HAMMERFALL Debut At German #13!

Sweden's HAMMERFALL debuted at position #13 on the German Media Control charts with their newest release, "Crimson Thunder" — the group's highest chart position ever in Germany. Meanwhile, "Crimson Thunder" landed at #3 in their home country, #83 in Switzerland, #82 in Japan and #65 in Austria. ...

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THE WILDHEARTS To Issue Two DVDs

THE WILDHEARTS have set March 2003 as the tentative release date of their upcoming DVD. The disc — which shouldn't be confused with the Japanese DVD that EastWest Japan recently put out — looks set to include all of THE WILDHEARTS' promo videos along with an audio commentary from the band themselves. Says mainman Ginger: ...

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DREAM THEATER Drummer Announces Clinics, Autograph Sessions

DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy has lined up the following clinic/autograph sessions during December: Dec. 07 Drum Day LA (live appearance) House of Blues 8430 Sunset Blvd. W. Hollywood, CA. 90069 Dec. 09 Lemon Percussion (autograph appearance) 820 Willow St. #200 San Jose, CA. 95125 330-434-3138 Dec. 10 Drum Headquarters (autograph appearance) 7241 Manchester Rd. ...

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TYPE O NEGATIVE Drummer To Perform Additional Dates With DANZIG

According to DANZIG's official web site, TYPE O NEGATIVE drummer Johnny Kelly will be joining the group for a possible "surprise" New Year's Eve show as well as upcoming Japanese dates. As reported here yesterday, Kelly has signed on to perform with the band during their European tour, due to kick off later this month. ...

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PUSHED Announce West Hollywood Gig

Southern California's PUSHED, featuring former TESTAMENT/SLAYER drummer Jon Dette and ex-TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian, have announced a show at the Whiskey A Go-Go in West Hollywood, California on Tuesday, Nov. 26. The band is scheduled to take the stage at 7:30 p.m. ...

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EXCITER Part With Bassist

Canadian thrashers EXCITER have parted ways with bassist Marc Charron, who left the band to pursue his career in the high tech industry. A new bass player is auditioning for the vacant spot later this week. In other news, the group have a new email address: [email protected] ...

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SLIPKNOT's THE CLOWN: ' We're The Biggest Punk Band In The World'

SLIPKNOT percussionist/mastermind Shawn Crahan, also known as Clown, claims that he's supportive of vocalist Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root's massively-successful STONE SOUR project. "If I didn't support him or fuckin' love what he's doing, I wouldn't be a friend," Crahan told Launch. "I wouldn't have meant any of the words I've said in SLIPKNOT. ...

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MACHINE HEAD Offer Fans Chance To Name Live Album

MACHINE HEAD are giving their fans a chance to name the group's upcoming live album, tentatively due in February through Roadrunner Records. To participate, simply send an e-mail with your suggestions to [email protected] If one of your choices is picked, you'll see your title on the cover, get credit in the album, and receive a ...

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