ELVENKING Confirmed For Hungary's PEPSI SZIGET 2002 Festival

Italian "pagan metal" act ELVENKING have been confirmed for the Metal Hammer stage at the Pepsi Sziget 2002 festival in Budapest, Hungary on August 1st. The seven-day, multi stage festival drew 400,000 people in 2001 and is expected to achieve similar numbers this year. Other artists scheduled to perform at the event include GAMMA RAY, ...

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BLACK WITCHERY Ink Deal With OSMOSE RECORDS

Florida-based black metallers BLACK WITCHERY have signed a two-album deal with Osmose Records. According to the band, listeners can "expect nothing less than total and utter devastation, blasphemy, hatred and darkness...fuck off to all shit talkers, trendies and newcomers and to all those who will see this as a 'commercial' move can feel free to ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM Push Back Single Release Date

Finland's CHILDREN OF BODOM, featuring SINERGY guitarist Alexi Laiho on guitar/vocals, have pushed back the tentative release date of their new single, "You're Better Off Dead", to August, most likely through Spinefarm Records. Also included on the CD will be the group's cover of THE RAMONES classic "Somebody Put Something In My Drink". "People think ...

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DROWNING POOL TO Cover METALLICA On "OZZFEST 2002" CD

DROWNING POOL's rendition of the METALLICA classic "Creeping Death" was reportedly recorded last week at the Massachusetts stop of Ozzfest for the forthcoming Ozzfest 2002 live album, due in August. Commented singer Dave Williams to Launch: "You know a lot of people would go, 'Well that doesn't surprise me. They're a heavy band.' But we ...

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MARBLE ARCH Ink Deal With CENTURY MEDIA, Prepare To Issue Debut CD

Swedish atmospheric metal/gothic rock act MARBLE ARCH (formerly EVERCRY) have inked a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. The band, which issued two albums (Demise The Crown and Focus) under their previous moniker, recently completed work on a new full-length CD, entitled Another Sunday Bright, at Astia Studio in Finland with producer Anssi Kippo (i.e. ...

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HUGHES TURNER PROJECT: European Touring Line-Up Revealed

HUGHES TURNER PROJECT (HTP), the collaboration between former DEEP PURPLE/BLACK SABBATH vocalist Glenn Hughes and ex-RAINBOW/DEEP PURPLE singer Joe Lynn Turner, have announced their European touring line-up as the following: Joe Lynn Turner - Vocals / Guitar Glenn Hughes - Vocals / Bass JJ Marsh - Guitar Joakim "Jocke" Svalberg - Keyboards Thomas Broman - ...

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SKID ROW's SCOTTI HILL: New Album Should Be Out In October

SKID ROW are planning on issuing their long-awaited new CD, tentatively entitled Thick Is The Skin, in October through an as-yet-undetermined label, according to the latest update from guitarist Scotti Hill. "We'll be back in the studio on the Rock Never Stops tour break in September," stated Hill. "It shouldn't take more then a week ...

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HALFORD Cancel Headlining Appearance At South Korea's SOYOROCK FESTIVAL

HALFORD have been forced to cancel their appearance at the Soyorock Festival in Seoul, South Korea on Sunday, August 18th due to circumstances "beyond their control". Seeing as HALFORD were the projected headliners for the four-day event (August 15-18), the entire festival appears to be on the verge of cancellation. Among the other international artists ...

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OZZY, SHARON OSBOURNE Slapped With Lawsuit Over MTV Show

Ozzy Osbourne and his wife/manager Sharon are being sued by a Hollywood producer who claims he originated the idea for the couples' successful family reality show on MTV, according to Launch. Producer Gary Binkow reportedly filed the lawsuit on Thursday, July 25th in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging that in 1998, he conceived and developed ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Frontman Gets His Sax Back

QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate appears to have gotten his saxophone back. Says Tate: "My faith in humanity has been restored! While in New Orleans we received a phone call from an unidentified person who had my horn and wanted to send it back. I am playing my sax in the shows again. I am very ...

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