Guitarist RALPH SANTOLLA Leaves ICED EARTH, Joins SEBASTIAN BACH

Guitarist Ralph Santolla has officially left ICED EARTH and joined SEBASTIAN BACH's solo band. "There are several reasons for this decision, and for the moment I will keep them to myself," Santolla writes in a statement sent to BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "The other guys [in ICED EARTH] know my reasons, and hopefully this won't turn into a ...

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SHADOWS FALL: 'The Art of Balance' Passes 100,000 Sales Mark

SHADOWS FALL have achieved another great milestone in their already illustrious career, as their latest album, "The Art of Balance", has officially surpassed the 100,000 mark, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This is a huge accomplishment not only for the band, but also for Century Media, who have both grown considerably over the past few years. ...

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ROB ZOMBIE: 'The Devil's Rejects' Casting Update

According to a posting on Rob Zombie's web site, famous voice-over artist E.G. Dailey and actress Deborah Von Vaulkenberg have both signed on to appear in "The Devil's Rejects", the much-anticipated sequel to Zombie's directorial debut, "House of 1000 Corpses", tentatively due in early 2005. E.G. Dailey ("Rugrats", "Babe", "Powerpuff Girls"), who is best remembered ...

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NOVEMBERS DOOM To Film Live Show For Upcoming DVD

Chicago doomsters NOVEMBERS DOOM have announced plans to film a live performance later in the year for an upcoming DVD, to be issued in 2005. "We have lots of old footage, and some great handheld camera shows from the last tour, so the bonus material will be plenty," the band write on their web site. ...

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MERCENARY Sign With CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS

Denmark's MERCENARY have signed a deal with Century Media Records. The group's third full-length album, "11 Dreams", is scheduled for release in Europe on August 23. A U.S. release date has yet to be announced. Commented guitarist Jakob Mølbjerg: "We are extremely proud and honoured to be able to announce that we have entered a ...

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8THSIN Sign With BLACK LODGE RECORDS

8THSIN, the new project led by IT (a.k.a. Tony Särkkä, WAR, ABRUPTUM, OPHTHTALAMIA, VONDUR), have signed a deal with Black Lodge Records. "8THSIN is far from IT's earlier projects as both the image and music have changed dramatically," according to an official press release. "Only the power remains. Today the music is hard to label, ...

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WARCHITECT Complete Work On Sophomore Album

Dutch tech-metallers WARCHITECT have finished recording their sophomore album, tentatively titled "Sea of Red". The 11-song follow-up to 2002's "Mind" delivers "better compositions and better recordings, with a touch of thrash metal added to [the band's] sound," according to drummer Nolo Honkoop. Nolo had previously played in the death metal band JUDGEMENT DAY and funk ...

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