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TYPE O NEGATIVE's STEELE Calls New Album 'A Sonic Legacy Of Past Mistakes'

TYPE O NEGATIVE frontman Peter Steele claims that the group's upcoming album, "Life Is Killing Me", does not represent an attempt to replicate the group's past works. "That style of songwriting is still in me and I like the songs from those albums, whereas I am less fond of [1999's] 'World Coming Do...
April 2, 2003
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ABIGOR: 'On Ice'!

Austrian black metal outfit ABIGOR have been put "on ice" indefinitely in the wake of the group's apparent disagreements with their record label, Napalm Records. "Because of some serious problems with Napalm Records concerning the studio, and the budget of the upcoming album, I decided to lay ABIGOR...
March 31, 2003
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SUM 41, WEEZER, SEVENDUST Among Rumored Performers For 'mtvICON: METALLICA'

SUM 41, WEEZER, JA RULE with SEVENDUST, KORN and KID ROCK are rumored to be among the performers on MTV's "mtvICON: Metallica", the music tribute to the San Francisco metal pioneers, which is set to premiere Tuesday, May 6 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT). The show will be taped before a live audience in Los An...
March 26, 2003
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SUM 41: We Turned Down The METALLICA Tour

SUM 41 guitarist/vocalist Deryk Whibley recently told Launch that his band were offered a slot on the Summer Sanitarium 2003 Tour with METALLICA, LINKIN PARK, LIMP BIZKIT, MUDVAYNE, and the DEFTONES, but that they decided to turn it down because they thought that they might not gel with the rest of...
March 11, 2003
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MACHINE HEAD's FLYNN: 'I'm Disappointed In SLAYER's KERRY KING'

MACHINE HEAD frontman Robert Flynn has once again lashed out at SLAYER guitarist Kerry King over the latter's incessant public criticisms of MACHINE HEAD's recent recorded output and attacks on the group's integrity. In an interview posted at MACHINE HEAD's official web site (www.machinehead1.com),...
March 9, 2003
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ANTHRAX's BENANTE: Surprises Planned For Upcoming Tour Set List

The following is a re-posting of the latest installment of ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante's regular online column as it appears on the group's official web site at www.anthrax.com: "Hi dilly dodilly, A quick little bit of info - We started rehearsing for the Euro tour the other day and this is what...
February 28, 2003
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CRAZY TOWN, GUANO APES Head To Switzerland

CRAZY TOWN, SUM 41 and GUANO APES are among the artists set to perform at MTV Winterjam 2003 on March 14 in Davos, Switzerland. The show will be hosted by Johnny Knoxville and the stars of "Jackass: The Movie". ...
February 10, 2003
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AEROSMITH, KORN, TOOL, OZZFEST 2002 Among Top-Grossing Tours Of 2002

AEROSMITH, KORN, TOOL, OZZFEST 2002 and GUNS N' ROSES are among the tours that have made concert trade publication Pollstar's list of the 100 top-grossing tours of 2002. The following are the top-ranked hard rock/metal tours of the year (overall ranking based on total box office gross data as provid...
January 6, 2003
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Former VIRGIN STEELE Guitarist Returns To Action With 'Under A Savage Sky'

JACK STARR AND THE GUARDIANS OF THE FLAME, the new band formed by ex-VIRGIN STEELE guitarist Jack Starr, will release their new album, "Under A Savage Sky", on Feb. 1 through European label Cult Metal Records. The line-up involved in the project is as follows: Jack Starr (ex-VIRGIN STEELE): lead, rh...
January 3, 2003
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SUM 41 Offered IRON MAIDEN World Tour

Pop punkers SUM 41 have been offered the opening slot on the upcoming IRON MAIDEN world tour. "IRON MAIDEN have contacted us and they want us on their world tour next year," SUM 41 bassist Cone "Jay" McCaslin told Sweden's Close-Up magazine. "It turns out that they're big SUM 41 fans." "We fell off...
December 16, 2002
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SLAYER Management Sold To SANCTUARY

Rick Sales has reportedly sold his management company — which represents the likes of SLAYER, (HED)P.E. and SYSTEMATIC, among others — to Sanctuary Management (IRON MAIDEN, GUNS N' ROSES, JUDAS PRIEST) for an undisclosed sum, according to Hits Daily Double. Also said to have completed a similar arra...
December 7, 2002
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It's Official: AC/DC Sign With EPIC RECORDS

AC/DC have signed a multi-album deal with Epic Records, according to Billboard.com. The first releases under the deal will be refurbished reissues of classic albums such as "Back in Black", "Highway to Hell", and "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap", due early next year. Further reissues will follow, all o...
December 5, 2002
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TWISTED SISTER, BLIND GUARDIAN, JETHRO TULL Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK 2003

TWISTED SISTER, BLIND GUARDIAN, and JETHRO TULL are among the artists confirmed to appear at the 12th annual Sweden Rock festival, scheduled to take place Jun. 6-8, 2003 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of artists currently set to perform at the event is as follows: TWISTED SISTER BLIND GUAR...
November 30, 2002
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KISS Murder Trial Update: Cusano's Daughters Kept Secret

As previously reported, the murder trial of a man accused of killing the ex-wife of former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent got underway on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the Superior Court in Hartford, Connecticut. Police arrested Gregory McArthur, 41, on Sept. 2, 2000, and charged him with the January 1998 murd...
November 16, 2002
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KISS Murder Trial Gets Underway!

The murder trial of a man accused of killing the ex-wife of former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent got underway on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the Superior Court in Hartford, Connecticut, according to the Associated Press. Police arrested Gregory McArthur, 41, on Sept. 2, 2000, and charged him with the Januar...
November 13, 2002