SUPREME MAJESTY Become A Sextet

Swedish melodic metallers SUPREME MAJESTY have announced the addition of guitarist Tobias Wernersson (ex-LITTLE YANKEES, RANSOM) to the group's ranks. An MP3 of Tobias' "breathtaking" interpretation of YNGWIE MALMSTEEN's "Far Beyond The Sun" can be downloaded here. "This new addition means that Chrille Andersson, formerly on both guitars and keyboards, will be able ...

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EMERALD: New Album Cover Posted Online

Swiss melodic metallers EMERALD have posted the cover artwork for their third full-length album, "Forces Of Doom", at this location. The follow-up to 2002's "Calling The Knights" was recorded at Mohrmann Studios in Bochum, Germany with producers Detlef Mohrmann and Axel Thubeauville. Included on the CD is a guest appearance by MAJESTY guitarist ...

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DISMEMBER: DVD Delayed

Long-running Swedish death metallers DISMEMBER have pushed back the release date of their upcoming double DVD to January 26, 2004. The first disc will contain the group's live performance from May 27, 2003 at Klubben in Stockholm, while the second disc will feature a 90-minute documentary/home video spanning the group's entire career. DISMEMBER's new album, ...

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MANITOU To Begin Recording Debut Album

Finnish prog-metallers MANITOU will enter Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki at the end of the month to begin recording their debut full-length album, entitled "Mad Moon Rising". Mixing will be done by Nino Laurenne of THUNDERSTONE fame. The album will be released in the spring through the British label Rage Of Achilles. The tentative track ...

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Former ANCIENT Singer To Guest On The Band's New CD

Former ANCIENT singer Lord Kaiaphas (ex-THOKK, GRAND BELIAL'S KEY) will make a guest appearance on the band's forthcoming CD, tentatively due in the spring through Metal Blade Records. The album will be recorded in January at Mirage and Alpha-Omega studios and the mixing and mastering will take place in early February at Studio Fredman in ...

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RIOT Recruit VIRGIN STEELE Drummer

RIOT have announced the addition of drummer Frank Gilchriest (VIRGIN STEELE) to the group's ranks. "[When] RIOT was touring in Europe as the support act for VIRGIN STEELE in 1998, [guitarist] Mark [Reale] and the rest of the band, including [then-RIOT drummer Bobby] Jarzombek, watched Frank Gilchriest destroy the drums every night for 7 weeks," ...

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Swedish Death Metal 'Supergroup' Gets A Name

GOD AMONG INSECTS is the name of the brand-new Swedish "old-school" death metal band featuring guitarist Lord K (a.k.a. Kenth Philipson) (THE PROJECT HATE), vocalist Jörgen Sandström (ENTOMBED, THE PROJECT HATE, ex-GRAVE), bassist Tomas Elofsson (SANCTIFICATION) and drummer Tobias Gustafsson (VOMITORY). "We still have a few more songs to complete but things are going as ...

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ALTARIA Announce Finnish Dates

Finnish melodic metallers ALTARIA, who feature in their ranks SONATA ARCTICA guitarist Jani Liimatainen and NIGHTWISH six-stringer Emppu Vuorinen, have confirmed the following dates during January: Jan. 23 - Hullu Pullo – Vaasa, FIN Jan. 24 - Loop – Oulu, FIN As previously reported, ALTARIA have set "Divinity" as the tentative title for their sophomore ...

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G3 '03: Video Message Available For Viewing

A four-minute promotional video for the current G3 '03 tour, featuring Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen, can be viewed at this location. The video, which features a brief introductory message from the three guitarists and a short live clip from each musician, was shot on October 17 at the Concord Pavilion. ...

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