AGALLOCH To Support THE GATHERING On North American Tour

Portland, Oregon's AGALLOCH will be main support on THE GATHERING's upcoming North American tour, which is tentatively scheduled to kick off on February 12, 2004. Among the cities the band are tentatively planning on hitting during the trek are New York, Boston and Toronto, with two or three more in the works. More information will ...

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METALLICA: Seattle Date Announced

METALLICA will headline KeyArena in Seattle, Washington on March 28, according to The News Tribune. METALLICA last headlined their Summer Sanitarium stadium tour, which stopped at Seahawks Stadium in August. Tickets go on sale Dec. 20, but no sale time or prices were available Thursday. Tickets for the performance will be available through Ticketmaster (253-627-8497 ...

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NIGHTWISH Confirmed For Finland's SAUNA OPEN AIR Festival

NIGHTWISH have been confirmed as the headliners of a new metal festival, Sauna Open Air, which is scheduled to take place on Friday, June 11, 2004 in Tampere, Finland. The festival is scheduled to end at 10:00 p.m., after which additional live activities will continue at Tampere's Pakkahuone venue (capacity 1,500). Additional bands for the ...

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STRATOVARIUS: JENS In, KOTIPELTO Out?

STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki has reportedly told the Finnish daily newspaper Ilta-Sanomat that keyboardist Jens Johansson will definitely continue to be a member of the band once the group have sorted through their current personnel "crisis". The situation with the band's drummer, Jörg Michael, however, is still up in the air. According to Tolkki, Michael's ...

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BEHEMOTH: More U.S. Tour Dates Announced

After completing 31 dates with SIX FEET UNDER, SKINLESS and AS I LAY DYING in North America, Canada and Mexico, Polish black/death metallers BEHEMOTH have taken a two-week break in L. A. to prepare themselves for the last three shows they will do on this American tour (two of them in California and one in ...

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BLAZE To Begin Recording Third Album

BLAZE, the British band led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE singer Blaze Bayley, will enter Backstage Studios in Ripley, England on Monday (Dec. 8) to begin recording their third album, tentatively due in early 2004 through SPV Records. According to producer Andy Sneap, who worked with the band on their previous two offerings, the tracking for ...

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RAVAGER Split

After three years of existence and two albums via France's Osmose Productions, Mexico's RAVAGER (formerly DOMAIN) have officially split up. According to the label, the cause of the break-up is "musical and personal differences" between the bandmembers. Bassist/vocalist Antimo and drummer Oscar have plans to form a new band that will keep "the essence" of ...

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FEAR FACTORY Begin Mixing New Album In Vancouver

FEAR FACTORY guitarist Christian Olde Wolbers has made his way to Vancouver, British Columbia to begin mixing the group's new album, "Archetype" with Greg Reely (MACHINE HEAD, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DEVILDRIVER). Drummer Raymond Herrera and vocalist Burton C. Bell are expected to join him shortly. Check out a bunch of new pictures taken in the ...

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P.O.D. 'Banned' By Christian Bookstores

Christian rock act P.O.D. have apparently had their latest CD banned by 85% of Christian bookstores in the U.S., who say the album cover is "occult". "It's quite ironic that throughout my art career I have been censored by a reputable art publication and denied inclusion into art exhibitions because my work is ...

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