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EMBRAZE Halt Band Activities, Pursue Side Projects

Finland's EMBRAZE have decided to put all band activities on hold for an indefinite period of time due to the group's long-term discontent with their record company, Mastervox Records, and the continuous delays in the release of the band's recently-completed third album, entitled Katharsis. Although the members of EMBRAZE will spend the next few months ...

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NIGHTWISH Vocalist To Exit Band To Focus On Music Studies

Vocalist Tarja Turunen will leave Finland's NIGHTWISH in the fall to focus on her classical singing studies in Germany, informed sources have told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. NIGHTWISH will reportedly promote the release of their forthcoming Century Child CD with a host of European mini-tours and festival appearances during the summer, but will go separate ways once Turunen's ...

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FOZZY Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

FOZZY, featuring WWF wrestler Chris Jericho, former members of STUCK MOJO and producer Andy Sneap, are the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's Bang Your Head festival, which is scheduled to take place in Balingen, Germany on June 28th and 29th. The full list of artists currently scheduled to appear at the ...

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Finland's Premier Metal Record Label Gets Bought Out By Universal

Finland's Spin-Farm Oy, the parent company of Spinefarm Records, Spikefarm Records, Ranka Recordings, Odor, Freeride and Hawaii Sounds and the home to such acts as NIGHTWISH, THE BLACK LEAGUE and CHARON, among many others, has had a controlling interest in the firm bought by Universal Music. According to an official statement from Spinefarm, the deal ...

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DIVERCIA Ink Deal With Hammerheart Records

Finland's DIVERCIA, formerly known as LOST IN TWILIGHT, have inked a deal with Hammerheart Records. Described as a cross between SENTENCED, H.I.M. and NIGHTWISH, DIVERCIA issued an EP called Planeteer under their previous name and are currently working on their debut full-length CD, to be issued in July. ...

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THE CROWN Confirmed For TUSKA OPEN AIR METAL FESTIVAL

Sweden's THE CROWN, featuring former AT THE GATES frontman Tomas Lindberg, will have been confirmed for the Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, which is scheduled to take place on July 12-14 in Helsinki, Finland. Other acts set to appear at the event include MACHINE HEAD, NIGHTWISH and SONATA ARCTICA, among others. ...

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NIGHTWISH, BLACKMORE'S NIGHT, RHAPSODY Singers Guest On Argentine Guitarist's CD

NIGHTWISH vocalist Tarja Turunen, BLACKMORE'S NIGHT frontwoman Candice Night, EDENBRIDGE singer Sabine Edelsbache, and RHAPSODY/VISION DIVINE/ATHENA vocalist Fabio Lione are among the featured guests on Infinity, the brand new studio effort from Argentine guitarist BETO VASQUES. The albummore information on which can be obtained from VASQUES' official web site at this locationis due ...

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FOR MY PAIN: A New Finnish "Supergroup"

FOR MY PAIN is the name of a brand new Finnish "goth metal act who feature several well-known musicians from the local metal scene. The group's current line-up stands as follows: Tuomas Holopainen (NIGHTWISH) - keyboards Altti Vetelinen (ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW) - bass Lauri Tuohimaa (EMBRAZE) - guitar Olli-Pekka Trr (ex-ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW) ...

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TUSKA OPEN AIR METAL Festival: First Acts Announced

MACHINE HEAD, NIGHTWISH and SONATA ARCTICA are three of the acts that have been confirmed for the Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, which is scheduled to take place on July 12-14 in Helsinki, Finland. In its fifth installment, Tuska Open Air Metal Festival is expected to draw in excess of 10,000 attendees over a three-day ...

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HALFORD Confirmed For BANG YOUR HEAD

HALFORD is the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's Bang Your Head festival, which is scheduled to take place in Balingen, Germany on June 28th and 29th. The full list of artists currently scheduled to appear at the event is as follows: BRUCE DICKINSON CANDLEMASS HALFORD SLAYER GAMMA RAY IRON SAVIOR JAG ...

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NIGHTWISH Finalize Title, Artwork For Upcoming CD

Finland's NIGHTWISH have set Century Child as the title to their upcoming album, which is tentatively due to be released on May 27th through Spinefarm Records. The follow-up to 2000's Wishmaster was recorded at Finnvox and Kitee Huvikeskus studios and will include 11 original songs, among them the following: 01. End Of All Hope 02. ...

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IRON MAIDEN Frontman Confirmed For BANG YOUR HEAD Festival!

IRON MAIDEN frontman BRUCE DICKINSON will reportedly appear as a “special guest” at the upcoming Bang Your Head festival, which is scheduled to take place in Balingen, Germany on June 28th and 29th. The full list of artists currently scheduled to appear at the event is as follows: BRUCE DICKINSON CANDLEMASS GAMMA RAY IRON SAVIOR ...

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SLAYER Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

SLAYER have been confirmed as one of the co-headliners at this year's Bang Your Head festival, which is scheduled to take place in Balingen, Germany on June 28th and 29th. Two more co-headlining acts have yet to be confirmed for the event, which will be preceded by a “warm-up” show at Rockdisco WOM in Balingen ...

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NO RETURN Ink Deal With Nuclear Blast, Confirm Summer Breeze Appearance

French thrashers NO RETURN and Paris-based Kodiak Records have struck a licensing deal with Germany's Nuclear Blast Records for the international release of the group's recently-completed fifth full-length CD, entitled Machinery. Recorded at Belgium's CCR Studio and mixed at Paris' Funmasters facility, the follow-up to 2000's Self Mutilation is scheduled for a March 5th French ...

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Summer Breeze 2002 Festival Takes Shape

According to www.wallsoffire.de, the following artists have been confirmed to appear at the Summer Breeze Open Air 2002 festival, which is scheduled to take place on August 22-24 in Abtsgmünd, Germany: DIMMU BORGIR TIAMAT NIGHTWISH EDGUY HYPOCRISY SENTENCED AXXIS VADER BRAINSTORM AMON AMARTH PAIN EMIL BULLS DARE ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW AGATHODAIMON MYSTIC ...

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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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Be My God - LULLACRY

Like its Scandinavian neighbors Sweden, Finland has been producing an disproportionately large number of quality metal acts over the years, with many of the country's finest exports, such as H.I.M., SENTENCED, STRATOVARIUS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, and NIGHTWISH, receiving almost as much—and in some instances, even more—recognition outside of the Finnish borders as they have ...

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Archive News Nov 26, 2001

SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser will be joining former IRON MAIDEN vocalist Paul Di'Anno on stage as a very special guest at the latter's headlining appearance at the Manifesto Bar in Sao Paulo, Brazil on December 11th. Kisser will reportedly perform with Di'Anno at the first show of the singer's three-night stint ...

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Archive News Nov 20, 2001

After a prolonged self-imposed absence, PRONG mastermind Tommy Victor is getting things back in gear with an eye toward releasing a new album in 2002. Currently based in Los Angeles, Victor has been quietly working on new demos over the past few months with the help of several musicians, including DIESEL ...

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Archive News Oct 22, 2001 - update 2

Hate Breeds Suffering, the long-awaited second album from LOCKUP, featuring NAPALM DEATH bassist Shane Embury, DIMMU BORGIR drummer Nick Barker, NAPALM DEATH guitarist Jesse Pintado, and THE CROWN/ex-AT THE GATES vocalist Tomas Lindberg, will be released early in 2002 through Nuclear Blast Records. Described as “high-precision black grind”, the album was produced by Russ ...

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Archive News Aug 30, 2001

According to early reports from national retail accounts, SLIPKNOT's Iowa opus will have shifted between 350,000 and 400,000 copies during its first week of release, virtually ensuring it the #1 slot on the Billboard Pop Album chart when the final numbers are released in the middle of next week. Meanwhile, Iowa's closest competitor, MARY ...

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Archive News Aug 29, 2001

The full track listing for ROB ZOMBIE's upcoming The Sinister Urge CD has been announced. The song titles are as follows:

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01. Sinners Inc.

02. Demon Speeding

03. Dead Girl Superstar (feat. Kerry King)

04. Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy)

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Archive News Aug 23, 2001

The revamped SKID ROW, featuring new vocalist Johnny Solinger (formerly of SOLINGER), have nearly completed work on their upcoming CD, tentatively titled Thick Is The Skin, which is due to be released through an as-yet-undetermined label later in the year. Apparently, several songs have yet to be mixed and other packaging-related issues have to ...

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Archive News Aug 16, 2001

Ex-VOIVOD bassist/vocalist Eric Forrest has denied that he is personally suing his former band for expenses incurred in relation to the near-fatal road accident in Germany in August 1998 that resulted in Forrest being thrown out of the band's van (who were on tour at the time) and suffering broken bones and internal damage. ...

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Archive News Aug 09, 2001

According to the UK web site of Roadrunner Records, the European release date of the forthcoming MACHINE HEAD CD, entitled Supercharger, has been set for Monday October 1st. The US release will presumably follow on Tuesday, October 2nd (as is customary with most of the label's high-profile releases), although this has yet to be ...

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Archive News Aug 06, 2001 - update 2

Australia's ALCHEMIST have signed a three-album recording deal with Relapse Records for the whole world except Australia, where they will remain with Chatterbox Records. As part of the deal, Relapse will issue the band's Organasm CD worldwide in October. The band is currently writing new material for a new studio album, which is due ...

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Archive News Jul 18, 2001

Several unconfirmed dates for the upcoming Doomsday In The USA tour—featuring POWERMAN 5000 and SALIVA, plus a rotating opening slot that will include MACHINE HEAD, STEREOMUD and HALFCOCKED—have been leaked. The unconfirmed dates are as follows:

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Sept. 10 - Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room

Sept. 11 - ...

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