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GODS OF FIRE Commence Work On Debut Album

New York City-based "epic metal" band GODS OF FIRE are currently in the studio recording their debut album with legendary producer Wharton Tiers (HELMET, BIOHAZARD, WHITE ZOMBIE) for a late summer release through an as-yet-undetermined label. In existence since 2001, GODS OF FIRE "have become one of New York City's most exciting true metal shows, ...

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Prophecy - SOULFLY

The metal world was shocked last year when SOULFLY frontman Max Cavalera effectively fired his entire band, but then again, SOULFLY had never been what one could call a stable entity. Unlike Cavalera's previous band, SEPULTURA, SOULFLY has been squarely his sole vision, with any other musicians seeming more or less like hired hands. This ...

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Sources: FRANK BELLO Quits ANTHRAX, Is Replaced Temporarily By JOEY VERA

Bassist Frank Bello has quit ANTHRAX and is relocating to Los Angeles to join the reformed HELMET, informed sources have told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. The surprising move reportedly came the day after ANTHRAX finished taping the additional video footage for their much-anticipated live DVD, "Music Of Mass Destruction", due on April 6 through Sanctuary Records. Replacing Bello ...

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TESTAMENT Singer: 'PAUL BOSTAPH Is Steamrolling Through Old Material'

TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy has posted the following message to the group's official Testament Legions message board: "We just completed construction on a recording room in our new studio. Everything is set up, and it is full-steam ahead. After completing the studio and starting rehearsals with Johnny Tempesta [ex-WHITE ZOMBIE, EXODUS], we got on a ...

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LEMMY, DEE SNIDER, PAGE HAMILTON Among Musicians Contributing To KISS Tribute CD

MOTÖRHEAD's Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, TWISTED SISTER's Dee Snider, FOZZY's Chris Jericho and former HELMET leader Page Hamilton are among the hard rock musicians that have recorded KISS covers for the upcoming tribute album "Spin the Bottle", according to Billboard.com. Due April 27 via Koch, the 11-track set was executive produced by longtime KISS associate Bob ...

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KATAKLYSM Singer To DEZ FAFARA: 'Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is'

KATAKLYSM vocalist Maurizio Iacono has issued a response to DEVILDRIVER frontman Dez Fafara's assertion that Iocono "should shut the fuck up and take a listen to DEVILDRIVER" before passing judgment on the group. In a press statement issued in December, Iacono voiced his frustration over the fact that DEVILDRIVER were chosen over KATAKLYSM to be ...

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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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