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FINNTROLL To Enter Studio In November, Demo Preview Posted Online

FINNTROLL will enter Sundicoop Studio in Savonlinna, Finland in November to begin recording their new album, tentatively due in the spring. "At this point we have 30 minutes of material," said keyboardist Trollhorn. The music is the best we've ever made, as usual. Combining the melodies of 'Jaktens Tid', the rawness and sheer maliciousness from ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN: Tour Report, Live Video Clips Posted Online

WATCHTOWER/SPASTIC INK guitarist Ron Jarzombek, who recently completed a seven-date run as part of ex-MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman's backing band on the Guitarevolution tour (also featuring former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick and original MEGADETH guitarist Chris Poland), has posted the following tour report on his official web site: "This whole adventure started with me sending ...

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EDGUY: New Album Update

EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet has posted the following message to the band's official web site: "Hey you savage fuckers! "Friends, I just thought I'd better drop you some news about the new album and how the recordings are going. Well, the work is going great, I just have to underline how relaxed everything is in ...

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Former MACHINE HEAD Guitarist Says His 'Dictatorship' Comment Was A Misquote

Former MACHINE HEAD guitarist Ahrue Luster (currently in ILL NINO) has released a statement in response to MACHINE HEAD drummer Dave McClain's post regarding Luster's previous characterization of the decision-making process in MH as "a Robb Flynn dictatorship." Speaking to Metal Hammer magazine for its current issue, Luster said, "I've known [the ILL NINO] guys ...

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SAMMY HAGAR: EDDIE VAN HALEN Has Lost Touch

Former VAN HALEN singer Sammy Hagar recently spoke to Goldmine magazine about frequent jam partner/VH bassist Michael Anthony's views on the current VAN HALEN situation. "[Michael is] basically like everyone else out there," Hagar said. "He's completely lost touch with any of the VAN HALEN situation. He hasn't talked to any of those guys in ...

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Disgruntled PANTERA Fan Defaces SUPERJOINT RITUAL's Tour Bus

SUPERJOINT RITUAL frontman Philip Anselmo has posted two more tour "Tour Diary" entries on the group's official web site: "August 23th - I'm engulfed in boxing. One on one. I can't stand many sports in general, for different reasons. Just boxing & NFL football. I hate Coors Lite. I hate Bud Lite. Lite. Light. Beer ...

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SEX PISTOLS Cancel Dates

According to Sex-Pistols.net, the Cleveland, Detroit and Denver shows on SEX PISTOLS' current reunion tour have been cancelled. No further information is available at this time. Despite the cancellations, the tour will apparently still go ahead, with a show at The Marquee Theatre in Tempe, Arizona on September 8 having just been added. Upcoming SEX ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM Hire SINERGY Axeman For Upcoming Tour

Finland's CHILDREN OF BODOM have recruited SINERGY/ex-STONE axeman Roope Latvala as the session guitarist for the remainder of their world tour in support of their latest CD, "Hate Crew Deathroll". "When [former guitarist] Alexander ["Aku" Kuoppala] left the band we were left in a difficult situation: how to keep on going [without a second guitarist]," ...

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RONNIE JAMES DIO: 'OZZY's Legacy Is Now Incredibly Tarnished'

Ronnie James Dio recently spoke to Bob Ruggiero of the Houston Press about the man whom he replaced at the helm of BLACK SABBATH, Ozzy Osbourne. Calling Ozzy "a mumbling, semi-conscious reality sitcom star who shuffles around in his sweatpants scooping up dog shit and being dominated by his shrewish wife and spoiled-ass kids," Ruggiero ...

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PRIMUS Reform, Record New Material

The original lineup of PRIMUSLes Claypool (bass/vocals), Tim "Herb" Alexander (drums) and Larry "Ler" Lalonde (guitar) — has reformed after a four-year hiatus and has recorded five new songs for inclusion on the upcoming DVD/CD set, "Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People", due October 7 on Prawn Song/Interscope Records. According to ...

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Australia's DESTRUCTION OF OZ Festival Canceled!

Australia's Destruction Of Oz festival, which was set to include appearances by DORO, CRYPTOPSY, SODOM and MARDUK (among others), has been officially canceled due to poor ticket sales. The following is a letter from the festival's organizer, Mark of Extreme Noize magazine, explaining the cancellation: "To The Metal Community, "As of today (August 6, 2003) ...

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Former NIRVANA Bassist Quits The Music Business

Former NIRVANA bassist Krist Novoselic, who never managed to come close to matching his NIRVANA success with any of his subsequent musical offerings (SWEET 75, EYES ADRIFT), has announced his retirement from the music industry. The following is Novoselic's official statement on the matter as it appears on EYES ADRIFT's web site: "So what's up ...

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DARKANE Cancel SUMMER BREEZE Appearance

Sweden's DARKANE have been forced to cancel their appearance at this year's Summer Breeze festival, scheduled to take place Aug. 21-23, 2003 in Abtsgmünd, Germany. The following is DARKANE's official statement explaining their decision to pull out of the event: "We are very sorry that we are not going to play Summer Breeze this year, ...

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FU MANCHU Frontman: 25 New Songs Ready To Be Recorded

FU MANCHU singer/guitarist Scott Hill has posted the following message to the band's official web site: "We are playing three shows in California this August. San Jose August 8th at The Usual, August 9th [in] San Francisco at Slims, August 10th [in] Santa Monica at the Santa Monica Civic. This should be a wild show. ...

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QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE To Enter The Studio In February

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE are expected to enter the studio in February to begin recording the follow-up to 2002's "Songs for the Deaf". The band have extended their touring plans with a series of North American club dates, which will take the band through the end of October. Afterward, bassist Nick Oliveri told Billboard.com ...

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DEVILDRIVER: Swinging The Dead

DEVILDRIVER (formerly DEATHRIDE), the new Santa Barbara, California-based project featuring ex-COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara, are tentatively set to release their much-anticipated debut album, "Straight To Hell", in October through Roadrunner Records. "Now that the DEVILDRIVER album is complete, we will be receiving mixes from numerous individuals to determine who will be mixing the album," ...

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JOHN PETRUCCI's Dream Lives On

Rafer Guzmán of Newsday reports that if the name John Petrucci doesn't immediately ring a bell, that's OK. The Kings Park (Long Island) native is used to it. "A lot of times, I'll meet somebody new, and I'll tell them what I do," says the guitarist for DREAM THEATER, which plays at the Tommy Hilfiger ...

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NIKKI SIXX Clothing Available Through HOT TOPIC

Nine shirts from Dragonfly, featuring designs from Nikki Sixx (MÖTLEY CRÜE) tattoos, have been made available through Hot Topic (in stores and online). Check it out here. As previously reported, N. Sixx by Dragonfly offers fans of the bad-boy rocker the chance to emulate his style without the pain or permanence of the ...

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GREAT WHITE's JACK RUSSELL: 'I Cry Every Single Day'

In preparing for the group's upcoming weekend shows to raise money for The Station Family Fund, GREAT WHITE's manager Charrie L. Foglio interviewed the band's lead singer Jack Russell and guitarist Mark Kendall and provided the media with statements from the band members, according to the Providence Journal. In those written statements, Russell and Kendall ...

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TWISTED SISTER's DEE SNIDER: Guilty As Charged

Dan Lorenzo of Steppin' Out spoke to TWISTED SISTER's Dee Snider about the change in the group's musical direction following the multi-platinum success of their 1984 "Stay Hungry" CD. "After 'Stay Hungry' I remember saying 'Shit. I've got a million dollar house, five cars, two boats, fame, fortune, everybody loves me. I want to keep ...

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EDGE OF SANITY's DAN SWANÖ Checks In With Studio Update

Producer/musician/songwriter Dan Swanö is currently recording a new EDGE OF SANITY album, "Crimson II", tentatively on August 26 through Black Mark Records. The following is Swanö's latest studio update, as posted to his official forum: "The vocals have been recorded now and there's been some changes. Rogga is still here, Granvik too (doing some backing ...

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