SNAKEGOD Bassist Launches VIIVAKOODI

SNAKEGOD's Petri "Pete" Repo has teamed up with TWO WITCHES' Mikko Koskinen, 313's Petri Lampinen and Jussi Tervo in a special "bass project" called VIIVAKOODI. According to SNAKEGOD's official web site, the idea behind the project "is similar to [that of] APOCALYPTICA," except that bass guitars will be used instead of cellos. The band, who ...

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SHINING To Reissue Early Catalog

Swedish black metallers SHINING, now featuring in their ranks MAYHEM drummer Hellhammer, are in negotiations with Avantgarde Music for the licensing rights to the band's first two albums, "I - Within Deep Dark Chambers" and "II - Livets Ändhallplats", tentatively due to be reissued in early 2003. There is also talk of a SHINING mini-tour ...

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BEFORE THE DAWN To Support MEDICATION In Europe

Finland's BEFORE THE DAWN will be the support act on the upcoming European tour by Locomotive Music labelmates MEDICATION (featuring ex-UGLY KID JOE/LIFE OF AGONY frontman Whitfield Crane and ex-MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader). The group's debut album, "My Darkness", will be released in January. Confirmed dates are as follows: Feb. 12 - Essen, GER ...

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DEEP PURPLE To Tour Europe

DEEP PURPLE are in process of booking a European tour next summer. Unconfirmed dates are as follows: May 29 - Schwung Festival – Roeselare, BEL Jun. 13 - Rastatt Pagodenburg - Karlsruhe, GER Jun. 14 – TBA - Bonn, GER Jun. 15 - Amphitheatre - Kamenz, GER Jun. 17 - Wuhlheide Amphitheatre - Berlin, GER ...

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ROSTOK VAMPIRES Announce German Gig

Reunited '90s German punk/thrash outfit ROSTOK VAMPIRES, one of the first acts to get signed to then-freshly-launched Nuclear Blast Records, will perform at Winterbenefit-Concert For The Poor at Keuning-Haus in Dortmund, Germany on Jan. 31, 2003. The group are working on new material to be released next year through an as-yet-undisclosed label. ...

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NASUM Name Upcoming Album

Swedish grindcore merchants NASUM have set "Helvete" (Hell in English) as the title for their upcoming third album, which is currently being recorded at guitarist Mieszko Talarczyk's Soundlab studios for an April/May 2003 release through Relapse Records. "The record is on the way, should be out in April/May and it should be a fucking killer ...

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ANCIENT CEREMONY Forced To Take Break

German "dark extreme" metallers ANCIENT CEREMONY have issued the following update: "After an accident involving bass player and main songwriter Jones, ANCIENT CEREMONY is forced to take a break. In early January work will intensify on their new album, 'Holycaust - Angelus Mortis'. In February we will begin recordings with Markus Stock and in June ...

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Ex-DEATH, MALEVOLENT CREATION Members Team Up To Record DEATH Tribute CD

Former DEATH/TESTAMENT guitarist James Murphy, ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION/SUFFOCATION drummer Dave Culross, ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION vocalist Brett Hoffmann and CKY guitarist Deron Miller are teaming up to record a DEATH tribute CD to benefit Murphy and the family of late DEATH frontman Chuck Schuldiner. A bassist is still being sought for the project, which may surface through the ...

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DEF LEPPARD's JOE ELLIOTT: Proud To Be Reliable

DEF LEPPARD frontman Joe Elliott believes that the band's consistency has been a significant part of their appeal — when the fans go to a DEF LEPPARD concert, they expect to hear the hits, and the group are happy to play them. "They've come to terms with the fact that it's OK to like a ...

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