FALL OF THE LEAFE Sign With FIREBOX RECORDS

Finnish progressive/avantgarde metallists FALL OF THE LEAFE have inked a deal with Firebox Records. The group's fifth album, "Vantage", is tentatively scheduled for release mid-2005. FALL OF THE LEAFE's first album, "Evanescent Everfading", was released back in 1998 through Defiled Records (USA). The follow-up albums, "August Vernicle" and "Fermina", were issued through Argentina's Icarus Music. ...

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FOREST OF SHADOWS To Release Full-Length Debut In October

Sweden's FOREST OF SHADOWS are currently mastering their full-length debut, "Departure", at Finnvox studios in Helsinki, Finland for an October release through Firebox Records. The band had previously issued a mini-CD, entitled "Conquest For The Empire", through Rage of Achilles. FOREST OF SHADOWS' sound is being described as "a mixture of ANTIMATTER and SHAPE OF ...

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WIDOW: New Album Nearing Completion

Raleigh, NC-based melodic thrashers WIDOW are putting the finishing touches on their new album, "On Fire". "There have been some changes since [the debut album] 'Midnight Strikes'", stated lead guitarist Cristof. "We are pushing the boundaries of traditional metal! And we are drinking a whole lot!" WIDOW have added drummer Marc Anthony from North Carolina ...

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AMORPHIS Guitarist Says Fill-In Vocalist Is Sounding 'Great'

AMORPHIS guitarist Esa Holopainen has posted the following update on the group's official web site: "A good time to inform [everyone] that the rehearsings with JP Leppäluoto [CHARON singer and fill-in vocalist for AMORPHIS' upcoming U.S. tour] goes further exellent. We have been now two days in rehearsing flat and the result is great, JP ...

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IRON MAIDEN: More 'Early Years' DVD Details Revealed

According to online CD vendor CDXpress, a two-disc IRON MAIDEN DVD, entitled "Early Years", is scheduled for release in October 2004. The set, which will apparently feature Region 2 (PAL) encoding, is expected to include the following: Disc One: * Concert – "Live at The Rainbow" (recorded in the early '80s; previously released on PMI ...

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CONTRIVE To Support MACHINE HEAD, Begin Recording Debut Album

Melbourne metal trio CONTRIVE have been personally chosen by MACHINE HEAD as main support in Sydney for their upcoming Australian tour kicking off in October. In a relatively short time CONTRIVE have earned touring opportunities with acts such as SEPULTURA, SOILWORK, DESTRUCTION, MAYHEM and SKINLAB. CONTRIVE are all set to enter the studio next week ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE Announce New Lineup

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the new band fronted by former SAVATAGE singer Zachary Stevens, have announced the details of their new lineup. Commented Stevens: "Zak says, We have been very careful to select only the best musicians for the new band. All of these guys came highly recommended by a very good friend of ours, John ...

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SLIPKNOT To Launch Two-Pronged Radio Campaign

SLIPKNOT have announced plans to follow up a Top 5 single, entitled "Duality", with their own brand of duality: a radio campaign that takes two versions, "Vermilion" and "Vermilion Pt. 2", to SLIPKNOT fans simultaneously. The two versions of "Vermilion" are songs that represent the expression of the myriad of artistic and technical strengths this ...

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GUNS N' ROSES Bassist Hopes New Album Will Be Completed This Fall

GUNS N' ROSES bassist Tommy Stinson recently told Canada's Chart Attack that the group's long-awaited new album, "Chinese Democracy" is nearing completion. "I would imagine they would start mastering it some time in October, November, somewhere in there," Stinson said. "I just wanted to make sure I got my two cents in so I couldn't ...

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