TESTAMENT Part Ways With Guitarist STEVE SMYTH

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT have parted ways with guitarist Steve Smyth and are looking to secure a temporary replacement in time for their upcoming European tour, BLABBERMOUTH.NET can exclusively reveal. Although no official word has yet come down on the matter, it is believed that former HALFORD/current PAINMUSEUM guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak ...

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MORGION: New Album Samples Posted Online

Californian death-doomsters MORGION have uploaded several audio clips from their new album, "Cloaked By Ages, Crowned In Earth", at this location (all samples are stereo MP3, 128kbps). The follow-up to 1999's "Solinari", "Cloaked By Ages, Crowned In Earth" was produced by Mathias Schneeberger at Donner & Blitzen Studios and contains "eight magnificent tracks, ...

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STAIND Singer To Embark On Acoustic Solo Tour

STAIND frontman Aaron Lewis will be kicking off a new set of acoustic solo dates on May 7 in Uncasville, CT. The trek is shaping up as follows: May 07 - The Arena @ Mohegan Sun Casino - Uncasville, CT May 13 - The Theater @ Hard Rock Casino - Tampa, Fl May 14 - ...

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THERAPY? To Headline U.K.'s NASS Festival

Ireland's THERAPY? are set to headline the U.K.'s NASS festival on Friday, July 16 on Bath & West Showground in Shepton Mallet, Somerset. Other artists set to appear that day include ska-punk rockers FILAMENTS, Southampton skacore act HOWARDS ALIAS and up-and-coming female-fronted London rockers TAT. For more information, visit www.nass04.com. As previously reported, ...

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SLIPKNOT: St. Louis In-Store Announced

SLIPKNOT will be making an ultra rare in-store appearance at Vintage Vinyl in St. Louis, Missouri on April 28 beginning at 4:00 p.m. To gain entry into this event, Vintage Vinyl will be pre-selling copies of the band's upcoming release, "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)". With pre-purchase of the CD, you will get to meet ...

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Ex-SYSTEMATIC Frontman To Form New Project With Members Of MANMADEGOD

According to a posting at SMNNews.com, former SYSTEMATIC frontman Tim Narducci is set to hook up with the remnants of the San Francisco Bay Area's MANMADEGOD (guitarist Craig Locicero, drummer Steve Jacobs, and bassist James Walker) in an as-yet-unnamed new project. SYSTEMATIC, one of the first groups signed to Lars Ulrich's now-defunct imprint The Music ...

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MANTICORA Complete Work On New CD

Danish power metal merchants MANTICORA have posted an update on their official web site regarding the recording sessions for their as-yet-untitled fourth album, tentatively due later in the year through an as-yet-undetermined label. The group's last CD, "Hyperion", was released in October 2002 through Italy's Scarlet Records. Commented guitarist Kristian Larsen: "We're all back from ...

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Ex-BLACK SABBATH Singer TONY MARTIN Fired From M3

Former BLACK SABBATH frontman Tony Martin has been fired from M3, the "classic WHITESNAKE" tribute group featuring Bernie Marsden (guitar, ex-WHITESNAKE), Micky Moody (guitar, ex-WHITESNAKE), Neil Murray (ex-WHITESNAKE, BLACK SABBATH), Jimmy Copley (drums, ex-PAUL RODGERS, GILLAN, BECK), and Mark Stanway (keyboards, ex-MAGNUM). An official statement from Tony on the matter is expected soon. In other ...

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