L.A. Hard Rockers FIREBALL MINISTRY Sign To NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

Los Angeles-based heavy hitters FIREBALL MINISTRY have signed an exclusive worldwide contract with Nuclear Blast Records. Alumni of MTV's "You Hear It First" program, the band made the news official by announcing it on last week's edition of MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball". MTV's resident hard rock supporter Iann Robinson had this to say about FIREBALL MINISTRY: ...

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THUNDERSTONE Recording Sophomore Album

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE are recording their sophomore album at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki with producer/guitarist Nino Laurenne. The as-yet-untitled follow-up to last year's "Thunderstone" is tentatively due in late 2003 through Nuclear Blast Records. ...

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NIGHTWISH Announce New York City Gig

Finland's NIGHTWISH will follow up their appearances at the ProgPower Festival in Atlanta (Sep. 5) and at The Medley in Montreal, Canada (Sept. 6) with a one-off gig at L'Amour in Brooklyn, New York on Sunday, Sept. 7. NIGHTWISH's upcoming DVD, "End Of Innocence", is due on Aug. 4 through Spinefarm. As previously reported, the ...

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GUNS N' ROSES Bassist: 'Chinese Democracy' To Surface This Year

GUNS N' ROSES bassist Tommy Stinson has told Billboard.com that he expects the group's long-awaited new album, "Chinese Democracy", to see the light of day sometime this year. "The record is being completed. Other people are putting their final little touches on things, and then it goes to mix," he explained. "My physical presence wasn't ...

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DYING FETUS, SKINLESS, MISERY INDEX: More Dates Announced

More dates have been announced for the forthcoming U.S. tour featuring DYING FETUS, SKINLESS, DIVINE EMPIRE and MISERY INDEX. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Jul. 19 – Latham, NY @ Saratoga Winners Jul. 20 – Farmingdale, NY @ Downtown Jul. 21 – Randolph, NJ @ Obsessions Jul. 22 - Wilkes Barre, PA @ ...

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FUELED II FIRE Line Up Shows In Texas

FUELED II FIRE, the new band featuring former PISSING RAZORS members Cesar Soto (guitar), Joe Rodriguez (vocals) and Mat Lynch (guitar), have lined up the following dates during June: Jun. 28 – El Paso, TX @ Nakyes Stadium (Battle of the Bands) Jun. 30 - El Paso, TX @ Bombardiers (w/ KRIMSON, RED EYE FACTOR) ...

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Vocalist JOE COMEAU Confirms Departure From ANNIHILATOR

Vocalist Joe Comeau (ex-OVERKILL, LIEGE LORD) has issued a statement confirming his departure from ANNIHILATOR. Comeau's press release reads as follows: "Hello friends, "As you are probably now aware, I am no longer working with ANNIHILATOR. I would first like to thank all my friends and supporters who have emailed me encouraging notes. ...

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LIFE OF AGONY Re-Launch Official Web Site

LIFE OF AGONY have re-launched their official web site at www.lifeofagony.com, complete with Quicktime clips from their upcoming DVD, an all-new message board and a merchandise store. LIFE OF AGONY's upcoming double-live CD and DVD, titled "River Runs Again: Live 2003", will be released in late August/early September through SPV Records worldwide. The ...

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