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CHIMAIRA Split With Drummer, Replace Him With SOILWORK's EVENSAND

CHIMAIRA have parted ways with drummer Andy Herrick and have replaced him with SOILWORK skinsman Richard Evensand. CHIMAIRA frontman Mark Hunter called into "The Metal Show" in Cleveland Sunday night (January 4) and discussed the circumstances behind the lineup change. The following are several excerpts from that interview: On Andy's departure: Mark: "The other evening ...

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VELVET REVOLVER To Re-Record Song For Upcoming Debut

VELVET REVOLVER are expected to return to the studio this weekend to re-record one of the songs slated for inclusion on the group's debut CD, an informed source has told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. It is believed that the track in question is being re-recorded at the insistence of vocalist Scott Weiland, who was reportedly unhappy with how ...

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VELVET REVOLVER: New Album Title Revealed

VELVET REVOLVER's much-anticipated debut album, due on April 27, 2004 through RCA Records, looks likely to be titled either "Contraband" or "Controband", BLABBERMOUTH.NET can exclusively reveal. As previously reported, the CD — which will include twelve of the more than fifty tracks the band co-wrote before and after vocalist Scott Weiland (ex-STONE TEMPLE PILOTS) joined ...

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MISERY INDEX: Live Video Posted Online

A video of MISERY INDEX performing the track "Manufacturing Greed" live in Ludwigsburg, Germany on December 17, 2003 has been posted online in Windows Media format at this location (scroll down, file size: 7.86 MB). Based out of Baltimore, Maryland, MISERY INDEX feature in their ranks Jason Netherton (bass/vocals, ex-DYING FETUS), Sparky Voyles ...

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The Glorious Burden - ICED EARTH

ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer hit the heavy metal jackpot when he managed to convince former JUDAS PRIEST screamer Tim Owens to join the group's ranks following the departure of longtime singer Matt Barlow earlier in the year. Arguably the finest metal vocalist of the last decade, Owens' prowess was well documented on PRIEST's last ...

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TIM OWENS Defends ICED EARTH Guitarist Against Detractors

Ex-JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim Owens recently spoke to Electric Basement about the experience of singing for the veteran British heavy metal band and his decision to join ICED EARTH as the replacement for Matt Barlow. Asked about ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer's reputation as someone who can be extremely difficult to work with, Owens said, ...

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THROCULT Announce New Lineup

Denver, Colorado-based black/death metallers THROCULT have announced their new lineup as the following: Inferno - vocals/guitars Gremor Azazel – guitars Forneus Amon – bass Lord Naberius – drums According to the band, "drummer Jeremy Portz decided to leave THROCULT [a few months ago] in order to focus on his schooling, and to pursue different musical ...

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VELVET REVOLVER To Release 'Comrades' In April

VELVET REVOLVER, the much buzzed-about rock group featuring ex-STONE TEMPLE PILOTS vocalist Scott Weiland, former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan, drummer Matt Sorum and guitarist Dave Kushner from Dave Navarro's (JANE'S ADDICTION) band, have set "Comrades" as the working title for their much-anticipated debut, tentatively due on April 27 through RCA Records. ...

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KING DIAMOND Members Jam With Swedish Tribute Band

The entire KING DIAMOND band minus its singer and namesake joined the Swedish KING DIAMOND tribute act KUNG DIAMANT (featuring members of TON OF BRICKS, RELEVANT FEW, SABOTAGE and others) for a couple of tunes during their set on Saturday, December 13 at Pianobaren in Trollhättan, Sweden. A bunch of photos of drummer Matt Thompson, ...

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KING DIAMOND: Live Album To Surface Next Year

KING DIAMOND recorded several shows during their recent U.S. tour and are currently in Sweden at guitarist Andy LaRocque's studio (Los Angered) outside Gothenburg listening to the tracks and deciding what to use towards a possible live CD. "[The recordings] sound great and a live album should be finished next year," drummer Matt Thompson said ...

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VELVET REVOLVER Guitarist Ties The Knot

Congratulations are in order for VELVET REVOLVER guitarist David Kushner, who married his girlfriend Christine on Saturday, December 6 in California. Kushner's bandmate Slash (formerly of GUNS N' ROSES) reportedly missed the ceremony because his son London's babysitter showed up too late. VELVET REVOLVER, who are rounded out by ex-STONE TEMPLE PILOTS vocalist Scott Weiland ...

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SAVATAGE Mastermind To Perform Series Of Solo Gigs

Jon Oliva, founding member and mastermind of SAVATAGE, has recruited the former members of CIRCLE II CIRCLE (Matt Laporte - guitar, Kevin Rothney - bass, Christopher Kinder - drums, and John Zahner - keyboards) to perform a series of concerts showcasing his new solo material as well as classic SAVATAGE songs, some of which have ...

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ICED EARTH: 'When Eagle Cries' Video Posted Online

ICED EARTH's video for the track "When Eagle Cries (Unplugged)" is available for viewing in streaming media at this location. "When Eagle Cries (Unplugged)" comes off the group's recently issued four-song single, "The Reckoning (Don't Tread On Me)", which was made available through the band's new label, SPV Records. A full-band version of ...

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PROBOT: Photo Session Posted Online

Several pictures from a brand-new PROBOT photo session, featuring the project's mastermind Dave Grohl (FOO FIGHTERS, ex-NIRVANA) alongside special guests Lemmy (MOTÖRHEAD) and Wino (ST. VITUS, THE OBSESSED, SPIRIT CARAVAN, PLACE OF SKULLS), have been posted online at this location (Wire Image). As previously reported, PROBOT's much-anticipated self-titled debut album will be released ...

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DREAM THEATER Singer Guests On FRAMESHIFT CD

The new label Progrock Records is releasing a special album by FRAMESHIFT on November 25, 2003, titled "Unweaving the Rainbow", based on evolution-themed books by Richard Dawkins. The album was written and produced by Henning Pauly of CHAIN as a vehicle for vocalist James LaBrie of the highly revered progressive metal band DREAM THEATER. FRAMESHIFT, ...

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CAPHARNAUM Sign With WILLOWTIP, Debut Due In February

Florida-based technical death metal band CAPHARNAUM have joined the Willowtip roster. The group's debut full-length CD, "Fractured", will be released on Feb. 17, 2004. "Fractured" was recorded at CAPHARNAUM guitarist/vocalist Jason Suecof's (MONSTROSITY) own AudioHammer Studios (MONSTROSITY, TRIVIUM) and contains eight tracks that are being described as "extremely well written and catchy while displaying unparalelled ...

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Label: PROBOT Debut To Surface In February, Not May

Contrary to a report (since corrected) posted on the MTV.com web site, PROBOT's much-anticipated debut album will surface on its originally announced release date of February 10, 2004 and not in May of next year, a spokesperson for Southern Lord Records has informed BLABBERMOUTH.NET. A two-track 7" single, limited to 6,666 copies, will ...

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PROBOT: Photos From 'Shake Your Blood' Video Shoot Posted Online

PROBOT, the much-anticipated metal side project of FOO FIGHTERS frontman/former NIRVANA drummer Dave Grohl, will release their self-titled debut album on February 10, 2004 through Southern Lord Recordings. A two-track 7" single, limited to 6,666 copies, will precede the album release and will contain the cuts "Centuries Of Sin" (featuring Cronos of VENOM) and "Emerald ...

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POWERMAN 5000 Drummer To Tour With SOCIETY 1

POWERMAN 5000 drummer Adrian Ost will be taking over drumming duties for SOCIETY 1 for the remainder of SOCIETY 1's tour with TWIZTID. SOCIETY 1 drummer Dagon was forced to drop off the tour and return home to attend to a personal situation. SOCIETY 1, with Adrian on drums, will jump back onto the TWIZTID ...

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