STORMWIND To Issue 'Rising Symphony' In April

Sweden's STORMWIND, the band featuring guitarist Thomas Wolf and former CANDLEMASS singer Thomas Vikstrom, have set an April 23 Japanese release date for their sixth album, "Rising Symphony". The album includes nine melodic/neo-classical tracks and a bonus track for Japan ("Wings Of Tomorrow"). A European release is expected to follow in early June. The official ...

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THE 2003 METAL GODS TOUR: Lineup Announced!

Former JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford's forthcoming U.S. tour, The 2003 Metal Gods Tour, will be a multi-band package featuring Rob's blazing quintet HALFORD, co-headliners TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, SYMPHONY X, DARK TRANQUILITY, AMON AMARTH, CARNAL FORGE and more. The 2003 Metal Gods Tour is set to kick off April 25 in Chicago, and will wrap up ...

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ANTHRAX's IAN Talks About ROGER DALTREY Collaboration

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian recently spoke to MTV.com about the group's collaboration with THE WHO singer Roger Daltrey on "Taking the Music Back", one of the cuts from their latest CD, "We've Come For You All". "Working with him was mind-blowing," Ian said. "As I'm sitting there, I'm thinking, 'I'm in the chair that Pete ...

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TED NUGENT, ZZ TOP To Team Up For U.S. Tour

TED NUGENT and ZZ TOP will join forces for the Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers tour, set to begin April 25 at the CenturyTel Center in Bossier City, La. The 30-plus date tour, which will play amphitheaters and arenas, wraps June 14 at American Airlines Arena in Dallas. Also appearing on the bill will be ...

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THE BLUEPRINT: Demo Track Posted Online

THE BLUEPRINT, the Nottingham, UK-based group consisting of former PITCHSHIFTER guitarist Matt Grundy, ex-EARTHTONE9 singer Karl Middleton, PITCHSHIFTER bassist Mark Clayden, CONSUMED guitarist Will Burchell and CONSUMED drummer Chris Billam, have posted a demo track, titled "Scorched Earth Policy", at this location. "Scorched Earth Policy" will be one of several songs recorded during ...

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RAMMSTEIN To Remix MARILYN MANSON

German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN have been asked to remix a track from the new MARILYN MANSON album, "Golden Age Of The Grotesque". A fan asked Manson via the Oracle section on his official web site, www.marilynmanson.com, "With the German influence on the new album are you considering touring with a German band i.e. ...

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FRETERNIA Add New Guitarist

Sweden's FRETERNIA have announced the addition of former CONVICTION/ZONATA guitarist Niclas Karlsson to the group's ranks. FRETERNIA's latest album, "A Nightmare Story", was released last October through Spain's Arise Records. ...

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PARAGON Name New CD, Prepare To Enter Studio

German melodic metallers PARAGON have set "The Legacy" as the title for their follow-up to last year's critically-acclaimed "Law Of The Blade" CD for a tentative July release through Remedy/Zomba Records. The band will enter the studio in late March to record 10 songs plus a remake of "Into The Black" from "World Of Sin" ...

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