LITHIUM Confirmed For Germany's M'ERA LUNA Festival

Sweden's LITHIUM, who feature in their ranks former TIAMAT bassist Johnny Hagel on keyboards, have been confirmed to appear at the M'era Luna festival in Hildersheim, Germany on Sunday, August 10. Also set to perform at the event are NIGHTWISH, WITHIN TEMPTATION, APOCALYPTICA, KILLING JOKE, and LACUNA COIL, among others. For more information, visit the ...

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MIKE PATTON: 'MR. BUNGLE Is Over'

Former FAITH NO MORE frontman Mike Patton says that he has moved on from MR. BUNGLE and is making TOMAHAWK his main priority. "I think [MR. BUNGLE] is over," Patton told Underdog Online. "The guys are spread all over the world and we don't talk to each other. I have not spoken to a couple ...

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GARDENIAN Begin Mixing New Album

Sweden's GARDENIAN have completed the recording sessions for their as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2000's "Sindustries" and are currently mixing the effort at Gothenburg's Studio Fredman for a tentative late 2003 release through an as-yet-undetermined label. "When the mixing is done GARDENIAN will start shopping for a new record deal," the band write on their official web ...

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40 GRIT Bassist Sustains Injury, Sits Out Live Dates

40 GRIT bassist Kevin Young has suffered a herniated disc sustained during his performance in Ladd, Illinois, and, on doctor's orders, will be resting for the next seven days. Filling in for Kevin on the group's U.S. tour with PISSING RAZORS, SOCIETY 1, and LUXT is PISSING RAZORS guitar tech Rubin. 40 GRIT recently issued ...

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DEFTONES Joined By TAPROOT Singer At Detroit Gig

DEFTONES brought a special guest — TAPROOT frontman Steve Richards — onstage Thursday (May 8) at St. Andrew's Hall in Detroit. Richards joined the group for the song, "Teething", DEFTONES' contribution to the 1996 soundtrack for "The Crow: City Of Angels". DEFTONES singer Chino Moreno noted that TAPROOT — who hail from nearby Ann Arbor ...

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HAMMERFALL To Release Live Album In The Fall

HAMMERFALL have announced plans to release a live CD this fall through Nuclear Blast Records. The as-yet-untitled album will be recorded on the current leg of the group's "Crimson Thunder" tour, which kicks off Thursday night (May 15) in Santiago, Chile. Upcoming HAMMERFALL tour dates: May 15 - Santiago, CHL @ Estadio de Chile May ...

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ROB HALFORD Not 'TWO' Metal For REZNOR-Era Material

In a recent interview with Electricbasement.com, Rob Halford spoke of the possibility of incorporating some of his controversial "non-metal" TWO material into future set lists (TWO's "Voyeurs" CD was produced by Trent Reznor of NINE INCH NAILS fame), "I have to stop avoiding that because I still love that record," Rob said. "It was definitely ...

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DISMEMBER, MERCILESS To Play Special Gig In Stockholm

DISMEMBER and MERCILESS will team up for a special gig at Klubben in Stockholm, Sweden on May 27. 650 tickets are available for the show, which will be recorded for an upcoming DVD. Tickets are priced at 60 SEK (approx. $7.50). DISMEMBER's new album, "Where Ironcrosses Grow", is due in September through Hammerheart Records. The ...

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LIVING SACRIFICE Announce Plans To Disband

LIVING SACRIFICE have announced plans to disband following their appearance at the Cornerstone Festival in Bushnell, Illinois on July 5. "This is it for real this time," the band write in a statement on their official web site. "Due to personal family obligations and issues that have recently come up, LIVING SACRIFICE will not continue ...

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BACKYARD BABIES Select Producer For New CD

Sweden's BACKYARD BABIES have reportedly selected Joe Barresi (PENNYWISE, BUCKCHERRY, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, SKUNK ANANSIE, KYUSS) to produce their as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2001's "Making Enemies Is Good". The band are expected to enter Stockholm's Polar Studios during the coming weeks to begin recording the CD for a late 2003 release through RCA/BMG Records. ...

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