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MORTIIS Says He Wasn't Impressed By His U.K. Chart Success

Earache Records has posted an exclusive interview with Norway's legendary eccentric artist MORTIIS. Several excerpts from the interview follow: Q: How has the press treated you this time around? Do you care at this point? Mortiis: "Yes, I care. It's been pretty good treatment this time. They've pretty much been forced into realizing that my ...

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AMEN: New Drummer Speaks Out

AMEN have announced the addition of drummer Joe Letz and guitarist Eric Amblur to the group's ranks. A brand-new posting from Letz on the band's official message board reads as follows: "Hello, everybody. For those who have, thank you for welcoming me. Yes, I am the new drummer for AMEN and my name is Joe ...

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BRAINSTORM Set Tentative Title For New Album

German power metallers BRAINSTORM have set "Liquid Monster" as the tentative title for the follow-up to their highly acclaimed 2003 effort, "Soul Temptation". Commented guitarist Torsten Ihlenfeld: "We are [about to finish] the main songwriting and pre-production process and I must say that the new material simply sounds amazing!" Added vocalist Andy B. Franck: "Yes, ...

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DARKANE: Live Video Posted Online

A live video of Swedish thrashers DARKANE performing the track "Third" live in Tokyo, Japan in November 2002 has been posted online at this location (MPG, 28 MB). "Check out the great Tokyo audience!" DARKANE guitarist Christofer Malmström writes on his web site. "That surely was a memorable show for DARKANE!" In other ...

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MOONSORROW Offer 'Proof' That Internet Media Is 'Crappy Excuse For So-Called Journalism'

Finnish "epic heathen metallers" MOONSORROW have revealed that the previously announced title and track listing of their upcoming album was nothing more than a hoax. "[The false information] was [released] to piss anyone off, including the Internet 'media,' which proves that it's still nothing but a crappy excuse for so-called journalism (excluding some)," ...

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TOMMY LEE: New Album To Include Duet With BACKSTREET BOYS Singer?

Former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee is currently in the studio with producer Scott Humphrey (ROB ZOMBIE, POWERMAN 5000) recording tracks for his next release. Among the guest musicians tentatively scheduled to appear on the CD are former THE CULT touring bassist/current DOHENY/CAMP FREDDY guitarist Billy Morrison, ex-JANE'S ADDICTION bassist Chris Chaney and none other ...

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IRON MAIDEN Bassist Talks About His Technique And Influences

IRON MAIDEN founding member Steve Harris is featured in the "Legends of Rock Bass" issue of Bass Player magazine. The focus of the interview is mainly on Steve's technique and influences. A couple of excerpts follow: Bass Player: Is there any particular reason why you’ve never done bass solos onstage? Steve Harris: "Because they're bloody ...

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Bassist TONY DOLAN Quits MANTAS, Blames Record Company Politics

Bassist Tony Dolan (ex-VENOM, ATOMKRAFT) has officially left MANTAS, the new band led by ex-VENOM guitarist Mantas. "After short deliberation, I have been forced to walk away from MANTAS owing to the decision from the [group's record] label, Demolition Records, to hinder and obstruct the [MANTAS] debut album, 'Zero Tolerance', if I remain as part ...

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Bassist SCOTT SORRY Quits AMEN

Bassist Scott Sorry is the latest AMEN member to announce his departure from the group. Sorry's official statement on the matter is as follows: "O.K. bitches here is the deal. I have decided to leave AMEN. "The first person I met when I joined AMEN was Matty [former AMEN guitarist Matt Montgomery]. He, [former AMEN ...

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Sworn Allegiance - UNLEASHED

After five years of stomping around in the wilderness from 1997-2002, UNLEASHED are back hacking out albums and on a roll again. While this is undeniably a good thing for death metal in general, it wouldn't necessarily be the second coming of (the anti) Christ as musical comebacks go. This is based on the train ...

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EXODUS Guitarist: 'Fat-Ass' ZETRO SOUZA Is 'Human Crap'

EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt has slammed singer Steve "Zetro" Souza over the circumstances that led to his departure from the group (as exclusively reported by BLABBERMOUTH.NET earlier today), calling the singer "human crap" and vowing to carry on with a replacement vocalist. In a posting to the band's official forum, Holt writes, "Okay ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Singer: New Songs Are Completely Different To Anything Done In The Past

QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate recently spoke to Greece's Metal-Temple.com webzine about the group's past recorded output and their forthcoming CD, the next chapter to the 1988 ground-breaking concept album, "Operation: Mindcrime", tentatively titled "Operation: Mindcrime II". Several excerpts from the interview follow: Metal-Temple.com: Though I know you said you don't care about other ...

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GRAHAM BONNET To Release New Studio Album, Embark On World Tour

Legendary singer Graham Bonnet's (RAINBOW, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, ALCATRAZZ, IMPELLITTERI, BLACKTHORNE) management has posted the following update on his official web site: "Hi everyone. I thought it is about time to let you all know what is happening with Graham Bonnet. The answer to your question is that there will be a new album and ...

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SEBASTIAN BACH: Air Times For New VH1 Reality Show Announced

Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach's new VH1 reality show, "I Married Sebastian Bach", will premiere this Tuesday (Sept. 14) at 12:00 p.m. (noon). The air dates are as follows: Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 3:30 p.m. Commented Bach: "Yes it's true — VH1 ...

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Former Producer Slams TWISTED SISTER Over 'Stay Hungry' Re-Recording

Veteran hard rock producer Tom Werman has shot back at TWISTED SISTER over their comments regarding his collaboration with the group on the double-platinum "Stay Hungry" album. In a recent press release announcing the release of the re-recorded and expanded version of the classic 1984 album (under the new title "Still Hungry"), guitarist Jay Jay ...

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A PERFECT CIRCLE's FREESE Lays Down Tracks For WES BORLAND's Solo CD

A PERFECT CIRCLE member/session drummer extraordinaire Josh Freese is currently laying down tracks for the new solo album from LIMP BIZKIT guitarist Wes Borland. Borland, who recently rejoined LIMP BIZKIT after a three-year break, posted the following message on his web site earlier today (Sept. 9): "Drums on three tracks, three more tomorrow. Yes, we're ...

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Former ANVIL/RAZOR Manager Lands At Canada's PAQUIN ENTERTAINMENT

Paquin Entertainment in Toronto has hired former SACRIFICE/ANVIL/RAZOR manager Ray "Black Metal" Wallace as a new booking agent specializing in metal and classic hard rock. Commented Wallace on his new position: "Yes, people, I'm back were I belong, booking metal across Canada. I've been around the scene for over 20 years and I'm glad a ...

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The January Tree - DEAD SOUL TRIBE

"A tree in winter – naked, the leaves have fallen, it stretches its thin branches in desperation to the cloudy sky." This is the conceptual basis of "The January Tree", according to DEAD SOUL TRIBE mainman Devon Graves — a man perhaps better known as Buddy Lackey from his days in Californian proggers PSYCHOTIC WALTZ. ...

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Revolution - CREMATORY

Gothic metal has undoubtedly experienced an upsurge in popularity over the last few years, but on the fringes it retains a discernible love-hate status. Given the likes of MY DYING BRIDE and, to a slightly less gloomy extent, DARK TRANQUILLITY, many listeners either revel casually in the moroseness of it, or wish that the miserable ...

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FLOWING TEARS To Support SAMAEL In Europe

German goth metallers FLOWING TEARS have secured the opening slot on SAMAEL's upcoming European tour beginning on October 22 in Bald Salzungen, Germany. Commented FLOWING TEARS vocalist Helen Vogt: "Yes! We will tour again! And it’s a real honour for us touring with such a great band like SAMAEL. I guess this will be a ...

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SUPERJOINT RITUAL's PHILIP ANSELMO: 'It's Time To Rise'

SUPERJOINT RITUAL frontman Philip Anselmo recently spoke to KNAC.com about the group's participation in this year's Ozzfest and their upcoming recording plans. Several excerpts from the interview follow: On when the third album from SUPERJOINT RITUAL will arise: Philip Anselmo: "Well, we have done an extensive amount of touring since then. I think ...

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USURPER: Studio Report

Chicago death/thrash lords USURPER have commenced the recording sessions for their fifth full-length album, "Cryptobeast", at Raw Trax studios in Chicago. "The vibe of the place is very comfortable, and the equipment is top notch," guitarist Rick S. Scythe writes on the groups web site. "We are having a great time, and [producer] Neil [Kernon] ...

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