KING DIAMOND Slams Metal Blade Records, Fate Of US Tour Uncertain

KING DIAMOND leader and namesake has slammed Metal Blade Records over the record company's apparent inability/refusal to provide the band with adequate support necessary to put the group out on the road in support of their upcoming Abigail II: The Revenge CD (which is due on January 29th). In a soon-to-be-published interview with the German ...

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SLIPKNOT Cancel Australian Tour!

SLIPKNOT's Australian tour has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled, according to official sources. No reason has yet been given for the cancellation, but it appears that the group will not return Down Under until at least after the recording of their next studio album, which is unlikely to surface before mid-2003. SLIPKNOT's Australian ...

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MESHUGGAH Drums For Sale

MESHUGGAH drummer Tomas Haake is selling his Pearl Masters custom set (in “mint condition”) consisting of 2 x 22" bass drums 10", 12", 14", 16", 16" toms 12" (and 14") snare drums, 7x double-armed cymbal stands, x-hats, clamps, hardware, pedals, and lots more. Asking price: 50,000 SEK or approximately $4,900 (list price approximately 120,000 SEK ...

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AXEL RUDI PELL To Enter "Shadow Zone" In April

German axe hero AXEL RUDI PELL will issue his latest solo effort, entitled Shadow Zone, through SPV/Steamhammer Records in Europe on April 22nd. In support of the album, the following German tour dates have been lined up: Apr. 28 Ludwigsburg, GER @ Rockfabrik Apr. 29 - Nrnberg, GER @ Hirsch May 01 - Pratteln, SWI ...

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RUNNING WILD To Issue "The Brotherhood" In Late February

German pirate metallers RUNNING WILD will issue their latest CD, entitled The Brotherhood, on February 25th. In other news, the group have announced the first German live dates in support of the above-mentioned effort. They are as follows: Mar. 20 Saarburg, GER @ TBA Mar. 21 Kln, GER @ TBA Mar. 22 Tuttlingen, GER @ ...

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HELLFEST 2002 Line-Up Announced

EXODUS, AGENT STEEL, NEW EDEN, PROTOTYPE, CAGE and ABATTOIR are some of the bands that will be performing at Hellfest 2002, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 23rd at Ibiza Restaurant in Whittier, California. For more info, go to this location. ...

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NIGHTWISH Hard At Work On New CD

Finland's NIGHTWISH have laid down the drum tracks for their upcoming, as-yet-untitled full-length effort at Finnvox Studios and are currently recording the bass and guitars at the Kitee Huvikeskus facility before returning to Finnvox in March to cut the vocals and mix the album. 11 original songs and one as-yet-undisclosed cover are being recorded for ...

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CANDLEMASS Confirmed For Bang Your Head

The reunited CANDLEMASS have been added to the list of artists performing at the Bang Your Head festival, which is scheduled to take place on June 28-29 in Balingen, Germany. The following acts have thus far been confirmed to appear at the event: GAMMA RAY MAGNUM SYMPHONY X TITAN FORCE CANDLEMASS RHAPSODY NIGHTWISH NEVERMORE OVERKILL ...

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