METALLICA: 'Master Of Puppets' Playset Coming In January

After several delays and and missed target dates, it appears that the "much-anticipated" METALLICA playset, showcasing the group at the height of their metal domination, will finally be made available to the masses in January 2005. Manufactured by the Stevenson Entertainment Group, the Metallica Master of Puppets SMITI Playset (Image) is a numbered, ...

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IN FLAMES Perform PANTERA's 'Fucking Hostile' For DIMEBAG, Victims For Asian Earthquake

IN FLAMES performed a cover of PANTERA's "Fucking Hostile" as a tribute to both "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott (PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN) and the victims of the recent undersea earthquake and resulting tsunamis along South Asia's coasts during their headlining appearance at Monday night's (Dec. 27) "Hammered at Xmas" concert at London's Hammersmith Apollo. Meanwhile, support act CALIBAN ...

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WINTERSUN Announce New Guitarist

WINTERSUN, the Finnish band featuring former ENSIFERUM singer/guitarist Jari Mäenpää, have announced the addition of second guitarist Teemu Mäntysaari (IMPERANON) to the group's ranks. Teemu is "a very young dude, but an extremely skilful and motivated player!" Jari writes on the group's web site. "Maybe even better than me I might say, heh! We welcome ...

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TRAIL OF TEARS: New Album Release Pushed Back To February

Napalm Records has pushed back the release date of the new TRAIL OF TEARS album, "Free Fall Into Fear", to February 28 from the previously announced January 31. No reason was given for the delay. The follow-up to 2002's "A New Dimension of Might", "Free Fall Into Fear" was recorded at Dub Studio with producer ...

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NASUM Vocalist MIESZKO TALARCZYK Missing In Thailand

NASUM singer/guitarist Mieszko Talarczyk is among the 800 Swedes still missing in Thailand following the massive undersea earthquake measuring 8.7 on the Richter scale and resulting tsunamis along South Asia's coasts. The latest estimates are that over 23,000 have perished in the region. The remaining members of NASUM have posted the following message on their ...

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NIRVANA-Inspired Documentary Receives DVD Release

Canadian NIRVANA fan and documentary filmmaker Steven James May has announced the release of his documentary, "The Nevermind Year", on DVD. Told from the perspective of aging NIRVANA fan, "The Nevermind Year" explores the relationship between the suicide of punk-rock icon Kurt Cobain, and May's own quest for fulfillment in his 28th year. The documentary ...

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POISON, SCORPIONS, QUEENSRŸCHE Featured On Compilation Of Biggest Hard Rock Ballads Of All Time

"VH1 Classic Metal Mania: Stripped", an acoustic compilation of the biggest hard rock ballad hits of all time, is set for release February 8, 2005 on Sidewinder Music. Gathered from imports, live recordings, rare performances, hard-to-find albums, and six NEW recordings, "Stripped" is an extensive collection of acoustic tracks from hard rock's multi-platinum metal gods. ...

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