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OZZY OSBOURNE Bassist Parts Ways With Ex-HELMET Leader

Former ROB ZOMBIE/current OZZY OSBOURNE bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson has parted ways with the new project headed up by ex-HELMET leader Page Hamilton, according to MTV.com. Guitarist Chris Traynor (ex-HELMET, BUSH) will be handling bass duties in the studio for the time being. As previously reported, Hamilton has signed a deal with Interscope Records for ...

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Former HELMET Leader Inks New Deal With INTERSCOPE RECORDS

Former HELMET leader Page Hamilton has signed a deal with Interscope Records for a new project, which includes late period HELMET guitarist Chris Traynor, according to Billboard.com. As previously reported, the pair has also collaborated on tracks intended for BUSH frontman Gavin Rossdale's solo debut. The group are targeting a May or June release for ...

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HELMET: 'Best Of' Track Listing Revealed

HELMET have set a January 27, 2004 release date through Interscope Records for their upcoming "best of" CD, titled "Unsung: The Very Best Of Helmet (1991-1997)". The complete track listing for the album is as follows: 01. Repetition 02. FBLA 03. Bad Mood 04. Sinatra 05. In The Meantime 06. Better 07. Unsung 08. Give ...

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BUSH Frontman Loses Rhythm Section

BUSH frontman Gavin Rossdale is no longer working with guitarist Chris Traynor (HELMET, BUSH) and drummer Charlie Walker (CHAMBERLAIN, NEW END ORIGINAL) on his debut solo album, the singer has revealed in his latest online posting. The split with Traynor and Walker was "very unexpected," according to Rossdale. "It threw me for a couple of ...

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BUSH Singer's Online Posting Revives HELMET Reunion Rumors

Despite Page Hamilton's denials that a HELMET reunion is in the works in conjunction with the upcoming retrospective of the group's three studio albums for Interscope, a new online posting by BUSH frontman Gavin Rossdale — whose forthcoming solo debut is being produced by Hamilton — suggests that Page is currently working on a new ...

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HELMET Retrospective Bumped To January

HELMET's career retrospective, "Helmet Unsung: The Very Best of Helmet (1991-1997)" , has been bumped to a January 27 release date through Universal, according to MTV.com. As previously reported, former HELMET frontman Page Hamilton is currently working on a new project with late-period HELMET guitarist Chris Traynor, among others. The two musicians recently played together ...

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SNAPCASE: New Song Posted Online

A new SNAPCASE track, titled "Believe, Revolt (Relocation Blueprint)", has been posted online in MP3 format at this location. "Believe, Revolt (Relocation Blueprint)" comes off the group's forthcoming collection of exclusive material and rarities, "Bright Flashes", due on November 4 through Victory Records. "Bright Flashes" includes four covers of songs by DEVO, JANES ...

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THRUST Singer Seriously Injured In Motorcyle Crash

Greg Divine, the lead singer of Kansas City-based THRUST (web site), was seriously injured when his motorcycle collided with a car Wednesday night (September 24). Divine is lucky to be alive after the crash, KMBC's Kris Ketz reported. The vocalist was not wearing a helmet when his motorcycle came together with a car, ...

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Former HELMET Leader Attends WEST MEMPHIS THREE Benefit

Former HELMET leader Page Hamilton attended the "Cruel and Unusual: an Exhibition to Benefit the West Memphis Three", hosted by Hamilton's girlfriend, actress Winona Ryder. Check out pictures from Wire Image. As previously reported, a retrospective of HELMET's three studio albums for Interscope will be released on November 4 through Universal Records. Hamilton, ...

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CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER End Reunion Bid, Change Name To BELOW

Reformed speedcore pioneers CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER have officially changed their name to BELOW following the departure of vocalist Bill Treadway (formerly Bill Crooks). "Initially, we were planning on reforming the band with three of the four original members including myself, [bassist] Rob [Nicholson], and Bill," guitarist Les Evans told Belgium's Pull The Chain. "Brian ...

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BUSH Frontman Records Solo Material

BUSH frontman Gavin Rossdale recently spent time in a Los Angeles studio recording a three-song demo with former HELMET guitarist Page Hamilton (who also produced), bassist Cache Tolman (RIVAL SCHOOLS), drummer Charlie Walker (CHAMBERLAIN, NEW END ORIGINAL) and guitarist Chris Traynor, who has played with both BUSH and HELMET, Billboard.com reports. Rossdale reportedly has more ...

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HELMET Reunion A No-Go: Spokesperson

Contrary to published reports, HELMET have no plans at present to reunite for a tour in conjunction with a retrospective of the group's three studio albums for Interscope, due on November 4 through Universal Records. A management spokesperson for HELMET frontman Page Hamilton told Billboard.com that he was unsure how the rumor began, but confirmed ...

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HELMET Reunite, Plan New Album

Guitarist/vocalist Page Hamilton has teamed up with ex-ORANGE 9MM guitarist Chris Traynor and ROB ZOMBIE members Blasko (bass) and John Tempesta (drums) in an all-new version of HELMET, the acclaimed alt-rock outfit that is widely credited for the the jagged riffing and stop-start rhythms utilized by many "nü-metal" bands, including LIMP BIZKIT, DISTURBED and CHEVELLE. ...

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Former HELMET Leader Finds 'Soulmate' In Actress WINONA RYDER

New York Post gossip columnist Liz Smith is reporting that actress Winona Ryder "has been out and about with [former HELMET leader] Page Hamilton. They have been dating — quietly (the way Winona likes it) — for weeks. A friend says, 'She couldn't be happier. It's all coming together. Her work, her love life.' "Winona ...

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TOMAHAWK: New Song Posted Online

A brand new TOMAHAWK track, titled "Rape This Day", has been posted online in MP3 format at this location. "Rape This Day" comes off the group's forthcoming CD, "Mit Gas", due on May 6 through Ipecac Records. TOMAHAWK is the "all star" band featuring former FAITH NO MORE vocalist Mike Patton, ex-HELMET drummer ...

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Former HELMET Drummer Launches New Project

TOMAHAWK/ex-HELMET drummer John Stainer has teamed up with DON CABALLERO guitarist Ian Williams in a new project called BATTLES. The band will make their live debut on May 21 at the Irving Plaza in New York City. Also set to appear are TOMAHAWK, the MELVINSFANTÔMAS BIG BAND and MONDO GENERATOR. ...

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TOMAHAWK Finalize Track Listing For 'Mit Gas'

TOMAHAWK, the "all star" band featuring former FAITH NO MORE vocalist Mike Patton, ex-HELMET drummer Jon Stainer, former JESUS LIZARD guitarist Duane Denison, and ex-THE COWS/current MELVINS bassist Kevin Rutmanis, have set May 6 as the release date through Ipecac Records for their new album, "Mit Gas". The complete track listing for the album is ...

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Former HELMET Leader Addresses Reunion Rumors

Ex-HELMET and current GANDHI mainman Page Hamilton has sent a lengthy e-mail to the unofficial HELMET site HelmetBand.com clarifying a comment made during a GANDHI show last summer/fall in which he referred to his former bandmates as "assholes" and addressing the persistent rumors of a HELMET reunion at some point in the not-too-distant future. Hamilton's ...

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DEF:IGNITION: More Details Revealed

More information has surfaced about DEF:IGNITION, the new San Francisco Bay Area band fronted by SKINLAB singer Steev Esquivel. Joining Steev in the new group are ex-UNDER/VICE guitarist Jack Cargile, former DEFIANCE/UNDER bassist Mike Kaufmann and ex-UNDER drummer Hugo. According to Esquivel, the band's original material "is killer… Killer choruses, music is solid… Everyone that ...

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SKINLAB Frontman To Launch Side Project At 420 FESTIVAL PRE-PARTY

DEF:IGNITION, the new side project of SKINLAB frontman Steev Esquivel, will be making their live debut on Friday, April 18 at the Pound in San Francisco. The band, who feature Esquivel on guitar/vocals, will be joined on the bill by ARMAGETITON (featuring SKINLAB drummer Paul Hopkins), KRENSHAW, and DRAGWATER. DEF:IGNITION, whose sound has been described ...

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THE REVOLUTION SMILE's LOPEZ: Why We Signed With FRED DURST's Label

THE REVOLUTION SMILE singer/guitarist Shaun Lopez, formerly of post-hardcore band FAR, recently spoke to MTV.com about the band's decision to sign with LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst's Flawless Records after turning down an invitation to audition for the vacant guitarist slot in LIMP BIZKIT. "They must have wondered why I didn't jump at an opportunity ...

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Ex-HELMET Man Leaves BUSH

Ex-HELMET/ORANGE 9MM guitarist Chris Traynor has left his spot in BUSH to join RIVAL SCHOOLS as a replacement for Ian Love, according to Buddyhead. An official confirmation of Traynor's departure from the BUSH camp has yet to be made. ...

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PAGE HAMILTON: I Never Wanted HELMET To Break Up

Despite previous reports to the contrary, ex-HELMET and current GANDHI mainman Page Hamilton has not completely ruled out a reunion with his former bandmates. "[The reunion has] never been discussed with us, actually," Hamilton told Modern Fix recently. "People around us talk about it, though. [Ex-HELMET guitarist] Chris Trainer plays with BUSH now, and keeps ...

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Ex-HELMET Mainman Hooks Up With ROB ZOMBIE Members, Defends LIMP BIZKIT Collaboration

Former HELMET and current GANDHI guitarist/vocalist Page Hamilton has teamed up with ROB ZOMBIE members Johnny Tempesta (drums) and Blasko (a.k.a. Rob Nicholson) in an as-yet-unnamed new project. The group, which is based in Los Angeles, will not affect Hamilton's involvement with GANDHI, which played a few club dates this fall, including at the annual ...

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MINISTRY's AL JOURGENSEN To Contribute To New LIMP BIZKIT CD

MINISTRY frontman Al Jourgensen is the latest guest musician to contribute to the forthcoming LIMP BIZKIT album, "Less Is More". Jourgensen joins the likes of ex-HELMET man Page Hamilton, KORN's Head and WEEZER mastermind Rivers Cuomo on the upcoming effort, which is currently being recorded at a Los Angeles studio with producer Rick Rubin. According ...

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TOMAHAWK Complete Work On New CD

TOMAHAWK, the "all star" band featuring former FAITH NO MORE vocalist Mike Patton, ex-HELMET drummer Jon Stainer, former JESUS LIZARD guitarist Duane Denison, and ex-THE COWS/current MELVINS bassist Kevin Rutmanis, are putting the finishing touches to their sophomore effort for a tentative April 2003 release. In related news, Patton's FANTÔMAS project with SLAYER drummer Dave ...

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GANDHI Post Music Online, Return To Studio

GANDHI, the new band founded by former HELMET frontman Page Hamilton, have posted three demo tracks in streaming audio via their official web site at this location. The featured tracks are as follows: 01. Just Like Me 02. Money Shot 03. Everybody Loves You In other news, GANDHI have just entered the studio ...

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