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MACHINE HEAD: Cover-Song Contest Results Announced

MACHINE HEAD have announced the winning entries in their recently-launched cover-song contest. As previously reported, the members of the group's official forum were asked to list three songs that they would like to hear MACHINE HEAD cover, after which the band picked the 10 most interesting requests they felt they could do justice to. All ...

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EXODUS Drummer Pulls Out Of ANGEL WITCH Reunion

EXODUS drummer Tom Hunting has pulled out of the planned ANGEL WITCH reunion project in order to focus all his time on upcoming touring and recording commitments with his main band. In his place, ANGEL WITCH mainman Kevin Heybourne, bassist Jon Torres (WARNING SF, ULYSSES SIREN, LAAZ ROCKIT) and Lee Altus (HEATHEN, DIE KRUPPS) have ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE: EMI Reissues Postponed (Again)

QUEENSRŸCHE's "Queensrÿche", "The Warning", "Rage For Order" and "Operation: Mindcrime" releases — originally scheduled to be reissued on April 8 — will now not surface through EMI Records until May 6. Meanwhile, reissues of "Empire", "Promised Land" and "Hear In The Now Frontier" are not expected until May 10. No reason was given for the ...

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COURTNEY LOVE Pops For A Personal Drug Czar

The following article appeared in today's edition of the New York Daily News: Courtney Love is determined to kick her pill habit. The [former] HOLE singer confirms she has hired a round-the-clock minder to help her stay clean. "He travels with [bleeped]-up rock stars to make sure they don't take drugs," Love tells us, bluntly. ...

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SEVEN WITCHES: New Music Posted Online

SEVEN WITCHES, the band featuring former SAVATAGE guitarist Jack Frost, ARMORED SAINT/FATES WARNING bassist Joey Vera, and HELSTAR singer James Rivera, have posted the track "Dance With The Dead" in streaming audio at this location. "Dance With The Dead" comes off the group's fourth album, "Passage To The Other Side", due on April ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE: First Wave Of Reissues Pushed Back

QUEENSRŸCHE's "Queensrÿche", "The Warning", "Rage For Order" and "Operation: Mindcrime" releases — originally scheduled to be reissued on April 8 — will now not surface through EMI Records until April 22. No reason was given for the delay. Each of the records has been repackaged with bonus tracks, unreleased photos, memorabilia and liner notes by ...

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SOLSTICE Reform, Begin Work On New Material

British doom metal veterans SOLSTICE have reformed and are in the process of writing new material. The band are "back bigger, badder and bolder than ever," according to the latest newsletter from Miskatonic Foundation, to whom SOLSTICE guitarist Rich Walker is signed with his side project ISEN TORR. "The new [SOLSTICE] songs are stripped of ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Reissues On The Way

Two decades after QUEENSRŸCHE released their self-titled 12-inch debut EP, EMI Records is celebrating the band's career by reissuing the disc and the six critically acclaimed albums that followed: "The Warning", "Rage For Order", "Operation: Mindcrime", "Empire", "Promised Land" and "Hear In The Now Frontier". Each of the seven QUEENSRŸCHE records has been repackaged with ...

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ANGEL WITCH Reunite (Again)

NWOBHM legends ANGEL WITCH have reformed with yet another lineup — this time featuring a couple of very special surprise "guests". Joining mainman Kevin Heybourne in the band's latest incarnation are San Francisco Bay Area metal veterans Tom Hunting (drums — EXODUS), Lee Altus (guitar — HEATHEN, DIE KRUPPS), and Jon Torres (bass — WARNING ...

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JOHN ARCH Speaks Out On 'A Twist Of Fate'

Former FATES WARNING frontman John Arch, freshly signed to Metal Blade Records as solo artist, recently commented on the musical and the lyrical direction of his much-anticipated debut EP, "A Twist Of Fate", due later in the year. "I think the music has a good feel to it," Arch said. "There are a lot of ...

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MERAUDER: New Song Available For Download

New York's MERAUDER have posted an MP3 of the track "No Warning" for download at this location. "No Warning" comes off the group's forthcoming third full-length album, "Bluetality", due on Jan. 28 through Century Media Records. "Bluetality" features a guest appearance from ILL NINO drummer Dave Chavarri and production from former S.O.D./current M.O.D. ...

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Former FATES WARNING Singer Inks Solo Deal!

Former FATES WARNING vocalist John Arch has inked a solo deal with Metal Blade Records. The singer's first release through the label will be a 20-minute EP, "A Twist Of Fate", featuring FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos, FATES WARNING/ARMORED SAINT bassist Joey Vera and DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy. A late 2003 release is expected. ...

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GORDIAN KNOT To Release 'Emergent' Next Month

The long awaited new GORDIAN KNOT album, "Emergent", will surface on Jan. 14, 2003 through Sensory Records. GORDIAN KNOT is the project of former CYNIC and current OSI (ORCHESTRA OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE) bassist Sean Malone. "Emergent", the project's second album, will feature guest appearances by Bill Bruford (YES, KING CRIMSON), Jason Gobel (ex-CYNIC), Steve Hackett ...

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OMEN Complete Work On 'Eternal Black Dawn'

Classic U.S. metallers OMEN have completed work on their eagerly-anticipated follow-up to "Reopening The Gates", entitled "Eternal Black Dawn", for an early 2003 release through an as-yet-undetermined label. The group's first CD with new vocalist Kevin Goocher, "Eternal Black Dawn" is being described as "a triumphant return to the classic OMEN sound heard on such ...

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BLIND GUARDIAN: Houston Show Cancelled

BLIND GUARDIAN's show at Cardi's in Houston, Texas, originally scheduled to take place tonight (Nov. 29), may or may not happen, according to the group's official web site. Having announced the show's cancellation yesterday, the band's webmaster has posted a message on the site earlier today advising everyone to check with the club ahead of ...

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Former FATES WARNING Guitarist Issues DRAGONSPOON Debut

DRAGONSPOON, the new project of former FATES WARNING guitarist Frank Aresti, have issued their debut full-length CD through Hook N Mouth Records. According to an official press release, "DRAGONSPOON ventures into the world of industrial music with Frank's unique style of heavy guitar riffing, and a dark, sophisticated tone." DRAGONSPOON will be performing live at ...

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OSI Finish Mastering CD, Compile Extra Footage

OSI (OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE) — the new "prog" supergroup featuring DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy, FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos, CHROMA KEY/ex-DREAM THEATER keyboardist Kevin Moore, and GORDIAN KNOT/ex-CYNIC bassist Sean Malone — has finished mastering its self-titled debut album for an early 2003 release through Inside Out Records. A limited-edition two-disc set, containing ...

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ENGINE To Participate In AOL Chat

ENGINE frontman Ray Alder (FATES WARNING) and bassist Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT) will participate in an America Online chat on Tuesday, October 29 at 9:00 p.m. ET. The chat is exclusive to America Online and its members and will take place at AOL Keyword: Rock Chat. Non-AOL subscribers may also participate by visiting www.aol.com and ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE's EMI RECORDS Catalog To Be Reissued

EMI Records will reissue the QUEENSRŸCHE catalog in 2003 with bonus tracks, expanded packaging, unreleased photos, memorabilia and new liner notes. The albums planned for re-release are as follows: April 8, 2003: "Queensrÿche" EP "The Warning" "Rage For Order" "Operation: Mindcrime" May 6, 2003: "Empire" "Promised Land" "Hear In The Now Frontier" ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Compilation CD To Surface In January

EMI Records is reportedly gearing up to release yet another QUEENSRŸCHE CD, this time a compilation called Classic Masters: Queensrÿche. All tracks are said to have been digitally re-mastered. The tentative track listing for the album is as follows: 01. Queen of the Reich 02. Warning 03. The Killing Words 04. Speak 05. I Don't ...

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KORN Frontman Shoots Fiancée For PLAYBOY

KORN frontman Jonathan Davis has photographed his fiancée Deven, a former porn actress, for Playboy. "There's nothing better than shooting your chick naked," Jonathan Davis told the magazine. When Playboy.com approached the KORN singer about becoming their fifth celebrity photographer — joining the likes of hip-hop giant Nelly, Tommy Lee and DISTURBED's David Draiman — ...

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RUSH To Issue Best-Of Collection In January

RUSH will issue a new best-of collection, entitled The Spirit Of Radio: Greatest Hits (1974-1987), on January 28th through Mercury/UME. All the selections on the 16-song set — which comprises tracks taken from the band's Mercury Records output — have been digitally remastered, and a 16-page booklet is included in the packaging. The complete tracklisting ...

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MADBALL To Perform Reunion Gig

New York hardcore heavyweights MADBALL have reunited and will perform their first comeback show at Krome in South Amboy, New Jersey on Friday, December 6th. Also appearing on the bill will be MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD, DEATH THREAT, and NO WARNING. Tickets go on sale on Friday, October 11th via Ticketmaster. Additional dates will be announced ...

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W.A.S.P. Tour Still On!

Despite rumors to the contrary, W.A.S.P.'s previously-announced North American tour is going ahead as scheduled, according to Metal Blade Records, whose act ENGINE (featuring FATES WARNING frontman Ray Alder and ARMORED SAINT bassist Joey Vera) is slated to fill the opening slot on the trek. At this time, it appears that ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY and former ...

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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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SIX FEET UNDER To Issue Live DVD In November

SIX FEET UNDER's forthcoming live CD/DVD, entitled Double Dead, is due for release on November 5th through Metal Blade. Lensed at the Lab in St. Paul, Minnesota on June 14th, the group's performance was professionally shot on film by Dave Roth, who directed the band's "The Day The Dead Walked", "Victim of the Paranoid", and ...

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