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CIRCLE II CIRCLE: 'Europe Has The Best Metal Fans'

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the new band fronted by former SAVATAGE singer Zachary "Zak" Stevens, have posted the following European tour report on their official web site: "Zak and the band are having a great time on tour. All of the shows have either been sold out or at near capacity. "The band is currently in ...

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TESTAMENT Guitarist PETERSON: ' I Woud Love To Write With ALEX SKOLNICK Again'

TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson recently spoke to Sweden's Metalshrine.se about the new DRAGONLORD CD and TESTAMENT's upcoming reunion tour with guitarist Alex Skolnick, bassist Greg Christian and drummer Louie Clemente. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow: Metalshrine.se: How come you ended up [recording the new DRAGONLORD CD] in Gothenburg [Sweden]? Eric ...

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ANTHRAX Says 'No More!' To Spreading The Disease

Slave to the Metal Foundation is a portal for heavy metal music fans and the music industry to raise awareness and provide funds to those organizations and individuals that fight against the misuse of heavy metals (i.e. depleted uranium, mercury and lead) and who are rising in outrage over other misanthropic and genocidal initiatives such ...

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RITUAL CARNAGE Finalize Track Listing For 'Do Not Resuscitate'

Japanese/American thrash metallers RITUAL CARNAGE have finalized the track listing for their new album, "Do Not Resuscitate", due later in the year through Osmose Productions. Commented frontman Danny Carnage: "After I moved back to the States [from Japan], we all thought that the band would fade away... We thought wrong! The guys in Japan formed ...

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MARILYN MANSON Remembers HUNTER S. THOMPSON

MARILYN MANSON was interviewed by Rolling Stone magazine for its Hunter S. Thompson issue, out on the stands now. The following excerpt was taken from MANSON's official web site, MarilynManson.com: MARILYN MANSON got a call five years ago from Johnny Depp, who was partying at the Viper Room in Los Angeles with Hunter. "Get down ...

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STAIND Name New Album

MTV News is reporting that STAIND have set "Chapter V" as the title of their fifth album and the band's first album on Flip/Atlantic Records. While a definitive street date hasn't been firmed up yet (STAIND singer Aaron Lewis' wife is pregnant and due in May, "so it will be sometime shortly after ...

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SILENT FORCE Singer Welcomes Addition To Family

SILENT FORCE frontman D.C. Cooper (ex-ROYAL HUNT) has announced the birth of his second son, Carson Donald Cooper. Carson was born Thursday, February 24 at 5:55 p.m., weighing in at 7 lbs, 13 ounces and measuring 20 inches tall. Commented D.C.: "He is a healthy, happy little boy!" SILENT FORCE released their third full-length album, ...

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HENRY ROLLINS To Appear In MINUTEMEN Documentary

Henry Rollins and FUGAZI's Ian MacKaye are among the musicians that were interviewed for the the new documentary "We Jam Econo - The Story of the Minutemen" chronicling the MINUTEMEN's world from their birth in 1980 through singer/guitarist D. Boon's tragic death in 1985, according to Billboard.com. "We Jam Econo" premieres Feb. 25 at San ...

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THE GATHERING Singer Gives Birth To Healthy Son

THE GATHERING frontwoman Anneke van Giersbergen and Rob Snijders (ex-KONG) welcomed a son, Finn, on Sunday, February 20 at 7:30 a.m. The couple's first child, Finn weighed in at 7.5 pounds. Both mother and son are said to be doing "really fine." If you wish to congratulate Anneke and Rob on their firstborn, you can ...

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KID ROCK Arrested On Assault Charges

The Associated Press is reporting that Kid Rock was arrested Wednesday (Feb. 16) by Nashville police on charges that he punched a disc jockey at an adult entertainment club. The entertainer was released from custody about 10:15 a.m. after posting a bond of $3,000 on a charge of simple assault, a misdemeanor punishable by up ...

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SOLAR DAWN Call It Quits

Swedish melodic death metallers SOLAR DAWN have officially split up. A statement from the group reads as follows: "Ladies and gentlemen, we have decided to bury SOLAR DAWN once and for all! Eight years have passed since the day we gave birth to this melodic monster and time has taken its toll, to an ever ...

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CRISIS Bassist Welcomes Addition To Family

Congratulations are in order for CRISIS bassist Gia Chuan Wang and his wife Grace on the birth of their baby daughter, Maxine. She was born on February 2 at around 7:30 p.m., weighing just under 7 pounds. CRISIS are scheduled to play at the Independence-D festival in Japan in March and are hard at work ...

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TRIBE OF GYPSIES Looking For Lead Vocalist

L.A.-based Latin hard rockers TRIBE OF GYPSIES, featuring guitarist/producer Roy Z, are looking for a lead vocalist to complete their first studio album since 2000's "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants". Potential candidates should possess a powerful yet soulful voice (ability to sing in Spanish a plus), have a strong sense of melody, great stage ...

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IRON MAIDEN: U.S. Album Sales Revealed

IRON MAIDEN fan site MaidenFans.com has published the latest Nielsen SoundScan figures for the entire MAIDEN catalog as well as MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson's solo releases and recordings issued by ex-MAIDEN frontman Blaze Bayley under the BLAZE banner. Note: the SoundScan numbers for MAIDEN's pre-1991 releases are misleading since the albums were issued ...

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KYLESA Complete Work On New Album; Audio Available

Savannah GA's crust-metal-punk hybrid KYLESA have completed work on "To Walk A Middle Course" with producer Alex Newport (MELVINS, AT THE DRIVE-IN, NAILBOMB, THE LOCUST). The album is set for release on March 22 through Prosthetic Records. You can sample the track "In Memory" here. The band will embark on a nationwide tour ...

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NIGHTMARE To Enter Studio In April

French power metallers NIGHTMARE will enter the studio on April 11 to begin recording their seventh album, tentatively due late summer/early fall through an as-yet-undetermined label. NIGHTMARE's most recent studio album, "Silent Room", was released in October 2003 through the group's previous label, Napalm Records. "Silent Room" was produced by Terje Refsnes (TRISTANIA, SIRENIA) at ...

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DRAGONLORD To Enter Studio In February

DRAGONLORD, the San Francisco Bay Area "black" metal band featuring current and former members of TESTAMENT, will finally hit the studio in February to record their long-awaited second album, entitled "Black Wings of Destiny". Recording will take place in at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden with producer/mixer Fredrik Nordström. Nordström is known for his work ...

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DESTINY Complete Work On 'Beyond All Sense 2005'

Swedish metallers DESTINY have posted the following message on their web site: "It took a long time but 'Beyond All Sense 2005' is finally completed. "This is not the new DESTINY album or even the follow up to 'Future of the Past' released in 2004. This is a rerecorded version of DESTINY's very first album ...

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Brother Of Ex-VAN HALEN/EXTREME Frontman Releases New Solo CD

Boston-based singer/songwriter Greg Cherone — brother of former VAN HALEN/EXTREME frontman Gary Cherone — has just released an independent, self-titled five-song CD featuring material that he describes as "edgy, classic rock." According to Greg, Gary was heavily involved in the production and sang vocal harmonies on the CD, which also features the Cherones' kid brother, ...

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DISGORGE To Headline Japan's TOKYO DEATHFEST

California death-grind band DISGORGE have been confirmed as the headliners of the first-ever Tokyo Deathfest, set to take place April 30, 2005 at Shibuya Cyclone. Also scheduled to appear at the festival are VOMIT REMNANTS (Japan), GODLESS TRUTH (Czech Republic), ETERNAL RUIN (USA), DISCONFORMITY (Japan) and WOUNDEEP (Japan), among others. DISGORGE will also perform at ...

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SHARON OSBOURNE Unable To Conquer Bulimia

According to the New York Daily News, Sharon Osbourne said she's unable to conquer daily bouts of bulimia even after having her stomach stapled to stop herself from binging on food. In a no-holds-barred interview with London's Daily Mail, Osbourne, 52, also discusses an abortion she had at 17 after getting pregnant the first time ...

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IRON MAIDEN, FEAR FACTORY, GUNS N' ROSES Members To Appear At Benefit Concert

Members of IRON MAIDEN, ANDREW W.K., MURDERDOLLS, TYPE O NEGATIVE, DISTURBED, POISON, GUNS N' ROSES, AC/DC, ORGY, DANZIG, FEAR FACTORY, W.A.S.P., BANG TANGO, QUIET RIOT, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, CINDERELLA, LYNCH MOB, DANGER DANGER, MINISTRY, MISFITS and GREAT WHITE are among the musicians that have reportedly been confirmed to appear a benefit concert on Thursday, January 20, ...

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Former ANTHRAX Guitarist Shares A DIMEBAG Moment

Former ANTHRAX/SEBASTIAN BACH guitarist Paul Crook remembers DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott: "This happened somewhere in North America while I was helping Dimebag out on the BLACK SABBATH/PANTERA tour. I actually roadied for him while I was still playing with ANTHRAX. Grady (his tech) had to rush home because his wife was giving birth to ...

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AEROSMITH Frontman Apologizes For 'You Gotta Move' Sound Problems

AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler has sent the following message to the group's official fan site, Aeroforceone.com, regarding the recent in-theater premiere of the group's DVD, "You Gotta Move": "Thank you very much for being so honest with your critique on the DVD in theatre Regal Cinema 5.1 experience. For those of you who went and ...

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