MAJESTY Part Ways With Guitarist, Seek Replacement

Germany's MAJESTY have parted ways with rhythm guitarist Udo Keppner and are currently seeking a replacement. Interested parties can contact the group at [email protected] In other news, MAJESTY recently replaced bassist Martin Hehn with Marcus Bielenberg. "Marcus already mastered his first gigs in Poland and in the Czech Republic fantastically and he is a true ...

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GORGOROTH Confirm Drummer's Departure

Norwegian black metallers GORGOROTH have confirmed the departure of drummer Kvitrafn due to "personal reasons." "[The] good news is that Frost (SATYRICON, 1349) has agreed to be the new drummer," reads a post on the group's web site. "He will start working together with GORGOROTH in the beginning of May, when the band starts an ...

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FIREBIRD To Record New Album In The Summer

FIREBIRD, the British band led by former CARCASS/NAPALM DEATH guitarist Bill Steer, will enter the studio in the summer to record their fourth album, tentatively due later in the year through Japan's JVC Records. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Needle In The Groove", "Flying Blind", "Play The Fool" and "Bread, Butter & ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE And TONY IOMMI: The ROLLING STONE Interview

Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi sat down with Rolling Stone magazine on March 31 to discuss what made Ozzy famous long before MTV: the glory days of BLACK SABBATH, the band from Birmingham, England, that put the heavy into heavy metal. The occasion for the interview was the imminent release of "Black Box", a box ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM: 'Needled 24/7' Video To Debut This Weekend

CHILDREN OF BODOM's video for "Needled 24/7" will make its "Headbanger's Ball" debut this Saturday, April 24. In addition, the band will be the featured guests on the May 8 episode of the popular MTV2 show. CHILDREN OF BODOM recently completed work on a new EP, "Trashed, Lost & Strungout", due this summer through Spinefarm ...

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SCOTT WEILAND Denounces Music Industry 'Censorship'

VELVET REVOLVER frontman Scott Weiland has posted the following cryptic message on the group's official web site: "I'm disgusted with the music industry. Since making my last record two years ago, I've encountered more censorship in the past three months than in ten active years with [STONE TEMPLE PILOTS]. Let's hear it for the lambs! ...

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W.A.S.P.: Drummer STET HOWLAND Rejoins The Fold

Drummer Stet Howland has officially rejoined W.A.S.P. Howland's first appearance back with the group will take place early next month when the band launch the European headlining tour to promote their brand-new CD, "The Neon God: Part One – The Rise" CD, out now on Sanctuary Records. When contacted by Blackie Lawless a few weeks ...

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DISFEAR: More European Tour Dates Announced

Swedish crust-metallers DISFEAR have added more dates to their European tour in support of their latest CD, "Misanthropic Generation" (Relapse). The trek is shaping up as follows: Apr. 22 - Bremen, GER @ Schlachthof Apr. 23 - Mülheim, GER @ AZ Mülheim Krakfest Apr. 24 - London, UK @ Astoria (w/ IN FLAMES, DEVILDRIVER, CALIBAN) ...

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THE DARKNESS Singer To Undergo Throat Surgery

THE DARKNESS singer Justin Hawkins will undergo throat surgery later this month to correct a recurring heartburn problem, according to NME.com. Hawkins told KROQ's "Kevin and Bean" morning show: "I'm going to have an operation. (It's on) my oesophagus, because I get acid reflux, which comes into my throat and is the reason why I ...

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