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GODSMACK Frontman Realigns With The Group's Original Guitarist

DROPBOX, GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna's first signing to Re-Align/Republic/Universal Records, will release their self-titled debut album March 2, 2004. DROPBOX formed in 2002, after Erna introduced Lee Richards, GODSMACK's original guitarist, to vocalist John Kosco. Erna says "I had met this vocalist John Kosco backstage at one of my shows in New York. I put ...

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GODSMACK: Acoustic EP Delayed To 2004

GODSMACK's acoustic E.P., "The Other Side", has been delayed from a November 18 release to mid-2004, a management spokesperson confirmed Thursday (October 23). The release was delayed in order to continue promotional efforts for the band's third full-length album, "Faceless", which came out earlier this year. There's no specific release date yet for "The Other ...

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GODSMACK: 'The Other Side' Track Listing Announced

Despite rumors to the contrary, GODSMACK intend to go through with their previously announced plans of releasing an acoustic EP on November 18. Titled "The Other Side", the disc features seven tracks recorded earlier this year in Hawaii after the band finished their tour of Asia. Among the cuts recorded for the EP are two ...

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GODSMACK Rethink Acoustic EP Idea

GODSMACK appear to have changed their minds about releasing an all-acoustic EP, titled "The Other Side", next month through their label, Republic/Universal Records. The band recorded acoustic versions of "Serenity" and seven other songs during sessions in Hawaii this summer with producer David Bottrill. A tentative Nov. 18 release date is set, but LiveDaily.com quotes ...

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Early HADES Material To See Light Of Day

HADES guitarist Dan Lorenzo has sent us the following update on his current activities: "Monster Records in San Antonio contacted me a few months ago. They plan to release some old HADES recordings from the early '80s with our original vocalist Paul Smith. There were a bunch of live 2-track plus 16 track songs we ...

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GODSMACK Drummer: 'We Are METALLICA Junior!'

GODSMACK drummer Shannon Larkin recently spoke to Canada's Chart Attack about the group's upcoming support slot on METALLICA's Fall 2003 European tour. "If anything, we're the perfect band [to open for METALLICA]," Larkin exclaimed. "We're METALLICA Jr. — we admit it [laughs], you know? And Sully [Erna]'s voice is a lot like James [Hetfield]'s. If ...

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GODSMACK To Support METALLICA In Europe

GODSMACK have been officially confirmed as the opening band for METALLICA on their upcoming European tour. The band were previously scheduled to open for OZZY OSBOURNE on his European trek, but ended up pulling out of the tour — as well as their own headlining dates on the continent — due to unspecified "scheduling conflicts." ...

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TOMMY LEE Recruits Top Musicians For Upcoming 'Drummers' Album

SEVENDUST's Morgan Rose, FOO FIGHTERS mainman Dave Grohl, GODSMACK vocalist Sully Erna and JANE'S ADDICTION's Stephen Perkins have been approached by former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee about contributing to a drummers album that Lee is putting together. The disc, currently in the planning stages, will feature a variety of multi-talented stick-bashers on various instruments, ...

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GODSMACK To Show 'The Other Side' In November

GODSMACK have set "The Other Side" as the title for their upcoming eight-song acoustic album, featuring four new songs and four unplugged versions of album cuts, according to MTV.com. Two of the previously unreleased tracks, "Running Blind" and "Voices", are old songs GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna wrote but never recorded, one will be by DROPBOX, ...

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MELIAH RAGE Reform, Complete Work On New CD

The Boston-based metal band MELIAH RAGE have reformed and recorded a brand new studio album titled "Barely Human". It is scheduled for release in early 2004 on Screaming Ferret Wreckords. The official release date is forthcoming. Guitarist Anthony Nichols, guitarist Jim Koury and bass guitarist Jesse Johnson, all original members, are joined by new vocalist ...

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GODSMACK To Release All-Acoustic Album In November

GODSMACK will release an all-acoustic record on November 18 featuring stripped-down versions of hits like "Voodoo" and "Serenity" as well as new tracks, according to MTV.com. "We decided to do an acoustic record because we have always messed around with acoustic versions of our music and gotten great reactions to it," frontman Sully Erna said ...

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PHILIP ANSELMO: 'There Ain't Nobody Like Me'

PANTERA/SUPERJOUNT RITUAL frontman Philip Anselmo recently spoke to Metal Edge magazine about the influence he has had on fans as well as other bands. "There wasn't even anyone with a bald head in bands in my fuckin' day, in metal bands at least," he said. "If you think about it, there really fuckin' wasn't. Now ...

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Reality Check - KONKHRA

Forever the industrious bunch, you have to take your hats — sorry, bandanas — off to KONKHRA. For all their toiling, touring and unwavering self-belief, they are the perpetual nearly men who have the audacity to have once boasted such big-hitters within their ranks as one-time MACHINE HEAD drummer Chris Kontos and ex-TESTAMENT/DEATH/OBITUARY/just about everyone ...

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GODSMACK, STAIND Nominated For BOSTON MUSIC AWARDS

GODSMACK and STAIND have garnered four nominations apiece for the 2003 Boston Music Awards, while their respective lead singers — Sully Erna and Aaron Lewis — each scored an additional nod for Male Vocalist of the year. Other nominees include CAVE IN, POWERMAN 5000 and AMERICAN HI-FI. Awards will be handed out during a Sept. ...

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GODSMACK To Tour Europe, Film Video For 'Serenity'

GODSMACK will launch a European outing July 13 in Manchester, England and plan to return to the States for a headlining tour in the fall, which like the band's current outing, will offer $10 tickets to U.S. soldiers. "We've always been supportive of our country and our president and stuff like that, whereas a lot ...

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GODSMACK Set 'Serenity' As Next Single

GODSMACK have set "Serenity" as the next single from the band's latest CD, "Faceless". "Serenity" goes for official adds at radio on June 17, but many stations are already playing the tune. A video will be shot in the coming weeks with a yet-to-be-named director. The song was written by GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna in ...

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GODSMACK Offer Military A Concert Discount

The Boston Herald reports GODSMACK are offering Massachusetts military personnel and their families $10 tickets to the band's May 22 concert at the Tweeter Center. "We're very proud of our troops and we appreciate their support, and this is our small way of showing our support for them," frontman Sully Erna commented. GODSMACK's track "Awake" ...

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'Headbanger's Ball' Comes Back To Life

The premiere edition of the resurrected "Headbanger's Ball" aired Saturday night (May 10) on MTV2. The first week's show was hosted by METALLICA and featured videos by KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, GODSMACK, SUPERJOINT RITUAL and SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, among others. The complete playlist for last night's "Headbanger's Ball" was as follows: Hour 1: 01. METALLICA - One 02. ...

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GODSMACK's LARKIN Explains How He Joined The Band

HipOnline.com caught up with GODSMACK's new drummer Shannon Larkin, who explained how he hooked up with the group. "I've known [GODSMACK frontman] Sully [Erna] as a friend since 1988," Larkin explained. "I joined a band called AMEN from L.A. and he called me two weeks after I joined the band and told me he that ...

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GODSMACK's ERNA On The New Album: 'Nobody Else Is Doing What We're Doing'

GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna is confident that the group's new album, "Faceless" (due April 8 through Republic/Universal Records), will help the band build upon the momentum created through the quadruple-platinum success of the group's debut and the double-platinum performance of its follow-up, "Awake". "Nobody's doing what we're doing on this record, I guarantee it," Erna ...

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GODSMACK To Ship More Than One Million Copies Of 'Faceless'

More than one million copies of GODSMACK's "Faceless" will be shipped to retail next week, according to the group's label, Republic/Universal Records. "This is our biggest record of the first half of the year — perhaps our year — and we are going to treat it accordingly," Republic president Avery Lipman told Billboard. Along with ...

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GODSMACK's ERNA: We're Not An ALICE IN CHAINS Clone Band

GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna believes that his band is more original-sounding than they're being given credit for. When asked by Launch recently how he feels about the way the group is perceived by critics, Erna said, "I think the only misconception is that we were pegged as an ALICE IN CHAINS clone band at one ...

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GODSMACK Members Attend Benefit For Rhode Island Concert Victims

The Boston Herald reports GODSMACK members Sully Erna, Tony Rambola and Shannon Larkin were on hand at a benefit that was staged for the Keith R. Lapierre Family Fund and the Adrian Krasinskas Fund. Lapierre, 29, perished in The Station inferno last month during the GREAT WHITE performance, leaving behind a 22-month-old son and his ...

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GODSMACK Film New Video

GODSMACK recently filmed a performance-based video for "Straight Out of Line" — the first single off their forthcoming album, "Faceless" — in Los Angeles with director Dean Karr (DEFTONES, 3 DOORS DOWN). "The song has got good aggression, and the visuals, when the band plays it, look really good," Erna explained to MTV.com. "Sometimes it's ...

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