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BACKYARD BABIES Prepare To Record New Album

Sweden's BACKYARD BABIES are presently working on material for the follow-up to their third album, 2001's "Making Enemies Is Good". The band are talking to several potential producers for the project and are expecting to enter Stockholm's Polar Studios early next year to begin recording the CD for a...
December 24, 2002

ENTOMBED To Release New Album In March

Sweden's ENTOMBED have set a tentative mid-March 2003 release date for their as-yet-untitled new effort, which is currently being recorded at a Stockholm studio with producer/FIRESIDE guitarist Pelle Gunnerfeldt. In other news, the band have inked a Scandinavian distribution deal with Playground for...
December 7, 2002


BLACK CLOUD, the Quebec-based "all-star" thrash metal tribute band consisting of ex-VOIVOD bassist Jean-Yves Thériault (a.k.a. Blacky),ex-OBLIVEON guitarist Pierre Rémillard, MARTYR guitarist Daniel Mongrain, CRYPTOPSY drummer Flo Mounier, GHOULUNATICS vocalist Patrick Mireault, and B.A.R.F. frontm...
November 1, 2002

ZEBULON Prepare To Record Sophomore Album

Sweden's ZEBULON, who feature in their ranks former members of early '90s death metal act DESULTORY, will commence the recording sessions for their sophomore full-length effort on November 22 at Stockholm's Sunlight Studios with veteran producer Tomas Skogsberg (ENTOMBED, DISMEMBER, BACKYARD BABIES)...
October 21, 2002

BACKYARD BABIES Guitarist Robbed And Assaulted

BACKYARD BABIES guitarist Dregen was robbed and assaulted in the early morning hours of Tuesday, October 15, according to the Swedish newspaper Expressen. Dregen and a friend had spent the night DJ-ing at the club Debaser in central Stockholm, Sweden and were on their way home when a car pulled up n...
October 20, 2002

Ex-OZZY OSBOURNE Drummer Skips BILLY IDOL Tour To Tend To Pregnant Wife

Former OZZY OSBOURNE drummer Brian Tichy has been forced to temporarily abandon his post as the drummer for BILLY IDOL in order to spend time with his pregnant wife, who is expecting twins at the beginning of October. "In case you don't know, my wife and I are expecting twin girls at the beginning o...
September 25, 2002

GHOULTOWN Announce US Tour

Former SOLITUDE AETURNUS bassist Lyle Steadham's new band GHOULTOWN (in which he plays bass and sings) will kick off a US tour in support of their latest release, Give 'Em More Rope, on July 17th. The trek, to consist of 35+ dates around the U.S., will be topped off with an appearance at Dragon*Con...
June 28, 2002

D.R.I. Tribute CD: Full Details Unveiled

MR. BUNGLE, 40 GRIT and RATOS DE PORAO are among the artists confirmed to appear on the forthcoming D.R.I. tribute CD, entitled We Don't Need Society, due for release later in the year. The full track listing for the album will be as follows (in no particular order): 01. 40 GRIT - "Nursing Home Blue...
May 13, 2002

MACABRE Prepare New CD, Remix Rare Classic

MACABRE are in pre-production for their forthcoming studio album, entitled Murder Metal, which will reportedly be “a collection of compositions about very bad people from around the world,” according to a newsletter distributed by the group. “A new song about Fritz Haarman Thee Butcher will be inclu...
April 30, 2002

Metal/Hard Rock Album Sales In The US As Reported By SoundScan

Here are the latest sales figures for various current and catalog metal/hard rock releases in the US (in total units sold to date since the albums were issued),as reported by SoundScan for the week ending April 21st, 2002: KORN Issues: 3,047,076 KORN Follow The Leader: 3,414,717 LIMP BIZKIT Chocola...
April 30, 2002

GRAVES To Issue Debut CD, Embark On US Tour

GRAVES, the new band of former MISFITS vocalist Michale Graves, drummer Dr. Chud, guitarist Tom Logan, and ex-FAST TIMES bassist Graham Westfield, will issue their full-length debut, entitled The Web Of Dharma, on May 15th. The full track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. One Million Light Y...
April 25, 2002

BACKYARD BABIES Demo Recordings To Be Issued On CD

A two-CD box set containing 35 previously unreleased BACKYARD BABIES demo tracks will be released in early June via Sweden's Powerline label. Entitled From Demos To Demons, the box set is "a real collector's item", featuring pre-Diesel and Power recordings and two video tracks. A limited edition dou...
April 11, 2002

OZZY OSBOURNE: Diary Of A Mad Scam?!

A minor controversy has erupted among die-hard OZZY OSBOURNE fans over the upcoming reissue of the singer's classic solo debut, Blizzard of Ozz, which is currently slated to come out through the Sony label on April 9th. Billed as a digitally remastered version of the original master tapes, the new e...
March 31, 2002

GRAVE Firm Up European Festival Appearances

Legendary Swedish death metallers GRAVE have lined up the following European festival appearances during the spring/summer: May 09 - Neiden (Torgau),GER @ Fuck The Commerce Jun. 28-29 - Ustronie Morskie, POL @ Smash Fest Jul. 05-07 - Roitzschjora (Leipzig),GER @ With Full Force Aug. 08-10 - Bad Be...
March 8, 2002

SHEAVY Complete Work On "Synchronized"

St. John's, Newfoundland stoner rockers SHEAVY have completed work on their new album, entitled Synchronized, at GAM Studios in Belgium with producer Mike Butcher (who had previously worked with BLACK SABBATH on their Sabotage and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath LPs, among others),and are scheduled to issue...
March 7, 2002