MANITOU To Begin Recording Debut Album

Finnish prog-metallers MANITOU will enter Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki at the end of the month to begin recording their debut full-length album, entitled "Mad Moon Rising". Mixing will be done by Nino Laurenne of THUNDERSTONE fame. The album will be released in the spring through the British label Rage Of Achilles. The tentative track ...

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Former ANCIENT Singer To Guest On The Band's New CD

Former ANCIENT singer Lord Kaiaphas (ex-THOKK, GRAND BELIAL'S KEY) will make a guest appearance on the band's forthcoming CD, tentatively due in the spring through Metal Blade Records. The album will be recorded in January at Mirage and Alpha-Omega studios and the mixing and mastering will take place in early February at Studio Fredman in ...

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RIOT Recruit VIRGIN STEELE Drummer

RIOT have announced the addition of drummer Frank Gilchriest (VIRGIN STEELE) to the group's ranks. "[When] RIOT was touring in Europe as the support act for VIRGIN STEELE in 1998, [guitarist] Mark [Reale] and the rest of the band, including [then-RIOT drummer Bobby] Jarzombek, watched Frank Gilchriest destroy the drums every night for 7 weeks," ...

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Swedish Death Metal 'Supergroup' Gets A Name

GOD AMONG INSECTS is the name of the brand-new Swedish "old-school" death metal band featuring guitarist Lord K (a.k.a. Kenth Philipson) (THE PROJECT HATE), vocalist Jörgen Sandström (ENTOMBED, THE PROJECT HATE, ex-GRAVE), bassist Tomas Elofsson (SANCTIFICATION) and drummer Tobias Gustafsson (VOMITORY). "We still have a few more songs to complete but things are going as ...

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ALTARIA Announce Finnish Dates

Finnish melodic metallers ALTARIA, who feature in their ranks SONATA ARCTICA guitarist Jani Liimatainen and NIGHTWISH six-stringer Emppu Vuorinen, have confirmed the following dates during January: Jan. 23 - Hullu Pullo – Vaasa, FIN Jan. 24 - Loop – Oulu, FIN As previously reported, ALTARIA have set "Divinity" as the tentative title for their sophomore ...

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G3 '03: Video Message Available For Viewing

A four-minute promotional video for the current G3 '03 tour, featuring Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen, can be viewed at this location. The video, which features a brief introductory message from the three guitarists and a short live clip from each musician, was shot on October 17 at the Concord Pavilion. ...

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DISSECTION Continue Search For Musicians, Plan Documentary DVD

DISSECTION guitarist/vocalist Jon Nödtvedt and drummer Bård "Faust" Eithun (ex-EMPEROR) have spent the past few weeks looking through the audition videos that have been sent to them from all over the world. In the beginning of next year, real auditions will be held for some of the musicians needed to complete the group's lineup. It ...

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THE HELLACOPTERS Outline Upcoming Activities

THE HELLACOPTERS drummer Robert Eriksson has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Here we are again, another tour over, this time Australia and I must say this one has been fantastic! A big THANKS goes out to all people involved, friends, bands including M-16'S, WARPED, TURBONEGRO among others, you know who ...

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