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ARCH ENEMY's MIKE AMOTT: 'I Am The Biggest Bitch Of All'

ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott has posted the following message on the band's web site: "Hey ya'll..we're in Texas! And it's fuckin' awesome! The show last night in Houston was really great as we got to play 2 more songs (due to a situation with HATEBREED)...so it was 8 songs instead of the usual 6 ...

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JEFF PILSON Jams At STATION FAMILY FUND Benefit

Former DOKKEN bassist Jeff Pilson has posted the following message on his web site: "I jammed at the Benefit for the Station Family Fund on Friday the 7th — what a blast! I played with Vinny Appice (still one of my dearest friends, along with wife Justine), Alan Krigger (also long-time friend and drummer for ...

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CHASTAIN Complete Work On New Album

CHASTAIN have set "In An Outrage" as the title for their first CD since 1997's "In Dementia". Due in early 2004 through Leviathan Records, the band's eighth release features vocalist Kate French, guitarist David T. Chastain, and original VICIOUS RUMORS members Larry Howe (drums) and Dave Starr (bass). Among the songtitles set to appear on ...

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THE (INTERNATIONAL) NOISE CONSPIRACY Sign With AMERICAN RECORDS

Sweden's THE (INTERNATIONAL) NOISE CONSPIRACY, the band fronted by former REFUSED screamer Dennis Lyxzen, have inked a deal with American Records. Rick Rubin (AUDIOSLAVE, SYSTEM OF A DOWN, SLAYER, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS) will produce the group's third full-length album, tentatively due early next year. "I think they're a great live band — they have ...

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Y&T: Rarities Collection Due In Late November

Y&T are putting the finishing touches on their CD of previously unreleased material, titled "Unearthed", tentatively due in late November. The disc will reportedly contain unreleased Y&T cuts from the past — songs that were recorded for a particular record but never made it on vinyl or CD — including a track with unfinished lyrics ...

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SILENCER Add New Drummer

Colorado's SILENCER have announced the addition of drummer Brian Kotal (ex-ONE DYING WISH) to the group's ranks. "His proficiency behind the kit plus excellent attitude are warmly welcomed," the band write on their web site. "He is currently learning existing songs and collaborating on new material...horns up Brian." The European edition of SILENCER's "Structures" EP, ...

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TEMPLE OF THE DOG Reunion Among Surprises At PEARL JAM Benefit Gig

PEARL JAM were joined by a host of famous musical friends on stage last night (Oct. 28) in Santa Barbara, Calif., at a benefit for the Louis Warschaw Prostate Cancer Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Among the guests appearing on stage during the performance were PEARL JAM's former drummer Jack Irons, singer/songwriter Jack Johnson, veteran ...

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DAMAGEPLAN: Debut Album Delayed, New Bassist Announced

DAMAGEPLAN, the new band featuring former PANTERA members Dimebag Darrell (guitar) and Vinnie Paul (drums), have pushed back the release date of their debut album, "New Found Power", to February 10 through Elektra Records. The group, who have just announced the addition of bassist Bobzilla to their ranks, are fronted by Patrick Lachman, who used ...

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Updated: BURZUM Leader Fails To Return After Short Leave From Prison

The Norwegian media is reporting that BURZUM mastermind Varg "Greven" Vikernes (a.k.a. Count Grishnack) failed to return after a short leave from his prison in Vestfold, Norway, where the black metal musician is serving a 21-year sentence for the August 1993 murder of MAYHEM guitarist Oystein Aarseth (a.k.a. Euronymous), the burning of three churches, and ...

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Former SMASHING PUMPKINS Leader Guests On New BLINDSIDE CD

Former SMASHING PUMPKINS/ZWAN leader Billy Corgan has contributed guitar to a song on Swedish rock band BLINDSIDE's forthcoming album, according to Billboard.com. "Billy Corgan heard a song, flipped out, and asked if he could play guitar on the record," the band's manager, Tim Cook, told the magazine. BLINDSIDE guitarist Simon Grenehed flew to Chicago, where ...

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DEVILDRIVER Frontman Checks In From The Road

DEVILDRIVER frontman Dez Fafara (ex-COAL CHAMBER) has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "How's everybody doing? We just did three shows, and then a day off. The first show in Columbus, OH was off the hook. It was good to see people pittin', and everyone hanging out afterwards talking to the ...

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ROB ROCK And FIREWIND To Tour Japan

Rob Rock (Ex-IMPELLITTERI, DRIVER, JOSHUA) and his solo band RAGE OF CREATION will be teaming up with FIREWIND, the band featuring acclaimed guitarist Gus G. (DREAM EVIL, MYSTIC PROPHECY, NIGHTRAGE), for a short Japanese tour in January. Confirmed dates are as follows: Jan. 21 - Osaka, JAP @ Banana Hall Jan. 22 - Tokyo, JAP ...

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ICED EARTH Drummer: No Rest For The Wicked

ICED EARTH/ex-DEATH drummer Richard Christy has issued the following update regarding his current activities: "First off, my band BURNING INSIDE: Richard Christy (ICED EARTH, DEATH) - drums, Michael Estes (ACHERON) - guitar, Steve Childers (BLACK WITCHERY) - guitar, and Jamie Prim - bass and vocals, is playing our first show in two and a half ...

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CANNIBAL CORPSE: 1,000,000 Records Sold

Veteran death metallers CANNIBAL CORPSE recently reached the one-million mark for combined sales of all their albums. Bandmembers Alex Webster, Pat O'Brien, George Fisher and Jack Owen commemorated the occasion with Metal Blade Records owner/CEO Brian Slagel at Sonic Ranch studios in El Paso, Texas. where the band are currently recording the follow-up to 2002's ...

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Former PITCHSHIFTER Frontman To Tour With PIGFACE

Former PITCHSHIFTER frontman J.S. Clayden will be touring with PIGFACE as part of their upcoming "United II" tour. The trek, which kicks off on November 5 in West Dundee, Illinois, will see Clayden joined by PIGFACE mainman Martin Atkins, Seibold (HATE DEPT.), and En Esch (SLICK IDIOT, ex-KMFDM). Other bands appearing on the bill are ...

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JAMES MURPHY Says Florida Benefit Was 'A Great Success'

Former TESTAMENT/DEATH guitarist James Murphy, who is currently receiving treatment for a massive brain tumor with which he was diagnosed in August 2001, has posted the following message regarding the James Murphy Benefit concert, which took place on September 6 at Venom Night Club in St. Petersburg, Florida: "The benefit show held in St. Petersburg ...

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TheSTART Sign With NITRO, Prepare To Hit The Road

Los Angeles-based , featuring former HUMAN WASTE PROJECT frontwoman Aimee Echo, have signed a new deal with Nitro Records. "After a year and a half on our own, we felt the next logical step was to find a safe home for us to grow with people that understand who we are," the band said ...

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ENTOMBED, RAISED FIST, DISFEAR To Team Up For Scandinavia's CLOSE-UP MADE US TO IT Tour

Sweden's premiere metal/hard rock publication Close-Up Magazine, in association with Burning Heart Records and The Agency Group Scandinavia, will present the Close-Up Made Us Do It Tour 2003 in December. The trek, which will kick off on December 3 in Sundsvall, Sweden, will feature the kings of Swedish metal ENTOMBED alongside fellow countrymen RAISED FIST ...

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LINKIN PARK's 'Meteora' Certified Triple Platinum

LINKIN PARK's latest CD, "Meteora", has been certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), signifying sales of more than 3,000,000 units. "Meteora", sold more than 810,000 copies in its first week of release back in late March, easily securing the group the #1 slot on that week's The Billboard 200 chart. ...

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SUICIDAL TENDENCIES: MUIR Reports From Kentucky's FEST FIVE

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES frontman Mike Muir has posted the following report from the band's appearance at last weekend's 105.1 WLRS' Fest Five event on the Great Lawn in Louisville, Kentucky: "Lori, the bands booking agent called Wednesday, saying she just got a call asking if we were available and willing to fly out a play a ...

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LIFE AFTER DEATH To Appear On METALLICA Tribute CD

LIFE AFTER DEATH, the Los Angeles-based band featuring ARMORED SAINT drummer Gonzo and guitarist Phil Sandoval, have been asked by producer Bob Kulick to contribute a song to an upcoming METALLICA tribute album, tentatively due before the end of the year through Cleopatra Records. "We decided to do the masterful 'Eye of the Beholder'," the ...

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