INSOMNIUM Finishing Up Work On Sophomore Album

Finnish metallers INSOMNIUM are completing work on their sophomore album, tentatively due in early 2004 through Candlelight Records. "The mixing will be finished during this week and the mastering will take place somewhere in the next month," the band write on their web site. "We will update these pages soon and add studio diary and ...

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DAVE LEE ROTH Postpones Remaining Tour Dates

Former VAN HALEN frontman Dave Lee Roth has postponed all his remaining concerts indefinitely. "It's due to medical reasons," Colyn Bohan, assistant to the vice president of Fantasma Productions, Roth's booking agency, told Southwest Florida's News-Press.com. Bohan would not discuss what is ailing the former VAN HALEN singer other than noting that "he's not seriously ...

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THE CENTURY FAMILY Completes Worldwide Purchase of OLYMPIC RECORDINGS

The Los Angeles-based Century Family Inc., home to Century Media Records, has completed the worldwide purchase of Olympic Recordings, one of the world's leading underground metal labels. Established in Chicago in 1992, Olympic has built a solid catalog of releases and created brand loyalty within the extreme metal genre. During its decade of existence, the ...

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THE CROWN: Full-Length MP3 Posted Online

Swedish thrashers THE CROWN have posted full-length MP3 of their new track "Zombiefied" at this location. "Zombiefied" comes off the group's forthcoming CD, "Possessed 13", due on October 20 through Metal Blade Records. The self-produced effort, which was recorded at Gothenurg's Studio Fredman during May/June, will be released in a special limited-edition double-CD ...

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MAYHEM Re-Sign With SEASON OF MIST RECORDS

Norwegian black metallers MAYHEM have re-signed with Season Of Mist Records for the release of their new album, "Chimera". The CD will be recorded at a mobile studio in the mountains of Norway during November/December and is scheduled for release during March 2004. According to an official press release from the label, the forthcoming CD ...

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OPETH To Play Jordan In November

Sweden's OPETH have been invited to perform in Jordan in November. If the gig goes ahead, it will mark the first time a metal band has played in Jordan. In other news, Dan Swanö's NIGHTINGALE will support OPETH at several dates on their upcoming Scandinavian tour. Norwegian tech-death metal band EXTOL will provide additional support ...

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SKID ROW To Support DEF LEPPARD In Germany

SKID ROW will be supporting DEF LEPPARD on the German/Swiss leg of their European tour in November. The group will then head off to the U.K. to do some headlining dates. The jaunt will mark SKID ROW's first trip to Europe in over seven years. Says bassist Rachel Bolan, "It's gonna be a blast being ...

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Update: SOULFLY's New (Temporary?) Lineup Revealed

SOULFLY mainman Max Cavalera will be joined by guitarist Marc Rizzo (ex-ILL NINO), drummer Joe Nunez (who played on the group's "Primitive" release and subsequent world tour), and bassist Bobby Burns (ex-PRIMER 55 guitarist) at the group's live appearances in California and Arizona, scheduled to take place later this week. It is not presently clear ...

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