FUNERIS NOCTURNUM Complete Work On New Album

Finnish extreme metallers FUNERIS NOCTURNUM have completed work on their fourth full-length album, "Existence Indifferent", tentatively due in early 2005 via Woodcut Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Code 666: Religion Syndrome Deceased" features the group's brand-new lineup of Simo Rahikainen (IMN) on guitar, Matti Honkonen (Horgath) on bass, J-V Hintikka (Sin'equamnon) on guitar, Timo Häkkinen ...

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ACCEPT, DIO, HAMMERFALL Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

Legendary German heavy metallers ACCEPT have been confirmed as the first headliners of the 2005 edition of the Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 9-11, 2005 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of acts currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: A.C.T. ACCEPT BLACKFOOT CRYSTAL EYES DIO HAMMERFALL HELIX HELLFUELED ...

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Mongolian Heavy Metal Act Banned In China

Taipei Times is reporting that a Mongolian heavy metal group called HURD (photo) had their scheduled three-day tour of China cancelled after the local police got nervous and sent riot policemen and trucks to surround the college campus where the group was to play. They checked identity cards, detained four people overnight and ...

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TOMMY LEE Reveals When He First Realized He Had A Huge Rod

Former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee was interviewed in the December 2004 issue of Blender magazine as part of the "Dear Superstar" regular feature (where readers get to ask rock stars inane ane invasive questions). Several excerpts from the interview follow: Q: When did you first realize you had a huge rod? Tommy Lee: "Probably ...

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JUDAS PRIEST: Official European Tour Dates Announced

British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST have officially announced the following European dates as part of their 2005 world tour: Feb. 23 - Copenhagen, DEN @ Valbyhallen Feb. 25 - Karstad, SWE @ Lofbergs Lila Arena Feb. 26 - Stockholm, SWE @ Globe Feb. 28 - Oulu, FIN @ Ice Hall Mar. 02 - Tampere, ...

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CELLOUT Part Ways With Drummer, Announce Replacement

Sweden's CELLOUT have parted ways with ex-AMARAN drummer Robin Bergh. Replacing Bergh in the group is ex-FATAL SMILE drummer Robin Lagerqvist. "Robin Lagerqvist fits the band like a glove, both as a person and as a musician," the band write in a statement. CELLOUT recently had "amazing" radio chart success with the song "Flooded" on ...

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