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PAUL BALOFF Memorial Tribute Set For February 12th

A memorial tribute will be held in the honor of late EXODUS frontman Paul Baloff on February 12th at San Francisco's DNA Lounge, according to Baloff's official memorial web site at The remaining members of EXODUS and their friends wanted to do something that Paul would have enjoy...
February 7, 2002

DESTROYER 666 Polishing Up "Steel" For April Release

Australia's DESTROYER 666 are holed up in a studio in Marseille, France recording their fourth studio album, entitled Cold Steel For An Iron Age, for a late spring release through Season Of Mist Records. ...
January 23, 2002

HELLFEST 2002 Line-Up Announced

EXODUS, AGENT STEEL, NEW EDEN, PROTOTYPE, CAGE and ABATTOIR are some of the bands that will be performing at Hellfest 2002, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 23rd at Ibiza Restaurant in Whittier, California. For more info, go to this location. ...
January 20, 2002

DOWN Set Sophomore Album Title, Plan Live Appearances

New Orleans supergroup DOWN, who feature in their ranks PANTERA's Philip Anselmo (vocals),C.O.C.'s Pepper Keenan (guitars),EYEHATEGOD's Jimmy Bower (drums),PANTERA's Rex Brown (bass) and CROWBAR's Kirk Windstein (guitars),have reportedly set Down II: Bustle In The Hedgerow as the title of their...
January 17, 2002

Arizona's VEHEMENCE Sign With Metal Blade Records

VEHEMENCE, a self-proclaimed “chaotic melodic death metal” band from Phoenix, Arizona, have inked a deal with Metal Blade Records and have entered The Salt Mine Studio in Mesa, Arizona to begin recording their debut album for the label, tentatively entitled God Was Created. The follow-up to 2000's T...
December 31, 2001


Norway's ABSOLUTE STEEL have signed a two-album deal with Edgerunner Records. ...
December 25, 2001

Former IRON MAIDEN Vocalist Enters Tenth Dimension!

Britain's BLAZE, led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE vocalist Blaze Bayley, will release its sophomore album, entitled Tenth Dimension, in the UK on February 4th. Tenth Dimension will receive a continental European release on January 21st through SPV/Steamhammer Records. A two-CD digipack version of...
December 20, 2001


Widely credited for having spearheaded the current traditional metal resurgence in Europe, Sweden's HAMMERFALL have always fallen a bit short of the mark to these ears, boasting a sound that is neither innovative nor particularly convincing, with many of their songs coming across like poor second-ra...
December 17, 2001

Reinventing the Steel

Unsurprisingly, there is very little "reinventing" going on here—PANTERA are content to happily regurgitate every single good idea they've had since their much-acclaimed Vulgar Display of Power release (arguably their finest effort to date),and to their credit, they do it extremely well. On the fir...
December 17, 2001

Archive News Dec 04, 2001

METALLICA have posted the following update on the present condition of frontman James Hetfield via their official web site at ... “Yes folks, we have word from James, and the news is all good. His recovery has gone exceedingly well, he is back out, about and feeling rather ....
December 4, 2001

Archive News Nov 26, 2001

SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser will be joining former IRON MAIDEN vocalist Paul Di'Anno on stage as a very special guest at the latter's headlining appearance at the Manifesto Bar in Sao Paulo, Brazil on December 11th. Kisser will reportedly perform with Di'Anno at the first show of the sing...
November 26, 2001

Archive News Nov 23, 2001

Veteran German thrashers KREATOR will be recording a live CD and DVD on their upcoming European tour, according to an official statement posted at the group's web site. The album will reportedly include 24 songs from all periods of KREATOR's history, while the DVD will contain one professionally-...
November 23, 2001

Archive News Nov 21, 2001

According to a report published in yesterday's edition of The New York Post, LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst “lied when he said he visited a dying Australian girl injured in a mosh pit at his concert. Durst told Access Hollywood he visited Jessica Michalik on her deathbed and kept in touch with ....
November 21, 2001

Archive News Nov 19, 2001 - update 2

Kip Winger, he of WINGER fame, has placed “original and authentic WINGER/Kip Winger memorabilia” for sale via eBay. According to Winger's official web site, “this garage sale features clothing used in performances and photo shoots, and equipment used in the studio on his recent albums.” For more in...
November 19, 2001

Archive News Nov 15, 2001

The reunited CANDLEMASS—featuring bassist/mainman Leif Edling, vocalist Messiah Marcolin, guitarist Lars Johansson, guitarist Matts 'Mappe' Bjorkman, and drummer Jan Lindh—have officially been confirmed for next year's installment of the Sweden Rock Festival, which is scheduled to take place on J...
November 15, 2001