AMORPHIS Prepare To Mix New Album

Finland's AMORPHIS are scheduled to commence the mixing process for their as-yet-untitled new album on Feb. 4 at Finnvox studios with producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (H.I.M., MOONSPELL, SENTENCED). A late spring release through an as-yet-undetermined label is expected. The sextet, who are currently unsigned following a lengthy stint with Relapse Records, tracked 15 songs during the ...

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ANTHRAX's SCOTT IAN: 'I'm Fucking Stoked!'

The following is a re-posting of the latest installment of ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian's regular online column, dubbed "Alpha Mail", as it appears on the group's official web site at www.anthrax.com: "Comrades, gutten tag. Tenth day in Europe on the 'No Sleep 'Til Donzdorf' promo trip. 230 interviews as of today. That's a ...

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DEF LEPPARD Fan Bids $12,000 To Sing With The Group

An anonymous bidder has ended up paying the unbelievable amount of £7,625 (approx. $12,367) for the privilege of joining DEF LEPPARD for one song at soundcheck at the Hallam FM Arena in the group's hometown of Sheffield, England, on Feb. 20. All proceeds of the auction will go to Help A Hallam Child, helping sick ...

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FULL STRIKE To Record Sophomore CD

Sweden's FULL STRIKE, the project formed by HAMMERFALL guitarist Stefan Elmgren, ex-LOST HORIZON vocalist Niclas Jonsson, and ex-CRAWLEY bassist Chris Savage Goldsmith, are in the final songwriting stages for their sophomore album, which they plan to record in the spring for a late summer release through Spitfire Records. FULL STRIKE's debut album, "We Will Rise", ...

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FLOWING TEARS Split With Singer, Seek Replacement

Germany's FLOWING TEARS have parted ways with singer Stefanie Duchene. According to the group, "Stefanie wants to focus on private things in the future and coudn't combine that with the band's touring and recording plans any longer — so both sides decided that it would be the best for all to go separate ways. "The ...

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SIKTH To Support MUDVAYNE In The U.K.

Britain's SIKTH will support MUDVAYNE on their run of U.K. headline dates in February. The sextet, who have thus far issued two EPs, are holed up in the studio recording their debut full-length album, tentatively due in early May. ...

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PUNGENT STENCH: Additional U.S. Dates Announced

Reunited Austrian extreme metallers PUNGENT STENCH have announced additional U.S. dates in February. The band, who released "Masters of Moral – Servants of Sin" in 2001 after an eight-year hiatus, will follow up their Australian/New Zealand tour with a handful of shows on both sides of the continent. Confirmed dates are as follows: Feb. 05 ...

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CRUACHAN Announce Newest Member Addition

Ireland's CRUACHAN have announced the addition to the group's lineup of a new full-time band member, Ed Gilbert. "Ed, who has been playing with us for over a year now as our guest, has now become a full-time member of the band," the group said in an official statement. "A lot of you have probably ...

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RING OF FIRE: European Release Date Set

RING OF FIRE, the new group led by former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN frontman Mark Boals, will release the European version of their new album, "Dreamtower", on March 24 through Frontiers Records. The European version will feature a different mix from the Japanese release and will include its own bonus track from the "Dreamtower" sessions. The track ...

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