VENI DOMINE Cancel Norwegian Gig

Sweden's VENI DOMINE cancelled their appearance at Subchurch in Oslo, Norway, originally scheduled for this past weekend, "due to a matter of health in the near VENI family," according to the band's official web site. No further information is available at this time. ...

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RITCHIE BLACKMORE: Why I Decided To Abandon Hard Rock

Former DEEP PURPLE/RAINBOW guitarist Ritchie Blackmore recently spoke with ClassicRockRevisited.com about his decision to leave behind the hard rock sound of his previous groups and move into a Renaissance direction with his current project BLACKMORE'S NIGHT (which also features Blackmore's longtime companion, Candice Night). "In 1995, when I reformed RAINBOW and recorded 'Stranger In Us ...

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LEATHERWOLF To Re-Release Early Albums

Reunited hard rockers LEATHERWOLF will be re-releasing their first three CDs with bonus tracks on each CD. "If anyone comes across other re-issued CDs like the ones under Wolfpack Music, these are bootlegs so please don't buy them!" the band write on their official web site. "These bootlegs also sound like cheap copies taken from ...

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CONFESSOR Reform!

Once-promising North Carolina metallers CONFESSOR have regrouped and their branch-off group, FLY MACHINE, have ceased to exist, according to Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. The reformed CONFESSOR reportedly features all of the original members except for guitarist Ivan Colon, who passed away last year. In the beginning of 2003, Earache Records will release a CONFESSOR ...

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STAR ONE To Release Live CD, DVD

STAR ONE, the project led by AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE), will issue a live CD and DVD recorded during the band's recent Intergalactic Space Crusaders European tour. Commented Lucassen: "Before I went on this tour I decided not to record any of the shows because I didn't want to put any extra pressure ...

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DORO Gets Threatened At UK Gig, Skips Aftershow 'Meet-And-Greet'

DORO's UK gig at J.B's Dudley over the weekend reportedly took a nasty turn when the German singer was handed a threatening letter during the show, nearly putting an early stop to the performance. According to an eyewitness account posted at MelodicRock.com, "Towards the end [of the gig], one of our 'female' friends was invited ...

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PRIME STH Split With GIANT RECORDS, Seek North American Deal

Sweden's PRIME STH have parted ways with Giant Records in the U.S. and are currently seeking a new North American record deal. The band, who released an impressive debut in the shape of last year's "Underneath The Surface", are shopping a six-song self-produced demo to interested labels. The complete track listing for the CD is ...

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ATROCITY Announce New Guitarist

Germany's ATROCITY have announced the addition of ex-FROM THY ASHES/TEABAG guitarist Sebastian Schult to the group's lineup. "I'm already looking forward to recording the new album and kicking some ass!" the 26-year-old Schult said in an official statement. "The first ideas sound very promising already and I have a lot of fun working on the ...

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MOONSPELL To Play In South America

Portugal's MOONSPELL have announced the following South/Central American dates during December: Dec. 05 – Santiago, CHL @ TBA Dec. 07 – Mexico City, MEX @ Circo Volador (w/ TIAMAT, PAIN, MORTIIS) Dec. 08 – Monterrey, MEX @ TBA ...

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RAGING SPEEDHORN Embark On Scandinavian Tour

Britain's RAGING SPEEDHORN will embark on a Scandinavian tour at the end of this month. Confirmed dates are as follows: Nov. 20 – Hultsfred, SWE @ Metropol Nov. 22 – Gothenburg, SWE @ Sticky fingers Nov. 23 – Skovde, SWE @ Valhall Nov. 24 – Oslo, NOR @ John Dee Nov. 25 – Stockholm, SWE ...

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