ROSTOK VAMPIRES Announce Dortmund 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 Rock In Den Ruinen in Dortmund, Germany on April 30. The band, who recently completed work on a new four-song demo titled "In The Pitch", are currently seeking a record deal. ...

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THE FALLEN Replace Drummer

Metal Blade Records recording artists THE FALLEN have parted ways with drummer Max Wolff and have replaced him with John Skaare. "The switch in drummers is based purely on geographical reasons," reads a statement on the group's official web site. "Max lives in Phoenix and will continue to pursue his musical goals out there." THE ...

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ROYAL HUNT: 'Eye Witness' To Surface In June

Due to unspecified delays in the recording process, Denmark's ROYAL HUNT have pushed back the projected release date of their new album, "Eye Witness", to late June through Frontiers Records. Photos taken during the recording sessions have been posted online at this location. As previously reported, the follow-up to 2001's "The Mission" will ...

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LOUDNESS To Issue New Live Album

Veteran Japanese metallers LOUDNESS will release a new live album, titled "Loudness Live 2002", on May 21. Recorded in Tokyo, Japan on December 31, 2002, the CD features 18 tracks, including "Crazy Night", "In The Mirror", "Slaughter House", "Crazy Doctor", and "S.D.I." ...

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LINKIN PARK's 'Meteora" Debuts At #1!

LINKIN PARK's second album, "Meteora", sold more than 810,000 copies in its first week, according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday, easily securing the group the #1 slot on next week's Billboard Pop Album chart. By comparison, LINKIN PARK's slow-burning debut, "Hybrid Theory", which wound up being the best-selling LP of 2001, took more than 12 ...

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DEFLESHED Confirmed For Sweden's MOTALA METAL FEST

Sweden's DEFLESHED have replaced FINNTROLL on the bill of this year's Motala Metal Fest, which is set to take place on April 19 at Folkets Park in Motala, Sweden. FINNTROLL had originally withdrawn from the event due to scheduling conflicts caused by their European tour with KATATONIA. Motala Metal Fest will now feature performances from ...

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