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FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Prepare To Record New Album

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM are close to completing the songwriting sessions for their new album, tentatively due in early 2005 through Crash Music Inc. "We would still like to write two or three more songs going in, and the vocals still need to be completed, but the music so far is inspired and heavy and we ...

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STATETROOPER: New Album Delayed

The long-awaited second release from STATETROOPER, featuring Gary Barden of MSG (MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP) fame on vocals, has hit another hold-up in the U.S. Although the record was originally set to be issued on July 26, the album won't actually be in the stores for another couple of weeks. The unanticipated demand in Europe has ...

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Former HALFORD Axeman Announces Guitar Clinic

Former HALFORD and current TESTAMENT/PAINMUSEUM guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak will partake in a heavy metal guitar clinic presented by Jackson Guitars and M & M Music, Vineland, New Jersey. Metal Mike will perform live selections from his three solo instrumental albums, answer questions and talk in-depth about his first choice in guitars: Jackson Guitars. Concluding ...

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WINTERS BANE: Studio Photos Posted Online

Drummer Mark Cross (ex-HELLOWEEN, METALIUM) has posted several photos from the recording sessions for the new WINTERS BANE album at his official web site. Check them out here. As previously reported, WINTERS BANE have secured the services of veteran producer Chris Tsangarides (JUDAS PRIEST, THIN LIZZY, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BRUCE DICKINSON, HELLOWEEN, ANGRA, BLACK ...

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TNT Part Ways With Bassist MORTY BLACK

TNT have amicably parted ways with bassist Morty Black due to "personal and professional" differences, according to published reports. Black's official statement on the matter reads as follows: "Dear fans and music lovers! I want to use this opportunity to thank all of you a lot for supporting TNT and me these 21 years I’ve ...

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'West Memphis Three' Anthology: Launch Party Scheduled

Brett Alexander Savory and M. W. Anderson's West Memphis Three anthology, "Last Pentacle of the Sun: Writings in Support of the West Memphis Three", featuring a contribution by METALLICA frontman James Hetfield, will have its official launch concert/party on October 14 at Club Rockit in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. A dealer will be set up at ...

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THOR Voted One Of Top Frontmen Of All Time

Canadian heavy metal legend THOR (a.k.a. Jon Mikl Thor) was voted one of the top 100 frontmen of all time by England's Classic Rock magazine. Thor reportedly defeated the likes of Courtney Love, Bret Michaels and Suzi Quatro. Other legends on the list included Ozzy Osbourne, Freddie Mercury, Steven Tyler and Jim Morrison. Topping the ...

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FOZZY Finish Mastering New CD, JERICHO Covers IRON MAIDEN

FOZZY, the band featuring vocalist Chris Jericho (of WWE wrestling fame) and former members of STUCK MOJO, have finished mixing and mastering their third album, "All That Remains", for a fall release through an as-yet-undisclosed label (the band were previously signed to Megaforce Records). Zakk Wylde (OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY), Marty Friedman (ex-MEGADETH), Mark ...

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WINTERS BANE: CHRIS TSANGARIDES To Produce New CD

WINTERS BANE have secured the services of veteran producer Chris Tsangarides (JUDAS PRIEST, THIN LIZZY, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BRUCE DICKINSON, HELLOWEEN, ANGRA, BLACK SABBATH) for their upcoming album, tentatively due in early 2005. Tsangarides will be recording and engineering the drum tracks of WINTERS BANE drummer Mark Cross this week at The Dump, Tsangarides' studio in ...

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METALLICA: More Book Signing Details Revealed

More details have been announced regarding METALLICA's "So What: The Good, The Mad, and The Ugly" book signing in Minnesota on August 16. To get your book signed, you must get a special wristband, which will be available at the following locations: Sam Goody 1300 Southdale Center Edina, MN 55435 (612) 927-6277 Sam Goody Northtown ...

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German Doomsters SHEPHERD To Release Sophomore Album

Defunct German doomsters SHEPHERD, whose sound was previously described by Doom-Metal.com as "old-fashioned riffing doom in the vein of genre legends like ST. VITUS, PENTAGRAM, THE OBSESSED and BLACK SABBATH," will posthumously release their second album, "The Coldest Day", on August 16 through Exile on Mainstream Records (Europe excluding Germany will receive the album on ...

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MASTERPLAN Guitarist Records Guest Appearance For TRIBUZY Solo Album

Former HELLOWEEN and current MASTERPLAN guitarist Roland Grapow has just finished recording a guest appearance for the forthcoming solo project of former THOTEN frontman Renato Tribuzy, dubbed "Execution". Grapow reportedly appears on two songs: "Web of Life", in which he shares the guitar lines with Kiko Loureiro (ANGRA), and "Absolution", which brings together Grapow, former ...

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DANKO JONES To Launch Spoken-Word Tour

Canadian rocker Danko Jones is about to launch his first-ever spoken-word tour, according to Chart Attack. The tour will cover various cities in Norway and Sweden throughout the month of August while the band maintain their regularly scheduled European festival dates. In addition, Jones' record label, Bad Taste Records, will put out a spoken-word album ...

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Former WARRIOR SOUL Frontman Schedules NYC Gig

Former WARRIOR SOUL frontman Kory Clarke will perform a one-off concert at The Continental in New York City on Tuesday, July 27. Clarke is expected to play selections from throughout his career, including classics from WARRIOR SOUL. Kory's current band consists of the following musicians: Fernando – bass Bruce Edwards – lead guitar Mark Marone ...

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Michigan Man Gets 1 ½ Years For Selling AEROSMITH, KISS Bootlegs

The Associated Press is reporting that a Michigan man was sentenced to 1 1/2 years in prison and must pay $120,000 for selling bootlegged recordings of performances by AEROSMITH, KISS, BOB DYLAN and BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN. Jeffrey Smittle, 44, of Ceraso, Mich., was sentenced Thursday in Pittsburgh federal court. He pleaded guilty in April to unauthorized ...

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METALLICA 'Monster' Filmmakers Continue To Face 'Uphill Battle'

Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, the filmmakers behind the $4.3-million METALLICA documentary "Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster" have posted the following message on the group's official web site: "Thank you to everyone who came to see 'Some Kind of Monster' this past weekend in New York and San Francisco. The movie was a big success, ...

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DANKO JONES Launches Radio Show Web Site

Danko Jones' radio show, "The Magical World Of Rock With Danko Jones", which broadcasts out of 95.3 Rocket FM in Stockholm, Sweden, has just launched its official web site at this location. All past shows are currently available for streaming via the web site, including "Singers' Clinics" with Bruce Dickinson (IRON MAIDEN), Dave ...

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MASTERPLAN Prepare To Record Second Album

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande, are preparing to enter the Crazy Cat studio in Hamburg, Germany with producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, SKINLAB) to begin recording their second album, tentatively due late January 2005 through AFM Records ...

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LARS ULRICH: 'I've Always Felt Like Hugging DAVE MUSTAINE'

METALLICA's Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield recently conducted separate interviews with CHUD.com about the making of their $4.3-million documentary "Some Kind of Monster". Several excerpts from the interviews follow: On the sequence when former METALLICA guitarist Dave Mustaine joins Ulrich for a one-on-one therapy session: Lars Ulrich: "That interaction was emotional on many different levels. ...

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