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METALLICA's KIRK HAMMETT: New Songs Have "Fighting Spirit"

The brand new issue of Rolling Stone magazine (issue #904, cover date: September 5, 2002) includes a short METALLICA studio report containing a few more details about the group's approach to the recording process for the band's much-anticipated new CD, tentatively due in early 2003. Among the topics covered in the article are the following: ...

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LOCKUP To Play UK Shows, Record New Material

LOCKUP, featuring NAPALM DEATH bassist Shane Embury, NAPALM DEATH guitarist Jesse Pintado, former AT THE GATES/THE CROWN frontman Tomas Lindberg, and DIMMU BORGIR drummer Nick Barker, are tentatively scheduled to perform a one-off show in London in October. Plans also exist for the group to play a couple of shows in Ireland and a Scottish ...

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THE DEFACED Set Album Title, Commence Recording Process

Sweden's THE DEFACED, featuring DARKANE guitarist Klas Ideberg and SOILWORK drummer Henry Ranta, have set Karma In Black as the title of their forthcoming sophomore effort, which is currently being produced by Ideberg and Rickard Larsson at Queenstreet Recording studios. 11 songs will be recorded for the CD, including a bonus track for the Japanese ...

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PAUL STANLEY: "KISS Fans Are Free To Come And Go As They Please"

KISS frontman Paul Stanley has all but admitted that various members of the group were credited for performing on many of the band's albums even when session musicians were used to complete the projects instead. When asked for the reason guest musicians were never credited for their performances on the group's albums, Stanley replied that ...

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"THE OSBOURNES" Surpasses All Expectations In Australia

The Osbournes' debut on Australian network television Sunday night surpassed all expectations for Network Ten, according to Undercover. Ten premiered the MTV hit reality show at 9:00 PM immediately after Big Brother and captured a 39.3% audience share, easily winning its time slot and drawing 1.8 million viewers. In the target demographic of 16-39 year ...

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THE OSBOURNES Go Apartment Hunting In New York City

The following article appeared in today's edition of the New York Post: June 30, 2002 — There goes the neighborhood. The Osbournes may be America's favorite dysfunctional family, but Upper East Side residents have mixed emotions when it comes to welcoming them as possible neighbors. The Prince of Darkness and his kooky kin have been ...

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TYKOON: A New Swedish Melodic Hard Rock Supergroup

TYKOON is the name of a freshly-launched Stockholm band that features in its ranks guitarists Tommy Denander and Lars Chriss (LION'S SHARE), vocalist Leif Sundin (GREAT KING RAT, MICHAEL SCHENKER, JOHN NORUM), bassist Andy Loos (GLORY) and an as-yet-undisclosed drummer. "Tommy and I have been working hard on writing songs lately and so far it's ...

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CANDLEMASS, LIONS SHARE Members Join Forces In C.R.A.N.K.

C.R.A.N.K. is the name of a brand new Stockholm "supergroup" consisting of CANDLEMASS guitarist Mats "Mappe" Björkman, LIONS SHARE members Johan Koleberg (drums) and Pontus Egberg (bass), as well as singer Alex Swerdh and guitarist Ulf Larsson (of the KISS cover band KYSS). Described as a cross between MARILYN MANSON, RAMMSTEIN and PAIN, the quintet ...

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EMBLAZE Line Up Gigs, Prepare To Record Debut CD

Israeli thrash/death metallers EMBLAZE will support the "legendary" SALEM at the latter's record-release show on July 8th at the Barbie club in Tel Aviv. Around 600-800 fans are expected to attend. EMBLAZE will also share the stage with Israeli "brutal death metal lords" LEHAVOTH on June 26th at the City Hall venue in Haifa. As ...

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Former DARKANE Frontman Resurfaces In SEETHINGS

SEETHINGS, the new Swedish band of former DARKANE vocalist Lawrence Mackrory, have made available for download four songs from their recently-completed full-length album via this location. The tracks featured are as follows: 01. Ascending 02. Slow Healer 04. Navian 04. Illuminate Me SEETHINGS' as-yet-unreleased debut was recorded at Dug-Out Studios in Uppsala, Sweden ...

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TRANSPORT LEAGUE Strike Back With "Grand Amputation"

Sweden's TRANSPORT LEAGUE have just issued a brand new EP, entitled Grand Amputation, through their own Hoffa Communications via MNW distribution in Scandinavia. An impressive exercise in post-MACHINE HEAD groove-laden crunch with more than a fair share of melody throw in for good measure, Grand Amputation can be obtained by sending $10 US/10 EUR/100 SEK ...

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COSMIC SPHERE: The New Scandinavian Metal Sensation

COSMIC SPHERE is the name of a new Finnish/Swedish metal act featuring guitarist Lars Chriss (LION'S SHARE), guitarist Antti Wirman (WARMEN, CRAYDAWN), bassist Tapio Oksanen (CRAYDAWN) and drummer Kristian Enqvist (ex-RISING FAITH). Playing a musical style described as "heavy, energetic and melodic metal in the vein of IN FLAMES/SOILWORK," the band are currently writing songs ...

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KREATOR Set Title For Live CD, Make Guest Appearances

KREATOR have set Live Kreation (Revisioned Glory) as the title to their forthcoming live CD, which is due to be released later in the year. The full track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. The Patriarch 02. Violent Revolution 03. Reconquering The Throne 04. Extreme Aggression 05. People Of The Lie 06. All ...

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Former KISS Axeman Pays Tribute To 70s Glamsters SWEET

Former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick has contributed lead guitar to the track "Sweet FA" for an upcoming SWEET tribute album, to be released later this year. Appearing under the banner JK'S ALL STAR EXPERIENCE, Kulick is backed on the track by an all-Swedish cast consisting of, among others, bassist John Levn (ex-EUROPE), rhythm guitarist Lars ...

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VANDEN PLAS Line Up Guest Appearances, Reschedule Dates

VANDEN PLAS drummer Andreas Lill has recorded drums for Danish guitarist Torben Enevoldsen's project SECTOR A. Derek Sherinian (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ex-DREAM THEATER) will play keyboards, and Andy Engberg (ex-LION'S SHARE) will handle the vocals on the upcoming CD. In related news, Lill and VANDEN PLAS singer Andy Kuntz have teamed up with ELEGY frontman Ian Parry, ...

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GRAVES To Issue Debut CD, Embark On US Tour

GRAVES, the new band of former MISFITS vocalist Michale Graves, drummer Dr. Chud, guitarist Tom Logan, and ex-FAST TIMES bassist Graham Westfield, will issue their full-length debut, entitled The Web Of Dharma, on May 15th. The full track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. One Million Light Years From Her 02. So Don't ...

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EDGUY's TOBIAS SAMMET: AVANTASIA Part II Coming In August

EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet is currently hard at work on the second part of his metal opera project dubbed AVANTASIA, which released a highly-acclaimed debut effort, entitled simply The Metal Opera, in November 2000. According to Sammet, touring with my main band EDGUY is such big fun, [but] in between traveling to the different continents, ...

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DRAGONLORD Recruit Former TESTAMENT Bassist, Announce Upcoming Gigs

San Francisco Bay Area black metallers DRAGONLORD, featuring members of TESTAMENT, have officially announced the addition of bassist Derrick Ramirez (ex-TESTAMENT) to the group's ranks. DRAGONLORD will be performing at the Bourbon Street Bar and Grill in Concord, California on April 27th. Also appearing on the bill will be GREENHOUSE EFFECT, MUDSLINGER, and LORDS OF ...

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KONKHRA Enter Studio, Tentative Track Listing Released

Denmark's KONKHRA commenced the recording sessions for their brand new album on April 8th at Starstruck studio (owned by mainman Anders Lundemark) for a late 2002 release through an as-yet-undetermined label. Among the tracks that are set to appear on the forthcoming CD are: 01. Reality Check 02. The Lions Are Hungry 03. Day Of ...

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ICED EARTH's JON SCHAFFER: No New Music Until Spring/Summer 2003

ICED EARTH guitarist Jon Schaffer has completed work on the music for four songs for the next DEMONS & WIZARDS album—Schaffer's hugely-acclaimed collaboration with BLIND GUARDIAN vocalist Hansi Kursch—but has yet to share the material with Kursch, who is presently busy promoting the recently-released BLIND GUARDIAN CD A Night At The Opera, according to a ...

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SEPULTURA, KRISIUN To Share Stage At ABRIL PRO ROCK Festival

SEPULTURA, KRISIUN, and ATTAQUE 77 (a punk rock band from Argentina) will perform on the main stage of the Abril Pro Rock festival on April 20th in Recife, Brazil. Appearing on the second stage at the same event will be local bands DECOMPOSED GOD, PROLE and OS CACHORROS. The shows will reportedly be alternated, allowing ...

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