EMERALD Set Release Date For 'Forces Of Doom'

Swiss melodic metallers EMERALD have set a February 23 European release date through Shark Records/Crazy Life Music for their third full-length album, "Forces Of Doom" (view cover artwork here). The follow-up to 2002's "Calling The Knights" was recorded at Mohrmann Studios in Bochum, Germany with producers Detlef Mohrmann and Axel Thubeauville. Included on ...

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LAID TO UNREST: Demo Cuts Available For Download

LAID TO UNREST, the Swedish project featuring AMON AMARTH/CURRICULUM MORTIS drummer Fredrik Andersson and KAPUT!/ ORCHARDS OF ODENWRATH guitarist Zack Z., have posted two song from their "Pre-arranged Funeral Activity" demo at their official web site. The songs available for download are as follows: 01. Pre-arranged Funeral Activity (mp3) 02. Incineration of the ...

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SKEW SISKIN To Tour Germany In March

Germany's SKEW SISKIN, the high-octane rock 'n' roll band fronted by Nina C. Alice, will embark on a German headlining club tour beginning in mid-March. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Mar. 14 – Osnabrueck, GER @ N8 Mar. 16 - Ludwigsburg, GER @ Rockfabrik Mar. 19 - Berlin, GER @ Knaack Mar. 20 ...

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SECRET SPHERE Complete First Video

Italian melodic metallers SECRET SPHERE have finished shooting their very first video, "More Than Simple Emotions", taken from their latest release, "Scent Of Human Desire". The clip, featuring session drummer Rha Stranges of FALLIN' TIMES, will be available around the end of January. At the moment, the band are working on new material and will ...

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SEPULTURA Launch Brazilian Mini-Tour

Brazilian thrashers SEPULTURA will embark on a series of shows in their home country this week as part of the Roorback Tour Brazil 2004. In February, the quartet have two shows scheduled in Europe: February 27 in Athens, Greece and February 29 in Granada, Spain (Piorno Rock Festival). A U.S. tour may follow in March. ...

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DAMAGEPLAN To Sign Copies Of New Album At Dallas In-Store

DAMAGEPLAN, the new band featuring former PANTERA members Dimebag Darrell (guitar) and Vinnie Paul (drums), ex-HALFORD/DIESEL MACHINE guitarist Patrick Lachman (on lead vocals), and bassist Bob Zilla, will be signing copies of their debut album, "New Found Power", on Tuesday, February 10 at Tower Records in Dallas, Texas. The signing session will begin at 5:00 ...

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PAUL BARKER Leaves MINISTRY

Bassist Paul Barker has left MINISTRY after 18 years with the industrial-metal pioneers, according to MTV.com. "Last summer Al was extremely enthusiastic about the possibilities of what the band could do, and I wasn't as excited. I thought, 'What are we going to do and what am I going to get out of it?' and ...

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'The Sharon Osbourne Show' To Get The Ax?

People magazine is reporting that word out of the National Association of Television Program Executives conference in Las Vegas is that Tribune is canceling "The Sharon Osbourne Show" and is already in search of a replacement, according to Hits Daily Double. The article notes that Sharon's style hasn't connected with daytime audiences the way "The ...

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ANDERS JOHANSSON Quits STRATOVARIUS

Drummer Anders Johansson (HAMMERFALL) has officially left STRATOVARIUS less than a week after joining the group. The following is STRATOVARIUS' leader Timo Tolkki's statement regarding the Anders' departure: "[Anders] gave me a call and said that he doesn't want to join the band permanently and that he is happy to be in HAMMERFALL playing True ...

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