Report: IRON MAIDEN Helps SANCTUARY Buck The Downbeat Trend

Richard Wray of The Guardian is reporting that live music's return to popularity helped Sanctuary Group, one of the world's largest independent music companies, buck the downbeat trend set by the industry last year. The group, which counts IRON MAIDEN, SLAYER and JANE'S ADDICTION among its bankable live acts, saw sales for the year to ...

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NAMM 2004: More Photos Posted Online

Launch has posted exclusive photos from the NAMM 2004 (National Association of Music Merchants) convention, which took place in Anaheim, California over the weekend. Among the artists featured in the photos are current and former members of such bands as SLIPKNOT, SLAYER, MURDERDOLLS, MEGADETH, QUEENSRŸCHE, GUNS N' ROSES and ALICE IN CHAINS. Check out the ...

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THE BERZERKER: DVD Preview Posted Online

Australia's THE BERZERKER have posted a "limited" sneak peek at their forthcoming DVD, "The Principles and Practices of The Berzerker", at this location. According to a posting at the band's web site, the footage — which was shot in Nottingham, England in 2002 — is "NOT included in the main concert footage section ...

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THE PROJECT HATE To Enter Studio In September

THE PROJECT HATE, the Swedish band featuring Jörgen Sandström of ENTOMBED/GRAVE fame on lead vocals and current DARK FUNERAL touring guitarist Lord K (a.k.a. Kenth Philipson), are planning on entering Soundlab Studios in September with producer Mieszko Talarczyk to record the follow-up to last year's "Hate, Dominate, Congregate, Eliminate", tentatively due in early 2005 through ...

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SKINLESS Confirm Drummer's Departure, Announce Temporary Replacement

New York-based death metallers SKINLESS have confirmed the departure of drummer John Longstreth (ex-ORIGIN). Replacing him for the group's upcoming dates in March and subsequent European tour will be returning skinsman Bob "The Big Guns" Beaulac. Longstreth, who is said to have left SKINLESS over "musical differences," has joined EXHUMED as the band's new touring ...

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EDGUY: 'Hellfire Club' Cover Revealed

The cover artwork for EDGUY's upcoming album, "Hellfire Club", has been posted online at this location. As previously reported, "Hellfire Club", is due on March 15 through Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Mandrake" was produced by EDGUY and Norman Meiritz, with additional assistance from Sascha Paeth (RHAPSODY, ANGRA), who was responsible ...

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JASON NEWSTED's PAPA WHEELIE Project: New Songs Posted Online

PAPA WHEELIE, the "stoner punk metal" crew consisting of former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted (a.k.a. Jaylor) on guitar/vocals, Steven Wiig (a.k.a. Swiiglor) on drums and Joe Ledesma (a.k.a. Joefus) on bass, have posted three new tracks recorded at Newsted's The Chophouse studio in October 2003. Commented Jason: "The noisiest metal on two wheels is alive ...

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GREEN CARNATION Confirmed For Germany's SUMMER BREEZE Festival

GREEN CARNATION, the Norwegian band featuring Tchort (a.k.a. Terje Vik Schei, ex-EMPEROR, SATYRICON, EINHERJER), are the latest band confirmed for this year's Summer Breeze festival, set to take place August 19-12, 2004 in Abtsgmünd, Germany. The complete list of acts currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows (in alphabetical order): BRAINSTORM BUSTA ...

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