FINNTROLL Guitarist's Death Was Alcohol-Related

FINNTROLL/IMPALED NAZARENE guitarist Teemu "Somnium" Raimoranta died Sunday morning (March 16) of injuries sustained in an alcohol-related accidental fall, it has been officially announced. Teemu was 25 years old. As previously reported, FINNTROLL recently completed work on an "acoustic/experimental" CD, titled "Visor Om Slutet" (the group's first with new singer Tapio Wilska), and were set ...

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THE CROWN Announce Album Title

Swedish thrashers THE CROWN, recently rejoined by original vocalist Johan Lindstrand, have set "Possessed 13" as the title for their forthcoming album, tentatively due in early September through Metal Blade Records. Says THE CROWN guitarist Marko Tervonen: "We are all so fucking exited to share this album with the world. The songs kill, Johan is ...

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JACQUES BELANGER Rejoins EXCITER

Former EXCITER vocalist/frontman Jacques Belanger has rejoined the band after a one-and-a-half-year absence. As a result, Rob Degroot, who joined EXCITER in the fall of 2002, is no longer the band's vocalist. According to an official Osmose Productions newsletter, "the band felt that [Rob] was not progressing and adapting to EXCITER's signature style. EXCITER is ...

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KILLING MIRANDA To Support PARADISE LOST In The U.K.

KILLING MIRANDA have been tapped as main support to PARADISE LOST on their forthcoming U.K. tour. Also appearing on the bill will be TAPPING THE VEIN. KILLING MIRANDA describe themselves as "gothic with attitude — the sleazed-up, intellectually-charged anarchic face of darkwave music." Confirmed dates are as follows: Mar. 24 - Mean Fiddler – London, ...

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VIRGIN STEELE's DEFEIS: By The Hammer Of Zeus!

VIRGIN STEELE frontman David DeFeis has posted the following message to the band's official web site: "As you know, we are recording the music that will be featured onstage at the LandesTheater Schwaben's Premier of 'Lilith', this June 24 in Memmingen, Germany. A CD of this Work will not be released prior to the Premier ...

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Former MANOWAR Guitarist To Issue 'Solo' Debut

DAVID SHANKLE GROUP, the new project formed by former MANOWAR guitarist David Shankle and vocalist Trace Edward Zaber, will release their debut album, "Ashes To Ashes", on June 2 through Magic Circle Music. The CD reportedly features "a broad mix of exceptional heavy metal songs, speedy instrumentals, and epic ballads in true heavy-metal fashion," according ...

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OZZY On JASON NEWSTED: I'm 'Fucking Thrilled' He's Joining The Band

OZZY OSBOURNE unveiled his new lineup with a special media showcase/press conference Monday (March 17) at the group's North Hollywood, California rehearsal space. New bassist Jason Newsted (formerly of METALLICA) joined Osbourne, guitarist Zakk Wylde, and drummer Mike Bordin for a blinding four-song set featuring "War Pigs", "Believer", "No More Tears", and "Crazy Train". "I ...

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