SOILWORK, CHILDREN OF BODOM To Team Up For European Tour

Sweden's SOILWORK and Finland's CHILDREN OF BODOM will be teaming up for a European tour this spring. Confirmed dates, according to www.soilwork.com: Apr. 18 - Stockholm, SWE @ Arenan Apr. 19 - Oslo, NOR @ Rockefeller Apr. 20 - Gothenburg, SWE @ Karen Apr. 21 - Lund, SWE @ Mejeriet Apr. 22 - Hamburg, GER ...

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REBELS WITHOUT APPLAUSE Seek New Bassist

REBELS WITHOUT APPLAUSE, the Chicago-based act featuring guitarist/vocalist Greg Fulton (ex-ZNOWHITE, CYCLONE TEMPLE), are on the lookout for a new bassist. "For the past few months we have been searching for a new bass player to fill the spot vacated by our previous bass player," reads a message on the band's official web site. "The ...

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KISS: A Hillbilly Tribute By HAYSEED DIXIE

Hillbilly humorists HAYSEED DIXIE, a group that achieved infamy with 2001's "A Hillbilly Tribute to AC/DC", which featured backwater send-ups of "Highway to Hell", "You Shook Me All Night Long" and "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap", are at it again. KISS are the target of HAYSEED's latest homage, "Kiss My Grass: A Hillbilly Tribute to ...

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OMNIUM GATHERUM To Support CHILDREN OF BODOM In Finland

Finland's OMNIUM GATHERUM will support CHILDREN OF BODOM at the following dates: Mar. 27 – Lutakko – Jyväskylä, FIN Apr. 05 – Nosturi – Helsinki, FIN In other news, the band recently inked a licensing agreement with Hot Rockin' Records for the Japanese release of their full-length debut, "Spirits and August Light". The Japanese version ...

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GOTTHARD Complete Work On 'Human Zoo'

Switzerland's GOTTHARD have completed work on their new studio album, "Human Zoo", due on Feb. 24. The CD, which marks the first time the group have worked without longtime collaborator, songwriter/producer Chris Von Rohr (ex-KROKUS bassist), was produced by Marc Tanner (FIONA, THE CALLING). The complete track listing for the album is as follows: 01. ...

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TARAXACUM Name Sophomore CD

TARAXACUM, the group featuring former STEEL PROPHET vocalist Rick Mythiasin, EDGUY bassist Tobias Exxel, drummer Franky Wolf, ex-HAGGARD guitarist Danny Klupp and ROUGH SILK/AXEL RUDI PELL keyboardist Ferdy Doernberg, have set "Rainmaker" as the title for their sophomore album, due in the fall through MTM-Metal Records. In the meantime, several live appearances are planned for ...

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MESSIAH To Reunite For Two European Shows

Legendary Swiss thrash pioneers MESSIAH will reunite for a couple of special live appearances in June/July. The group, who have no plans to record a new album or embark on a full-fledged tour, will perform at Volkshaus in Zürich, Switzerland in June and at the With Full Force festival at airport Roitzschjora, Löbnitz near Leipzig, ...

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BALANCE OF POWER Split With Singer, Commence Work On New Album

BALANCE OF POWER have parted company with vocalist Lance King. The band, who have recruited an as-yet-undisclosed "internationally-known" singer to replace King, have commenced work on the follow-up to "Perfect Balance", due in the spring on Massacre Records in Europe and Avalon Marquee Records in Japan. Tentatively titled "Heathen Machine", the upcoming CD promises to ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE To Release 'Best Of' Set

A brand new OZZY OSBOURNE compilation, titled "The Essential Ozzy Osbourne", is scheduled for release on Jan. 28 via Sony Music. A two-CD set, the collection reportedly features "digitally remastered" versions of the OZZY classics. There is no word yet if the compilation includes any songs from the "re-recorded" versions of OSBOURNE's early catalog that ...

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IRON MAIDEN: Recording Update

IRON MAIDEN producer Kevin Shirley, who is currently working with the band at a London studio on their as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2000's "Brave New World", has posted the following recording update via his official web site: "Today's MAIDEN diary update is care of Drew, my faithful and trusty engineer and side-kick! Brad looks like he's ...

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