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MOTOGRATER Mixing Debut For Summer Release

Santa Barbara, California-based quintet MOTOGRATER are currently mixing their debut album with producer James "Jimbo" Barton (METALLICA, RUSH, MARILYN MANSON, STONE SOUR) at Track Records studio in Los Angeles for a summer release through No Name/Elektra Records. A new track, titled "Suffocate", can be heard in streaming audio in the "Use It Or Lose It" ...

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MISFITS To Embark On 25th Anniversary European Tour

MISFITS have announced the details of their 25th Anniversary European tour, set to kick off on Jan. 22 in Barcelona, Spain. The "all-star" lineup of Jerry Only, Marky Ramone (THE RAMONES) and Dez Cadena (BLACK FLAG) will be showcasing a full set of MISFITS classics past and present as well as select classics from THE ...

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DEATHRIDE To Begin Recording In Early February

California's DEATHRIDE, the new project featuring COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara, are set to begin recording their debut album, tentatively titled "Thirteen", on Feb. 3 for a July release through Roadrunner Records. The following is Fafara's latest update on the group's activities, as posted on the band's official message board: "DEATHRIDE goes to the NAMM ...

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DEATHRIDE Scrap Album Title, Prepare To Record

California's DEATHRIDE, the new project featuring COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara, have had a change of heart and are currently eyeing "Thirteen" as a possible title for their forthcoming debut album, tentatively due in July through Roadrunner Records. The following is Fafara's latest update on the group's current and upcoming activities: "Rehearsals started again on ...

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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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COAL CHAMBER Frontman Offers Update On Future Activities

COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara has posted a lengthy update on the band's official web site, addressing, among other things, the group's recent split with drummer Mike Cox, the release of an upcoming DVD and other future activities. The following is Dez's statement in its entirety: "OK, here's what's going on. Let's talk COAL CHAMBER ...

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DEATHRIDE Kick Off Showcase Gigs

California's DEATHRIDE, the new project featuring COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara, have kicked off a series of showcase gigs with a view towards signing a record deal and issuing a debut CD in early 2003. "Yesterday afternoon: November, 13th DEATHRIDE showcased at The Whisky a Go Go on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, California," Fafara wrote ...

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DEATHRIDE To Perform Series Of Showcases

California's DEATHRIDE, the new project featuring COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara, are set to begin performing a series of showcase gigs with a view towards signing a record deal and issuing a CD in early 2003. "DEATHRIDE has been rehearsing every day, and we are now preparing ourselves for a series of showcases — not ...

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COAL CHAMBER Split With Drummer, Management

COAL CHAMBER have parted ways with drummer Mike Cox and their management company, Left Bank. The following is an official statement on the matter from COAL CHAMBER vocalist Dez Fafara and guitarist Meegs Rascon: "This letter is to inform everyone that as of October 24th, 2002, Mike Cox is no longer part of COAL CHAMBER. ...

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DIRT Confirmed For W.A.S.P. Tour

Houston, Texas-based DIRT have been added to the upcoming W.A.S.P. North American tour, according to the band's management. The trek kicks off on October 15th in Tempe, Arizona and is scheduled to last until December 9th. Also set to appear on the bill are Metal Blade recording artists ENGINE, featuring FATES WARNING singer Ray Alder ...

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MOTOGRATER Dropped By NO NAME RECORDS?

Santa Barbara, California-based quintet MOTOGRATER are rumored to have parted ways with No Name/Elektra Records before a single note has been released through the label. An official confirmation on the matter has yet to be made. MOTOGRATER recently entered a Vancouver, British Columbia studio with producer GGGarth Richardson (MUDVAYNE, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, SPINESHANK) to ...

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COAL CHAMBER Frontman To Host Radio Show

COAL CHAMBER/DEATHRIDE frontman Dez Fafara has been offered a radio show by XM Sattelite Radio, a national radio service for the car which launched its operations several months ago. "We're getting ready to start work on it in the next two weeks," stated Dez. "Well be playing great music and for our first interview hope ...

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COAL CHAMBER Frontman Creates 'New Sound' With Side Project

California's DEATHRIDE, the new project featuring COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara, are set to begin performing showcase gigs beginning in early October with a view towards signing a record deal and issuing a CD in early 2003. The band, which is based in a small town three hours north of Los Angeles, came together when ...

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COAL CHAMBER's DEZ FAFARA Launches DEATHRIDE

COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara has reportedly started a side project called DEATHRIDE. The new group is said to have already completed writing over 20 tracks, some of which are being described as "much heavier than COAL CHAMBER" and featuring "more technical" musicianship than that found in Fafara's main band. Unconfirmed rumors also indicate that ...

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MOTOGRATER Select MUDVAYNE Producer For Upcoming Debut

Santa Barbara, California-based quintet MOTOGRATER will shortly enter a Vancouver, British Columbia studio with producer GGGarth Richardson (i.e. MUDVAYNE, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, SPINESHANK) to begin work on their debut effort for No Name/Elektra Records. A fall release is expected. As previously reported, the much-talked-about group had originally signed with COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara's ...

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DIRT Ink Deal With 2K SOUNDS/EMI

Houston's DIRT have inked a deal with 2K Sounds/EMI Distribution for the release of their long-awaited debut album, entitled From Dirt We Come. Recorded two years ago at AMG Studios recording compound in Houston and produced by COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara, the album contains such cuts as "Pain", "Useless", "Disturbed" and "Last Tribe". To ...

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MOTOGRATER To Record Debut CD

Santa Barbara, California-based quintet MOTOGRATER will reportedly enter the studio next month to begin work on their debut effort for No Name/Elektra Records. A fall release is expected. As previously reported, the much-talked-about group had originally signed with COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara's Sever imprint through Beyond/BMG Records, but had since become free agents, thereby ...

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COAL CHAMBER's NADJA PEULEN: Rayna Is Not Coming Back

COAL CHAMBER bassist Nadja Peulen has shot down the rumors of an imminent return to the group's line-up of former CC bassist Rayna Foss-Rose, who left the group earlier this year to focus on her motherhood. According to Peulen, “for once and all, Rayna is not coming back. She quit because she is a mom. ...

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MOTOGRATER Ink Deal With No Name/Elektra Records

Santa Barbara, California-based quintet MOTOGRATER have reportedly inked a deal with No Name/Elektra Records. The much-talked-about group had originally signed with COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara's Sever imprint through Beyond/BMG Records, but had since become free agents, thereby allowing them to link up with No Name head honcho Steve Richards at his new company. Back ...

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MISFITS To Release Split Single With BALZAC

MISFITS will shortly be issuing a split single with Japan's premier horror punk band BALZAC via their own Misfits Records. Currently available in Japan through the Disk Union label, the single features MISFITS covering a BALZAC song ("Day the Earth Caught Fire") and BALZAC doing a medley of two MISFITS songs ("The Haunting" and "Don't ...

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