MOONSPELL Split With Bassist, Prepare To Record New CD

Portugal's MOONSPELL have amicably parted ways with bassist Sérgio Crestana and will replace him during the recording sessions for their upcoming album with AMORPHIS bassist Niclas Etelävuori. MOONSPELL will record the follow-up to "Darkness And Hope" between March 23 and April 12 at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland with producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (H.I.M., SENTENCED, AMORPHIS). ...

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LOSTPROPHETS Singer Clarifies War Statement

LOSTPROPHETS singer Ian Watkins has issued a follow-up message clarifying his previous statement in which he accused most anti-war musicians of being more interested in publicity than politics. "Radio 1 are kinda making more of an issue [of my comment] than it really was," Watkins writes on the band's official web site. "They ...

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NAPALM DEATH To Begin Work On 'Leaders Not Followers 2'

NAPALM DEATH bassist Shane Embury has posted the following update to the group's official web site: "Well the [North American] tour with NILE has been done for quite awhile now and we all agree that it was a success, great attendances and good reactions made it very enjoyable from our point of view. "We had ...

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ALTARIA: MP3 Posted Online

Finnish melodic metal band ALTARIA, who feature in their ranks SONATA ARCTICA guitarist Jani Liimatainen, have posted a track called "Fire & Ice" at this location. "Fire & Ice" comes off the group's debut album, "Invitation", due in Europe on April 28 through AOR Heaven sub-label Metal Heaven Records. ...

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Former EF BAND Singer Dies Of Cancer

Vocalist John Ridge of acclaimed early '80s Swedish hard rockers EF BAND passed away on March 4, 2003 after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. Ridge is the second member of the group to succumb to the disease, which also claimed the life of guitarist/vocalist Bengt Fischer several years earlier. Although they weren't British, the ...

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TAETRE To Support DEFLESHED In Europe

Sweden's TAETRE will support DEFLESHED on their "Battle Royal Tour 2003". The tour will include stops in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Holland and Belgium. Battle Royal Tour 2003 dates are as follows: Apr. 23 – Falkenberg, SWE @ Wake up Cafe (w/ ABLAZE MY SORROW) Apr. 24 – Aarhus, DEN @ Musikcafeen Apr. 25 – Copenhagen, ...

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STONE SOUR Guitarist Welcomes Addition To Family

Congratulations are in order for STONE SOUR guitarist Josh Rand and wife Laura on the birth of their second daughter, Mia. Mia Angelina Rand was born on Thursday, March 20 at 2:21 p.m., weighing in at 7lbs 12ozs. STONE SOUR are currently taking a break before they kick off a six-week U.S. tour with POWERMAN ...

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FRED DURST: 'Go USA! Go Freedom For Iraq!'

LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst has posted the following message to the group's official web site: "What the hell is up people!!!! I just finished doing a song with Snoop Dogg and I brought Bubba Sparxxx in on it too!! It's a cool track I wrote with DJ Lethal. We've also been rehearsing for the ...

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