SKINLAB Frontman Seeks Members For New Project

SKINLAB bassist/vocalist Steev Esquivel has officially left DEF:IGNITION, his short-lived collaboration with ex-UNDER/VICE guitarist Jack Cargile, former DEFIANCE/UNDER bassist Mike Kaufmann and ex-UNDER drummer Hugo. "This decision comes at a weird time in my life," Esquivel explained to BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "Now that SKINLAB will be taking a break for awhile, my next musical step must be ...

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MADDER MORTEM Split With Guitarist, Bassist

Norway's MADDER MORTEM have parted ways with bassist Paul (Pål Mozart Bjørke) and guitarist Eirik Ulvo Langnes. "Paul wanted to quit in order to be able to concentrate on his son 100% and also live a more 'normal' life compared to the rather 'abnormal' MADDER lifestyle," according to a post on the band's web site, ...

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Former DREAM THEATER/MALMSTEEN Keyboardist To Offer Private Lessons

Former DREAM THEATER/YNGWIE MALMSTEEN keyboardist Derek Sherinian is offering private lessons to a limited number of music students in Chicago on August 26-27 and in New York City on October 10-11. For more information, e-mail Derek at [email protected] and include "Private Lessons" in the subject box. ...

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HATESPHERE: Live Video Posted Online

Danish death-thrashers HATESPHERE have posted a couple of video clips from their recent show at KB in Malmö, Sweden. Check them out: live, backstage (.avi format). Also available are several live photos from a gig at Zeche Carl in Essen, Germany. View them here. As previously reported, HATESPHERE will ...

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SYMPHONY X Sign With WORLD MANAGEMENT

Prog-metallers SYMPHONY X have inked a management deal with World Management (MORBID ANGEL, NILE, UNLEASHED). The group, who will be performing at ProgPower USA IV in Atlanta in early September, are scheduled to embark on a three-week European tour beginning in mid-October, to be followed by a North American headline run with THE DEVIN TOWNSEND ...

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DARK FUNERAL: South American Tour Details Announced

Sweden's DARK FUNERAL have announced the details of their forthcoming South American tour. "Due to scheduling conflicts we could unfortunately not include (as first announced) Mexico, Venezuela, Equador etc... this time around," the band write on their web site. "We will however try to re-schedule those countries and maybe even add some countries and do ...

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Former SHOTGUN MESSIAH Singer Hard At Work On New Music

Former SHOTGUN MESSIAH/EASY ACTION frontman Zinny J. Zan is collaborating with producer/songwriter Chris Laney (SCRATCH, UNAMEUS, 17, GODSACHE) on material for a new album, which will reportedly feature a "harder" sound than that of Zan's previous output. Joining Zinny and Chris in the new band are former TALISMAN/GREAT KING RAT guitarist Pontus Norgren and ex-LION'S ...

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THE SCORPIONS To Perform In Moscow's Red Square

THE SCORPIONS will be performing in Moscow's Red Square on September 6 as part of a "mega-show" being presented by the famous German light designer Gert Hof. The band will alternate between playing with the Presidential Orchestra of Russian Federation and a pure rock show. Also set to appear at the event is former MODERN ...

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VINTERSORG Side Project To Record Album For NAPALM RECORDS

FISSION, the new "melodic thrash" band featuring BORKNAGAR frontman Andreas Hedlund (a.k.a. Vintersorg) and VINTERSORG live session drummer Benny "Hägge" Hägglund, have inked a deal with Napalm Records for the release of their debut album, tentatively due in early 2004. "It's heavy and hard, still harmonious and melodic," says Vintersorg. "I'm very impressed with the ...

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