RAMMSTEIN: New Album 'Harder Than Before'

The following update was posted on RAMMSTEIN's official web site: "Recently the FanArea Team had a chance to hear roughly half of the upcoming RAMMSTEIN album, in an unmastered state. Since we did not listen to all the songs, we can not state if they are representative for the whole album but here is our ...

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German Doomsters SHEPHERD Split Up

German doomsters SHEPHERD have reportedly split up due to "differences between bandmembers." The group, whose sound was previously described by Doom-Metal.com as "old-fashioned riffing doom in the vein of genre legends like ST. VITUS, PENTAGRAM, THE OBSESSED and BLACK SABBATH," had just completed the recording of their second album, "The Coldest Day" (Exile on Mainstream ...

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WITHIN TEMPTATION: New Album To Arrive In September

According to "The Official International Within Temptation Fanclub", Deep Within, WITHIN TEMPTATION's long-awaited follow-up to 2000's "Mother Earth" will be released in September through BMG. No further information is currently available. Upcoming WITHIN TEMPTATION shows: May 20 - Dauwpop – Hellendoorn, NETH May 21 - Borstrock - Nieuw Vossemeer (West Brabant), NETH Jun. 10 - ...

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KISS Arrive In Australia: Photos Posted Online

KISS' official web site, KissOnline.com has posted several photos of KISS being greeted by fans upon their arrival in Perth, Australia on Wednesday (May 5) for the kick-off concert of their Australian tour, which is scheduled to begin on Saturday (May 8). KISS were welcomed by 100-150 fans, many of whom were fortunate enough to ...

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CARNIVAL IN COAL Sign With ELITIST RECORDS

French duo CARNIVAL IN COAL have inked a multi-album deal with Earache/Elitist Records. With three albums under their belt so far ("Viva La Vida", "French Cancan" and "Fear Not" — all released by Kodiak/Season Of Mist), the band have already built a large following of like-minded weirdos. Fans are hooked on their scatlogical lyrics and ...

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DAMNNATION: First Single Available For Download

Israeli prog/power/thrash metal band DAMNNATION have made their first single, "Fix the Fix", available for download at this location. The band, who are currently unsigned, recently completed work on a full-length album at Real Sounds Studio in Israel. Mastering duties were handled by SALEM's Ze`ev Tananbaum (NAIL WITHIN, AZAZEL, ARALLU). (Thanks:

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STEVE VAI To Tour Australia In July

Steve Vai and his band — Billy Sheehan (bass), Tony MacAlpine (guitar and keyboards), Jeremy Colson (drums) and Dave Weiner (guitar) — will be touring Australia in late July. The tour will kick off in Perth on July 22 and visit Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Prior to the Australian tour, Vai will embark on ...

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PLANET X Part Ways With Guitarist, Announce Replacement

Progressive instrumentalists PLANET X have parted ways with longtime guitarist Tony MacAlpine. MacAlpine played on the band's first three albums, "Universe" (2000), "Live in Oz" (2002) and "Moon Babies" (2002). Keyboardist Derek Sherinian (ex-DREAM THEATER, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) and drummer Virgil Donati have already announced Tony's replacement — T.J. Helmerich. The trio have been working on ...

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