SKYFIRE Sign With ARISE RECORDS

Swedish death metallers SKYFIRE have inked a deal with Arise Records. The quintet, who issued two albums through the Hammerheart label (2001's "Timeless Departure" and 2003's "Mind Revolutions"), will record their third album in February/March at Los Angered studios and Underground studios for a tentative May release. SKYFIRE's current lineup is as follows: Jonas Sjögren ...

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DESTINY: New Album Delayed

Long-running Swedish metal band DESTINY have pushed back the release date of their new album, "Future Of The Past", to March 5 through GMR Music Group. "Future Of The Past" was recorded at the band's own DRS Studios and features a guest appearance by former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN keyboardist Mats Olausson. As previously reported, DESTINY are ...

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ARCH NEMESIS Part Ways With Guitarist, Continue Work On New Album

Norwegian metallers ARCH NEMESIS have parted ways with lead guitarist Inge "Thorin" Eidsaeter halfway through the recording sessions for the band's sophomore album, tentatively due later in the year through Edgerunner Records. Eidsaeter's departure is being attributed to "personal interests," according to a posting on the band's web site. "There was just not enough ...

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LEASH LAW: Debut Album Details Revealed

LEASH LAW, the new Florida-based group featuring vocalist Wade Black (ex-CRIMSON GLORY, SEVEN WITCHES), guitarist Rick Renstrom (ROB ROCK), drummer Richard Christy (ICED EARTH, ex-DEATH), bassist Stephen Elder (ROB ROCK), and guitarist Emo Mowery (TIWANAKU, ex-NOCTURNUS), have finalized the track listing for their debut album, "Dogface", due this spring through Greece's Black Lotus Records. "We ...

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AMARAN Guitarist Fractures Arm, Is Forced To Sit Out Tour

AMARAN guitarist Ronnie Backlund has fractured his right arm and will not be able to participate in the band's upcoming European tour with AFTER FOREVER, NIGHTMARE and DARK MOOR and the subsequent gigs in Finland with KATATONIA. He will be replaced on these tours by Esa Orjatsalo from the Finnish band DREAMTALE. As previously reported, ...

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ANGRA Begin Recording New Album

Brazilian melodic metallers ANGRA have commenced the recording process for the follow-up to 2001's "Rebirth", tentatively due this summer through SPV Records. The initial recording sessions for the CD are taking place at Mosh Studios in São Paulo, Brazil under the guidance of producer Dennis Ward (SILENT FORCE, PINK CREAM 69). So far, all the ...

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SKID ROW Confirm Drummer's Departure, Secure Replacement

SKID ROW have confirmed via their official web site that drummer Phil Varone has left the group for "personal reasons." The band, who released their latest CD, "Thickskin", in August, have already found a replacement and will be going ahead with plans to shoot a video for the track "Ghost" later this month in Miami, ...

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KISS To Tour With LIMP BIZKIT?

According to a posting at www.kisskollector.com, LIMP BIZKIT are strongly rumored to have landed the opening slot on some of the dates currently being finalized for the remainder of KISS' World Domination 2003-04 Tour. "Although management says nothing has been confirmed yet as far as the 'rumored' tours of Australia, Japan and the ...

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