JUDAS PRIEST Manager: No Post-OZZFEST Concerts Planned This Year

JUDAS PRIEST have no plans for further live dates in 2004 following their final Ozzfest 2004 performance on September 4, according to an online posting by the band's management co-ordinator, Jayne Andrews. "The guys will be finishing off the [new studio] album so we can deliver it in time for 28th December, 2004 release!" she ...

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CARNAL FORGE Announce New Singer

Swedish thrashers CARNAL FORGE have announced the addition of singer Jens C. Mortensen (LEECH, ex-REVOLVER, SLAPDASH) to the group's ranks. Mortensen joins the band as the replacement for Jonas Kjellgren, who left CARNAL FORGE earlier in the month after a seven-year, five-album stint with the group. CARNAL FORGE's new studio album, "Aren't You Dead Yet", ...

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Former MARDUK, DARK ANGEL Members To Join Forces In New Project

Former MARDUK members Legion (a.k.a. Erik Hagsted, vocals) and B.War (bass) will be joining forces with guitarist Jim Durkin (DREAMS OF DAMNATION, ex-DARK ANGEL) in a new death metal project. The band, which will be based out of Los Angeles, is "only a recording project, on paper at this point," Durkin told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "I wrote ...

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THE APPARATUS Sign With DREAM CATCHER RECORDS

Norwegian melodic death metalers THE APPARATUS have signed a deal with the British label Dream Catcher Records (NAPALM DEATH, CATHEDRAL, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN). The group's already-completed debut album, "Heathen Agenda", is scheduled for release in late October. "Heathen Agenda" was recorded at Godt Selskap Studio (NECROPHAGIA, MANIFEST) in Trondheim, Norway and is set to include 10 ...

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Drummer LUKE JOHNSON Quits AMEN

Drummer Luke Johnson has officially left Los Angeles punk/metal group AMEN. In a posting on the band's official message board, Johnson wrote, "I am sorry to tell you that I am leaving AMEN after having 2 fun, final shows with them in Japan, there are no hard feelings and I hope that they keep banging ...

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