LACUNA COIL To Enter Studio In January/February

LACUNA COIL frontwoman Cristina Scabbia and guitarist Cristiano Migliore have spoken to Billboard.com about their burgeoning success in the wake of the group's appearance at this year's Ozzfest festival. The group's latest Century Media album, "Comalies" (2002), has sold 147,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, becoming the label's first ...

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LEFAY Change Name Back To MORGANA LEFAY

Swedish "heavy doom progressive" band LEFAY have changed their name back to MORGANA LEFAY following the signing of a new record deal with their previous label, Black Mark Records. The group's official statement on the matter is as follows: "Anyone who's been following the band over the years knows that LEFAY is, and always has ...

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METALLICA Drummer Attends JOHN STEINBECK AWARD Presentation

METALLICA's Lars Ulrich was one of the well-wishers at the presentation of this year's John Steinbeck Award to his close friend, Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn, at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco on Friday (Sept. 10), according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The John Steinbeck Award has been given annually since 1996 by ...

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ZAN CLAN To Open For WHITESNAKE In Sweden

ZAN CLAN, the new group fronted by former SHOTGUN MESSIAH vocalist Zinny Zan, will be opening for WHITESNAKE in Gothenburg (Scandinavium) on September 17 and in Stockholm (Hovet) on September 18. ZAN CLAN's lineup is completed by guitarist/producer/songwriter Chris Laney (SCRATCH, UNAMEUS, 17, GODSACHE), former TALISMAN/GREAT KING RAT guitarist Pontus Norgren, and ex-LION'S SHARE members ...

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EXODUS: Singer ZETRO SOUZA Was Fired!

San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS have confirmed the departure of singer Steve "Zetro" Souza from the group's ranks. "Zetro is out of the band for sure!" EXODUS manager Steven Warner told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Asked about the reports that Zetro left the band of his own accord, Warner replied, "He did not quit, he was fired!" ...

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SYMPHONY X: New Album Due Next Spring

Prog-metallers SYMPHONY X are continuing to split time between writing material for a new CD and some solo project work. Keyboardist Mike Pinnella's solo album was recently completed, and singer Russell Allen's solo CD is expected to be finished by late October, at which time the band will concentrate on writing, and then recording the ...

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Singer ZETRO SOUZA Quits EXODUS (Again)

Vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza has quit EXODUS on the eve of the band's South American headlining tour, BLABBERMOUTH.NET can exclusively reveal. Although EXODUS have attributed Zetro's absence from the trek to an illness suffered by the singer during the band's recently completed Japanese tour, Souza is said to have in fact left the group over ...

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WYKKED WYTCH Added To DEATH ANGEL European Tour

Contrary to an earlier announcement, SCARVE will *NOT* be taking part in the upcoming European tour headlined by DEATH ANGEL. Joining the reunited San Francisco Bay Area metallers will be WYKKED WYTCH, MERCENARY and ILLDISPOSED. Tentative dates are as follows: Dec. 03 - UK Dec. 04 - UK Dec. 05 - UK Dec. 06 - ...

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