NIGHTWISH Singer To Tour With TIMO RAUTIAINEN & TRIO NISKALAUKAUS

NIGHTWISH frontwoman Tarja Turunen will tour with TIMO RAUTIAINEN & TRIO NISKALAUKAUS for several weeks in June/July. "Yes, it's true. I will tour with NISKALAUKAUS for their first gigs this summer," Tarja confirmed in a statement posted on NIGHTWISH's official web site. "Timo [Rautiainen] called me end of last year and asked me if I ...

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UNHOLY GHOST To Make Live Debut

UNHOLY GHOST, the new band featuring DIABOLIC founding members Aantar Lee Coates (drums), Paul Ouellette (vocals/bass), and Jerry Mortellaro (guitar), will make their live debut on May 30 at Culture Room in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Also appearing at the show will be headliners MALEVOLENT CREATION. UNHOLY GHOST, whose lineup is completed by original DIABOLIC guitarist ...

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ABIGOR: 'On Ice'!

Austrian black metal outfit ABIGOR have been put "on ice" indefinitely in the wake of the group's apparent disagreements with their record label, Napalm Records. "Because of some serious problems with Napalm Records concerning the studio, and the budget of the upcoming album, I decided to lay ABIGOR on ice!" mainman Peter Kubik wrote on ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD: Headlining Dates Announced

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD have lined up the following headlining dates in May: May 18 - Birch Hill - Old Bridge, NJ May 19 - Jaxx - West Springfield, VA May 20 - The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA May 21 - Village Underground - New York, NY May 22 - North Six - Brooklyn, NY May ...

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DEATH ANGEL Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL 2003

DEATH ANGEL are the latest act to have been confirmed for Rock Hard Festival 2003, a two-day event set to take place June 7-8 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. A total of 16 bands will perform at the Rock Hard magazine-sponsored festival, which will include the only European appearance by the reunited Chicago doomsters TROUBLE. ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE/DREAM THEATER: First Dates Released

The first two dates have been released for the forthcoming North American tour co-headlined by QUEENSRŸCHE and DREAM THEATER. The trek, which will include FATES WARNING in he "special guest" slot, will hit the following cities in late July: Jul. 24 - Universal City, CA @ Universal Amphitheatre Jul. 25 – San Diego, CA @ ...

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LINKIN PARK's 'Meteora' Debuts At British #1!

LINKIN PARK's "Meteora" (Warner Bros.) powered straight to No. 1 on the U.K. album chart yesterday (March 30) to become the band's first chart-topping success in the territory. "Meteora" is also set to top the U.S. charts for this coming week, with early reports indicating that the album may shift nearly a million units during ...

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ANCIENT Hard At Work On New Album

Norwegian black metallers ANCIENT have returned from a very successful tour in Mexico with MAYHEM and SINISTER and are back in Italy working on their new album, tentatively due before the end of the year through Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Proxima Centauri" will be recorded at Denmark's Hansen Studios with producer Jacob ...

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FIREBIRD: Paris Gig Cancelled

Britain's FIREBIRD, the band led by former CARCASS/NAPALM DEATH guitarist Bill Steer, were forced to cancel their performance in Paris, France last night after the projected venue for the gig, Black Dog, was shut down by the police. "We were called at 8:30 [Sunday] morning by Christoph Vadurel, promoter at the Black Dog," the band ...

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