LJÅ Sign With AFTERMATH MUSIC

Norwegian black metallers LJÅ have signed a record deal with Aftermath Music. According to an official press release, "this black metal band has been active for quite a few years, developing their style, now sounding like a raw form for black metal, but with also a touch of acoustic guitars and harmonies in their music. ...

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RAINBOW Double-CD Collection To See Light Of Day

A new RAINBOW collection, titled "Catch The Rainbow", will surface on March 18. The two-disc set will include the following tracks: 01. Man On The Silver Mountain 02. Sixteenth Century Greensleeves 03. Catch The Rainbow 04. Tarot Woman 05. Starstruck 06. Stargazer 07. Light In The Black 08. Mistreated (live) 09. Long Live Rock 'N' ...

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KORN To Produce Themselves On Upcoming Album

KORN's as-yet-untitled follow-up to "Untouchables" will be a self-produced effort, according to singer Jonathan Davis, who told the Los Angeles Times recently that the change in the group's approach "is really cool. Don't have someone outside coming over to tell us what we need to do. It's the fastest we've ever worked — three weeks ...

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THE OSBOURNES To Host Benefit

According to the New York Daily News, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are opening their house of mayhem on March 19 for a party to benefit Elton John's AIDS Foundation and Sharon's Colon Cancer Foundation. Tony Bennett will perform. The guest of honor is Elizabeth Tayor. Daughter Kelly Osbourne, if she's in town, will be solo. ...

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FINNTROLL: New Music Posted Online

Finland's FINNTROLL have posted a preview of their upcoming "acoustic/experimental" CD, titled "Visor Om Slutet", at this location (.zip file, approximately 1.30 MB in size). The group's first with new singer Tapio Wilska, "Visor Om Slutet" is slated for release this spring. FINNTROLL will enter the studio later in the year to record ...

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MOTHRA To Play Los Angeles Gig In May

MOTHRA, the new project featuring guitarist Mikey Doling (ex-SNOT, SOULFLY), bassist Tumor (ex-SNOT, AMEN), drummer Roy Mayorga (SOULFLY), guitarist Levon Sultanian (ONESIDEZERO), and vocalist Jason Radford (ONESIDEZERO), will make their next live appearance in Los Angeles in May, according to the group's official web site. More information will be made available soon. ...

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SILVERCHAIR Announce New York City Dates

Australia's SILVERCHAIR are confirmed to play in New York City for the first time in nearly four years. The dates will happen on May 19 and 20 at the Bowery Ballroom. These concerts are intended to make up for the sold-out shows which needed to be cancelled in mid-2002 due to frontman Daniel Johns' ill ...

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MERCENARY Hard At Work On New Album

Denmark's MERCENARY will enter producer Jacob Hansen's (INVOCATOR, RAUNCHY) newly-built recording studio to finish laying down the basic tracks for their third full-length album, due in the fall through Holland's Hammerheart Records. The vocals will be done in two or three sessions in April and May, and the mixing is scheduled to be completed in ...

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IRON MAIDEN More European Dates Announced

IRON MAIDEN have announced addition dates as part of the European leg of their "Give Me Ed Til I'm Dead" tour. Confirmed shows so far are as follows: May 26 - Toulouse, FRA @ Zenith May 27 - Toulon, FRA @ Zenith May 31 - Donington Park, UK @ Download Festival Jun. 03 - Katowice, ...

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