H.I.M. To Embark On Lengthy Hiatus

Finland's H.I.M. have announced that they will be taking a break from all touring and recording activities for the foreseeable future in order to “escape the hectic rush and pressure it had to cope with during the last [few] years,” according to a statement posted at www.him-music.de. As a result, H.I.M. will not be issuing ...

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BLAZING SKIES Fill The Void

Sweden's BLAZING SKIES will have their brand new studio album, Void Of Chaos, released through Plasmatica Records later in the year. Recorded at Bollns' Sound Creation Studios (i.e. LEFAY, TAD MOROSE, KORP, VEIL OF SORROW), the album will include the following tracks: 01. Whispers 02. Soulicide 03. Fallacies Of Pain 04. Into The Flaming Sun ...

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KROKUS: "Guitars [On New Songs] Are Smokin'"

Veteran Swiss rockers KROKUS are hard at work on the material for a new CD, which they are scheduled to record shortly for a late 2002 release. According to the band's official web site, as always, guitars are smokin' and so are the boys' heads, fuming with ideas incorporated in a variety of new songs ...

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CRYOGENIC Land New Vocalist

Australia's CRYOGENIC have recruited former HENRY'S ANGER singer Steve Simmons to fill the vacancy left by the departure of Sloane Maloney. Two showcase gigs are set for Sydney sometime in February. ...

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LED ZEPPELIN Tribute...On His Back!

According to the British paper Evening Times, a UK rock fan has had the entire lyrics of LED ZEPPELIN's Stairway to Heaven tattooed on his back in a tribute to a dead friend. 38-year-old Gordon Roy reportedly lost his pal five years ago in an accident in Wishaw, Lanarkshire, when he was run over by ...

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MARDUK Box Set Postponed, US Tour Finalized

The release of MARDUK's forthcoming Blackcrowned box set has been delayed because of printing problems. A new release date has been set for February 18th. In other news, here are the dates for MARDUK's upcoming US tour with AMON AMARTH and DIABOLIC: Jan. 11 - The Lab - St. Paul, MN Jan. 12 - Riley's ...

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Tommy Lee's Bedroom Disappointments

The following item comes to us courtesy of today's edition of The New York Post: Now that Pamela Anderson is battling her ex, Tommy Lee, for custody of their two sons, she is toning down her red-hot media coverage at least in the United States. The former Playmate has done a raunchy spread for the ...

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ROSE TATTOO Axeman Gets Sidetracked

ROSE TATTOO guitarist Pete Wells has recorded guest appearances for the forthcoming albums from Sydney's SHEEK THE SHAYK and BLACKSMITH HOPKINS. Pete's reportedly played on a few of BH's earlier releases and calls the experience a bit of fun, along the lines of ZAPPA & CAPTAIN BEEFHEART. ...

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ARK's "Burn The Sun" Gets US Release, Drummer Pursues Side Projects

ARK, who feature in their ranks former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN vocalist Jorn Lande, ex-CONCEPTION guitarist Tore Østby, and former MALMSTEEN drummer John Macaluso, will issue their long-completed second album, entitled Burn The Sun, through Steve Vai's record label, Favored Nations, in the US on January 28th. A North American tour will follow shortly thereafter. In related ...

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