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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SHINING To Reissue Early Catalog

Swedish black metallers SHINING, now featuring in their ranks MAYHEM drummer Hellhammer, are in negotiations with Avantgarde Music for the licensing rights to the band's first two albums, "I - Within Deep Dark Chambers" and "II - Livets Ändhallplats", tentatively due to be reissued in early 2003. There is also talk of a SHINING mini-tour ...

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BEFORE THE DAWN To Support MEDICATION In Europe

Finland's BEFORE THE DAWN will be the support act on the upcoming European tour by Locomotive Music labelmates MEDICATION (featuring ex-UGLY KID JOE/LIFE OF AGONY frontman Whitfield Crane and ex-MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader). The group's debut album, "My Darkness", will be released in January. Confirmed dates are as follows: Feb. 12 - Essen, GER ...

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DEEP PURPLE To Tour Europe

DEEP PURPLE are in process of booking a European tour next summer. Unconfirmed dates are as follows: May 29 - Schwung Festival – Roeselare, BEL Jun. 13 - Rastatt Pagodenburg - Karlsruhe, GER Jun. 14 – TBA - Bonn, GER Jun. 15 - Amphitheatre - Kamenz, GER Jun. 17 - Wuhlheide Amphitheatre - Berlin, GER ...

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ROSTOK VAMPIRES Announce German Gig

Reunited '90s German punk/thrash outfit ROSTOK VAMPIRES, one of the first acts to get signed to then-freshly-launched Nuclear Blast Records, will perform at Winterbenefit-Concert For The Poor at Keuning-Haus in Dortmund, Germany on Jan. 31, 2003. The group are working on new material to be released next year through an as-yet-undisclosed label. ...

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NASUM Name Upcoming Album

Swedish grindcore merchants NASUM have set "Helvete" (Hell in English) as the title for their upcoming third album, which is currently being recorded at guitarist Mieszko Talarczyk's Soundlab studios for an April/May 2003 release through Relapse Records. "The record is on the way, should be out in April/May and it should be a fucking killer ...

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