PASSENGER Begin Recording Sophomore Album

PASSENGER, the Swedish band featuring IN FLAMES vocalist Anders Friden, ex-TRANSPORT LEAGUE drummer Patrik J. Sten, GARDENIAN guitarist Niclas Engelin (ex-IN FLAMES), and ex-HEADPLATE bassist Håkan Skoger, have commenced the recording sessions for the follow-up to last year's self-titled debut album, tentatively due late spring/early summer through Century Media Records. "We started recording drum tracks ...

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Former SLAYER Drummer PAUL BOSTAPH Joins TESTAMENT

Former SLAYER/SYSTEMATIC drummer Paul Bostaph has officially joined TESTAMENT, informed sources have told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. The band, whose most recent drummer, Jon Allen (SADUS), reportedly left the group over an "extremely fragile and urgent family situation" involving the health of his 11-year-old daughter, are currently rehearsing with Bostaph for their upcoming live shows in March, including ...

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STRYPER To Film San Juan Show For Upcoming DVD

Reunited Christian hard rockers STRYPER will be filming their March 6 performance at Tito Puente Amphitheatre in San Juan, Puerto Rico for an upcoming DVD, tentatively due later in the year. Although plans existed for the band to record their Oct. 24 show at the Ogden Theater in Denver, Colorado for the DVD, the group ...

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BEHOLDER Announce Italian Show

Italian metallers BEHOLDER have announced a live show on May 28 at Transilvania Live in Milan in support of their upcoming third full-length album, "Lethal Injection". The follow-up to 2002's "Wish For Destruction" — the group's first CD with new bassist Ace Raven — will be released through Dragonheart Records. In other news, BEHOLDER keyboardist ...

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EVEMASTER To Re-Record Debut Album

Finland's EVEMASTER will enter the studio in late February to re-record their cult debut album, "Lacrimae Mundi" for a late summer release through Rising Realm Records. The reissue will include enhanced artwork and a bonus track, a cover of DIO's "We Rock". Drums on "Lacrimae Mundi" will be once again be handled by Jaska Raatikainen ...

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PREJUDICE Drop Off 'No Mercy Festivals' European Tour

Belgian death metallers PREJUDICE have been forced to drop off the upcoming "No Mercy Festivals" European tour following an apparent disagreement with their record company. "It's NOT the fault from us but our label Painkiller that we can't do this festival!" the band write on their web site. "Also PREJUDICE is not dealing anymore with ...

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PRIMAL FEAR Confirmed For WACKEN ROADSHOW

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have been confirmed to headline this year's Wacken Roadshow beginning in mid-April. Joining them on the tour will be FREEDOM CALL, METALIUM and DARK AGE. The tour dates are as follows: Apr. 20 - Gothenburg, SWE - Musikens Hus Apr. 21 - Stockholm, SWE - Klubben Apr. 22 - Malmö, ...

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Former WHITE ZOMBIE Bassist Explores Her Artistic Side

Former WHITE ZOMBIE and current ROCK CITY MORGUE bassist Sean Yseult recently had her first art opening at the Sylvia Schmidt Gallery, on Gallery Row of New Orleans, Julia Street. Yseult and fellow post-modern artist Louis St. Lewis' joint exhibit "Strangers in Paradox" received rave reviews, and one of Sean's pieces will be on display ...

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MISTELTEIN Enlist New Session Vocalist

Swedish black metallers MISTELTEIN have enlisted OBSCURE DIVINITY's Ville Kemi (not CULT OF DECEMBER's Kristian Forsell, as previously announced) as session vocalist for tonight's (Feb. 15) gig with SOILWORK and THE FORSAKEN at Kulturbolaget in Malmö, Sweden. DERANGED's Kalle Fält will handle session bass/backing vocal duties during the show. As previously announced, MISTELTEIN are currently ...

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KULT OV AZAZEL Hard At Work On New Material

Floridian black metallers KULT OV AZAZEL have set "The World, The Flesh & The Devil" as the title of their next studio album, tentatively due in early 2005 through Arctic Music. Songtitles set to appear on the follow-up to last year's "Oculus Infernum" include "An Eternity with Satan", "Compelled To Die", "And the Earth is ...

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