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GODHEAD's JASON MILLER Purchases Recording Studio

GODHEAD frontman Jason Miller has just purchased a building which houses a sound stage and recording studio in North Hollywood, CA. Miller acquired the facility with Oolie Hepperlin (a.k.a. Method, GODHEAD bassist and programmer) and Julian Beeston (former drummer for NITZER EBB, and currently a popular recording engineer). Beeston will manage the studio with Method, ...

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DECEMBER: New Vocalist Revealed

DECEMBER have officially chosen Eric Dellon as their new vocalist. A native of New York and Connecticut, Dellon has sung and played guitar and drums in such bands as SHALLOW WATER GRAVE and ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE (with members of SHAI HULUD). DECEMBER have been auditioning vocalists since founding member Mark Moots stepped down as frontman earlier ...

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GUNS N' ROSES Bassist Names Solo Debut

GUNS N' ROSES bassist Tommy Stinson has set "Village Gorilla Head" as the title of his solo debut, due on August 3 through Sanctuary Records. The founding REPLACEMENTS member told Billboard.com last summer that he recorded the material for the set in a Los Angeles studio owned by Charles Thompson (a.k.a. Frank Black) with contributions ...

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SHADOWS FALL's BITTNER Named No. 1 'Up And Coming Drummer'

SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bittner has been officially named the #1 Up and Coming Drummer in Modern Drummer magazine's 2004 Readers' Poll. The Readers' Poll results will be in the July 2004 issue that should hit the stands later this month. SHADOWS FALL's highly anticipated fourth full-length album, "The War Within", is scheduled for an ...

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Ex-JUDAS PRIEST Singer TIM OWENS: I Was Fired By E-Mail

Former JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim "Ripper" Owens has revealed to the Washington Post that he found out about plans for the band to reunite with Rob Halford via an e-mail from band management. Owens says he was told the switch would be "best for everyone." "They could have called me," Owens says. "But whatever." According ...

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MESHUGGAH Name New EP

Swedish experimental extreme metallers MESHUGGAH have set "I" as the title of their new EP, due "around June/July" through Fractured Transmitter Records (the label formed by MUSHROOMHEAD vocalist Jason Mann), according to posting on the band's web site. The group finished mixing the EP on May 4 and are due to master the effort on ...

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MESHUGGAH: New EP To Arrive In June?

According to a source at Nuclear Blast Records, Swedish experimental extreme metallers MESHUGGAH have set a tentative June 22 release date through Fractured Transmitter Records (the label formed by MUSHROOMHEAD vocalist Jason Mann) for their new EP — a one-song effort clocking in at over 20 minutes. Johan Haake, brother of MESHUGGAH drummer Tomas Haake, ...

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VINDIKATION Finalize Track Listing For Debut CD, Full Song Available For Download

VINDIKATION, the new band featuring former STEEL PROPHET members Jim Williams (guitar) and Karl Rosqvist (drums), vocalist Jason McCrarey (SANCTUS) and keyboardist Rob Rampley (WINDS DIED DOWN), have finished mixing and mastering their debut release, "Chamber of Discontent", with engineer Erik Norlander (AYREON, LANA LANE). The recording features "a unique combination of progressive metal music, ...

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AEROSMITH Singer To Appear In SONY Ad Campaign

AEROSMITH lead singer Steven Tyler will appear in a Sony broadcast advertising campaign premiering Monday May 3. The TV commercial, dubbed "Slo Mo", will begin airing between 9:30-10:00 p.m. during CBS' "Two and a Half Men". The TV spot will also run on network and cable channels through July. Starring alongside Tyler is the Cyber-shot® ...

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VINDIKATION Finish Mixing Debut CD

VINDIKATION, the new band featuring former STEEL PROPHET members Jim Williams (guitar) and Karl Rosqvist (drums), vocalist Jason McCrarey (SANCTUS) and keyboardist Rob Rampley (WINDS DIED DOWN), have finished mixing their debut CD, "Chamber of Discontent" for a summer release. The recording contains 10 tracks with a running time of 45 minutes. Mastering for the ...

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MISERY INDEX: 'The Great Depression' Video Posted Online

MISERY INDEX, the Baltimore, Maryland-based band featuring Jason Netherton (bass/vocals, ex-DYING FETUS), Sparky Voyles (guitar, ex-DYING FETUS, M.O.D.), and Bruce Greig (guitar, ex-DYING FETUS, NEXT STEP UP), have completed their video for "The Great Depression" (mp3), off their first full-length album, "Retaliate", now available on Nuclear Blast Records. The video was filmed on ...

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MESHUGGAH: New Album To Surface In October?

According to the German metal magazine Rock Hard, Swedish experimental extreme metallers MESHUGGAH have set an October 11 release date through Nuclear Blast Records for their new album, tentatively entitled "Catch 33". MESHUGGAH, who recently re-signed with Nuclear Blast after their previous contract with the label expired, are expected to release a one-song EP (clocking ...

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WATCHTOWER To Play San Antonio: More Details Revealed

Progressive metal legends WATCHTOWER will be playing in San Antonio, Texas for the second annual Robb's Metal Works showcase on May 1 at Sam's Burger Joint. Also appearing on the bill will be BEYOND BLACK, POWDERBURN, MIGISTRAL, DEADPOOL and THORNSPAWN. WATCHTOWER's lineup for the shows will consist of Jason McMaster (vocals), Doug Keyser (bass), Rick ...

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GENE SIMMONS: 'Third Watch' Appearance Schedule Announced

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons will appear in two episodes of the NBC television drama "Third Watch" during May sweeps, the network revealed Friday (April 23). Simmons, who has occasionally played himself in different television shows over the years, will play a vengeful mob boss on in the "Higher Calling" episode of "Third Watch" on April ...

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Report: Metal Musicians To Rock For Hungry

Craig Astwood of The Arizona Republic is reporting that the hardcore/heavy metal band TRENCH is using its musical talents and the help of some friends to raise food items for the underprivileged throughout the Phoenix area. TRENCH is teaming with St. Mary's Food Bank in Phoenix to have a food drive during Friday's (April 23) ...

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DROWNING POOL: Entire New Album Streamed Online

AOL Music is streaming the new DROWNING POOL album, "Desensitized", at this location. "Desensitized", released this past Tuesday (April 20) through Wind-Up Records, was produced by Johnny K (DISTURBED, SOIL, FINGER ELEVEN) and marks the group's first release with frontman Jason "Gong" Jones, who joined the band last summer following the tragic death ...

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MESHUGGAH Confirmed For Finland's PROVINSSIROCK Festival

Swedish experimental extreme metallers MESHUGGAH have been confirmed for this year's Provinssirock festival, a three-day event set to take place June 18-20 in Seinäjoki, Finland. MESHUGGAH will perform on Saturday, June 19 alongside HYPOCRISY and DIABLO. Other bands scheduled to appear at the festival include H.I.M., EXODUS, TESTAMENT, THE HIVES, TIIMO RAUTIAINEN & TRIO NISKALAUKAUS, ...

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SPEEDEALER Announce New Bassist

SPEEDEALER have announced the addition of "permanent" bassist Jason Kottwitz (SWAMPASS, TUMMLER) to the group's ranks. "We'd like to give a heartfelt thanks to Casey Orr, Keith Pastrick, and Jason Gavin for their time and effort while filling in on bass," the band write on their web site. "We are very much indebted to each ...

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MESHUGGAH Launch T-Shirt Contest

Swedish experimental extreme metallers MESHUGGAH are inviting their artistically-inclined fans to design a new t-shirt for the group. [Vocalist] Jens [Kidman] (or somebody) will judge it and declare a winner," the group's webmaster writes in MESHUGGAH's official forum. "If the winning one is good enough it may be considered for a 'real' honest-to-God ...

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