amsterdam of course. I attended the Rock Hard Festival this past weekend and let me tell you MACHINE HEAD kicked some serious ass....good to see Phil Demmel from ...

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KILL II THIS Enter Studio To Record Their Final Album

Britain's KILL II THIS are currently recording their fifth — and final — album, "Requiem", tentatively due in September. Commented mainman/guitarist Mark Mynett: "Basically, everyone in the band is moving on, in one way or another. Speaking for myself, I want to move away from writing in the style and genre of KILL II THIS, ...

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DEF LEPPARD Guitarist Lines Up Acoustic Shows

DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell has taken up residency at the Finn McCool's bar in Santa Monica, Ca., where he regularly plays acoustic shows with P.J. Smith to jam and try out new material. Vivian and P.J. usually play there every Thursday evening, but it's possible they skip a week every now and then, according ...

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LAST CRACK: Interview To Air On Madison's WJJO 94.1 FM

Reunited Midwest hard rockers LAST CRACK will be doing an hour-long interview and premiering songs from their latest demo on WJJO 94.1 FM (Madison, WI) on Sunday, June 13 at 9:00 p.m. with rock journalist Susan Masino. You can call in with your questions at 608-321-0941 the night of the show. In other news, LAST ...

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Watch THE JACK Cover AC/DC's 'Long Way To The Top'

"It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'N' Roll)" is the lead track from the new Australian film "Thunderstruck" performed by THE JACK — an Australian supergroup of sorts made up of Phil Jameson (GRINSPOON), Janet English (SPIDERBAIT), Davie Lane (YOU AM I), Kemstar (1200 TECHNIQUES), Travis Demsey (ex-LIVING END) and ...

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IRON MAIDEN Singer Makes Surprise Appearance At LONDON GUITAR SHOW

IRON MAIDEN vocalist Bruce Dickinson made a surprise guest appearance with MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain and guitarist Phil Hilborne at the London Guitar Show this past weekend, according to MaidenFans.com. The special performance, which took place on Sunday, May 9, at The Wembley Conference Centre, featured Dickinson singing lead on several classic rock covers, including ...

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TRENT REZNOR: TAPEWORM Is Dead

NINE INCH NAILS mastermind Trent Reznor has officially confirmed in an online posting that the much-hyped TAPEWORM project — which was to feature contributions from A PERFECT CIRCLE/TOOL frontman Maynard Keenan and PANTERA's Phil Anselmo, among others — will probably never see the light of day. Asked by a fan for an update on the ...

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RUSH Drummer Inks Endorsement Deal With SABIAN Cymbals

Sabian, the world's leading cymbal manufacturer, has added legendary drummer Neil Peart of RUSH to its stellar line-up of artists who play Sabian cymbals, according to an official press release. Aside from switching exclusively to Sabian, Peart has also created his own signature line of Sabian cymbals, titled Paragon, that has led the company to ...

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Swedish Thrashers DENATA Split Up

Swedish thrashers DENATA have officially split up after releasing three full-length albums. "April 25 the day we never thought would come… but it did," the band write on their web site. "The lack of inspiration has been overwhelm[ing] the last months and our motto has always been to do what we do because it's fun. ...

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MACHINE HEAD's PHIL DEMMEL: 'I'm Living Large'

MACHINE HEAD guitarist Phil Demmel has told the Contra Costa Times that touring with a bunch of family men in their 30s is much different than it was a decade-and-a-half ago when he first hit the road as a member of the legendary Bay Area thrashers VIO-LENCE. "Everybody's married, nobody does drugs, we only drink ...

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MORTAL SIN Seek Management, Record Deal

Reunited Australian metal band MORTAL SIN are on a worldwide search for management. The band are happy to take care of their affairs in Australia, but need European or American representation and/or distribution for the band's upcoming DVD release and recording of the next album. The group would also be interested in hearing from prospective ...

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DIMEBAG DARRELL Has No Fear About Facing PHILIP ANSELMO

DAMAGEPLAN guitarist Dimebag Darrell was recently asked by Belgium's Concreteweb.be what might happen if he were to run into his former PANTERA bandmate, SUPERJOINT RITUAL singer Philip Anselmo, at a festival somewhere. "What will I do? I don't fear that day ever!" Dimebag replied. "I just get on with my business, and do my fucking ...

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MORTAL SIN To Release Live DVD

Legendary Australian metal band MORTAL SIN will release a DVD of their first show back on the road (March 5, 2004 at the Annandale Hotel in Sydney). The release date is not confirmed, but the disc is expected to be ready by the time the band go on tour in June. The DVD will contain ...

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UFO: Rescheduled American Tour To Begin In August

According to Ticketmaster.com's ticket alert, the UFO show originally scheduled to take place n May 2 at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey has been postponed to August 18. Original tickets will be honored for the new date, or you may obtain a refund by mailing your tickets to: Ticketmaster Attention Customer Service 4445 ...

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MALEVOLENT CREATION Set Release Date For 'Warkult'

Florida death metal veterans MALEVOLENT CREATION have set a June 28 European release date through Nuclear Blast Records for their ninth full-length album, "Warkult". The album is expected in the U.S. in late July. Said to be the band's "most diverse and punishing record to date," "Warkult" was recorded at Liquid Ghost Recording Studio in ...

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UFO: American Tour Cancelled

UFO's American tour has been officially cancelled. The following is guitarist Vinnie Moore's statement on the matter: "Hello everyone, Vinnie here. I am extremely sorry to have to report that the UFO U.S. tour has been postponed. I was just informed that we have run into an immigrations problem that no one in their wildest ...

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Report: Has Heavy Metal Gone Soft?

Rafer Guzmán of Newsday writes: "Is heavy metal — once the angriest and scariest form of rock on the planet — going soft? The genre has always taken different forms, from the devilish BLACK SABBATH in the 1970s to the rap-rocking LIMP BIZKIT of today. But these days, metal is taking on a surprising new ...

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