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DROWNING POOL: New Singer Found?

DROWNING POOL are strongly rumored to have recruited ex-BUILT XL frontman Jason "Gong" Jones to fill the singer slot in the group left vacant by the death of Dave Williams. A native of Los Angeles, Jones, 29, is believed to have spent the past few weeks in Dallas, Texas writing and demoing new material with ...

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FUELED II FIRE Line Up Shows In Texas

FUELED II FIRE, the new band featuring former PISSING RAZORS members Cesar Soto (guitar), Joe Rodriguez (vocals) and Mat Lynch (guitar), have lined up the following dates during June: Jun. 28 – El Paso, TX @ Nakyes Stadium (Battle of the Bands) Jun. 30 - El Paso, TX @ Bombardiers (w/ KRIMSON, RED EYE FACTOR) ...

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OZZY, ZAKK WYLDE Hit The Studio With KELLY OSBOURNE

Ozzy Osbourne and Zakk Wylde were reportedly in the studio recently working on a new project for Ozzy's daughter, Kelly Osbourne. No further information is available at this time. In other Wylde-related news, the OZZY/BLACK LABEL SOCIETY axeman is slated to play guitar on the next ROB ZOMBIE album, tentatively due next year through Geffen ...

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PITBULL DAYCARE Sign With CLEOPATRA RECORDS

San Antonio, Texas-based PITBULL DAYCARE, featuring former NEUROTICA drummer Jason West, have officially signed with Cleopatra Records. The group, who recently acquired a new guitarist by the name of Andy "Loosey" Escalante, will enter a Hollywood, California studio in July with producer (and CINDERELLA drummer) Fred Coury to record their new album, due in early ...

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CRADLE OF FILTH To Film Video For 'Mannequin'

CRADLE OF FILTH's U.S. record label, Red Ink/Epic Records, has commissioned a new conceptual video for the group's new album, "Damnation and a Day", this time for the sinister, romantic track "Mannequin". The clip, which will be helmed by celebrated video director Thomas Mignone (MUDVAYNE, SLIPKNOT, TYPE O NEGATIVE, SEPULTURA, KITTIE, etc.), begins shooting on ...

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DIABOLIC Name New CD

Florida death metallers DIABOLIC have set "Infinity Through Purification" as the title for their fourth full-length album, tentatively due in October through Century Media/Olympic Records. The album, which is being described by the band as "the most evolved and interesting DIABOLIC record yet, with complex song structures and tempos among the most brutal in the ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE Signs Motorcycle For B.A.D.D.

Ozzy Osbourne signed a 2003 Boss Hoss motorcycle for B.A.D.D. (Bikers Against Drunk Drivers) Tuesday (May 27) at Third Encore Studios in Burbank, California. OZZY/BLACK LABEL SOCIETY guitarist Zakk Wylde was also present at the signing. Check out pictures from Wire Image. Ozzy Osbourne will kick off a Canadian tour with VOIVOD on ...

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ANTHRAX Guitarist Checks In From The Road

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has posted the following update to the band's official web site, www.anthrax.com: "I'm dizzy with bus-legs after 20 hours from McAllen to Tucson. We watched 'The 25th Hour' (the feel good movie of the year!), 'Millers Crossing' (Coen Bros. classic finally on DVD), and 'Amelie' (really the feel good ...

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IMAGIKA Prepare To Record New CD

San Francisco power/thrash metallers IMAGIKA will enter Sonic Ranch studios (formerly Village Productions) in Tornillo, Texas next month with producer Neil Kernon (CANNIBAL CORPSE, NEVERMORE, QUEENSRŸCHE) to begin recording their fourth album, tentatively titled "FallenGod", for a late 2003 release through an as-yet-undisclosed label. "We are very excited about the opportunity to work with Neil, ...

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GENE SIMMONS Says He Will No Longer Buy PEARL JAM Albums Following VEDDER's Anti-BUSH Outburst

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons recently told Insight magazine that if fellow rock performers continue to do outrageous politically-charged things such as stabbing a Bush mask onstage, they should expect their record sales to go down. "I don't think everybody that booed will stop buying PEARL JAM records or going to PEARL JAM concerts," Gene said ...

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THE HELLIONS To Perform At WEST MEMPHIS THREE Benefit

THE HELLIONSCasey Orr (GWAR, RIGOR MORTIS, X-COPS, SPEEDEALER, BURDEN BROTHERS), Dave Woodard (PORNLAB, BILLYCLUB, REO SPEEDEALER), Mike T (KILL CREEPS, PUNCTURE), Mark Baker (ARMSTRONG, ROLLER), and Mike Todd (FAITH BOMB) — are scheduled to play a Free The West Memphis Three benefit on Tuesday, June 3 at The Canyon Club in Dallas, Texas. ...

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Former SKUNK ANANSIE Guitarist To Issue Solo Album

Former SKUNK ANANSIE guitarist Ace will issue his long-awaited solo album, "Still Hungry", on June 23 through West 46th Records/Snapper Music. Among the guest musicians appearing on the CD are MOTÖRHEAD's Lemmy Kilmister, ONE MINUTE SILENCE's Brian "Yap" Barry and SKINDRED's Benji. The full track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Jet To ...

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EXODUS Prepare To Record 'Tempo Of The Damned'

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS have set "Tempo Of The Damned" as the title for their upcoming CD, tentatively due to be recorded during May/June at Sonic Ranch studios (formerly Village Productions) in Tornillo, Texas. The follow-up to 1992's "Force Of Habit", which is scheduled to be produced by Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, ...

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SUPERJOINT RITUAL Shorten Album Title

SUPERJOINT RITUAL, the New Orleans-based band fronted by PANTERA/DOWN singer Philip Anselmo, have apparently had a change of heart and have shortened the projected title to their sophomore CD to "A Lethal Dose Of American Hatred" from the originally announced "Striking Fear Into The Enemy: A Lethal Dose Of American Hatred". The follow-up to last ...

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Former NEUROTICA Drummer Joins PITBULL DAYCARE

Former NEUROTICA drummer Jason West has joined San Antonio, Texas-based band PITBULL DAYCARE. West made his live debut with the group on April 14 at the Sunset in San Antonio as the support act for MINISTRY. PITBULL DAYCARE, who recently acquired a new guitarist by the name of Andy "Loosey" Escalante, are currently in negotiations ...

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DIRT To Take 'Extended Vacation' Following Label Collapse

Houston, Texas-based DIRT will be taking an "extended vacation" due to the collapse of their record label, 2K Sounds/EMI. DIRT's full-length debut, "From Dirt We Come", which was produced nearly three years ago by COAL CHAMBER's Dez Fafara, was released last summer. In related news, DIRT singer Travis Powers is working on a new project ...

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Former GUNS N' ROSES Drummer To Appear In ROLLING STONE Magazine

Former GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler was reportedly interviewed for the next issue of Rolling Stone magazine. In other news, Adler is a confirmed special guest on the POISON/VINCE NEIL summer tour at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Woodlands, Texas on July 19. Also on the Adler front, Steven has apparently expressed an ...

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CHEVELLE: Platinum-Bound!

CHEVELLE's major label debut, "Wonder What's Next?" , has recently been classified gold for sales of 500,000 units — and will soon reach platinum, for sales of one million units. Drummer Sam Loeffler says they haven't received their gold record plaques yet, but they're eager to get them. "We're getting them probably a week or ...

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DRUNK HORSE To Release New Album, Hit The Road

Oakland, California-based quartet DRUNK HORSE will release a new album, titled "Adult Situations", this spring through Tee Pee Records (HERMANO, BAD WIZARD, BROUGHT LOW). Produced once again by Tim Green, best known as lead axe slinger for quasi-metal intellectuals THE FUCKING CHAMPS, "Adult Situations" contains nine songs of "denim tough riffs and a furious technical ...

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NOTHINGFACE Drop Off MINISTRY Tour

NOTHINGFACE have left MINISTRY's "Fornica" tour following Saturday's show in Phoenix, Arizona. No reason was given for the group's departure, but it is believed that poor ticket sales played a part in NOTHINGFACE's decision to leave the trek. The band are currently preparing to embark on a headline tour, with dates to be announced shortly. ...

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BYFIST: New Lineup 'Unleashed'

Texas metalheads BYFIST, who feature in their ranks Davey Lee and Nacho Vara of Seattle's REVEREND, will unleash their new lineup with Rob Steele (ex-BITTER HARVEST), Jess Vara and Jay Wegener (REVEREND, ex-HEIR APPARENT) on April 26 at the Bonds 007 club in San Antonio, Texas. Also on the bill will be DIVINE RUINS, ANCIENT ...

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SPEEDEALER Reform, Plan To Record New Album

SPEEDEALER have reformed and are working on material for a new album, which they plan to record in late April/early May with Jeff Pinkus (BUTTHOLE SURFERS). The revamped lineup, which includes bassist Casey Orr (GWAR, RIGOR MORTIS, X-COPS, THE HELLIONS, THE BURDEN BROTHERS) will play at The Gypsy Tea Room in Dallas, Texas on Friday, ...

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BALLISTIC's GATTIS Speaks Out In Support Of The War

BALLISTIC mainman Tom Gattis has issued a statement via the group's official web site offering support for the Bush administration's decision to wage war on Iraq. The statement reads as follows: "The war in Iraq has begun. I am only speaking for myself, but I am for it. However, I do question the timing. We ...

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