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SEBASTIAN BACH: 'I Am Not Looking For A New Record Label'

Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach has issued a statement refuting reports that he is currently looking for a new record label. Bach's statement comes one day after BLABBERMOUTH.NET re-published an online posting from Trustkill Records owner Josh Grabelle in which Grabelle implied that Bach had semi-seriously inquired about signing with Trustkill during ...

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MACHINE HEAD Frontman Checks In With Studio, Tour Update

MACHINE HEAD frontman Robert Flynn has posted the following message on the band's official forum: "Woo–hoo! "Still recovering from Fat Tuesday, Yow! Drink of the night, Grey Goose Vodka Lemon Drops. Fuck – in – A! Kind of a fruity drink (in the metrosexual sense), but they're a manly color, so, you know... that's how ...

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AGATHODAIMON Name New Album

German black metallers AGATHODAIMON have set "Serpent's Embrace" as the title of their fourth album, tentatively due on June 21 through Nuclear Blast Records. "The recordings still aren't over, but we'll have everything recorded and mixed until the end of March," guitarist Sathonys said in a statement. "Afterwards we'll take care of the bonus CD, ...

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DEEP PURPLE Bassist Defends The Group's Right To Rock

In a recent interview with The Daily Journal, DEEP PURPLE bassist Roger Glover spoke about the contributions of former PURPLE guitarist Ritchie Blackmore to the group's early sound and the changes brought about with the addition of Ritchie's permanent replacement, Steve Morse. "You know, it's strange with a group," he said. You think that someone ...

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SAVATAGE Guitarist Decides To Make Solo Debut A Double CD

SAVATAGE/TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA guitarist Chris Caffery has revealed the more details about his upcoming debut solo album, "Faces", due in September through Greece's Black Lotus Records. The two-disc set will consist of two parts, one called "Faces" and the other "God Damn War". "When you open the CD box, 'Faces' will be on the left, 'God ...

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CELTIC FROST Propose Double-CD Anthology

CELTIC FROST have posted the following message on their official web site: "Sanctuary Records, London, have approached their German office in Berlin, the former Noise Records (and original label of CELTIC FROST in the 1980s), with the intention to compile a two-CD slipcase 'Anthology' covering CELTIC FROST's career. Steve Hammonds of Sanctuary London also proposed ...

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NECROPHOBIC to Play Stockholm's MEGAMETAL FESTIVAL

Swedish death metallers NECROPHOBIC were contacted by the organizers of Stockholm's MegaMetal Festival about participating in this year's edition of the festival. "We said yes to this offer, but the decision if NECROPHOBIC will play is yet unconfirmed," the band write on their web site. "This is a festival that takes place in Kungsträdgården in ...

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Former TESTAMENT Guitarist Comments On The Group's Early Albums

Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick recently gave an interview to JamBands.com in which he discussed his time in TESTAMENT and his progression away from the heavy music scene into a more jazz/fusion-influenced approach. Asked if playing in front of large crowds during TESTAMENT's early days was a strange experience for him at such a young ...

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NICK MENZA Explains His Absence From The New MEGADETH Album

Former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza has issued a statement addressing the recent reports that he was asked to appear on the new MEGADETH album currently being worked on by Dave Mustaine. His statement reads as follows: "To all my family, friends, fans, and E.T.s, "Yes, I was ready to go to Arizona to track drums ...

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DAVE GROHL Responds To ZAKK WYLDE's Threat

Former NIRVANA drummer/current FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl has responded to Zakk Wylde's infamous 2001 quote in which the OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist threatened to "kick [Grohl's] ass" because he wrote this cheese-dick song for OZZ that Zakk had to play on during the recording sessions for OSBOURNE's "Down To Earth" CD. In the November 2001 ...

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HYPOCRISY's TÄGTGREN Talks About New CD, Drummer

HYPOCRISY mainman Peter Tägtgren recently spoke to Denmark's Metal Reference about the band's new CD, "The Arrival", and the addition of drummer Horgh (ex-IMMORTAL) to the group's ranks. The following are some of the highlights of the interview: Metal Reference: [I understand that] "The Arrival" was remastered and remixed because you were unsatisfied ...

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THE HELLACOPTERS Frontman Checks In With Latest Update

THE HELLACOPTERS guitarist/vocalist Nicke Andersson (ex-ENTOMBED drummer) has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Dear recipients of the rock, "I hope everyone is doing great and that 2004 has treated you good so far! I thought I'd let you know that there are no easychairs around here at camp Hellacopter even ...

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KATAKLYSM Singer To DEZ FAFARA: 'Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is'

KATAKLYSM vocalist Maurizio Iacono has issued a response to DEVILDRIVER frontman Dez Fafara's assertion that Iocono "should shut the fuck up and take a listen to DEVILDRIVER" before passing judgment on the group. In a press statement issued in December, Iacono voiced his frustration over the fact that DEVILDRIVER were chosen over KATAKLYSM to be ...

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PROBOT Video Stars In High Demand

The co-founder of SuicideGirls.com, a popular web site that features "goth-punk ladies in sexy, skimpy photos and videos," recently spoke to AVN.com about being handpicked by Dave Grohl (FOO FIGHTERS, NIRVANA) to appear in the video for "Shake Your Blood" by Grohl's metal side-project PROBOT. "Dave came over to pick up some Suicide Girls swag ...

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VINTERSORG: 'My Mind Is Boiling With Creativity'

VINTERSORG/BORKNAGAR frontman Andreas Hedlund (a.k.a. Vintersorg) recently paid Metal Reference a visit in order to clarify his intentions with his many musical projects. The following are some of the highlights of that interview: Metal Reference: [The new VINTERSORG album] "The Focusing Blur" is seemingly a concept album. In your own words: "...As always ...

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ICED EARTH, Ex-NEUROTICA Members Contribute To Prog-Rock Project

Ralph Santolla (ICED EARTH, formerly of DEATH), Shawn Bowen (BALD DAISY, formerly of NEUROTICA), GJ Gosman (NEW CRASH POSITION, formerly of NEUROTICA) and David Ragsdale (formerly of KANSAS) are among the guest musicians appearing on "Moments of Clarity", an 11-song prog-rock concept album due later in the year through an as-yet-undetermined label. The album, which ...

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Ex-SOILWORK Drummer Says CHIMAIRA Songs Are Harder To Play Than He Originally Thought

New CHIMAIRA drummer Richard Evensand (ex-SOILWORK) recently answered a few questions for the web site of Roadrunner Records (CHIMAIRA's record label). The following are some of the highlights of that conversation: Roadrunner Records: How long you been in Cleveland? Richard Evensand: "Almost two weeks now. I've been living at the rehearsal space. But we're going ...

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SEBASTIAN BACH Records 'Johnny Bravo' Theme Song

Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach spent Friday (Jan. 23) in New York City at Sony Recording Studios singing the theme song for the cartoon TV show "Johnny Bravo", according to a posting on his web site. "Yes that's right!" Bach writes. "In an upcoming episode, also featuring the legendary Don Knotts, I sing the ...

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Former Member Of JETHRO TULL Changes Sex

A former member of JETHRO TULL has had a sex-change operation and become a woman, it was revealed today. Once bearded keyboard player David Palmer now has long blonde hair and wears make-up and black leggings and calls herself Dee, reports the Evening Standard. She broke the news to flute-playing frontman Ian Anderson by saying: ...

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Former STRATOVARIUS Singer Completes Work On New Solo Album, Comments On Departure

Former STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto has completed work on his second solo album, tentatively due in the spring through Century Media Records. The as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2002's "Waiting For The Dawn" (issued under the KOTIPELTO banner) reportedly features "more or less the same" recording lineup as that on the debut, which featured contributions from Mike ...

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BARRY SPARKS Looks Back On 2003: The Best And The Worst

Bassist Barry Sparks (TED NUGENT, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, DOKKEN, MSG) has posted the following message on his official web site: "Hello and Happy New Year! I am on United Airlines flight 890, flying from Tokyo to Los Angeles. With nothing at all to do, so I guess this is a good time for me to reflect ...

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