Former STRATOVARIUS Drummer To Guest On New KALEDON CD?

Former STRATOVARIUS drummer Jörg Michael is in talks with Italian symphonic power metallers KALEDON about playing on the group's forthcoming third full-length album, entitled "The Way of the Light". The follow-up to last year's "The King's Rescue" will be recorded this spring for a tentative late 2004 release through SteelBorn Records. "The Way of the ...

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WINDIR To Play 'Farewell' Concert In Norway

Norwegian black metallers WINDIR have announced plans to perform on final concert as a tribute to late frontman Terje "Valfar" Bakken, who tragically passed away in January. The concert, dubbed "Heidra Valfar", will take place on Friday, September 3 at the Rockefeller Arena in Oslo, Norway. "The 3rd of September would have been ...

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AVIDOST Recording Debut Album With Veteran Producer NEIL KERNON

Veteran producer Neil Kernon (NEVERMORE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, DEICIDE, QUEENSRŸCHE) is currently working with an unsigned, female-fronted band called AVIDOST. Based out of Chicago, Illinois, the five-piece group "has a lot of different flavors to their music, from black metal, to progressive metal to well — lots of their own styles too," according to Kernon. Consisting ...

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ASGEIR MICKELSON: 'I'm NOT Going To Play For DIMMU BORGIR'

Drummer Asgeir Mickelson (BORKNAGAR, SPIRAL ARCHITECT) has issued a statement denying that he has been hired to be the session drummer for DIMMU BORGIR during their upcoming live appearances. Mickelson was rumored to have joined the DIMMU ranks as a temporary replacement for Nick Barker, who was unceremoniously "removed" from the group's lineup in January. ...

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KORN Team Up With HOWARD STERN On New Single

KORN have posted a remixed version of their song "Y'All Want a Single", featuring a guest appearance by embattled shock jock Howard Stern, at their official web site. Download it here. Stern, whose radio show was pulled by Clear Channel off its stations last month because of indecency concerns, has hailed the video ...

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Ex-SAIGON KICK Singer To Form New Band

Former SAIGON KICK singer Matt Kramer has posted the following message on his official web site: "2004 seems to be bringing some interesting things to the table already. [My solo album] 'War & Peas' is about to be licensed in Germany with two deals on the table!! January was the NAMM show and it's been ...

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ICED EARTH Drummer To Land Job On 'The Howard Stern Show'?

ICED EARTH drummer Richard Christy (ex-DEATH, CONTROL DENIED) appears to be the favorite to land the job on "The Howard Stern Show" previously held by Stuttering John (who recently made the move to "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno"). Christy, a self-professed "huge fan of Howard's show for years," has submitted several audition tapes for ...

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