DARK FUNERAL: South American Tour Details Announced

Sweden's DARK FUNERAL have announced the details of their forthcoming South American tour. "Due to scheduling conflicts we could unfortunately not include (as first announced) Mexico, Venezuela, Equador etc... this time around," the band write on their web site. "We will however try to re-schedule those countries and maybe even add some countries and do ...

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Former SHOTGUN MESSIAH Singer Hard At Work On New Music

Former SHOTGUN MESSIAH/EASY ACTION frontman Zinny J. Zan is collaborating with producer/songwriter Chris Laney (SCRATCH, UNAMEUS, 17, GODSACHE) on material for a new album, which will reportedly feature a "harder" sound than that of Zan's previous output. Joining Zinny and Chris in the new band are former TALISMAN/GREAT KING RAT guitarist Pontus Norgren and ex-LION'S ...

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THE SCORPIONS To Perform In Moscow's Red Square

THE SCORPIONS will be performing in Moscow's Red Square on September 6 as part of a "mega-show" being presented by the famous German light designer Gert Hof. The band will alternate between playing with the Presidential Orchestra of Russian Federation and a pure rock show. Also set to appear at the event is former MODERN ...

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VINTERSORG Side Project To Record Album For NAPALM RECORDS

FISSION, the new "melodic thrash" band featuring BORKNAGAR frontman Andreas Hedlund (a.k.a. Vintersorg) and VINTERSORG live session drummer Benny "Hägge" Hägglund, have inked a deal with Napalm Records for the release of their debut album, tentatively due in early 2004. "It's heavy and hard, still harmonious and melodic," says Vintersorg. "I'm very impressed with the ...

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SPEEDEALER: New Album Details Revealed

The reformed SPEEDEALER have pushed back the release date of their new album, "Bleed", to November 25 through Dead Teenager Records. Distribution will be handled by Nail/Allegro. "Bleed" was recorded June 10-11, 2003 at Top Hat studios in Austin, Texas. "We think 'Bleed' sounds, for better or worse, how a SPEEDEALER record should [sound] — ...

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Former LED ZEPPELIN Bassist Joins 'Guitar Wars' Lineup

Former LED ZEPPELIN bassist John Paul Jones has been added to the lineup of musicians performing a couple of shows in Japan at the end of the month under the banner "Guitar Wars". Jones will join guitarists Paul Gilbert (RACER X/ex-MR. BIG), Nuno Bettencourt (ex-EXTREME) and Steve Hackett (ex-GENESIS) at the following dates: Aug. 29 ...

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STRYPER: More Reunion Dates Announced

More dates have been announced for STRYPER's first-ever reunion tour, the band's first nationwide performance junket in more than 12 years. The tour, which will coincide with the quartet's 20th anniversary, is slated to kick off October 3 in Springfield, Virginia. The tour will run across the United States, playing approximately 30 concerts in all. ...

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KONKHRA To Tour Europe With ILLNATH, CORPUS MORTALE

Danish extreme metallers KONKHRA will be teaming up with ILLNATH and CORPUS MORTALE for a European tour beginning in late October. "Both are really cool debut acts, both are Danish, which is a great thing," KONKHRA write on their web site. "This is probably the first full-fledged extreme metal Euro tour with (this far) only ...

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