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MIWAUKEE METALFEST Founder: 'You Don't Play Metal At Volume 2'

Tom Alesia of the Wisconsin State Journal is reporting that the 17th annual Milwaukee Metalfest — where bands play sledgehammer rock that practically lodges a guitar into one ear and out the other — will present more than 120 acts on Friday and Saturday (July 25-26). " 'You've got thrash metal, speed metal, classic metal, ...

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DIVINE RAPTURE Sign With LISTENABLE RECORDS

Pennsylvania-based death metallers DIVINE RAPTURE have inked a deal with France's Listenable Records. The group will release their new album, "The Burning Passion", in September/October. The self-produced effort was tracked and engineered by Ron Vento at Nightsky Studios in Maryland and was mixed and mastered by Babak Davodian at Transcend Studios in New York. "DIVINE ...

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JEFF KOLLMAN Working On Solo Album

Guitarist/producer/songwriter Jeff Kollman has started the writing process for a new solo instrumental release, the follow-up to 1999's "Shedding Skin". COSMOSQUAD, Kollman's prog-metal/fusion three-piece with bassist Barry Sparks and drummer Shane Gaalaas, who are currently out on tour with TED NUGENT and Japanese superstars B'Z, respectively, are set to reconvene in the fall to write ...

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BLINDSIDE To Begin Work On New Album

Sweden's BLINDSIDE have set "About A Burning Fire" as the title for their upcoming album, which they plan to begin recording shortly with producer Howard Benson (P.O.D., SEPULTURA, COLD). "We are all very excited about this new record and the new opportunities it will bring," the band said in a statement posted on their official ...

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KHANATE Complete Work On Sophomore Album

"Extreme doom" metal band KHANATE, the brainchild of Stephen O'Malley (THORR'S HAMMER, BURNING WITCH, SUNN 0))), LOTUS EATERS) and James Plotkin (OLD, SCORN, ATOMSMASHER), have completed work on their second album, entitled "Things Viral". The CD, slated for release in Europe on October 6 and in the U.S. on October 21 through Southern Lord Recordings, ...

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OZZY To The Rescue

Michael Starr of the New York Post reports that there has been more trouble for Sharon Osbourne's menagerie of pets — with hubby Ozzy Osbourne coming to the rescue. Last year, it was Pipi, Sharon's beloved pomeranian, who went missing (and was eventually returned by an anonymous thief). Now, Sharon tells Us Weekly that her ...

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GUNS N' ROSES Bassist To Hit The Road: Tour Dates Announced

Tommy Stinson, founding member and bass player for the seminal rock group THE REPLACEMENTS and bass player of the new GUNS N' ROSES, will embark on a three-week U.S. tour in late August along with Hearbox Records recording artists THE FIGGS. Performing in an acoustic setting, Stinson will be previewing some of the songs from ...

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EDGUY Enter Studio To Record New CD

German melodic metallers EDGUY have completed the songwriting sessions for their new album, "Mysteria", and have entered the studio to begin recording the CD for an early 2004 release through AFM Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Mandrake" will feature a musical direction that has been described by vocalist Tobias Sammet as "epic, heavy, [and] melodic," ...

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AEROSMITH To Release New Home Video

AEROSMITH are contemplating releasing a home video containing "making of" footage from sessions for their forthcoming album, according to Billboard.com. As previously reported, the band are currently recording a blues album with producer Jack Douglas, who worked with the band on several of their 1970s albums, including "Toys in the Attic" and "Rocks". The as-yet-untitled ...

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SOULFLY Cancel Russian Tour

SOULFLY have been forced to postpone their previously announced tour of Russia due to last weekend's suicide bombing at a rock concert in Moscow that resulted in the deaths of 14 people. A letter from the Russian police to the tour's organizers requesting the cancellation of the dates reads as follows: "Considering the rising amount ...

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SILENCER To Hit The Road Later In The Month

Colorado's SILENCER have announced the following tour dates: Jul. 15 – Cotati, CA @ Friar Tuck's Jul. 16 – Downey, CA @ Stardust Lounge Jul. 17 - Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyenne Saloon Jul. 18 – Tempe, AZ @ Minder Binder's Jul. 19 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Attic Jul. 20 – Amarillo, TX @ ...

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GOTHAM ROAD To Sell New Demo At Upcoming Shows

GOTHAM ROAD, the new band featuring frontman Michale Graves (MISFITS, GRAVES), guitarist Loki (ANGELSIN, GRAVES guitar tech), bassist JV Bastard (MISTER MONSTER), and drummer Paul Lifeless (A LIFELESS ALLIANCE, MISTER MONSTER), are in the process of mixing a six-song demo at Demolition Studios with engineer Harry Jack and expect to have it mastered and pressed ...

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The Press-Enterprise: Metal Fans' Journey Leads To OZZFEST

Matt Surman of The Press-Enterprise reports in the paper's Sunday edition that the Ozzfest concert Saturday (July 5) at the Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen in Devore, California was attended by thousands of people representing various classifications of metal fans: the black-wearers, the muscled and tattooed, the shockers with dyed hair and piercings, the women ...

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GREAT WHITE's JACK RUSSELL: 'I Cry Every Single Day'

In preparing for the group's upcoming weekend shows to raise money for The Station Family Fund, GREAT WHITE's manager Charrie L. Foglio interviewed the band's lead singer Jack Russell and guitarist Mark Kendall and provided the media with statements from the band members, according to the Providence Journal. In those written statements, Russell and Kendall ...

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AEROSMITH: Blues Album Delayed Until January

AEROSMITH's much-anticipated new blues album has had its release date pushed back to January 2004. Guitarist Joe Perry told Billboard.com, "All the basics are done, we're probably three-quarters done with the overdubs. And there really aren't many to do, because we cut the album basically live." "By having the record come out in January, it ...

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TOMMY LEE To BLABBERMOUTH.NET Bashers: 'Move The Fuck On!'

Former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee has lashed out at the "retarded people" at BLABBERMOUTH.NET who have posted scathingly unflattering messages about his recently announced collaboration with BACKSTREET BOYS singer Nick Carter. Responding directly to the overwhelmingly negative comments on this site accompanying the June 27 article announcing Lee's alliance with Carter, Tommy ...

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OSBOURNES Wax Away

The Osbourne family — Ozzy, Sharon, Jack and Kelly — are to appear in London's Madame Tussaud's Museum, according to the Irish Examiner. But like everything else with that unusual family, there is a twist. The Osbourne wax dummies will speak, exactly like their real life counterparts, so expect a lot of bleeped out words. ...

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HUGHES TURNER PROJECT: New Album Details Revealed

HUGHES TURNER PROJECT (HTP), the collaboration between former DEEP PURPLE/BLACK SABBATH vocalist Glenn Hughes and ex-RAINBOW/DEEP PURPLE singer Joe Lynn Turner, have finalized the track listing for their sophomore album, "II", due on September 29 through MTM Music. The follow-up to the group's self-titled debut will feature the following songs: 01. Revelation 02. Alone I ...

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EXODUS's GARY HOLT: New Album Sounds 'Crushing'

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS are continuing work on their new album, "Tempo Of The Damned", at Tsunami studios in Northern California with producer Andy Sneap (SKINLAB, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, MACHINE HEAD). "All rhythm tracks are done, [bassist] Jack [Gibson]'s laying down the thunder on 'Culling the Herd' right now," guitarist Gary Holt ...

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