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PAIN OF SALVATION Singer To Guest On SPASTIC INK Album

PAIN OF SALVATION vocalist/guitarist Daniel Gildenlöw will be contributing lead vocals to one track on the long-awaited SPASTIC INK sophomore release, "Ink Compatible", tentatively due before the end of the year. "[Daniel] is easily one of the most dramatic singers out there," said SPASTIC INK mastermind Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER) of his decision to collaborate with ...

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HOLOCAUST To Release New Album This Month

Reunited NWOBHM legends HOLOCAUST have set a May 19 release date for their ninth album, "Primal". The CD, which was recorded in both the States and Scotland, marks a return to the group's metal roots and marks the recording debut with the band of new members John McCullim (guitar), Ron Levine (drums) and Bryan Bartly ...

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OIL Finalize Track Listing For Live Album

Los Angeles-based Christian metallers OIL, featuring DARK ANGEL frontman Ron Rinehart, have finalized the track listing for their first-ever live album, "Choice Cuts Off The Chopping Block", now available for pre-order via Roxx Productions. The CD, which was recorded primarily during the band's appearance at the First Baptist Church of Downey in Downey, California on ...

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THE OFFSPRING Drummer Exits, FREESE Takes Over

THE OFFSPRING drummer Ron Welty has announced that he has quit the band. In a statement on the band's web site, the drummer explained: "After more than 15 great years with THE OFFSPRING, I've decided to leave to devote all my energies to a new project called STEADY GROUND. I wish Dexter, Noodles and Greg ...

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PAIN MUSEUM Replace SYMPHONY X On THE 2003 METAL GODS TOUR

PAIN MUSEUM, the new band featuring HALFORD members Metal Mike Chlasciak (guitar) and Bobby Jarzombek (drums), have replaced SYMPHONY X on the bill of the much-anticipated The 2003 Metal Gods Tour, a multi-band package featuring HALFORD, co-headliners TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, DARK TRANQUILITY, AMON AMARTH, and CARNAL FORGE. SYMPHONY X reportedly pulled out of the trek in ...

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Former MISERY INDEX Man To Provide Vocals For Next PSYCHOTOGEN CD

Baltimore-based technical death metal band PSYCHOTOGEN have recruited Mike Harrison (ex-MISERY INDEX) to provide vocals and lyrics for the band's upcoming second release, "The Calculus of Evil". PSYCHOTOGEN had previously planned on using DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN frontman Greg Puciato on the forthcoming CD, a plan which has since been abandoned. PSYCHOTOGEN will record "The Calculus ...

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HALFORD Drummer Issues 'Performance & Technique' Video

Drummer Bobby Jarzombek, best known for his work with HALFORD, RIOT, and SPASTIC INK, has just released his first ever drum video. "Performance & Technique" spotlights Bobby's unique approach to drumming and features two free-form solos, footage of a RIOT-era drum solo performed live in Japan, and full-length performances of "Peppered Cancer" and "School", two ...

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HALFORD Announce New Guitarist!

Former JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford introduced the new HALFORD guitarist, Chad Tarrington, at the meet-and-greet prior to the group's show last night in Anaheim, California. Rob chose yesterday to introduce Chad because he wanted the fans to be the first to take photos of the new HALFORD line-up: Rob, Chad, Mike Chlasciak (guitar), Ray ...

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HADES Drummer Stricken With Cancer

HADES drummer Ron Lipnicki is battling testicular cancer which has spread to his lymph nodes. He is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment to fight the disease. Stated HADES guitarist Dan Lorenzo: "[Ron] is only 31 [years old and a] REALLY nice guy. Unlike me, I've never heard him say a bad word about anyone. ...

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SINISTER Prepare To Record 'Savage Or Grace'

Dutch female-fronted death metallers SINISTER will enter Excess studio in Rotterdam, Holland on Jan. 21 to begin recording their new album, "Savage or Grace", for a May 12 release through Nuclear Blast Records. "We will be working together with our friend and former SINISTER guitarist Ron v/d Polder to bring you are new release of ...

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TROUBLE Postpone Chicago Gig, Focus On New Material

TROUBLE's Jan. 21, 2003 gig at the House Of Blues in Chicago, Illinois has been postponed because "the guys want to concentrate on [writing material for] the new [studio] disc without interruption. [We] will rebook later in the new year," guitarist Rick Wartell stated. The concert — which was never officially confirmed by the House ...

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TROUBLE Gig Cancelled?

The fate of TROUBLE's Jan. 21, 2003 gig at the House Of Blues in Chicago, Illinois appears to be uncertain as KITTIE, BIOHAZARD, BRAND NEW SIN and 18 VISIONS have been booked to perform at the venue on the same day. The TROUBLE concert — which was never officially confirmed by the House Of Blues ...

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MELECHESH Hard At Work On 'Sphynx'

MELECHESH, who feature in their ranks ABSU drummer/vocalist Proscriptor McGovern, are currently at Andy La Rocque's (KING DIAMOND) Los Angered Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden recording their third album for Osmose Productions, titled "Sphynx". Among the cuts set to appear on the upcoming CD are the following: 01. Incendium Between Mirage and Time 02. Of Mercury ...

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TROUBLE: New Bassist Found?

Former THIS TORTURED SOUL bassist Chuck Robinson is rumored to be the prime candidate to fill the vacant bassist slot in TROUBLE following the departure of longtime four-stringer Ron Holzner. TROUBLE — whose last studio album, "Plastic Green Head", came out in 1995 — will record their first-ever live album on Jan. 21, 2003 at ...

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Former DARK ANGEL Guitarist Speaks Out On His Departure

Former DARK ANGEL and current DREAMS OF DAMNATION/PAGAN WAR MACHINE guitarist Jim Durkin has spoken out on his non-participation in the upcoming DARK ANGEL reunion tour. The Los Angeles-based thrashers, who were set to embark on a West Coast mini-tour in early December, have replaced Durkin in the group's lineup with STRAPPING YOUNG LAD axeman ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Guitarist Joins DARK ANGEL!

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD guitarist Jed Simon has been tapped to join the reunited DARK ANGEL on their upcoming West Coast tour and subsequent European festival appearances. Simon, a thrash metal veteran whose pre-SYL recording history includes work with such underground acts as CAUSTIC THOUGHT and ARMOROS, replaces founding member Jim Durkin, who was recently dismissed ...

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RON HOLZNER Leaves TROUBLE!

Bassist Ron Holzner has left TROUBLE for "personal reasons". A replacement has yet to be announced. TROUBLE — whose last studio album, "Plastic Green Head", came out in 1995 — will go ahead with their plans to record their first-ever live album on Jan. 21, 2003 at the House Of Blues in Chicago, Illinois. A ...

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HALFORD Guitarist Builds PAIN MUSEUM, Plans Debut Album in 2003

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: HALFORD guitarist Metal Mike Chlasciak has announced the formation of PAIN MUSEUM, a new powerhouse metal band featuring vocalist Tim Clayborne, current HALFORD drummer Bobby Jarzombek and long time Metal Mike collaborator Steve Booke on bass. The band will tour and record around the HALFORD schedule. PAIN MUSEUM's debut CD will build ...

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WATCHTOWER Guitarist To Release New Solo CD

WATCHTOWER guitarist Ron Jarzombek has completed work on his latest solo CD, "Solitarily Speaking Of Theoretical Confinement", for a Dec. 10 release through EclecticElectric Records. "What's rather surprising (to me anyways) is how the CD materialized, and how close the CD's final outcome is compared to how I had envisioned it over a year ago," ...

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JACK OSBOURNE Mingles With Other Rock Star Offpsring

The following item comes to us courtesy of today's edition of the New York Post: Jack Osbourne seems to fraternize only with other rock star offspring. Ozzy's teenage son recently gawked at topless models sporting the ROLLING STONES' lingerie line with Keith Richards' daughters Theodora and Alexandra, Lizzy Jagger, Ron Wood's daughter Leah, Roy Orbison's ...

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GEORGE LYNCH Completes Work On Album Of DOKKEN/LYNCH MOB Remakes

Former DOKKEN guitarist George Lynch has commenced the mixing process for the as-yet-untitled an album of current remakes of DOKKEN and LYNCH MOB songs, which he recently recorded with the help of ex-DOKKEN and current L/P bassist Jeff Pilson (who sings on the DOKKEN tunes) and ex-LYNCH MOB frontman Robert Mason (who handles the LYNCH ...

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DARK ANGEL Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR 2003

The reformed DARK ANGEL — featuring guitarists Jim Durkin and Eric Meyer, vocalist Ron Rinehart, and drummer Gene Hoglan (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) — are the latest act to have been officially confirmed for next year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival, which is scheduled to take place between Jul. 31 and Aug. 2, 2003 in ...

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DARK ANGEL Reunion Tour Postponed Until March 2003

The reformed DARK ANGEL — featuring guitarists Jim Durkin and Eric Meyer, vocalist Ron Rinehart, and drummer Gene Hoglan (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) — have issued an official statement regarding the postponement of their previously-announced West Coast tour, originally set to take place in December. It is as follows: "We regret to announce that the DARK ...

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DARK ANGEL Cancel Reunion Tour!

The reformed DARK ANGEL — featuring guitarists Jim Durkin and Eric Meyer, vocalist Ron Rinehart, and drummer Gene Hoglan (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) — have cancelled their previously-announced West Coast tour, originally set to take place in December, due to "scheduling conflicts." "Our schedules were way off at this point, and we don't want to do ...

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TROUBLE Cancel Illinois Gig

The reunited TROUBLE — guitarist Rick Wartell, vocalist Eric Wagner, guitarist Bruce Franklin, drummer Jeff Olson and bassist Ron Holzner — have cancelled their previously announced headlining gig at Riley's Rockhouse in Aurora, Illinois on Saturday, Nov. 30. No reason was given for the cancellation. ...

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