February 2005 - Blabbermouth Archive

NILE Part Ways With Bassist

NILE have parted ways with bassist Jon Vesano. "He has decided that he will stay at his day job, which was not mutually compatable with NILE's touring commitments, and work on his DARK MOON project on weekends/spare time," NILE mainman Karl Sanders writes on the group's web site. "Jon has emphasized that while he realizes ...

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NIGHTWISH Pick Up Five Awards At Finland's EMMA-GAALA

NIGHTWISH won five prizes at at the Emma-Gaala (Finnish Grammy Awards-equivalent), which were held Saturday (Feb. 26) at Kulttuuritalolla in Helsinki. According to a posting on the group's web site, the Tarja Turunen-fronted outfit took home the awards for Finland Metal Album Of The Year (for "Once"), Best Selling Album, Band Of The Year, Export-Emma ...

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DOPE STARS INC. Sign With TRISOL MUSIC GMBH

Italy's DOPE STARS INC. have inked a deal with Germany's Trisol Music Group GmbH, the well-known and respected label based in Dieburg already working with such successful acts like LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT, L'AME IMMORTELLE, CHRISTIAN DEATH, CINEMA STRANGE, SIGUE SIGUE SPUTNIK, SAMSAS TRAUM, KIRLIAN CAMERA and SOPOR AETERNUS. DOPE STARS INC. have also signed a ...

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BEFORE THE DAWN Unveil New Lineup

BEFORE THE DAWN, the Finnish "dark metal" solo project of Tuomas Saukkonen, have revealed the lineup for their upcoming live performances. Joining Saukkonen in the new formation will be Juho Räihä (guitar; GLORIA MORTI, MY RAGE), Lars Eikind (bass, vocals; WINDS) and Aatu Mukka (drums; CAMORRA, DOWNTRODDEN). As previously reported, BEFORE THE DAWN have posted ...

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Former MUSHROOMHEAD Singer Explains His Departure

Former MUSHROOMHEAD frontman J. Mann (a.k.a. Jason Popson) recently spoke to DomainCleveland.com about his departure from the group, about his Fractured Transmitter record label and his other projects. Several excerpts from the interview follow: DomainCleveland.com: I'll just cut right to the chase, First and foremost, many MUSHROOMHEAD fans have been asking, Why, J. ...

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MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP Confirmed For Mexico's 2005 MONTERREY METAL FEST

The MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP (MSG), featuring German guitar legend Michael Schenker (ex-SCORPIONS/UFO), have been confirmed for the 2005 Monterrey Metal Fest, set to be held on Saturday, May 28 at the Auditorio Coca Cola in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The festival lineup is shaping up as follows: Main Stage: MOTÖRHEAD (Headliner) DANZIG (Co-Headliner) MSG WARCRY ...

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