Ex-HELLOWEEN Drummer Joins IRON SAVIOR For WACKEN OPEN AIR Gig

IRON SAVIOR utilized the services of former HELLOWEEN and current MASTERPLAN drummer Uli Kusch during their performance at Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany yesterday after regular drummer Thomas Nack hurt his finger and was unable to join the band for the gig. Said guitarist/vocalist Piet Sielck the day before the show: "We hoped ...

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THRONEAEON: New Drummer Needed

Roger Sundquist, drummer for Swedish death metallers THRONEAEON, recently quit the band in order to pursue his family life. According to an official statement from the group, "[Roger] has to leave the crew during this autumn to focus on his family and soon to be born first child. Although he will of course stick around ...

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STAMPIN' GROUND Announce New Drummer

Britain's STAMPIN' GROUND have replaced longtime drummer Ade Stokes with former BENEDICTION skinsman Neil Hutton. According to an official statement, "Neil is now actively involved in adding his touches to the new album's worth of material to be recorded in October." An early 2003 release through Century Media Records is expected. ...

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GUANO APES Finish Recording New CD

GUANO APES have completed the recordings for their new album during several separate sessions at Area 51 Studios in Celle, Germany and are currently waiting to mix the as-yet-untitled effort in Cologne and Hamburg for a late 2002 release through Supersonic/G.U.N. Records. Among the working titles set to appear on the new CD are the ...

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EINHERJER Announce Permanent Bassist

After years with various session bassists, Norway's EINHERJER have finally acquired a permanent bassist by the name of Kjell Håvardsholm. "Kjell is relatively new to our part of the metal scene, but he is very dedicated and extremely skilled," states a message on the band's official web site. "Kjell did his first appearance with the ...

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UNJUST Added To Oakland's TATTOO THE EARTH

San Francisco Bay Area metallers UNJUST have just been added to the 2002 Tattoo The Earth festival. The event will be held at the Oakland Coliseum (home of the Oakland Raiders) on Friday, August 9th. UNJUST will be performing a forty-five minute set on Friday featuring new, previously-unreleased material. Tickets are $20 and are available ...

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SCHANDMAUL: Folk Metal Of The Highest Order

Up-and-coming German folk metal act SCHANDMAUL will release their third album, entitled Narrenkönig, in the first week of October. Combining old instruments as flutes, bagpipes, fiddle, etc. with electric guitar, bass and drums, SCHANDMAUL create their unique sound, which has been described as being somewhere between IN EXTREMO, SUBWAY TO SALLY and latter-day SKYCLAD. Five ...

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BREACH Split Up

Swedish hardcore/punk band BREACH have split up after ten years together. The group had released four full-length albums via Burning Heart Records. No information is currently available about the band members' individual plans for the future. ...

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BIOHAZARD Cancel European Tour

BIOHAZARD have cancelled plans to tour Europe later this month as a result of guitarist Carmello Vincent Matteliano's recent emergency surgery. Although Carmello is expected to make a full recovery, he is unable to travel for the next few weeks, hence the group's decision to withdraw from all of their previously-scheduled shows. As previously reported, ...

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SKINLAB Confirmed For Oakland TATTOO THE EARTH Event

San Francisco Bay Area's SKINLAB will perform Saturday, August 10th as part of the Tattoo The Earth weekend at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California. The event, sponsored by The Oakland Museum Of California will be hosted by acclaimed tattoo artist and festival brainchild, Paul Booth. The focus of this year's event will be more ...

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