USA Today: Those '80s Metal Bands Still Strike A Chord

USA Today published an article in its March 11 edition spotlighting the current popularity of '80s metal and the renewed media interest in a musical subculture many thought was extinct prior to the recent Rhode Island nightclub blaze in which nearly 100 people died. According to author Clara Frenk, "bands such as POISON, DEF LEPPARD ...

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FINNTROLL Withdraw From Sweden's MOTALA METAL FEST

FINNTROLL have withdrawn from the lineup of this year's Motala Metal Fest due to scheduling conflicts caused by their recently-announced European tour with KATATONIA. Motala Metal Fest, which is set to take place on April 19 at Folkets Park in Motala, Sweden, will now feature performances from the following acts: VADER TANKARD VOMITORY STORMWARRIOR EVERGREY ...

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MORIFADE Name New CD

Sweden's MORIFADE have set "Domination" as the title for their upcoming third album, due in late spring/early summer through Hammerheart Records. The follow-up to last year's "Imaginarium" was recorded at Los Angered studios in Gothenburg and Monogram studios in Stockholm. ...

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Former HUMANIMAL Guitarist Launches New Project

Former HUMANIMAL/GREAT KING RAT guitarist Pontus Norgren and ex-JEKYLL & HYDE frontman Jakob Samuel have joined forces in a new project called THE RING. The Swedish group, who are currently unsigned, have plans to record three full-length records with powerful dramatic music based on the fantastic story of Tolkien's first part of "Lord of the ...

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ETERNIA Part Ways With Singer

Swedish power metallers ETERNIA have parted ways with frontman Mats Dahlberg. According to the band's official web site, Mats left the group "because of work and lack of time for a hardworking band . . . Mats will do his last gig with ETERNIA as support act to LOST HORIZON at Sliperiet, Örnsköldsvik on [April ...

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Former SAIGON KICK Duo Contemplate 'Reunion' Show

Former SAIGON KICK vocalist Matt Kramer and drummer Phil Varone (SKID ROW) are tentatively planning on putting on a special performance in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida consisting of nothing but material from the first two SAIGON KICK albums. "[Phil and I] were hanging out the other night getting piss faced, and we started talking about doing ...

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DEEDS Announce U.K. Dates

Britain's DEEDS (formerly DIRTY DEEDS) have lined up the following dates during April: Apr. 18 – Croyden, UK @ The Cartoon Club Apr. 19 - Bedminster, Bristol, UK @ The Fiddlers DEEDS' latest CD, "Blown", was produced by IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris. The group's previous album, "Real World", was engineered by Doug Hall (IRON ...

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PRETTY MAIDS To Release Live Album

Veteran Danish hard rockers PRETTY MAIDS have finalized the details of their upcoming live album, titled "Alive At Last". The complete track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Sin Decade 02. Destination Paradise 03. Tortured Spirit 04. Wouldn't Miss You 05. Nightmare In The Neighbourhood 06. Natural High 07. Virtual Brutality 08. Queen ...

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