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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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NIKKI SIXX: 'Rock 'N' Roll Is Alive And Breathing In My Heart'

BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION/MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx has posted the following message to the "Diary" section of CRÜE's official web site: "Well, tonight is the last night of the Austrailan [BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION] shows. All sold out and all amazing. The Aussies treated us like gold and i hope they feel the same. The lessons ...

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Metal Vocalist Publishes Poetry Book

Indiana native Mike Adams, who was allegedly one of the first vocalists to be considered as Dave Williams' replacement in DROWNING POOL, has just released a poetry book. Entitled "When The Vomit Makes You Famous: Poetry For Legends, Lovers, And Other Pseudo Fashions Of An Uncivil Society" (cover), the book is 5"x 8" ...

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War Is Heavy Metal: Upcoming Documentary Focuses On Music As Inspiration For Battle

"VH1 News Presents: Soundtrack to War", premiering Wednesday, August 18 at 9:00 p.m. introduces, through personal testimonies, the young and talented men and women experiencing the hell of war, and using music as inspiration while bullets fly. Australian filmmaker George Gittoes bypassed U.S. military chaperones to gain unprecedented access to the soldiers on the frontlines ...

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EDGUY Singer Talks About Upcoming DVD, Studio Album

EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet recently answered several questions for the group's official web site regarding the band's recent tour, the upcoming DVD and the group's next studio album. Several excerpts from the interview follow: Q: The fans have been asking so here it goes — will there be an EDGUY DVD sometime soon? Tobias Sammet: ...

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Producer: MEGADETH's 'Die Dead Enough' Not Featured In 'Saw' Movie

Contrary to the information contained on a Sanctuary Records "one-sheet" released to retail outlets to promote the upcoming MEGADETH album "The System has Failed", the band's brand-new single, "Die Dead Enough", will NOT be featured in the forthcoming Lion's Gate horror film "Saw". "Yes, we were talking to [MEGADETH leader] Dave Mustaine and his managers ...

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LEASH LAW Launch Drummer Search

LEASH LAW guitarist Emo Mowery (TIWANAKU, ex-NOCTURNUS) has issued the following update: "As most of you already know our drummer Mr. Richard Christy has taken the place of Stuttering John of 'The Howard Stern Show'. All of us in LEASH LAW and TIWANAKU are very happy for him as he is living his dreams! We ...

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DREAM THEATER: E-Trailer Posted Online

An E-trailer to promote the upcoming DREAM THEATER reissue of their two previously released video collections packaged as a double-DVD has been posted online at this location. "Images and Words: Live in Tokyo" and "Five Years in a LIVEtime", originally released in 1993 and 1998, respectively, comprise the double-DVD containing more than three ...

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ICED EARTH Bassist Explains Lineup Changes

ICED EARTH bassist James MacDonough has posted a message on the ICED EARTH fan message board Iced-Realm.de regarding the recent departures of drummer Richard Christy and guitarist Ralph Santolla: "Ok, just so you can stop freaking out and saying all kinds of outlandish things this statement should be sufficient for the situation. "All of us ...

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CRADLE OF FILTH: Former THEATRE OF TRAGEDY Singer To Guest On New CD

Former THEATRE OF TRAGEDY/current LEAVES' EYES vocalist Liv Kristine has recorded a guest appearance for the new CRADLE OF FILTH album, "Nymphetamine", due late September through Roadrunner Records. "We are now in the mixing stage of the 'Nymphetamine' session at Chapel studios, Linclonshire, UK," bassist Dave Pybus writes on the group's web site. "This is ...

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It's Official: Drummer NICK MENZA Rejoins MEGADETH

Drummer Nick Menza has officially rejoined MEGADETH, according to Nick's posting on the MEGADETH web site. "Yes, it's time to rock the globe once again," he writes. "After getting my head on straight and mending things up with the General [Mustaine], I'm very happy and excited to be back! I 'm very grateful to all ...

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CELTIC FROST's TOM FISCHER To Release Solo Album

CELTIC FROST mainman Tom G. Fischer has announced plans to release a solo album sometime in 2005. The following is Fischer's official statement on the matter: "Yes, I am working on a solo album, and I am aiming at releasing it next year. This will in no way negatively affect or delay work on the ...

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Former CELTIC FROST Guitarist Signs With SONIC WAVE INTERNATIONAL

SUBSONIC, the solo project of former CELTIC FROST guitarist Ron Marks, will be issuing its sophomore album, "No Such Soul", this fall through Sonic Wave America. The follow-up to 2002's "Super-Vel" (Outlaw Entertainment) will be available worldwide at such stores as Best Buy, Tower, Borders, Wherehouse, FYE, Sam Goody, Amazon.com, CD NOW, Music Boulevard, CD ...

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SECOND SKY: DAN SWANÖ's New Project Signs With THE END RECORDS

SECOND SKY, the new project featuring multi-talented Swedish musician/producer Dan Swanö (NIGHTINGALE, UNICORN, EDGE OF SANITY, INFESTDEAD, ODYSSEY, PAN-THY-MONIUM), has a inked a deal with The End Records. The group's debut album will be recorded in a little cottage on the countryside just outside Örebro, Sweden using a high-quality mobile recording studio. Formed out of ...

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DREAM THEATER/YES: More Tour Dates Announced

DREAM THEATER and YES will be teaming up for a North American summer tour throughout August and September 2004. Here are the tour dates that have been confirmed so far: Aug. 17 - Quebec City, QUE @ Agora Aug. 18 - Montreal, QUE @ Bell Centre Aug. 20 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Events ...

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