Former GUNS N' ROSES Drummer To Appear On MR. BIG Tribute CD

Former GUNS N' ROSES and current VELVET REVOLVER drummer Matt Sorum is one of the featured musicians on the upcoming MR. BIG tribute project, "Influences And Connections", tentatively due in Japan later in the year through Pony Canyon Records. The album, the initial pressing of which will come in a special package including a bonus ...

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URKRAFT Sign With VOICE OF LIFE RECORDS

Danish melodic death metallers URKRAFT have signed a deal with Germany's Voice Of Life Records. The band, whose music has been described as an "uncompromising mix of pure death metal, melodies, harsh vocals and enough power to open the gates of hell," will enter the studio in January 2004 to record their debut album, due ...

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MARSHALL LAW To Record New Album

The Birmingham, England-based cult power metal band MARSHALL LAW are recording a brand new studio album, their sixth following on from "Marshall Law", "Powergame", "Law In The Raw", "Metal Detector" and "Warning From History". Last year the band was the subject of a Sanctuary Records retrospective, "Power Crazy", which included archive and previously unreleased demo ...

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SEPULTURA Sign North American Deal With SPV RECORDS

SEPULTURA have officially inked a North American and Australian deal with SPV/Steamhammer Records. The Brazilian metallers, who were previously signed to SPV only for the European continent, are expected to release their new album, "Roorback", in the U.S. later in the summer. The follow-up to 2001's "Nation" was recorded and mixed by producer Steve Evetts ...

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MONSTER MAGNET Announce European Festival Appearances

MONSTER MAGNET have announced the following European festival appearances during August: Aug. 28 – Wiessen, AUT @ Two Days A Week Festival Aug. 30 – Piramasenes, GER @ Rock im Wald Festival Aug. 31 – Weeze, GER @ Terremoto Festival As previously reported, MONSTER MAGNET have tapped Joe Barresi (LIMP BIZKIT, BUCKCHERRY, QUEENS OF THE ...

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BORKNAGAR: New Album Pushed Back To Early 2004

Norway's BORKNAGAR are hard at work at Toproom and Fagerborg Studios with producer Borge Finstad (MAYHEM, SOLEFALD) recording the follow-up to 2001's "Empiricism", due in early 2004 through Century Media Records. The following is the latest recording update from BORKNAGAR drummer Asgeir Mickelson, as posted earlier today (June 22) to the band's official forum: "I've ...

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40 BELOW SUMMER Recording Sophomore Album

40 BELOW SUMMER have entered Mirror Image Recordings in New York City with producer David Bendeth (VERTICAL HORIZON, CRASH TEST DUMMIES) to record their sophomore album, due in the fall through Razor & Tie Records (distributed through BMG). The band's manager, Bob McLynn of Crush Music Media, commented on the group's signing with Razor & ...

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LUNARIS Part Ways With Guitarist

Norwegian technical metal outfit LUNARIS have officially confirmed the departure of guitarist Azarak (a.k.a. Steinar Gundersen of SPIRAL ARCHITECT fame). "Upon the recording of the follow-up to our debut album '… The Infinite', we have to announce that long-time member Azarak is no longer a part of LUNARIS," keyboardist Ray said in an official statement. ...

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KATATONIA Pull Out Of Germany's I-WOOD Festival

Sweden's KATATONIA have been forced to withdraw from the headlining slot at Germany's I-Wood Open Air festival due to an unspecified "sickness in the band." I-Wood, which is scheduled to take place on June 28 in Tebarz, will include appearances by NOCTE OBDUCTA, LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE, ANCIENT CEREMONY, ASTERIUS, VINDSVAL, DARK SUNS, SHIVERTRIP, IMMACONCEPT and GERNOTSHAGEN. ...

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MISFITS FIEND FEST 2003 TOUR: More Dates Announced

More dates have been announced for this summer's Misfits Fiend Fest tour, featuring MISFITS, PROJECT 1950, THE DAMNED, THE DICKIES, AGNOSTIC FRONT, and BALZAC. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Jul. 23 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre (w/o THE DAMNED) Jul. 24 - San Diego, CA @ 4th & B Jul. 25 - ...

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