ZYKLON Announce Finnish Mini-Tour

Norway's ZYKLON, the band featuring Zamoth (a.k.a. Samoth) and Trym of EMPEROR, have lined up the following gigs in Finland in January: Jan. 08 – Tavastia – Helsinki, FIN Jan. 09 – Klubi – Turku, FIN Jan. 10 – Lutakko – Jyväskylä, FIN ...

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ARCH ENEMY Cancel Three U.K. Shows

ARCH ENEMY vocalist Angela Gossow has contracted a flu virus and is too ill to perform at the next three gigs on the band's U.K. tour. As a result, the band have had to cancel the following shows: Dec. 17 – Leeds, UK @ Cockpit Dec. 18 – Birmingham, UK @ Carling Academy Dec. 20 ...

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VISIONS OF ATLANTIS Sign With NAPALM RECORDS

Austrian "symphonic metal" band VISIONS OF ATLANTIS have signed a worldwide recording deal with Napalm Records. "VISIONS OF ATLANTIS stands for strong classically arranged metal and captivating melodies, with which the female soprano and the clear male vocals intertwine to create an unusual, mythical, and symphonic experience," reads an official press release. The band's second ...

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ROYAL HUNT Split With Bassist, Guitarist

Bassist Steen Mogensen and guitarist Jacob Kjaer have officially left Danish melodic/progressive metallers ROYAL HUNT. No reason was given for their departure. Mogensen is expected to continue his collaboration with ex-RAINBOW/current YNGWIE MALMSTEEN vocalist Doogie White in CORNERSTONE, whose third album, "Once Upon Our Yesterdays", was released last month through Germany's Massacre Records. ROYAL HUNT's ...

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ABADDON INCARNATE Embark On New 'Crusade'

Irish grindcore act ABADDON INCARNATE have completed work on their new album, "Dark Crusade", at Soundlab Studios in Sweden for a January release through Xtreem Music. The 33-minute effort was recorded and mixed over a two-and-and-a-week period and includes 16 tracks. Among the songtitles set to appear on the CD are "Centrefold Redemption", "Hour Of ...

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SUN CAGED Part Ways With Drummer, Seek Replacement

Dutch progressive metallers SUN CAGED, who feature in their ranks STAR ONE keyboardist Joost van den Broek, have parted ways with drummer Dennis Leeflang. Dennis' official statement on the matter is as follows: "After almost five years, three demo CDs, one album and 61 shows, I am no longer part of SUN CAGED. This was ...

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BLAZE: Video Diary Posted Online

BLAZE, the British band led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE singer Blaze Bayley, have posted a three-minute video update from the recording sessions for the group's third full-length album, tentatively due in March 2004 through SPV Records. Check it out here (Windows Media). As previously reported, BLAZE are utilizing the services of former PITCHSHIFTER ...

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CRUACHAN Complete Work On New Album

Irish folk metal band CRUACHAN have completed work on their fourth full-length album, entitled "Pagan". "Pagan" was recorded and mixed at Radio Na Life Studios in Dublin, Ireland with producer Al Cowen and is the follow-up to last year's "Folk-Lore". The band recorded a total of 15 songs, of which 13 will end up on ...

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TWISTED SISTER Frontman Speaks: Audio Available

TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider has posted the very first "audio" installment of his regular online update, "Dee Speaks", at this location. Among the topics covered in the latest update is the band's current status, Dee's VAN HELSING'S CURSE project, his radio-hosting gig, and the latest news on the sequel to his acclaimed ...

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