Finland: The Most 'Heavy Metal' Country In The World?

Heavy metal/hard rock music continues to thrive in Finland, where bands like CHILDREN OF BODOM regularly top the chart with their single and full-length releases. Here is how the metal/hard rock genre fared on the Finnish Pop Album (Top 120) chart for the week ending February 21, 2004: 04. EVANESCENCE – "Fallen" 12. DIABLO – ...

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PSYCHOPUNCH To Record New Album In March

Sweden's PSYCHOPUNCH are scheduled to enter Sunlight Studio in Stockholm on March 6 with producer Tomas Skogsberg (THE HELLACOPTERS, ENTOMBED, BACKYARD BABIES) to begin recording their new album, "Smashed On Arrival", tentatively due in June via Germany's Silverdust Records. The band had previously released four albums on the White Jazz label. "Smashed On Arrival" will ...

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Original FATES WARNING Drummer Resurfaces In New Band

According to a posting on FATES WARNING's official web site, original FATES WARNING drummer Steve Zimmerman has put together a new band called MILLENNIUM X. The group's current line up consists of Steve on drums, Brain Betterton on vocals, Tommy Blardo on guitars and studio bass, and Brett Betterton on guitars (bass player pending). Zimmerman ...

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European G3 Tour Without YNGWIE MALMSTEEN?

According to the YNGWIE MALMSTEEN fan site Guitar Alchemy, initial reports from the Joe Satriani camp indicate that Malmsteen will not be taking part in the planned European G3 trek alongside Satriani and Steve Vai. Instead the third slot will likely be filled by Robert Fripp of KING CRIMSON fame. No further information ...

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BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION: More TV Appearances Scheduled

BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION bassist Nikki Sixx (MÖTLEY CRÜE) and guitarist Tracii Guns (L.A. GUNS) will be co-hosting MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball" on Saturday, March 6. Two days later, on March 8, the BRIDES will be the featured musical guests on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno". In addition, the band will be guesting on the nationally ...

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TWISTED TOWER DIRE Working On New Material

Virginia's "classic metal" act TWISTED TOWER DIRE are currently writing material for the follow-up to 2003's "Crest of the Martyrs", tentatively due this summer through Remedy Records. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Starshine", "Tales of Submission", "Netherworlds", and "Casualties of the Cruel". In other news, TWISTED TOWER DIRE recently recorded a version ...

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GUNS N' ROSES Bassist Completes Work On Solo Album

GUNS N' ROSES bassist Tommy Stinson has completed work on his debut solo album, due later in the year through Sanctuary Records. "It's done!! The album is finished! The mixing is finished! It is done!!" Tommmy writes in a posting to his web site dated Feb. 20. "I take off for New York tomorrow morning ...

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JEFF PILSON Says Labels Would Not Give DOKKEN Chance Today

In an interview at Electricbasement.com, ex-DOKKEN bassist Jeff Pilson explained how the music industry has changed regarding how labels treat bands and sales, "We [DOKKEN] were always kind of our own monster. But put it this way, had we released 'Breaking The Chains' today and only sold about 100,000 units like we did back in ...

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