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KATATONIA Commence Work On New Material

Sweden's KATATONIA are hard at work on material for their sixth full-length album, which is scheduled to be recorded this fall for an early 2003 release through Peaceville Records. "Our process of writing/pre-producing the new album has started to take off well now," guitarist Anders Nyström stated...
September 12, 2002

MARILYN MANSON: Tales Of Home Invasion!

MARILYN MANSON has posted yet another nonsensical message via his official web site. It reads as follows: "Last night I broke into someone's house. Climbed right in the window while no one was home. The alarm started to chant, 'Intruder...Sector 3...bedroom.' I didn't panic much, but I was really cu...
September 9, 2002

Boston backdrop missing in VH1's portrayal of AEROSMITH

Despite the fact that AEROSMITH is a Boston-based band, references to the city are largely absent from VH1's much-hyped Behind the Music segment on the group, which premiered in a two-hour special this past Sunday. The producers of the show "interviewed almost no one in Boston (no one even at WBCN-F...
September 4, 2002

QUEENSRŸCHE's GEOFF TATE: 'I Was Never A Metalhead'

QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate has admitted in a recent interview that he was never into metal music and he cited ULTRAVOX and THOMPSON TWINS as two of his primary influences during the band's formative years — a far cry from the traditional metal movement that QUEENSRŸCHE was instrumental in launc...
August 27, 2002

SUFFOCATION To Reunite 'For All The Wrong Reasons': Former Bassist

Acclaimed New York death metallers SUFFOCATION, who released several successful album in the early '90s, have reunited after a four-year break and are said to be in the process of rehearsing for upcoming shows and a possible new album. No official announcement has yet been made, but it is believed t...
August 26, 2002

RACER X To Commence Work On New Album

The reunited RACER X, featuring JUDAS PRIEST drummer Scott Travis, ex-MR. BIG guitarist Paul Gilbert, and ex-BADLANDS drummer Jeff Martin (on vocals!),are scheduled to enter Batgirl Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada in September to record a new CD for a Christmas 2002 Japanese release. According to Gilbe...
August 19, 2002

TO/DIE/FOR's JOONAS KOTO: New Songs Are Much Heavier Than Before

Finland's TO/DIE/FOR — who were recently rejoined by guitarist J.P. Sutela — will enter Astia Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland on October 5th to begin recording their new album, entitled Jaded, for a tentative early 2003 release through Spinefarm Records. A single release will precede album before t...
August 16, 2002


A few hours before GUNS N' ROSES arrived in China for the start of the band's Chinese Democracy World Tour (they will be performing tonight at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center),frontman Axl Rose conducted a brief interview from which the following excerpts are provided: On launching...
August 14, 2002

VOIVOD To Begin Pre-Production For New CD In September

VOIVOD are continuing to demo material for their much-anticipated reunion album with vocalist Snake (a.k.a. Denis Belanger),which is tentatively due in early 2003, presumably through Century Media Records. "Our goal is to have 25 [songs] done by the end of August," drummer Away (a.k.a. Michel Lange...
August 14, 2002

LOCKUP To Play UK Shows, Record New Material

LOCKUP, featuring NAPALM DEATH bassist Shane Embury, NAPALM DEATH guitarist Jesse Pintado, former AT THE GATES/THE CROWN frontman Tomas Lindberg, and DIMMU BORGIR drummer Nick Barker, are tentatively scheduled to perform a one-off show in London in October. Plans also exist for the group to play a c...
August 14, 2002

TOMMY LEE: "VINCE NEIL And I Absolutely Hate Each Other"

Despite continuous rumors to the contrary, ex-MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee has no intention of rejoining his former bandmates for a farewell tour. "Right now I'm having so much fun doing this [solo tour] that I don't even really think about it," Lee said in a recent interview. "And I know [CRÜE bas...
August 5, 2002

TOOL, PRIMUS Members Pay Tribute To YES

TOOL drummer Danny Carey and PRIMUS bassist Les Claypool both acknowledge being influenced by the classic rock band YES. In the booklet included in the boxed set In A Word: Yes, which came out on Tuesday, July 30th, Carey and Claypool comment on the band's influence. "There were two bands I consider...
July 31, 2002

SEBASTIAN BACH: "I Did Not Plead Guilty To Anything"

Contrary to previous reports that former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach had pleaded guilty to marijuana possession earlier this week, Bach's attorney Frank DeSevo released the following statement today: "Sebastian pled guilty to nothing and was found guilty of nothing. He applied for a conditional...
July 25, 2002


PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell makes a return guest appearance on the forthcomingANTHRAX CD, We've Come For You All, ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante has revealed via his latest posting on the group's official web site. "The almighty Dimebag is back and playing on two songs: 'Cadillac Rock Box' &a...
July 23, 2002

Former MEGADETH Bassist Launches Monthly Online Column

Former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson is contributing a brand new monthly column, called "Macs Making Music", to The first installment of the column can be viewed at this location. Meanwhile, Ellefson has posted the following message via his official web site: "Just wanted to give y...
July 11, 2002