AMON AMARTH Break German Top 40

AMON AMARTH's latest CD, "Fate Of Norns", has entered the German Media Control Top 100 chart at position No. 31 and Austria's Media Control album chart at No. 56. The German debut marks the highest chart entry in Germany to date for the group's label, Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to last year's "Versus the ...

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Florida Death Metallers DIABOLIC Split Up

Florida death metallers DIABOLIC have officially split up. Due to a recent "business development," founding member Brian Malone has decided to end DIABOLIC's seven-year existence, according to a posting on the group's web site. "This decision in no way reflects upon the professionalism and personalities of the current members of DIABOLIC (Eric Hersemann – guitars, ...

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STARRATS: Debut Album Details Revealed

Danish hard rockers STARRATS will release their debut CD, "Broken Halo", on September 16 through Adrenaline Records. The complete track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Demon 02. Warrior Soul 03. Days of New Thunder 04. Open Wound, Closed Fist 05. Mountain of Disbelief 06. Stars and Lines 07. Losing All Is Freedom ...

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IMPIETY, ATOMIZER, VIDSYN To Team Up For European Tour

Singaporean/Mexican metallers IMPIETY, now featuring drummer Oscar Garcia (HACAVITZ, ex-RAVAGER) and lead guitarists Antimo (HACAVITZ, ex-RAVAGER, DISGORGE) and Eduardo Guevara (HACAVITZ, BLOODREAPING), will be headlining the "Paramount Evil European Assault Tour 2004" beginning in mid-October. Support at all shows will come from ATOMIZER and VIDSYN. Tentative dates are as follows: Oct. 16 – London, UK ...

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KOTIPELTO, AFTER FOREVER To Support NIGHTWISH At Special Helsinki Show

KOTIPELTO (featuring STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto) and AFTER FOREVER have been confirmed as the support bands for NIGHTWISH at their special show in Helsinki, Finland on December 26. The concert will take place at the 8,000-capacity old Icehall and will feature hour-long performances from both support acts. NIGHTWISH are tentatively scheduled to play a two-hour ...

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SAURON: New Album Delayed

The release date of SAURON's second full-length album, "For A Dead Race", has been pushed back to October 21 from the previously announced September 20. The delay is being blamed on "manufacturing matters." The follow-up to 2003's "Universe Of Filth", "For A Dead Race" was recorded at Double Noise Studio and is said to be ...

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THE DARKNESS Manager: 'America Destroys So Many Bands'

Billboard is reporting that since the July 2003 release of their debut album, "Permission to Land", on Must Destroy/Atlantic, U.K. band THE DARKNESS have sold 637,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and 3 million worldwide, according to Whitehouse Management, which represents the band. Manager Sue Whitehouse's role in launching THE DARKNESS ...

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KILLING MIRANDA Set Release Date For New Album

Britain's KILLING MIRANDA have set an October 25 release date through Cadiz Music for their new album, "Consummate". Distribution is being handled by Pinnacle (U.K.) and Soulfood/Sony (Europe). U.K. dates in support of the album will be confirmed shortly. Commented singer Richard Pyne (a.k.a. Filthy Rikky): "[The new CD] is way beyond anything we've done ...

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KARI RUESLÅTTEN: New Solo Album Delayed

The release date of the fourth solo album from former THE 3RD AND THE MORTAL "goddess of beauty" Kari Rueslåtten (presently known simply as Kari) is being pushed back to early 2005, according to a posting on T-E Ulriksborg's unofficial Kari Rueslåtten web site. "It looks like this [delay] is [being] made in ...

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