BLAZE Finalize Track Listing For 'Blood And Belief'

BLAZE, the British band led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE singer Blaze Bayley, have finalized the track listing for their new album, "Blood and Belief", tentatively due in March through SPV Records. As previously reported, BLAZE utilized the services of former PITCHSHIFTER drummer Jason Bowld during the recording sessions for follow-up to 2002's "Tenth Dimension", which ...

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ICED EARTH's SCHAFFER Explains Guitarist's Departure

ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer recently spoke to Guitar World magazine about the departure of guitarist Larry Tarnowski prior to the recording of the group's latest CD, "The Glorious Burden". According to Schaffer, Tarnowski, an ICED EARTH member for five years, left before the recording sessions after expressing frustration over his limited role. "He may ...

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TEXTURES Part Ways With Singer

Dutch metal act TEXTURES have parted ways with singer Pieter Verpaalen due to "musical disagreements." "We, as well as any band, stumble upon difficult choices on the path we walk," the group write on their web site. "During our final conversations with Pieter, it was hard for us to keep musical and personal elements separated ...

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DARK FUNERAL Added To ZYKLON's Japanese Tour

Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL will join ZYKLON on their upcoming Japanese tour after original headliners DIMMU BORGIR cancelled their participation in the trek. Also appearing on the bill with the two co-headliners will be GOATWHORE. The dates are as follows: Feb. 03 - Shibuya Club Quattro – Tokyo, JAP Feb. 04 - ...

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ROTTING CHRIST To Begin Recording New Album In May

Greece's ROTTING CHRIST will enter the studio in May to record their new album, tentatively due in September through Century Media Records. A world tour will coincide with the release of the new CD. The follow-up to 2002's "Genesis" sees the group "returning back to [their] roots. [The musical path] the band [chose to follow ...

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Denmark's STOMPED Sign With EMI RECORDS, Single To Premiere This Week

Danish metal band STOMPED have inked a deal with EMI Records. In addition, the group have signed with one of Denmark's top artist managers, JP Andersen (MICHEAL LEARNS TO ROCK, Skanderborg Festivalen). Lastly, the group have joined forces with The Agency Group, the largest independent booking agency in the world. STOMPED's first video/single, "Cutting Through", ...

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