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MOONSPELL Split With Bassist, Prepare To Record New CD

Portugal's MOONSPELL have amicably parted ways with bassist Sérgio Crestana and will replace him during the recording sessions for their upcoming album with AMORPHIS bassist Niclas Etelävuori. MOONSPELL will record the follow-up to "Darkness And Hope" between March 23 and April 12 at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland with producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (H.I.M., SENTENCED, AMORPHIS). ...

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AMORPHIS Ink Deal With EMI RECORDS

AMORPHIS have inked a deal with EMI Records for the release of their new CD, "Far From The Sun", due in Finland in May. The album's first single, "Day Of Your Beliefs", will surface in early April. The complete track listing for "Far From The Sun" is as follows: 01. Day Of Your Beliefs 02. ...

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AMORPHIS Frontman Completes Work On New AJATTARA CD

AMORPHIS frontman Pasi Koskinen's "black/dark metal" project AJATTARA have completed work on their new album, "Kuolema" ("Death"), for a March 24 release. The full track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Antakaa Elää (Let Me Live) 02. Surman Henki (The Ghost Of Death) 03. Haureus (Fornication) 04. Huoran Alla (Under The Whore) 05. ...

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AMORPHIS Prepare To Mix New Album

Finland's AMORPHIS are scheduled to commence the mixing process for their as-yet-untitled new album on Feb. 4 at Finnvox studios with producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (H.I.M., MOONSPELL, SENTENCED). A late spring release through an as-yet-undetermined label is expected. The sextet, who are currently unsigned following a lengthy stint with Relapse Records, tracked 15 songs during the ...

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EVEMASTER Ink Deal With LOW FREQUENCY

Finland's EVEMASTER have signed a three-album deal with Low Frequency Records. The group are currently putting the finishing touches on their second CD, "Wither", at Astia Studios (CHILDREN OF BODOM, WARMEN, ENTWINE) with producer Anssi Kippo. The follow-up to "Lacrimae Mundi", which is set to be mastered at Finnvox studios (STRATOVARIUS, AMORPHIS) in late January ...

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AMORPHIS Complete Instrumental Recordings For New CD

Finland's AMORPHIS have finished recording all instrumental parts for their upcoming album at Helsinki's Finnvox studios. 15 songs were reportedly tracked during the sessions, with 10 tentatively scheduled to appear on the as-yet-untitled CD, which is set to surface in the spring. AMORPHIS frontman Pasi Koskinen will shortly begin tracking vocals for the album at ...

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AMORPHIS Complete Drum Tracks For Upcoming CD

Finland's AMORPHIS have completed the drum tracks for their upcoming album at Helsinki's Finnvox studios. 15 songs were reportedly tracked during the sessions, with 10 tentatively scheduled to appear on the as-yet-untitled CD, which is set to surface in the spring. The sextet, who are currently unsigned following a lengthy stint with Relapse Records, will ...

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AMORPHIS Enter Studio To Record New Album

Finland's AMORPHIS entered Finnvox studios in Helsinki today (Nov. 18) to begin recording the basic tracks for the band's next studio album. The sextet, who are currently unsigned following a lengthy stint with Relapse Records, plan to complete the recordings early next year for a tentative summer 2003 release through an as-yet-undetermined label. "Snoopy's (a.k.a. ...

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MANNHAI Revise Track Listing For 'Evil Under the Sun'

Finnish "stoner rockers" MANNHAI, featuring former AMORPHIS bassist Oppu Laine and ex-XYSMA frontman Joanitor Muurinen, have revised the track listing for their new album, Evil Under the Sun, due on November 18th through Spinefarm Records. The revised track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. Laugh Like Insane 02. Sweat Of Love 03. Between ...

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XYSMA To Perform At Finnish Book-Launch Party

Legendary Finnish metallers XYSMA will reunite to perform at the launch party for Jone Nikula's new book, Rauta-aika, on October 19th at Nosturi in Helsinki. The book tells the history of Finnish metal music from late 80's to the present and includes an interview with XYSMA frontman Joañitor Muurinen (currently in MANNHAI). In related news, ...

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MANNHAI Complete Work On 'Evil Under the Sun'

Finnish "stoner rockers" MANNHAI, featuring former AMORPHIS bassist Oppu Laine and ex-XYSMA frontman Joanitor Muurinen, have completed work on the follow-up to last year's The Sons Of Yesterday's Black Grouse CD, entitled Evil Under the Sun, for a November release through Spinefarm Records. Evil Under the Sun was recorded at Gothenburg, Sweden's Studio Mega and ...

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MANNHAI Hard At Work On "Evil Under the Sun"

Finnish "stoner rockers" MANNHAI, featuring former AMORPHIS bassist Oppu Laine and ex-XYSMA frontman Joanitor Muurinen, are have entered Gothenburg, Sweden's Studio Mega to record the follow-up to last year's The Sons Of Yesterday's Black Grouse CD, entitled Evil Under the Sun, for a November release through Spinefarm Records. The complete track listing for the album ...

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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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Metal/Hard Rock Album Sales In The US As Reported By SoundScan

Here are the latest sales figures for various current and catalog metal/hard rock releases in the US (in total units sold to date since the albums were issued), as reported by SoundScan for the week ending April 21st, 2002: KORN Issues: 3,047,076 KORN Follow The Leader: 3,414,717 LIMP BIZKIT Chocolate Starfish: 6,259,073 LIMP BIZKIT Significant ...

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AMORPHIS Line Up Drummer Replacement

Finland's AMORPHIS have recruited drummer Jan "Snoopy" Rechberger to replace Pekka Kasari, who recently left the group to focus on family life. Rechberger is no stranger to the AMORPHIS camp, having previously played on the group's first two full-length albums, 1992's The Karelian Isthmus and 1994's Tales From The Thousand Lakes. (Thanks: Tuomas Toivonen) ...

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KALMAH Set To "Return" With Sophomore CD In Late April

Finland's KALMAH will issue their sophomore CD, entitled They Will Return, in the US on April 30th. Already out in the group's home country, the highly-anticipated follow-up to last year's Swamplord contains the following track listing: 01. Hollowheart 02. Swamphell 03. Principle Hero 04. Human Fates 05. They Will Return 06. Kill the Idealist 07. ...

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Finnish Benefit Gig In Honor Of CHUCK SCHULDINER Set For March 1st

MORBID DREAM, DIABLO, NORTHER, and EVIL CHUCKS, a one-off group made up of Finnish metal veterans, will appear at a charity concert honoring late DEATH frontman Chuck Schuldiner at Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland on Friday, March 1st. All proceeds from the gig will be donated to Juliana Von Wend foundation, which conducts cancer research without ...

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Archive News Nov 30, 2001

Here are some of the latest sales figures for various metal/hard rock releases in the US, as reported by Soundscan for the week ending November 25th, 2001 (number in parenthesis indicates the number of weeks the title has been on the sales chart):

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KID ROCK – Cocky: 223,062 (1) ...

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Archive News May 10, 2001

The upcoming Thrash Of The Titans benefit concert for TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy, who was recently diagnosed with cancer, is tentatively scheduled to take place July 7th at either San Francisco's The Maritime Hall or Oakland's Henry J. Kaiser Arena. Besides the previously announced artists/musicians, former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted is rumored to have been ...

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Archive News Apr 11, 2001 - update 2

BLUE OYSTER CULT's upcoming album will carry the title Curse Of The Hidden Mirror. According to the group's official web site, the band did not choose any of the fan suggestions that were collected earlier this year on that and the bocfanclub site, but rather drew from the earliest days of before-they-were-BOC. Curse Of The ...

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Archive News Mar 14, 2001 - update 1

According to Jayne Andrews, Management Co-ordinator for JUDAS PRIEST, the reason Sad Wings Of Destiny and Rocka Rolla are not included in upcoming The Remasters series through the Sony / Columbia label is because the rights to the aforementioned releases are owned by Gull Records and the band 'get nothing from them'. JUDAS PRIEST are ...

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Archive News Mar 08, 2001 - update 2

TAPROOT are tentatively set to take some time off in April/May to continue writing new material for their next album, which they hope to begin recording shortly after their Ozzfest stint ends later in the summer. Among the tracks set to appear on TAPROOT's sophomore offering for Velvet Hammer / Atlantic Records is 'Poem To ...

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