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Studio plans: Kirk Hammett

Kirk Hammett has revealed Metallica will record a two-week special project in May – but it’s not the band’s next record. He says: “I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s a recording project rather than a Metallica album. Whether we can pull it off in just two weeks remains to be seen.”

Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan has added fuel to the rumours of Corey Taylor being the band’s new frontman. Without confirming or denying anything McKagan says: “Axl Rose and Scott Weiland are two of the best frontmen ever. Corey is one of those guys as well – he’s a bad dude. I like him as a human being and as a singer. He’s the voice of a whole new generation.”

Activision have killed off their Guitar Hero game with immediate effect. The most recent edition sold just 110,000 copies in its launch week, compared to 1.5m copies of the previous release.

Saxon are looking for fans to become part of a backing choir on a recording session tonight, February 10. The band say: “If anyone can get to Brighton Electric Recording Co, Tramway House, 43-45 Coombe Terrace, Brighton BN2 4AD tonight at 8pm, we need a choir for one of our songs, called Back in 79.”

Jack Osbourne has changed the name of the documentary he’s made about his dad Ozzy. It was to be called Wreckage of My Part: The Ozzy Osbourne Story, but it’s now entitled God Bless Ozzy Osbourne.

Bassist Ali Dean has left Architects to continue dealing with the family issues which saw him miss a recent tour. He says: “We suffered a pretty huge loss recently and I can no longer commit to the band. I consider myself very fortunate to have travelled with these guys. I wouldn’t change a thing.” The band add: “No one will miss Ali more than the four of us. We’re uncertain who will fill the role but we have no intention of slowing down.”

Nightwish will next month begin filming a movie based on the themes and songs of their upcoming album. Both releases will be called Imaginarium.

The Sword frontman JD Cronise says replacing drummer Trivett Wingo was a unique experience for the band: “We has so many professional drummers asking to be in the band. Luckily we found Kevin Fender, a guy here in town who was a friend of a friend, so it became just a normal situation, like when any of the other bands I’d been in found a new member.”

Glenn Danzig has finally started work on the covers album he’s been planning for some years. He reports he’s recorded five tracks including Elvis and Black Sabbath numbers.

Europe have confirmed they’ll be filming their show at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, on February 19. The resulting live movie will be released in October with a bonus live CD.

Disturbed singer David Draiman has been ordered to take three weeks off without using his voice at all after his throat was damaged by cold air during an outdoor show earlier this week. The band didn’t appear at last night’s stop of the Music as a Weapon tour, with c-headliners Korn playing an extended set instead. Now Disturbed will also miss the final three shows of the first leg.

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