HALFORD 'Fourging The Furnace' In January

HALFORD have set "Fourging The Furnace" as the title for their upcoming Japan-only EP, due on Jan. 22, 2003 through JVC Records. The complete track listing for the CD (view cover art here) is as follows: 01. Wrath Of God 02. Handing Out Bullets 03. Fugitive 04. She 05. Betrayal (video clip) 06. ...

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KROKUS Set Release Date For 'Rock The Block'

Veteran Swiss hard rockers KROKUS have set Jan. 18, 2003 as the release date through WEA Switzerland of their new album, "Rock The Block". The CD, which was recorded at Soundlake Studio in Lausanne, Switzerland, is the group's first since being rejoined by vocalist Marc Storace and guitarist Fernando Von Arb. KROKUS still stand as ...

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MASTERPLAN Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande, have been confirmed to appear at next year's installment of Bang Your Head festival, scheduled to take place Jun. 27-28, 2003 in Balingen, Germany. The list of artists currently set to perform at Bang Your ...

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SUSPERIA Split With NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

Technical Norwegian black metallers SUSPERIA have reportedly split with Nuclear Blast Records after releasing two full-length albums through the label. The band, who are said to be talking to STREET LEGAL mastermind Björn Boge about producing their next studio effort (Boge had served as the "vocal coach/producer" during the recording sessions for this year's "Vindication"), ...

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DRAGONFORCE Seek New Bassist

British "melodic speed power metal" act DRAGONFORCE are currently looking for a new permanent bass player. Interested parties should contact [email protected] DRAGONFORCE will release their debut album, "Valley of the Damned", on Jan. 20, 2003 through Sanctuary/Noise Records. ...

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SUIDAKRA To Record New CD In April

German melodic black/death metallers SUIDAKRA are scheduled to record their next album between Apr. 9 and Apr. 25, 2003 at Stage One Studio in Bühne, Germany with producer Andy Classen. A late 2003 release through Century Media Records is expected. ...

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JAKE E. LEE: More Music Posted Online

Another previously unreleased solo idea by former OZZY OSBOURNE/BADLANDS guitarist Jake E. Lee — dubbed "FlatTop" — has been posted online via his official fan site at this location. According to a message on the site, "this is a very raw Jake doodle that just happened when he was playing around with the ...

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SNAKEGOD Bassist Launches VIIVAKOODI

SNAKEGOD's Petri "Pete" Repo has teamed up with TWO WITCHES' Mikko Koskinen, 313's Petri Lampinen and Jussi Tervo in a special "bass project" called VIIVAKOODI. According to SNAKEGOD's official web site, the idea behind the project "is similar to [that of] APOCALYPTICA," except that bass guitars will be used instead of cellos. The band, who ...

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