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DREAM THEATER Drummer Forms BEATLES Tribute Band

For his May 17 appearance at the Modern Drummer Festival, DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy has assembled a one-off lineup of musicians to fulfill one of his dreams of playing in a BEATLES tribute band. The project will be called YELLOW MATTER CUSTARD and will feature Mike Portnoy, Matt Bissonette and Neal Morse. Due to ...

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SKINLESS Frontman: New Album Will Contain 'Incredible Dynamics'

New York-based death metallers SKINLESS have entered Albany's Max Trax Studios with veteran producer Neil Kernon (JUDAS PRIEST, QUEENSRŸCHE, CANNIBAL CORPSE) to record their new CD, "From Sacrifice To Survival". ORIGIN's John Longstreth will be contributing his drumming talents to the recording, which will include the tracks "From Sacrifice To Survival", "Don't Risk Infection", "Escalate ...

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SKINLESS Prepare To Record 'From Sacrifice To Survival'

New York-based death metallers SKINLESS will enter Albany's Max Trax Studios on Feb. 26 with veteran producer Neil Kernon (JUDAS PRIEST, QUEENSRŸCHE, CANNIBAL CORPSE) to record their new CD, "From Sacrifice To Survival". ORIGIN's John Longstreth will be contributing his drumming talents to the recording, which will include the tracks "From Sacrifice To Survival", "Don't ...

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DEEP PURPLE Drummer To Perform With Tribute Band

DEEP PURPLE drummer Ian Paice will be taking a break from the songwriting sessions for the new DP album to play a couple of Italian shows in February with the DEEP PURPLE tribute band GIANLUCA TAGLIAVINI. The group, who feature in their ranks guitarist Max Magagni (Ian makes an appearance on Magagni's 2001 album "Twister"), ...

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KATAKLYSM Split With Drummer, Announce Temporary Replacement

Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM have parted ways with longtime drummer Max Duhamel following the completion of the band's recent European tour. According to an official press release, "Max announced to the band that he will be retiring but accepted nonetheless to do the upcoming North American tour in Feb./March 2003 with HATE ETERNAL, DYING FETUS ...

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WILL HAVEN: Official Statement On Split

WILL HAVEN have issued an official statement regarding their decision to disband following their final show together at the Capital Garage in Sacramento, California on Friday, Jan. 24. The statement reads as follows: "As most of you may already know, WILL HAVEN will be playing its final show on the 24th of January in Sacramento. ...

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JOHN ARCH Speaks Out On 'A Twist Of Fate'

Former FATES WARNING frontman John Arch, freshly signed to Metal Blade Records as solo artist, recently commented on the musical and the lyrical direction of his much-anticipated debut EP, "A Twist Of Fate", due later in the year. "I think the music has a good feel to it," Arch said. "There are a lot of ...

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Former FATES WARNING Singer Inks Solo Deal!

Former FATES WARNING vocalist John Arch has inked a solo deal with Metal Blade Records. The singer's first release through the label will be a 20-minute EP, "A Twist Of Fate", featuring FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos, FATES WARNING/ARMORED SAINT bassist Joey Vera and DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy. A late 2003 release is expected. ...

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Revolusongs - SEPULTURA

Ever since METALLICA popularized the concept of recording other artists' songs for use as either single B-sides or bonus tracks, cover songs in metal have been as commonplace as the CDs themselves — much to the dismay of the record-buying public, who have been subjected to some hideous attempts at other people's material over the ...

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DREAM THEATER Drummer Cancels Personal Appearances

DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy has cancelled all clinic and autograph sessions, originally scheduled to take place this week, due to medical reasons. "I regretfully have to cancel my clinic and autograph sessions this week," Portnoy wrote on the band's official web site. "I am bed-ridden with a bad case of bronchitis and potential pneumonia ...

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MAX CAVALERA: 'Spoken Word' Appearance Posted Online

A recording of former SEPULTURA and current SOULFLY frontman Max Cavalera's "spoken word" appearance at this year's Crossing Border festival can be heard online in streaming audio at this location. Crossing Border, dubbed "the largest spoken/word festival in combination with music, literature and film in Europe," took place on Saturday, Nov. 9 at ...

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DREAM THEATER Drummer Announces Clinics, Autograph Sessions

DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy has lined up the following clinic/autograph sessions during December: Dec. 07 Drum Day LA (live appearance) House of Blues 8430 Sunset Blvd. W. Hollywood, CA. 90069 Dec. 09 Lemon Percussion (autograph appearance) 820 Willow St. #200 San Jose, CA. 95125 330-434-3138 Dec. 10 Drum Headquarters (autograph appearance) 7241 Manchester Rd. ...

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MAX CAVALERA To Make Dutch 'Spoken Word' Appearance

Former SEPULTURA and current SOULFLY frontman Max Cavalera will appear at Crossing Border festival, dubbed "the largest spoken/word festival in combination with music, literature and film in Europe," on Saturday, Nov. 9 at Melkweg in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Max had previously appeared at the event back in 1997. For more information on the Crossing Border ...

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OSI Finish Mastering CD, Compile Extra Footage

OSI (OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE) — the new "prog" supergroup featuring DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy, FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos, CHROMA KEY/ex-DREAM THEATER keyboardist Kevin Moore, and GORDIAN KNOT/ex-CYNIC bassist Sean Malone — has finished mastering its self-titled debut album for an early 2003 release through Inside Out Records. A limited-edition two-disc set, containing ...

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HEARSE Completes Work On 'Dominion Reptilian'

Sweden's HEARSE, featuring current NONEXIST vocalist Johan Liiva (ex-ARCH ENEMY) and ex-FURBOWL drummer Max Thornell, has finished recording its debut album, "Dominion Reptilian", at Stockholm-based Dog Pound Studios (ENTOMBED, TERRA FIRMA) for an early 2003 release through Hammerheart Records. "Dominion Reptilian" was recorded over a four-week period with technician Jonas Elder, and is described by ...

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DREAM THEATER Perform Tribute To IRON MAIDEN At London Gig

DREAM THEATER performed the entire "The Number Of The Beast" album by IRON MAIDEN during their appearance at the London Astoria last night (Oct. 21). The legendary progressive rock heavyweights played the material exactly as per the original album, with the exception of "Gangland", which was done in a jazz style. D.T., who feature a ...

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DAVE GROHL Nixes UNLEASHED Frontman For PROBOT Project Over Questionable Politics

FOO FIGHTERS mainman Dave Grohl contemplated approaching UNLEASHED frontman Johnny Hedlund to contribute lead vocals to one of the songs for his upcoming metal project, PROBOT, but changed his mind after learning of the Swedish death metal vocalist's rumored Nazi leanings, Grohl revealed in an interview with Sweden's Close-Up magazine. "I love UNLEASHED's music — ...

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STRATOVARIUS' TIMO TOLKKI Speaks Out On New CD

STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki has posted the following update via the group's official web site: "The [Elements — Part 1] album is ready, mastered and sent to our record companies in Germany, France and in Japan. "The track list will be provided later, but I can tell you that it contains 62 minutes of music. ...

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DREAM THEATER Drummer Cancels Personal Appearance

DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy has cancelled a previously-announced personal appearance at Cherry's Music in Somers Pt., New Jersey on Friday, September 13th due to scheduling conflicts. Says Portnoy: "The store is too far from the venue [where DREAM THEATER are due to perform later that night] making it impossible to do the appearance and ...

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OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE Complete Work On Debut Album

OSI (OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE) — the new "prog" supergroup featuring DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy, FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos, CHROMA KEY/ex-DREAM THEATER keyboardist Kevin Moore, and GORDIAN KNOT/ex-CYNIC bassist Sean Malone — have finished mixing their debut album, Office of Strategic Influence, for an early 2003 release through Inside Out Records. Among the ...

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SEPULTURA: New Live Mp3 Posted Online

A full-length MP3 of the track "Roots Bloody Roots", taken from SEPULTURA's forthcoming Under A Pale Grey Sky live album, can be downloaded from this location. As previously reported, Under A Pale Grey Sky is a recorded document of the last-ever performance of the classic SEPULTURA line-up of Max Cavalera (guitar/vocals), Igor Cavalera ...

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