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Reunited DARK ANGEL To Appear On METALLICA Tribute Album

Reunited Los Angeles thrashers DARK ANGEL have been invited to contribute to a METALLICA tribute album being produced by Bob Kulick (KISS, MOTÖRHEAD, MEAT LOAF), and are currently in the studio recording their version of "Creeping Death". A late 2003 release through Cleopatra Records is expected. Complete video coverage of the recording sessions for the ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN: GUITAREVOLUTION Setlist Revealed

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman and his backing band — guitarist Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER, SPASTIC INK), drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (ex-MEGADETH, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, Y&T) and bassist Chris Catero (RAZER, ex-WARDOG) — kicked off the Guitarevolution U.S. tour with THE ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO (featuring former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick) and OHM (featuring original MEGADETH guitarist Chris Poland) ...

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PSYCHOTOGEN Complete Work On Debut

PSYCHOTOGEN, the Baltimore, Maryland-based technical death metal band featuring former MISERY INDEX guitarist/vocalist Mike Harrison, will release their second full-length CD, titled "The Calculus of Evil", on August 25 through Crash Records. Mike was asked to step in when current DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN vocalist Greg Puciato backed out, leaving the group only a matter of ...

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KISS, ACDELCO, KURT JOHNSON, And CAVALIER Form Hot Rod Supergroup

The crashing thunder of rock power chords and deep bass crescendos of 1,300 horsepower combined to create a medley of high-performance music together at the official unveiling of Kurt Johnson's ACDelco NHRA Pro Stock Cavalier Z24 on August 14. Featuring artwork by renowned motorsports artist Sam Bass, Johnson's Cavalier sports a visual theme inspired by ...

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BLACK FLAG Reunion Not So United

Ex-BLACK FLAG singer Keith Morris has released a statement dismissing earlier reports by the band's founder Greg Ginn that he and other members of early incarnations of the group will be performing at BLACK FLAG's Sept. 12 "reunion" show at the Hollywood Palladium. BLACK FLAG's first four singers — Morris, Ron Reyes (a.k.a. Chavo), Robo ...

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SINISTER Shuffle Bandmembers, Launch Side Project

Long-running Dutch death metallers SINISTER have parted ways with guitarist Pascal Grevinga and bassist Alex. Ron van de Polder, who was involved in the songwriting process for 1992's "Cross The Styx" and this year's "Savage Or Grace", has been named the group's permanent guitarist. Polder, singer Rachel Heyzer and drummer Aad Kloosterwaard have already started ...

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IGGY POP Explains How The STOOGES Got Back Together

Iggy Pop recently spoke to Brian McCollum of Detroit Free Press about his decision to collaborate with fellow ex-STOOGES members Ron and Scott Asheton on four tracks ("Little Electric Chair", "Skull Rings", "Loser" and "Dead Rock Star") for his new album, "Skull Ring". "It took awhile sifting down, doing some soul-searching, having some conversations, for ...

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist Conquers Japan

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman recently played two songs from his latest solo CD, "Music For Speeding" ("Lust For Life" and "It's The Unreal Thing"), live in the broadcast center for Japan's Sky Perfect TV's "Party Dude!" program. This nationwide hard rock show will broadcast the two songs plus interviews on two separate programs over ...

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IGGY POP Live At Jones Beach: Photos Available

IGGY POP performed live at Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York on Friday (August 8). Check out pictures from Film Magic. POP will release his new solo album, "Skull Ring", on September 30 through Virgin Records. The follow-up to 2001 "Beat 'Em Up" features collaborations with fellow ex-STOOGES members ...

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TROUBLE To Enter Studio This Weekend!

Reunited doom legends TROUBLE, who recently replaced longtime bassist Ron Holzner with Chuck Robinson (formerly of THIS TORTURED SOUL), will enter the studio on Saturday, August 9 to begin recording a seven-track acoustic compilation of classic TROUBLE material. The as-yet-untitled EP, which will also include a brand-new song written by Robinson and singer Eric Wagner, ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN To Be Joined By Ex-MEGADETH Drummer, WATCHTOWER Guitarist On Upcoming Tour

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman has announced his backing band for the upcoming Guitarevolution tour, the month-long trek featuring Friedman, Alex Skolnick's (ex-TESTAMENT, SAVATAGE) jazz combo THE ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO and original MEGADETH guitarist Chris Poland's (ex-DAMN THE MACHINE) prog-rock outfit OHM. Joining Marty on the tour will be guitarist Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER, SPASTIC INK), ...

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DIVINE RAPTURE: New Song Posted Online

A brand new DIVINE RAPTURE track, titled "Severed", has been posted online at this location. "Severed" comes off the Pennsylvania-based death metal group's forthcoming CD, "The Burning Passion", due in September/October through France's Listenable Records. The self-produced effort was tracked and engineered by Ron Vento at Nightsky Studios in Maryland and was mixed ...

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OIL Announce New Bassist

Long Beach, California-based Christian metallers OIL, featuring DARK ANGEL frontman Ron Rinehart, have announced the addition of bassist Jonathan Thiemens to the group's ranks. "Jonathan has made a huge difference in our sound and [the fans] won't be disappointed," the band write on their official web site. OIL recently issued their first-ever live album, "Choice ...

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IRON BUTTERFLY Guitarist ERIK BRAUNN Dies At 52

Erik Braunn, the lead guitarist on IRON BUTTERFLY's classic heavy metal anthem of 1968 "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", died of cardiac arrest Friday in Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Times. He was 52. Braunn, considered a violin prodigy, began his musical career at age 4. He was born in Pekin, Ill., but raised in Los Angeles. ...

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TROUBLE To Record New Album In October

Reunited doom legends TROUBLE, who recently replaced longtime bassist Ron Holzner with Chuck Robinson (formerly of THIS TORTURED SOUL), are set to enter the studio in October with producer Vincent Wojno (MACHINE HEAD, KREATOR, KONKHRA) to record their long-awaited new album, titled "Seven". According to frontman Eric Wagner, 15 songs have been written so far ...

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SOULSTORM To Release New Material

Before relocating to Los Angeles, SOULSTORM lead singer/bassist Nick Sagias and longtime drummer Patrick Harquail went into Peter Hudson's Hallamusic studios (MONSTER VOODOO MACHINE, INTERZONE) in Toronto and recorded 10 new songs in an all-day jam that were left as rough skeletons to build the new songs upon. "At the time of recording Pat and ...

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DIVINE RAPTURE Sign With LISTENABLE RECORDS

Pennsylvania-based death metallers DIVINE RAPTURE have inked a deal with France's Listenable Records. The group will release their new album, "The Burning Passion", in September/October. The self-produced effort was tracked and engineered by Ron Vento at Nightsky Studios in Maryland and was mixed and mastered by Babak Davodian at Transcend Studios in New York. "DIVINE ...

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NEPENTHEAN: Undulating Doom

NEPENTHEAN, the new doom metal project featuring MORGION's Rhett Davis (drums) and Justin Christian (bass), ex-TRENCH guitarist Ron Slater, and TORTURE WHEEL vocalist E.M. Hearst, are due to record their debut demo, "The Suffering", in September. The demo will feature appearances by "special guest musicians and will contain three tracks of undulating doom," according to ...

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HADES Drummer Update: More Chemotherapy Needed

HADES guitarist Dan Lorenzo has issued the following update on the condition of bandmate Ron Lipnicki (drums), who is currently battling testicular cancer: "Ron had this HUGE operation 2 weeks ago to remove the cancerous tumor. They were concerned they might have to remove one of his kidneys. It was supposed to be a four-hour ...

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IGGY POP To Release 'Skull Ring' In September

IGGY POP has finalized the track listing for his new solo album, "Skull Ring", due September 30 through Virgin Records. The follow-up to Pop's 2001 LP, "Beat 'Em Up", features collaborations with fellow ex-STOOGES members Ron and Scott Asheton on four tracks ("Little Electric Chair", "Skull Rings", "Loser" and "Dead Rock Star"), SUM 41 (on ...

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HADES Drummer Undergoes Operation To Remove Cancerous Tumor

HADES drummer Ron Lipnicki underwent a 10-hour operation Thursday (June 12) to remove a cancerous tumor. According to HADES guitarist Dan Lorenzo, the doctors were very happy with how everything went during the operation, which followed three months of chemotherapy. "Last Sunday (June 8) Jimmy Schulman (former HADES bassist), myself and Ron jammed on old ...

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IGGY & THE STOOGES To Play Detroit In August

A reunited IGGY POP & THE STOOGES will play the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit, Michigan on Aug. 14, according to the Detroit Free Press. Tickets are expected to run from $22 for lawn seats to $48 for pavilion seats. Sale info is not yet available. Also scheduled for the bill: New York noise-rock ...

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OIL Part Ways With Bassist, Seek Replacement

Long Beach, California-based Christian metallers OIL, featuring DARK ANGEL frontman Ron Rinehart, have parted ways with bassist Matthew Joy and are currently seeking a replacement. "Upcoming album release shows or any other concert bookings will not be affected," states a message on the band's official web site. "Our friend — and smokin' bass player — ...

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PAINMUSEUM Drop Off HALFORD/TESTAMENT Dates

PAINMUSEUM, the new band featuring HALFORD guitarist Metal Mike Chlasciak, vocalist Tim Clayborne, HALFORD drummer Bobby Jarzombek and longtime Metal Mike collaborator Steve Booke on bass, have withdrawn from their previously announced Los Angeles, Anaheim and Las Vegas dates in support of HALFORD and TESTAMENT, citing "economic and logistical constraints" as the reason for their ...

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ST. VITUS Announce One-Off Gig In Chicago

The classic "Born Too Late"-era lineup of doom legends ST. VITUSDave Chandler (guitar), Scott "Wino" Wienrich (vocals), Armando Acosta (drums) and Mark Adams (bass) — will take the stage together for the fist time since 1991 on Tuesday, July 1 at the Double Door in Chicago, Illinois. Dave Chandler had this to say ...

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HOLOCAUST Make Peace With SANCTUARY RECORDS

Long-running New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) pioneers HOLOCAUST — perhaps best known for penning the track "The Small Hours", which was later covered by METALLICA on their "The $5.98 E.P. - Garage Days Re-Revisited" EP have received a "lengthy and very considerate email from the senior management at Sanctuary Records" regarding the band's ...

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