HAMMERFALL Debut At German #13!

Sweden's HAMMERFALL debuted at position #13 on the German Media Control charts with their newest release, "Crimson Thunder" — the group's highest chart position ever in Germany. Meanwhile, "Crimson Thunder" landed at #3 in their home country, #83 in Switzerland, #82 in Japan and #65 in Austria. ...

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THE WILDHEARTS To Issue Two DVDs

THE WILDHEARTS have set March 2003 as the tentative release date of their upcoming DVD. The disc — which shouldn't be confused with the Japanese DVD that EastWest Japan recently put out — looks set to include all of THE WILDHEARTS' promo videos along with an audio commentary from the band themselves. Says mainman Ginger: ...

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DREAM THEATER Drummer Announces Clinics, Autograph Sessions

DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy has lined up the following clinic/autograph sessions during December: Dec. 07 Drum Day LA (live appearance) House of Blues 8430 Sunset Blvd. W. Hollywood, CA. 90069 Dec. 09 Lemon Percussion (autograph appearance) 820 Willow St. #200 San Jose, CA. 95125 330-434-3138 Dec. 10 Drum Headquarters (autograph appearance) 7241 Manchester Rd. ...

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PUSHED Announce West Hollywood Gig

Southern California's PUSHED, featuring former TESTAMENT/SLAYER drummer Jon Dette and ex-TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian, have announced a show at the Whiskey A Go-Go in West Hollywood, California on Tuesday, Nov. 26. The band is scheduled to take the stage at 7:30 p.m. ...

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EXCITER Part With Bassist

Canadian thrashers EXCITER have parted ways with bassist Marc Charron, who left the band to pursue his career in the high tech industry. A new bass player is auditioning for the vacant spot later this week. In other news, the group have a new email address: [email protected] ...

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SLIPKNOT's THE CLOWN: ' We're The Biggest Punk Band In The World'

SLIPKNOT percussionist/mastermind Shawn Crahan, also known as Clown, claims that he's supportive of vocalist Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root's massively-successful STONE SOUR project. "If I didn't support him or fuckin' love what he's doing, I wouldn't be a friend," Crahan told Launch. "I wouldn't have meant any of the words I've said in SLIPKNOT. ...

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