KISS: Tampa And Pensacola Shows Cancelled

The KISS/POISON concerts postponed from Saturday, July 31 and Sunday, August 1 in Tampa and Pensacola, respectively, have been cancelled. "Due to commitments with tour routing we were unable to reschedule this date," reads a posting on KISS' web site. "Patrons holding tickets for this performance can receive refunds at point of purchase. Online and ...

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GATES OF METAL Festival: Photos Posted Online

Around 100 photos taken at this year's Gates of Metal festival on July 31 in Hultsfred, Sweden have been posted online at the MetalHeart.se web site. Among the bands that performed at the festival were MORBID ANGEL, WITHIN TEMPTATION, FINNTROLL, STRATOVARIUS, SODOM, MESHUGGAH, SONATA ARCTICA and DRAGONFORCE. To view all the photos, click

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PARAGON Name New CD

German power metallers PARAGON have set "Revenge" as the title of their upcoming album, tentatively due in early 2005 through Remedy Records. The follow-up to last year's "The Dark Legacy" will be recorded at Karo Studio beginning in mid-August. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Assassins", "Before The Storm", "Revenge", "Impaler" and "Traitor". ...

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TO/DIE/FOR To Begin Recording New Album

Finnish goth-metallers TO/DIE/FOR are expected to enter Sonicimage studios in Kouvola, Finland soon to begin recording their new album, tentatively due in early 2005 through Spinefarm Records. The current TO/DIE/FOR lineup once again features vocalist Jape Perätalo, who allegedly decided to reclaim the T/D/F name for his TIAGA project after being offered a record deal ...

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CROWBAR Sign With CANDLELIGHT RECORDS

New Orleans sludge-meisters CROWBAR have signed a worldwide deal with Candlelight Records. The group's new album, "Life's Blood For The Downtrodden", is expected to see a February 8, 2005 Stateside release date. Final studio work on the album, produced by the working team of Warren Riker (DOWN) and Rex Brown (PANTERA, DOWN), is planned in ...

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TNT Part Ways With Bassist MORTY BLACK

TNT have amicably parted ways with bassist Morty Black due to "personal and professional" differences, according to published reports. Black's official statement on the matter reads as follows: "Dear fans and music lovers! I want to use this opportunity to thank all of you a lot for supporting TNT and me these 21 years I’ve ...

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NECROPHAGIA's KILLJOY Joins Denmark's FORLIS

NECROPHAGIA mainman Killjoy has joined the Danish ambient band FORLIS as the group's new vocalist. "You can expect nothing but haunting and mellow music from this new and improved lineup!" reads a message on the band's official web site. FORLIS will release their first full-length album on Baphomet Records sometime during 2005. The disc will ...

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'Father' Of Southern Rock 'N' Roll Passes Away At Age 89

Lacy Van Zant, father of late LYNYRD SKYNYRD founder Ronnie Van Zant, .38 SPECIAL founder Donnie Van Zant and Johnny Van Zant, the lead singer for LYNYRD SKYNYRD, died Tuesday (August 3) at his home of pulmonary disease at age 89. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday (August 6) at Hardage-Giddens Funeral ...

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