ROYAL HUNT Split With Bassist, Guitarist

Bassist Steen Mogensen and guitarist Jacob Kjaer have officially left Danish melodic/progressive metallers ROYAL HUNT. No reason was given for their departure. Mogensen is expected to continue his collaboration with ex-RAINBOW/current YNGWIE MALMSTEEN vocalist Doogie White in CORNERSTONE, whose third album, "Once Upon Our Yesterdays", was released last month through Germany's Massacre Records. ROYAL HUNT's ...

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ABADDON INCARNATE Embark On New 'Crusade'

Irish grindcore act ABADDON INCARNATE have completed work on their new album, "Dark Crusade", at Soundlab Studios in Sweden for a January release through Xtreem Music. The 33-minute effort was recorded and mixed over a two-and-and-a-week period and includes 16 tracks. Among the songtitles set to appear on the CD are "Centrefold Redemption", "Hour Of ...

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SUN CAGED Part Ways With Drummer, Seek Replacement

Dutch progressive metallers SUN CAGED, who feature in their ranks STAR ONE keyboardist Joost van den Broek, have parted ways with drummer Dennis Leeflang. Dennis' official statement on the matter is as follows: "After almost five years, three demo CDs, one album and 61 shows, I am no longer part of SUN CAGED. This was ...

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BLAZE: Video Diary Posted Online

BLAZE, the British band led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE singer Blaze Bayley, have posted a three-minute video update from the recording sessions for the group's third full-length album, tentatively due in March 2004 through SPV Records. Check it out here (Windows Media). As previously reported, BLAZE are utilizing the services of former PITCHSHIFTER ...

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CRUACHAN Complete Work On New Album

Irish folk metal band CRUACHAN have completed work on their fourth full-length album, entitled "Pagan". "Pagan" was recorded and mixed at Radio Na Life Studios in Dublin, Ireland with producer Al Cowen and is the follow-up to last year's "Folk-Lore". The band recorded a total of 15 songs, of which 13 will end up on ...

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TWISTED SISTER Frontman Speaks: Audio Available

TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider has posted the very first "audio" installment of his regular online update, "Dee Speaks", at this location. Among the topics covered in the latest update is the band's current status, Dee's VAN HELSING'S CURSE project, his radio-hosting gig, and the latest news on the sequel to his acclaimed ...

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DOWN Sever Ties With ELEKTRA RECORDS

DOWN, the New Orleans supergroup featuring Philip Anselmo (vocals, SUPERJOINT RITUAL, ex-PANTERA), Pepper Keenan (guitars, C.O.C.), Jimmy Bower (drums, EYETHATEGOD, SUPERJOINT RITUAL), Rex Brown (bass, ex-PANTERA) and Kirk Windstein (guitars, CROWBAR), have severed their ties with Elektra Records, according to DOWN's official webmaster Justin. Anselmo, who has made it clear in recent interviews that he ...

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LULLACRY Announce Winter Tour Dates

Finland's LULLACRY have lined up the following dates during December/January: Dec. 27 - Green Christmas – Rakvere, EE Jan. 15 - Klubi – Tampere, FIN * Jan. 16 - Klubi – Turku, FIN ** Jan. 17 – Tavastia – Helsinki, FIN ** * Riemufestivaali Goes Metal w/ NORTHER, CAUSE FOR EFFECT, TOTAL DEVASTATION ** Riemufestivaali ...

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CHARON Launch Guitarist Search

Finnish goth-metallers CHARON have launched a search for a new guitarist following the departure of Jasse Von Hast last month. Interested parties can submit their information at the following address: BRR-Musiikki / Charon Kauppakatu 49 92100 Raahe FINLAND CHARON's fourth full-length album, "The Dying Daylights", was released in September through Spinefarm Records. The follow-up to ...

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