Australia's DESTRUCTION OF OZ Festival Canceled!

Australia's Destruction Of Oz festival, which was set to include appearances by DORO, CRYPTOPSY, SODOM and MARDUK (among others), has been officially canceled due to poor ticket sales. The following is a letter from the festival's organizer, Mark of Extreme Noize magazine, explaining the cancellation: "To The Metal Community, "As of today (August 6, 2003) ...

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SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY Completing Work On Sophomore Album

SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY, who recently replaced Bobby Hewitt (ex-ORGY) with original the group's drummer Neil Taylor, are currently recording their sophomore album, which they expect to complete by the end of the month. The band are still seeking a record deal following their split with Reprise Records in 2001. Among the tracks tentatively set to ...

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ANDROMEDA Announce New Bassist

Acclaimed Swedish prog-metal band ANDROMEDA have announced the addition of bassist Fabian Gustavsson to the group's ranks. Gustavsson is a permanent replacement for Jakob Tanentsapf, who apparently left the band despite only having joined the fold in February of this year. ANDROMEDA's next live performance will take place at the ProgPower Europe festival on October ...

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FURTHER LO Sign With POWER PLAY RECORDS

Columbus, Ohio-based metal band FURTHER LO, featuring former ACHERON keyboardist Aaron Werner on lead vocals, have signed a multi-album record deal with New York's Power Play Records. The band's debut full-length effort is expected to surface in the fall. In the meantime, you can check out two songs from FURTHER LO's demo/CD (recorded before Aaron ...

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GENE SIMMONS Explains KISS' Longevity

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons recently told The Toronto Sun that the secret to the band's longevity lies in defining themselves as a flashy band that plays non-flashy music, rather than the other way around. "When you think about it, we make no sense, because we're completely against fashion," he said. "Look at us — we ...

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Bassist PAZ LENCHANTIN Leaves ZWAN

Bassist Paz Lenchantin (ex-A PERFECT CIRCLE) has left ZWAN, the group fronted by former SMASHING PUMPKINS singer Billy Corgan, and will be dedicating her time to PAPA M, a long-running project founded by ZWAN guitarist David Pajo. "My experience with ZWAN has been great but it is time for me to move on to new ...

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BON JOVI To Buy Football Team?

Jon Bon Jovi is buying a pro football team, according to the New York Post. The rocker, whose band kicked off last year's NFL season with a free concert in Times Square, is snapping up a 50-percent stake in an arena football team in Philadelphia, not far from his beloved New Jersey. The multimillion dollar ...

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