HAMMERFALL To Participate In Swedish Game Show

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message to the band's official web site: "Hello Templars, I have some very exciting news for you (us, really) today: HAMMERFALL have been invited to tape an episode of the popular game show 'Fångarna' (formerly 'Fångarna På Fortet')! For those who don't know what this is, the ...

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A PERFECT CIRCLE: 'Weak And Powerless' Video In The Works

A PERFECT CIRCLE fan site APerfectCircle.us is reporting that "filming for [the group's] 'Weak And Powerless' video began early last week in L.A. The band has not been involved thus far due to their busy schedule, however it is underway, and it is being directed by The Brothers Strause, who you may know from their ...

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LIMP BIZKIT: New Album Is Done

LIMP BIZKIT have completed work on their much-delayed, still-untitled fourth album, tentatively due in September or October. "It's done," Fred Durst told Rolling Stone. "There's eighteen songs, and I'd like to get them all on there." New guitarist Mike Smith (ex-SNOT) co-wrote some of the tracks after the band decided to scrap a finished album's ...

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OIL Announce New Bassist

Long Beach, California-based Christian metallers OIL, featuring DARK ANGEL frontman Ron Rinehart, have announced the addition of bassist Jonathan Thiemens to the group's ranks. "Jonathan has made a huge difference in our sound and [the fans] won't be disappointed," the band write on their official web site. OIL recently issued their first-ever live album, "Choice ...

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DOL AMMAD Enlist RHAPSODY Drummer For Debut CD

Greek "electronic art metal" act DOL AMMAD have enlisted RHAPSODY's Alex Holzwarth to lay down the drum tracks for the group's full-length debut, "Star Tales", tentatively due before the end of the year. The recordings will take place in August at Sascha Paeth's Gate Studios (RHAPSODY, ANGRA, KAMELOT, HEAVEN'S GATE) in Wolfsburg, Germany. DOL AMMAD ...

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LINKIN PARK Poised To Survive Death of Rap-Rock

L. Kent Wolgamott of JournalStar.com is reporting that "as record sales continue to slump, only three acts sold more than 2 million albums in the first six months of 2003. One, 50 CENT, is the hottest brand going in hip-hop. Another, NORAH JONES, benefited from a bunch of Grammy Awards. "The third is a band ...

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CRIMSON GLORY: Original Lineup To Reunite?

CRIMSON GLORY, one of the best and most influential prog-metal bands to emerge from the 1980s, appears to be one step closer to a full-fledged reunion. Former CRIMSON GLORY guitarist Ben Jackson, who has spent the last few years pursuing a solo career of sort with BEN JACKSON GROUP, has posted the following message to ...

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ANGER Confirmed For Florida's 12 HOURS OF MAYHEM Festival

Florida-based hardcore kings ANGER, featuring drummer Alex Marquez (ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION, DEMOLITION HAMMER, SOLSTICE), have been confirmed for the first annual 12 Hours Of Mayhem festival, set to take place November 1 at the Mahi Shrine Auditorium in Miami. The show will feature 12 of South Florida's heaviest metal and hardcore bands and will also include ...

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SKRAPE To Release 'Up The Dose' In September

SKRAPE have set "Up The Dose" as the title for their new CD, due on September 23 through RCA Records. The album — the group's first to feature new guitarist Randy Melser — was produced by Jimbo Barton (QUEENSRŸCHE, GODSMACK) in Miami, Los Angeles and in SKRAPE's own Orlando, Florida rehearsal/recording studio. It showcases 11 ...

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DEF LEPPARD Attend MICK JAGGER's Birthday Bash In Prague

THE ROLLING STONES frontman Mick Jagger marked his birthday Saturday night with a boozy bash into the early hours at a swish Prague night-club attended by his two daughters Jade and Elisabeth, and members of DEF LEPPARD. Czech Republic's former president Vaclav Havel, who appeared on stage at the start of THE ROLLING STONES' performance ...

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