PORCUPINE TREE Cite MESHUGGAH And OPETH As Main Inspiration For New CD

Underground U.K. prog rockers PORCUPINE TREE have cited MESHUGGAH and OPETH as the main musical influences for the band's latest CD, "In Absentia" — widely described as the group's "heaviest" release to date. "The big influences when I was writing the record were MESHUGGAH and OPETH, no doubt about that," PORCUPINE TREE frontman Steven Wilson ...

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METALLICA Confirmed For Denmark's ROSKILDE FESTIVAL

METALLICA have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Roskilde Festival, scheduled to take place Jun. 26-29, 2003 in Roskilde, Denmark. The group's performance at Roskilde will mark their only appearance in Scandinavia next summer, according to the event's official web site. Also scheduled to perform at the festival are IRON MAIDEN, among others. ...

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TROUBLE: New Bassist Found?

Former THIS TORTURED SOUL bassist Chuck Robinson is rumored to be the prime candidate to fill the vacant bassist slot in TROUBLE following the departure of longtime four-stringer Ron Holzner. TROUBLE — whose last studio album, "Plastic Green Head", came out in 1995 — will record their first-ever live album on Jan. 21, 2003 at ...

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WINTERS BANE Announce New Vocalist

Akron, Ohio-based WINTERS BANE — best known as the former home of current JUDAS PRIEST frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens — have tapped Alexander Koch (POWERGOD, SPIRAL TOWER) as their new singer. Commented founder/guitarist Lou St. Paul: "I haven't been this excited about a vocalist since Tim Owens joined [WINTERS BANE] in 1991." The group are ...

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LORDI Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR 2003

Finnish "sensation" LORDI are the latest act to have been officially confirmed for next year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival. The event, which is scheduled to take place Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany, will include performances from the following artists, among others: DARK ANGEL DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER EXTREME NOISE TERROR GAMMA RAY ...

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AEROSMITH: Summer Tour With KISS Unlikely

AEROSMITH guitarist Brad Whitford has confirmed that talks have taken place of a possible pairing with KISS for a summer tour, but doesn't think that it's likely to happen: "The truth to the rumor is that KISS would like us to do the show with them," he said. "AEROSMITH's just not that keen on doing ...

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OPETH Finalize Track Listing For 'Damnation'

OPETH have finalized the track listing for their upcoming CD, "Damnation", which was recently mixed by PORCUPINE TREE frontman Steven Wilson for a tentative March/April release. The full track listing for the album is as follows: 1. Windowpane 2. In My Time Of Need 3. Death Whispered A Lullaby 4. Closure 5. Hope Leaves 6. ...

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CRADLE OF FILTH U.K. Shows Rescheduled

CRADLE OF FILTH have announced the rescheduled dates for their U.K. mini-tour. The shows, which were originally set to take place in mid-December, were postponed after vocalist Dani Filth was diagnosed with a respiratory condition, which currently prevents him from singing. The new dates are as follows: Apr. 20 – London, UK @ Astoria Apr. ...

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