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THE HEAVILS To Begin Recording With Producer DEVIN TOWNSEND

Metal Blade recording artists THE HEAVILS will begin tracking their sophomore album Thursday (January 8) at Greenhouse Studios in Vancouver, Canada with producer Devin Townsend (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, LAMB OF GOD, DECEMBER). The follow-up to 2003's "The Heavils" will feature a guest appearance by CHEAP TRICK guitarist Rick Nielsen. A spring release is expected. In ...

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KORN Frontman Developing Video Game

KORN frontman Jonathan Davis is developing a video game called "Pop Scars", according to MTV.com. "It's basically a celebrity fighting game, but in the context of a 'Soul Calibur' or 'Mortal Kombat', where it's a real fighting game and it's not just a cheap fighting engine, just for the hell of it because it's celebrity ...

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TESLA Returns With 'Into The Now'

TESLA will release their eagerly anticipated new studio album, "Into the Now", on Sanctuary Records on March 9, 2004. The original lineup of vocalist Jeff Keith, guitarist Frank Hannon, guitarist Tommy Skeoch, bass guitarist Brian Wheat and drummer Troy Luccketta spent more than two years writing and recording "Into the Now". TESLA co-produced the album ...

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AETERNUS To Enter Studio In June

Norwegian metallers AETERNUS will enter Grieghallen Studios in June to begin recording their new album, tentatively due in late 2004 through Nocturnal Art Productions. The follow-up to last year's "A Darker Monument" will once again be produced by Pytten, who has previously worked with ENSLAVED and MÖRK GRYNING, among others. Says AETERNUS mainman Ares: "We ...

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TY LONGLEY's Father: Rhode Island Inferno Charges Are Wrong

Laurel J. Sweet of the Boston Herald is reporting that the father of GREAT WHITE guitarist Ty Longley believes throwing the band's tour manager and the owners of the Rhode Island rock club where his son perished with 99 fans behind bars would only let society off from demanding history never repeat itself. "Jail time ...

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ZAN CLAN Announce Stockholm Gig

ZAN CLAN, the new band featuring former SHOTGUN MESSIAH/EASY ACTION frontman Zinny J. Zan, will play at the Hard Rock Cafe in Stockholm, Sweden on December 5. Part of the show will be broadcasted out on the Internet at www.rockklassiker.se. The band, whose lineup is completed by producer/songwriter Chris Laney (SCRATCH, UNAMEUS, 17, GODSACHE), former ...

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Former MÖTLEY CRÜE Singer To Publish Autobiography

Former MÖTLEY CRÜE frontman John Corabi has begun work on his autobiography, tentatively due next summer. The book, which is being co-written with biographer Jake Brown, will offer a candid account of Corabi's life story, including his stints in THE SCREAM, MÖTLEY CRÜE, UNION, RATT, and the BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION, and will include interviews with ...

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INSOMNIUM Finishing Up Work On Sophomore Album

Finnish metallers INSOMNIUM are completing work on their sophomore album, tentatively due in early 2004 through Candlelight Records. "The mixing will be finished during this week and the mastering will take place somewhere in the next month," the band write on their web site. "We will update these pages soon and add studio diary and ...

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ENTOMBED Members To Guest On CHAOSBREED Debut

CHAOSBREED drummer Nalle Österman (ex-GANDALF) has posted the following message to the band's official web site: "Hi, this is your captain speaking... Fasten your seatbelts 'cos here we go. Thanxxx for everyone who were supporting us at [our show at Helsinki's] Nosturi [on September 15] — [headliners] ENTOMBED kicked ass and made shit burst through ...

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A Tribute To The Beast: Volume 2 - VARIOUS ARTISTS

With IRON MAIDEN content to recycle their trusted formula ad infinitum — can anyone honestly say that their "Brave New World" reformation was anything other than the same old same old? — a reappraisal of their back catalogue (in this instance via Nuclear Blast's roster) seems like the only way to get anything resembling a ...

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VICTORY FLAG Name New CD

VICTORY FLAG have set "Red Right 88" as the title for their forthcoming CD, due late 2003/early 2004 through Sin Klub Entertainment. The follow up to their EP, "The Soundtrack To Your Miserable Life", will be their second release with the label. Art will be done once again by Jeff Gaither (THE MISFITS, THE ACCUSED, ...

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CHAOSBREED Drummer Explains Change In Recording Plans

CHAOSBREED drummer Nalle Österman (ex-GANDALF) has posted the following message to the band's official web site: "Hi, this is Nalle from CHAOSBREED, greetings from Stockholm! Even when we had to cancel our recordings at Sunlight [studios] we didn't want to leave our ferry tickets unused. So instead of CHAOSBREED traveling to Stockholm, the 31th of ...

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AC/DC's 'Live At Donington' To Be Released On DVD

AC/DC's "Live At Donington" concert video, originally issued on VHS in 1992, will receive its long-awaited DVD release through Epic on November 11, according to Billboard.com. A two-hour DVD chronicling an Aug. 17, 1991, show at the famed outdoor U.K. venue, "Live At Donington" will be packaged in a deluxe digi-pack with a 12-page color ...

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Report: Old Bands Draw New Generation To Concerts

David Hinckley of the New York Daily News reports that this summer's top concert performers include such veteran acts as KISS, IRON MAIDEN, METALLICA, and DEF LEPPARD. "While they can still draw 5,000-15,000 fans a night, that number includes more than the now-middle-aged fans who remember when music could be found in the grooves of ...

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DEEP PURPLE Singer Says JON LORD's Departure Was A 'Relief'

U.K. web site Metro Café have posted a short interview with DEEP PURPLE singer Ian Gillan in which he discussses, among other things, why it took five years to record a follow-up to 1998's "Abandon": "We were reluctant to press on with it at the time because [keyboardist] Jon Lord's been leaving for five years," ...

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Former SHOTGUN MESSIAH Singer Hard At Work On New Music

Former SHOTGUN MESSIAH/EASY ACTION frontman Zinny J. Zan is collaborating with producer/songwriter Chris Laney (SCRATCH, UNAMEUS, 17, GODSACHE) on material for a new album, which will reportedly feature a "harder" sound than that of Zan's previous output. Joining Zinny and Chris in the new band are former TALISMAN/GREAT KING RAT guitarist Pontus Norgren and ex-LION'S ...

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ASSASSIN Are Ready To 'Go Fight Kill'

ASSASSIN, the reunited German thrash act that released a couple of promising albums in the late '80s via the SPV label (1987's "The Upcoming Terror" and 1988's "Interstellar Experience"), have posted the following message to their official web site: "First of all the whole band wanna thank all the crazy headbangers who saw our recent ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Guitarist Says Tour With DREAM THEATER Is 'Kicking Ass'

QUEENSRŸCHE's current tour finds them co-headlining with math-metal cult band DREAM THEATER — a smart consolidation of two bands with similar leanings. "Our music styles complement each other really well," QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist Michael Wilton told James Bush of Seattle Weekly. "I know a lot of tours have been suffering, but this one is really kicking ...

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DEEP PURPLE To Embark On European Tour

DEEP PURPLE have announced the details of their fall 2003 European tour. Confirmed dates are as follows: Aug. 10 - Nandrin Festival - Nandrin nr Liège, BEL Aug. 11 - Arena Sferisterio – Macerata, ITA Aug. 13 - Arènes d'Avenches - Avenches, SWI Aug. 14 - Foire Au Vins D'Alsace Parc Des Expo - Colmar, ...

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