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The Burning Passion - DIVINE RAPTURE

Here's the solution: maybe death metal needs to take some time out from itself, perhaps the equivalent of a holiday in hell. Because if we hear one more band that sounds like a) MORBID ANGEL b) CANNIBAL CORPSE or c) MORBID ANGEL and CANNIBAL CORPSE, we're going to scream. And we don't mean for the ...

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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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SAMMY HAGAR: EDDIE VAN HALEN Has Lost Touch

Former VAN HALEN singer Sammy Hagar recently spoke to Goldmine magazine about frequent jam partner/VH bassist Michael Anthony's views on the current VAN HALEN situation. "[Michael is] basically like everyone else out there," Hagar said. "He's completely lost touch with any of the VAN HALEN situation. He hasn't talked to any of those guys in ...

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Review: OZZFEST About 'Approved' Craziness

Charles Passy of the Palm Beach Post reports that for most of Ozzfest 2003's 14-hour duration, bands encourage concertgoers to engage in all sorts of mayhem. "Let's get bleeping crazy," is the day's common refrain. "So what happened at the Sound Advice Amphitheatre [in West Palm Beach, Florida] on Thursday [August 28] when Ozzfest arrived ...

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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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VINTERSORG Drop Off Germany's SUMMER BREEZE Festival

VINTERSORG, the band led by BORKNAGAR frontman Andreas Hedlund (a.k.a. Vintersorg), have been forced to cancel their appearance at this year's Summer Breeze festival, scheduled to take place Aug. 21-23, 2003 in Abtsgmünd, Germany. "I'm so fucking tired of things that don't work out, and that everyone suffers from it, especially we are," Hedlund said ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM Hire SINERGY Axeman For Upcoming Tour

Finland's CHILDREN OF BODOM have recruited SINERGY/ex-STONE axeman Roope Latvala as the session guitarist for the remainder of their world tour in support of their latest CD, "Hate Crew Deathroll". "When [former guitarist] Alexander ["Aku" Kuoppala] left the band we were left in a difficult situation: how to keep on going [without a second guitarist]," ...

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Freddy Vs. Jason - VARIOUS ARTISTS

The soundtrack album is such a tired marketing ploy these days that it takes a lot for one to be truly interesting or exciting. Of course, even the term "soundtrack" is usually a misnomer: most of the songs you hear on these albums have little or nothing to do with the movie, and are frequently ...

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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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Review: KISS And AEROSMITH Deliver All Your Favorite Oldies

David Segal of the Washington Post reviewed the KISS/AEROSMITH tour when it came through town at Nissan Pavilion on Saturday night (August 9). "Next time a band announces a 'farewell tour,' get it in writing," he writes. "Otherwise, don't bother with the goodbyes. KISS vowed three years ago to pack up the face paint and ...

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ROBERT TRUJILLO: I'm Still A METALLICA Fan

New METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES) recently told Canada's Chart Attack that it was somewhat of a relief to have joined the group after all the songwriting and recording sessions for "St. Anger" had already been completed. "I had my hands full with trying to learn these 11 songs AND the 40 ...

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SOULFLY Cancel Russian Tour

SOULFLY have been forced to postpone their previously announced tour of Russia due to last weekend's suicide bombing at a rock concert in Moscow that resulted in the deaths of 14 people. A letter from the Russian police to the tour's organizers requesting the cancellation of the dates reads as follows: "Considering the rising amount ...

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CANDLEMASS' LEIF EDLING: Doom Hard With A Six-Pack

CANDLEMASS mainman Leif Edling (bass) has posted the following update to the band's official web site: "DOOM HARD FESTIVAL "After the usual stop (and the usual first Heineken) at Schiphol, the band took off to the Rock Hard Festival somewhere in Germany. Great site in an outside amphitheatre with a river just behind the stage. ...

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Safety Concerns Delay Florida Metal Festival

Edward Fitzpatrick of the Providence Journal reports that a Florida heavy metal festival, which was going to raise money for The Station Family Fund, has been postponed because of fire-code issues raised by the local fire marshal. Metalfest 2003 — with a list of performers that included LYNCH MOB, FIREHOUSE, BANG TANGO and BULLET BOYS ...

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JELLO BIAFRA Gets Shot Down By DEAD KENNEDYS

A California Court of Appeals yesterday (June 18) found that former DEAD KENNEDYS frontman Jello Biafra still owes bandmates guitarist East Bay Ray, bassist Klaus Flouride and drummer D.H. Peligro more than $200,000 in compensatory and punitive damages because his label, Alternative Tentacles, withheld money from the band partnership, Decay Music. Biafra's attempts to dissolve ...

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Former VIO-LENCE Guitarist Explains Decision To Join MACHINE HEAD

Former VIO-LENCE/TECHNOCRACY guitarist Phil Demmel has issued a statement addressing his recent decision to join MACHINE HEAD as a replacement for Ahrue Luster. As previously reported, Luster had amicably left the group last May due to "creative differences." Demmel's statement reads as follows: "To all my friends who care to know.......... "I'm a firm believer ...

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THE WILDHEARTS Frontman Addresses Bassist's Departure

THE WILDHEARTS mainman Ginger has posted a lengthy message via his official web site addressing bassist Danny McCormack's recent departure from the group in order to go into a rehabilitation center to seek out help for his heroin addiction. "Ever thought that things have gone as bad as things can possibly get, only for things ...

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PEARL JAM Respond To Rocky Mountain News Article

PEARL JAM have responded to the story from the Rocky Mountain News claiming uproar of the action of singer Eddie Vedder impaling a mask of President Bush on a microphone stand, then slamming it to the stage. The newspaper reported what sounded like a mass walkout, but according to the band about two-dozen ...

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STEVE VAI's 'Make A Noise Foundation' Awards Scholarships

Four aspiring music students who were previously unable to pursue their goals are now one step closer to achieving their dreams. Joel Oglesby, Jennifer Smallwood, Reid Chamness Karle, and Michael Hughey have all been awarded scholarships by the "Make a Noise Foundation" to attend Full Sail, a state-of-the-art Florida college offering degrees in recording engineering ...

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NAPALM DEATH To Begin Work On 'Leaders Not Followers 2'

NAPALM DEATH bassist Shane Embury has posted the following update to the group's official web site: "Well the [North American] tour with NILE has been done for quite awhile now and we all agree that it was a success, great attendances and good reactions made it very enjoyable from our point of view. "We had ...

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FINNTROLL Complete Work On New CD

Finland's FINNTROLL have set "Visor Om Slutet" as the title for their recently-completed "acoustic/experimental" CD, the group's first with new singer Tapio Wilska. The group had originally planned on recording only an EP's worth of material, but reportedly had so much fun during the sessions — which took place at a studio just outside Helsinki, ...

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