ORPHANAGE Part Ways With Keyboardist

Dutch gothic doom/death metal band ORPHANAGE have parted ways with keyboardist Lasse Dellbrügge. "It was a tough decision to make, as Lasse is a very friendly and honest guy," the band write on their web site. "[On] the other hand we still want to grow as a band in several ways and we need a ...

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THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT Touring Lineup Expands

Dutch brutal death metal band THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT have announced the addition of touring member Carsten Altena to the group's ranks. "Carsten took already care of the synthesizers, samples and orchestras on 'The Apotheosis' and the upcoming album 'The White Crematorium', which will be released [at] the end of January 2005 [via Holland's Karmageddon Media]," ...

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Former ATHEIST/NEUROTICA Frontman Launches New Project

Former ATHEIST/NEUROTICA singer/guitarist Kelly Shaefer has teamed up with ex-BURIAL frontman Mike Callahan in a brand new Southern Florida-based project called UNHEARD. The quintet, which sees Shaefer concentrating solely on guitar-playing duties, is rounded out by Donny Jaurols (guitars), Mike Fiscina (bass) and Dave Budbill (drums). Five songs from a recently completed demo can currently ...

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PITCHSHIFTER: Lecturous Rockers

PITCHSHIFTER's spiritual core, vocalist J.S. Clayden and bassist Mark Clayden, are stepping into the college arena. As a special treat on the upcoming U.K. tour in support of the "PSIentology" DVD, Mark and J.S. will be taking a Q&A session before the Norwich Waterfront show at the local Access To Music center. The Clayden boys ...

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TWILIGHTNING Guitarist Forced To Sit Out NIGHTWISH Tour

Guitarist Tommi Sartanen of Finnish power metallers TWILIGHTNING has been forced to sit out the band's current tour with NIGHTWISH. "Tommi fractured his shoulder quite badly couple of weeks ago in a local nigthclub," the band write on their web site. "So, we have this dude called Toni Tossavainen from FROZEN PARADISE who's replacing Tommi ...

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MEGADETH: 'The System Has Failed' Chart Positions Updated

The new studio release from metal legends MEGADETH, "The System Has Failed", has entered the national album charts in the following countries: No. 10: Canada No. 12: Finland No. 14: Sweden No. 18: U.S.A. No. 28: France No. 32: Holland No. 38: Denmark No. 43: Austria No. 57: Switzerland "The System Has Failed" sold 5,046 ...

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DAMAGEPLAN: Enter To Win WASHBURN Prize Package

DAMAGEPLAN, the new band featuring former PANTERA members Dimebag Darrell (guitar) and Vinnie Paul (drums), are offering one lucky fan a chance to win Washburn Dime 332 prize package, including the Washburn Dime 332 signature series guitar, a Seymour Duncan SH-13 Dimebucker pickup, a free shirt, a free hat, and Dimebag strings. Click

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Stoner Rockers WE Top Norwegian Album Chart

Norwegian stoner-rockers WE, whose sound is described as "hippy, trippy [mixture of] SABBATH/ZEPPELIN," have seen ten years' work and five previous albums pay off handsomely this week. WE's sixth CD, "Smugglers", cut at Hangaroundsounds Studios and produced by Chris Goss (MASTERS OF REALITY, KYUSS, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE) has quite sensationally crashed into the ...

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METALLICA's TRUJILLO Donates Money To ANGRY AMPUTEES Bassist

The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that METALLICA's Robert Trujillo is one of the people that donated money and gifts to THE ANGRY AMPUTEES bassist John Dalton, who is scheduled to undergo a rare form of heart surgery at Stanford Hospital. As the bass player with no legs or fingers, Dalton has never been one ...

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