Ex-BLAZE Drummer Explains Departure

Former BLAZE drummer Jeff Singer has issued the following statement regarding his departure from the group: "As you will know by now, I have made the decision to part company with the band BLAZE. I have been mulling over the decision for some time and feel that the time is right to do so now. ...

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CALLENISH CIRCLE Cancel Dutch Date

Dutch melodic death metallers CALLENISH CIRCLE were forced to cancel their appearance at the Tilburg, Netherlands stop (Dec. 22) of the X-Mass Festival tour "due to personal family circumstances," according to the group's official web site. ...

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HEAVENSHALLBURN, EIDOLON Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR 2003

HEAVENSHALLBURN and EIDOLON are the latest acts to have been officially confirmed for next year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival. The event, which is scheduled to take place Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany, will include performances from the following artists, among others: DARK ANGEL DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER EXTREME NOISE TERROR GAMMA RAY ...

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AUDIOSLAVE Land Gold Album

AUDIOSLAVE's self-titled debut has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of more than 500,000 copies in the U.S. "Audioslave" was released on Nov. 19 through Epic Records. ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Exclusive: New Music Posted Online!!

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD have finalized the track listing for their new album, "SYL", due on Feb. 11, 2003 through Century Media Records. Produced by mastermind Devin Townsend at Armoury Studios (FEAR FACTORY, KISS, MÖTLEY CRÜE, VAN HALEN) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the band's first collection of new material since 1997's "City" will include the ...

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SCAR CULTURE Undergo Lineup Changes

SCAR CULTURE have parted ways with vocalist Pheroze Karai and touring drummer Alpheus Underhill. No reason was given for their departure. After months of touring in support of the band's Century Media debut, "Inscribe", the group have returned home early from their tour with ORIGIN, ALL THAT REMAINS and CREMATORIUM due to the lineup changes. ...

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MAZE OF TORMENT Sign With HELLSPAWN RECORDS

Sweden's MAZE OF TORMENT have signed a deal with underground cult label Hellspawn Records (DARK FUNERAL, DEATHWITCH, WAR, INFERNAL). The group's long-awaited fourth album, "The Unmarked Graves", is slated for release in February 2003. "The Unmarked Graves", which was recorded at The Abyss studios with producer Tommy Tägtgren in late 2001, was put on ice ...

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FIREBALL MINISTRY Commence Work On New Album

Los Angeles-based FIREBALL MINISTRY are currently at Grandmaster Recorders working on a new studio album. Nick Raskulinecz (FOO FIGHTERS) is producing the as-yet-untitled project for a 2003 release. A label has not yet been announced. FIREBALL MINISTRY can be seen on MTV all month long as part of their "You Hear It First" series. For ...

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BATHORY: Early Albums To Be Reissued

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of BATHORY's formation, Black Mark Records will re-release the group's albums in the classic vinyl format. All LPs will be re-mastered and will include an enhanced original layout and sheet of full lyrics in full color. The records set to be reissued are the following: "Bathory" (1984), "The Return…" (1985), ...

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MELECHESH Hard At Work On 'Sphynx'

MELECHESH, who feature in their ranks ABSU drummer/vocalist Proscriptor McGovern, are currently at Andy La Rocque's (KING DIAMOND) Los Angered Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden recording their third album for Osmose Productions, titled "Sphynx". Among the cuts set to appear on the upcoming CD are the following: 01. Incendium Between Mirage and Time 02. Of Mercury ...

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