GODSMACK's ERNA: We're Not An ALICE IN CHAINS Clone Band

GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna believes that his band is more original-sounding than they're being given credit for. When asked by Launch recently how he feels about the way the group is perceived by critics, Erna said, "I think the only misconception is that we were pegged as an ALICE IN CHAINS clone band at one ...

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FATES WARNING Drummer To Sit Out QUEENSRŸCHE/DREAM THEATER Tour

FATES WARNING drummer Mark Zonder will not be able to accompany the group on their summer tour with QUEENSRŸCHE and DREAM THEATER due to "personal commitments," according to FW guitarist Jim Matheos. A temporary replacement has yet to be announced. In other news, FATES WARNING will be rejoined during the upcoming dates by former guitarist ...

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NIGHTWISH Singer To Tour With TIMO RAUTIAINEN & TRIO NISKALAUKAUS

NIGHTWISH frontwoman Tarja Turunen will tour with TIMO RAUTIAINEN & TRIO NISKALAUKAUS for several weeks in June/July. "Yes, it's true. I will tour with NISKALAUKAUS for their first gigs this summer," Tarja confirmed in a statement posted on NIGHTWISH's official web site. "Timo [Rautiainen] called me end of last year and asked me if I ...

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UNHOLY GHOST To Make Live Debut

UNHOLY GHOST, the new band featuring DIABOLIC founding members Aantar Lee Coates (drums), Paul Ouellette (vocals/bass), and Jerry Mortellaro (guitar), will make their live debut on May 30 at Culture Room in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Also appearing at the show will be headliners MALEVOLENT CREATION. UNHOLY GHOST, whose lineup is completed by original DIABOLIC guitarist ...

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ABIGOR: 'On Ice'!

Austrian black metal outfit ABIGOR have been put "on ice" indefinitely in the wake of the group's apparent disagreements with their record label, Napalm Records. "Because of some serious problems with Napalm Records concerning the studio, and the budget of the upcoming album, I decided to lay ABIGOR on ice!" mainman Peter Kubik wrote on ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD: Headlining Dates Announced

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD have lined up the following headlining dates in May: May 18 - Birch Hill - Old Bridge, NJ May 19 - Jaxx - West Springfield, VA May 20 - The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA May 21 - Village Underground - New York, NY May 22 - North Six - Brooklyn, NY May ...

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DEATH ANGEL Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL 2003

DEATH ANGEL are the latest act to have been confirmed for Rock Hard Festival 2003, a two-day event set to take place June 7-8 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. A total of 16 bands will perform at the Rock Hard magazine-sponsored festival, which will include the only European appearance by the reunited Chicago doomsters TROUBLE. ...

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