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ORPHANED LAND Complete Work On 'Mabool'

Long-running Israeli metallers ORPHANED LAND have completed work on their third full-length album, titled "Mabool", for an early 2004 release through Century Media Records. "Mabool" was recorded at Zaza and Bardo Studios in Israel. Commented singer Kobi Farhi, "[The new CD] is the most hard and painful creation we did in our lives, the album ...

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Former FAITH NO MORE Guitarist Grows Monster Pumpkins

Former FAITH NO MORE guitarist Jim Martin, who has reinvented himself as a pumpkin grower, won for the heaviest pumpkin grown in California at the 30th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off, which was held on October 13 in Half Moon Bay, California. Martin took fourth place overall with his 1,064-pound pumpkin (photo), ...

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HELL ON EARTH Singer Crashes Council Candidates Forum

St. Petersburg Times reports that the shock rocker who made worldwide headlines a few weeks ago while planning an onstage "suicide concert" wants a seat on the very St. Petersburg City Council that helped drive his show underground. Sporting a suit and tie, dreadlocks and 9-inch stacked shoes, Billy Tourtelot arrived at the St. Petersburg ...

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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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KONKHRA: The Israel 'Reality Check Tour' Report

KONKHRA mainman Anders Lundemark has sent us the following report from the band's recent tour of Israel: "After confirming our involvement in this festival we did get some calls from family, asking us what we were thinking. In Denmark, nothing much happens, so if there is something happening in Israel, preferably a suicide bombing, it ...

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SoundScan Report: LIMP BIZKIT, STATIC-X, SEVENDUST

LIMP BIZKIT will land at No. 11 on next week's The Billboard 200 chart after shifting 78,000 copies of their fourth album, "Results May Vary", in its third week of release, for a total sales-tally of 530,000 — roughly one half of the first-week figure of their previous album, "Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog ...

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TOMMY LEE Is 'An Illustrated Man'

Former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee has reportedly set "An Illustrated Man" as the title for his upcoming autobiography, now due in the spring through Atria Books, the hardcover imprint of Simon & Schuster. As previously reported, the book, which was originally rumored to have been titled "Ragz to Riches" (and later "Misunderstood"), will contain ...

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DIET OF WORMS Part Ways With Drummer

DIET OF WORMS, the Florida-based band featuring SAVATAGE singer Damond Jiniya and MORBID ANGEL producer Juan "Punchy" Gonzalez, have parted ways with drummer Steve "Divine" Wright. According to the band's web site, Steve "left the ranks to pursue other interests. We wish him all the luck in the world...and then some." The group — whose ...

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TED NUGENT Endorses 'Gun Nut' Ice Cream

WorldNetDaily.com reports that Ted Nugent, rock musician, avid outdoorsman and defender of gun rights, has come out in support of "Gun Nut" ice cream, a new flavor unveiled by a company billing itself as "the conservative alternative to liberal Ben & Jerry's." Star Spangled Ice Cream Company announced the new partnership Monday (October 6) in ...

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DISINTER Part Ways With Singer, Seek Replacement

Chicago-based black/death metallers DISINTER have announced the departure of their longtime frontman Zion. The singer, who will be leaving for California in December, will perform his last gig with the group on December 6 at Café Lura in Chicago. DISINTER are currently seeking a replacement vocalist. "We are looking for someone within the metal community ...

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Report: 'Underground' Heavy Metal Is Alive And Well In Iran

Scott Peterson of The Christian Science Monitor reports that in East and West, the language of rock 'n' roll is one of rebellion and pushing the limits. And in the Islamic Republic of Iran, musicians like guitarist Nurick Misikian and bassist Babak Riahipour are creating a parallel reality that could not be further removed from ...

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WAR & PEACE: New Music Posted Online

Former DOKKEN bassist Jeff Pilson has posted three songs from the forthcoming WAR & PEACE CD, titled "The Walls Have Eyes", at this location. The complete track listing for the album is as follows: 01. Calling 02. Reflections 03. No One Is Listening 04. Rock And Roll Breakdown 05. The Walls Have Eyes ...

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TOMMY LEE To Guest On 'THE SHARON OSBOURNE SHOW': Date Announced

Former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee will be a special guest on Sharon Osbourne's new, nationally syndicated talk show, dubbed "The Sharon Osbourne Show", on Monday, September 22. Sharon will reportedly "get personal" with rocker Lee as he take her on a fast-paced tour of L.A. to reveal "5 Things You Didn't Know" about Tommy ...

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THE DARKNESS Tipped to Win U.K. Mercury Music Prize

British retro-rockers THE DARKNESS are favorites to eclipse COLDPLAY and RADIOHEAD to win one of Britain's most prestigious popular music awards, according to Reuters. The quartet are expected to grab the Mercury Music Prize on Tuesday (September 9) with their first album, "Permission To Land". The newcomers are the rising stars of the British music ...

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JANE'S ADDICTION Land Gold Album

JANE'S ADDICTION's "Strays" has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of more than 500,000 copies in the U.S. "Strays", JANE'S ADDICTION's first new studio album since 1990's "Ritual de lo Habitual", was produced by Bob Ezrin (PINK FLOYD, KISS, LOU REED) at Henson Recording (formerly known as A&M ...

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HOMO IRATUS Begin Work On New Album

Greece's HOMO IRATUS have commenced the recording process for their new album, "Apocalypse", tentatively due in late 2003/early 2004 through an as-yet-undetermined label. The group, who parted ways with Arctic Music Group at their own request, are laying down 12 tracks at the Rock studio in Thessaloniki, Greece. The tentative track listing for "Apocalypse" is ...

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THE DARKNESS Debut Release Pushed Forward

In the week that THE DARKNESS' "Permission To Land" has gone to No. 1 for the first time in the U.K., Atlantic Records has bumped up the Stateside release of the album from early next year to later this month. The throwback hard rock band's debut will now hit U.S. stores on September 16. The ...

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MIRROR OF DECEPTION Land New Rhythm Section

Long-running German doom metal band MIRROR OF DECEPTION have announced the addition of bassist Andreas Taller and drummer Jochen Müller to the group's ranks. Andreas and Jochen "were the first people that came to mind after the split [with the previous rhythm section] and they proved to be exactly the ones we were looking for," ...

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Meet A Man Who Shares OZZY OSBOURNE's Name

Brett Johnson of Scripps Howard News Service reports that "Ozzie Osborn and Ozzy Osbourne both grew up poor and became rich. Ozzie Osborn can think of one other thing he and the namesake famous rock star have in common. " 'I sang quite a bit, but not like him,' said Osborn, who lives near Santa ...

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KISS/AEROSMITH VIP Ticket Packages: Are They Worth It?

Gemma Tarlach of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that "in the emerging world of VIP concert tickets, four-digit price tags are not uncommon for packages that can include front row seats, a photo op with the band and even an autographed guitar. Like Internet pre-sales and dues-charging fan clubs, pricey concert packages are a new ...

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JEFF PILSON Completes Work On New WAR AND PEACE CD

Former DOKKEN bassist Jeff Pilson has posted the following message to his official web site: "Basically the last several weeks have been spent finishing up the WAR AND PEACE record, and I just turned the demo version in to management this morning. I ended up playing guitar solos (which is such fun for me!), and ...

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Roorback - SEPULTURA

From the opening strains of "Come Back Alive" to the closing outro, "Roorback" is conclusive proof that SEPULTURA have lost a lot of their fire. The band's ninth studio album is a disappointingly large step backward from 2001's "Nation", which found singer Derrick Green meshing smoothly with the band to create an effective and, at ...

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BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION: Is The End Near?

BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION, the new band featuring MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx, L.A. GUNS guitarist Tracii Guns, vocalist London LeGrand, and drummer Scot Coogan (ex-PAUL GILBERT, ONI LOGAN/ROWAN ROBERTSON, SINÉAD O'CONNOR), appear to be on the verge of splitting up as a result of their inability to land an American and European licensing deal for ...

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SKYCLAD Confirmed For Britain's HAWKFEST

Britain's SKYCLAD are a last-minute addition to the Hawkfest, a three-day event set to take place August 8-10 near Preston. SKYCLAD will be hitting the stage on Sunday, August 10 at approximately 4:30 p.m. Other bands set to appear at the festival include THE LEVELLERS, HAWKWIND, SPACEHEAD, TRIBE OF CRO, MR QUIMBY'S BEARD, LITMUS and ...

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THE COLOR RED Complete Work On New Demo

THE COLOR RED, the band featuring former DOPE/PRIMER 55 drummer Preston Nash, recently completed work on a three-song demo with Tye Zamora from ALIEN ANT FARM producing. Mixing and mastering will be completed over the next two weeks. The group, who are currently unsigned, hope to land a major label deal in the coming months. ...

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ORPHANED LAND Begin Work On 'Mabool'

Long-running Israeli metallers ORPHANED LAND have entered the studio to record their third full-length album, tentatively titled "Mabool", for a late 2003 release through Century Media Records. "In order to celebrate this exciting announcement, Metalist Productions have decided to raise a special event called 'Special Orphaned Concept Eve' that would be held in Tmoona Theater, ...

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