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Unsigned Trio ZO2 To Tour U.S. With KISS And POISON

According to a posting on their web site, Brooklyn-based trio ZO2 have secured the prestigious opening slot for this summer's KISS/POISON tour. "This would be an outstanding achievement for any band but the truly remarkable fact is that ZO2 is as yet unsigned," the group write. "The thrill of a relative unknown opening ...

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MUNICIPAL WASTE Sign With EARACHE RECORDS

Richmond, Virginia's "crossover kings" MUNICIPAL WASTE have inked a deal with Earache Records. MUNICIPAL WASTE deliver "blazing fast, raw thrash-core in the tradition of D.R.I., SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, 'Animosity'-era CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, NUCLEAR ASSAULT and ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT," according to an official press release. "All barely in their 20s, the members of MUNICIPAL WASTE inject youthful energy ...

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MUDVAYNE Tap Producer DAVE FORTMAN For New Album

MUDVAYNE have selected Dave Fortman (SUPERJOINT RITUAL, EVANESCENCE) to produce their third, as-yet-untitled, Epic Records release, tentatively due in the fall. Singer Chad Gray, guitarist Greg Tribbett, bassist Ryan Martinie and drummer Matt McDonough chose Fortman (a former guitarist for UGLY KID JOE) because they felt Dave could combine the band's extreme elements. "We've been ...

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VH1 Counts Down '100 Most Metal Moments' In Five-Night Special

MOTÖRHEAD, W.A.S.P.'s Blackie Lawless, POISON's Bret Michaels, former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach, ANTHRAX, L.A. GUNS, KISS, ex-MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil, Ronnie James Dio and FASTER PUSSYCAT are among the artists featured in "100 Most Metal Moments", a VH1 special focusing on the "entertaining (and sometimes shocking) moments" that defined heavy metal music's heyday. ...

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HAVOCHATE Begin Recording New Album

HAVOCHATE have entered the studio to begin recording their second album — the group's first to feature the vocals of new frontman Tim Bouchee. Bouchee was brought into the fold last year after the departure of vocalist Jon Mallek, and made his live debut with the band when they played several shows with OVERKILL in ...

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Former HADES Guitarist To Film Video

Former HADES guitarist Dan Lorenzo will be filming a video for the track "Frozen Planet" off his solo CD, "Cassius King". "I have two versions of that song on my CD because Johnny Milnes (MUCKY PUP) and Ron Lipnicki (HADES) both wanted to play drums on it," Lorenzo said. "I recorded two separate versions of ...

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LINKIN PARK, KORN To Tour Together

LINKIN PARK, KORN, SNOOP DOGG and two other artists to be confirmed at a later date will be teaming up for the third Projekt Revolution tour, according to Billboard.com. Projekt Revolution will play amphitheaters from late July into September. LINKIN PARK's "Meteora" (Warner Bros.) debuted last March at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and ...

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LIONSHEART Sign With FRONTIERS RECORDS

LIONSHEART, the early '90s British melodic rock outfit fronted by former GRIM REAPER/ONSLAUGHT singer Steve Grimmett, have inked a European deal with Frontiers Records. "Contracts are also being finalized with a U.S. label who is keen to take North America, Canada and some of South America," reads a post on the band's web site. The ...

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OZZY: I Am Iron Man

OZZY OSBOURNE is to have a 7-inch steel plate fitted to the back of his neck, it was revealed Monday (Dec. 15), according to Mirror.co.uk. Surgeons will perform the delicate operation as soon as the former BLACK SABBATH frontman is strong enough. It is understood they will insert the plate and take bone grafts from ...

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FOZZY: New York City Dates Announced

FOZZY, the brainchild of former WWE champion Chris Jericho and ex-STUCK MOJO mastermind Rich Ward, have announced two special dates in New York City prior to commencing work on their third album, tentatively due in the spring. The details are as follows: Dec. 11 – New York, NY @ Tribeca Rock Club Dec. 12 - ...

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THE KOVENANT's Trip From Hell To Germany's SUMMER BREEZE Festival

THE KOVENANT bassist/vocalist Lex Icon has posted the following account of the band's "Spinal Tap"-ish trip to Abtsgmünd, Germany last month for this year's edition of the Summer Breeze festival: "(Time) 06:30 - 21.08.03: (Location) Small Town 2 hours north of Oslo - Hamar "We start driving towards the airport. People are very tired from ...

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Former BRICK BATH Vocalist Admits to Heroin Addiction

Former BRICK BATH singer Joseph McCaw has issued the following statement explaining his departure from the group: "I am writing this letter to clear the air about the exact reason I dropped out of BRICK BATH last year. I know there were press releases stating that it was due to illness, but this was only ...

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Satire: GREAT WHITE Concert Blacks Out Eastern Seaboard

Satirical "news" site News Hax is reporting that "a faulty electrical display during the second set of a GREAT WHITE concert in upstate New York is being blamed for one of the largest blackouts in U.S. history Thursday (August 14), as power grids up and down the Northeast shorted out in a chain reaction from ...

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INTENSE Complete Work On 'Second Sight'

British power metallers INTENSE have completed work on their debut album, "Second Sight", due later in the year through an as-yet-undetermined label. The follow-up to the 1998 mini-album "Dark Season" was produced by THRESHOLD guitarist Karl Groom at his Thin Ice Studios, and is said to be the group's "freshest, most potent offering to date." ...

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MNEMIC Tap FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY Man To Remix Album Cut

Danish "hybrid metal" act MNEMIC, featuring former INVOCATOR session drummer Brian Rasmussen and ex-MERCENARY guitarist Mircea G. Eftemie, have tapped legendary FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY man Rhys Fulber (FEAR FACTORY, PARADISE LOST) to remix their track "BloodStained" for inclusion on a special edition of their forthcoming debut album, "Mechanical Spin Phenomena", and on an exclusive club ...

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SEVENDUST Tap MARVELOUS 3 Frontman To Produce New CD

SEVENDUST have tapped Butch Walker to produce the group's follow-up to 2001's "Animosity", tentatively due before the end of the year through TVT Records. The band, who are scheduled to begin recording the effort at the end of May at Walker's Ruby Red Studios in Atlanta, have 20 demos to choose from for the as-yet-untitled ...

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POWERMAN 5000 Frontman Discusses New Album, Absence Of Spacesuits

POWERMAN 5000's forthcoming album, "Transform", will include a bonus Enhanced CD portion containing videos for the tracks "Free" and "Action", as well as other undisclosed extras. "Transform", due on May 20 through DreamWorks Records, is the fourth album from the platinum Los Angeles-based quintet. Its arrival finds frontman Spider One characteristically reflective, in this case ...

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BIOHAZARD Tap AMONG THIEVES Man As Permanent Live Guitarist

BIOHAZARD have tapped Scott Roberts (AMONG THIEVES, THE SPUDMONSTERS) as the group's permanent live guitarist due to the continuing health problems of regular axeman Carmine Vincent, who will continue writing music with the band. BIOHAZARD's latest effort, "Kill Or Be Killed", will surface in America through Sanctuary Records on Mar. 18. The European release through ...

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