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VOIVOD Prepare To Record New CD

The current incarnation of VOIVOD — vocalist Snake (a.k.a. Denis Belanger), guitarist Piggy (a.k.a. Denis D'Amour), drummer Away (a.k.a. Michel Langevin), and ex-METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted — will enter the final phase of pre-production for the group's much-anticipated comeback album on September 24th at Newsted's home studio in Walnut Creek, California. 13 songs (including one ...

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THE SERVANTS Announce Bay Area Gig

San Francisco Bay Area's THE SERVANTS, featuring former MACHINE HEAD/TESTAMENT drummer Chris Kontos, are scheduled to perform KEHOE NATION (featuring guitar virtuoso Brian Kehoe, formerly of M.I.R.V.) and BLOOD RED ROSES at Blake's in Berkeley, California on Friday, September 27th. THE SERVANTS recently issued their full-length debut CD, Mostly Monsters, which can be obtained via ...

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STATIC-X Commence Writing Next CD

STATIC-X have commenced the songwriting process for their third album, tentatively due in late 2003. "We had written 3 new songs on our last break (April 2002) and the vibe was great," revealed guitarist Tripp Eisen via the group's official web site. "It was my first time writing with STATIC-X — very exciting and it ...

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GUNS N' ROSES' BUCKETHEAD To Issue Solo CD

GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Buckethead will issue his latest solo album, Electric Tears, on October 8th via Meta Records, according to Launch. Buckethead last solo effort, Bermuda Triangle, was released this summer through City Hall Records. Bermuda Triangle is described as an "instrumental underground hip-hop/electro-funk fantasia," and also features the drumming of Brian "Brain" Mantia, ...

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PRONG To Release '100% Live' In October

The reunited PRONG — now consisting of singer/guitarist Tommy Victor, drummer Dan Laudo, bassist Brian Perry and touring guitarist Monte Pittman — will issue their first live album, entitled 100% Live, on October 29th through Locomotive Music. The full track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Another Worldly Device 02. Disbelief 03. Beg ...

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MNEMIC: 2002 Demo Posted Online

The Danish "hybrid metal" act MNEMIC, featuring INVOCATOR session drummer Brian Rasmussen and ex-MERCENARY guitarist Mircea G. Eftemie, have completed work on their 2002 Promo CD with producer Tue Madsen (i.e. THE HAUNTED, KONKHRA, 2 TON PREDATOR, etc.) at AntFarm Studios. A self-described mixture of MESHUGGAH, DEVIN TOWNSEND and FEAR FACTORY, the group have made ...

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TALISMAN To Record New CD In Italy

Legendary Swedish/American hard rock act TALISMAN, featuring former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN members Jeff Scott Soto (vocals) and Marcel Jacob (bass), will travel to Italy next week to begin recording their new studio album, due in early 2003 through Frontiers Records. While in Italy, TALISMAN will also be appearing at the EUROPE Convention in Parma with ex-EUROPE ...

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SOILENT GREEN Drummer Joins JONES'S LOUNGE

New Orleans-based JONES'S LOUNGE, featuring Kyle Thomas (EXHORDER, FLOODGATE), Dax Thieler (GREEN LEAF CULT), and Jason Portera (PITS VS. PREPS), have begun rehearsing with SOILENT GREEN drummer Tommy Buckley. However, "this is not an indication that Tommy is leaving SOILENT GREEN," stated Thomas. "It's merely a situation that presented itself. Tommy and I have been ...

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AC/DC Frontman's "Helen Of Troy" Musical Gets Postponed

Helen of Troy, the much-anticipated collaboration between AC/DC singer Brian Johnson and the Sarasota Ballet has been postponed until November, with a production of Swan Lake replacing the show during its originally-announced late March slot. According to the Sarasota Herald Tribune, the ballet has cited fund-raising problems for the postponement of the $1.2 million production, ...

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MNEMIC Prepare To Record New Material

The Danish "hybrid metal" act MNEMIC, featuring INVOCATOR session drummer Brian Rasmussen and ex-MERCENARY guitarist Mircea G. Eftemie, will hit the studio in late August with producer Tue Madsen (i.e. GROPE, 2 TON PREDATOR, etc.) to record three songs for promotional use. These tracks will be available for download via the band's official web site ...

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CORROSION OF CONFORMITY Members Launch Side Project

LET 'LONES, the new Raleigh, North Carolina-based outfit consisting of three-quarters of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY (Woody Weatherman on guitar, Mike Dean on bass and vocals, and newest addition, Merritt Partridge on drums) will make their live debut on Saturday, August 17th at Kings Barcade in downtown Raleigh. Also scheduled to perform are headliners NIGHT MOOSE ...

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BLACK CROWES Frontman Returns To Action With "New Earth Mud"

BLACK CROWES frontman Chris Robinson will issue his solo debut, entitled New Earth Mud, on October 22nd via Best Buy's Redline Entertainment label. Like the singer's recent live shows, New Earth Mud finds Robinson primarily assisted by producer Paul Stacey, who also plays guitars, drums, and keyboards throughout the 12-track set. BIG SUGAR members Gordie ...

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PRONG Ink Deal With LOCOMOTIVE MUSIC, Prepare To Issue Live Album

The reunited PRONG — now consisting of singer/guitarist Tommy Victor, drummer Dan Laudo, bassist Brian Perry and touring guitarist Monte Pittman — have inked a worldwide recording deal with Locomotive Music and will release their first live album on October 15th, to be followed by a new studio record in April. "We are very excited ...

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HEADSTRONG Dropped By RCA RECORDS

Canada's HEADSTRONG have reportedly been dropped by RCA Records a mere six months following the release of their self-titled debut through the label. Although no official announcement has yet been made, indications of trouble in the HEADSTRONG camp were apparent at the end of July when the band prematurely dropped off a US tour with ...

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JACKYL Frontman Speaks Out On AC/DC Collaboration

JACKYL frontman Jesse James Dupree recently spoke to Electricbasement.com about the group's collaboration with AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson on the track "Kill The Sunshine" for JACKYL's as-yet-untitled new album. "I am very proud of it," Dupree stated. "It sounds like AC/DC but what do you expect when him and I are writing together? I think ...

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JIMI HENDRIX Tops Guitar Greats Poll

Rock legend JIMI HENDRIX has been voted the greatest guitarist of all time in a poll of readers of UK music magazine Total Guitar. LED ZEPPELIN's Jimmy Page came in at number two, while former CREAM member-turned-soloist Eric Clapton landed at three. Also appearing in the Top 20 are Slash (ex-GUNS N' ROSES), Eddie Van ...

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KORN's BRIAN "HEAD" WELCH: We Are Not Mean And Unfriendly

KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch may be a hit with the record-buying masses, but he is not particularly popular with his Los Angeles neighbors, as he recently revealed in an interview. "Where I live in L.A. we rode motorcycles and stuff, and this lady kept calling the sheriff because this one motorcycle was too loud," ...

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SLIPKNOT's JOEY JORDISON: New Stuff Is "Pretty Fucking Brutal"

SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison recently spoke to Rolling Stone magazine about the group's forthcoming third full-length album, which the band will begin work on early next year for a late 2003 release through Roadrunner Records. According to Jordinson, SLIPKNOT have amassed material left over from the Iowa sessions as well as a host of new ...

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Former OZZY OSBOURNE Drummer Comments On New BILLY IDOL Keyboardist, Unreleased BALL Album

Former OZZY OSBOURNE and current BILLY IDOL drummer Brian Tichy recently commented on the addition of YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ex-DREAM THEATER keyboardist Derek Sherinian to IDOL's summer touring line-up. Said Tichy: "There's a new keyboardist in the mix... It's none other than...the keyboardist's keyboardist... the hardest working keyboardist in the music business... the keyboardist with the full ...

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DEF LEPPARD Line Up Promo Appearances

DEF LEPPARD have lined up the following promo appearances (interviews and/or acoustic performances) during the coming days: Monday, July 22: Burbank, CA: · 03.00 PM PT: KIIS, Valentine Syndicated Show Wednesday, July 24: Dallas, TX: · 07:30 AM CT: KHKS · 08:30 AM CT: KDMX / Mix 102.9 (listen online) · 09:00 AM CT: KEGL ...

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VOIVOD In Process Of Recording New Demos

The current incarnation of VOIVOD—vocalist Snake (a.k.a. Denis Belanger), guitarist Piggy (a.k.a. Denis D'Amour), drummer Away (a.k.a. Michel Langevin), and ex-METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted—are in the process of recording demos for their much-anticipated new studio album, according to a July 9th posting on the web site of Newsted's Chophouse Records. "The quartet and ...

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GUNS N' ROSES: PAUL HUGE Out, PSYCHEDELIC FURS Axeman In

GUNS N' ROSES have replaced guitarist Paul Huge (a.k.a. Paul Tobias) with ex-LOVE SPIT LOVE/PSYCHEDELIC FURS axeman Richard Fortus, according to Allstar. A press release confirming GNR's just-announced London Arena show fails to mention Huge, and instead lists Fortus' name as a third guitarist. Sources close to the FURS have reportedly confirmed that he has ...

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BEEHLER: MP3 Posted Online

BEEHLER, the new band consisting of original EXCITER members Dan Beehler (drums/vocals) and Allan Johnson (bass), along with guitarists Sean Brophy and Scott Walsh, have posted an MP3 of the song "Used Bitch" online at this location. As previously reported, BEEHLER have finished writing 75% of the material for their debut album, which ...

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MOTÖRHEAD To Issue Long-Awaited DVD In September

MOTÖRHEAD will issue their long-awaited DVD, entitled Boneshaker, on September 3rd, according to the group's official web site. A recorded document of the band's 25-year-anniversary party (filmed with eight cameras in Dolby 5.1. sound), which took place at London's Brixton Academy nearly two years ago, the DVD features guest appearances by ex-MOTÖRHEAD/FASTWAY guitarist "Fast" Eddie ...

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AC/DC Frontman's "HELEN OF TROY" Musical To Premier In March

Helen of Troy, an action-filled love story/musical based on Greek mythology that features brand new material composed by AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson, is scheduled to premier at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, Florida during the week of March 20-25, 2003. As previously reported, Johnson is working with British composer Brendan Healy and ...

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