DYING FETUS Part Ways With Singer

DYING FETUS have parted ways with vocalist Vince Matthews. "This action was taken due to a number of musical, professional, and personal reasons that we feel do not need elaboration at this time," the band write on their web site. "However, Vince remains a longtime friend of several DYING FETUS members and we wish him ...

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WINTERSUN Part Ways With Guitarist, Seek Replacement

WINTERSUN, the Finnish band featuring former ENSIFERUM singer/guitarist Jari Mäenpää, have parted ways with guitarist Oliver Fokin. "Oliver has decided that he can't contiune in WINTERSUN as a guitarist, because his time is filled with other activities/jobs," the band write on their web site. "So WINTERSUN is looking for a guitarist and a synthplayer, but ...

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ULI JON ROTH To Be Featured On GUITAR WORLD Instructional DVD

Legendary guitarist Uli Jon Roth was invited to the headquarters of Guitar World magazine on September 20. He was interviewed on camera and gave detailed insights about the guitar work on the SCORPIONS song "The Sails of Charon". For demonstration purposes, Uli opted to play with a completey undistorted, almost unamplified sound in order to ...

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POISONBLACK: New Album Delayed Until 2005

POISONBLACK, the Finnish band featuring SENTENCED frontman Ville Laihiala on guitar/vocals, have pushed back the projected release date of their sophomore album to early 2005 via Century Media Records. No reason was given for the delay. Laihiala had previously stated about the new album's musical direction: "The new one has the same spirit and theme ...

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OCEANS OF SADNESS Complete Work On New Album

Belgian melodic death metallers OCEANS OF SADNESS have set "Send In the Clowns" as the title of their third full-length album, tentatively due in late November. The follow-up to 2002's "Laughing Tears * Crying Smile" was recorded at Midas Studio in Lokeren, Belgium with producer Tony De Block and was mastered by Attie Bauw (JUDAS ...

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Illness Forces MELVINS U.S. Tour Cancellation

MELVINS have cancelled their previously announced U.S. tour "due to an illness in the band," according to a statement posted on the Icepac Records web site. "We are hoping that the shows will be able to be rescheduled in the future and the band sincerely apologizes for any incvonvenience caused by this unforseen circumstance. Knowing ...

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TAAKE Sign With DARK ESSENCE RECORDS

Norwegian black metal band TAAKE (photo#1, photo#2, photo#3) have inked a deal with Dark Essence Records. The band are currently at Grieghallen studios recording their third album, "Doedskvad", tentatively due in early 2005. TAAKE had previously released two albums on the Wounded Love label: "Nattestid..." (1999) and "Bjoergvin" ...

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