ZYKLON To Headline Japanese Dates After DIMMU BORGIR Cancel

ZYKLON, the Norwegian band featuring former EMPEROR members Samoth (guitar) and Trym (drums), will headline all previously announced Japanese tour dates following the cancellation of the tour's original headliners, DIMMU BORGIR (as reported here on January 8). Commented Samoth: "Needless to say we are very excited about Japan. We never even got to ...

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TRAIL OF TEARS To Enter Studio In March

Norway's TRAIL OF TEARS will enter Dub Studio on March 1 with producer Endre Kirkesola (GREEN CARNATION, BLOOD RED THRONE) to begin recording their fourth, as-yet-untitled album. The band expect to spend 8-10 weeks recording the follow-up to 2002's "A New Dimension of Might", tentatively due this summer through Napalm Records. As previously reported, TRAIL ...

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ENFORSAKEN: New Album Cover Posted Online

Arlington Heights, Illinois-based death metallers ENFORSAKEN have posted the cover artwork for their sophomore album, "The Forever Endeavor", at this location. As previously reported, "The Forever Endeavor" is due on March 23 through Century Media/Olympic Records. The album will be available internationally one day earlier. "The Forever Endeavor" was mastered at the end ...

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RAGING SPEEDHORN Announce New Singer, Record Deal

Britain's RAGING SPEEDHORN have announced the addition of guitarist Jaye Thompson (ex-DEFENESTRATION) to the group's ranks. Thomspon replaces founding member Tony Loughlin, who left the band to pursue a career in "music management." In other news, RAGING SPEEDHORN have signed a new deal with SPV Records following their split with the ZTT label. A new ...

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TOMMY LEE A Babe Magnet In Vegas

Despite reports he's dating Pink, former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee was hitting on plenty of young women at Las Vegas hotspot AquaKnox on December 30. A bartender at the Venetian hotel hangout told Star magazine, "Tommy was here from 9 to about 11 p.m., and he was like a magnet. He just leaned against ...

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ICED EARTH: European Chart Positions Revealed

In addition to entering The Billboard 200 chart at No. 145 with their new album, "The Glorious Burden", ICED EARTH have debuted at No. 15 on the German charts, No. 24 in Austria, No. 30 in Finland, No. 80 in France and No. 77 in Switzerland. ICED EARTH are gearing up for a full-scale North ...

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ULI JON ROTH To Tour The U.K. In April

Legendary guitarist Uli Jon Roth (ex-THE SCORPIONS) and Sky Orchestra will perform a number of concerts in the U.K. in April 2004. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon. As previously reported, Roth will be the special guest during UFO's upcoming European headlining tour, which is scheduled to kick off in late February. UFO ...

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Author Of VARG VIKERNES Article Responds To Criticism From BLABBERMOUTH.NET Readers

The author of an editorial about the "flawed" Norwegian justice system published in the Arkansas daily newspaper Paragould Daily Press has personally responded to the BLABBERMOUTH.NET readers who have attacked him over his (presumed) musical and religious background. Paragould Daily Press editor Travis Justice's Jan. 10 editorial, titled "Norwegian killer takes advantage of ...

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MÖRK GRYNING Confirmed For Germany's SUMMER BREEZE Festival

Swedish black metallers MÖRK GRYNING are the latest band confirmed for this year's Summer Breeze festival, set to take place August 19-12, 2004 in Abtsgmünd, Germany. The complete list of acts currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows (in alphabetical order): BRAINSTORM BUSTA HOOTA CRIMINAL DEADSOUL TRIBE DIE HAPPY DISILLUSION ENSIFERUM EVERGREY ...

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AYREON Sign With INSIDE OUT RECORDS

AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE), have inked a new deal with Inside Out Records. Lucassen's first release for Inside Out under the AYREON banner will be the band's much-anticipated new CD, "The Human Equation", tentatively due in May. In other news, URIAH HEEP's Ken Hensley and IQ keyboardist Martin Orford ...

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