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COAL CHAMBER Frontman Offers Update On Future Activities

COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara has posted a lengthy update on the band's official web site, addressing, among other things, the group's recent split with drummer Mike Cox, the release of an upcoming DVD and other future activities. The following is Dez's statement in its entirety: "OK, here's what's going on. Let's talk COAL CHAMBER ...

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DEATHRIDE Kick Off Showcase Gigs

California's DEATHRIDE, the new project featuring COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara, have kicked off a series of showcase gigs with a view towards signing a record deal and issuing a debut CD in early 2003. "Yesterday afternoon: November, 13th DEATHRIDE showcased at The Whisky a Go Go on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, California," Fafara wrote ...

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DEATHRIDE To Perform Series Of Showcases

California's DEATHRIDE, the new project featuring COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara, are set to begin performing a series of showcase gigs with a view towards signing a record deal and issuing a CD in early 2003. "DEATHRIDE has been rehearsing every day, and we are now preparing ourselves for a series of showcases — not ...

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Former MACHINE HEAD Guitarist Forms New Project

Former MACHINE HEAD guitarist Ahrue Luster has teamed up with three members of the Sacramento band JUGGERNAUT in a brand-new, as-yet-unnamed project. The group, which is currently holed up at a Sacramento rehearsal studio writing and demoing original material, has already completed about six songs in instrumental form, according to Ahrue. Plans exist for the ...

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COAL CHAMBER Split With Drummer, Management

COAL CHAMBER have parted ways with drummer Mike Cox and their management company, Left Bank. The following is an official statement on the matter from COAL CHAMBER vocalist Dez Fafara and guitarist Meegs Rascon: "This letter is to inform everyone that as of October 24th, 2002, Mike Cox is no longer part of COAL CHAMBER. ...

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A New QUEEN On Hollywood Boulevard

Legendary rock group QUEENJohn Deacon, Brian May, Roger Taylor and the late Freddie Mercury — will be honored with their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday, October 18th. The star will recognize the unparalleled achievements of the band which dominated three generations of music history and follows an active ...

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DARKANE Go Orchestral!

DARKANE drummer Peter Wildoer and guitarist Christofer Malmström participated in a concert last Sunday called Seven Deadly Sins, written by Swedish composer Lale Larson. The piece was written for chamber orchestra and a thrash metal band. Swedish radio P2 played a clip from the concert last Tuesday and also included an interview with the composer. ...

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DIRT Confirmed For W.A.S.P. Tour

Houston, Texas-based DIRT have been added to the upcoming W.A.S.P. North American tour, according to the band's management. The trek kicks off on October 15th in Tempe, Arizona and is scheduled to last until December 9th. Also set to appear on the bill are Metal Blade recording artists ENGINE, featuring FATES WARNING singer Ray Alder ...

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MOTOGRATER Dropped By NO NAME RECORDS?

Santa Barbara, California-based quintet MOTOGRATER are rumored to have parted ways with No Name/Elektra Records before a single note has been released through the label. An official confirmation on the matter has yet to be made. MOTOGRATER recently entered a Vancouver, British Columbia studio with producer GGGarth Richardson (MUDVAYNE, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, SPINESHANK) to ...

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MEDICATION Recruit Ex-DOWNSET Drummer For European Tour

MEDICATION will reportedly be utilizing the services of ex-DOWNSET/DEADBOLT drummer Chris Hamilton on the group's upcoming European tour, which is rumored to include stint as the opening act the upcoming MOTÖRHEAD/ANTHRAX trek. Hamilton replaces Jason Loree, who performed at the band's recent U.S. dates with COAL CHAMBER. MEDICATION is a Los Angeles-based group that features ...

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COAL CHAMBER Frontman To Host Radio Show

COAL CHAMBER/DEATHRIDE frontman Dez Fafara has been offered a radio show by XM Sattelite Radio, a national radio service for the car which launched its operations several months ago. "We're getting ready to start work on it in the next two weeks," stated Dez. "Well be playing great music and for our first interview hope ...

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COAL CHAMBER Bass To Be Auctioned Off

A bass guitar originally used by COAL CHAMBER bassist Nadja Peulen during the group's 1999 tour has been put up for sale via eBay at this location. Personally autographed by Nadja, the guitar is a Fernandes Tremor deluxe 4 custom with hipshot and one volume knob and comes with the original hard case ...

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COAL CHAMBER Frontman Creates 'New Sound' With Side Project

California's DEATHRIDE, the new project featuring COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara, are set to begin performing showcase gigs beginning in early October with a view towards signing a record deal and issuing a CD in early 2003. The band, which is based in a small town three hours north of Los Angeles, came together when ...

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COAL CHAMBER's DEZ FAFARA Launches DEATHRIDE

COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara has reportedly started a side project called DEATHRIDE. The new group is said to have already completed writing over 20 tracks, some of which are being described as "much heavier than COAL CHAMBER" and featuring "more technical" musicianship than that found in Fafara's main band. Unconfirmed rumors also indicate that ...

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THE WILDHEARTS Extend UK Tour

THE WILDHEARTS have extended their September/October UK tour. The newly-added dates are as follows: Sep. 26 – Garage – Glasgow, UK Oct. 02 - JB's – Dudley, UK Oct. 06 - Kerrang! Weekender - Camber Sands, UK Oct. 07 - Coal Exchange – Cardiff, UK Oct. 08 – University – Liverpool, UK Oct. 10 – ...

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THANATOSCHIZO: "InsomniousNightLift" Details Unveiled

Portuguese avantgard metallers THANATOSCHIZO have completed work on their sophomore full-length CD, entitled InsomniousNightLift, at Rec'n'Roll Studios in the suburbs of Oporto with producer Luís Barros (drummer for AFM Records recording artists TARANTULA) for a September release through Portugal's Misdeed Records. A wider European release is expected to follow in January. The full track listing ...

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KREATOR To Embark On North American Tour

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: German Metal Pioneers KREATOR Embark on North American Hell Comes To Your Town Tour Celebrating 17 years of performing potent yet influential heavy metal music, Germany's KREATOR is geared to devastate North American venues to support its most recent endeavor Violent Revolution, released through SPV Music. KREATOR possesses an extensive history, pioneering ...

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AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE: Why We Left COAL CHAMBER Tour

AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE bassist Chad Hanks has issued the following statement regarding the group's decision to withdraw from the ongoing COAL CHAMBER/MEDICATION US tour: "The Official Reason We Have Dropped Off of the Coal Chamber Tour: Our producer and label owner, Rick Rubin, has requested that we take these next 5-7 weeks (depending on if ...

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AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE Drop Off COAL CHAMBER Tour

AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE have announced via their official web site that they have dropped off the tour with COAL CHAMBER and MEDICATION following last night's performance in St. Cloud, Minnesota. No reason was given for the group's decision to withdraw from the trek. More details will be available soon. ...

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MOTOGRATER Select MUDVAYNE Producer For Upcoming Debut

Santa Barbara, California-based quintet MOTOGRATER will shortly enter a Vancouver, British Columbia studio with producer GGGarth Richardson (i.e. MUDVAYNE, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, SPINESHANK) to begin work on their debut effort for No Name/Elektra Records. A fall release is expected. As previously reported, the much-talked-about group had originally signed with COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara's ...

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DIRT Ink Deal With 2K SOUNDS/EMI

Houston's DIRT have inked a deal with 2K Sounds/EMI Distribution for the release of their long-awaited debut album, entitled From Dirt We Come. Recorded two years ago at AMG Studios recording compound in Houston and produced by COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara, the album contains such cuts as "Pain", "Useless", "Disturbed" and "Last Tribe". To ...

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