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SEPTIC FLESH, considered by many to be the premier Greek extreme metal band, have officially split up. The following is band manager George Zacharopoulos' statement on the matter: "It is my sad duty to inform you that SEPTIC FLESH has officially split up. After serious thinking the band decided that...
November 21, 2003

VAN HALEN: Ready To 'Jump' Again?

Veteran artist manager Irving Azoff (EAGLES, CHRISTINA AGUILERA, SEAL, JEWEL, JOURNEY, et al) has signed VAN HALEN for management, according to Hits Daily Double, the companion web site of music industry tip sheet HITS. Azoff's longtime representation of Sammy Hagar leads to instant speculation abou...
November 19, 2003

FEAR FACTORY: The Future Is Now

FEAR FACTORY frontman Burton C. Bell has posted the following message on the band's newly re-launched official web site: "The past has been nothing more than a template, a blueprint for what the future holds in store for us. The evidence is apparent, archived for all to see, hear, and comprehend. No...
November 18, 2003

DREAM THEATER's 'Train Of Thought' Enters Finnish Chart At No. 9

DREAM THEATER's latest CD, "Train Of Thought", has entered the Finnish album chart at position No. 9. View the whole chart here. The follow-up to 2002's "Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence" was produced by guitarist John Petrucci and drummer Mike Portnoy, and was mixed by Kevin Shirley, who has previou...
November 17, 2003

SHARON OSBOURNE: 'Cancer Was One Of The Best Things That Ever Happened To Me'

Sharon Osbourne has spoken to USA Today about being diagnosed with colorectal cancer in July of last year. "People don't want to discuss colon cancer," says Osbourne, who last week was honored by the Women's Guild of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for her work in raising awareness about the deadly dise...
November 14, 2003

DREAM THEATER Keyboardist Begins Work On New Solo Album

DREAM THEATER keyboardist Jordan Rudess has entered the studio to begin recording his new solo album. An online diary will follow the progress of Rudess throughout the next 14 days straight, as he spends every waking moment in his studio working on the as-yet-untitled CD. "The end of the 14 days wil...
November 9, 2003


Australia's THE ETERNAL (formerly CRYPTAL DARKNESS) have signed a two-album deal with Finland's Firebox Records. The group will be entering the studio in January 2004 to record their debut CD, titled "The Sombre Light Of Isolation". A late spring release is expected. THE ETERNAL recorded three full-...
November 4, 2003

DREAM THEATER: New Single Available For Download

A full-length radio version of the new DREAM THEATER track "As I Am" has been posted online at this location. "As I Am" comes off DREAM THEATER's new album, "Train Of Thought" (view cover here),due on November 11 through Elektra Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence" ...
November 1, 2003

KONKHRA: The Israel 'Reality Check Tour' Report

KONKHRA mainman Anders Lundemark has sent us the following report from the band's recent tour of Israel: "After confirming our involvement in this festival we did get some calls from family, asking us what we were thinking. In Denmark, nothing much happens, so if there is something happening in Isra...
October 26, 2003

DREAM THEATER: New Song Posted Online

A low-quality, radio-broadcast version of the new DREAM THEATER track "As I Am" has been posted online. Check it out: Location#1 (.mp3),Location#2 (.zip). "As I Am" comes off DREAM THEATER's new album, "Train Of Thought" (view cover here),due on November 11 through Elektra Records. The follow-up t...
October 23, 2003

DREAM THEATER's JAMES LABRIE Sings National Anthem At Hockey Game

DREAM THEATER's James LaBrie sang the U.S. National Anthem Saturday night (October 18) prior to the Memphis RiverKings-Fort Worth Brahmas hockey game at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, Mississippi. DREAM THEATER's new album, "Train Of Thought" (view cover here) is due on November 11 through El...
October 19, 2003

JOURNEY's NEAL SCHON To Make G3 Appearance

According to the official JOURNEY web site, Neal Schon will be making two special guest appearances on the G3 '03 tour with Joe Satriani, Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai. He will perform on Friday, October 17 at the Chronicle Pavilion in Concord, California and Monday, October 27 at the Ryman Auditor...
October 16, 2003

SEVENDUST Drummer: 'Life Should Never Be Taken For Granted'

SEVENDUST drummer Morgan Rose has posted the following message on this official web site: "The first week of October found me with one of the biggest emotional roller coaster rides in my life. On Oct. 5, my daughter turned 4 years old and I was in Charlotte, N. C. I would be returning home on ...
October 14, 2003

ROB HALFORD's Brother Rocks Out With U.K.'s TRANZAM

U.K. "classic rock" band TRANZAM, who feature in their ranks Nigel Halford (drums, photo#1, photo#2),brother of JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford, have lined up the following dates during November/December: Nov. 07 - Littleton Arms – Walsall, UK Dec. 20 - The Bridge Inn – Hednesford, UK TRANZAM's l...
October 14, 2003


Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick has announced his decision not to participate in this year's TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA tour. The following is Alex's official statement on the matter: "It is with mixed emotions that I announce my decision to not participate in this year's TRANS-SIBER...
October 13, 2003