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TO/DIE/FOR's JOONAS KOTO: New Songs Are Much Heavier Than Before

Finland's TO/DIE/FOR — who were recently rejoined by guitarist J.P. Sutela — will enter Astia Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland on October 5th to begin recording their new album, entitled Jaded, for a tentative early 2003 release through Spinefarm Records. A single release will precede album before the end of the year. Lead guitarist Joonas "Jope" ...

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GUNS N' ROSES: AXL ROSE Speaks!!

A few hours before GUNS N' ROSES arrived in China for the start of the band's Chinese Democracy World Tour (they will be performing tonight at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center), frontman Axl Rose conducted a brief interview from which the following excerpts are provided: On launching the tour in China: Axl: "It's ...

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VOIVOD To Begin Pre-Production For New CD In September

VOIVOD are continuing to demo material for their much-anticipated reunion album with vocalist Snake (a.k.a. Denis Belanger), which is tentatively due in early 2003, presumably through Century Media Records. "Our goal is to have 25 [songs] done by the end of August," drummer Away (a.k.a. Michel Langevin) stated via the band's official web site. "We ...

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LOCKUP To Play UK Shows, Record New Material

LOCKUP, featuring NAPALM DEATH bassist Shane Embury, NAPALM DEATH guitarist Jesse Pintado, former AT THE GATES/THE CROWN frontman Tomas Lindberg, and DIMMU BORGIR drummer Nick Barker, are tentatively scheduled to perform a one-off show in London in October. Plans also exist for the group to play a couple of shows in Ireland and a Scottish ...

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TOMMY LEE: "VINCE NEIL And I Absolutely Hate Each Other"

Despite continuous rumors to the contrary, ex-MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee has no intention of rejoining his former bandmates for a farewell tour. "Right now I'm having so much fun doing this [solo tour] that I don't even really think about it," Lee said in a recent interview. "And I know [CRÜE bassist] Nikki [Sixx] ...

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TOOL, PRIMUS Members Pay Tribute To YES

TOOL drummer Danny Carey and PRIMUS bassist Les Claypool both acknowledge being influenced by the classic rock band YES. In the booklet included in the boxed set In A Word: Yes, which came out on Tuesday, July 30th, Carey and Claypool comment on the band's influence. "There were two bands I consider my most important ...

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SEBASTIAN BACH: "I Did Not Plead Guilty To Anything"

Contrary to previous reports that former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach had pleaded guilty to marijuana possession earlier this week, Bach's attorney Frank DeSevo released the following statement today: "Sebastian pled guilty to nothing and was found guilty of nothing. He applied for a conditional discharge, which was granted by the court on Monday [July ...

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TYKOON: A New Swedish Melodic Hard Rock Supergroup

TYKOON is the name of a freshly-launched Stockholm band that features in its ranks guitarists Tommy Denander and Lars Chriss (LION'S SHARE), vocalist Leif Sundin (GREAT KING RAT, MICHAEL SCHENKER, JOHN NORUM), bassist Andy Loos (GLORY) and an as-yet-undisclosed drummer. "Tommy and I have been working hard on writing songs lately and so far it's ...

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ROBERT FLYNN: "KERRY KING's Eaten So Many Cheeseburgers His Brain's Starting To Clog Up"

MACHINE HEAD frontman Robert Flynn has slammed SLAYER guitarist Kerry King over the latter's incessant public criticisms of MACHINE HEAD's recent recorded output during various interviews conducted by King over the last several months. In the latest diary entry posted at the group's official web site (www.machinehead1.com), Flynn makes it clear that whatever ...

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Former MORBID ANGEL Bassist/Vocalist Speaks Out

Former MORBID ANGEL touring bassist/vocalist Jared Anderson has spoken out for the first time about his decision to discontinue his association with the aforementioned group and focus all his attention on HATE ETERNAL and INTERNECINE. In a brief e-mail exchange with BLABBERMOUTH.NET, Anderson acknowledged that "we had talked about me doing the next [MORBID ANGEL] ...

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PAIN OF SALVATION Singer Gets Booted From Prog-Rock Supergroup

PAIN OF SALVATION vocalist/guitarist Daniel Gildenlöw will no longer partake in the as-yet-unnamed progressive rock supergroup featuring DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy, FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos, CHROMA KEY/ex-DREAM THEATER keyboardist Kevin Moore, and bassist Sean Malone (GORDIAN KNOT, CYNIC). "In April I was contacted by Jim Matheos of FATES WARNING. He asked me if ...

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BUSH's GAVIN ROSSDALE: I Didn't Fire NIGEL PULSFORD

BUSH leader Gavin Rossdale has issued a response to guitarist Nigel Pulsford's claim that he was fired from the group six days after the birth of his son. In an entry in his online journal, Rossdale wrote that "I have been waiting to speak to Nigel. Obviously, we need to talk — because of that, ...

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JEFF PILSON Offers Update On Project With GEORGE LYNCH

Former DOKKEN bassist Jeff Pilson has posted the following update on his much-anticipated collaboration with ex-DOKKEN guitarist George Lynch: "First off, yes, we have finally decided on naming George and my project L/P. It serves two purposes in that, for one, it could be taken to mean or be called Lynch/Pilson — which gives the ...

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SEAN MALONE Speaks Out On Much-Anticipated Supergroup

GORDIAN KNOT/ex-CYNIC bassist Sean Malone has posted another comment via his official web site at www.seanmalone.net about the as-yet-unnamed project featuring Malone, DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy, FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos, CHROMA KEY/ex-DREAM THEATER keyboardist Kevin Moore, and PAIN OF SALVATION vocalist Daniel Gildenlöw. According to Sean, "Jim sent the demos to ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE's GEOFF TATE: CHRIS DEGARMO Is Not In The Band

QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate has issued the following statement via the group's official web site at www.queensryche.com: "As I said in my Billboard.com interview, Chris [DeGarmo] is not currently in QUEENSRŸCHE. I would love to work with him on a project or with QUEENSRŸCHE in the future and only time will ever tell that. As ...

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D.R.I. Tribute CD: Full Details Unveiled

MR. BUNGLE, 40 GRIT and RATOS DE PORAO are among the artists confirmed to appear on the forthcoming D.R.I. tribute CD, entitled We Don't Need Society, due for release later in the year. The full track listing for the album will be as follows (in no particular order): 01. 40 GRIT - "Nursing Home Blues" ...

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EXCLUSIVE: DINO CAZARES Speaks Out On FEAR FACTORY Split

Since FEAR FACTORY officially called it quits in early March, very little has been heard from the band themselves, with the four members of the group choosing to each deal with the break-up of this long-running group by immersing themselves in new projects rather than speaking out publicly on what was, by all accounts, a ...

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TOMMY LEE: I'm Not Going Back To MOTLEY CRUE

Tommy Lee about his rumored interest in returning to MOTLEY CRUE for a reunion tour: "No. I keep telling everybody no. I actually asked [MOTLEY CRUE bassist] Nikki [Sixx] to take it off the [CRUE] web site. He's misleading people and that's not cool. It's strange, you know. He's asked me about it and I'm ...

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SINERGY Singer, Former Bassist Issue Separate Statements Regarding Split

SINERGY frontwoman Kimberly Goss and former bassist Marco Hietala (currently in NIGHTWISH) have both issued follow-up statements yesterday regarding the announcement made by Goss two days ago that Hietala was fired from the group amid speculation and accusations about NIGHTWISH's future. Here are their statements in their entirety: Kimberly Goss: "There has been a lot ...

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SLIPKNOT: What's In A Name?!

The following article was authored by Erik Missio and originally posted by Canada's ChartAttack.com on Friday, May 3rd: Speaking on a stereotypical basis, hardcore SLIPKNOT fans are usually thought of as being only slightly above INSANE CLOWN POSSE devotees when it comes to criteria like maturity, literacy, individuality and hygiene (before we get ...

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SHARON OSBOURNE: THE OSBOURNES Will Return For Second Season

The Osbournes, the reality sitcom about former BLACK SABBATH frontman Ozzy Osbourne and his colorful family life, will return for a second season, Ozzy's wife/manager Sharon Osbourne said on Thursday. During an appearance on NBC's Tonight Show, host Jay Leno asked Osbourne if there would be another season of the reality series based on the ...

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NAPALM DEATH Vs. BOLT THROWER: Let The Mud-Slinging Begin!

A public war of words has erupted between NAPALM DEATH and BOLT THROWER over what is being perceived as a mutual lack of respect and behind-the-scenes bickering that has apparently been going on for years. Although personal issues between the two camps have been brewing for quite some time now, the tension between the pioneering ...

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