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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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TWISTED SISTER Pumps Up ARNOLD

Joal Ryan of E! Online reports that "We're Not Gonna Take It", the head-banging TWISTED SISTER anthem, denounced nearly 20 years ago as a kiddie-corrupter by a Tipper Gore-led group of Washington, D.C., powermoms, has been reborn as the "unofficial theme song" of Schwarzenegger's California gubernatorial campaign. Dee Snider, who has heard his band's song ...

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MESHUGGAH, DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND Members To Appear On DARKANE Guitarist's Solo Album

MESHUGGAH bassist Gustaf Hielm, DARKANE drummer Peter Wildoer and THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND/GOD AWAKENS PETRIFIED drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen will be contributing to the forthcoming solo album from DARKANE guitarist Christofer Malmström, tentatively due sometime in 2004. "I'm very excited to be involved in this project," Van Poederooyen said. "Christofer and I got in contact ...

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40 GRIT Announce New Bassist

San Francisco Bay Area metallers 40 GRIT have announced the addition of bassist Ryan Healy (ex-TONGUES) to the group's ranks. Healy's first show with the band will take place on August 8 with DEATH ANGEL at the Edge in Palo Alto, California. 40 GRIT will begin writing material for the follow-up to this year's "Nothing ...

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ALICE COOPER To Embark On 'Bare Bones' Tour

ALICE COOPER will embark on the "Bare Bones" tour in July, featuring nothing more than the instruments, the music and the musicians making it. The trek, which runs July 12-August 10, will allow Cooper to take his music to several markets previously unable to accommodate Alice's elaborate stage-show. The "Bare Bones" tour will immediately follow ...

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SILENCER Part Ways With Drummer, Announce Replacement

Colorado's SILENCER have parted ways with drummer Nick Seelinger and have replaced him with ex-TRENCHMOUTH skinsman Ryan Ramirez. Ramirez will make his live debut with the group on May 2 in Greeley, Colorado. "Ryan's strong enthusiasm and blazing speed are very much welcomed to the SILENCER thrash machine," reads a message on the band's official ...

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CRYOGENIC Announce New Singer

Australia's CRYOGENIC have announced the addition of singer Ryan David to the group's ranks. David replaces Steve Simmons, who amicably left the band last year. Commented CRYOGENIC drummer Jenk: "We've known Ryan for a long time. I had been working with him on pre-production for his second solo album late last year when I noticed ...

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ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY Split With Vocalist, Seek Replacement

ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY has amicably parted ways with vocalist Johnny Throckmorton. Throckmorton was a member of ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY since the group's inception over six years ago. "As the saying goes, you can't stop the rock, so we're looking for a new vocalist." comments ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY guitarist Erik Larson. "Any high-energy vocalist with good range, power, and ...

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Wrongful Death Trial Begins For Former MÖTLEY CRÜE Drummer

Opening statements in a wrongful death civil trial involving former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee were expected Tuesday after a jury was selected, according to the Associated Press. The lawsuit claims Lee was negligent in the drowning of 4-year-old Daniel Karven-Veres, who was attending a swim party at the musician's Malibu home. The boy, whose ...

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THOR To Appear In Upcoming Movie, Tour Documentary

THOR will be starring in and writing and recording music for the new movie, "GraveYard", according to the singer's official web site. The movie, which will start shooting later this month, will be directed by Ed Brisson and will feature THOR as the boss of a haunted hotel. A new single, "Walking in a Graveyard", ...

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DROWNING POOL Singer Found Dead

DROWNING POOL singer Dave Williams was found dead on the band's tour bus Wednesday afternoon (August 14th), according to a spokesperson for the group. He was 30 years old. The Dallas quartet was on tour with Ozzfest when Williams' body was discovered. Ozzfest had played the Verizon Wireless Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana, on Tuesday. ...

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To Serve Man - CATTLE DECAPITATION

What immediately strikes you about this Cali foursome's music is the total lack of effects. They definitely look like your typical goregrind band on the surface. But where IMPALED, SEPSISM, DISGORGE (both of them), COCK AND BALL TORTURE, REGURGITATE and zillions of others tailor their heaviness with severely downtuned guitars and/or heinously manipulated vocals, CATTLE ...

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WEST MEMPHIS THREE Benefit Album: Complete Track Listing Announced

SLAYER's Tom Araya, SLIPKNOT's Corey Taylor, MOTÖRHEAD's Lemmy Kilmister and CLUTCH's Neil Fallon are the among the artists confirmed to appear on Rise Above, an album benefiting the convicted killers known as the West Memphis Three. Due on October 8th through Henry Rollins' 2.13.61 label via Sanctuary Records, the LP was spearheaded by Rollins and ...

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METALLICA's LARS ULRICH Among Judges For 2002 SHORTLIST MUSIC PRIZE

METALLICA's Lars Ulrich is among the judges for the 2002 Shortlist Music Prize, which spotlights lesser-known acts for their artistic merit, according to Launch. Others musicians accepting the role as so-called "listmakers" for the second annual Shortlist include BLUR's Damon Albarn, BECK, THE NEPTUNES, and THE STROKES' Albert Hammond Jr. Through the summer and fall, ...

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SKINLAB's ESQUIVEL Recounts SOIL, HEADSTRONG Tour Shenanigans

SKINLAB frontman Steev Esquivel recently commented on the shenanigans that took place on the final night of the group's US tour with SOIL and HEADSTRONG, which took place on Monday, April 1st in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Stated Esquivel, “it was April Fools day, so we had to start early with our fun stuff. First off, our ...

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CATTLE DECAPITATION Ink Deal With Metal Blade Records

San Diego extreme metallers CATTLE DECAPITATION have inked a deal with Metal Blade Records and will enter San Francisco's Trident Studio with producer Juan Urteaga in early April to record their debut for the label, entitled To Serve Man. Singer Travis Ryan had this to say about the group's addition to the Metal Blade roster: ...

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KISS Drummer Gets Prison Time

Original KISS drummer Peter Criss will make an appearance in tonight's episode of the HBO prison drama Oz, which kicks off its fifth season at 10 PM EST. Criss is playing the role of convict Martin Montgomery who has beef with Dean Winters' character, Ryan O'Reily, and he is scheduled to be in two more ...

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Scars - SOIL

It doesn't seem all that long ago that Chicago's SOIL were struggling to get themselves heard amid a sea of LIMP BIZKIT and KORN wannabes whose musical output was deemed far more “marketable” than the southern rock-tinged sounds practiced by the Illinois quintet. All that changed when a radio programmer in Orlando, Florida, ...

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Archive News Nov 13, 2001

STUCK MOJO will be supported by 420 MONKS, the band led by MOJO frontman Bonz, at the former group's upcoming reunion gig at The Cotton Club in Atlanta, Georgia on New Year's Eve. In related news, SICK SPEED, the post-MOJO band of guitarist Rich Ward and drummer Bud Fontsere, will play their ...

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Archive News May 27, 2001

The UK date of the Ozzfest took place yesterday, May 26th, and by all accounts, it was a great show, with all the bands reportedly having put on great performances that will be remembered for a long time to come. According to reports, SOULFLY were joined by both Corey Taylor from SLIPKNOT and Tom Araya ...

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Archive News May 15, 2001

According to TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson, METALLICA's Kirk Hammett is being approached about making an appearance with the reunited EXODUS at the upcoming Thrash Of The Titans benefit concert for vocalist Chuck Billy, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Kirk's appearance with EXODUS would mark the first time he's shared the stage with the group ...

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Archive News May 09, 2001

SLAYER guitarist Kerry King has confirmed the reports that the band plans to embark on a three-week European tour with PANTERA in September.&nbsp


KREATOR's recently-completed Violent Revolution CD is tentatively scheduled to be released at the end of the summer. Among the tracks that are set to appear on the Andy Sneap-produced effort are ...

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Archive News Apr 04, 2001

According to MORBID ANGEL's management, vocalist/bassist Steve Tucker will not be appearing with MORBID ANGEL on their upcoming US and European tours due to family and personal problems. The bass and vocal duties at all upcoming dates will be handled by Jared Anderson of the Florida band HATE ETERNAL. MORBID ANGEL will be heading to ...

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Archive News Mar 16, 2001 - update 1

The winning eBay bid of $4,050 on the contract Peter Criss signed for the 1996 KISS Reunion Tour and beyond belonged to that of Stan Penridge, former band mate of Peter Criss and co-writer of one of the KISS' most popular songs, 'Beth'. Penridge was the winner of a 10-day auction that saw autograph-resellers, KISS ...

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