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MNEMIC: European Festival Appearances Announced

Danish "hybrid metal" act MNEMIC, featuring former INVOCATOR session drummer Brian Rasmussen and ex-MERCENARY guitarist Mircea G. Eftemie, have lined up the following festival appearances during the coming months: Apr. 30 - Aarhus, DEN - Fee Metal Festival May 01 - Aalborg, DEN - Way Up North Festiv...
March 18, 2004

SONATA ARCTICA Begin Recording New Album, Welcome Addition To Family

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have commenced the recording sessions for the follow-up to 2003's "Winterheart's Guild", tentatively due later in the year through Spinefarm Records. In other news, SONATA ARCTICA drummer Tommy Portimo became the father of a "beautiful little baby girl" (46 c...
March 9, 2004

G.S.O. To Support BRUCE KULICK In Scandinavia

Swedish rockers G.S.O. will support former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick and his band on a tour through Scandinavia in April. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon. G.S.O.'s new album, "How To Get Ahead In Life", is due on March 24 through GMR Music. More information on the group can be obtain...
March 4, 2004

FIREWIND Announce New Singer

FIREWIND, the Greek/American melodic metal band led by DREAM EVIL guitarist Gus G., have announced that vocalist Chity Somapala (ex-AVALON, FARO) has officially joined the group for their upcoming tours and next CD. "We find that Chity brings to the band the perfect combination of melody, passion an...
February 27, 2004


In his first interview in nearly four years, GRIP INC. vocalist Gus Chambers spoke with Friday morning (Feb. 27) from Germany, recording segments for the "Power Hour" Net radio show. Chambers, whose bandmates include guitarist/keyboardist Waldemar Sorychta and drummer Dave Lomba...
February 27, 2004

METALLICA's HETFIELD Among Contributors To WEST MEMPHIS THREE Book Anthology

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield is one of the contributors to Brett Alexander Savory and M. W. Anderson's West Memphis Three anthology, "Last Pentacle of the Sun: Writings in Support of the West Memphis Three", due in early October through Arsenal Pulp Press. Sales of "Last Pentacle of the Sun: Wr...
February 22, 2004

VIRGIN STEELE Singer: Athens Show Was A 'Most Glorious, Magical Experience'

VIRGIN STEELE vocalist David DeFeis has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Greetings, Salutations & Long Life to You All Noble Citizens of Hellas! Strange are the Ways of the World...Strange are the Winds, Clouds and other opportunistic weather Formations... "Unfortun...
February 20, 2004

CORETEZ Part Ways With Guitarist, Seek Replacement

CORETEZ, the new group featuring former ILL NINO members Roger Vasquez (vocals) and Marc Rizzo (guitar, also in SOULFLY),have posted the following update on their official web site: "Wow, it's been a while since an update. Please forgive us. I know that a lot of you are wondering what the hell has...
February 3, 2004

Ex-CRIMSON GLORY Guitarist BEN JACKSON Finishing Up Work On New Solo CD

Former CRIMSON GLORY guitarist Ben Jackson is currently finishing up work on his new solo CD, "All Over You". Two more scheduled sessions at Morrisound Studios in Tampa, Florida will take place later this month before the album is shipped off to Fullersound in Miami for final production. Ex-CRIMSON...
February 1, 2004

UPDATED: Heavy Metal Stars Pick Their Favorite Albums Of 2003

Brazilian hard rock magazine Whiplash has compiled an **updated** list of more than 140 hard rock/heavy metal stars' favorite albums of 2003 and has posted it online at this location (scroll down the page). Some albums from 2002 were allowed, and the artists were asked to list anywhere from one to t...
January 31, 2004

GRIP INC. Set U.S. Release Date For 'Incorporated'

GRIP INC., the forward-thinking metal outfit featuring Dave Lombardo (SLAYER, FANTOMAS),will release "Incorporated", their fourth studio album, on March 16 in the U.S. through SPV Records. The GRIP INC. lineup is rounded out by guitarist/composer/in-demand producer Waldemar Sorychta (LACUNA COIL, M...
January 29, 2004

GUITAR WORLD's 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists Of All Time

The March 2004 issue of Guitar World magazine includes a list of the 100 greatest heavy metal guitarists as selected by the magazine's staff. "This is not a list that ranks who can play the fastest or with the most taste, feeling or technique (although many players on our list have all of those arro...
January 23, 2004


Danish "hybrid metal" act MNEMIC, featuring former INVOCATOR session drummer Brian Rasmussen and ex-MERCENARY guitarist Mircea G. Eftemie, will support SOILWORK on their upcoming U.K. tour. The dates are as follows: Feb. 24 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City Feb. 25 - Glasgow, UK - Cathouse Feb. 27 - Brad...
January 20, 2004

VENOM Singer Comments On PROBOT Project: 'This Was Heavy Shit!'

VENOM frontman Conrad "Cronos" Lant recently spoke to Germany's Visions magazine about his involvement with the PROBOT project, the one-off metal album put together by ex-NIRVANA drummer/current FOO FIGHTERS guitarist/vocalist Dave Grohl. "It was very, very strange," Cronos recalled about the first...
January 14, 2004

MNEMIC's Debut Wins 'Album of The Year' At DANISH METAL AWARDS 2003

Danish "hybrid metal" act MNEMIC, featuring former INVOCATOR session drummer Brian Rasmussen and ex-MERCENARY guitarist Mircea G. Eftemie, were honored with a "Danish Metal Award 2003" in the category "Album of the Year". In addition, the group's bassist, Tomas "Obeast" Koefoed, won the award for "B...
January 12, 2004