URKRAFT Announce Record-Release Party

Danish thrash/death metallers URKRAFT have announced a record-release party on March 12 at Stengade 30 in Copenhagen. The band will be playing their forthcoming debut album, "Eternal Cosmic Slaughter", and "letting free beer flow for the first 100 people," according to a post on their web site. "There will also be one hell of a ...

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ION VEIN Part Ways With Guitarist, Seek Replacement

Chicago prog/power metallers ION VEIN have parted ways with longtime guitarist John Malufka. "John has been a member of the band since 1997 and after pursuing a career in music for almost 20 years now, he feels he's gotten the most out of it and will now be happy focusing completely on his personal life," ...

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STEVEN TYLER To Appear In 'Get Shorty' Sequel

The Boston Herald reports AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler had filmed a few scenes with John Travolta in his new flick "Be Cool" while in Los Angeles for the Grammy Awards. The movie is a sequel to "Get Shorty", which is based on the Elmore Leonard bestseller. "Leonard is a pal, he was always hanging around ...

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HATESPHERE Enter Studio To Record New Album

Danish thrashers HATESPHERE have entered the studio to begin recording the follow-up to 2002's "Bloodred Hatred". The new album will be entitled "Ballet of the Brute" and will be released around May/June this year through Scarlet Records in Europe. Japanese, North American and Russian release dates will be announced soon. Upcoming HATESPHERE tour dates: Mar. ...

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SENTENCED: No New Album Until 2005

Finland's SENTENCED have announced plans to play a few European festivals during the summer, including Summer Breeze, which is set to take place August 19-21, 2004 in Abtsgmünd, Germany. "We will throw in some brand-new stuff during our show this summer, because we don't want to play a 'best of SENTENCED' kind of set this ...

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BEN MOODY Talks Frankly About EVANESCENCE Split

Former EVANESCENCE guitarist Ben Moody spoke to Mix 96.1 in San Antonio, Texas about why he left the group while the band was in Germany. Moody said he didn't leave the group in a huff, and things were discussed between he, vocalist Amy Lee, and the band's management well in advance. Moody implied that Amy ...

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THERAPY?: New Album On The Way

Ireland's THERAPY? have posted the following message on their official web site: "Hello all. Looks like we've been quiet for a bit but in reality we've been catching up on sleep, wondering why Santa didn't come (must've been bad boys) and plotting our next move. The good news is that we have started work on ...

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METALLICA To Release 'Presidio' Material On Upcoming Soundtrack

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield has revealed that plans exist for the band to release some of the material written and recorded in 2001 shortly before he went into rehab. Speaking to Sweden's Close-Up magazine for its February 2004 issue, Hetfield said, "There's tons of stuff left over from the Presidio [a rented barrack at the ...

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EUROPE Confirmed For Finland's ROCKPERRY Festival

Reunited Swedish hard rockers EUROPE have been confirmed for the 2004 edition of the Rockperry festival (web site), set to be held July 16-17 in Vaasa, Finland. As previously reported, EUROPE are slated to co-headline this year's installment of Sweden Rock festival, which will take place June 10-12 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. EUROPE will ...

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