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Former SLAYER Drummer Officially Joins SYSTEMATIC!

Former SLAYER drummer Paul Bostaph has officially joined San Francisco Bay Area's SYSTEMATIC. As exclusively reported here on January 4th, Bostaph (who had also played with FORBIDDEN and TESTAMENT) has joined SYSTEMATIC as a replacement for Shaun Bannon, who was forced to leave the group last summer after sustaining an arm injury during ...

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Former TESTAMENT Duo Rejoin Forces In PUSHED

Former TESTAMENT/SLAYER drummer Jon Dette and ex-TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian have rejoined forces in PUSHED, a Southern California-based five-piece whose current two-song demo CD is an aggressive-yet-melodic affair that showcases the group's excellent musicianship without relying on speed to get its point across. Whereas Surface is a moody, dynamic number that utilizes vocalist Travis Neal's ...

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Brazilian THRASH OF THE TITANS Tentative Line-Up Announced

SEPULTURA, MACHINE HEAD and TESTAMENT are among the acts that are tentatively scheduled to perform at a huge metal festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil on April 20th in front of an anticipated audience of 20,000. Provisionally dubbed Thrash Of The Titans, the concert will feature appearances from a total of 14 bands on two different ...

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BILLY, DIGIORGIO, TRAVIS To Begin Tracking Debut CD Shortly For Fall Release

The new as-yet-unnamed project featuring TESTAMENT/SADUS bassist Steve DiGiorgio, SADUS frontman Darren Travis and TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy are still in the songwriting stage and expect to enter the studio in the next couple of months to begin laying down their debut album for a fall release through an as-yet-undisclosed label. According to DiGiorgio, “I'm ...

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STEVE DIGIORGIO To Guest On New VINTERSORG CD!

Former DEATH/CONTROL DENIED and current TESTAMENT bassist Steve DiGiorgio will make a guest appearance on the forthcoming album from Sweden's VINTERSORG, entitled Visions From The Spiral Generator. DiGiorgio will lay down his tracks at an as-yet-undisclosed studio in the San Francisco Bay Area during March 8-9 for a summer release through Napalm Records. According to ...

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Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE Axeman Announces Upcoming Gigs

Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick has lined up the following live appearances during the coming weeks: JOE DENINZON AND STRATOSPHEERIUS Feb. 14 – New York, NY @ Tobacco Road Feb. 21 – Washington, D.C. @ Bohemian Caverns Feb. 22 – Baltimore, MD @ Café Tatoo ROB EVAN w/ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO Feb. 15 – New York, ...

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VACANT STARE Prepare Debut CD, Headlining Tour

Britain's VACANT STARE will release their debut album, entitled Vindication, through Copro Records in the UK on March 18th and in the rest of Europe during April. Recorded and mixed over a two-month period at Philia and Backstage studios, the album was recorded by Martin Barbour (i.e. CAPDOWN, MEDULLA NOCTE), Dave Chang (i.e. STAMPIN' GROUND, ...

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TESTAMENT Pay Tribute To Fallen Inspiration

Several current and former members of TESTAMENT have offered their tributes and messages of condolences on the recent passing of EXODUS frontman Paul Baloff. The following are their words: Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT vocalist) “I would like to say that I will miss Paul Baloff and think of him always as a great frontier in the ...

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WES BORLAND Exposes His Metal Roots

Former LIMP BIZKIT guitarist Wes Borland on his early musical influences: DAVID BOWIE and EDIE BRICKELL were like a couple of the first groups I really got into. Then I went into, you know, MISFITS, CIRCLE JERKS, and SUBHUMANS, and then got into METALLICA and then TESTAMENT and MEGADETH and then moved onto death metal ...

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TESTAMENT/DRAGONLORD Guitarist Forms New Side Project

TESTAMENT/DRAGONLORD guitarist Steve Smyth and his longtime friend, Steven Hoffman (ex-ARIAH/SWEET LEAF bassist) are currently collaborating on an instrumental side project called THE ESSENESS PROJECT. Described as “progressive” and “covering a wide spectrum of moods”, some of the material being worked on spans back to several years ago. "This is something I planned to do ...

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ANDY "Undie" SNEAP Shoots From The Hip!

It's been quite some time since we last got an official update from former SABBAT guitarist and acclaimed producer Andy Undie Sneap, so in the interest of making up for lost time, we will let this English fool fill us in what he's been up to. And while at it, we'll even let him have ...

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TESTAMENT Axeman To Guest At SKITZO Gig

TESTAMENT/DRAGONLORD guitarist Steve Smyth will make a guest appearance at the SKITZO show this Saturday, January 26th, at the Raven Theater in Healdsburg, California (corner of Healdsburg Avenue and North Street). Also appearing at the show are S.F.B., OUTRAGE, and THE KUSTODIANS. ...

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CHUCK SCHULDINER Video Made Available To Offset Medical Expenses

Jane Schuldiner, the mother of late DEATH/CONTROL DENIED frontman Chuck Schuldiner, is making available a professionally-edited video of her son at various points of his life to anyone that is interested in obtaining a copy. Here is Ms. Schuldiner's official statement on the matter: Dear Fans, There was a video, professionally done, made of the ...

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Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE Axeman Gets Jazzy

Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick will appear with THE ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO and Broadway star Rob Evan (of Jekyll & Hyde and Les Miserables fame) at Arci's Place in New York City on January 21st and January 28th. They will perform “modern jazz interpretations of Broadway, rock, and popular music set in the intimate and ...

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DRAGONLORD Set New Date For Hometown Gig

DRAGONLORD, the San Francisco Bay Area black metal project led by TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson, have set February 16th as the new date for their headlining appearance at San Francisco's Covered Wagon Saloon. DRAGONLORD was previously scheduled to play the show on January 5th, but ended up canceling for undisclosed reasons. ...

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ARCH ENEMY's "Wages Of Sin" To Be Unleashed On March 18th!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ARCH ENEMY — Supreme Wages Of Sin to be released on March 18th, 2002! The wait is finally over, soon we are all to experience the frenetically anticipated release of ARCH ENEMY's finest album to date, Wages Of Sin in Europe and America! The Swedish Metal supergroup has become the leading band ...

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Former SLAYER Drummer Joins SYSTEMATIC!

Former SLAYER drummer Paul Bostaph has officially joined San Francisco Bay Area metallers SYSTEMATIC, BLABBERMOUTH.NET can exclusively reveal. Bostaph is no stranger to the SYSTEMATIC guys, having played with the latter band's guitarist Adam Ruppell in a previous project prior to re-joining SLAYER in 1996. Paul, who has reportedly chopped off most of his long ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, GRIP INC., ex-SACRIFICE Men To Collaborate On New CD

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD guitarist Jed Simon, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD/ex-DEATH drummer Gene Hoglan, GRIP INC. bassist Stuart Carruthers, and former SACRIFICE/current INTERZONE frontman Rob Urbinati are rumored to be joining forces in a new “death metal-type” project called TENET, which is scheduled to record its debut album later in the year. As-yet-untitled, the effort will reportedly ...

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TESTAMENT Guitarist To Guest On SKITZO CD

TESTAMENT/DRAGONLORD guitarist Steve Smyth will be going into the recording studio with close friend and BLACK SABBATH tribute group SWEET LEAF bandmate Lance Ozanix to lay down guest leads on the next SKITZO release. Smyth had previously appeared on SKITZO's Got Sick CD. ...

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DRAGONLORD Postpone SF Date, DiGiorgio Explains His Absence From Touring Line-Up!

DRAGONLORD, the San Francisco Bay Area black metal project led by TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson, have postponed their scheduled January 5th appearance at San Francisco's Covered Wagon Saloon to an as-yet-undisclosed later date. Meanwhile, TESTAMENT bassist Steve DiGiorgio, who performed on DRAGONLORD's debut CD Rapture and who appeared live with the group at the benefit ...

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Chuck Schuldiner: A Tribute To A Legend!

Former DEATH/CONTROL DENIED bassist Steve DiGiorgio (currently in TESTAMENT/DRAGONLORD) has posted the following tribute to DEATH/CONTROL DENIED frontman Chuck Schuldiner, who sadly lost his battle with pontine glioma, a rare type of brain tumor, on December 13th: “Saddened… This is the first time since I've heard the news that I've been on the computer. I ...

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