SWALLOW THE SUN: Finnish Dates Announced

Finnish melodic death/doom metallers SWALLOW THE SUN have lined up the following dates during the coming months: Mar. 12 - YO-talo – Tampere, FIN Mar. 24 - Sue-Klubi – Klubi, Tampere, FIN Mar. 25 - Sue-Klubi – Klubi, Turku, FIN Apr. 07 - Lutakko – Jyväskylä, FIN Apr. 08 - Nosturi – Helsinki, FIN Apr. ...

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BLAZE, DESTRUCTION Confirmed For Turkey's ROCK THE NATIONS Festival

BLAZE, DESTRUCTION and CENOTAPH are the latest bands confirmed for this year's Rock The Nations Open Air Festival, scheduled to be held July 3-4 in Istanbul, Turkey. The complete list of acts current set to appear at the event is as follows (in alphabetical order): AMON AMARTH ASAFATED BLAZE CALIBAN CENOTAPH DESTRUCTION HATEBREED KATATONIA MALEVOLENT ...

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RAUNCHY: 'Confusion Bay' Sound Clips Posted Online

30-second clips of all 11 tracks from the sophomore RAUNCHY album, "Confusion Bay", have been posted online at this location. "Confusion Bay" is scheduled for release in the U.S. on March 9 through Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2002's highly acclaimed "Velvet Noise" was recorded and mixed at producer Jacob Hansen's (INVOCATOR) ...

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STRATOVARIUS Guitarist Speaks Out: Audio Available!

STRATOVARIUS guitarist/mainman Timo Tolkki spoke to Metal Meltdown Online Monday (Feb. 16) about the band's current situation and what has happened over the course of the past few months. Among the topics discussed are the recent lineup changes, the forthcoming album, the upcoming festivals, all the Internet-related controversies, and even alcohol. Download the interview in ...

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NICK OLIVERI: 'I Didn't Quit QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE'

Former QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE bassist Nick Oliveri has spoken out about his departure from the group, claiming that he "didn't quit" the group and insisting that he wants to continue being in a band with QUEENS mainman Josh Homme. In a statement posted at the web site of Oliveri's MONDO GENERATOR project (MondoGenerator.net), ...

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WITHIN TEMPTATION Confirmed For Germany's ZILLO FESTIVAL

Holland's WITHIN TEMPTATION have been officially confirmed for the 2004 edition of Zillo Festival, set to take place July 16-18 in St. Goarshausen, Germany. The complete list of artists currently scheduled to appear at the event is as follows: :SITD: ALIEN SEX FIEND BLUTENGEL DAS ICH DEATHSTARS FAUN IN EXTREMO LACUNA COIL LAIBACH SCHANDMAUL SEROTONINE ...

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ZYKLON Announce Headlining Show In London

ZYKLON, the Norwegian band featuring former EMPEROR members Samoth (guitar) and Trym (drums), have announced a headlining show in London on March 6 at The Underworld. The band have just embarked on their European tour with ARCH ENEMY and STAMPIN' GROUND. The dates, scheduled to begin Tuesday (Feb. 17) in Cologne, Germany, mark ZYKLON's first ...

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