AMERICAN DOG Sign European Deal

Columbus, Ohio-based AMERICAN DOG, featuring former SALTY DOG bassist Michael Hannon, have signed a European label deal with Germany's Ulftone Records. The band's latest CD, "Red, White. Black & Blue", will be released throughout Europe in February 2003. In the meantime, AMERICAN DOG will be heading back into the studio briefly to record the track ...

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MEDUZA Commence Pre-Production For Sophomore CD

Sweden's MEDUZA, who feature former members of AUTUMN LORDS, are in pre-production with producer Mike Wead (MERCYFUL FATE, KING DIAMOND) for the group's sophomore CD, due in early 2003 through Massacre Records. A Scandinavian tour is tentatively scheduled to take place in February. ...

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ELVENKING Announce New Singer, Prepare To Record CD

Italian "pagan metal" act ELVENKING have announced the addition of singer Kleid and violinist/keyboardist Elyghen to the group's ranks. Kleid replaces Damnagoras, who left the band in August due to health reasons, while Elyghen had previously worked with the group in a session musician capacity and has now been upgraded to a full-fledged member status. ...

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KATAKLYSM Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR 2003

Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM 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 ...

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GHOST STORY Reform, Prepare New Demo

Georgia's GHOST STORY, a popular unsigned act during the late '80s, have reformed and are currently writing material for the group's upcoming CD, due in 2003. A couple of recently-recorded new songs are available for download via the group's official web site at this location. The band — whose current lineup comprises all ...

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Former FAITH NO MORE Bassist Produces FLATTBUSH Debut

Former FAITH NO MORE bassist Billy Gould recently finished producing the debut album from Southern California's FLATTBUSH for an April 2003 release through Gould's Kool Arrow label. FLATTBUSH have previously performed with ASESINO and BRUJERIA, among others, and are tentatively set to embark on a U.S. tour with NAPALM DEATH next summer. For more information ...

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GOTTHARD Name Upcoming CD

Switzerland's GOTTHARD have set "Human Zoo" as the title for their forthcoming CD, which is currently being mixed in Los Angeles with producer Marc Tanner (THE CALLING) for a late February release. The upcoming album marks the first time the group have worked without longtime collaborator, songwriter/producer Chris Von Rohr (ex-KROKUS bassist), who had previously ...

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NORTHER Announce Final Gig Of 2002

Finland's NORTHER will play their final gig of 2003 in Nivala on Dec. 21. As previously reported, NORTHER recently finished mixing the first single from their as-yet-untitled second full-length album at Finnvox studios for a Jan. 20, 2003 release through Spinefarm Records. The follow-up to last year's "Dreams of Endless War" effort was recorded at ...

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WINGER Guitarist In Talks To Rejoin DOKKEN

WINGER guitarist Reb Beach is strongly rumored to be eyeing a return to the DOKKEN lineup for the group's upcoming U.S. tour with WHITESNAKE and THE SCORPIONS. When asked about the possibility of rejoining forces with Don Dokken following the latter's stints with John Norum and Italian guitarist Alex De Rosso, Beach said, "Looks good ...

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KUSH Set Fall Release Date For Long-Awaited Debut

Rap-metal supergroup KUSH (a.k.a. THE KUSH PROJECT), which features FEAR FACTORY bassist/guitarist Christian Olde Wolbers, FEAR FACTORY drummer Raymond Herrera, DEFTONES guitarist Stephen Carpenter and CYPRESS HILL frontman B-Real, are currently polishing up nearly 30 tracks for possible inclusion on their long-awaited debut album, tentatively due in the fall through Sony Records. "It started out ...

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