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DARK TRANQUILLITY Frontman Talks About New Album, Touring Plans

DARK TRANQUILLITY vocalist Mikael Stanne recently spoke to Antenna webzine about the group's new album, "Character", touring, entering the Swedish single charts and loads more. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow: Antenna: Please explain what people can expect from the new album, "Charact...
December 28, 2004
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Former ARCH ENEMY Singer JOHAN LIIVA Talks About NONEXIST

In a recent interview with the D-Day's Revenge webzine, HEARSE/ex-ARCH ENEMY frontman Johan Liiva was asked if he felt there was any "unfinished" business with his previous band, NONEXIST, since many fans felt cheated that they didn't get a follow-up to the group's debut album, "Deus Deceptor" (2002...
December 27, 2004
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SLAYER Guitarist KERRY KING Discusses B.C. RICH Signature Model

SLAYER guitarist Kerry King recently spoke to MusiciansFriend.com about his new B.C. Rich signature guitar model. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow: MusiciansFriend.com: Why and how did you get together with B.C. Rich to create this new signature model? Kerry King: Well, I've been with...
December 26, 2004
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SHARON OSBOURNE Named 'Rock Personality of The Year'

ITV.com is reporting that Sharon Osbourne has snatched the "Rock Personality of the Year" award out of the hands of husband Ozzy. BLACK SABBATH frontman Ozzy picked up the accolade last year after scoring his first ever number one in a three-decade chart career. But this year, Sharon, 52, outdid her...
December 26, 2004
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GENE SIMMONS Named One Of The Worst Rock-Star Actors Of All Time

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons has been named one of the worst rock-star actors of all time, according to IrishExaminer.com. Madonna, who has enjoyed phenomenal success as a pop superstar, but whose efforts on the silver screen have been met with an icy response from both critics and fans, lande...
December 24, 2004
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TNT: Radio Mix Of 'Song For Dianne' Available For Free Download

Veteran Norwegian-American hard rockers TNT have made available for download a "radio mix" version of their track "Song For Dianne" at their official web site. Download it at this location. TNT have commenced the songwriting process for the follow-up to their latest CD, "My Religion", which entered...
December 24, 2004
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Journalist: The Only Thing Legendary About DIMEBAG DARRELL Was His Drinking Habit

Geoff Harkness of The Pitch writes: Sympathies flooded the Web shortly after guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott was shot and killed during a December 8 DAMAGEPLAN concert in Ohio. Frenzied metal message boards were filled with tearful statements from rockers prominent and obscure. Some called Abbott...
December 23, 2004
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STAIND Sues For Trademark Infringement

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that STAIND has filed a lawsuit in Ohio federal court against Jon C. Stainbrook for trademark infringement and breach of contract, while also seeking a judicial declaration that the band's trademark registrations are valid. STAIND was forced to take legal action, a...
December 22, 2004
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The Silent Force

In the wake of EVANESCENCE's massive worldwide success, it is no surprise that virtually every female-fronted guitar-heavy group is being compared to Amy Lee and Co., even when the similarities are marginal, at best (see LACUNA COIL). In WITHIN TEMPTATION's case, red flags were raised earlier thus y...
December 18, 2004
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SHADOWS FALL Drummer Reports From DIMEBAG's Funeral

SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bittner has issued the following report from the funeral services and public memorial for slain DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, which were held on Tuesday (Dec. 14) in Arlington, Texas: "I have just gotten to my computer today after returning home...
December 17, 2004
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Norwegian Pop Singer Explains NIKKI SIXX Collaboration

Marion Raven (photo),formerly one half of Norwegian pop group M2M, was asked on her official forum about collaborating with MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx on her debut solo album. "It first started with me going to CBGBs in New York and his band BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION was playing there," she explain...
December 16, 2004
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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Mainman Discusses Upcoming Album 'Alien'

Maniacal Canadian extremists STRAPPING YOUNG LAD have finalized the track listing for their highly anticipated new album, "Alien", now set for a March 22 release. The follow-up to the group's critically acclaimed 2003 release "SYL" was recorded at the Armoury and Greenhouse Studios (both in Vancouve...
December 16, 2004
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HATE ETERNAL Guitarist: 'DIMEBAG's Spirit Will Carry On Forever'

HATE ETERNAL/ex-MORBID ANGEL guitarist Erik Rutan has issued the following statement in memory of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott: "I have thought so long and hard on what I could possibly say that has not already been said about the tragic death of Dimebag Darrell Abbott bu...
December 14, 2004
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NIKKI SIXX Collaborates With Norwegian Female Pop Singer

According to an article published in today's edition of the Norwegian newspaper VG Nett, MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx has been collaborating with Marion Raven, formerly one half of Norwegian pop group M2M, on material for Raven's upcoming solo album, tentatively due next year via Atlantic Records....
December 14, 2004
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MICHELLE BRANCH: DIMEBAG Was 'One Of The Sweetest Guys'

Platinum-selling pop-rock singer/songwriter Michelle Branch has posted the following message regarding the death of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott: "I am so sad to hear about Dimebag being shot and killed while doing something he loves. I was lucky to meet him (photo) and h...
December 12, 2004