STRATOVARIUS, RAGE Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL

STRATOVARIUS, RAGE, DESASTER and DEAD SOUL TRIBE are the first four bands confirmed for next year's Rock Hard Festival, a two-day event set to take place May 29-30, 2004 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Tickets to the festival, which will mark STRATOVARIUS' only German festival appearance of 2004, will cost 50 euros (including one parking ...

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DISILLUSION: Debut Album Delayed

Leipzig, Germany-based metallers DISILLUSION have pushed back the release date for their full-length debut, "Back To Times Of Splendor", to April 5, 2004 through Metal Blade Records. The CD is currently being mixed at Tam Recording Studios in Zwickau, Germany before being mastered at Mastersound Studios in Fellbach, Germany with ATROCITY mainman Alex Krull. The ...

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RAG MEN Finalize Track Listing For Full-Length Debut

RAG MEN, the New York-based band featuring frontman Jorge Rosado (MERAUDER, GOD IS I), guitarist Mitts (SKARHEAD, CROWN OF THORNZ), bassist Ian "Bulldog" Edwards (FREYA, ex-EARTH CRISIS), and drummer Rigg Ross (SKARHEAD, ex-HATEBREED), have finalized the track listing for their self-titled debut album, due on February 17, 2004 through Eulogy Records. The CD, which will ...

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DEEP PURPLE: Spreading Bananas Around The Globe

DEEP PURPLE bassist Roger Glover has posted the following message on his official web site: "On the road again, again, again. "The Bananas tour unpeeled its way across Europe through November and December, with much success. The start, in Barcelona, seems distant now. We covered a lot of ground and spent many an ...

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DEVILDRIVER Offered OPETH North American Tour

DEVILDRIVER, the new band fronted by ex-COAL CHAMBER singer Dez Fafara, have been offered a rotating support slot with Portugal's MOONSPELL on the upcoming OPETH North American tour, a spokesperson for OPETH's management (the U.K.-based Northern Music) has told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. If DEVILDRIVER turn down the offer, Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM will end up opening the ...

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ZYKLON To Tour Japan With DIMMU BORGIR

Norway's ZYKLON, the band featuring Zamoth (a.k.a. Samoth) and Trym of EMPEROR, are confirmed for the "Extreme The Dojo Vol. 9" tour of Japan, and will be doing three shows as main support for DIMMU BORGIR. Also appearing on the bill will be GOATWHORE. Upcoming ZYKLON tour dates, according to their official web site: Jan. ...

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CHAOSBREED Sign With CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS

CHAOSBREED, the new Finnish death metal supergroup consisting of drummer Nalle Österman (ex-GANDALF), bassist Oppu Laine (ex-AMORPHIS, MANNHAI), guitarist Marko Tarvonen (MOONSORROW), guitarist Esa Holopainen (AMORPHIS), and vocalist Taneli Jarva (ex-SENTENCED, THE BLACK LEAGUE), have inked a deal with Century Media Records. The contract covers the release of the group's recently completed debut album, "Brutal", ...

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MONSTER MAGNET: Digipack Version Of New Album To Include Bonus DVD

MONSTER MAGNET will release a special limited-edition digipack version of their new album, "Monolithic Baby", featuring a bonus DVD. Both versions of the CD (which will feature different artwork) are scheduled for release in Europe on February 16, 2004 through SPV Records. A single containing the tracks "Unbroken (Hotel Baby)" and a cover version of ...

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