HAMMERFALL Cheated Out Of U.S. Tour Earnings

Sweden's HAMMERFALL have been cheated out of their entire earnings from their U.S. tour last year, including all the merchandising money — to the tune of 250,000 Swedish kronor (approximately $32,000). "A person has stolen the money from the five-week-long tour, plus the money from the sales of t-shirts and other merchandise," HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar ...

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MORTIIS Begin Recording New Album

MORTIIS are currently holed up at Silvertone Studios in Fredrikstad, Norway with producer Vegard Blomberg working on new material for their forthcoming album. Work on the follow-up to the acclaimed "Smell Of Rain" album has been going well. "So far the studio has been totally right for us," said Mortiis. "Good vibes, good people and ...

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Former CRIMSON GLORY Members Reunite On New BEN JACKSON Solo CD

Former CRIMSON GLORY guitarist Ben Jackson has invited ex-CG singer Midnight to participate in his upcoming release "All Over You". Midnight graciously accepted and has already been laying down vocal tracks on select tunes at Tampa's Morrisound Studios. THE BEN JACKSON GROUP's "All Over You" is tentatively due in early 2004. Jackson's last solo release, ...

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BYZANTINE Name Debut CD

West Virginia's BYZANTINE have set "The Fundamental Component" as the title for their debut album, due on February 10, 2004 through Prosthetic Records. "[At first] we were not going to even name the album," the band write on their web site. "Just let it be our self-titled debut. But, in order to draw distinction from ...

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HOOBASTANK, STORY OF THE YEAR Added To LINKIN PARK/P.O.D. Tour

HOOBASTANK and STORY OF THE YEAR have reportedly been added to the forthcoming massive package tour featuring LINKIN PARK and P.O.D. The trek will tentatively kick off in early January and end in late February. The final show is said to be slated for Little Rock, Arkansas, but more details, exact dates, and venues will ...

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ION VEIN Part Ways With Drummer, Seek Replacement

Chicago prog/power metallers ION VEIN have parted ways with longtime drummer Scott Lang due to musical differences. A replacement has not yet been named. Interested parties can send e-mail inquiries to [email protected] with "drummer" in the subject box. ION VEIN have lined up a show at the Penny Road Pub in S. Barrington, Ilinois on ...

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SICK SPEED Change Name To CAFU

Atlanta's SICK SPEED, the band featuring ex-STUCK MOJO members Rich Ward (guitar/vocals) and Bud Fontsere (drums), have officially changed their name to CAFU. Says Ward: "The band was SICK SPEED for four years, and we had numerous lineup changes, and we went through some transitions, and we felt that to honor what the band is ...

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IRON MAIDEN: Helsinki Show Cancelled!

IRON MAIDEN have cancelled Monday night's (Nov. 10) show in Helsinki, Finland in order to allow singer Bruce Dickinson more time to recover from a case of the flu and severe laryngitis. The Helsinki gig marks the third cancellation in a row for MAIDEN, who were forced to call off their concerts in Rotterdam (Holland) ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE Singer And Rest Of The Band Go Separate Ways

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the new band fronted by former SAVATAGE singer Zachary Stevens, appears to have disintegrated over irreconcilable business-related differences, with Stevens currently standing as the sole remaining member of the group. The rest of the band — John Zahner (keyboards), Christopher Kinder (drums), Matt La Porte (guitars), Kevin Rothney (bass) and Shane French ...

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