DECAPITATED Off CANNIBAL CORPSE Tour

Poland's DECAPITATED have reportedly dropped off the forthcoming North American tour featuring headliners CANNIBAL CORPSE and special guests HYPOCRISY and VILE. No reason was given for DECAPITATED's withdrawal from the trek. The tour — CANNIBAL CORPSE's first in support of their upcoming "The Wretched Spawn" CD — will kick off on February 14 and will ...

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Report: GODSMACK Confirmed For METALLICA's North American Tour

GODSMACK have been confirmed as the opening act on METALLICA's upcoming North American tour, according to Billboard.com. The trek will begin March 2 in Phoenix. Other confirmed dates include March 8 in San Francisco and March 28 in Seattle. The first batch of ticket on-sales will begin Saturday (Dec. 20) via Ticketmaster. METALLICA are touring ...

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DEICIDE Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Florida death metallers DEICIDE have been officially confirmed for the 2004 edition of Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 5-8, 2004 in Wacken, Germany. According to an official newsletter from the festival's organizers, next year's event will be a celebration of the festival's 15th anniversary with special performances by "new hits, old ...

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Report: OZZY May Never Sing Again

World Entertainment News Network is reporting that Ozzy Osbourne may never sing again after the horrific ATV accident this week which almost left him paralyzed. Osbourne broke six ribs, a collarbone and a vertebra in his neck after losing control of the vehicle in the grounds of his Buckinghamshire, England, estate on Monday. Doctors at ...

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Poland's INDREAD COLD Sign With BLACKDOOM RECORDS

Poland's INDREAD COLD have signed a two-album deal with BlackDoom Records, the British label co-founded by MY DYING BRIDE guitarists Andrew Craighan and Hamish Glencross. The band, who consist of former members of DARZAMAT, MASTIPHAL, ECLIPSE and CHORT, will release their debut album, entitled "Underaba", in the beginning of 2004. The recording sessions for "Underaba" ...

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EPICA To Support DORO, BLAZE In Germany

Holland's EPICA (formerly SAHARA DUST), the new group formed by ex-AFTER FOREVER guitarist Mark Jansen, ex-CASSIOPEIA guitarist Ad Sluijter and keyboardist Coen Janssen, will be supporting DORO and BLAZE at three German dates at the end of the year. In other news, EPICA will be playing a show with AFTER FOREVER on March 21 at ...

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VANISHING POINT To Perform Acoustic Set On Australian Radio

Three members of the Australian progressive metal band VANISHING POINT — guitarist Chris Porcianko, vocalist Silvio Massaro and fill-in keyboardist Leonard Kopilas (MANIC OPERA) — will be performing an acoustic set live on PBS FM on Tuesday, December 16 during "Screaming Symphony" (web site). The exact time will be somewhere between 10:00 p.m. ...

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Finland's TURISAS Ink Deal With CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS

Finnish "pagan battle metal" act TURISAS have signed a long-term deal with Century Media Records. The band (named after an ancient Finnish war god) were originally formed in 1997 by Mathias Nygård (vocals) and Jussi Wickström (guitar). Over the years Tuomas Lehtonen (drums), Georg Laakso (guitar), Antti Ventola (keyboards) and Mikko Törmokoski (bass) were added ...

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