AMEN Drummer To Perform With GODSMACK, Long-Term Plans Not Solidified

AMEN drummer Shannon Larkin is assisting GODSMACK during the songwriting sessions for the group's third full-length album for a tentative 2003 release through Republic/Universal Records, a source close to the GODSMACK camp has officially confirmed. However, "a long-term relationship [between Larkin and GODSMACK] has neither been discussed nor solidified," according to the source. GODSMACK, with ...

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HAMMERFALL Set Release Date For Fourth Album

Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL have set October 28th as the release date for their as-yet-untitled fourth full-length album through Nuclear Blast Records. In other news, HAMMERFALL bassist Magnus Rosén will embark on a four-date tour of Japanese music schools, where he will perform a 60-minute set consisting of special bass techniques and effects. The shows ...

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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Land New Frontman

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE have replaced singer Jesse Leach with ex-BLOOD HAD BEEN SHED frontman Howard Jones, according to bassist Mike D'Antonio, who broke his silence on the situation in an interview with Australia's Metalshop. "[Jesse] strained his voice and he did it touring, and he has done it previously," Mike responded to a question ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE: "I'm Flavor Of The Month"

OZZY OSBOURNE has no problems with people laughing at him while watching The Osbournes, the reality sitcom about Osbourne and his colorful family life, and he is completely aware of the fact that his popularity is likely to wane as the show loses its popularity in the months to come, the singer told Rolling Stone ...

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AGGRESSION To Reform, Unreleased LP To Finally See Light Of Day

Denis "Sasquatch" Barthe, former guitarist for the classic '80s Quebec-based "speed metal" act AGGRESSION, will reportedly relocate back to Montreal in January 2003 after a several-year stint in Vancouver with a view towards reforming the band with all-new members, according to manager Johnny Hart. More information on the group's new line-up and their musical direction ...

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VIRGOS: "We Are Not Breaking Up"

Birmingham, Alabama's VIRGOS (formerly VIRGOS MERLOT) have issued a statement denying that they have split following the less-than-spectacular reception given to their recently-released second album, entitled The Path of Least Resistance. Here is the group's message in its entirety: "From the release of the record, to the great shows we played with CREED, and the ...

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