HOUWITSER Split With Longtime Guitarist

Dutch death metallers HOUWITSER have parted ways with guitarist Michel Alderliefsten (ex-SINISTER). The band do not plan to seek a replacement and will carry on as a four-piece. HOUWITSER will embark on a European tour with DYING FETUS and MONSTROSITY later this month. ...

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DEMIGOD Announce New Drummer

Finnish death metallers DEMIGOD have recruited TORN drummer Tuomo Latvala as a replacement for founding member Seppo Taatila, who left the group in February in order to focus on family life. ...

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LED ZEPPELIN: No Reunion Planned!

LED ZEPPELIN fans shouldn't hold their breath for a much-rumored reunion, representatives of the three surviving ZEPPELINites have told The Toronto Sun. Despite last week's Launch report claiming a reunion "could well be in the offing" for 2003, according to "sources inside band management," there are no concrete plans for the guitarist Jimmy Page, vocalist ...

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MTV VMAs Score Record Numbers

MTV's 2002 Video Music Awards, fueled in no small part by GUNS N' ROSES' "surprise" appearance in the show's finale, earned record overnight ratings, according to Hits Daily Double. An average of 7.8 million people watched the show, with a 11.1 rating for persons 12-34, up 5% from 2001. That made the VMAs ...

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SLIPKNOT's JOEY JORDISON: New Album Will Have More Of NEUROSIS Vibe

SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison has described the material written for the band's next album as "a lot like Iowa, but more experimental." Says Jordison: "It's got more of a NEUROSIS vibe. We're doing a more extreme album, but this time it's not the heaviness of the double-bass drumming, it's the heaviness of the experimental-type shit." ...

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IRON MAIDEN Raise £8,000 In Auction For Former Drummer

IRON MAIDEN have managed to raise nearly £8,000 (approximately $12,400) from their Clive Burr auction and will donate the proceeds to the Clive Burr Multiple Sclerosis Trust Fund. According to the group's official web site, bids were received from around the world. The Stage Eddie was bought by an eager Japanese Fan and is currently ...

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KREATOR To Record São Paulo Show For Live CD/DVD

KREATOR will be filming the São Paulo, Brazil show on September 1st at the Direct TV Music Hall for an upcoming live CD/DVD, due in January/February 2003 through SPV/Steamhammer. Commented frontman Mille Petrozza: "There has been a special relationship between KREATOR and the Brazilian audience from day one to now. So when we thought about ...

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