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HELLOWEEN: 'Rabbit Don't Come Easy' Details Unveiled

HELLOWEEN have finalized the track listing for their new album, "Rabbit Don't Come Easy", due on May 5 through Nuclear Blast Records. The album will be released in a jewel case and there will be a limited edition in a very special digipack available, including the bonus track "Far Away". The first single off the ...

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Former HELLOWEEN Drummer Comments On Departure

Former HELLOWEEN drummer Mark Cross has issued an official statement confirming his departure from the group (as first reported here last week). The statement reads as follows: "After being ill the past few months, it looks like I will no longer remain in HELLOWEEN. "Past September, a few days after I started the ...

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HELLOWEEN Name CD, Confirm New Drummer

HELLOWEEN have reportedly set "Rabbits Don't Come Easy" as the title for their forthcoming studio album, due in Europe on May 5 through Nuclear Blast Records. In other news, the band have now officially confirmed the departure of drummer Mark Cross and addition to the group's lineup of former ACCEPT/RUNNING WILD skinsman Stefan Schwarzmann (as ...

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HELLOWEEN: CROSS Out, SCHWARZMANN In?

Veteran German metallers HELLOWEEN are strongly rumored to have replaced drummer Mark Cross (ex-METALIUM) with ex-RUNNING WILD/ACCEPT skinsman Stefan Schwarzmann. Cross joined HELLOWEEN in August 2001 as a replacement for Uli Kusch but was unable to accompany the group during the recording sessions for their upcoming album after he was struck this past September by ...

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MOTÖRHEAD's LEMMY, L7 Featured In Independent Movie

MOTÖRHEAD legend Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister and members of L7 and the NYMPHS are featured in the movie "Down and Out With the Dolls", an independent film written and directed by Kurt Voss about the trials and tribulations of a female alt-rock band. It opens in Los Angeles on March 11 and hits screens across the ...

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GRAND MAGUS: 'Monument' Track Listing Unveiled

Sweden's GRAND MAGUS, featuring current SPIRITUAL BEGGARS frontman Janne Christoffersson, have finalized the track listing for their sophomore album, "Monument", due in the spring through Rise Above Records. The complete track listing for "Monument" is as follows (not in final order): 01. Ulvaskall (Vargr) 02. Brotherhood of Sleep 03. Baptised in Fire 04. He Who ...

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DARKANE Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK 2003 Festival

DARKANE are the latest act to have been confirmed for the 12th annual Sweden Rock festival, scheduled to take place Jun. 6-8 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. DARKANE will appear on Saturday, Jun. 7. The complete list of artists currently set to perform at the event is as follows: TWISTED SISTER WHITESNAKE YES JETHRO TULL BLIND GUARDIAN ...

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MOTÖRHEAD Drummer's Eurodance Photos Posted Online

"Euro Metal Tour 2003", the Scandinavian dance/metal extravaganza staged by Swedish eurodance star E-TYPE and his current backing band, which includes MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee and ex-HUMANIMAL/GREAT KING RAT guitarist Pontus Norgren, had a successful kick-off last weekend at Valand in Gothenburg and is presently making its way to other parts of Sweden. Check out ...

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SYSTEMATIC Set Release Date For 'Pleasure To Burn'

SYSTEMATIC have set an Apr. 15 release date through Elektra Records for their sophomore CD, "Pleasure To Burn". The album — the group's first to feature ex-SLAYER drummer Paul Bostaph and former ECHO 3/MAXIMUM PENALTY bassist John Mark Bechtel (a.k.a. Johnny Chow) — was produced by Howard Benson, who has previously worked with P.O.D., MOTÖRHEAD, ...

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WHITESNAKE Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK 2003 Festival

WHITESNAKE are the latest act to have been confirmed for the 12th annual Sweden Rock festival, scheduled to take place Jun. 6-8, 2003 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. WHITESNAKE will be the headliner on Saturday, Jun. 7. The complete list of artists currently set to perform at the event is as follows: TWISTED SISTER WHITESNAKE YES JETHRO ...

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AXENSTAR, DUMPER Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK 2003 Festival

AXENSTAR and DUMPER are the latest acts to have been confirmed for the 12th annual Sweden Rock festival, scheduled to take place Jun. 6-8, 2003 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of artists currently set to perform at the event is as follows: TWISTED SISTER YES JETHRO TULL BLIND GUARDIAN QUEENSRŸCHE URIAH HEEP MOTÖRHEAD Y ...

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ASSERT Ink Deal With MALT SODA RECORDS

Britain's ASSERT have inked a deal with Malt Soda Records for the release of their fourth full-length CD, entitled "Riotous Assembly". Included on the effort will be three "live in the studio" cuts (among them a cover of MOTÖRHEAD's "Ace Of Spades") and a version of "Agitate, Educate" featuring guest lead vocals by NAPALM DEATH's ...

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HELLOWEEN Set Release Date For New CD

HELLOWEEN have set a May 5 European release date through Nuclear Blast Records for their as-yet-untitled new album, which is currently being mixed by producer Charlie Bauernfeind at Mi Sueno studio in Tenerife, Spain. A North American release date has yet to be announced. The CD, which features a guest appearance by MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey ...

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YES Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK 2003 Festival

Progressive rock supergroup YES the latest act to have been confirmed for the 12th annual Sweden Rock festival, scheduled to take place Jun. 6-8, 2003 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of acts currently set to perform at the event is as follows: TWISTED SISTER MOTÖRHEAD QUEENSRŸCHE URIAH HEEP BLIND GUARDIAN JETHRO TULL Y&T YES ...

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MOTÖRHEAD Drummer's Eurodance Tour Dates Announced

The forthcoming Scandinavian tour by Swedish eurodance star E-TYPE and his current backing band, which includes MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee, has been officially dubbed "Euro Metal Tour 2003". The two-month trek, which will see the group perform "thundering heavy metal" versions of all the biggest E-TYPE dance hits, will kick off on Jan. 17 in ...

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PURE RUBBISH Done 'Horrific Disservice' By VARIETY's KELLY OSBOURNE Article

Houston's PURE RUBBISH have issued the following statement via their management company, Singerman Entertainment (MOTÖRHEAD, ZEBRAHEAD, MISFITS, SLAVES ON DOPE): "Variety [the premier publication of the entertainment industry—ed.] has done a horrific disservice to our band, PURE RUBBISH. In their review of Kelly Osbourne's performance December 29th at the Roxy Theater [in West Hollywood, California], ...

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SYSTEMATIC Set Tentative Track Listing For 'Pleasure To Burn'

San Francisco Bay Area metallers SYSTEMATIC have commenced the mixing process for their sophomore CD, "Pleasure To Burn", due in late spring through Elektra Records. The album — the group's first to feature ex-SLAYER drummer Paul Bostaph and former ECHO 3/MAXIMUM PENALTY bassist John Mark Bechtel (a.k.a. Johnny Chow) — is being produced by Howard ...

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MOTÖRHEAD's LEMMY On Relationships: 'I Like To Be Surprised'

A lifelong bachelor, MOTÖRHEAD legend Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister revealed during a recent interview with Britain's Observer that he has been involved in a serious relationship with a Los Angeles-based woman for the past several years. However, don't expect the singer to tie the knot anytime soon. "I've been going out with this one girl for ...

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MOTÖRHEAD's LEMMY To Record New Music With THE DAMNED

MOTÖRHEAD legend Lemmy Kilmister will once again be teaming up with members of THE DAMNED to create music together. Details are pretty sketchy at the moment, but it appears that Lemmy will be joined by THE DAMNED frontman Dave Vanian, bassist Captain Sensible (born Ray Burns) and drummer Andrew "Pinch" Pinching during a recording session ...

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MOTÖRHEAD, QUEENSRŸCHE, URIAH HEEP Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK 2003

MOTÖRHEAD, QUEENSRŸCHE, URIAH HEEP, SQUEALER and TWINBALL are the latest artists confirmed to appear at the 12th annual Sweden Rock festival, scheduled to take place Jun. 6-8, 2003 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of acts currently set to perform at the event is as follows: TWISTED SISTER MOTÖRHEAD QUEENSRŸCHE URIAH HEEP BLIND GUARDIAN JETHRO ...

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SAXON Frontman Slams Former Members Over Name Lawsuit

SAXON frontman Biff Byford has addressed the ongoing legal battle over the band's name with fellow original members Graham Oliver and Steve Dawson via a lengthy statement posted on the group's official web site. The statement reads as follows: "Hi, I hope everyone is well! "I have been reading the message board with interest just ...

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MOTÖRHEAD's MIKKEY DEE In Swedish Eurodance Shocker!

MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee is set to join Swedish eurodance star E-TYPE on tour in January and February, Swedish newspaper GT has reported. E-TYPE has been one of the country's most successful artists over the past decade, with record sales in the million range. E-TYPE (real name Martin Eriksson) himself was a metal drummer in ...

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DOWN Drop Off Japan's BEAST FEAST 2002

DOWN are the latest act to have cancelled their participation in Beast Feast 2002, a two-day festival set to take place on December 14-15 at Makuhari Messe Event Hall in Tokyo, Japan. No reason was given for the cancellation. The complete schedule for the event now looks as follows: Saturday, Dec. 14: SOULFLY MOTÖRHEAD ARCH ...

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NILE Pull Out Of BEAST FEAST 2002

NILE have cancelled their participation in Beast Feast 2002, a two-day festival set to take place on December 14-15 at Makuhari Messe Event Hall in Tokyo, Japan. No reason was given for the cancellation. The complete schedule for the event now looks as follows: Saturday, Dec. 14: SOULFLY MOTÖRHEAD ARCH ENEMY CONVERGE SHADOWS FALL TODAY ...

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MOTÖRHEAD's MIKKEY DEE: 'HAMMERFALL Can Suck My Cock'

MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee has slammed fellow Swedes HAMMERFALL for "acting like rock stars" and "completely ripping off" bands like HELLOWEEN, IRON MAIDEN and KING DIAMOND in order to attain their current level of success. Speaking to Metal Rules, Dee stated, "Look at a band like HAMMERFALL and shit. They're going through the roof. When ...

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HELLOWEEN's MARK CROSS: 'My Heart Is Bleeding'

HELLOWEEN drummer Mark Cross (ex-METALIUM), whose bout with mononucleosis has prevented him from appearing on the band's forthcoming studio album (the drum tracks on the CD are being recorded by MOTÖRHEAD's Mikkey Dee), has posted the following message via his official web site: "How tricky life can be! I cannot believe that a thing like ...

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THE ROLLINS BAND To Perform BLACK FLAG Set In San Diego

THE ROLLINS BAND, the group fronted by punk rock icon Henry Rollins, will perform an all-BLACK FLAG set featuring special guests at The Casbah in San Diego, California on Thursday, Dec. 5. The concert promotes "Rise Above", a new benefit CD for the Free the West Memphis 3 Defense Fund, on which Rollins performs alongside ...

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