It's Official: NIGHTWISH Sign With ROADRUNNER RECORDS

After negotiating for several months with various independent and major labels, Finland's NIGHTWISH have officially inked a North American/Australian deal with Roadrunner Records, the label has confirmed in a posting on its web site. Roadrunner will be releasing the band's most recent CD, "Once", later this year in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. ...

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CHIMAIRA's Record Label Confirms Drummer Switch

CHIMAIRA's record label, Roadrunner Records, has issued a statement confirming that the band have parted ways with former SOILWORK drummer Richard Evensand and replaced him with Kevin Talley, formerly of MISERY INDEX. Recommended to the band by SLAYER's Kerry King, Kevin will be behind the kit for CHIMAIRA's co-headline run with MACHINE HEAD on the ...

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SEPULTURA, CLASS OF ZERO To Support MOTÖRHEAD In Europe

As first reported here back in late May, Brazilian thrashers SEPULTURA have been officially confirmed to support MOTÖRHEAD on their upcoming European tour. Opening the shows on the U.K. portion of the trek will be Simi Valley's own CLASS OF ZERO. Made up of Ryan Rainey (vocals), Ian Salvas (guitar), Chris Dunn (bass) ...

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SILENTIUM Add New Members

Finnish atmospheric doom metallers SILENTIUM have announced the addition of vocalist Riina Rinkinen and returning drummer Jari Ojala to the group's ranks. "It could take a while before we see them on stage, but don't be hasty, your patience shall be truly rewarded," the band write on their web site. "SILENTIUM is also rehearsing new ...

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Former MEAT PUPPETS Bassist Gets 21 Months In Prison

Gary Grado of the East Valley Tribune is reporting that a federal judge sentenced former MEAT PUPPETS bassist Cris Kirkwood to 21 months in prison Monday (August 2) for attacking a security guard with a baton. Kirkwood, 43, who was shot in the incident, pleaded guilty earlier this year to assault with a dangerous weapon. ...

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MURDERDOLLS Bassist To Tour With ROXY SAINT

MURDERDOLLS bassist Eric Griffin has teamed up with Hollywood's rising star ROXY SAINT for a U.K. tour beginning August 24. The trek will include both the Reading and Leeds festivals and several other shows around Great Britain. Eric will also be playing in Los Angeles with the NAPOLEON BLOWNAPARTS on August 11 at the Troubadour. ...

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