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PANTERA, FEAR FACTORY, STATIC-X Among Artists Featured On 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' Soundtrack

PANTERA, FEAR FACTORY, STATIC-X and SOIL are among the artists featured on "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Album", the soundtrack to the upcoming remake of the classic '70s horror flick. Based loosely on true events that inspired the original "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", the new film centers around a group of friends whose free-spirited roadtrip ...

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GENE SIMMONS Does St. Louis

Deb Peterson of St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports: "Gene Simmons didn't kiss the Lou goodbye lightly. The tongue-wagging lead singer of KISS was at the St. Louis Galleria signing copies of his new book 'Sex Money Kiss' on Monday [September 29] when mall security spotted him with a woman who had a dog in a bag ...

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Report: 'Underground' Heavy Metal Is Alive And Well In Iran

Scott Peterson of The Christian Science Monitor reports that in East and West, the language of rock 'n' roll is one of rebellion and pushing the limits. And in the Islamic Republic of Iran, musicians like guitarist Nurick Misikian and bassist Babak Riahipour are creating a parallel reality that could not be further removed from ...

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FRED DURST Says That He Is In Love

Adding fuel to the speculative fire, LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst — who flew out to Vancouver Wednesday to visit his new, close friend Halle Berry on the set of "Gothika" — has admitted he has a new "special" friend. "Something has happened to me recently and I'm really at a different place," Durst told ...

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FRED DURST And HALLE BERRY Becoming Pals

The New York Post reports Halle Berry and Fred Durst have become fast friends after shooting the video for LIMP BIZKIT's cover of THE WHO's "Behind Blue Eyes". "They kiss for like 40 seconds," a spy said. "So basically, to get that shot right, Fred and Halle had to kiss for hours." And now the ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN: Tour Report, Live Video Clips Posted Online

WATCHTOWER/SPASTIC INK guitarist Ron Jarzombek, who recently completed a seven-date run as part of ex-MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman's backing band on the Guitarevolution tour (also featuring former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick and original MEGADETH guitarist Chris Poland), has posted the following tour report on his official web site: "This whole adventure started with me sending ...

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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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PROJECT: FAILING FLESH Sign European Record Deal

PROJECT: FAILING FLESH, the new group featuring former VOIVOD/current E-FORCE bassist/vocalist Eric Forrest, Kevin 131 (GARDEN OF SHADOWS, TWISTED TOWER DIRE, BRAVE, WHILE HEAVEN WEPT) and Tim Gutierrez (instruments), have signed a European record deal with Holland's Karmageddon Media (formerly Hammerheart Records). The group's debut album, "A Beautiful Sickness", is due for release in Europe ...

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GOD FORBID To Tour East Coast with E.TOWN CONCRETE

New Jersey thrash quintet GOD FORBID will join fellow hometown heroes E.TOWN CONCRETE for a three-week East Coast tour beginning in early October. This will mark the first time that both famed Jersey acts have united for any shows outside of their immediate area. The group are currently wrapping up the highly successful "Bitter, Broken, ...

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BLACK SABBATH's 'Never Say Die!': The SABBATH Book That Leaves No Stone Unturned

Rockdetector (www.rockdetector.com), the world's biggest rock & metal database (having just clocked up over 21,000 artists...) has just published the 400-page BLACK SABBATH biography "Never Say Die!" Written by editor Garry Sharpe-Young, the man behind the acclaimed OZZY OSBOURNE band biography of last year, "Never Say Die!" documents by way of exclusive interviews ...

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NEVERMORE To Be Joined by TESTAMENT Guitarist For European Tour

Steve Smyth (TESTAMENT, DRAGONLORD) will be handling second-guitar duties on NEVERMORE's "Enemies Of Reality" European Tour 2003 with special guests ARCH ENEMY. Says Steve: "I am very excited and would to thank Jeff, Warrel, Van and Jim for inviting me, and I would also like to thank Chuck and Eric of TESTAMENT for all their ...

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Former BRICK BATH Vocalist Admits to Heroin Addiction

Former BRICK BATH singer Joseph McCaw has issued the following statement explaining his departure from the group: "I am writing this letter to clear the air about the exact reason I dropped out of BRICK BATH last year. I know there were press releases stating that it was due to illness, but this was only ...

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MOTÖRHEAD's LEMMY Gives HOLLYWOOD'S ROCKWALK The Middle Finger

Legendary hard rockers MOTÖRHEAD were inducted into Hollywood's RockWalk Monday afternoon (September 1) during a ceremony at the Whisky A Go Go on Sunset Blvd. According to Antimusic, the ceremony began with Los Angeles radio legend Jim Ladd presenting the group with a citation from the Mayor of Los Angeles. The mayor singled out the ...

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GOD FORBID Finish Recording New Album

New Jersey quintet GOD FORBID have completed the recording process for their highly anticipated third full-length album. The new offering, "Gone Forever", was recorded at Trax East Studios by Eric Rachel (ATREYU, A LIFE ONCE LOST) and is currently set for an early 2004 release through Century Media Records. The album will be mastered by ...

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HENDRIX Tops ROLLING STONE Poll

Jimi Hendrix has been named the greatest guitar player by Rolling Stone magazine in a poll to discover the greatest guitarists of all time. Hendrix received a glowing tribute from WHO guitarist Pete Townshend, who wrote that he "made the electric guitar beautiful," according to Reuters. Townshend recalled that one of Hendrix's shows was "so ...

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Report: Old Bands Draw New Generation To Concerts

David Hinckley of the New York Daily News reports that this summer's top concert performers include such veteran acts as KISS, IRON MAIDEN, METALLICA, and DEF LEPPARD. "While they can still draw 5,000-15,000 fans a night, that number includes more than the now-middle-aged fans who remember when music could be found in the grooves of ...

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SPEEDEALER: New Album Details Revealed

The reformed SPEEDEALER have pushed back the release date of their new album, "Bleed", to November 25 through Dead Teenager Records. Distribution will be handled by Nail/Allegro. "Bleed" was recorded June 10-11, 2003 at Top Hat studios in Austin, Texas. "We think 'Bleed' sounds, for better or worse, how a SPEEDEALER record should [sound] — ...

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TROUBLE: 'Unplugged' Details Revealed

Reunited doom legends TROUBLE have announced the track listing for their forthcoming "Unplugged" CD, which is currently being recorded at a Chicago-area studio. According to the band's official web site, www.newtrouble.com, "Unplugged" will contain acoustic versions of five classic TROUBLE numbers along with two brand new songs, at least one of which was ...

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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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Former HELSTAR Singer Joins Forces With SYMPHONY X Bassist

Former HELSTAR/DESTINY'S END frontman James Rivera has teamed up with ex-DESTINY'S END guitarist Eric Halpern (who played a "major role" in the recent HELSTAR reunion shows, according to Rivera) and SYMPHONY X bassist Mike Lepond in a new band called DISTANT THUNDER. The primarily Houston, Texas-based group are "what I would say is the real ...

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GOD FORBID To Re-Release Out-Of-Print Debut

New Jersey's GOD FORBID will be re-releasing their debut full-length album, "Reject The Sickness", on their own label, PR Records. This blistering effort has been out of print for some time and will be available in about a month at shows, online, and at indie metal and hardcore stores. The group are currently wrapping up ...

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LOSTPROPHETS Cancel U.K. Dates

LOSTPROPHETS have been forced to cancel all of their previously announced U.K. dates in order to complete work on their new album, tentatively due in late 2003/early 2004 through Columbia Records. The as-yet-untitled effort is currently being mixed at a Los Angeles studio with producer Eric Valentine, who has previously worked with QUEENS OF THE ...

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FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Drummer Says The Group's Fans Are The Best

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM drummer Craig Nielsen says that, despite the small turnouts for the group's recent gigs, he is overwhelmed by the enthusiasm displayed by the group's following, many of whom will travel hours to see the group perform live. "Die-hard FLOTSAM fans are about the best audience, big or small, any band could ever ...

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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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CRADLE OF FILTH: Shock Art At Its Finest

Eric Gallippo of Grand Valley Lanthorn is reporting that British shock-rockers CRADLE OF FILTH have "gained some notoriety as of late for their lords-of-darkness image and controversial off-stage antics. The states of Minnesota and New Jersey have tried to cancel COF's shows to keep them from 'bringing the devil's music to the state' and [due ...

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POISON Frontman Announces Solo Tour

VH1 Classic recently announced they will present the Bret Michaels "Songs of Life" tour this fall. Michaels will embark on this, his first-ever solo tour, on September 26 in Cincinnati, Ohio — just two weeks after the POISON tour ends. The tour is in support of Michaels' "Songs Of Life" CD released on May 20, ...

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METALLICA Trade Tickets For Tee Times

Deb Peterson of St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that a foursome from the METALLICA entourage is scheduled to play the newly refurbished Forest Park course today (July 22). Kevin Kroll, marketing manager for American Golf, said the heavy metal band's road manager offered to trade METALLICA concert tickets for tee times. Kroll said he would ...

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