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TYGERS OF PAN TANG Back With Fresh 'Noises'

25 years after the emergence of the NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) movement, TYGERS OF PAN TANG are back with a new studio album, "Noises From The Cat House". The album, out now on Communiqué Records, was mixed by the band's longtime producer, Chris Tsangarides, famed for his production wo...
February 11, 2004
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ULI JON ROTH To Perform At German In-Store

Legendary guitarist Uli Jon Roth (ex-THE SCORPIONS) will be performing and signing autographs at a special in-store appearance on March 13 at Hot Shot Records in the center of Hannover, Germany at Nordmann Passage 1. Fans will have a unique and rare chance to get their albums signed, to meet Uli in...
February 10, 2004
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'Get Thrashed': Thrash Metal Documentary Preview Clip Posted Online

The makers of "Get Thrashed", the upcoming documentary profiling the thrash metal scene of the early Eighties and its impact on the music scene, have posted the first preview clip via the project's official web site. The first clip features Zetro Souza (vocals),Gary Holt (guitar) and Tom Hunting (d...
February 9, 2004
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BLACK SABBATH: Box Set To Surface In April, Cover Art Revealed

According to www.black-sabbath.com, the release date for the much-anticipated eight-disc BLACK SABBATH box set, "Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978)", has been pushed back to April 27. The final box art can be viewed at this location. Retailing for $99.98, "Black Box: The Comp...
February 6, 2004
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DEEP PURPLE Singer Explains JON LORD's Departure

DEEP PURPLE vocalist Ian Gillan recently spoke to Canada's Chart Attack about the departure of founding member Jon Lord and the addition his replacement, Don Airey (ex-RAINBOW, MSG, WHITESNAKE). "Now, how can I say this without in any way undermining the fact that we all adore Jon Lord?" Gillan offe...
February 6, 2004
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PRIMAL FEAR Comment On European Tour Postponement, Confirm WACKEN Appearance

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR, who were scheduled to support ICED EARTH on a European tour beginning next month, have issued the following statement regarding the tour's postponement: "Life could be tough, but this situation is not funny. Health has first priority and [ICED EARTH guitarist] Jon...
February 4, 2004
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ICED EARTH: European Tour Postponed

ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Hello All, "As some of you may have heard I recently had lower back surgery. It seemed early on that things were going well with my recovery, however in recent weeks a new problem has developed. I will...
February 4, 2004
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M.O.D. Announce New Guitarist

M.O.D., the band led by former S.O.D. frontman Billy Milano, have announced the addition of guitarist Jon Aaron to the group's ranks. "Basically, I sent a demo to Billy Milano for his production ad that was on his website www.BillyMilano.com," the 22-year-old said of the circumstances that led to hi...
February 4, 2004
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THE JON OLIVA PROJECT To Release Debut CD In May

THE JON OLIVA PROJECT, consisting of SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva and former members of CIRCLE II CIRCLE, will issue their debut album in May. An extensive tour throughout Europe and the U.S. will follow the release. The group's live performances will cover material from Oliva's solo CD as well as...
February 4, 2004
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BILLY SHEEHAN Schedules Bass Clinics

Legendary bassist Billy Sheehan (DAVE LEE ROTH, MR. BIG, TALAS) has lined up a bunch of bass clinics (instructional seminars) in Southeast Asia in February. "I'm taking a break from my recording to do these, but I'll be right back to finishing my second solo CD, a new NIACIN CD, and much more when I...
February 4, 2004
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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
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MASTERPLAN Honored With European Border Breakers Award

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande, were honored with a European Border Breakers Award at this year's MIDEM convention in Cannes, France. The European Border Breakers Awards are a E...
January 30, 2004
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LO-PRO On The Road With STAIND: Video Available

Geffen Records is currently hosting a short video clip of LO-PRO on the road with STAIND. Check out the two-minute, 20-second clip at the following locations: Real Media: High-Speed, Low-Speed Windows Media: High-Speed, Low-Speed LO-PRO is the new project featuring former ULTRASPANK members Pete Mur...
January 30, 2004
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THE JON OLIVA PROJECT To Participate In Online Chat

SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva and the rest of THE JON OLIVA PROJECT (featuring former members of CIRCLE II CIRCLE) will be participating in an online chat from the Audio Lab Studios in Tampa, FL on Monday, February 2 at 7:30 p.m. EST. The chatroom is located at Jon's official web site, www.jonoliva....
January 29, 2004
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ICED EARTH's SCHAFFER: MATT BARLOW Wasn't Comfortable Playing The Rock-Star Role

ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer recently spoke to Russia's Darkside e-Zine about the group's split with vocalist Matt Barlow during the recording sessions for their new album, "The Glorious Burden". Asked about Matt's official statement announcing his departure band — in which he cited the tragic ev...
January 28, 2004