HATESPHERE To Enter Studio In February

Danish death-thrashers HATESPHERE will enter Jailhouse Studios in February with producer Tommy Hansen (HELLOWEEN, PRETTY MAIDS) to record their new album, tentatively due in May through Italy's Scarlet Records. HATESPHERE's most recent mini-album, "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Black", contained three studio cuts and four live tracks and was the group's first ...

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PRIMAL FEAR Guitarist Welcomes Addition To Family

Congratulations are in order for PRIMAL FEAR guitarist Stefan Leibing and his wife Monika on the birth of their son, Eric. The latest addition to the German "Metal Commando" arrived Monday (December 5) at 10:30 a.m. local time. As previously reported, PRIMAL FEAR's new album, "Devil's Ground" (view cover art here), is due ...

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AEROSMITH, GODSMACK 'Fan Management' Company Files For Bankruptcy

FansRULE, the official "fan management company" for AEROSMITH and GODSMACK (among others), has filed for Chapter 11, a procedure that allows a company to reorganize under the protection of the Federal Bankruptcy Court. FansRULE took this step so that "we could better serve and protect our commitments to fans, artists, artist management groups and employees," ...

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FINNISH METAL AWARDS 2003: Winners Announced

The 2003 installment of the Finnish Metal Music Awards (Sirkkelirock 2003) was held this past Saturday (January 3) at Tavastia Club in Helsinki. Voting was open to all the metal fans in Finland and was presented through the various media outlets that were working with the event's organizers. The winners are as follows: Finnish Band ...

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Report: First-Ever Gaelic-Speaking Heavy Metal Band To See Light Of Day

Murdo MacLeod of Scotsman.com is reporting that two Gaelic-speaking metalheads are organizing the first ever Gaelic-speaking heavy metal band, which will play a mixture of their own compositions and top metal hits, translated into Scotland's oldest living language. ARMACHDAN LÈIR-SGRIOSAIL (Weapons of Mass Destruction), headed by Alasdair MacCaluim from East Kilbride, are working on composing ...

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KALMAH Cancel Finnish Festival Appearance

Finland's KALMAH have cancelled their previously announced Feb. 7 appearance at the Kaamos - Dark Metal Night festival in Oulu, Finland. According to a post on the band's web site, "We had problems with personal time schedules which was the reason for cancelling." The band, who recently parted ways with keyboardist Pasi Hiltula, will now ...

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MARILYN MANSON, MAYHEM Among 'Craziest' Rockers Of All Time

MARILYN MANSON and Norwegian black metallers MAYHEM were included in a list of the "100 most insane moments in rock" released last week by British music magazine Q. Topping the list was the late WHO drummer Keith Moon, who was singled out for a life of excess that included countless drug-fueled brawls, a food fight ...

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KONKHRA Announce South African Dates

Danish extreme metallers KONKHRA will be playing three shows in South Africa at the end of the month. Confirmed dates are as follows: Jan. 22 – Burn - Durban, RSA Jan. 23 – Sting - Johannesburg, RSA Jan. 24 – Turtle - Cape Town, RSA Commented the band: "We are absolutely psyched about these shows, ...

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RUNEMAGICK Complete Work On New Album

Swedish "dark death metal" act RUNEMAGICK have completed work on their new album, "On Funeral Wings", at their own Magick Sound Studio for a spring release through Aftermath Music. As previously reported, RUNEMAGICK's new material is said to be "much in the vein of the latest album 'Darkness Death Doom', with some new ideas and ...

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IN BATTLE Name New Album, Set Release Date

Sundsvall, Sweden-based death metallers IN BATTLE have set "Welcome To The Battlefield" as the title of their upcoming album, tentatively due on August 4 through Cold/Metal Blade Records. The CD, which will contain 10 songs (plus one bonus track on the Japanese release), will be mixed at Mana studio in Florida with producer Erik Rutan ...

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