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RAMMSTEIN: New Single Due In May?

According to Herzeleid.com, the German magazine Sonic Seducer is reporting that the new RAMMSTEIN single will be called "Rosenrot" (Rose Red). The single is reportedly due at the end of May. RAMMSTEIN entered the studio in early November to begin recording their new album, tentatively due late spring through Republic/Universal Records. Production duties ...

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Report: GUNS N' ROSES May Sue To Block 'Greatest Hits' Album

GUNS N' ROSES may pursue legal action to block the release of the upcoming "Greatest Hits" CD, according to Billboard magazine. The band, led by Axl Rose, did not give their consent for "Greatest Hits" CD to move forward and is contemplating the possibility of suing Geffen Records to prevent the album from coming out, ...

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AXL ROSE: Plastic Surgery Gone Awry

AwfulPlasticSurgery.com, a web site dedicated to chronicling "the good, bad, and ugly of celebrity plastic surgery," has posted an especially unflattering item about GUNS N' ROSES frontman Axl Rose. Describing him as "something of a recluse," the web site goes on to say that Axl "has apparently spent his time getting some very appearance-altering plastic ...

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METALLICA Schedule 'Rockline' Appearance

METALLICA will be the featured guests on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" airing Monday, March 1. The live show begins at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET, and fans are encouraged to call in with questions during the program at (800) 344-ROCK (7625). To find a station near you, check out

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AMERICAN DOG Sign European Record Deal

Columbus, Ohio-based AMERICAN DOG, featuring former SALTY DOG bassist Michael Hannon, have signed a new European deal with Phoenix/Sony Records out of Hamburg, Germany. The biker-styled label is famous for handling the promotions of MOTÖRHEAD, DORO, ROSE TATTOO and MOLLY HATCHET. Longtime manager Tommy Floyd stated that "it was crucial that AMERICAN DOG work with ...

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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Set Title, Release Date For New Album

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE have set "The End of Heartache" as the title of their new album, due on May 11 through Roadrunner Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Alive or Just Breathing" was produced by guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz and is currently being mixed at Backstage Studios in Ripley, Yorkshire with Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, ...

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CRYSTAL EYES Welcome Addition To Family

Congratulations are in order for CRYSTAL EYES guitarist Jonathan Nyberg and his girlfriend Marika, who welcomed a son this past Sunday (Feb. 1). The "little rocker" has been named Ville, according to a posting on the band's web site. CRYSTAL EYES' third full-length album, "Vengeance Descending", was released last May through DMP Sweden Records. The ...

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SEVENDUST Drummer: DEZ FAFARA Is Not Important To Society

SEVENDUST drummer Morgan Rose recently spoke to Tacoma, Washington's The News Tribune about his much-publicized "feud" with ex-COAL CHAMBER (and current DEVILDRIVER) frontman Dez Fafara. Asked what started the feud, Rose said, "It's been pretty humorous, actually, because to be honest he's not really someone who's important to society. So it's not like I'm talking ...

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LOST IN TEARS To Enter The Studio In January

Finnish "gothic metallers" LOST IN TEARS will enter Karillo studio on January 17, 2004 to begin recording their sophomore full-length album, tentatively due in late spring through Locomotive Music. The follow-up to 2002's "Dialogue With Mirror and God" will be engineered by Jukka Puurula and mixed at an as-yet-undisclosed studio in Spain. Among the working ...

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DEZ FAFARA: 'I Had To Get Away From COAL CHAMBER'

Former COAL CHAMBER/current DEVILDRIVER frontman Dez Farafa recently spoke to Revolver magazine about the breakup of his previous band and his decision to go in a heavier, more aggressive direction with his new outfit. "COAL CHAMBER were a democracy where everybody ran the business together, and it just didn't work," he said. "They didn't want ...

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Report: Heavy Metal Subgenres Broken Down

Lisa Rose of New Jersey's The Star-Ledger attempts in Friday's online edition to put her finger on the array of subgenres within the heavy metal music spectrum in advance of this weekend's New Jersey Metal And Hardcore Fest, which kicks off today at Asbury Park's Convention Hall complex. Check out her attempt at

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BLACKMORE'S NIGHT Go Gold In The Czech Republic

BLACKMORE'S NIGHT, the band featuring former DEEP PURPLE/RAINBOW guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and his wife Candice Night, were awarded gold albums in the Czech Republic for the "Fires At Midnight" and "Ghost of A Rose" CDs at a special ceremony held at Cartouche in Prague on October 17. Sir Robert of Normandie and Squire Malcolm also ...

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KONKHRA: The Israel 'Reality Check Tour' Report

KONKHRA mainman Anders Lundemark has sent us the following report from the band's recent tour of Israel: "After confirming our involvement in this festival we did get some calls from family, asking us what we were thinking. In Denmark, nothing much happens, so if there is something happening in Israel, preferably a suicide bombing, it ...

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Former STEREOMUD Bassist Joins SW1TCHED

Ex-STEREOMUD/STUCK MOJO bassist Corey Lowery has joined Cleveland's SW1TCHED. The band, who were previously signed to Immortal/Virgin Records, have announced plans to change their name to SKY FALL DOWN at the end of the year before recording new material with a view towards landing a new record deal. In a recent interview with Edge Magazine, ...

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APARTMENT 26 Announce U.K. Dates

APARTMENT 26, who feature in their ranks singer Biff Butler (son of former BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler), will be hitting the road in the U.K. later this month in preparation for the release of their sophomore album. "Music For The Massive", due on January 27 through Atlantic Records, was produced by Tchad Blake and ...

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Vancouver Police Cited In GUNS N' ROSES Riot

Amy O'Brian of the Vancouver Sun reports that at least two Vancouver Police officers appeared to use "unnecessary and excessive" force during the GUNS N' ROSES riot last fall, the police complaint commissioner said Friday (October 10). Commissioner Dirk Ryneveld made the statement in a written notice for a public hearing that will examine the ...

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VELVET REVOLVER's SLASH And DUFF Explain Why IZZY STRADLIN Is Not Part Of The New Band

Former GUNS N' ROSES members Slash and Duff McKagan recently spoke to Guitar World magazine about ex-GNR guitarist Izzy Stradlin's brief involvement with their current project, VELVET REVOLVER. According to Slash, when Stradlin suddenly started showing up at rehearsals during the early songwriting sessions for VELVET REVOLVER, current VR second guitarist Dave Kushner began to ...

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BLACKMORE'S NIGHT Announce European Tour

BLACKMORE'S NIGHT, the band featuring former DEEP PURPLE/RAINBOW guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and his wife Candice Night, have announced the details of their European tour, set to take place in October/November. These will be the only shows for "2003 Ghost of A Rose Acoustic/Electric Tour", according to the band's web site. BLACKMORE'S NIGHT European tour: Oct. ...

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