IMPERANON Part Ways With Guitarist, Announce Replacement

Finland's IMPERANON have parted ways with guitarist Lauri Koskenniemi. Lauri decided to quit IMPERANON to focus on his other band, CRYSTAL BLAZE, according to a posting on the group's web site. A replacement for Koskenniemi has aleady been found in the shape of Teemu Mäntysaari. IMPERANON's debut album, "Stained", was released in May through Nuclear ...

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SLASH Says Heroin Left Him Unable to Play Guitar

World Entertainment News Network is reporting that VELVET REVOLVER guitarist Slash finally decided to quit heroin when he realized his addiction meant he could not longer play his instrument properly. The rocker, now 39, became a slave to the drug during his days with GUNS 'N ROSES, and got to the point where he no ...

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RUSH: XM Studio Performance To Air In October

RUSH fan site Power Windows is reporting that RUSH appeared live on August 3 from XM's "state-of-the-art performance studio" in Washington, DC before 40 lucky fans selected from over 200 entries in an XM contest. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson took part in a Q&A session before performing acoustic renditions of "Resist" and ...

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DARKEST HOUR: Canadian Tour Dates Announced

DARKEST HOUR will be hosting MTV2's "Heabanger's Ball" on Saturday, September 18. In other news, DARKEST HOUR will tour Canada with CURSED in October. Confirmed dates are as follows: Oct. 07 - London, ON @ Embassy Oct. 08 - Toronto, ON @ Kathedral Oct. 09 - Kingston, ON @ Clark Hall Pub Oct. 10 - ...

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CAMP FREDDY Play NASCAR Event: Photos Available

CAMP FREDDY, the Los Angeles-based "jam" band featuring JANE'S ADDICTION guitarist Dave Navarro, former THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison (on guitar), ex-JANE'S ADDICTION drummer Stephen Perkins, and vocalist Donovan Leitch (the son of 1960s U.K. folk-rock icon Donovan), played a NASCAR event e California Speedway in Fontana, CA last Saturday (Sept. 4). The band ...

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Sweden's MASQUERADE Release New Album

MelodicRock.com is reporting that Swedish melodic rock band MASQUERADE have just released their latest album, "In Disguise". Most of the material on "In Disguise" is said to be very much in the same vein and style as the band's debut self-titled release from 1992 which has been highly regarded in the melodic rock ...

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GOD AMONG INSECTS Announce Swedish Gig

GOD AMONG INSECTS, the Swedish "old-school" death metal band featuring vocalist Emperor Magus Caligula (DARK FUNERAL), guitarist Lord K (a.k.a. Kenth Philipson) (THE PROJECT HATE), bassist Tomas Elofsson (SANCTIFICATION) and drummer Tobias Gustafsson (VOMITORY), have posted the following update on their web site: "We are now scheduled to play at Village in Västerås, Sweden at ...

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SINGLE BULLET THEORY To Film Video This Weekend

Philadelphia's technical metal newcomers SINGLE BULLET THEORY will be shooting a brand new video for the song "Hollowed Out" on September 11 in Ardmore and Langhorne, PA. The video will be directed by Jay Bones and is designed to be a performance video. "Hollowed Out" is taken from of the band's brand new disc, "Behind ...

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