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TWISTED SISTER Frontman Fights Premature Birth

TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider has been named the Grand Marshall and Chairperson of the March of Dimes ride, which is scheduled to take place Sunday, May 23 in Westbury, New York. Over 1,000 motorcycle enthusiasts will join Dee Snider to help the March of Dimes raise money to pursue its mission and fight premature ...

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DUNGEON Part Ways With Bassist, Seek Replacement

Brendon "Dakk" McDonald, bassist for the Australian melodic power metal band DUNGEON, has quit the band due to "personal reasons." Dakk's official statement on the matter reads as follows: "The decision [to leave DUNGEON] has not been an easy one — yet at the same time I feel that due to many factors I have ...

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BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION Singer Comments On Toronto Cancellation

BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION frontman London LeGrand has posted the following message in the "Diary" section of the band's official web site: "People, there was talk earlier that day we would not be entering Canada because of their government not being understanding enough to realize human beings are only just that…human beings. And because of this, ...

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VH1 Counts Down '100 Most Metal Moments' In Five-Night Special

MOTÖRHEAD, W.A.S.P.'s Blackie Lawless, POISON's Bret Michaels, former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach, ANTHRAX, L.A. GUNS, KISS, ex-MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil, Ronnie James Dio and FASTER PUSSYCAT are among the artists featured in "100 Most Metal Moments", a VH1 special focusing on the "entertaining (and sometimes shocking) moments" that defined heavy metal music's heyday. ...

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KEROZENE: The Birth Of A New Swedish Metal Monster

KEROZENE, the new Swedish band featuring guitarist Niclas Engelin (PASSENGER, ex-GARDENIAN, IN FLAMES), drummer Patrik J. Sten (PASSENGER, ex-TRANSPORT LEAGUE), bassist Robert Hakemo (ex-GARDENIAN, GOOSEFLESH) and newcomer vocalist Mikael Skager, have completed work on their debut album at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden for a tentative late 2004 release through an as-yet-undetermined label. Decribing KEROZENE ...

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KATAKLYSM Cancel European Tour

Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM have been forced to cancel their European tour with CROWBAR and their appearance at the With Full Force open air festival in Germany. According to an official press release from the group, the reason for the cancellation is the fact that "[vocalist] Maurizio [Iacono] and wife Meggin are expecting a little ...

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SKINLAB Part Ways With Drummer And Guitarist, Seek Replacements

SKINLAB bassist/vocalist Steev Esquivel has issued the following update on the band's activities: "Hey there everyone. Sorry it's been awhile since the last official update. Even though we've been laying low since the completion of the Jagermusic tour with SLAYER, HATEBREED and our labelmates ARCH ENEMY, there has been a lot going on in the ...

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Bassist DEREK BOYER Quits DECREPIT BIRTH, Joins SUFFOCATION

Bassist Derek Boyer has left Santa Cruz, California-based death metallers DECREPIT BIRTH to join SUFFOCATION as their new full-time bassist. "We wish [Derek] the best of luck while playing in one of the best extreme bands of all time," DECREPIT BIRTH write on their web site. "Derek remains a close friend of ours, and we ...

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SLAVES ON DOPE Go 'On Hiatus', Bandmembers Launch New Project

SLAVES ON DOPE have effectively disbanded following the rumored departure of vocalist Jason Rockman. The group's official statement on the matter is as follows: "Due to personal life changes, SLAVES ON DOPE have decided to place their career on hiatus for the foreseeable future. We'd like to thank our fans, once again, for their incredible ...

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Former NOTHINGFACE Members Launch New Projects

Former NOTHINGFACE guitarist Tom Maxwell and drummer Tommy Sickles have announced the formation of COLDWHITECHRIST with bassist Jerry Montano (DEADLIGHTS, DANZIG). Tom Maxwell explains, "After Ozzfest, Tommy and I decided to start a project with our longtime friends Jerry and Chad Gray (MUDVAYNE). We began recording demos with Drew Mazurek (LINKIN PARK, GWAR, NOTHINGFACE), and ...

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For three years, we've been hearing rumors that Dave Grohl — former drummer for NIRVANA, singer and guitarist for his own band, FOO FIGHTERS, as well as sometime drummer for QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE — one of the last standing heroes of alternative rock, was compiling an album of thrash metal tunes, with each ...

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PRIMAL FEAR Guitarist Welcomes Addition To Family

Congratulations are in order for PRIMAL FEAR guitarist Stefan Leibing and his wife Monika on the birth of their son, Eric. The latest addition to the German "Metal Commando" arrived Monday (December 5) at 10:30 a.m. local time. As previously reported, PRIMAL FEAR's new album, "Devil's Ground" (view cover art here), is due ...

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KATATONIA Welcome Addition To Family

BLABBERMOUTH.NET would like to congratulate KATATONIA guitarist Fredrik Norrman and girlfriend Hilma on the birth of their first child, a daughter, Saturday morning (December 27). As previously reported, KATATONIA are currently editing their first DVD, due sometime next year. A Polish Cracow gig from April 2003 will be the main attraction of the disc, but ...

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HAMMERFALL: New Album To Surface In Early 2005

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "A couple of days ago, [singer] Joacim [Cans]' girlfriend gave birth to a healthy, little baby girl! She is the first child born under the Templar banner, and congratulations from the whole band is in order, of course! "Injury update: ...

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SILVERCHAIR Singer Teams Up With Dance Producer In THE DISSOCIATIVES

SILVERCHAIR frontman Daniel Johns and dance producer/artist Paul Mac have officially announced the birth of their new band — THE DISSOCIATIVES. The pair spent about two months together this year, with writing and recording stints in London, Sydney and Newcastle. The first fruit of these sessions will be revealed when the debut single from THE ...

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STRATOVARIUS: JENS In, KOTIPELTO Out?

STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki has reportedly told the Finnish daily newspaper Ilta-Sanomat that keyboardist Jens Johansson will definitely continue to be a member of the band once the group have sorted through their current personnel "crisis". The situation with the band's drummer, Jörg Michael, however, is still up in the air. According to Tolkki, Michael's ...

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CREMATORY: Album Recording Sessions Halted

German melodic gothic metal band CREMATORY, who split up in 2001 after a successful, decade-long career, have been forced to postpone the release date of their much-anticipated comeback album, "Revolution", after keyboardist Katrin Goger gave birth to her daughter two weeks prior to the expected due date. As a result, the band have halted the ...

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KATATONIA Drummer Becomes A Father

KATATONIA drummer Daniel Liljekvist became a father Thursday night (Nov. 20) when his girlfriend Johanna gave birth to the couple's first child, a daughter. As previously reported, KATATONIA guitarist Anders Nyström (a.k.a. Blakkheim) recently entered Studio Castillo in Stockholm with engineer David Castillo (live sound engineer for KATATONIA) to begin recording the fifth album from ...

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ORPHANED LAND Complete Work On 'Mabool'

Long-running Israeli metallers ORPHANED LAND have completed work on their third full-length album, titled "Mabool", for an early 2004 release through Century Media Records. "Mabool" was recorded at Zaza and Bardo Studios in Israel. Commented singer Kobi Farhi, "[The new CD] is the most hard and painful creation we did in our lives, the album ...

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EMERALD: New Album Cover Posted Online

Swiss melodic metallers EMERALD have posted the cover artwork for their third full-length album, "Forces Of Doom", at this location. The follow-up to 2002's "Calling The Knights" was recorded at Mohrmann Studios in Bochum, Germany with producers Detlef Mohrmann and Axel Thubeauville. Included on the CD is a guest appearance by MAJESTY guitarist ...

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KONKHRA: The Israel 'Reality Check Tour' Report

KONKHRA mainman Anders Lundemark has sent us the following report from the band's recent tour of Israel: "After confirming our involvement in this festival we did get some calls from family, asking us what we were thinking. In Denmark, nothing much happens, so if there is something happening in Israel, preferably a suicide bombing, it ...

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KOBEAST To Enter Studio In December

KOBEAST, the solo project of Denmark-based guitarist/bassist Michael Kopietz (FROZEN SUN, PANZERCHRIST, 12 GAUGE), will enter Niflheim studio the first week of December to record eight songs of "brutal death metal in the vein of MALEVOLENT CREATION, MORBID ANGEL and DEICIDE." Completing the recording lineup during the sessions will be drummer Reno Kiilerich (FROZEN SUN, ...

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EMERALD Complete Work On New Album

Swiss melodic metallers EMERALD have competed work on their third full-length album, "Forces Of Doom", at Mohrmann Studios in Bochum, Germany with producers Detlef Mohrmann and Axel Thubeauville. Included on the CD is a guest appearance by MAJESTY guitarist Tarek Maghary, who played a solo on the title cut, "Forces Of Doom". A January/February 2004 ...

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PAINMUSEUM: Album Details Revealed

PAINMUSEUM, the new band featuring ex-HALFORD guitarist Metal Mike Chlasciak, vocalist Tim Clayborne, and former HALFORD drummer Bobby Jarzombek, have set "Metal For Life (Battle Hymns For The New Apocalypse)" as the title for their debut album, tentatively due in early 2004 through an as-yet-undetermined label. The album, which was recorded at Mike Vescera's (LOUDNESS, ...

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EMERALD Begin Recording New Album

Swiss melodic metallers EMERALD have commenced the recording process for their third full-length album, "Forces Of Doom", at Mohrmann Studios in Bochum, Germany with producers Detlef Mohrmann and Axel Thubeauville. An early 2004 release through Germany's Crazy Life Music/Shark Records is expected. The complete track listing for "Forces Of Doom" is as follows: 01. Enter ...

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GREAT WHITE Benefit Concert In Virginia Cancelled

Jay Nedry, owner of Jaxx nightclub in West Springfield, Virginia cancelled the GREAT WHITE show scheduled for Friday, September 5. Nedry states that it is due to cash flow problems. Citing recent losses, plus having rent and taxes due, Nedry has no means to keep the show alive. Both the band's agent and manager have ...

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