DARK TRANQUILLITY Confirmed For Finland's TUSKA Festival

Sweden's DARK TRANQUILLITY have been confirmed for the next installment of the Tuska festival, which will take place next summer in Helsinki, Finland. More details will be announced soon. Tuska 2003 took place July 11-13 in the Kaisaniemi park in the center of Helsinki and featured appearances by TYPE O NEGATIVE, THE HAUNTED, STRATOVARIUS, SENTENCED, ...

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ALTARIA: More Finnish Tour Dates Announced

Finnish melodic metallers ALTARIA, who feature in their ranks SONATA ARCTICA guitarist Jani Liimatainen and NIGHTWISH six-stringer Emppu Vuorinen, are in the studio recording their sophomore album, "Divinity", for a May 2004 release through AOR Heaven sub-label Metal Heaven Records. In the meantime, the group will hit the road again in Finland in January 2004. ...

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WITHIN Y: Debut Album Delayed

Swedish melodic death metallers WITHIN Y, who feature in their ranks former GARDENIAN drummer Thim Blom, have pushed back the release date of their debut album, "Extended Mental Dimensions", to February 9 through Holland's Karmageddon Media (formerly Hammerheart Records). The CD was recorded and mixed during August and early September at Meta4Music Studios in Gothenburg, ...

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MONSTER MAGNET Complete Work On New Album

MONSTER MAGNET have completed work on their new album, tentatively entitled "Monolithic Babies", with producer Scott Humphrey (ROB ZOMBIE, SPINESHANK, ANDREW W.K.). The CD, the group's first with bassist Jim Baglino (LORD STERLING), will feature such cuts as "Master Of Light", "On the Verge", "Slut Machine Mach 2", "Ultimate Everything", "Monolithic Babies" and "Little Bag ...

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METALLICA Comment On 'Loss In The Family'

METALLICA have issued the following statement regarding the recent passing of their "S&M" collaborator, Michael Kamen: "The METALLICA family is saddened by the loss of our good friend and 'S&M' collaborator, Michael Kamen on Tuesday, November 18th. Michael lost his battle with multiple sclerosis at the age of 55. "In addition to working with us ...

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TIAGA: Former TO/DIE/FOR Singer Launches New Band

TIAGA, the new Finnish goth-metal band featuring ex-TO/DIE/FOR singer Jape Perätalo, ex-TO/DIE/FOR guitarist Juppe "J.P." Sutela, ex-NEW DAWN FOUNDATION drummer/ex-TO/DIE/FOR drum tech Santtu Lonka, current TO/DIE/FOR guitarist Mika "Alli" Ahtiainen, and ex-H.I.M./NEW DAWN FOUNDATION keyboardist Juska Salminen, have completed work on a three-song demo containing the tracks "Forever Autumn", "World Is Made For Me" and ...

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