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VELVET REVOLVER: Bringing Chaos Back Into The Rock World

VELVET REVOLVER's official biography, written by David Wild and provided by the group's record label, RCA/BMG Records, includes additional information about the band's formation and their forthcoming debut CD, "Contraband", due on May 11 (postponed from the previously announced April 27 date). Here it is in its entirety: VELVET REVOLVER is everything the band's name ...

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OBSESSION: On The Verge Of Signing New Record Deal

Reunited classic early '80s metal band OBSESSION are currently in negotiations with several European labels about securing a new record deal, according to a post on the group's web site. "While the band doesn't want to name any labels for fear of jinxing any progress, these labels that are being negotiated with all have worldwide ...

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Judge Says Ex-MEAT PUPPETS Bassist Must Remain in Custody

A judge has ruled that former MEAT PUPPETS bassist Cris Kirkwood, who has been charged with assault, is a flight risk and a danger to others and must remain in custody, according to the Associated Press. U.S. Magistrate Judge Virginia Mathis also ruled Wednesday (Dec. 31) that there is enough evidence to try Kirkwood, 43, ...

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Update: Ex-MEAT PUPPETS Bassist Makes Court Appearance

Ex-MEAT PUPPETS bassist Cris Kirkwood made his initial appearance in federal court on Tuesday (Dec. 30) in a wheelchair and hospital gown, grimacing alternately from pain and exasperation, according to the Arizona Republic. His federal public defender, Jane McClellan, said he would spend the night at a federal detention facility in Florence, despite his gunshot ...

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DOL AMMAD: 'Star Tales' In The Mastering Stage

Greek "electronic art metal" act DOL AMMAD have posted the following message on their official web site: "The much-awaited DOL AMMAD debut album is currently under the mastering stage. The mixing stage is complete and the sound quality is excellent. Alex Holzwarth's [RHAPSODY] huge drumming helped a lot in that field! There has also been ...

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OMEN To Support HELLOWEEN In Texas

Classic metallers OMEN have been confirmed to support HELLOWEEN at three Texas dates in January. In addition, the band will perform a special CD-release show in December. Upcoming OMEN dates: Dec. 12 - The Indigo - Dallas, TX Jan. 22 - The Engine Room - Houston, TX (w/ HELLOWEEN) Jan. 23 - White Rabbit - ...

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OPETH: Jordan Gig Cancelled!

OPETH have been forced to cancel their previously announced gig in Jordan due to sickness. The following is OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt's official statement on the matter: "It's seem to be a dark spell upon OPETH at this moment. First Chile and now Jordan. I'm in a terrible state myself right now but will try ...

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MICHAEL SCHENKER's 'Under Construction' CD On Sale

Legendary guitarist Michael Schenker (MSG, UFO, THE SCORPIONS) has teamed up with vocalist/guitarist Amy Schugar in a new project, dubbed simply SCHUGAR/SCHENKER. The group recently completed work on an eight-song demo, entitled "Under Construction", which they are currently making available to the public in addition to using it to procure a record deal. The complete ...

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SUPREME MAJESTY Become A Sextet

Swedish melodic metallers SUPREME MAJESTY have announced the addition of guitarist Tobias Wernersson (ex-LITTLE YANKEES, RANSOM) to the group's ranks. An MP3 of Tobias' "breathtaking" interpretation of YNGWIE MALMSTEEN's "Far Beyond The Sun" can be downloaded here. "This new addition means that Chrille Andersson, formerly on both guitars and keyboards, will be able ...

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SCARVE: New Album To Be Released In Limited-Edition Digipak

France's SCARVE will release their third album, "Irradiant", in a special, limited-edition digipak version, featuring loads of bonus stuff, including the video for "Emulate The Soul". The follow-up to 2002's "Luminiferous" was recorded at Dug-Out Studio in Uppsala, Sweden with producers Daniel Bergstrand (MESHUGGAH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) and Örjan Örnkloo (MISERY LOVES CO.) and features ...

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Original OMEN Vocalist J.D. KIMBALL Passes Away

J.D. Kimball, the former lead singer of OMEN, passed away on October 3 after a three-year battle with cancer. OMEN guitarist Kenny Powell had these words to say about his former bandmate: "He was a great writer, one of the true innovators in the early years of power metal. I am extremely proud of the ...

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TED NUGENT To Speak Out Against Drug Use In Arkansas

Ted Nugent will speak out against alcohol and other drugs in Russellville, Arkansas during a regional planning meeting aimed at addressing the methamphetamine problem in a 10-county area, according to The Courier. The meeting will be held Sept. 29 at Tucker Coliseum at Arkansas Tech University. The event is being hosted by the prosecuting attorneys ...

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TWIGGY RAMIREZ: MARILYN MANSON's Image Outweighed The Music

Bassist Jeordie White (a.k.a. Twiggy Ramirez) recently spoke to Metal Hammer magazine about his new gig with A PERFECT CIRCLE and his departure from MARILYN MANSON. "It's a little less unpredictable and there's a lot less danger involved — as far as comparing A PERFECT CIRCLE to MARILYN MASON is concerned," Jeordie said. "Being in ...

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MELIAH RAGE Reform, Complete Work On New CD

The Boston-based metal band MELIAH RAGE have reformed and recorded a brand new studio album titled "Barely Human". It is scheduled for release in early 2004 on Screaming Ferret Wreckords. The official release date is forthcoming. Guitarist Anthony Nichols, guitarist Jim Koury and bass guitarist Jesse Johnson, all original members, are joined by new vocalist ...

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DEAD KENNEDYS Drummer Goes Hollywood

DEAD KENNEDYS drummer D.H. Peligro (ex-RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, NAILBOMB, SSI) has been tapped to play the lead in the action movie "The Four Horsemen". The film is described as having the intrigue of "Clear and Present Danger" (Harrison Ford), the gritty of "Traffic" (Michael Douglas), and the fast-paced action of "Lethal Weapon" (Mel Gibson/Danny ...

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GUITARFEST 2003: Spanish Tour Dates Announced

Former DANGER DANGER guitarist Andy Timmons, bassist Mike Daane and drummer Dan Wojciechowski will be performing at a dozen September dates in Spain with Tony Hernando and Mattias Eklundh (FREAK KITCHEN) as part of Guitarfest 2003, sponsored by Ibanez, Laney, Tama, D'addario, Line6, DiMarzio and Guitarra Total. Guitarfest 2003 tour dates: Sep. 18 - Las ...

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OMEN: '20th Anniversary Boxset' To Arrive In September

An OMEN "20th Anniversary Boxset" is scheduled for release on September 8 through Metal Blade Records. The complete track listing for the collection is as follows: CD 1 (double CD) Disc 1: "Battle Cry" Album (re-mastered) 01. Death Rider 02. The Axeman 03. Last Rites 04. Dragon's Breath 05. Be My Wench 06. Torture Me* ...

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OBSESSION Completing Work On New Demo

Reunited classic early '80s metal band OBSESSION are seventy-five percent of the way towards completing their three-song demo recording, which will be used to officially shop a recording deal with an assortment of labels. The group are reportedly "very excited" about the progress so far on the recording, which is said to capture the "true ...

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DOL AMMAD Enlist RHAPSODY Drummer For Debut CD

Greek "electronic art metal" act DOL AMMAD have enlisted RHAPSODY's Alex Holzwarth to lay down the drum tracks for the group's full-length debut, "Star Tales", tentatively due before the end of the year. The recordings will take place in August at Sascha Paeth's Gate Studios (RHAPSODY, ANGRA, KAMELOT, HEAVEN'S GATE) in Wolfsburg, Germany. DOL AMMAD ...

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Classic Metallers OBSESSION Reform, Begin Work On New Material

Classic early '80s metal band OBSESSION has reformed. Original members Michael Vescera (vocals, ex-LOUDNESS, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) and Jay Mezias (drums, ex-HANDS OF STONE, WORLDPAIN) are joined in the new lineup by Swedish guitar sensation Robert Marcello (DANGER DANGER, IRONHORSE), Boston-based neo-classical shred-god Joe Stump (REIGN OF TERROR) and bassist Chris McCarville (JEFF SCOTT SOTO BAND, ...

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Should Mosh Pits Be Banned?

Ryanne Scott of The Gazette reports that concertgoers say exhilaration, excitement and chaos are to be found in wading to the front of the audience and throwing themselves into a mosh pit with other fans who love metal and punk music. The pit thrives on physical contact. Moshers enter jumping and thrashing around, all while ...

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Infant Gets An Earful At Noisy AC/DC Concert

An official inquiry into child neglect has been opened against a German couple who took their nine-day-old baby with them to a concert by ear-blasting heavy metal rockers AC/DC, according to Independent Online. Other fans at Sunday's (June 22) gig at the Hockenheim Formula One motor-racing ring in south-western Germany warned police after seeing the ...

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OMEN Announce Summer European Dates

Classic U.S. metallers OMEN have announced the following European dates in July: Jul. 19 - Koenigshofen, GER @ Keep It True Festival Jul. 20 - Bochum, GER @ The Matrix Club Jul. 21 - Zottegem, BEL @ The Mundo Club OMEN's recently completed new album, "Eternal Black Dawn", is set for a European release on ...

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