OPETH Withdraw From Finnish Festivals

Sweden's OPETH have been forced to cancel their previously announced appearances at Finland's Tuska and Illosaarirock festivals, scheduled to take place July 11 and July 12, respectively. The following is an official statement on the matter from OPETH's manager, Andy Farrow of Northern Music Co.: "It is with regret that OPETH will have to withdraw ...

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TANKARD To Release 'Beast Of Bourbon' In Early 2004

Veteran German thrashers TANKARD have set "Beast Of Bourbon" as title for their upcoming studio album, tentatively due in early 2004 through AFM Records. The follow-up to last year's "B-Day" will once again be recorded at Stage One studio in B├╝hne, Germany with producer Andy Classen. ...

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SOULFLY, BRUJERIA Confirmed For AZTLAN FEST '03

SOULFLY and BRUJERIA are among the artists that have been confirmed for the upcoming Aztlan Fest '03 tour, which showcases the top international Latin artists and the hottest up-and-coming talent from the U.S., Mexico and Latin America. Also set to appear on the bill are Latin rap pioneers DELINQUENT HABITS and Mexico's hottest ska-punkers CABRITO ...

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NO RETURN Looking For New Singer

Steeve "Zuul" Petit, singer for the acclaimed French high-energy death/thrash metallers NO RETURN, has left the band in order to concentrate on his new project ZUUL FX. The reasons for Petit's departure are said to be entirely of a "professional" nature, and reportedly include the usual musical differences. NO RETURN are currently looking for a ...

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PREJUDICE Added To HATE ETERNAL/DYING FETUS European Tour

Belgian death metallers PREJUDICE have reportedly been added to the upcoming European tour featuring HATE ETERNAL, DYING FETUS, DEEDS OF FLESH and SEVERE TORTURE. Exact cities and dates for the trek, which is expected to kick off in September, will be announced shortly. PREJUDICE will enter the studio in late 2003 to begin recording their ...

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GREAT WHITE's JACK RUSSELL: 'I Cry Every Single Day'

In preparing for the group's upcoming weekend shows to raise money for The Station Family Fund, GREAT WHITE's manager Charrie L. Foglio interviewed the band's lead singer Jack Russell and guitarist Mark Kendall and provided the media with statements from the band members, according to the Providence Journal. In those written statements, Russell and Kendall ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Guitarist Offers Update From The Road

In his latest update from the road, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD guitarist Jed Simon sheds a little light on the hazards of being on the road, some great new & vintage music to listen to, the virtues of dual rectifiers, and pointy guitars: "SYL has been writing and compiling video footage lately... except our video camera ...

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