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BILLY, DIGIORGIO, TRAVIS To Begin Tracking Debut CD Shortly For Fall Release

The new as-yet-unnamed project featuring TESTAMENT/SADUS bassist Steve DiGiorgio, SADUS frontman Darren Travis and TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy are still in the songwriting stage and expect to enter the studio in the next couple of months to begin laying down their debut album for a fall release through an as-yet-undisclosed label. According to DiGiorgio, “I'm ...

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NILE To Enter Studio In Early March, July Release Expected

Acclaimed death metallers NILE will enter Soundlab Studios in Columbia, South Carolina on March 4th to record their third full-length CD, tentatively titled In Their Darkened Shrines. Eight tracks have been written so far for the album, which is set to feature nearly an hour's worth of music. Among the song titles set to appear ...

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Former LOVE/HATE Frontman Makes Rarities Available Online

Former LOVE/HATE and current RATT frontman Jizzy Pearl has made available for download via his official web site LOVE/HATE's entire fourth album, I'm Not Happy, as well as a host of LOVE/HATE demos recorded at various points during the band's career. According to Pearl, “I have included the fourth LOVE/HATE record I'm Not Happy as ...

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MASTERPLAN Continue Work On Debut CD

MASTERPLAN, the new project formed by former HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow and drummer Uli Kusch, are preparing to return to the studio on February 25th to complete the vocals and solo parts for their upcoming debut CD, which is tentatively scheduled to be released in early summer. The group are planning on spending ten days ...

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DAVID LEE ROTH Announces New Guitarist

Japanese guitarist Toshinori Toshi Hiketa is the new guitarist for DAVID LEE ROTH, according to an official statement by DAVID LEE ROTH drummer Ray Luzier. Toshi and I have been bros and have played together in various projects for a few years now, Luzier commented. He was asked to join last year as an additional ...

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VAN HALEN: "Weighing All Options" Following Split With Warner Bros.

VAN HALEN are "currently weighing all the options and seeing what the future brings, [but] it's still premature to say where the band will go [following their split with longtime label Warner Bros. Records]," the group's attorney, Alan Mintz, told Billboard magazine. According to Mintz, VAN HALEN will "seriously consider" major label offers, but he ...

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HELLOWEEN Announce Compilation Details

HELLOWEEN have confirmed that their upcoming Best Of double-CD set will be called Treasure Chest and it will have a lot of special packaging, making it a nice collector's item for any HELLOWEEN fan new or old. All of the songs have been remixed and remastered to modern standards. The full track listing for Treasure ...

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ANDY "Undie" SNEAP Shoots From The Hip!

It's been quite some time since we last got an official update from former SABBAT guitarist and acclaimed producer Andy Undie Sneap, so in the interest of making up for lost time, we will let this English fool fill us in what he's been up to. And while at it, we'll even let him have ...

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SHIHAD Get To Keep Their Name (For Now)

New Zealand's SHIHAD have decided to keep their name despite previous reports indicating that the group would be altering their moniker due to the similarities to the Islam word for Holy War jihad. According to Australia's Undercover web magazine, SHIHAD were ready to announce the new name REMOTE but found out at the last minute ...

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VAN HALEN Drop Label, Manager Amid Reunion Talks

VAN HALEN have parted ways with Warner Bros. Records after a 14-year run that stretches back to the group's 1978 debut, acording to Hits Daily Double. The band have also changed attorneys, hiring Alan Mintz to take over for Don Engel, who was with them for 15 years. VAN HALEN, who are presently without a ...

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TRACY G To Record Solo CD, Make Tribute Appearances

Former DIO/WORLD WAR III guitarist Tracy G is at his recording studio working on a solo CD, to be issued later in the year. Among the musicians featured on the recordings is bassist Leon Randolph (aka Randy Wilde). In other news, Tracy G will be donating a track from his upcoming solo CD to the ...

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EXODUS Crush Sacramento (Again)

BLABBERMOUTH.NET would like to extend our condolences to EXODUS drummer Tom Hunting, whose dad sadly passed away after a lengthy bout with cancer. In other news, EXODUS performed a crushing set at The Roadhouse in Sacramento, California on Saturday, January 19th that consisted of the following tracks: 01. Deliver Us To Evil 02. 'Till ...

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Former HELLOWEEN Duo Announce Name, Singer For New Project

Former HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow and drummer Uli Kusch have set MASTERPLAN as the name of their new band and have selected ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/current ARK vocalist Jorn Lande to front the much-talked-about group. According to Roland, Jorn was selected in part because his approach is much more in the classic Dio/Coverdale vein than the operatic ...

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FOZZY Re-Sign With Megaforce, Acquire New Bassist

Here's a not-to-be-taken-seriously press release from the FOZZY camp (featuring former members of STUCK MOJO and WWF wrestler Chris Jericho): FOZZY IS EXCITED AND ARROGANT TO ANNOUNCE A NEW SEVEN FIGURE RECORD DEAL WITH MEGAFORCE RECORDS. "After entertaining many offers from some of the biggest record companies in the world and elsewhere, we decided to ...

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FEEDER Drummer Commits Suicide!

FEEDER drummer Jon Lee tragically committed suicide on Monday, January 7th at his home in Florida. A statement issued by the band's PR company Hall Or Nothing reads as follows: "It is with the deepest regret that we must announce the tragic and premature death of FEEDER drummer Jon Lee... He is survived by his ...

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Former SAVATAGE Frontman Resurfaces In CIRCLE II CIRCLE

Former SAVATAGE frontman Zachary Stevens has reportedly resurfaced in a brand new band called CIRCLE II CIRCLE and has been quietly working on the group's debut album, featuring material co-written by SAVATAGE mainman Jon Oliva. Described as more mainstream- and US-friendly-sounding than his SAVATAGE output, CIRCLE II CIRCLE's first CD is tentatively scheduled to be ...

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ELEGY's Parry Speaks Out On "Pain", Records ZEPPELIN Cover

Dutch prog-metallers ELEGY are still hard at work on the material for the band's ninth CD, entitled Principles Of Pain, which is scheduled to be recorded during the next couple of months in Madrid, Spain for for release via Marquee Records in Japan and Asia in April, and Locomotive Music in the rest of the ...

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COSMOSQUAD To Issue

Progressive metal/fusion triumvirate COSMOSQUAD, featuring guitarist Jeff Kollman (MOGG/WAY, EDWIN DARE), bassist Barry Sparks (DOKKEN, ULI JON ROTH), and drummer Shane Gaalaas (GLENN HUGHES, ULI JON ROTH), have inked a deal with Dutch-based Mascot Records for the release of their sophomore album, Squadrophenia, due out in March. Recorded at Jeff Kollman's Crumb Studios in Granada ...

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DOKKEN Find Their "Way Home" In March!

DOKKEN's forthcoming Long Way Home CD, which is tentatively scheduled for a March 5th release through CMC International Records, will include the following tracks, among others: 01. Sunless Days 02. Magic Road 03. Little Girl 04. Heart Full of Soul (YARDBIRDS cover) 05. Goodbye My Friend 07. You 08. Everyone Needs to Be With Someone ...

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DRAGONLORD Postpone SF Date, DiGiorgio Explains His Absence From Touring Line-Up!

DRAGONLORD, the San Francisco Bay Area black metal project led by TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson, have postponed their scheduled January 5th appearance at San Francisco's Covered Wagon Saloon to an as-yet-undisclosed later date. Meanwhile, TESTAMENT bassist Steve DiGiorgio, who performed on DRAGONLORD's debut CD Rapture and who appeared live with the group at the benefit ...

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ANGRA To Record New EP, ZEPPELIN Cover!

Brazil's ANGRA will enter the studio in January with producer Dennis Ward to record a brand new EP, which is tentatively scheduled to be issued in early May. During the sessions, the band will lay down their cover of LED ZEPPELIN's Kashmir for an upcoming LED ZEPPELIN tribute CD, which is due to be issued ...

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self-titled - DEMONS & WIZARDS

When ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer and BLIND GUARDIAN vocalist Hansi Kursch joined forces to make this album, speculation was strong that the resultant album would end up sounding like a perfect blend of the two bands—a prediction that could not possibly have been more on the mark. Having never been a huge fan of ...

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Archive News Dec 05, 2001

METALLICA are taking a break for the holidays, but will return to the studio in January with a view towards releasing a new studio album next fall, according to statements attributed to the band's management and their publicist by MTV.com. While frontman James Hetfield spent time in rehab for alcoholism and “other ...

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Archive News Dec 03, 2001

APOLLYON SUN, featuring former CELTIC FROST mainman Tom Gabriel Fischer, are currently composing and demoing new material for the group's upcoming sophomore full-length album at the band's own rehearsal studio facility (where the act have just upgraded the computer-based recording system) and at Oakland Recording, the group's long-time home when recording in ...

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