SONATA ARCTICA Name Album, Announce Japanese Tour

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have set "Winterheart's Guild" as the title for their upcoming CD, which is due to be released on Feb. 22 in Japan and Mar. 17 in Finland. "Winterheart's Guild" features a guest appearance by keyboardist Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS/ex-DIO), who plays on four of the album's cuts. In other news, SONATA ...

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SLAYER Set Release Date For Live DVD

SLAYER have set Feb. 11, 2003 as the release date for their upcoming DVD, titled "War At The Warfield". Recorded at San Francisco's The Warfield on Dec. 7, 2001 during the band's "God Hates The World" tour, "War At The Warfield" marks one of the last live appearances with the group of drummer Paul Bostaph, ...

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Former EMPEROR Drummer Inks Deal For New Project

Norwegian black metallers SHADOW SEASON, featuring ZYKLON/ex-EMPEROR drummer Trym, bassist/vocalist B. Winter, and guitarist Void, have inked a deal with Portugal's Sound Riot Records and will issue a four-song EP, titled "The Frozen", in December. Recorded and mixed at Tram Lydstudio during the summer months of 2002, "The Frozen" features guest appearances by GEHENNA's Sanrabb ...

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TED NUGENT Sets New Record

Over 3,000 people turned out for TED NUGENT's Nov. 14 CD/book signing at Borders Books & Music in Traverse City, Michigan, where the Motor City Madman signed copies of his latest album "Craveman" (his first in seven years), his newest book "Kill It And Grill It" (co-written with wife Shemane) and his New York Times ...

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MERCYFUL FATE, KING DIAMOND Members Join Forces In New Band

MERCYFUL FATE guitarist Hank Shermann has teamed up with KING DIAMOND bassist Hal Patino and MERCYFUL FATE drummer Bjarne T. Holm in a new project. The group, which is presently unnamed, is due to record a new demo shortly at the Danish studio owned and operated by KONKHRA mainman Anders Lundemark (who will also produce ...

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DARKTHRONE Album To Be Co-Produced By SATYRICON Mainman

DARKTHRONE's forthcoming "Hate Them" album will reportedly be mixed and co-produced by SATYRICON frontman Satyr. Due to be recorded in December, "Hate Them" is tentatively due in February 2003 through Moonfog Productions. Among the cuts set to appear on the album are "Rust" and "Fucked Up And Ready To Die". ...

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