December 2005 - Blabbermouth Archive

SONATA ARCTICA: Gold for 'Winterheart's Guild'

SONATA ARCTICA's third album, "Winterheart's Guild", has been certified gold in Finland for sales in excess of 15,000 copies. The band will be touring North America in support of their latest album, "Reckoning Night", beginning in mid-January. As previously reported, SONATA ARCTICA have been confirmed as the opening act for German hard rock singer Doro ...

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BLACK LOTUS RECORDS Announces Formation Of WHEEL OF TIME PRODUCTIONS

Greece's Black Lotus Records has announced the formation of a sub-label under the name Wheel Of Time Productions. "Its mission is the restoration and recirculation of certain important albums that marked heavy music in general," reads an official press release. "Albums that got limited distribution on their day, that until recently were thought as 'deleted,' ...

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TNT Frontman's Father Nominated For GENESIS Award

According to a posting on TNT frontman Tony Harnell's official web site, Tony's father, Boyd Harnell, has been nominated for a Genesis Award for his recent article on the dolphin slaughters happening in Japan. The annual Genesis Awards event in Hollywood pays tribute to the major news and entertainment media for producing outstanding ...

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CARPATHIAN FOREST Will NOT Play Poland's METALMANIA 2006 Festival Either

Yet another band has contacted BLABBERMOUTH.NET to inform us that they will **NOT** perform at Poland's Metalmania 2006 festival (scheduled to take place March 4, 2006 at Spodek in Katowice), despite the festival organizers' announcement to the contrary. Guitarist Tchort (a.k.a. Terje Vik Schei) of the Norwegian black metallers CARPATHIAN FOREST told us that "The ...

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Belgium's BLOODSHOT Sign With SCARLET RECORDS

Belgian hardcore metallers BLOODSHOT have inked a deal with Italy's Scarlet Records. The group's debut album was released in 2002 on the Finnish label Cartel Records and and was supported by gigs with such well-known acts as SIX FEET UNDER, STAMPIN’ GROUND and HEAVEN SHALL BURN, among others. BLOODSHOT's new CD, entitled "Ultimate Hatred", was ...

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RIOT: More U.S. Tour Dates Announced

Veteran hard rockers RIOT have added two more U.S. dates to their current itinerary. The group's schedule is shaping up as follows: Jan. 27 - Las Vegas, NV @ Tailspins Jan. 28 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas Feb. 03 - TBA Feb. 17 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Feb. 18 - ...

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TESTAMENT Will NOT Headline Poland's METALMANIA 2006 Festival

Despite an announcement to the contrary by the organizers of Poland's Metalmania 2006 festival, San Francisco Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT have **NOT** been confirmed to headline next year's event, which is scheduled to take place March 4, 2006 at Spodek in Katowice. TESTAMENT's booking agent, Tammy Taylor of Maximus Entertainment, told BLABBERMOUTH.NET earlier today, "[We], ...

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