EPICA To Embark On First European Tour

Holland's EPICA, the new group formed by ex-AFTER FOREVER guitarist Mark Jansen, ex-CASSIOPEIA guitarist Ad Sluijter and keyboardist Coen Janssen, will be embarking on their first European tour beginning in late October. Support at all shows will come from the Austrian "epic metal" band VISIONS OF ATLANTIS. EPICA will also be embarking on a Mexican ...

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EXCITER: European Tour Dates Announced

Canadian thrash pioneers EXCITER will be teaming up with Sweden's STEEL ATTACK and Germany's BLACK ABYSS for a European tour beginning in early October. Confirmed dates are as follows: Oct. 08 - Osnabrück, GER @ N8 Oct. 09 - Tilburg, NETH @ 013 Oct. 10 - Zaandam, NETH @ Kade Oct. 11 - Essen, GER ...

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MARDUK Finish Recording Basic Tracks For New CD

Swedish black metallers MARDUK have finished tracking the drums, guitars and bass for their ninth full-length album, tentatively due in November. The band will soon return to Endarker studio in Norrköping, Sweden to begin recording the vocals, according to a posting on their web site. The group's forthcoming CD will be their first recording with ...

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DAMAGEPLAN Confirmed For LOCOBAZOOKA 2004

DAMAGEPLAN are the latest act confirmed for Locobazooka 2004, an all-day music festival set to take place September 26 at the Fitchburg Municipal Airport in Fitchburg, MA. Also scheduled to appear are SALIVA, SHINEDOWN, UPO, CLUTCH, TESLA, MONSTER MAGNET, NONPOINT, DROPBOX, EARSHOT, CROSSFADE, JOSH TODD, KITTIE, SILVERTIDE, CANDIRIA, ALL THAT REMAINS and SHADOWS FALL. In ...

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NICK OLIVERI Shoots Back At JOSH HOMME On New DWARVES Album

MTV.com reports: "After staying relatively quiet in the wake of his ousting from QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, ex-bassist Nick Oliveri has shot back at his former bandmate Josh Homme on the new record by his former group the DWARVES. The track 'Massacre' on the disc 'Dwarves Must Die' features Oliveri cackling in the background ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD: Studio Report

Maniacal Canadian extremists STRAPPING YOUNG LAD have just entered Armoury Studios in Vancouver to record the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2002 release, "SYL". Devin Townsend (vocals, guitars) checks in with the following studio update. "Here's a heads up from the Dev, speaking on behalf of the STRAPPING camp. We recently put in a long ...

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QUEEN Album Gets Official Release In Iran

BBC News is reporting that QUEEN, fronted by gay icon Freddie Mercury, has become the first rock act to receive an official seal of approval in Iran. Western music is strictly censored in the Islamic republic, where homosexuality is considered a crime. But an album of QUEEN's greatest hits was officially released in Iran on ...

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