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8-23-26, 2001

Dark Symphonies is extremely proud to announce the re-signing of maudlin of the Well to a brand new double full length CD deal. With the world wide critical acclaim of "My Fruit Psychobells...a seed combustible" it was only natural that Dark Symphonies renew their commitment to MOTW. The members of MOTW will enter the studio immediately to begin recording this new progressive masterpiece of "astral metal." As before, they will incorporate diverse instrumentations and vocals to convey their vision of astral metal to the listener, however, this time there is enough material to span two individual CD releases! The new 2 CD MOTW set will be a conceptual piece tied together by unique atmospheric, instrumental interludes. Stretching the boundaries of extreme metal is one thing; MOTW will redefine them with their new creation of doom metal art. Dark Symphonies is excited to present this musical adventure of astral proportions to the metal community. PREPARE!

MÄGO DE OZ, ´El que quiera entender..´, was in charts in the 5th position. Regarding interviews: Please contact Locomotive Music! · TIERRA SANTA are conquering Europe! The band is back at home from their spectacular tour which took them to Germany, Hungary, France and Switzerland. At the moment TIERRA SANTA are recovering from the incredible success they faced in Europe. Don´t hesitate to contact us if you want to interview this triumphant band! · KOMA presented their new album, ´Criminal´ at Hard Rock Café in Madrid, Spain. The impression they gave to the media specialized in rock, was very positive. They are professionals and they always give out their very best!

The new album of SIN CITY SIX hit already the record stores´ shelves. The band is formed by the following musicians: Lee Robinson (lead vocal), Mike Sobieski (guitar), Norah Findlay (guitar), Barnaby Bowles (bass) and Angel Ramos (drums). The album is produced by a very famous and internationally reputed producer, Andrew Shernoff (RAMONES, TOYLET BOYS, D-GENERATIONS, THE DICTATORS, DRIVIN´ N´ CRYIN´, etc. etc..). The new album´s presentation event was a success; more than 100 fans had to stay outside of the concert venue, El Sol, in Madrid. At the moment SIN CITY SIX are touring along Europe. · GRASS will start their tour in Spain with the new bass player, Chuemo (ex DEF CON DOS), who is replacing Korman, who was recording ´Ciudadano X´, but left the band afterwards. · The musicians of AZRAEL, Mario (guitar) and Manolo (vocalist) had a car accident. The guys are doing fine, while the car was destroyed. They were driving to the recording session, as every day, when this accident happened. Due to this setback, AZRAEL are having a little break until these two musicians totally recover. · ONASSIS´ DAY have made a video-clip from their last album, ´Number´. The chosen title is "1000 Little Ways". · LUJURIA have finished their intense tour and now they are concentrating on writing new songs for their forthcoming album which will see the light in the spring 2001. The new album will surprise lots of people because of its power and quality!

USA MELODIC PROGMETAL GROUP , MAGNITUDE 9 has a new CD release, titled - "REALITY IN FOCUS." This new CD will be released in EUROPE & USA by INSIDEOUT MUSIC, and in JAPAN by AVALON/MARQUEE. For more info, please visit these sites - MAGNITUDE 9 - official website INSIDEOUT MUSIC

News from Veteran hard rock act Pantera has finalized the itinerary for a tour that was initially postponed afterfrontman Phil Anselmo broke two ribs in a fall late last month. It was said to be the first time in the band's 14-year history of touring that it was forced to cancel a performance. The tour, which is in support of the Elektra album "Reinventing The Steel," will now begin Feb. 1 in Albuquerque, N.M., and conclude April 2 in Orlando, Fla. Soulfly and Morbid Angel will serve as support acts. Tickets for the earlier scheduled dates will be honored for their respective make-up performances. Full refunds for dates not rescheduled are available at point of purchase. Here are Pantera's tour dates:

Feb. 1: Albuquerque, N.M. (Convention Center)
Feb. 2: Mesa, Ariz. (Mesa Amphitheatre)
Feb. 3: Univeral City, Calif. (Universal Amphitheatre)
Feb. 6: San Jose, Calif. (SJSU Events Center)
Feb. 8: Portland, Ore. (Memorial Coliseum)
Feb. 9: Seattle (Mercer Arena)
Feb. 10: Nampa, Idaho (Idaho Center)
Feb. 12: Casper, Wyo. (Casper Events Center)
Feb. 13: Denver (Denver Coliseum)
Feb. 20: Minneapolis (Roy Wilkins Auditorium)
Feb. 24: Grand Rapids, Mich. (Deltaplex)
Feb. 26: Ft. Wayne, Ind. (Memorial Coliseum)
March 1: Detroit (The Palace)
March 2: Louisville (Louisville Gardens)
March 5: Dayton, Ohio (Hara Arena)
March 6: Pittsburgh (Mellon Arena)
March 8: New York (Hammerstein Ballroom)
March 11: Philadelphia (First Union Center)
March 15: Boston (Tsongas Arena)
March 18: Indianapolis (Pepsi Coliseum)
March 20: Oklahoma City, Okla. (The Myriad)
March 21: San Antonio, Texas (Freeman Coliseum)
March 23: Dallas (Fair Park Coliseum)
March 25: Houston (Astro Arena)
March 29: Biloxi, Miss. (Mississippi Coast Coliseum)
April 2: Orlando, Fla. (Hard Rock Live)

Fans who wish to pay respects to the late JOE C. of KID ROCK's band can make donations in his name (JOSEPH CALLEJA) to the Ronald McDonald House, 3911 Beaubien Blvd., Detroit, Michigan, 48201.

AMUST4MUSIC proudly presents BLOODSTOCK 01 - UK Metalfest. This is now confirmed as taking place at: Derby Assembly Rooms Derby, UK On (UK Bank Holiday) Monday May 28th 2001, from 12 Noon until 11pm! There will be a total of 16 "Best of British" Rock bands performing between 2 stages, with the following confirmations: Bloodstream Evoke, Freebase Kill II This, Midnight Configuration, Return to the Sabbat, Skyclad, Tenpole Tudor. 8 other acts are to be confirmed including the day's headliner .. The style of music will be varied including Classic, Heavy, Power, Punk, Goth, Folk, Stoner, Thrash and Death Metal! So there should be something that should appeal for everyone. Throughout the day there will also be 30-40 music stalls selling all manner of Rock related paraphernalia. Tickets are priced at £25.00 + Booking fees and postage, and can be secured from the following website:

DVS Records are proud to announce 2 new sigings. First we are pleased with the German artrock band Alias Eye, who will release their debut album through DVS Records in Spring 2001. Second we have signed another Norwegian band (after Sonic Debris), this time the excellent progressive gothic metal band Ashes To Ashes. The band released their debut on their own in 1998, expect their second album Cardinal VII around September 2001. More info on the DVS website,!

NBG RADIO NETWORK'S "THE TOUR BUS" ADDED TO VH1.COM'S AT WORK RADIO LINEUP. PORTLAND, OREGON - NBG Radio Network, Inc. (NBG) (OTC BB: NSBD) announced today that its syndicated radio program The Tour Bus will be added to the at Work Radio lineup. The five-hour Rock intensive show becomes the very first radio show to be streamed on's Internet radio program without being an in-house production. Every Monday, VH1 at Work Radio will air the previous weekend's show, and an online archive of The Tour Bus will be available through Ollie Holmes, VP/Affiliate Relations for NBG, commented, "This is an excellent opportunity for both The Tour Bus and to co-brand each other. The Tour Bus will now have access to the loyal fan base of, which will help expand the growth and popularity of the program. Likewise, The Tour Bus brings a well established following of die hard fans to It's a win-win for both parties involved." Currently broadcasting out of WDHA 105.5 FM in New Jersey, The Tour Bus is a live five-hour weekly program featuring the most demanded music in the Rock world, as well as live performances and interviews with some of the biggest names of the genre. Launched in January 1999 on WNNJ in New Jersey, The Tour Bus exploded onto the Rock scene, selling out its inventory, shooting to #1 in its time slot, and tripling its audience in just three months. Now broadcasting out of WDHA, the #1 Rock station in New Jersey, the show maintains its #1 slot and is spreading this success to affiliates across the country. Co-hosted by Ralph Sutton and Matt Murray, The Tour Bus ( has featured guests such as Queensryche, Ratt, Warrant, Tommy Lee, and Cinderella. In addition, The Tour Bus also broadcasts live from concert venues such as the Poison/Cinderella/Dokken concert at the PNC Arts Center in New Jersey this past summer. NBG Radio Network, Inc. ( currently produces, syndicates or reps over 40 national radio programs or products reaching more than 2,600 radio stations in the United States. NBG Radio Network's stock is traded on the OTC BB under the symbol NSBD.

OLD BAND COMES WITH NEW NAME AND NEW ATTITUDE PHILADELPHIA, PA (November 28, 2000) - If you've been looking for hard-rocking Bonaparte you won't find them. Because they've changed their name to Generica. But don't fret, the sounds still the same as the band continues to play their edgy music regionally. "Bankruptcy of original ideas has stripped music down pretty far," says Charlie Sassaman, Generica's frontman, "and we're out to explore this." With their insatiable appetite for new and exciting music, audiences have become increasingly hungry for a fresh sound. Sassaman believes that it's perfect timing for the auditory hallucination offered by Generica. Heavily influenced by the dada movement, Generica's work is driven by outrage, fear, and a lust to subvert expectations; creating music not for the masses, but music the masses should hear. Undefined lyrics born out of a stream-of-consciousness embraces a simultaneous structured and improv musical jam. Generica gives a live performance that scores their supplementary video show - delivering a full multimedia extravaganza. The world still affords the possibility of offering release through music and art and Generica does just that. Arriving with its strongest lineup to date, Generica consists of guitarist/wordworker and Philadelphia-area native Charlie Sassaman; woodshedder Jared Fleming, from North Jersey; and watershed bass fisherman Justin Riley from New Hope, PA. The trio began performing its own brand of emotional hardcore and sentimental resistance to the times in 1996

It is with much pride that Hammerheart Records Worldwide welcomes its newest recording artist, CONTROL DENIED. The label debut (band's sophomore release) is now underway in Tampa's Morrisound Studios with producer Jim Morris at the board. Poignantly titled, When Machine and Man Collide, the album's subject matter touches upon the darker and more intrusive nature of today's technology, among other things. Chuck Schuldiner, the metal mastermind we have all come to consider one of the godfathers of heavy metal, naturally resides at the helm of CONTROL DENIED. Contrary to the ever-churning rumor mill, Steve DiGiorgio (bass) and Richard Christy (drums) are still full-time members of CONTROL DENIED. Their participation in other projects has not and will not take away from their involvement in the band. Smoothing out the returning line-up are Shannon Hamm (guitar) and Tim Aymar (vocals). When questioned about the sound and ideology of When Machine and Man Collide, Chuck had this to say: "This album will NOT contain any guest rappers, 7-string guitars, baggy pants or any other elements from so-called "New Metal". CONTROL DENIED is NOT a power metal band and it is NOT a side project. This album will crush those misconceptions completely!

Victory Records Studio Update. Earth Crisis is currently in the studio laying down the framework for their upcoming rarities release entitled "Last of the Sane." the CD features cover tracks of Black Sabbath, Slayer, Led Zeppelin and many others. The CD also contains Demo versions of ground breaking songs like "Broken Foundation" and the ever popular "Gommorah's Season Ends." There will also be a never before brand new Earth Crisis song. "Last of the Sane" will be out on January 23 2001

Reach the Sky just finished recording and mixing their new CD, "Friends, Lies, and the End of the World." They were recording at Salad Days in Washington DC with the infamous Brian Mc Ternan. The CD is set to be released in early March. We here at Victory got an early taste of the new Reach the Sky material and it was absolutely amazing. 12 tracks of explosive punk/hardcore with a completely fresh new approach. Reach the Sky will take the take the world by storm with this new release. They have redefined the Boston Hardcore sound and taken their sound to a new plateau. This will be a highly anticipated CD for the new year.

Thursday has just stepped into the studio to record their second full length and Victory debut. The guys will be recording at Blue Meanie in lovely New Jersey. The demo tracks we have heard guarantee this CD to be the most painfully beautiful release of the year. Before going into the studio the band practiced non stop for months in advance. They would be in rehearsal for 8-10 hours at a time polishing and tightening all of their songs. The CD is set to be released in April of 2001 so get ready.

News from Incubus will hit the studio early next yeas to begin recording their new Immortal/Epic album with producer Scott Litt, tentatively titled Pudie Tadow. Litt helmed the bands last album Make Yourself. Among the songs set to be tracked are "Peel My Manana" and "A Coffee Date With Content."

Clutch have finished mastering their new Atlantic Records album, Slow Hole To China, which is produced by Machine ((hed)p.e., Pitchshifter) and Sir Lawrence Packer. The album will feature 12 songs and several guests, including members of Sixty Watt Shamen. it is possible some live tracks may make it the record as well, which is set to be released on March 13th.

News from Dust for Life -- The Official Website: Dust for Life chose to send their demo to only one person -- Creed's manager -- and it worked out just fine. "He called us on Monday, and on Tuesday he was in Memphis and signed us," guitarist Jason Hughes tells the Tennessee weekly, The Memphis Flyer.

News from Buckcherry has finished recording their new album with producer John Travis (Kid Rock, Sugar Ray)and it is due out in March. The band has recorded 12 tracks and, according to singer Joshua Todd, the album sounds "more aggressive."

Marilyn Manson have added some dates their Guns, God And Government Tour that finds them on the west coast of the U.S. and heading to Europe. 1/3/01 Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizabeth Theatre 1/5/01 Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Hall 1/6/01 Seattle, WA - Seattle Center Mercer Arena 1/8/01 San Jose, CA - Event Center Arena 1/10/01 Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock Hotel - The Joint 1/11/01 Santa Barbara, CA - Arlington Theatre 1/13/01 Universal City, CA - Universal Amphitheatre 2/3/01 Milan, ITA - Fila Forum 2/5/01 Rome, ITA - Palaghiaccio 2/6/01 Bologna, ITA - Pala Malaguti 2/21/01 Helsinki, FIN - Ishalle

AC/DC News, a commemorative tour EP will be issued in Japan this January. The Stiff Upper Lip maxi- single tracklisting is: " Stiff Upper Lip" (album version), " Cyberspace", " Hard As A Rock" (live), " Back In Black" (live) and " Whole Lotta Rosie" (live).

News from mtledge: PANTERA's rescheduled tour, now set to begin in Albuquerque, New Mexico on February 1 and run through April 2 in Orlando, Florida, will honor tickets sold for the original performances on the new routing (tickets for dates not on the new itinerary will be refunded at point of purchase). As previously announced, SOULFLY will be support and so will MORBID ANGEL, who were slated to be on the tour originally. KITTIE, on the original routing but not the rescheduled one, is currently headlining a club tour.

BON JOVI has a concert home video and DVD on the way, taped at a recent tour stop in Switzerland. Crush: Live From Zurich is due out in December, and the DVD version will include five extra songs and 30 minutes of backstage footage, a photo gallery, discography, and videos for "It's My Life," "Say it Isn't So," and "Thank You For Loving Me."

Guitarist ALEX SKOLNICK will be touring with TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA in December on the east coast (there are two separate touring companies, one will play the eastern and the other the western half of the country). TSO will be seen in a repeat of a TV special created around the gold album Christmas Eve and Other Stories II starring JEWEL and MICHAEL CRAWFORD, airing on the Fox Family Channel on December 6. Meanwhile, Skolnick will begin recording a new album with ATTENTION DEFICIT (with bassist MICHAEL MANRING and drummer TIM ALEXANDER) three days after he wraps up with TSO and will continue to work with SKOL PATROL and a somewhat smaller acoustic version called SKOL TRIO live and in the studio. Dates are booked at Izzy Bar in New York City on January 27, February 10, February 24, March 17 and March 24, alternating between Skol Patrol and Skol Trio. And if all this weren't enough, Skolnick is recording with violinist JOE DENINZON for a CD due out next year and studying for his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, which he hopes to earn in June. "m going to be mailing and faxing arrangements, compositions and reharmonizations from the road. Lucikly all the teachers are very understanding about my situation," he says.

News from LAUNCH.COM: Lenny Kravitz is currently working on a script for a still-untitled movie. The plot details the rocker's upbringing -- "being biracial and growing up in a big city and being an artist," he says. "It's also about relationships within a family." No word yet on possible film company interest.

News from BBC News Online: Paul McCartney's fortune of more than $700 million puts him well atop the list of the United Kingdom's richest musicians, according to BusinessAge magazine. Elton John ranks No. 2 with $222 million, while Rolling Stone bandmates Mick Jagger ($206 million) and Keith Richards ($177 million) place Nos. 3 and 4, respectively.

News from The three remaining members of Rage Against the Machine are hoping to put together a concert sometime at the end of January with the original singers of the songs they cover on their upcoming album Renegades including members of Cypress Hill, Mick Jagger, Iggy Pop, Wayne Kramer (MC5). No word yet as to an exact date.

News from Green Day official site: Green Day have finalized the first 15 U.S. tour dates in support of their latest release, Warning:. The jaunt kicks off Jan. 11 in Dallas, and continues through the Southeast before finishing up in Tulsa, Okla., Jan. 27. Emo-rockers the Get-Up Kids will open all of the confirmed shows.

KANSAS RETURNS TO JAPAN - Kansas will begin 2001 with a jaunt to Japan. Japan has always welcomed us and we also enjoy playing there. The Japanese love all kinds of music and are so appreciative of us coming there to play." The multi-platinum act has kept on the road since prior to the release of Somewhere to Elsewhere, its highly lauded reunion of the original Kansas line-up, release in July on Magna Carta. The group started off with a summer shed tour along with Yes and followed up with headlining dates across the country. "The Yes tour worked very well for us," said Ehart. "The two bands have a common audience. It was also great to get back into the bigger summer venues. Kerry Livgren joined us on stage in Kansas City, Mo., for a few songs and the home crowd really ate that up." "The response at retail to Somewhere to Elsewhere indicates that there is still a large fan base for Kansas both live and on CD," said Peter Morticelli, president of Magna Carta. "With this release and tour, the band has demonstrated that they still can take command of an audience's imagination both from stage and in the studio. That is what has always made Kansas so special to their fans." Japanese tour dates: 1/17/01 Wed. Bottom Line, Nagoya, Japan; 1/18/01 Thu. M Wing, Nagano, Japan; 1/20/01 Sat. Koseienkin Hall, Tokyo, Japan; 1/21/01 Sun. Bay Hall, Yokohama, Japan; 1/23/01 Tue. Zepp Sendai, Sendai, Japan; 1/24/01 Wed. Hachinohe Kokaido, Aomori, Japan; 1/25/01 Thu. Zepp Sapporo, Sapporo, Japan.

IN EXTREMO: The band won a prestigious award from the German Alternative Music Awards for "Best Live Act" beating out the Smashing Pumpkins and several other German artists. New album coming soon!

IMMOLATION: The band are putting together the World Darkness Tour for March 2001. The lineup will include Incantation and Goatwhore. Details as we get them.

ENGINE - The all star band featuring members of Fates Warning, Armored Saint, Agent Steel and Face To Face are currently writing new material to their 1999 debut.

VICTORY RECORDS TURNS FILE SHARING FROM FOE TO A FRIEND. Independent record label Victory Records Inc. feels that it has found a solution to Napster. According to Victory chief Tony Brummel, "As it relates to our repertoire, what we are going to do blows Napster away. With all of its legal and copyright issues and a questionable business model Napster will be forced to redefine itself to survive." Victory has entered into a deal with Maryland technology developer to use its proprietary peer-to-peer file sharing software of the same name. The software will allow Victory to set up its own subscription-based file sharing operation, which will go online December 7, 2000. Adrenamail seamlessly combines E-mail for groups, interactive multimedia and file sharing into a unified and powerful service. The software boasts no confusing plug-ins or add-ons but a single, compact system that ensures optimum user satisfaction. Victory Records will be the first record company to attempt a revenue generating subscription based peer-to-peer service. It hopes that its file-sharing model will also dramatically increase sales.

Victory will offer the service for free for the first two months. Unlike Napster, Victory's service will allow its subscriber's access to advanced music streaming technology- people can listen and enjoy Victory's music without downloading it. Users of the service can create, using a built-in proprietary authoring system, interactive presentations, animation, rich text files, graphics and video. Additionally, AdrenaMail enables users to chat, exchange instant messages and directly deliver files to other subscribers of the service. Subscribers will be able to form and moderate their own 'groups' in the community. The tentative name for this interactive community is Planet Victory.

"File sharing is a very sensitive issue. The last thing we want to do is cannibalize our CD sales. For a small monthly or annual fee subscribers can stream our music. The real value of subscribing though, is the opportunity to be part of an interactive, legitimate and exclusive community of like-minded individuals. Some of the key tools in our arsenal include e-mail for groups, very specific chat rooms and instant messaging. It will be like a global, digital country club for the die-hard followers of our Artists. This is a new way for record companies to generate revenue without taking away from the traditional revenue streams. With Artist involvement, an entirely new element is brought to the Artist/Fan paradigm. We will also offer subscriber's special edition merchandise, releases, etc. - this will be a very value added experience. It is an opportunity to take the love of the music to the next level where fans, artists and the label are all winners."

AMEN had a very successful tour through Germany, including completing 4 live shows in Munich, Berlin, Hamburg and Vienna. The highlight of the German tour was AMEN's live TV appearance on The Tobi Schlegl show (1.5 million viewers) on Germany's largest music channel, VIVA. The band performed "The Price of Reality" and "Justified" live, and then completed a 10-minute interview with the host. AMEN's live performance sounded great and was "absolutely blinding", culminating in Casey destroying a microphone stand and the interview was said to be "funny and brilliant". Would we expect anything less from them?! AMEN will receive further German TV coverage from VIVA II, who in addition to filming an interview with the band also filmed the Cologne show.

NOW OR NEVER Records Update - The new Now or Never Records site is up and operational. Such lovely features include secure online ordering, New MP3 downloads and plenty of Now or Never info. Also on the horizon are new releases from All Else Failed, Maharahj, Diecast and the rerelease of the 1st Dillinger Escape Plan CD. This rerelease will feature bonus live tracks and will be limited to 5000 copies in digipack format. Check the site out. Come one come all. DIECAST ON TOUR THIS JANUARY w/ Dying Fetus, Cryptopsy and All Out War:
1/10 - Valentine's - Albany, NY
1/11 - The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
1/12 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
1/13 - L'Amours- Brooklyn, NY
1/14 - Jaxx - Springfield, VA
1/16 - Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
1/17 - Brass Mug - Tampa, FL
1/18 - Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
1/19 - Creepy Crawl - St Louis, MO
1/20 - Cubby Bear - Chicago, IL
1/21 - Blind Lemon - Cleveland, OH
1/22 - Club H (Ohio U.) - Bowling Green, OH

Former KISS Guitarist Bruce Kulick Partners with Actress/Stuntwoman Kira Tashjian to Launch an Auction Website Targeting Proceeds to Children's Charity Legendary former KISS and current Grand Funk Railroad lead guitarist Bruce Kulick, joins actress/stuntwoman Kira 'Yoshi' Tashjian to form CELEBRITY NEWS AUCTIONS, an Internet auction website and all in the name of charity. With the recent success of Butterfields' KISS auction, and the booming e-commerce Internet bidding website EBAY, Kulick and Tashjian saw a great opportunity to offer celebrity collectables to a mass public and raise money for charity. Items will be offered via EBAY, and portions of the proceeds will go to the ERIC CARR FOUNDATION funding St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. November 24, 2000 marked the 9-year anniversary of KISS drummer Eric Carr's untimely death at age 41 from cancer related complications. Long before his diagnosis with cancer, Carr often donated both his time and money to needy children, including those at St. Jude's Hospital. Collectors can expect a varied selection of one-of-a-kind items to bid on, including a custom-made Ibanez guitar used by Marilyn Manson's JOHN5 on last year's 'Mechanical Animals' tour. In addition, a Jim Kelly (Buffalo Bills #12) autographed football, authentic KISS memorabilia and personal affects donated directly from Kulick's own private collection. Expect to see a KISS 'Asylum' RIAA Certified Gold Album award, vintage KISS guitar picks, touring swag, backstage passes, and other rare items. Additional KISS artifacts donated by friends and fans will include several sets of rare drumsticks taken directly from Carr's own touring case, posters, DVD's, and more. Private merchants have also donated items, but most items will be celebrity owned or related. 'Eric was a very charitable person,' says Kulick, 'and to be involved in a website that will give money to his foundation while having people bid on celebrity collectables is something that I really think he would have enjoyed. It also gives me a great opportunity to empty some of the closets of my own rock trivia for a good cause.' Adds Tashjian, 'we are encouraging celebrities in music, film, sports, TV, animation, even private merchants to get involved with donating items that can be auctioned with Eric's fundraiser in mind. We'll continue to provide a service for celebrities to auction their personal collections without the guilt or pressure of donating some or all of their spoils, but so far, their generosity has been immense!' Please visit the Celebrity News Auctions website at

INSIDEOUT MUSIC AMERICA SETS ITS SIGHTS ON 2001 - The leading progressive rock and progressive metal record label, Inside Out Music America, has announced a great deal of positive activity surrounding its artist roster. PLATYPUS Platypus recently began preproduction on its new album in New York. Recording was scheduled to begin December 2 at Milbrook Recording Studios. Platypus is now a trio -- vocalist/guitarist Ty Tabor (Kings X), bassist John Myung (Dream Theatre) and drummer Rod Morgenstein (ex-Winger, Dixie Dregs) -- due to the departure of keyboardist Derek Sherinian. The new material will be more guitar-driven and have a heavier edge than the band's two previous releases. Platypus' new CD is tentatively scheduled for a mid- to late-spring release.

EVENT IOMA is excited to announce the official signing of Boston-based progressive act Event. The band consists of four graduates of the prestigious Berklee School of Music who together create a sound that is modern, challenging and slightly experimental. Event is perhaps a bit different from anything else on IOMA. College and commercial, modern-rock outlets will probably be interested in this quartet. An Event CD-R has been making the rounds, but expect the official release on February 20, 2001.

PAIN OF SALVATION - Progressive metal band Pain Of Salvation will headline the second and final night of Prog Power USA 2001 on Saturday, February 24. This will be the band's first-ever U.S. performance. Prog Power USA will be held at JJ Kelley's, located at 2455 W. Bernice Road in Lansing, IL (near Chicago). Pain Of Salvation's new CD, The Perfect Element, is a stunning concept album. It's the first half of a planned two-part concept revolving around childhood and adolescence. A limited edition two-CD version is available, and the second disc includes bonus tracks and CD-ROM multimedia material. TEMPORARY SITE - OFFICIAL SITE (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) - OFFICIAL PROG POWER SITE -


January 23rd, 2001
Magnitude 9 - Reality in Focus
The Flower Kings - Back in the World of Adventures*(EBS release)
Enchant - Break *(EBS series)

February 20th, 2001
Event - Human Condition
* Essential Buy Series Launched

Inside Out Music America is proud to announce the release of its first set of Essential Buy Series (EBS) albums. The albums just released are...
Arena - The Visitor
Mastermind - Excelsior
The Flower Kings - Retropolis
The Flower Kings - Stardust We Are

Essential Buy Series titles, designated by their 4000 number series, are recordings that IOMA has acquired because we feel that they are "must haves" for us - and "must haves" for anyone who truly appreciates quality music. These titles have generally been previously available only as imports in the U.S. We now proudly offer them as formal domestic releases because we think they are of exceptional quality and an "essential buy" for any true fan of progressive rock or metal. Look for the EBS logo as our official seal of approval. All the EBS titles are distributed exclusively and directly by Caroline/Century Media (Song, Inc. in Canada) and should be available at all quality record stores. If your local music retailer doesnâ?Tt already stock IOMA and IOMA/EBS titles tell them to get it!

SolidState & Tooth and Nail News

ZAO have been playing select dates around the east coast and the south. Look for the band's new record, (Self-Titled), to hit shelves 2/27/01!

Starflyer 59's 2 CD box set Easy Come, Easy Go will be out through the Tooth and Nail mailorder until the official release date of 1.23.01 - this double cd box set combines the best of SF59, including rare and live tracks. A must have for the SF59 fan!!

Blenderhead's new album is coming out 1.23.01 !! After five years of Blenderhead hibernation, most of the original members (new bass player) got back together to put out one more release entitled "Figureheads On The Forefront Of Pop Culture". It will be available through the Tooth and Nail mailorder - for more details.

Besides openning for Motorhead Blindside is writing new material at the moment. They will be spending the springtime touring in Europe and hope to be back in the states in the summer of 2001. The band also started working with Lotoma Booking Agency in Europe. :

Luti-Kriss will be hitting the road with Embodyment and Living Sacrifice in the Spring. "Throwing Myself" , their first full length for Solid State Records will behitting the street 3/13/01

Craig's Brother's been awhile since we've heard anything from these boys, but their still going strong and actually just finished up a canadian mini-tour. They're heading back out on the road in Jan. (dates below) and are re-locating to southern California. The new album entitled "Lost At Sea" is scheduled to be out 2.27.01

Further Seems Forever are also doing well. The search for a new singer is sliming down as they've been getting a great number of responses from talented vocalists everywhere. Their new album, "The Moon Is Down", hits the streets 3.27.01. expect a tour in 2001 to follow the release date!

Society's Finest has finished recording 4 brand new songs for a Goodfellow Records split cd. The band is playing around TX and currently booking a tour up the East Coast for the first of 2001. If you are a promoter in this area and are interested in booking the band email Joel at

Embodyment have been hard at work putting together material for their follow up to their critically acclaimed record, "The Narrow Scope of Things". The band will be entering Barry Poynter's studio in February. Look for tour dates around the South as well as tour dates soon for early 2001.

TEE PEE SIGNS JJ'S PARADISE PLAYERS CLUB (FEAT EX-MEMBERS OF UNSANE & GLAZED BABY) - Tee Pee Records recently signed Brooklyn based-band JJ's Paradise Players Club. The band will be releasing a two-song 7" and four-song CD/EP in February of 2001 with a full-length CD/LP to follow in June of 2001. Formed in November 1999 the band consists of Eric Cooper (ex-Kiss It Goodbye,The Kill Van Kull), Dave Curran (former UNSANE bassist), Joel Hamilton (ex-Glazed Baby) and Jim Paradise. The band's sound is very reminescent of the UNSANE with flashes of Entombed, Neurosis and AC/DC. Don't miss it. <>COMING OUT ON TEE PEE IN 2001:
Raging Slab- "The Dealer" CD/LP- The Kings and Queen of Boogie are back with their first release in three years!!! Four major-label records and 21 drummers later this band is back to re-claim their Rock N' Roll throne. Hits the streets January 23, 2001
A Fistful of Rock N' Roll Volumes 7 & 8- The series continues with two new volumes that promise to raise the stakes on all the bands out their masquerading as "Rock". Volume 7 includes such stand-outs as Adam West, The Retardos and Alabama Thunder Pussy. Volume 8 inludes Texas Terri and the Stiff Ones, Nebula and The Lord High Fixers. OUT ON CD/LP in March/2001
Mark D- New CD/LP from this former bass player of the MELVINS. Mark played on the "Stoner Witch", "Stag" and "Honky" records. This record definately retains much of that heavy sound combined with a much more psychedelic approach. A great record! A must have for fans of the Melvins, Wellwater Conspiracy and Masters of Reality. Out in March 2001.

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ULI JON ROTH RELEASES TRANSCENDENTAL SKY GUITAR CEREDIGION, Wales - Guitar virtuoso Uli Jon Roth - inspiration to guitar greats like Eddie Van Halen, Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and countless others - has returned from a 15-year absence to release "Transcendental Sky Guitar," a shining example of Roth's ability to seamlessly blend rock and classical music. "Transcendental Sky Guitar" is a mixture of Roth's own works, and classical compositions (Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, Chopin) and classic, innovative rock songs (Jimi Hendrix), transformed into epic creations. Unlike bands performing one-off shows for which classical scores are written, Roth's approach is to combine the two styles into a melange of to the two styles. "This album is for people who are ready to go on a journey without preconceptions and ideological baggage - it is for people who can feel and think freely without clinging to dogma," said Roth. "It was made to transcend boundaries, but it is not an easy ride for the listener who expects repetitive moods, modes, and structures. This is not entertainment music - it is really only for people who are able to leave their preconceived notions at the doorstep and go on a journey into another person's frame of mind. I needed to get it out of my system and I knew there would be people out there who are able to appreciate it." "Transcendental Sky Guitar" is divided into two CDs. The first is known as "The Phoenix" and consists of structured classical rock concert pieces, while the second, called "The Dragon," is encores and improvisations of freely structured, bluesy music. In all, there are 25 songs, or "voyages for the Sky Guitar" as Roth refers to them. "It is two CDs because the material demanded it," he said. "I wanted to explore new possibilities through the Sky Guitar with a vengeance. I wanted to share this kaleidoscope of emotions with my audience." A purveyor of this genre, Roth joined the Scorpions early on and recorded five albums with the band before parting to begin his own symphonic rock project, Sky of Avalon. In recent years, the guitarist had been on hiatus from performing in favor of further artistic exploration - writing four symphonies, a concerto, exploring music and philosophy, oil painting, and numerous other pursuits. "I'm eccentric, but there are a lot of misconceptions about me," Roth said. "A lot of people don't get what I'm trying to do...but there are also quite a few who do."

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