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BLO.TORCH: Demo Cuts Posted Online

Dutch death metallers BLO.TORCH have posted their entire "Plan B" demo online at this location. Recorded during February/March 2002 at Excess Studio in Rotterdam, Holland, "Plan B" marks the last recorded appearance with the group of vocalist Michel De Wilde, who was dismissed from the band due to "personal differences." The band, whose ...

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VAN HALEN Bassist Jams With TRIBE OF JUDAH, METAL SHOP

VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony dropped in at The Viper Room in West Hollywood, California Monday night [Jan. 20] to check out ex-VAN HALEN singer Gary Cherone's new band, TRIBE OF JUDAH. At the end of their set, "Michael jumped up on stage, hijacked TRIBE OF JUDAH bassist] Pat Badger's bass and the boys tore ...

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METALLICA Bassist Search: Rumors Abound

Former SUICIDAL TENDENCIES and current OZZY OSBOURNE bassist Robert Trujillo is rumored to have made three trips to METALLICA's Bay Area headquarters in the recent weeks to audition for the vacant bassist slot in the group. Also said to have tried out for the band is former MARILYN MANSON bassist Twiggy Ramirez, a close friend ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD: Tales Of Insecurity And Fear

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD mainman Devin Townsend recently told Canada's Chart Attack that the band's trademark humor is less apparent on the group's upcoming album than in the past — a move that he says was entirely intentional. "One of the new things introduced is that the humor of STRAPPING has sort of changed to irony," ...

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EDDIE VAN HALEN to Visit NAMM 2003!

Eddie Van Halen, the world-famous lead guitarist of VAN HALEN, is reportedly planning to attend NAMM 2003 in Anaheim, California on Saturday morning, Jan. 18. He is expected to visit the Peavey booth sometime during the morning. During his visit, it is believed that he will spend some time signing autographs and answering questions from ...

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FU MANCHU Finalize Track Listing For 'Go For It – Live'

FU MANCHU have finalized the track listing for their upcoming double live CD, "Go For It - Live", due in Europe this spring via Steamhammer/SPV Records. The group are presently looking for a new American label following the recent closing of their longtime home, Mammoth Records. The complete track listing for "Go For It - ...

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PLANET US To Begin Recording Debut

PLANET US — the new rock supergroup featuring Neal Schon (guitar, JOURNEY), Sammy Hagar (vocals, ex-VAN HALEN), Deen Castronovo (drums, JOURNEY) and Michael Anthony (bass, VAN HALEN) — are scheduled to enter a San Francisco Bay Area studio this week to begin recording their debut album for a late 2003 release. "We are supposed to ...

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PURE SWEET HELL To Record Debut

PURE SWEET HELL, the side project of NEVERMORE drummer Van Williams, will enter the studio in early 2003 to record their debut full-length album for a spring release through an as-yet-undisclosed label. Original vocalist Jim "Ravenfeeder" Colson will make a guest appearance on three songs along with Van. A couple of other guest musicians are ...

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THE CLASH's JOE STRUMMER: 1952-2002

Joe Strummer (real name John Graham Mellor), one of the key members of the seminal British punk rock band THE CLASH, died died on Sunday at his farmhouse in Somerset, southwestern England at the age of 50. The cause of his death was not announced. A message dated Dec. 23 on strummersite.com confirmed the singer's ...

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Former DIO Guitarist Completes Work On New Solo CD

Former DIO/WORLD WAR III guitarist TRACY G has completed work on his latest solo CD, "Deviating From The Set List", featuring covers of classic rock tunes. The album, which reportedly took a year to record, includes guest appearances from 24 artists, among them Ralph Saenz (vocals - ATOMIC PUNK, METAL SHOP), Ray Luzier (drums - ...

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SAMMY HAGAR To Appear At Benefit Event

Former VAN HALEN frontman Sammy Hagar will be performing at New George's nightclub at 842-4th St. in San Rafael, California on Monday, Dec. 23. At 3:00 p.m. on the day of the show, $25.00 gift certificates, toys, clothing and donations will be accepted in exchange for a ticket to the show on that evening. The ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Exclusive: New Music Posted Online!!

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD have finalized the track listing for their new album, "SYL", due on Feb. 11, 2003 through Century Media Records. Produced by mastermind Devin Townsend at Armoury Studios (FEAR FACTORY, KISS, MÖTLEY CRÜE, VAN HALEN) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the band's first collection of new material since 1997's "City" will include the ...

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MICHAEL ANTHONY, SAMMY HAGAR Rock Out In The Morning

VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony joined ex-VAN HALEN singer Sammy Hagar and THE WABORITAS on stage Friday morning (Dec. 13) at the "2002 Mark & Brian Christmas Show", ripping through supercharged versions of "Top Of the World", "Best of Both Worlds" and "Mas Tequila", the latter featuring Michael and Mona sharing bass duties. "The show ...

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REVENGE OF THE TRIADS Cease To Exist

REVENGE OF THE TRIADS, the project featuring Jason Slater (SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY), Charlie Clouser (NINE INCH NAILS), Troy Van Leeuwen (A PERFECT CIRCLE), and Eddie Nappi (HANDSOME), has officially disbanded. The group, who were working on their debut album at the time of their split, were signed to "a bullshit record label called LMC Records ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Guitarist Turns Down DARK ANGEL Slot

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD's Jed Simon has turned down an offer to fill the vacant guitarist slot in DARK ANGEL following the departure of founding member Jim Durkin. Although he had originally agreed to join the Los Angeles thrashers in their reunion bid, Simon has apparently had a change of heart — the reasons for which ...

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DAVID LEE ROTH Sues VAN HALEN!

David Lee Roth has filed suit against Warner Bros. Records and his former bandmates in VAN HALEN, claiming he was underpaid royalties, Billboard Bulletin reports. According to the suit — filed Wednesday in California Superior Court for Los Angeles county — Warner Bros. Records and VAN HALEN signed a 1996 contract to raise the royalty ...

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SPEEDEALER Call It Quits

Texas aggro rockers SPEEDEALER have split up. The following is an official statement from the group on the matter: "SPEEDEALER is dead and will not be resuscitated. Thanks to all who let us sleep on their floors, fed us, bought our merchandise/records, and supported us for all these years. We'd also like to thank everyone ...

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PLANET US Begin Recording Debut CD

PLANET US — the new rock supergroup featuring Neal Schon (guitar, JOURNEY), Sammy Hagar (vocals, ex-VAN HALEN), Deen Castronovo (drums, JOURNEY) and Michael Anthony (bass, VAN HALEN) — entered a San Francisco Bay Area studio this week to begin recording an album the band are hoping to release in 2003. Schon told Launch that after ...

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ELEGY To Tour In 2003

ELEGY frontman Ian Parry has posted the following update regarding the group's toruing plans and the next installment of his CONSORTIUM project: "Dear ELEGY fans, it has come to the attention of the band that there has been advertisements published in German press stating that ELEGY are playing a tour support with a Spanish band. ...

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AMERICAN DOG Sign European Deal

Columbus, Ohio-based AMERICAN DOG, featuring former SALTY DOG bassist Michael Hannon, have signed a European label deal with Germany's Ulftone Records. The band's latest CD, "Red, White. Black & Blue", will be released throughout Europe in February 2003. In the meantime, AMERICAN DOG will be heading back into the studio briefly to record the track ...

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HOUWITSER Name Upcoming Album

Dutch death metallers HOUWITSER have set "Damage Assessment" as the title for their new studio effort, tentatively due sometime next year through Osmose Productions. According to bassist Theo van Eekelen, the fans can expect "one fuck-all blistering death metal masterpiece." Among the songtitles set to appear on the CD are the following: 01. Primitive Mind ...

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SAMMY HAGAR: 'DAVE LEE ROTH Is Unreasonable And He's Shot'

In a recent interview with CNN, vocalist Sammy Hagar revealed that the possibility of rekindling his friendship with the Van Halen brothers was his primary motivation for touring with Dave Lee Roth this summer as part of the laboriously titled "Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth Tour 2002: Song for Song, the Heavyweight Champs of ...

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BLO.TORCH Announce New Singer, Seek Record Deal

Dutch death metallers BLO.TORCH have announced the addition of vocalist Chris van der Valk to the group's lineup following the departure of Michel De Wilde earlier in the year. The band, whose self-titled debut was released through Wicked World Records in 1999, recently performed their first gig with the new singer and are currently writing ...

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Former SINISTER/HOUWITSER Frontman Resurfaces In DEATH SQUAD

Former SINISTER/HOUWITSER frontman Mike van Mastrigt has teamed up with ex-RADIATHOR guitarist Walter Tjwa, drummer Michel, and guitarist J.G. in a brand new group called DEATH SQUAD. Featuring a "fast and aggressive" sound based in the late '80s thrash scene, DEATH SQUAD have completed work on a mini-CD and are currently shopping around for a ...

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GEORGE LYNCH Completes Work On Album Of DOKKEN/LYNCH MOB Remakes

Former DOKKEN guitarist George Lynch has commenced the mixing process for the as-yet-untitled an album of current remakes of DOKKEN and LYNCH MOB songs, which he recently recorded with the help of ex-DOKKEN and current L/P bassist Jeff Pilson (who sings on the DOKKEN tunes) and ex-LYNCH MOB frontman Robert Mason (who handles the LYNCH ...

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PEAVEY ELECTRONICS CORP Launches EDWARD VAN HALEN CUSTOM SHOP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Peavey Electronics Corp., is proud to introduce the Edward Van Halen Custom Shop. That totally tricked-out, customized Wolfgang electric guitar you've been pining for all these years is now only a few mouse clicks away at www.Peavey.com. Peavey's EVH Custom Shop offers guitarists a brilliantly simplistic online user interface where they can ...

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CANDIRIA Get Jazzy Via Label Imprint

According to CANDIRIA's official web site, the first jazz-oriented release on the group's own Coma imprint label, "Five Episodes From the Subconscious", features CANDIRIA's Mike MacIvor and John LaMacchia on bass and guitar respectively, and CANDIRIA drummer Ken Schalk on keyboards. Produced by CANDIRIA at Brooklyn New York's legendary Purple Light Studios, the record also ...

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