WRATH, BLACK WIDOW Confirmed For CLASSIC METAL FEST 4

WRATH and BLACK WIDOW have been confirmed for the Classic Metal Fest 4, set to be held May 13-15 at JJ Kelley's in Bernice Lansing, Illinois. The following is a list of the artists currently scheduled to appear at the event: SOLITUDE AETURNUS HIRAX RAFF DECEASED WRATH ATTACKER WRETCH IMPALER DESTRUCTOR PREMONITION TYRANT'S REIGN IRON ...

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SHARON OSBOURNE: I Asked To Be Released From Talk-Show Contract

A spokesperson for Sharon Osbourne has confirmed to Billboard.com that "The Sharon Osbourne Show", the syndicated daytime talk show hosted by the wife/manager of Ozzy Osbourne, has been cancelled (as first reported here on Jan. 22). Time Warner's Telepictures, the show's producers, denied that the talk show was officially cancelled, although several sources ...

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THE GATHERING/AGALLOCH Tour: Chicago Date Scrapped

The proposed Chicago date on the THE GATHERING/AGALLOCH tour — originally expected to take place on February 11 — has been scrapped after the groups' booking agent was unable to "get a good deal" from any of the local promoters, according to a posting on THE GATHERING's web site. As a result, the trek — ...

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GRIP INC. Set U.S. Release Date For 'Incorporated'

GRIP INC., the forward-thinking metal outfit featuring Dave Lombardo (SLAYER, FANTOMAS), will release "Incorporated", their fourth studio album, on March 16 in the U.S. through SPV Records. The GRIP INC. lineup is rounded out by guitarist/composer/in-demand producer Waldemar Sorychta (LACUNA COIL, MOONSPELL) and vocalist Gus Chambers. The track listing for "Incorporated" is as follows: 01. ...

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MALEVOLENT CREATION Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL

Florida-based death metallers MALEVOLENT CREATION are the latest act confirmed for this year's Rock Hard Festival, a two-day event set to take place May 29-30, 2004 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Other bands currently scheduled to appear are MACHINE HEAD, STRATOVARIUS, LACUNA COIL, RAGE, IN EXTREMO, DOOMSWORD, DESASTER and DEAD SOUL TRIBE. Tickets to the ...

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MONSTER MAGNET: New Songs Posted Online

Two complete tracks — "Slut Machine" and "Supercruel" — from the forthcoming MONSTER MAGNET CD, "Monolithic Baby", can be heard in streaming Real Audio via the German Metal Hammer web site. Two more tracks will be added to the page every week between now and the album's release date. As previously reported, "Monolithic ...

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NASUM Win MANIFEST AWARD For 'Best Hard Rock/Punk'

Swedish grindcore merchants NASUM won the Manifest award in the "Best Hard Rock/Punk" category for their most recent album, "Helvete". The band beat out such impressive competition as ARCH ENEMY ("Anthems of Rebellion"), KATATONIA ("Viva Emptiness"), CULT OF LUNA ("The Beyond") and BURST ("Prey On Life"). The award ceremony took place at Debaser in Stockholm ...

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ICED EARTH, Ex-NEUROTICA Members Contribute To Prog-Rock Project

Ralph Santolla (ICED EARTH, formerly of DEATH), Shawn Bowen (BALD DAISY, formerly of NEUROTICA), GJ Gosman (NEW CRASH POSITION, formerly of NEUROTICA) and David Ragsdale (formerly of KANSAS) are among the guest musicians appearing on "Moments of Clarity", an 11-song prog-rock concept album due later in the year through an as-yet-undetermined label. The album, which ...

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