NIGHTWISH Sued By Finnish Orchestra Conductor Over Unpaid Fees

Finland's NIGHTWISH are being sued by arranger/conductor Riku Niemi over unpaid fees Niemi claims are owed him for his work on the group's platinum-certified "Century Child" release. NIGHTWISH keyboardist/mastermind Tuomas Holopainen, who wrote the bulk of the material on the album, claims that the whole thing is the result of a misunderstanding and that only ...

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FOZZY Line Up Canadian Gig

FOZZY, the group that features in its ranks WWE wrestler Chris Jericho, former members of STUCK MOJO and producer Andy Sneap, will perform at the Coliseum Nightclub in Winnipeg, Canada on Feb. 15. ...

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Winning Air-Guitar Ace Salutes AC/DC's ANGUS YOUNG

A 27-year-old Australian man beat 10 other finalists to win the Hobart Summer Festival air-guitar showdown with his impression of AC/DC "mad axeman" Angus Young, according to Australia's The Mercury. David Lithgow's carefully choreographed and well-rehearsed piece won the West Hobart carpet salesman a shiny black electric guitar, signed by COLD CHISEL's Ian Moss, and ...

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DIABOLIC Part Ways With Drummer

Florida death metal act DIABOLIC have parted ways with drummer Aantar Coates shortly after the completion of their recent European tour. The following is the group's official statement on the matter: "DIABOLIC has returned from their first European tour accompanied by a bittersweet sense of success. Even though DIABOLIC's overall experience in Europe was excellent, ...

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ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW Split Up!

Finland's ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW have officially disbanded, according to a statement posted on the group's official web site. The statement reads as follows: "With mixed feelings we have to announce that ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW have decided to split up. ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW have been on a break since March 2002. During the ...

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WITHERING SURFACE Part With Keyboardist

Danish metallers WITHERING SURFACE have parted ways with keyboardist Morten Lybecker due to "family priorities," according to an official press release from the group. "Lybecker and WITHERING SURFACE [part] in a spirit of friendship and understanding towards each other's wishes. The band has no plans of a replacement, and will in the future take care ...

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DRY KILL LOGIC Announce Showcase Gig

New York's DRY KILL LOGIC, free agents since parting ways with Roadrunner Records last year, will be performing a showcase gig for prospective labels on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at Don Hills in New York City. For more information, visit the band's official message board at this location. ...

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LAMB OF GOD Set Title, Release Date For New CD

LAMB OF GOD have set "As The Palaces Burn" as the title for their upcoming album, due on Apr. 15 through Prosthetic Records. The much-anticipated follow-up to 2000's "New American Gospel", which was recorded at Richmond, Virginia's Montana studios with producer Devin Townsend (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD), will contain ten cuts, including "Blood Junkie", "Swedish Ass ...

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