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TARAXACUM Hard At Work On 'Rainmaker'

TARAXACUM, the group featuring former STEEL PROPHET vocalist Rick Mythiasin, EDGUY bassist Tobias Exxel, drummer Franky Wolf, ex-HAGGARD guitarist Danny Klupp and ROUGH SILK/AXEL RUDI PELL keyboardist Ferdy Doernberg, are continuing work on their sophomore album, "Rainmaker", due in the fall through MTM-Metal Records. "Eggi and I are back in the studio hard at work ...

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THE SKOL TRIO: Live Dates Announced

THE SKOL TRIO, the band led by former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE axeman Alex Skolnick, have lined up the following appearances during May/June: May 29 - LaGrange, KY @ Twice-Told Cafe May 30 - Milwaukee, WI @ Vnuk's May 31 - Chicago, IL @ Gunther Murphy's Jun. 01 - Detroit, MI @ Motor City Guitar Jun. 03 - ...

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NONEXIST Hard At Work On Sophomore CD

Sweden's NONEXIST, the new band featuring former ARCH ENEMY frontman Johan Liiva and ANDROMEDA guitarist Johan Reinholdz, are writing material for their second full-length record, tentatively due before the end of the year. The follow-up to last year's "Deus Deceptor" will be recorded in part at Reinholdz' personal studio, Multipass Studios, in Höör, Sweden, where ...

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THE PROJECT HATE: New Album Will Be 'Insane'

Sweden's THE PROJECT HATE, featuring Jörgen Sandström of ENTOMBED/GRAVE fame on lead vocals, have posted the following update via their official web site: "Haters, pay attention! "Just a quick news-flash for you to let you guys know that we are almost done with the songwriting for album number three, to be recorded over ...

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ARCH ENEMY's ERLANDSSON: Expect A Masterpiece!

ARCH ENEMY drummer Daniel Erlandsson has posted the following studio update to the "Studio Report 2003" section of the band's official web site: "Greetings to you all! "We arrived in the UK (in 'Ripley' outside of Nottingham to be precise) just under a week ago to start the recording of 'Microwave That Curry', (yeah, that's ...

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SLAYER Drummer Lines Up PHILM Gigs

PHILM, the new project featuring SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo, vocalist/guitarist Gerry Nestler, and bassist Juan Perez (both from L.A.'s CIVIL DEFIANCE), have lined up the following gigs during February: Feb. 20 – Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory Feb. 21 - Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory The band, who were previously known as SHRINE OF COIL, ...

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RACER X Complete Work On 'Getting Heavier'

The reunited RACER X, featuring JUDAS PRIEST drummer Scott Travis, ex-MR. BIG guitarist Paul Gilbert, and ex-BADLANDS drummer Jeff Martin (on vocals), have set "Getting Heavier" as the title for their upcoming CD, which was recently recorded at Batgirl Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada for a Christmas 2002 Japanese release. "'Getting Heavier' has 12 brand ...

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BLACK SABBATH Drummer Speaks Out On Upcoming Solo Album

BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward has released a lengthy update via his official web site on the status of his upcoming solo album, "Beyond Aston", his Internet-only single, "Straws", his health and the possibility of future live appearances. "My company, Aston Cross Music, Inc., is making 2,000 copies of 'Straws'," writes Ward. "1,000 ...

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GODSMACK: Facing The Demons

GODSMACK have now set "Faceless" as the tentative title of the follow-up to 2000's "Awake", currently being recorded at The Hit Factory/Criteria Studios in Miami for a March release through Republic/Universal. "It's heavy in a GODSMACK way — it's punchy, it's got a lot of grooves, but it's a little more melodic than the older ...

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DAVE LOMBARDO To Perform With Side Project

SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo will reportedly be performing with his side project PHILM at Club Ibiza in Whittier, California on Thursday, November 7. Formerly known as SHRINE OF COIL, PHILM include in their ranks vocalist/guitarist Gerry Nestler and bassist Juan Perez, both from L.A.'s CIVIL DEFIANCE. The band's music has previously been described by Lombardo ...

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ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO Announce Upcoming Dates

New York's ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO, led by former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick, have lined up the following dates in support of their album, Goodbye To Romance: Standards For A New Generation: Oct. 15 - Berkeley, CA @ Blakes on Telegraph Oct. 17 - San Jose, Ca @ Plant 51 Oct. 19 - San Francisco, CA ...

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GODSMACK's SULLY ERNA: New Material Is Really Powerful

GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna has spoken to MTV.com about the recent addition to the group's ranks of former AMEN drummer Shannon Larkin and the musical direction on the band's forthcoming third full-length CD, due in March 2003. "[Shannon] was my first choice," said Erna. "I'm a drummer also, and I was really influenced by his ...

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SEAN MALONE Comments On Much-Anticipated OSI Debut

GORDIAN KNOT/ex-CYNIC bassist Sean Malone has commented on his recently-completed contributions to the debut album from OSI (ORCHESTRA OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE), also featuring DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy, FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos, and CHROMA KEY/ex-DREAM THEATER keyboardist Kevin Moore. Says Malone: "It's always hard to explain the style of any kind of music, especially ...

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Former 24-7 SPYZ Drummer Seeking Band

Joel Maitoza, former drummer for EastWest/Atlantic recording artists 24-7 SPYZ is currently seeking an established national act to record and tour with as a permanent member. He's also available for session work or touring as a "hired gun". Maitoza received his music degree from the Yamaha School of Music at age six. He has continued ...

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Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE Guitarist Announces US Dates

New York's ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO, led by former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick, will embark on the first of several tours in support of their album, Goodbye To Romance: Standards For A New Generation in late August/early September. According to Skolnick, "this has been the subject of much planning and organizing which continues as we speak. ...

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Reroute To Remain - IN FLAMES

Quite remarkable how far this band has come from their ever-so-humble beginnings on a small Swedish death metal label to their internationally successful status of today, having inspired not only a great deal of metal bands in the process, but whose melodic twin guitar attack has already seen its influence seep into the hardcore scene ...

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THE DEFACED Set Album Title, Commence Recording Process

Sweden's THE DEFACED, featuring DARKANE guitarist Klas Ideberg and SOILWORK drummer Henry Ranta, have set Karma In Black as the title of their forthcoming sophomore effort, which is currently being produced by Ideberg and Rickard Larsson at Queenstreet Recording studios. 11 songs will be recorded for the CD, including a bonus track for the Japanese ...

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THE DEFACED Prepare To Record Sophomore CD

Sweden's THE DEFACED, featuring DARKANE guitarist Klas Ideberg and SOILWORK drummer Henry Ranta, have completed the pre-production process for their sophomore effort and will enter the studio in early August to begin recording the album for a late 2002/early 2003 release through Italy's Scarlet Records. According to the group's official web site, "the [new] material ...

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ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO To Embark On US Tour In Late Summer

New York's ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO, led by former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick, will embark on the first of several tours in support of their album, Goodbye To Romance: Standards For A New Generation in late August/early September. According to Skolnick, "this has been the subject of much planning and organizing which continues as we speak. ...

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EXCLUSIVE: DINO CAZARES Speaks Out On FEAR FACTORY Split

Since FEAR FACTORY officially called it quits in early March, very little has been heard from the band themselves, with the four members of the group choosing to each deal with the break-up of this long-running group by immersing themselves in new projects rather than speaking out publicly on what was, by all accounts, a ...

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Former MACHINE HEAD Drummer Resurfaces In THE SERVANTS

San Francisco Bay Area's THE SERVANTS, featuring former MACHINE HEAD/TESTAMENT drummer Chris Kontos, are mixing their debut full-length CD, entitled Mostly Monsters, for a late spring/early summer release through an as-yet-undisclosed label. Described as “full of real rock'n'roll with sexy grooves, pounding drums, and infectious melody,” Mostly Monsters is tentatively scheduled to contain the following ...

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Revolting Room - SKINLAB

Once incorrectly dismissed as nothing more than second-rate MACHINE HEAD copyists, San Francisco Bay Area's SKINLAB have clearly been working hard at elevating the quality of their songwriting and establishing a relatively identifiable sound of their own, something that is especially evident on the group's third full-length CD. Although SKINLAB haven't drastically altered the formula ...

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PILSON/LYNCH Prepare To Enter Studio To Record Debut CD

According to former DOKKEN bassist Jeff Pilson, things are progressing amazingly well with his new project featuring ex-DOKKEN guitarist George Lynch (reportedly dubbed PYNCH) and the songs are all written, just a few details here and there to work out. Wait 'till you hear the finished songs. I think it's the best body of work ...

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SPINESHANK Drummer Speaks Out On New Material

SPINESHANK drummer Tommy Decker has posted the following update on the band's recent activities: "Hi everybody. Just wanted to catch everybody up on what's up with the new album. We've been writing a lot of stuff and it's coming out awesome. I think it's the next logical step for the band. Some of it is ...

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Suicide By My Side - SINERGY

The Finnish group's third full-length release, SINERGY's Suicide By My Side is a mature, classy-sounding affair that essentially picks up where 2000's To Hell And Back left off, with main songwriter Alexi Laiho's excellent riffing style and American frontwoman Kimberly Goss' much-improved vocal chops at the core of the act's critically-acclaimed brand of melodic power ...

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Be My God - LULLACRY

Like its Scandinavian neighbors Sweden, Finland has been producing an disproportionately large number of quality metal acts over the years, with many of the country's finest exports, such as H.I.M., SENTENCED, STRATOVARIUS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, and NIGHTWISH, receiving almost as much—and in some instances, even more—recognition outside of the Finnish borders as they have ...

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Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights - H.I.M.

In the wake of Razorblade Romance's phenomenal European success, it is certainly not surprising to see Finland's H.I.M. sticking to essentially the same formula on their follow-up effort, the group's third full-length CD to date and the group's most accessible offering so far. Much like Razorblade…'s more commercial tracks (i.e. German and Finnish #1 ...

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Morning Star - ENTOMBED

In spite of my reservations about ENTOMBED's last offering, 2000's Uprising, it's difficult not to have a great deal of respect for the five Swedes that continue to churn out their own brand of death-ish rock'n'roll roughly a decade and a half after their inception. Seemingly oblivious to the outside trends, ENTOMBED have clearly ...

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