JUDAS PRIEST to Play 'Old Favorites' On OZZFEST Tour

JUDAS PRIEST are planning on playing a set list consisting of old favorites during their appearance at this year's Ozzfest, then returning to the States in early 2005 on the heels of their as-yet-untitled new album, which they've been recording with Roy Z (who's previously produced HALFORD as well as BRUCE DICKINSON and DOWNSET). "On ...

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FACE DOWN: Former THE HAUNTED Singer Inks New Record Deal

Swedish "metalcore" band FACE DOWN, featuring former THE HAUNTED vocalist Marco Aro, have reportedly signed a deal with Black Lodge Records — the label imprint operated by Sound Pollution, the biggest independent metal distributor/label in Sweden. FACE DOWN released two albums in the late '90s — "Mindfield" (1995, Roadrunner) and "The Twisted Rule The Wicked" ...

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SLAYER Open For TAKING BACK SUNDAY

Westwood One reports: Major festivals can often bring a wide variety of acts to the stage as TAKING BACK SUNDAY found out at the Download Festival. The group ended up on a bill with SLAYER after a scheduling mix-up, leading to a somewhat hostile crowd. With SLAYER moving off the main stage and their crew ...

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AJATTARA: AMORPHIS Side-Project To Record Third Album

AJATTARA, the Finnish "black/dark metal" project featuring AMORPHIS frontman Pasi Koskinen (a.k.a. Ruoja), will enter the studio on June 14 to begin work on their third album. The recordings take place at Savonlinna's Sundi Coop studio where AJATTARA recorded their earlier releases, "Itse" (2001) and "Kuolema" (2003). A late 2004 release through Spinefarm Records is ...

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BERSERK: Demo, Live Recording To Be Issued In September

Spanish black metal band BERSERK will have their "Return of the Ancient Laws" demo (1999) re-released through the French label Adipocere Records. Also included on the CD will be extra live tracks recorded in Madrid and Bilbao. In addition, Battlelord Productions from Japan will release the BERSERK concert recorded in Bilbao on a CD called ...

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JEFF PILSON Announces WAR AND PEACE Touring Lineup

Former DOKKEN/DIO bassist Jeff Pilson has announced the touring lineup for his WAR AND PEACE project. "On guitar is the person I was hoping to get, Mitch Perry," Pilson writes on his web site. "Not only have I known and admired Mitch for a very long time, I’ve done some recent playing with him and ...

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BLACK CROWES Guitarist To Release Solo Album

BLACK CROWES guitarist Rich Robinson will release his first solo album, "Paper", on August 24 through his own Key Hole Records label. Robinson sings, plays guitar, bass, keyboards on percussion on the CD, which features contributing musicians, former BLACK CROWES keyboardist Eddie Harsch and BR5-49's Donnie Herron on fiddle and pedal steel. Robinson produced the ...

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THE BLACK LEAGUE To Utilize Session Bassist At Upcoming Gig

Finland's THE BLACK LEAGUE, the band featuring former SENTENCED frontman Taneli Jarva, will be performing at Rotos in Oulu, Finland on August 14. Joining the group on bass at the gig will be TERVEET KÄDET bass player Lene, who is filling in for regular bassist Florida while he is away in Kosovo. THE BLACK LEAGUE's ...

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