DARK TRANQUILLITY: We Are Not Touring With HALFORD!

Sweden's DARK TRANQUILLITY have denied reports that they have been confirmed for The 2003 Metal Gods Tour, a multi-band package featuring HALFORD, co-headliners TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, CARNAL FORGE, PAIN MUSEUM, and AMON AMARTH. "Regarding touring, the information circulating on the [Internet] implying that [DARK TRANQUILLITY] will be part of the HALFORD tour package in the U.S. ...

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MACHINE HEAD: Cover-Song Contest Results Announced

MACHINE HEAD have announced the winning entries in their recently-launched cover-song contest. As previously reported, the members of the group's official forum were asked to list three songs that they would like to hear MACHINE HEAD cover, after which the band picked the 10 most interesting requests they felt they could do justice to. All ...

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BLINDSIDE Cancel European Tour

Sweden's BLINDSIDE have cancelled their European tour under orders of their label Elektra because of the current war on Iraq. The company issued a statement Wednesday canceling "all international touring plans". The group, who were to start a European tour next week, are the only act affected so far. "In the current climate the safety ...

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LOSTPROPHETS Attack Anti-War Bands

LOSTPROPHETS singer Ian Watkins has launched an attack on bands who are speaking out against the war on Iraq. In a Radio 1 interview, Watkins claimed that most anti-war musicians are more interested in publicity than politics. "They just think, 'Anti-war is cool, let's speak out — more record sales', which I think is wrong," ...

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DESTRUCTION's SCHMIER: 'War Was Never A Solution'

DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer has issued a statement via the band's official web site in an attempt to clarify the group's reasons for posting their cover version of THE EXPLOITED's "Fuck The U.S.A." as a protest against the U.S.-led war on Iraq. "This war is touching all of us!" Schmier writes. ...

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SUFFOCATION Reunite, Begin Work On New CD

Acclaimed New York death metallers SUFFOCATION, who issued several successful albums in the early '90s, have officially reunited after a four-year break (as previously reported here and here) and are in the process of writing and recording their long-awaited sixth release. The group's current lineup — consisting of founding members Frank ...

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ENDO Confirmed For 94.9 ZETA'S BONZAI

Florida's ENDO have been confirmed for this year's 94.9 Zeta's Bonzaion April 25 at Bicentennial Park in Miami. Also set to appear are GODSMACK, SALIVA, POWERMAN 5000, and STONE SOUR, among others. In other news, ENDO's forthcoming sophomore effort, "Songs For The Restless", has been pushed back to a mid-to-late June release in order to ...

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SATYRICON: Kicking Hard

Norway's SATYRICON have posted the following tour update via their official web site at www.satyricon.no: "Altogether Switzerland and Austria were more exciting than we expected. These places are not exactly fantastic when it comes to metal despite CELTIC FROST coming from Switzerland, but it was nice. Graz being for sure the most enjoyable ...

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NIGHTWISH Go Double Platinum!

NIGHTWISH's latest effort, "Century Child", has been certified double platinum in Finland for sales in excess of 60,000 copies. The album was last year's second-highest selling Finnish release in Finland. When taking into account foreign albums, "Century Child" was still in the fifth place. ...

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