It's Official: SPINESHANK Part Ways With Vocalist JONNY SANTOS

SPINESHANK have officially parted ways with vocalist Jonny Santos, a spokesperson for the band's management company has confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET. The following is drummer Tommy Decker's statement on the matter: "The rumor is true. It is an amicable split and is mainly due to musical differences. The four of us have accomplished a lot of ...

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SCOTT WEILAND Switches Rehab Facilities Once Again

MTV.com reports: "Scott Weiland has switched rehab facilities once again — but this time, the court does not approve. The former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS frontman/current VELVET REVOLVER singer was originally placed in court-ordered lockdown rehab at Grandview in Pasadena, California, and then, with the court's permission, switched to Las Encinas, also in Pasadena, last month. ...

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Bassist JOHN BECHTEL Leaves SYSTEMATIC

Bassist John Mark Bechtel has left San Francisco Bay Area metallers SYSTEMATIC. No reason was given for his departure. Bechtel, who played on SYSTEMATIC's sophomore album, 2003's "Pleasure To Burn", will reportedly be performing with CORETEZ when they open for HATEBREED on January 28-29 at Downtown in Farmingdale, New York. It is not presently clear ...

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DOPE Postpone Shows After Tour Bus Breaks Down

DOPE have been forced to postpone tonight's show in Columbus, OH and tomorrow's show in Fayetteville, NC due to "circumstances beyond their control." According to a posting on the group's official web site, "the band's tour bus, en route from North Carolina to pick them up, suffered from mechanical failures, leaving the band stranded at ...

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BLO.TORCH To Take Part In Battle Of The Bands

Dutch death metallers BLO.TORCH have been selected to participate in the prestigious "Grote Prijs Van Zuid-Holland" competition, an annual event for regional bands in all genres. This event is an initiative of "De Zuid-Hollandse Popunie", an organization which promotes music from the Zuid (Holland) region, BLO.TORCH are the featured "Band of the Month" on the ...

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MICHAEL SCHENKER To Record Album Of Classic '70s Covers

Legendary guitarist Michael Schenker has teamed up with vocalist Davey Pattison (GAMMA, ROBIN TROWER) to record an album of cover versions of classic '70s songs. The CD, titled "Endless Jam" is tentatively due in the spring through Mascot Records in Europe and Shrapnel Records in the U.S. Also set to make a guest appearance on ...

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EXMORTEM To Enter Studio In May

Danish death metallers EXMORTEM will record the follow-up to 2002's "Pestilence Empire" in May/June at the Antfarm Studio (Aarhus, Denmark) with producer Tue Madsen. No title has been set for the album yet, but a few "working" songtitles are as follows: "Nihilistic Contentment", "Graveside Mourning Ritual" and "Parasite Paradise". According to the band, "The material ...

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DISBELIEF: New Album To Receive North American Release

Nuclear Blast Records USA has inked a licensing deal with Massacre Records for the release of the fifth album from German death metallers DISBELIEF, entitled "Spreading The Rage". The follow-up to 2002's "Shine", available in Europe since October, will be issued in North/South America and Australia on March 23. "Spreading The Rage" was recorded in ...

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