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Swedish epic doom metallers BELOW are currently hold up at Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden with KING DIAMOND guitarist Andy La Rocque recording their Metal Blade Records debut.

BELOW draws influences from BLACK SABBATH, CANDLEMASS and KING DIAMOND, so going with La Rocque as the producer was a clear choice for the group.

“The progress of the recording of our debut album is going great and to have the opportunity to work with Andy La Rocque and Olof in Sonic Train Studios is amazing,” says the band.

“We are currently finished recording the drums, the bass and the main guitars, and will start with the vocals this weekend. It sounds amazing already. It will be a truly epic album that will leave its mark in the history of doom.”

La Rocque adds: This is one of the heaviest bands I have worked with in the studio for a very long time, and the sounds so far is amazing! And always great to work with great musicians!”

The Swedish quintet is working with Tobias Rosén — bass player of fellow Metal Blade Records artists NOCTUM — of Howlin’ Owl Productions and a split seven-inch single is in set to be released by Dark Descent Records. The full-length CD will follow in 2014.

In November, BELOW will tour Europe for the first time supporting the mighty doom band DEVIL from Norway.

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Resurrected NWOBHM crusaders Hell are busy in the studio working on the follow-up to 2011′s glorious Human Remains, so we asked guitarist Andy Sneap how it’s all coming together.

What’s happening, Sneap?

“Spent the day tracking guitars to the album opener (and eighth track recorded so far). Quite a fast paced little ditty with lots of unexpected twists and turns. Aiming to get 11 or 12 recorded in total by the end of the month but that all depends on deadlines, schedules and how we feel things are working out. I’m very pleased and genuinely excited by what we have put down so far, the studio is a mess and I find myself wandering around at ungodly hours talking to myself, tweaking hi hat EQ’s and trying bizarre solo ideas, which I tend to scrap when I listen with fresh ears the next day. It’s one of the pitfalls of having a studio attached to your house , you never can get away from it….”

Cheers, Sneap! New Hell album Curse And Chapter will be released November 25 via Nuclear Blast.

Tickets for this year’s monstrous Defenders Of The Faith IV tour are on sale….NOW!

Amon Amarth, Carcass, Bleed From Within and Hell hit the following venues this winter:


Nov 12 Birmingham o2 Academy
Nov 13 Manchester o2 Academy
Nov 14 Glasgow Barrowland
Nov 15 Bristol o2 Academy
Nov 17 London Forum


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Danish rock singer Maryann Cotton (born Jackie Patino), the son of KING DIAMOND bassist Hal Patino, has announced via his Facebook page that legendary rocker Alice Cooper “has written material” for Cotton‘s sophomore album, tentatively due in early 2014. Alice‘s involvement will be featured on three songs, along with his former collaborator Dick Wagner.

“My meeting with Alice Cooper in Germany went so well,” says Maryann. “He was such a nice guy and I can’t wait to go in the studio and record the songs they have written. It takes me back to my childhood when I listen to the tracks by Dick Wagner and Alice Cooper.

“Thank you so much for a great time together and for all your help and support, I really appreciate it!

“My biggest inspiration and hero of all time, Alice Cooper!”

Wagner is producing the new Maryann Cotton CD, which will be “a full concept album,” with “the most terrifying horror story ever,” according to a press release. Also set to make a guest appearance on the effort is KING DIAMOND guitarist Andy La Rocque.

La Rocque previously played on Cotton‘s debut CD, last year’s “Free Falling Angels”, on the tracks “Crazy”, “Night Train To Paris”, “Miss Misery”, “Shock Me” and “Maryann”.

Maryann Cotton debuted his new band on September 14, 2012 at Amager Bio in Copenhagen, Denmark.

“Free Falling Angels” was released on June 15, 2012 via Pure Steel Records. The CD featured guest appearances by four musicians who performed on KING DIAMOND‘s 1990 album, “The Eye”Hal Patino, guitarists Andy La Rocque and Pete Blakk, and drummer Snowy Shaw.

Maryann Cotton‘s career was launched in 2006 when he performed live on Danish TV as part of the “Scenen Er Din” program (Danish version of “Star Search”).

Photo above courtesy of Maryann Cotton‘s Facebook page.

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I AM I, the new band led by former DRAGONFORCE singer ZP Theart, has announced the addition of guitarist Andy Midgley to the group’s ranks.

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Norwegian thrashers CRITICAL SOLUTION have finished recording their debut album at KING DIAMOND guitarist Andy La Rocque’s Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden.

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KING DIAMOND guitarist Andy La Rocque will make a guest appearance on the sophomore album from Danish rock singer Maryann Cotton (born Jackie Patino), the son of KING DIAMOND bassist Hal Patino.

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Grease Helmet, featuring former Hanoi Rocks guitarist Andy McCoy, released their self-titled debut album on September 5th.

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Music lesson web site is now featuring a second round of guitar lesson videos with guitarist Andy Willliams from Every Time I Die. is owned and operated by Bob Balch from Fu Manchu.

The video for the opening riff of “Revival Mode” can now be viewed in Flash and Quicktime HD format at this location. These lessons are also now available:

* “I SUCK (BLOOD)” Part 1 (Main Riff and Bookends)
* “I SUCK (BLOOD)” Part 2 (Second Riff)
* “I SUCK (BLOOD)” Part 3 (Build Up Riff and Song Influences)
* “I SUCK (BLOOD)” Part 4 (Breakdown Riff)
* “I SUCK (BLOOD)” Part 5 (Song Structure)

* “REVIVAL MODE” Part 1 (Opening Riff)
* “REVIVAL MODE” Part 2 (Verse Riff and Song Influence)
* “REVIVAL MODE” Part 3 (Rhythm Under the Solo and Recording with JOHN CHRIST)

* “TYPICAL MIRACLE” Part 1 (Intro Riff, Verse Riff and Song Evolution)
* “TYPICAL MIRACLE” Part 2 (Song Influence)

* “UNDERWATER BIMBOS FROM OUTER SPACE” Part 4 (Overlapping Bar Lines, Outro)

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Music lesson web site link is now featuring a second round of guitar lesson videos with guitarist Andy Williams from EVERY TIME I DIE.

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GREASE HELMET, the new Finnish band featuring former HANOI ROCKS guitarist Andy McCoy alongside members of AMORPHIS, made its live debut on October 26 at Tulisuudelma in Vantaa, Finland.

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