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BALLISTIC Begin Work On Debut Album

BALLISTIC, the new band featuring former DEUCE / TENSION / WARDOG mainman Tom Gattis, along with JAG PANZER members Rikard Stjernquist (drums) and Chris Broderick (guitar), are in the process of recording their self-titled debut album at a Phoenix studio with longtime co-producer John Herrera. "We have finished the rhythm tracks with John Hererra and ...

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GREAT WHITE Tour Manager: Pyro Documents Destroyed

GREAT WHITE's tour manager told Rhode Island investigators he has paperwork outlining the band's general use of pyrotechnics, but he said all the documents specific to the show that led to a deadly nightclub fire were destroyed in the blaze, according to the Associated Press. Dan Biechele told investigators the paperwork from the booking of ...

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SYSTEM OF A DOWN Singer, AUDIOSLAVE Guitarist Launch Radio Show

SYSTEM OF A DOWN's Serj Tankian and AUDIOSLAVE's Tom Morello, who joined forces to form the socio-political organization Axis Of Justice, have launched their radio show, which they hope to broadcast nationally. Tankian, who co-hosts the show with Morello, spoke about it in a recent interview. "We are actually going to launch our first radio ...

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TURBONEGRO Announce Support Acts For Norwegian Tour

Norway's TURBONEGRO — recently reformed after a four-year break — have announced SURFEROSA and JR EWING as the support acts on the Norwegian leg of their "Scandinavian Leather" tour. In addition, the band have invited legendary Norwegian magician Tore Torell as special guest. Commented mainman Happy-Tom in Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet: "We've chosen to invite Tore ...

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CELTIC FROST's FISCHER Speaks Out On SANCTUARY, Upcoming CD

Reunited Swiss avant-garde metallers CELTIC FROST are continuing work on their long-awaited comeback CD, tentatively titled "Probe". The group, who have yet to sign a label deal for the new effort, are self-financing much of the recordings, which are tentatively set to surface later this year. Among the working titles that are expected to appear ...

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VANISHING POINT To Resume Recording New CD

Australian progressive metal band VANISHING POINT have taken a break from the recording sessions for their third album and plan to re-enter Palm Studios in Melbourne next month with producer Endel Rivers to complete the effort for a late spring/early summer release. "In January, [drummer] Jack [Lukic], [guitarist] Tom [Vucur] and myself recorded the drums ...

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BALLISTIC To Sign American Record Deal

BALLISTIC, the new band featuring former DEUCE / TENSION / WARDOG mainman Tom Gattis, along with JAG PANZER members Rikard Stjernquist (drums) and Chris Broderick (guitar), are on the verge of inking a North American deal with the New York-based AR Records. The group, who recently signed with Metal Blade Records for the European territory, ...

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AUDIOSLAVE's MORELLO Stoked About AXIS At LOLLAPALOOZA

AUDIOSLAVE guitarist Tom Morello revealed during the Lollapalooza press conference on Monday (Feb. 10) that the revived summer tour is fully backing his political organization, Axis Of Justice. The organization, which Morello formed with members of SYSTEM OF A DOWN, hopes to make people aware and pro-active in a socio-political setting. "Yeah, there will definitely ...

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EXODUS Reunite With ZETRO SOUZA, Prepare To Record New Album

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS have been rejoined by vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza and are preparing to enter the studio with producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, STUCK MOJO, SKINLAB) to record their first studio album in 11 years. "[Zetro and the rest of the band] had some great talks [over the course of ...

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EXODUS: We Are Still Searching For A Singer!

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS are still seeking a permanent replacement for Steve "Zetro" Souza following several promising jam sessions with John Miller, a local Bay Area singer who had previously spent time with EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt and drummer Tom Hunting in the mid-'90s metal demo act WARDANCE. "We are still searching ...

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RUSH Collection To Come With Bonus DVD

RUSH's forthcoming retrospective collection, "The Spirit of Radio — Greatest Hits (1974-1987)" , will come with a bonus DVD, featuring videos for "Closer to the Heart", "Tom Sawyer", "Subdivisions", "The Big Money", and "Mystic Rhythms", the latter of which is not included on the accompanying CD. The DVD will also sport complete lyrics to each ...

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JAG PANZER Guitarist Joins BALLISTIC

BALLISTIC, the new band featuring former DEUCE / TENSION / WARDOG mainman Tom Gattis and JAG PANZER drummer Rikard Stjernquist, have parted ways with guitarist Peter Petev and have replaced him with JAG PANZER axeman Chris Broderick. The group, who were previously known as AFTERBURN, are set to begin work on their debut full-length CD ...

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Rock Musicians Speak Out On Possible War With Iraq

An increasing number of rock artists are speaking their minds about a possible war with Iraq, with many of them seeing the potential military operation to oust Saddam Hussein as an issue that affects more than just enlisted soldiers and their families. Others, on the other hand, argue that even if Saddam Hussein doesn't pose ...

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Former ANTHRAX Guitarist Lines Up European Appearances

Former ANTHRAX and current MEAT LOAF touring guitarist Paul Crook has lined up the following European appearances during January: Jan. 24: "Wetten Das" (TV variety show) in Boblingen, Germany. Hosted by Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio and Steven Speilberg. The bill is: MEAT LOAF, FAITH HILL, CHRISTINA AGUILERA and TOM JONES. Jan. 27: Theatre am Tranzbrunnen ...

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IRON MAIDEN Producer: New Nine-Minute Song Sounds 'Incredible'

IRON MAIDEN producer Kevin Shirley, who is currently working with the band at a London studio on their as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2000's "Brave New World", has posted the following recording update via his official web site: "Friday [Jan. 17] saw us concentrating on a 9-minute song again, as we had been all day Thursday. I ...

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EXODUS' GARY HOLT: Nothing Will Stop Us

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS are forging ahead despite the departure this week of frontman Steve "Zetro" Souza. The band, who completed a short European tour in December, made a decision to fire Souza when it became apparent that he had no intention of touring extensively with the group, a prospect that didn't ...

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AEROSMITH/KISS Tour To Kick Off In August

AEROSMITH and KISS will embark on a co-headlining North American tour beginning in August and running through October, according to Billboard.com. The tour of approximately 40 dates will be produced by Clear Channel Entertainment and is expected to play 90% amphitheaters, with arenas and possibly a couple of stadiums also in the mix. KISS will ...

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ANGEL WITCH Reunite (Again)

NWOBHM legends ANGEL WITCH have reformed with yet another lineup — this time featuring a couple of very special surprise "guests". Joining mainman Kevin Heybourne in the band's latest incarnation are San Francisco Bay Area metal veterans Tom Hunting (drums — EXODUS), Lee Altus (guitar — HEATHEN, DIE KRUPPS), and Jon Torres (bass — WARNING ...

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SYSTEM OF A DOWN's TANKIAN Explains Passion For Taking A Stand

SYSTEM OF A DOWN vocalist Serj Tankian, a partner up with AUDIOSLAVE guitarist Tom Morello in the political activist organization Axis Of Justice, recently explained his passion for taking a stand and fighting against injustice. "I've always had this thing with injustice," Tankian said. "Anytime, if I'm walking on a street and I see a ...

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NIKKI SIXX Biography Available For Pre-Order

Black Market Publishing has released "An Education in Rebellion: The Biography of Nikki Sixx", by Jake Brown, on paperback, and available for order at www.blackmarketpublishing.com prior to its April in-store release. Featuring exclusive interviews with ex-girlfriend Lita Ford, legendary producer Tom Werman, former RIP magazine editor Lonn Friend, legendary rock photographer Neil Zlozower, substance-abuse specialist ...

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EAT THE DAY Unveil New Vocalist

EAT THE DAY, the group led by former LIMP BIZKIT guitarist Wes Borland, have recruited former STALKING TOM frontman Adam Yas as their new vocalist. "When we heard the MP3 he sent, we knew that we had found the missing link," Borland told Revolver magazine. "Every line he sings is a spike through your head." ...

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SCALPLOCK Battle Censorship, Announce Release Date

U.K. grind merchants SCALPLOCK will finally release their third album, "Spread The Germs Over The Human Worms", on Feb. 3. 2003. The new release date comes after no less then eight pressing plants refused to handle the album due to the political content of the lyrics and artwork. Since then, the band's label, Cacophonous Records, ...

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