EPICA Win Holland's ESSENT Award

Holland's EPICA (formerly SAHARA DUST), the new group formed by ex-AFTER FOREVER guitarist Mark Jansen, ex-CASSIOPEIA guitarist Ad Sluijter and keyboardist Coen Janssen, have won the Dutch "Essent Award". "This award is meant to give young promising bands some extra support in developing their talent," reads a post on the band's web site. "This means ...

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SKYCLAD, THE QUIREBOYS To Tour The U.K. In December

SKYCLAD and THE QUIREBOYS will be embarking on a four-date U.K. tour in December. The trek, dubbed "Demolition Xmas Ball", will also feature ANTI PRODUCT (all dates except Milton Keynes) and BECAUSE WE CAN (Newcastle only). The gigs, which are expected to sell out, will include label giveaways, among them a free CD with two ...

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AMARAN Set Release Date For New Album

Sweden's AMARAN have set a January 20, 2004 release date through Listenable Records for their sophomore effort, "Pristine In Bondage" (view cover here). The first pressing will be a slipcase edition with one bonus track — for a total of 11 tracks — and the Japanese version (due on Dec. 17) will be ...

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STEVE VAI: 'Live At The Astoria, London' DVD Delayed

Guitar virtuoso Steve Vai has pushed back the release date of his two-DVD set, entitled "Live at the Astoria, London", to December 9 through Favored Nations. "Live at the Astoria London" is Vai's first-ever live performance DVD, and it clocks in at more than 3.5 hours (including bonus features). It was filmed at the Astoria ...

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MEMORIZED DREAMS Name New Singer

Norwegian power metallers MEMORIZED DREAMS have announced the addition of singer Terje Harøy to the group's ranks. "[Terje is] a talented young singer, with a fantastic voice," the band write on their web site. "He has done a great job in studio so far, and will shortly finish the recordings of his vocals [for our ...

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A PERFECT CIRCLE: More European Dates Announced

The first round of confirmed dates of A PERFECT CIRCLE's 2004 European tour is as follows: Jan. 25 - Milan, ITA @ Filaforum Jan. 30 - Tilburg, NETH @ Club 013 Jan. 31 - Paris, FRA @ Elysee-Montmartre Theatre Feb. 02 - Birmingham, UK @ Carling Academy Feb. 03 - London, UK @ Hammersmith Apollo ...

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