CHARON Singer To Exit POISONBLACK

CHARON frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto has announced plans to leave POISONBLACK following the completion of the group's upcoming European tour. "This kind of decision [was not made overnight]," Leppäluoto wrote in Finnish in the group's official guestbook. "The question is not about [whether or not I would] WANT to sing on next POISONBLACK album, but [rather] ...

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SPINESHANK To Tour With POWERMAN 5000, ADEMA

SPINESHANK will be hitting the road this summer on ADEMA and POWERMAN 5000's co-headline tour. SPINESHANK will perform second out of the four bands on the bill. The tour kicks off on July 20 in Fargo, ND and ends on the West Coast on August 26. Dates and venues are being confirmed as we speak. ...

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AEROSMITH's STEVEN TYLER: Large-Lipped, Thin-Hipped

The New York Post reports that Steven Tyler's daughters are plus-sized, but the large-lipped AEROSMITH singer seems to be disappearing. During a photo shoot for Glamour's August "Great Genes" spread, in which celebs and their families pose in blue jeans, the magazine had a problem finding denims to fit the slim-hipped Tyler. While daughters Mia ...

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WITHERING SURFACE Seek New Label Home

Denmark's WITHERING SURFACE have ended their cooperation with British label Copro Records. Copro released the band's third album, "Walking On Phantom Ice", in the fall of 2001, but has not been able to finance the band's next effort, thus allowing the group to seek out a new label home. WITHERING SURFACE are presently negotiating with ...

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THE KOVENANT Commence Work On New Material

Norway's THE KOVENANT have reportedly started work on the material for their new album, tentatively due in early 2004 through Nuclear Blast Records. The as-yet-untitled effort will apparently be "more guitar-oriented and darker" than "S.E.T.I." (Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence), which came out in March. As previously reported, THE KOVENANT will be joined by two ...

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NIKKI SIXX Clothing Available Through HOT TOPIC

Nine shirts from Dragonfly, featuring designs from Nikki Sixx (MÖTLEY CRÜE) tattoos, have been made available through Hot Topic (in stores and online). Check it out here. As previously reported, N. Sixx by Dragonfly offers fans of the bad-boy rocker the chance to emulate his style without the pain or permanence of the ...

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CHAOSBREED To Release Debut EP Through RISING REALM RECORDS

CHAOSBREED, the new Finnish death metal supergroup consisting of drummer Nalle Österman (ex-GANDALF), bassist Oppu Laine (ex-AMORPHIS, MANNHAI), guitarist Marko Tarvonen (MOONSORROW), guitarist Esa Holopainen (AMORPHIS), and vocalist Taneli Jarva (ex-SENTENCED, THE BLACK LEAGUE), will be releasing a five-song EP, "Unleashed Carnage", later this month through resurrected Finnish label Rising Realm Records. The first 200 ...

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MOONSPELL's 'The Antidote' Inspires Portuguese Novel

Portugal's MOONSPELL will be collaborating with José Luis Peixoto, one of the most promising young fictionists from Europe and the most important writer of the Portuguese new generations, on a book based on the group's forthcoming album, "The Antidote". Having published already two novels — 2000's "Not Even A Gaze" (winner of the most prestigious ...

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SKINLAB: Australian In-Store Photos Posted Online

San Francisco Bay Area metallers SKINLAB have posted several photos taken at an in-store signing on the group's recent trip to Australia. Check out the pictures here. As previously reported, SKINLAB will issue "The Nerve Damage Sessions" — a collection of alternate versions of studio tracks, several live tracks recorded on the band's ...

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