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MASTERPLAN Singer Says New Album Will Contain 'Very Progressive' Parts

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande, recently entered Crazy Cat studio in Hamburg, Germany with producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, SKINLAB) to begin recording...
September 16, 2004

CLIFF BURTON, RANDY RHOADS Among MAXIM Magazine's Top Rock Star Deaths

The Associated Press is reporting that Cliff Burton (METALLICA),Randy Rhoads (OZZY OSBOURNE),John Bonham (LED ZEPPELIN) and Kurt Cobain (NIRVANA) are among the musicians that made Maxim magazine's list of rock stars that have been the most "rock-starrish" even in death. Cobain's suicide just makes...
September 15, 2004


BLACK SABBATH have once again been snubbed by the voting members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Ozzy Osbourne-fronted band were a glaring omission from the list of the nominees for induction in 2005 in the "artist" category, which were announced earlier today (Sept. 13). VAN HALEN, who becam...
September 13, 2004

DREAM EVIL Part Ways With Guitarist, Announce Replacement

Guitarist Gus G. has left Swedish melodic metallers DREAM EVIL in order to focus on his own band, FIREWIND. His official statement on the matter is as follows: "Hello my friends! Hope this message finds u well. I would like to announce to you, that I've decided to leave DREAM EVIL for different reas...
September 13, 2004

ZUUL FX: 2003 Demo Available For Purchase

ZUUL FX, the French band featuring former NO RETURN singer Steeve "Zuul" Petit, will be selling their three-song December 2003 demo via their official web site and at upcoming gigs. The CD, containing the cuts "Behind The Light", "Devil Star" and "God Bless Them", plus a CD-Rom section featuring a s...
September 5, 2004


METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich recently spoke to about the "Some Kind of Monster" documentary, the band's personal problems, plus politics. Several excerpts from the interview follow: On his recent divorce with wife of seven years, Skylar: Lars Ulrich: "I'm good. I'm getting use...
September 4, 2004

India's PIN DROP VIOLENCE Release Debut Album

India's leading metal act PIN DROP VIOLENCE have released their debut album, "Compose...Oppose...Dispose", through OML Records (distributed by Sony Music India throughout India). Formed in 2000, PIN DROP VIOLENCE's current lineup consists of Pradeep Miranda (vocals),Vispy Homavazir V.A.S.P (guitars...
September 2, 2004

Judge Upholds Confession In 'SLIPKNOT-Inspired' Murder

Tim Grenda of The Press-Enterprise is reporting that a teenage murder defendant who listened to the song "Disasterpiece" by SLIPKNOT before she and a 20-year-old man lured their friend to his death last year did not have her rights violated by the San Bernardino police when they didn't allow the gir...
August 31, 2004

CATHEDRAL To Support H.I.M. On U.K. Tour

British cult doom rockers CATHEDRAL have been confirmed as main support on the forthcoming H.I.M. U.K. tour. Commented CATHEDRAL frontman Lee Dorrian: "Touring with H.I.M. is really a great thing for us, we are really excited!" Confirmed dates are as follows: Oct. 11 - Dublin, IRE @ Olympia Oct. 12...
August 24, 2004

CRYPTOPSY Singer LORD WORM: 'Show Me The Money'

CRYPTOPSY singer Lord Worm recently spoke to about his departure from the group eight years ago and his eventual decision to rejoin the band. Several excerpts from the interview follow: Metallian: Why did you leave CRYPTOPSY at a time when it seemed the band is just about to make it bi...
August 23, 2004

JAMES MURPHY Talks About His Brain Tumor, Upcoming DEATH Tribute Album

Renowned metal guitarist/producer James Murphy (ex-TESTAMENT, DEATH, OBITUARY) recently spoke to about his battle with a massive brain tumor with which he was diagnosed in August 2001 as well as his music-related activities and projects. Several excerpts from the interview follow: A...
August 22, 2004

Trial For RUSH Guitarist's Daughter-In-Law Postponed

Chris W. Colby of the Naples Daily News is reporting that a scheduled trial was postponed Friday (August 20) for RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson's daughter-in-law on a misdemeanor charge stemming from her New Year's arrest in a Naples hotel. Collier County Judge Ramiro Mañalich set a Sept. 3 hearing for...
August 21, 2004

BODY COUNT Comment On Guitarist's Passing

BODY COUNT members Ice-T and Ernie-C have issued a statement regarding the death of the band's rhythm guitarist Dennis "D-Roc" Miles, who passed away Tuesday due to complications from lymphoma. He was 45 years old. "D-Roc was the backbone of the BODY COUNT sound," Ice-T said in the statement. "He we...
August 19, 2004

BODY COUNT Guitarist Passes Away

BODY COUNT guitarist D-Roc (real name Dennis Miles) passed away Tuesday morning (August 17) at the City of Hope Cancer Center in Duarte, California after a battle with mycosis fungoides, which attacks the lymph nodes and the skin. The band will reportedly go ahead with their previously announced app...
August 18, 2004

GENE SIMMONS: Hitting The Beavers

In a brand-new interview with The Monitor, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons compared his rise to that of Arnold Schwarzenegger. The current California governor probably wasn’t the ideal person for any of the goals he set for himself — Mr. Olympia, super action hero actor and then governor. It didn...
August 13, 2004