MANNHAI Prepare To Record Sophomore CD

Finnish "stoner rockers" MANNHAI, featuring former AMORPHIS bassist Oppu Laine and ex-XYSMA frontman Joanitor Muurinen, are scheduled to enter the studio in early August to record the follow-up to last year's The Sons Of Yesterday's Black Grouse CD, tentatively entitled Evil Under the Sun, for a late 2002 release through Spinefarm Records. In other news, ...

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SHAMAN To Appear On Brasil 2000 FM

Brazil's SHAMAN, featuring former ANGRA members Andre Matos (vocals), Luis Mariutti (bass) and Ricardo Confessori (drums), will appear on the Brazilian radio show Programa Backstage via Brasil 2000 FM on Sunday, July 14th between 9:00 PM and 12:00 AM. The band will play tracks from their soon-to-be-released Ritual CD in addition to being interviewed by ...

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U.D.O.: European Itinerary Revealed

U.D.O., led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, have added the following appearances to their current itinerary: Jul. 27 – Rieneck, GER @ Rock am Tunnel Aug. 03 – Wacken, GER @ Wacken Open Air Festival Aug. 17 – Crete, GRE @ National Stadium Aug. 23 – Barcelona, SPA @ Ripollet Festival Nov. 06 – ...

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PITCHSHIFTER Line Up UK Tour

PITCHSHIFTER will embark on a UK tour in the fall—the group's first in support of their recently-released P.S.I. album. Confirmed dates are as follows: Sep. 20 – Belfast, IRE @ Limelight Sep. 21 – Dublin, IRE @ Ambassador Sep. 22 – Cork, UK @ Nancy Spains Sep. 24 – Glasgow, UK @ Garage Sep. 25 ...

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SUMMER BLASPHEMY 2002: First Batch Of Dates Announced

The first batch of dates for the forthcoming Summer Blasphemy 2002 tour, featuring INCANTATION, IMPALED, DECAPITATED, VEHEMENCE, and DEAD TO FALL, have been announced. They are as follows: Jul. 25 - Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa Jul. 26 - Milwaukee, WI @ US Cellular Arena Jul. 29 - Woodbridge NJ @ Packees Pub Jul. ...

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JOE LYNN TURNER: RITCHIE BLACKMORE Was Approached To Play On HTP CD

Former RAINBOW/DEEP PURPLE guitarist Ritchie Blackmore was approached to play on the debut album from HUGHES TURNER PROJECT (a.k.a. HTP)—the collaboration between ex-RAINBOW/DEEP PURPLE singer Joe Lynn Turner and former DEEP PURPLE/BLACK SABBATH vocalist Glenn Hughes—but the plan never panned out, Turner has revealed via his official newsletter. "We did approach Ritchie's management [about playing ...

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DEMON DRIVE Finish Recording New CD

German melodic rockers DEMON DRIVE (formerly known as CASANOVA) have completed the recordings for their new album, tentatively entitled …Four Play, for a spring 2003 release. In other news, the group's version of the KISS track "What Makes The World Go 'Round" will be appearing on the upcoming tribute album consisting of nothing but songs ...

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GODHEAD To Play Last Show Of Summer At Hollywood Club

GODHEAD will play their last show of the summer on Monday, July 15th at the Viper Room in Hollywood, California. This will be the group's final gig before they enter the studio to record their new album, due in early 2003. As previously reported, GODHEAD are still seeking a new label home following the apparent ...

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VANDERHOOF Announce New Keyboardist

VANDERHOOF, led by METAL CHURCH guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof, have parted ways with keyboardist Brian Cokeley on the eve of the release of the group's sophomore full-length effort, A Blur In Time. According to the group's official web site, "[Brian's] personal life is requiring more attention than in years past, and he is unable to fully ...

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