ICED EARTH: 'The Blessed And The Damned' Collection Due In August

Century Media Records has set an August 10 North American release date for the upcoming ICED EARTH "greatest hits" collection, entitled "The Blessed And The Damned". This double CD compilation contains 23 tracks featuring over two hours of remastered material spanning the band's Century Media career. Russian fantasy artist Leo Hao (BLIND GUARDIAN, ICED EARTH) ...

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RONNIE JAMES DIO Forces Pop Band DIOS To Change Name

Hawthorne, California-based pop band DIOS have been forced to change their name after veteran heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio threatened legal action against the group, claiming their name was too close to that of his own solo band (as first reported here on June 25). A statement issued by the band reads: ...

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METALLICA Schedule Book-Signing Session

To celebrate the release of their first official book, "So What: The Good, The Mad, and The Ugly" (Broadway Books), METALLICA will be signing books at First Avenue in Minneapolis immediately following their appearance at the Excel Energy Center in St. Paul on August 16. Because "So What!" the book hits stores the next day, ...

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DRACONIAN Name New Album

Swedish gothic doom metal band DRACONIAN have set "Arcane Rain Fell" as the title of their sophomore album, tentatively due in early 2005 through Napalm Records. The follow-up to last year's "Where Lovers Mourn" will be recorded at Studio Underground in Västerås, Sweden during September and will contain "nine tracks of dark, atmospheric metal," according ...

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DOHENY Added To SOULSHINE MUSIC FESTIVAL, Return To Recording Studio

DOHENY, the California-based band formed by ex-THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison (on guitar) and former PITCHSHIFTER frontman Jon "J.S." Clayden, have been added to the bill of the Soulshine Music Festival in Malibu, California on Sunday, August 8. The festival, which begins at 12:30 p.m. and ends at 6:00 p.m. (and also features WHITESTARR) ...

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RELEVANT FEW Confirmed For Sweden's UPPSALA BLOODBAD II Festival

RELEVANT FEW, the Swedish grindcore band featuring bassist Robert Hakemo (KEROZENE, ex-GARDENIAN, GOOSEFLESH), have been confirmed for the Uppsala Bloodbad II festival on Friday, September 3 in Uppsala, Sweden. Other acts scheduled to perform are REGURGITATE, CROWPATH, IMPERIOUS, ENEMY IS US, FROM THE ASHES and MASTERS OF MOSH. Prior to their Uppsala Bloodbad II appearance, ...

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MEGADETH: 'Chat with DAVE MUSTAINE' Contest

To celebrate the release of their re-mastered catalog July 27, MEGADETH is launching a contest for 25 lucky winners to gain entrance to an exclusive chat room with Dave Mustaine. Sponsored by EMI, Abrasive Rock, and Fan2Fan the contest asks MEGADETH fans to submit their thoughts on why these albums are so meaningful and memorable. ...

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