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MEGADETH Bassist Switches To ESP Guitars

MEGADETH bassist James MacDonough has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the band's official web site: "Recently I've come to the decision to switch over to ESP guitars. This is a result of repeated headaches I've received from dealing with my old company. There just seems to be too much on their ...

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New INTO ETERNITY Singer Speaks Out

New INTO ETERNITY singer Stu Block (of Vancouver's OMEGA CROM) recently spoke to MetalEater.com about how he landed the IE gig and the group's future plans, among other topics. An excerpt from the interview follows: MetalEater.com: How did you first come into contact with INTO ETERNITY? If I am not mistaken (via my ...

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GLENN HUGHES Guitarist Completes Work On Solo Album

Glenn Hughes' longtime co-writer and guitarist, JJ Marsh, has just completed his first solo album, "Music From Planet Marsh". The CD will be available first for purchase during Glenn's upcoming European Soul Mover Tour 2005, which kicks off February 11 in the U.K. and runs through mid-April. The lineup for the album is as follows: ...

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ROYAL HUNT Announce New Guitarist

Denmark's ROYAL HUNT have announced the addition of guitarist Marcus Jidell (JEKYLL & HYDE, THE RING) to the group's ranks. "Armed to the teeth with every guitar model ever produced, [Marcus] left his native Sweden to fill the upcoming ROYAL HUNT album with everything from monster riffs to 12–finger tapping (yes, he does sound like ...

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Vocalist KELLY KEELING To Pen Autobiography

Powerhouse rock vocalist and former Atlantic recording artist Kelly Keeling (BATON ROUGE, BLUE MURDER, MSG, JOHN NORUM) has posted the following message on his web site: "I will soon be back on tour with George Lynch, Marten Andersson, and Mike Fro with a new set of material. I’m finally enjoying myself again and really looking ...

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MEGADETH To Film 'Of Mice And Men' Video

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message on the group's web site: "While 2005 brought much suffering and sadness to many people at its end, I hope for most of us here that were separated from such tragedy, that you had a terrific 2004. "My heart still goes out to the Abbott family, ...

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ILLDISPOSED Talk About Deal With ROADRUNNER, New Album

ILLDISPOSED members Bo Summer (vocals) and Jakob Batten (guitar) recently spoke to Denmark's Antenna webzine about the group's deal with Roadrunner Records and their recently issued album, "1-800 Vindication". Several excerpts from the interview follow: Antenna: That story on how you ended up signing with Roadrunner sounds amazing. Did it really happen by ...

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GREEN CARNATION Members To Appear On Tsunami Relief Single

GREEN CARNATION members Kjetil Nordhus (vocals) and Stein Roger Sordal (bass) have accepted an offer to participate in the recording of a single to support the victims of the horrible tsunami tragedy in Asia. The single will be a product of Kristiansand's (Norway) premier musicians, producers, engineers and studios. Stein Roger will be one of ...

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OPETH Frontman Talks Label Search, New Studio Album

OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt recently spoke to Australia's HailMetal.com about the group's current search for a new label home and the band's songwriting process, among other topics. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow: HailMetal.com: Recently your label Music for Nations closed down, leaving OPETH stranded. How has the search for a ...

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SEBASTIAN BACH: Remembering DIMEBAG DARRELL

Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach has issued the following statement in memory of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott: "My relationship to this sick series of events goes way back, some 18 years. I joined a band from Detroit called MADAM X back in 1986 and the very first place I ever played on the ...

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MARILYN MANSON DVD Used As Evidence In Murder Trial

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that excerpts from the bonus DVD included in MARILYN MANSON's 2003 album, "The Golden Age Of Grotesque", were played at a Scottish murder trial on Thursday (Dec. 23). Prosecutor Alan Turnbull asked for the first ten minutes of the disc to be played in the trial of 16-year-old Luke Mitchell, ...

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SEBASTIAN BACH: 'Bach To Europe' Tour Diary

Daniel Stanton of Anger Management/Coallier Entertainment has submitted the following tour diary documenting Sebastian Bach's (ex-SKID ROW) most recent "Bach To Europe" European trek: "With many tours under my belt, nothing will come close to the psychotic world of working with the hyper madman named Sebastian Bach. No matter how you slice it, this 'Basmanian ...

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