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CANNIBAL CORPSE, VADER Among Bands On POSSESSED Tribute CD

Holland's Karmageddon Media has just issued a tribute CD to the legendary San Francisco Bay Area death metallers POSSESSED. Entitled "Tribute To Possessed... Seven Gates of Horror", the album features "some of the most respected names in the scene paying tribute to this legendary act," according to an official press release. Included on the CD ...

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CATTLE DECAPITATION To Enter Studio This Weekend

San Diego extreme metallers CATTLE DECAPITATION have posted the following message on their official web site: "CATTLE enter the studios this weekend in Burbank, CA with Bill Metoyer (SLAYER, W.A.S.P., SIX FEET UNDER) at the helm!!! We'll be recording all the drums starting this weekend and then heading down here in San Diego to the ...

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MAYHEM, DEFILED: European Tour Dates Announced

Norwegian black metallers MAYHEM and Japan's DEFILED will be teaming up for a European tour beginning in early April. A third band will be added to the bill soon. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Apr. 08 – Loppen - Copenhagen, DEN Apr. 09 - Musikens Hus - Gothenburg, SWE Apr. 10 - Inferno ...

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GUNS N' ROSES Keyboardist To Embark On Solo Tour

GUNS N' ROSES keyboardist Dizzy Reed will be launching an East Coast solo tour on March 18. Backing Reed at all the dates will be Los Angeles-based rockers FASTMASTER (web site), who will also be the opening band on the tour. FASTMASTER includes Matt Starr and Alex Grossi from BEAUTIFUL CREATURES on guitar ...

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ADRIFT: CANNIBAL CORPSE Side Project Completes Debut EP

ADRIFT, the hard rock side project of CANNIBAL CORPSE guitarist Jack Owen, have completed work on their debut EP at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida (GOD FORBID, MONSTROSITY, TRIVIUM) with CAPHARNAUM leader Jason Suecof at the board. Co-produced by Suecof and ADRIFT, the EP "showcases ADRIFT's unique sound and approach to accessible songwriting," according to ...

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Finland: The Most 'Heavy Metal' Country In The World?

Heavy metal/hard rock music continues to thrive in Finland, where bands like CHILDREN OF BODOM regularly top the chart with their single and full-length releases. Here is how the metal/hard rock genre fared on the Finnish Pop Album (Top 120) chart for the week ending February 21, 2004: 04. EVANESCENCE – "Fallen" 12. DIABLO – ...

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VIRGIN STEELE Singer: Athens Show Was A 'Most Glorious, Magical Experience'

VIRGIN STEELE vocalist David DeFeis has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Greetings, Salutations & Long Life to You All Noble Citizens of Hellas! Strange are the Ways of the World...Strange are the Winds, Clouds and other opportunistic weather Formations... "Unfortunately due to circumstances far beyond our control, namely the rather ...

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THUNDERSTONE To Play Special Gig In Helsinki

THUNDERSTONE's concert at On the Rocks in Helsinki, Finland on March 3 will be "a very special show featuring acoustic versions (!) of THUNDERSTONE favorites, rare songs, killer covers and special guests!" according to a posting on the band's web site. "We are planning to make this an annual event, so be there to witness ...

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DISTANT THUNDER Begin Recording Debut Album

DISTANT THUNDER, the new Houston-based group featuring vocalist James Rivera (ex-HELSTAR, SEVEN WITCHES, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM), ex-DESTINY'S END guitarist Eric Halpern and SYMPHONY X bassist Mike Lepond, are currently recording their debut album with producer Jack Frost (SEVEN WITCHES, ex-SAVATAGE) for a late spring/early summer release through Massacre Records. The as-yet-untitled CD, which will include ...

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JOSH TODD: New Band Photos Posted Online

Former BUCKCHERRY singer Josh Todd his backing band — Jesse Logan (guitars), Mike Hewitt (guitars), Mark John (bass) and Kent Ross (drums) — did a studio photo session with Larry Marano of London Features International Ltd. on Friday, February 13 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Check it out here. As previously reported, Todd will ...

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Former OZZY Drummer, Ex-DREAM THEATER Keyboardist To Form Prog-Metal Band

Former OZZY OSBOURNE/PRIDE & GLORY drummer Brian Tichy and ex-DREAM THEATER/YNGWIE MALMSTEEN keyboardist Derek Sherinian are currently looking for a vocalist for a new progressive metal band they are forming. Send promo packages to: VOCALIST 3940 Laurel Canyon Blvd. #442 Studio City, CA 91604 Or e-mail demo and JPEG to: [email protected] In other Tichy-related news, ...

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DEEP PURPLE To Be Interviewed By CNN

DEEP PURPLE's Ian Gillan (vocals) and Roger Glover (bass) will be interviewed by CNN on March 2 for broadcast later that same day. No further details are available at this time. In other news, DEEP PURPLE were joined by Joe Satriani during their concert in San Francisco on Wednesday (Feb. 11) for a rendition of ...

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GORGOROTH Guitarist Speaks Out: 'We Have 40 Million Polish People Who Hate Us'

GORGOROTH founder/guitarist Infernus has spoken out about the controversial concert in Poland that has resulted in the group being investigated for possibly breaching Article 196 of the Polish penal code concerning offense to religious feelings. The maximum penalty for breaching the article is five years in prison. The backdrop for the GORGOROTH's Feb 1 concert ...

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ICED EARTH Drummer RICHARD CHRISTY Issues Latest Update

Drummer Richard Christy (ICED EARTH, ex-DEATH, CONTROL DENIED) has issued the following update on his current activities: "My band BURNING INSIDE is confirmed to play the Sun N' Steel Metal Fest in Tampa, Florida the weekend of March 6 and 7. BURNING INSIDE is also playing the Sunshine Plaza Performing Arts Center, 2400 S. Ridgewood ...

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VANDENBERG: Compilation CD To Receive European Release

Long-defunct Dutch hard rock outfit VANDENBERG, led by one-time WHITESNAKE guitarist Adrian Vandenberg, will be issuing a compilation CD, "The Definitive Vandenberg", on February 27 through Warner Music in Europe. "The Definitive Vandenberg" track listing: Disc 1: 01. Burning Heart 2004 (symphonic version) 02. Your Love Is In Vain 03. Wait 04. Too Late 05. ...

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AC/DC Begin Writing New Material

AC/DC have started writing material for their next album, tentatively due before the end of the year. Fifa Riccobono, the chief executive of Albert Productions, AC/DC's Australian record label and international publisher, has confirmed to Undercover that songs have been written for the next record but the band are yet to start recording. One thing ...

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JASON NEWSTED's PAPA WHEELIE Project: More New Songs Posted Online

PAPA WHEELIE, the "stoner punk metal" crew consisting of former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted (a.k.a. Jaylor) on guitar/vocals, Steven Wiig (a.k.a. Swiiglor) on drums and Joe Ledesma (a.k.a. Joefus) on bass, have posted two new tracks recorded at Newsted's The Chophouse studio in September 2003 and February 2004. The songs available for listening in streaming ...

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JUDAS PRIEST: 'Metalogy' Box Set Details Officially Revealed

JUDAS PRIEST have announced the details of their four-disc box set, "Metalogy", due on May 4 through Sony Music/Legacy Records. The 65-song collection comprises hits, favorites, B-sides and rarities recorded by the veteran heavy metal act between 1972 and 2002, according to Billboard.com. The box will include a full-color book with the band's discography and ...

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KITTIE's MORGAN On Writing New Material: No Rush, No Deadlines

The members of KITTIE recently spoke to SuicideGirls.com about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the follow-up to 2001's "Oracle". "You know, surprisingly I personally have had yet to encounter any difficulty while writing this time around," said frontwoman Morgan Lander. "I definitely can say that by far this is the most relaxed and ...

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BRUTALITY Prepare To Enter Studio

Reunited Tampa death metallers BRUTALITY are scheduled to enter the studio in late February to record their as-yet-untitled new album for an early 2004 release. "The album will be approximately 42-45 minutes long. Studio choice is narrowed down to Audiolab or Erik Rutan's [HATE ETERNAL, ex-MORBID ANGEL] Mana studio, both here in Tampa," according to ...

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SHARON, OZZY To Co-Host Friday-Night TV Show?

Sharon Osbourne's talk show was not renewed for a second season, but she's already in discussions with a network about a TV comeback, according to People magazine. Osbourne is reportedly eyeing a Friday late-night show she'd co-host with her husband, Ozzy Osbourne, who's back at home following his accident in December. As for their three ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Weighs In On The State Of The Music Business

Legendary Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen recently spoke to Rock Confidential about the long-overdue U.S. release of his latest album, "Attack!!", and his enduring popularity around the world. Asked if his perception of the music business changed for the better or worse after years of playing and recording as a solo artist, Yngwie said, "That's a ...

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Former BUCKCHERRY Singer To Release Solo Debut, Hit The Road

Former BUCKCHERRY singer Josh Todd and his eponymously named solo band — Josh (vocals), Jesse Logan (guitars), Mike Hewitt (guitars), Mark John (bass) and Kent Ross (drums) — will release their highly anticipated debut album, "You Made Me", on March 9 through a partnership between TODD Entertainment, LLC and XSRecords. It's being distributed by the ...

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THUNDERSTONE: New Video Available For Download

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have posted the video for their track "Until We Touch The Burning Sun" at this location (Windows Media format). "Until We Touch The Burning Sun" comes off THUNDERSTONE's sophomore album, "The Burning", which entered the Finnish Album chart at position No. 17 upon its release last month. It ...

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Former IRON MAIDEN Singer Announces European Live Dates

Former IRON MAIDEN frontman Paul Di'Anno and his all-Italian backing band, dubbed SCREAMING MONKEY (consisting of former members of the MAIDEN tribute band CHILDREN OF THE DAMNED), have announced the following live dates during the coming months: Feb. 26 – Thunderoad - Codevilla (PV), ITA Feb. 27 - Ju Bamboo - Savona, ITA Feb. 28 ...

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