AYREON: New Single To Arrive In July

AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE), will be releasing an alternative version of the song "Day Sixteen: Loser", simply called "Loser", as the next single from their "Ayreon: The Human Equation" CD. "In this version Joost van den Broek (ex-SUN CAGED, AFTER FOREVER) and Arjen Lucassen battle it out in a ...

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SENTENCED Select Producer For New Album

Finland's SENTENCED will once again be utilizing the services of producer Hiili Hiilesmaa during the recording sessions for the follow-up to 2002's "The Cold White Light", tentatively due in early 2005 through Century Media Records. "We are working with new material and band will enter studios in the beginning of autumn," the group write on ...

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SHAITAN MAZAR Announce New Drummer

SHAITAN MAZAR, the new band featuring former NILE members Chief Spires (bass, vocals) and John Ehlers (guitar), have announced the addition of drummer Jake Axelson to the group's ranks. "Jake is a very seasoned and talented drummer," the band write on their web site. "His skills have refined the SHAITAN MAZAR sound over the last ...

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MY DYING BRIDE Seek Photo Submissions For Upcoming DVD

MY DYING BRIDE are inviting fans who have been inspired by the band's music to create art to submit photos of their creations towards a photo gallery that will be included on the band's upcoming DVD. If you have photos of something you created that you would like to have included on this DVD, you ...

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DEEP PURPLE: European Itinerary Changes

DEEP PURPLE have been lined up to play a number of European festival dates in June and July 2004. Two of the German dates (Lennestadt and Leipzig) have recently been cancelled, and it now appears that the Midfyns Festival in Denmark has had to be called off, apparently due to poor ticket sales, with the ...

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Polish Death Metallers DECAPITATED Featured In ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

Polish death metallers DECAPITATED are featured in an article in national entertainment "bible" Entertainment Weekly, hitting newsstands Friday, June 11. The article explores the controversy of the DECAPITATED name in the light of the recent decapitation of U.S. citizen Nick Berg at the hands of terrorists — a situation reminiscent of the controversy surrounding the ...

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VELVET REVOLVER Shaping Up For Australian Number One

VELVET REVOLVER's "Contraband" looks likely to top the Australian album chart next week, according to Undercover News. The band fronted by former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS singer Scott Weiland and backed by former members of GUNS N' ROSES, including Slash on guitar, debuted at number one on the Australian HMV midweek chart. As previously reported, "Contraband" ...

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P.O.D.'s Latest Album Passes One Million Mark In Worldwide Sales

P.O.D.'s latest CD, "Payable On Death", has passed the one-million mark in worldwide sales, according to a posting on the group's web site. " 'Payable On Death' was released against all odds," the band write. "Upon its release, P.O.D.'s record company (Atlantic Records, a division of Warner Music) was sold to a private investor. Several ...

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