GODSMACK Members Attend Benefit For Rhode Island Concert Victims

The Boston Herald reports GODSMACK members Sully Erna, Tony Rambola and Shannon Larkin were on hand at a benefit that was staged for the Keith R. Lapierre Family Fund and the Adrian Krasinskas Fund. Lapierre, 29, perished in The Station inferno last month during the GREAT WHITE performance, leaving behind a 22-month-old son and his ...

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AMARAN Name Second CD, Speak Out Against War

Sweden's AMARAN, the band featuring former members of MOURNING SIGN, have set "Pristine In Bondage" as the title for their second album, due late summer through Listenable Records. "Pristine In Bondage" will be recorded at Studio Underground in Västerås, Sweden between Apr. 7 and Apr. 27. 13 new songs have been completed for the CD ...

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PAGAN WAR MACHINE To Support SEVEN WITCHES, CAGE

PAGAN WAR MACHINE, the new Los Angeles-based thrash project featuring Jim Durkin (former DARK ANGEL guitarist), Steve Gaines (ABATTOIR frontman), Marcelo Lima (guitar) and "Meyhem" Mendez (drums), will be performing with SEVEN WITCHES and CAGE at The Galaxy Concert Theatre in Santa Ana, California on April 16. ...

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ZAKK WYLDE: 'U.S. Troops Will Crush And Dominate' The Iraqis

OZZY OSBOURNE/BLACK LABEL SOCIETY guitarist Zakk Wylde was recently asked how war with Iraq is affecting his touring plans with both groups. "The Ozzfest obviously was talking about going over to Europe," Wylde told Launch. "Who knows if we're still going by that time and things are starting to get ugly or whatever, but you ...

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KREATOR Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL 2003

KREATOR have replaced AMON AMARTH on the bill for Rock Hard Festival 2003, a two-day event set to take place June 7-8 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. No reason was given for AMON AMARTH's withdrawal from the event. A total of 16 bands will appear at the Rock Hard magazine-sponsored festival, the official lineup for ...

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IRON MAIDEN Finish Mixing Five Songs

IRON MAIDEN have finished mixing five songs for the much-anticipated follow-up to 2000's "Brave New World", due later in the year through Sony/Columbia Records. "IRON MAIDEN mixing is going well," Shirley wrote on his web site. "I hope to be done with the stereo mixes in the next two weeks, and then it's onto the ...

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THE KOVENANT Add Session Members

Norway's THE KOVENANT will be joined by two session musicians during their upcoming world tour in support of their long-awaited new album, "S.E.T.I." (Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence), due in Europe on Mar. 31 through Nuclear Blast Records. RAM-ZET drummer Küth and APOPTYGMA BERZERK keyboardist Geir Bratland have reportedly signed on to tour with the group, ...

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