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DEEP PURPLE To Appear At LUCIANO PAVAROTTI's Bash

DEEP PURPLE are scheduled to perform at Luciano Pavarotti's annual bash, "Pavarotti & Friends", on May 27 at the Parco Novi Sad in Modena Italy. Also set to appear at the event are Eric Clapton, U2's Bono, members of QUEEN, Lionel Richie and Ricky Martin. PURPLE last appeared at the bash in 2001, performing "Smoke ...

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NOVEMBERS DOOM Split With Guitarist, Announce Replacement

Chicago doomsters NOVEMBERS DOOM have parted ways with longtime guitarist Eric Burnley and have replaced him with Vito Marchese. "Eric found opportunities for his future in St. Louis, and left Chicago in late 2002," the band said in a statement posted on their official web site. "The distance between the band, and Eric would make ...

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PAPA WHEELIE Bassist Forms Metal Band

PAPA WHEELIE bassist Joe Ledesma (a.k.a. Joefus) has formed a new metal band called KRUCIBLE. The group — who are completed by Satawn (vocals), Jason Lonich (guitar), and Eric Berry (drums) — will be performing live at Bourbon Street Bar & Grill in Concord, California on Saturday, April 12. Tentative plans exist to record a ...

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PROJECT: FAILING FLESH Music Posted Online

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 posted the tracks "A Beautiful Sickness" and "Entrance Wound" in MP3 format at this location. Both cuts come off the group's debut ...

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DARK ANGEL: Live DVD On The Way

Reunited Los Angeles thrashers DARK ANGEL are in the process of compiling a live DVD consisting of footage recorded during the band's heyday in the late '80s as well as at some of their more recent appearances. Says guitarist Eric Meyer: "Over the years I've gathered a collection gigs that I think fucking kick ass, ...

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Voivod - VOIVOD

Based on advance hype, one might think that the new, self-titled album from Canadian metal vets VOIVOD (their tenth studio effort) is a epoch-making metallic masterpiece that harkens back to the chaotic, thrashing, apocalyptic strains of early releases like "Killing Technology" and "Dimension: Hatross". Well, not quite. Instead, "Voivod" picks up almost exactly where 1993's ...

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PROJECT: FAILING FLESH Photos Posted Online

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 posted several studio and band photos at this location. PROJECT: FAILING FLESH's debut CD, "A Beautiful Sickness", is due to be mastered by ...

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E-FORCE To Record 'Evil Forces' In May

E-FORCE, the Montreal-based band featuring former VOIVOD bassist/vocalist Eric Forrest, guitarist Bryan Donahue (formerly of HOMICIDE) and guitarist/drum programmer Dan Lauzon (formerly of ENTROPY), will enter the studio in early May with producer Pierre Rémillard (CRYPTOPSY, KATAKLYSM, GORGUTS, KRISIUN) to record their debut album, "Evil Forces", due later in the year through France's Season Of ...

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GREAT WHITE Singer Hasn't Yet Testified in Club Blaze

GREAT WHITE singer Jack Russell has not formally requested immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony and hasn't testified before the grand jury, his lawyer said Saturday, according to the Associated Press. Russell, the lead singer of the band whose pyrotechnics sparked a deadly nightclub fire, reported Friday to the site in East Greenwich ...

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BORKNAGAR Drummer To Join TESTAMENT

TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson has posted the following update to the band's official web site, www.testamentlegions.com: "Hello fans! "Latest news regarding the European 'No Mercy Festival' we are about to embark on in April. Due to [TESTAMENT/SADUS drummer] Jon Allen's personal family issues, he will not be able to participate in the tour ...

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VOIVOD's AWAY: Why We Decided To Reform The Band

In a recent interview with Germany's Voices From The Darkside, VOIVOD drummer and founding member Michel Langevin (a.k.a. Away) revealed the circumstances that led to the departure of previous bassist/vocalist Eric Forrest and the return to the group of original singer Denis Belanger (a.k.a. Snake). "[Eric] didn't leave the band actually," Away explained. "In early ...

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NARNIA Set Release Date For 'The Great Fall'

Swedish neo-classical metallers NARNIA have set an April 14 European release date through through Nuclear Blast Records for their fourth full-length album, entitled "The Great Fall". The band, who are scheduled to headline the Owener Rocknacht festival at Teckhalle in Owen, Germany on March 29, recently parted ways with longtime keyboardist Martin Claesson and have ...

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E-FORCE Sign With SEASON OF MIST RECORDS

E-FORCE, the Montreal-based band featuring former VOIVOD bassist/vocalist Eric Forrest, guitarist Bryan Donahue (formerly of HOMICIDE) and guitarist/drum programmer Dan Lauzon (formerly of ENTROPY), have reportedly inked a deal with French label Season Of Mist Records (MAYHEM, NECROPHAGIA, AGRESSOR, CARPATHIAN FOREST). The group's debut album is expected to surface later in the year. In related ...

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DIABOLIC: The Truth And Nothing But The Truth

From the desk of Olympic Records: Recently, conflicting press releases were issued regarding Tampa, Florida's DIABOLIC. Aside from the news posted at the official DIABOLIC web site (http://www.diabolicblastmasters.com) no press releases or news updates were seen or approved of by DIABOLIC'S record label or distributor. Unfortunately, due to the unofficial nature of the press releases, ...

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WILL HAVEN: Official Statement On Split

WILL HAVEN have issued an official statement regarding their decision to disband following their final show together at the Capital Garage in Sacramento, California on Friday, Jan. 24. The statement reads as follows: "As most of you may already know, WILL HAVEN will be playing its final show on the 24th of January in Sacramento. ...

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KISS' PAUL STANLEY: 'I'm Not Ready To Hang It Up'

KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley recently addressed the band's decision to abandon their retirement plans in favor of further touring and a possible new studio album. Appearing live on the "Merry KISSmass Special" hosted by WNEW radio personality Eddie Trunk on Dec. 21, Stanley explained that the group's [2000] 'Farewell' tour "was done in the same ...

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PROJECT: FAILING FLESH Finish Tracking Debut

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 completed recording basic tracks for the group's debut CD, titled "A Beautiful Sickness". Vocals will be laid down by Forrest in late January, with the ...

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FIVE POINTE O Split With Vocalist, Guitarist

Chicago's FIVE POINTE O have parted ways with vocalist Daniel Struble and guitarist Sharon Grzelinski. The group's official statement on the matter is as follows: "FIVE POINTE O regretfully announces that of Friday Dec. 6th Daniel and Sharon have decided to part ways with the band. Though this has been a tremendous blow to the ...

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Former DIO Guitarist Completes Work On New Solo CD

Former DIO/WORLD WAR III guitarist TRACY G has completed work on his latest solo CD, "Deviating From The Set List", featuring covers of classic rock tunes. The album, which reportedly took a year to record, includes guest appearances from 24 artists, among them Ralph Saenz (vocals - ATOMIC PUNK, METAL SHOP), Ray Luzier (drums - ...

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SPEEDEALER Call It Quits

Texas aggro rockers SPEEDEALER have split up. The following is an official statement from the group on the matter: "SPEEDEALER is dead and will not be resuscitated. Thanks to all who let us sleep on their floors, fed us, bought our merchandise/records, and supported us for all these years. We'd also like to thank everyone ...

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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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Former VOIVOD Frontman To Sing On PROJECT: FAILING FLESH Debut

Former VOIVOD and current E-FORCE bassist/vocalist Eric Forrest will collaborate with Tim Gutierrez (instruments) and Kevin 131 (instruments, producer) in a brand new band called PROJECT: FAILING FLESH. Forrest, who is set to guest on the next solo album from Yugoslav guitar hero Borislav Mitic, will travel to Assembly Line Studios in Virginia to lay ...

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TOOL Get Fired Up!

TOOL accidentally set fire to their dressing room on Nov. 12 at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas, and are required to pay for the damage. Freeman Coliseum general manager J.C. Hrubetz says the fire was minor, and that the band's bill for the damage is "less than the amount of a used Chevy ...

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KISS' GENE SIMMONS: Why We Fired ERIC CARR On His Deathbed

During a recent question-and-answer session with fans attending his Tongue Tour in Australia, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons explained the reasons behind the group's decision to fire drummer Eric Carr a short time after he was diagnosed with cancer in 1991. "This is still a very emotional subject," Simmons said. "At first, when Eric was coughing ...

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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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