DARKWELL Split With Singer, Announce Replacement

Austrian "gothic metal" band DARKWELL, featuring ex-ABIGOR drummer Moritz Neuner, have parted ways with vocalist Alexandra P. and have replaced her with a lady presently known only as Stephanie M. "Because of musical and personal differences, the way of Alexandra and DARKWELL has to split," the band said in an official statement. "We hope to ...

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JIMMY PAGE Says LED ZEPPELIN Reunion Has Not Been Discussed

Former LED ZEPPELIN guitarist Jimmy Page recently told Launch that work on the new ZEPPELIN DVD and live album have kept him so busy that he hasn't discussed a reunion with singer Robert Plant or bassist-keyboardist John Paul Jones. "The members of the group have not discussed, if you can believe this...with all the other ...

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FEAR FACTORY Frontman Relocates To New York

FEAR FACTORY frontman Burton C. Bell is reportedly in the process of relocating to New York from his native Los Angeles in order to focus all his time and energy on his new project ASCENSION OF THE WATCHERS (formerly THE WATCHERS). In an April posting to the band's official web site, Burton talked about the ...

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SINERGY Blame Promoter For Venezuela Gig Cancellation

Finland's SINERGY have issued a follow-up statement regarding the cancellation of their previously announced May 31 gig in Caracas, Venezuela. It reads as follows: "To all the fans in Venezuela, "There has been some confusion on why our concert was cancelled. It seems the Venezuelan promoter wrote in his so-called 'official statement' (written ...

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METALLICA To Release Much-Anticipated 'St. Anger' Five Days Early

Due to the unprecedented level of anticipation and the prevalence of sub-standard versions of METALLICA's upcoming CD, "St. Anger", already in circulation, Elektra Records has moved up the release date of the new album, from Tuesday, June 10, to Thursday, June 5. Elektra and METALLICA have taken this extraordinary measure to ensure that counterfeit copies ...

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Vocalist MATT BARLOW Leaves ICED EARTH!

Vocalist Matt Barlow has announced his departure from ICED EARTH in order to pursue a career doing administrative work for the Department of Homeland Security. The following is Barlow's official statement on the matter: "In December of last year, prior to ICED EARTH signing a new record deal, [ICED EARTH mainman] Jon [Schaffer] and I ...

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SLIPKNOT Bassist Arrested On Drug Charges

SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and a red light violation Sunday afternoon (June 1) following a traffic crash, according to the Des Moines Register. Des Moines police officer Larry Van Ginkel said small amounts of marijuana and a substance that field-tested ...

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ABIGOR Split Up!

Austrian black metal outfit ABIGOR have officially split up, according to mainman Peter Kubik. "There are different reasons for my decision, mainly because I am pissed by the entire Black-Metal genre," Kubik explained in a statement announcing the group's decision to disband. "I simply can't identify myself, nor ABIGOR with today's Black-Metal genre anymore — ...

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