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MIA ZAPATA Murder Trial: DNA Link Challenged

Christine Clarridge of the Seattle Times reports that jurors in the trial of Jesus Mezquia — charged with killing THE GITS singer Mia Zapata in 1993 — may have to decide whether Mezquia's DNA, which authorities say was found in bite wounds on her body, is enough to convict him of murder. In opening statements ...

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MORTIFICATION: New Album Delayed

Due to "artwork delays," Australian Christian metallers MORTIFICATION have been forced to postpone the release of their twelfth studio album, "Brain Cleaner", to March. The follow-up to 2002's "Relentless", which will surface on the Rowe Productions label, is said to be "the heaviest project the band has recorded in 10 years" and is being described ...

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VIRGIN STEELE Singer: Athens Show Was A 'Most Glorious, Magical Experience'

VIRGIN STEELE vocalist David DeFeis has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Greetings, Salutations & Long Life to You All Noble Citizens of Hellas! Strange are the Ways of the World...Strange are the Winds, Clouds and other opportunistic weather Formations... "Unfortunately due to circumstances far beyond our control, namely the rather ...

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EPICA To Perform Live On Dutch Radio

Holland's EPICA (formerly SAHARA DUST), the new group formed by ex-AFTER FOREVER guitarist Mark Jansen, ex-CASSIOPEIA guitarist Ad Sluijter and keyboardist Coen Janssen, will be performing live on the Radio 3FM program "Hard En Giel" (hosted by Dutch DJ Giel Beelen) on Friday, January 30 between 7:00 and 10:00 p.m. More details will follow soon. ...

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EPICA: New Single Details Revealed

Holland's EPICA (formerly SAHARA DUST), the new group formed by ex-AFTER FOREVER guitarist Mark Jansen, ex-CASSIOPEIA guitarist Ad Sluijter and keyboardist Coen Janssen, have announced the details of their new single, "Feint", due on Thursday, January 8. The complete track listing for the single is as follows: 01. Feint 02. Feint (previously unreleased piano version) ...

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MORTIFICATION Complete Work On New Album

Australian Christian metallers MORTIFICATION have completed work on their twelfth studio album, "Brain Cleaner", for a February 2004 release through Rowe Productions. The follow-up to 2002's "Relentless" is said to be "the heaviest project the band has recorded in 10 years" and being described as "a lot more of a death metal/grind-orientated album but with ...

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KULT OV AZAZEL Begin Work On New Material

South Florida black metallers KULT OV AZAZEL have begun writing material for the follow-up to this year's "Oculus Infernum", tentatively due in late 2004. "There's no working title as of yet but songs written so far are 'And Earth is Filled With Violence', 'The Glorification of Evil' and 'An Eternity with Satan'," the band write ...

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A Tribute To The Four Horsemen - VARIOUS ARTISTS

Getting picked to feature on a tribute to San Franciscan legends METALLICA must prove something of a scramble to get the "good" tracks. In all honesty, it wouldn't be ideal to have to choose one of their, shall we say, more expansive songs, unless you have the power to recreate that "moment of magic" feeling ...

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TRIUMPH To Celebrate 20th Anniversary Of US FESTIVAL With Live DVD/CD

The Canadian hard-rock trio TRIUMPH will mark the 20th anniversary of the legendary US Festival with separate DVD and CD releases, "Live At The US Festival", on TML Entertainment Inc., distributed by Alternative Distribution Alliance, on September 23, 2003. TRIUMPH — vocalist/guitarist Rik Emmett, bassist/keyboardist Mike Levine and vocalist/drummer Gil Moore — were an integral ...

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Former NIRVANA Bassist Quits The Music Business

Former NIRVANA bassist Krist Novoselic, who never managed to come close to matching his NIRVANA success with any of his subsequent musical offerings (SWEET 75, EYES ADRIFT), has announced his retirement from the music industry. The following is Novoselic's official statement on the matter as it appears on EYES ADRIFT's web site: "So what's up ...

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ANDREW W.K.: Reaching The Heights Of Euphoria

Contrary to previously published reports, ANDREW W.K.'s forthcoming album is being produced by Mario Dane and Frank Vierti and at the moment has no confirmed title. Between 10 and 25 songs are being recorded for the new CD, which is tentatively set to surface in August/September through Island DefJam Records. Says Andrew, "The whole point ...

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Former MANOWAR Guitarist To Issue 'Solo' Debut

DAVID SHANKLE GROUP, the new project formed by former MANOWAR guitarist David Shankle and vocalist Trace Edward Zaber, will release their debut album, "Ashes To Ashes", on June 2 through Magic Circle Music. The CD reportedly features "a broad mix of exceptional heavy metal songs, speedy instrumentals, and epic ballads in true heavy-metal fashion," according ...

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GRAVE DIGGER Name New CD

German power metallers GRAVE DIGGER have set "Rheingold" as the title for their upcoming CD, due on May 26 through Nuclear Blast Records. According to an official press release from the band, "The concept is following the Saga of the Nibelungs. We worked out 'The Ring Of The Nibelungs' from Germany's famous composer Richard Wagner. ...

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VIRGIN STEELE Record Long Island Performance For Upcoming DVD

VIRGIN STEELE's "very special" concert at The Downtown in Farmingdale, Long Island on Saturday, Dec. 21 was recorded for an upcoming live CD/DVD, due in late 2003. The group's set list for the three-hour (!) performance was as follows: 01. Invictus 02. Life Among The Ruins 03. Voice As Weapon 04. Conjuration Of The Watcher ...

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SINERGY Singer To Publish Autobiography

Finland's SINERGY have posted the following update via their official web site (www.sinergy.org): "[SINERGY frontwoman] Kimberly [Goss] recently received a phone call from a writer who was interested in telling her life story in an exclusive autobiography. After meeting with the biographer and having gotten the green light from the publishing company, the book deal ...

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ABORYM Singer Arrested For Possession Of Ecstasy Pills

Former MAYHEM and current ABORYM singer Attila Csihar is currently being held in jail in Treviso, northern Italy, where he was recently arrested for possession of 158 ecstasy pills and a small amount of hash. "We don't know yet about how much he will get, but a trial should be set around December," the rest ...

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KULT OV AZAZEL Prepare To Record "Occulus Infernum"

South Florida black metallers KULT OV AZAZEL are writing the material for their next studio opus, entitled Occulus Infernum, for a late 2002/early 2003 release through Arctic Music. The first album with new drummer Goss, the forthcoming CD will mark the first time in two years that the group have written/recorded as a full-functioning band. ...

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It's Official: Europe Loves MANOWAR

MANOWAR's brand new album, Warriors Of The World, has entered the Album chart in Austria at position #6, Norway at #15, Finland at #26, and Switzerland at #35. As previously reported, Warriors Of The World entered the German Media Control chart at position #2, right behind the latest from EMINEM. In other news, MANOWAR's 1992 ...

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TUNNELVISION To Record Sophomore CD

Finnish progressive metal act TUNNELVISION will enter Helsinki's Sonic Pump studios in May to record their sophomore CD, entitled Tomorrow, for an August/September release through Germany's Massacre Records. The follow-up to 2000's While The World Awaits will contain the following tracks, among others: 01. Calling 02. Silence 03. The Hermit (Wait and See) 04. Lighting ...

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Archive News Nov 26, 2001

SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser will be joining former IRON MAIDEN vocalist Paul Di'Anno on stage as a very special guest at the latter's headlining appearance at the Manifesto Bar in Sao Paulo, Brazil on December 11th. Kisser will reportedly perform with Di'Anno at the first show of the singer's three-night stint ...

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Archive News Oct 19, 2001

HATEBREED have issued an official statement regarding the recent cancellation of their involvement with the God Hates The World Tour, headlined by SLAYER, in order to concentrate on finishing up their major label debut, entitled Perseverance: “First off all, we as a band would like to sincerely apologize to everyone ...

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Archive News Jun 30, 2001

According to a reliable source close to the VOIVOD camp, the recording line-up for the group's upcoming studio album will include former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted and returning original frontman Snake (aka Denis Belanger) alongside founding members Away (aka Michel Langevin drums) and Piggy (Denis D'Amour guitars). A strong possibility also exists that ...

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