TAROT Secure European, Canadian Deal For New Album

Finland's TAROT, the group led by NIGHTWISH/ex-SINERGY bassist Marco Hietala, have secured a European and Canadian deal for their latest CD, "Suffer Our Pleasures". The album, which debuted at No. 10 on the Finnish album chart upon its release in May, will be released in the following territories on September 1: Canada (Universal) England (Universal) ...

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DREAM THEATER To Begin Mixing In Mid-August

DREAM THEATER are scheduled to begin mixing their new studio album in mid-August with producer Kevin Shirley (IRON MAIDEN, LED ZEPPELIN), according to a post on Shirley's web site. The follow-up to 2002's "Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence" is due at the end of the year through Elektra Records. DREAM THEATER are currently finishing up ...

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IRON MAIDEN Bassist: 'We Would Love To Tour With JUDAS PRIEST'

IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris spoke to Phil Freeman of Cleveland Scene about the group's forthcoming CD, "Dance Of Death", due on September 9 through Columbia Records. "It's a really, really strong album," Steve said. "We're really pleased with it. It's quite a varied album. There's two or three songs that veer toward the progressive, ...

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EPHEL DUATH Split With Singer, Seek Replacement

Davide Tolomei, the melodic singer in EPHEL DUATH, has announced his decision to quit the band. He felt that pursuing a career in music wasn't what he really wanted, and he wasn't able to commit himself to the band's forthcoming touring and recording schedule. EPHEL DUATH are now actively seeking a replacement. Applicants should either ...

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CROWBAR: New Lineup Photos Posted Online

A couple of photos of the new CROWBAR lineup — guitarist/vocalist Kirk Windstein (DOWN), bassist Rex Brown (PANTERA, DOWN) and drummer Craig Nunenmacher (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) — rehearsing for the recording of their upcoming album, tentatively titled "You Don't Need An Enemy To Have A War", have been posted online. Check them out:

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ENTOMBED's 'Inferno' To Receive U.S. Release In Early 2004

ENTOMBED have set an August 6 European release date through Music For Nations Records for their eighth full-length album, "Inferno". The follow-up to 2001's "Morning Star" was released in the U.S. in late June through Koch International, but was pulled from the shelves after it was determined that the label hadn't secured the proper rights ...

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METALLICA Bassist To Make Guest Appearance In NICKEL CREEK Video

METALLICA's Robert Trujillo will make a guest appearance in a new video for NICKEL CREEK's instrumental track "Smoothie Song". The four-stringer, who sat in on the acoustic pop-country act's video shoot Wednesday (July 30) in New York, reportedly plays a stand-up bass in the clip. METALLICA and NICKEL CREEK share the same management company — ...

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