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ENSIFERUM Part Ways With Bassist, Announce Replacement

Bassist Jukka-Pekka Miettinen of the Finnish folk-influenced melodic death metal band ENSIFERUM has resigned from the band for "personal reasons," according to a posting on the group's official web site. "He doesn't have time for ENSIFERUM anymore," the posting adds. "Miettinen will play in the two last gigs this year in X mass festival December ...

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ARTILLERY Schedule Copenhagen Concert

Legendary Danish thrashers ARTILLERY have announced a one-off performance at The Rock in Copenhagen on December 16. Joining guitarists Michael and Morten Stützer and vocalist Flemming Rönsdorf will be HATESPHERE drummer Anders Gyldenøhr and bassist Mikael Ehlert. In a recent interview with Denmark's Antenna webzine, Michael Stützer spoke about the group's current ...

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NORTHER Singer Named Permanent Member Of ENSIFERUM

NORTHER's Petri Lindroos has been named a permanent member of the Finnish folk-influenced melodic death metal band ENSIFERUM. Lindroos will handle the vocals and guitar in the group, who parted ways with singer/guitarist Jari Mäenpää earlier in the year. ENSIFERUM's sophomore album, "Iron", was released last spring through Spinefarm Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Ensiferum" ...

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ABATTOIR: New Album Update, Special Anniversary Concert Planned

Los Angeles-based thrash metal legends ABATTOIR will release their long-awaited new album in late 2004 or early 2005 through Artillery Music. "If you didn't know, we had a recording snafu in which all of the tracks were lost when we only had a rough mix completed," ABATTOIR frontman Steve Gaines writes in an online posting ...

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Review: Anger Management Bad For METALLICA

Jim Derogatis of the Chicago Sun-Times reviewed METALLICA's headlining performance at Chicago's Allstate Arena Friday night (August 27). An excerpt from his review follows: "The problem with METALLICA's more than two-hour set, however, was that Hetfield and his bandmates — who've famously benefitted from band therapy sessions and all sorts of personal growth ...

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ENSIFERUM: NORTHER Singer To Join The Fold?

Finnish folk-influenced melodic death metal band ENSIFERUM are currently negotiating with fill-in vocalist Petri Lindroos of NORTHER about Petri joining the group as a "regular" member following the departure of singer/guitarist Jari Mäenpää earlier in the year. "It is certain though that Petri is doing the ENSIFERUM concerts this year," reads a posting on the ...

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W.A.S.P.'s LAWLESS Says He's Not Trying To Be Shocking

ARTILLERY guitarist Michael Stützer interviewed Blackie Lawless of W.A.S.P. for Denmark's Antenna magazine (formerly Metal Reference) when the American shock rockers paid Copenhagen a visit in order to promote their new album, "The Neon God". What follows are several excerpts from the interview: Antenna: Drummer Frankie Banali keeps coming and going, and what's ...

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METALLICA: More LARS ULRICH Biography Details Revealed

METALLICA's web site has released more information about the upcoming official biography of drummer Lars Ulrich. The book (view cover here), which is due in stores in Denmark on June 1, will detail Lars' life growing up in Denmark through the current "Madly in Anger" tour, and will include interviews with Lars' close ...

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ENSIFERUM: New Album Samples Posted Online

Finnish folk-influenced melodic death metal band ENSIFERUM have uploaded several audio samples from their upcoming album, "Iron", due on April 19 through Spinefarm Records. Preview the tracks "Iron", "Tale of Revenge" and "LAI LAI HEI" at this location. The follow-up to 2001's "Ensiferum", "Ion" was recorded last summer at Sweet Silence studios in ...

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ENSIFERUM Recruit NORTHER's LINDROOS For Upcoming Tour

Finnish folk-influenced melodic death metal band ENSIFERUM have recruited NORTHER's Petri Lindroos as session guitarist/vocalist for the group's upcoming European tour with FINNTROLL. In addition, the band have had the release date of their new album, "Iron", pushed back to April 19. "Spinefarm Records is not deferring the release date on purpose like many seem ...

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ENSIFERUM Part Ways With Frontman, Seek Replacement

Finnish folk-influenced melodic death metal band ENSIFERUM have parted ways with singer/guitarist Jari Mäenpää. According to a posting on the band's official web site, "the reason why this happened is that Jari's solo project (WINTERSUN) is a priority in Jari's musical interests. If Jari had stayed in the band, ENSIFERUM [would have] had to cancel ...

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IRON MAIDEN: Track-By-Track Preview Of 'Dance Of Death'

IRON MAIDEN have posted the following "objective" and completely "unbiased" track-by-track "preview" of their upcoming album, "Dance Of Death", on their official web site: 01. "Wildest Dreams" Previewed on the recent "Give Me Ed... Til I'm Dead" tour, this is a dynamic rocker which kicks off the album with a bang. Judging from the number ...

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AGENT STEEL Finish Recording Bonus Tracks

AGENT STEEL have finished recording three live tracks of older material to be included as bonus tracks on their upcoming 12" limited picture disc. "The performances to the live songs were totally brutal and metal with surgical precision!" the band said in an official statement. The single, which will also be available on CD, will ...

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ROADRUNNER RECORDS Launches THE VAULT!

Roadrunner Records U.S. have launched a special section of their official web site called The Vault where you can buy digital files of all Roadrunner music — past and present, deleted and current. Check it out here. In conjunction with the site's launch, SLIPKNOT drummer/MUDERDOLLS guitarist and an avid Roadrunner aficionado Joey Jordison ...

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AGENT STEEL Complete Work On 'Order Of The Illuminati'

AGENT STEEL have completed work on their new album, "Order Of The Illuminati". The follow-up to "Omega Conspiracy" is due in Japan in late May through King Records and in Europe in June via Italy's Scarlet Records. A July U.S. release through Artillery Music is tentatively planned. The complete track listing for the album is ...

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Ex-TYGERS OF PAN TANG Singer Sells NEAT RECORDS To SANCTUARY

Former TYGERS OF PAN TANG frontman Jess Cox, who has spent the last several years as MD of Neat Records (incorporating Neat Metal Records & Eldethorn Records) has sold the label to Sanctuary Records. He will, however, continue with his label Edgy Records with releases through the rest of the year. Upcoming titles include: BLITZKRIEG ...

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ARTILLERY Seek New Bassist, Drummer

Veteran Danish thrashers ARTILLERY are looking for a new bassist and drummer to complete the group's line-up prior to the recording of the band's upcoming CD, which is tentatively scheduled to be released through Diehard Music in late 2002/early 2003. All interested parties should contact Diehard Music before March 22nd at telephone number +45 6617 ...

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B.A.C.K. - ARTILLERY

Once at the forefront of the then-burgeoning thrash metal scene, Denmark's ARTILLERY never quite managed to live up to its commercial and musical expectations, with the band splitting up shortly after the lackluster performance of its third studio album, By Inheritance, in 1991. Freshly reunited, vocalist Flemming Ronsdorf (whose vocal style is as much of ...

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Archive News Apr 26, 2001

ANTHRAX have signed a US record deal with Beyond/BMG Records. According to guitarist Scott Ian, 'the deal's done. Amazing. It only took, like, 15 months. Now we just have to hope they don't go out of business like Ignition [Records did]. We're going to get to work, finally, after [drummer] Charlie [Benante] gets back from ...

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