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ROSTOK VAMPIRES Reunite, Perform Comeback Gig

Legendary '90s German punk/thrash outfit ROSTOK VAMPIRES, one of the first acts to get signed to then-freshly-launched Nuclear Blast Records, have reformed and are performing a reunion gig tonight, June 22nd, at Lindenbrauerei in Unna, Germany. Also appearing on the bill are FAGGOT KINGS and BLEAK. For more information, visit ROSTOK VAMPIRES' official web site ...

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S.O.D. Dies Again: By SCOTT IAN

S.O.D./ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has posted the following message on the official ANTHRAX web site at www.anthraxtheband.com: "Sergeant D, Icon of Race Relations, Zombie, Raconteur, Dies Again "Sergeant D, one of the most controversial figures of the last two decades, died again yesterday in Bayside, New York. Cause of death was given as ...

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MR. BIG Issue Farewell Message Following Split

MR. BIG have posted a farewell message via their official web site explaining the reasons for their decision to disband and go their separate ways. Here is the message in its entirety: "MR. BIG has had 12 great years of making music all over the world. We thank all of our friends and fans everywhere. ...

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GAMMA RAY's HENJO RICHTER Turns Down HELLOWEEN Offer

GAMMA RAY guitarist Henjo Richter will not be accepting HELLOWEEN's offer to join the latter band as a replacement for the departed Roland Grapow, according to GAMMA RAY's record label Sanctuary/Metal-Is Records. As you may recall, Richter had been holding discussions with HELLOWEEN mainman Michael Weikath about joining the latter act, but has now apparently ...

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L.A. GUNS Finish Recording New CD

L.A. GUNS have finished recording their new album with producer Andy Johns and will mix it shortly for a late summer release through Spitfire Records. According to bassist Adam Hamilton, “if you are a fan of L.A. GUNS, I promise that you will love this record. I myself have always been a fan as well, ...

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A Night At VINNIE PAUL's: By COMES WITH THE FALL's WILLIAM DUVALL

Here is a rather amusing account from JERRY CANTRELL/COMES WITH THE FALL guitarist William Duvall about the CANTRELL band's recent trip to Dallas, Texas for the birthday celebration thrown by PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul: “After the first day's rehearsal [for JERRY CANTRELL's performance at the South By Southwest music and media conference in Austin, Texas], ...

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ABSU Drummer Among Leading Candidates To Join SLAYER

ABSU percussionist Proscriptor (a.k.a. Russ R. Givens) is a strong candidate to fill the vacant SLAYER drummer slot following the departure of Paul Bostaph, who left the group last December due to a chronic elbow injury. Although the drummer has yet to be officially offered the position, Givens reportedly auditioned with SLAYER guitarist Kerry King ...

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KAMELOT European Tour Recap

KAMELOT guitarist/mainman Thomas Youngblood has posted the following message after the completion of the group's recent European tour with AXXIS: "Hello Knights! We are back at home after 14 hours of flights and high security and I am reflecting on the last 4 weeks. I will try to have a more detailed journal soon but ...

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ECHOBRAIN To Embark On US Tour In March

ECHOBRAIN, featuring former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted, have posted the following update on the band's activities via their official web site at www.echobrain.com: Hey EchoBrainiacs! We want to bring you up to date, so here we go! ECHOBRAIN started up rehearsals on January 8 (on Elvis' 67th Birthday & the 10th anniversary of ...

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ARCH ENEMY's "Wages Of Sin" To Be Unleashed On March 18th!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ARCH ENEMY — Supreme Wages Of Sin to be released on March 18th, 2002! The wait is finally over, soon we are all to experience the frenetically anticipated release of ARCH ENEMY's finest album to date, Wages Of Sin in Europe and America! The Swedish Metal supergroup has become the leading band ...

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SKINLAB: Slave The Delay

SKINLAB frontman Steev Esquivel has confirmed via the group's official web site that the band were forced to push back the release of their third full-length CD, entitled reVOLT, to May (through Century Media Records) “due to [delays in] mastering and to make sure we have proper set-up time. This means making sure promo material ...

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DRAGONLORD Postpone SF Date, DiGiorgio Explains His Absence From Touring Line-Up!

DRAGONLORD, the San Francisco Bay Area black metal project led by TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson, have postponed their scheduled January 5th appearance at San Francisco's Covered Wagon Saloon to an as-yet-undisclosed later date. Meanwhile, TESTAMENT bassist Steve DiGiorgio, who performed on DRAGONLORD's debut CD Rapture and who appeared live with the group at the benefit ...

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Archive News Nov 30, 2001

Here are some of the latest sales figures for various metal/hard rock releases in the US, as reported by Soundscan for the week ending November 25th, 2001 (number in parenthesis indicates the number of weeks the title has been on the sales chart):

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KID ROCK – Cocky: 223,062 (1) ...

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Archive News Nov 20, 2001

After a prolonged self-imposed absence, PRONG mastermind Tommy Victor is getting things back in gear with an eye toward releasing a new album in 2002. Currently based in Los Angeles, Victor has been quietly working on new demos over the past few months with the help of several musicians, including DIESEL ...

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Archive News Oct 18, 2001

The official web site of the heavy metal band ANTHRAX at www.anthrax.com has reportedly received 8 million hits in the last two weeks, with 325,000 unique visitors connecting to the site in the wake of the recent anthrax bacteria terrorist scare that has sent fear and panic through the streets of America. ...

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Archive News Oct 10, 2001

UK's KILL II THIS have officially replaced recently-departed vocalist Matt Pollock with ex-PROFANE (Manchester) frontman Phil Bretnall. According to an official statement from the band, “after loads of auditioning, we easily picked out Phil as a strong contender, so we put him through some more gruelling auditions — the results of which are evident.. ...

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Archive News Sep 28, 2001

LIMP BIZKIT will be issuing a remix album entitled Remizkit, in the near future, featuring remixes by DJ Premiere, Timbaland, LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst, LIMP BIZKIT's DJ Lethal, LIMP BIZKIT guitarist Wes Borland, P. Diddy, The Neptunes, William Orbit, Josh Abraham, and including appearances by BUBBA SPARXXX, 8 BALL, E40, and other “special ...

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Archive News Sep 11, 2001

Desperately seeking to make peace to everyone who has previously supported the group in an attempt to rebuild a career that has inarguably seen its best days, MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine is continuing to reach out to former foes through personal postings via the group's official web site at www.megadeth.com. In the wake of ...

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Archive News Aug 22, 2001

As exclusively reported here yesterday, HELLOWEEN have now officially confirmed the departures of lead guitarist Roland Grapow and drummer Uli Kusch from the group's ranks. In a posting on the message board of HELLOWEEN's official web site last night, webmaster Tony offered the following statement on the matter: “Well…not much to tell you ...

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Archive News Aug 20, 2001

Sweden's high-tech thrashers MESHUGGAH have been confirmed as the support band for TOOL's upcoming headlining US tour, beginning with the September 6th show in St. Paul, Minnesota. Here are the announced dates for the trek:

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Sept. 06 - St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center

Sept. 07 - Madison, ...

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Archive News Aug 13, 2001

POWERMAN 5000 vocalist/mainman Spider One has confirmed that the group's previously announced headlining tour (which was also set to include SALIVA, MACHINE HEAD, STEREOMUD and HALFCOCKED) has been cancelled and that the release date of their Anyone For Doomsday? CD has been pushed back to early 2002, but has rejected any implication that the ...

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Archive News Jun 17, 2001

Devin Townsend (i.e. STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) fans anxiously anticipating the release of the Vancouver whiz-kid's TERRIA project can download two of the album tracks — 'Mountain' and 'Canada' — via the multi-talented artist's MP3.com web site at this location.&nbsp


The July issue of Rolling Stone magazine confirms that EMINEM's collaboration track of 'The Way ...

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Archive News Jun 10, 2001

DEADSY, who feature in their ranks guitarist/vocalist Elijah Blue Allman (the son of actress Cher), will play the House Of Blues in Orange County, California on Thursday, June 28th. HATE DEPT. will be the support act at the show. Currently signed to KORN's Elementree imprint (via Dreamworks Records) after failed stints with Elektra and ...

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Archive News Jun 07, 2001

While awaiting the start of the mixing process on the group's much-anticipated Supercharger opus with producer Colin Richardson, MACHINE HEAD mainman Robert Flynn has spoken out about the recording process of and the musical direction on the the follow-up to the underrated The Burning Red release (1999). Here is what Flynn had to say in ...

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