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Former STRATOVARIUS Singer Names Solo Album

Former STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto has set "Coldness" as the title of his second solo album, due this spring through Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Waiting For The Dawn" (which was issued under the KOTIPELTO banner) reportedly features "more or less the same" recording lineup as that on the debut, which included contributions ...

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THROES OF DAWN Name New Album

Finland's THROES OF DAWN have set "Quicksilver Clouds" as the title of their fourth full-length album, tentatively due in the spring through Avantgarde/Wounded Love Records. The follow-up to 2000's "Binding of the Spirit" was recorded and mixed in three separate sessions between August and November at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki. THROES OF DAWN recently ...

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SLAYER Schedule 'Monster Garage' Appearance

According to drummer Dave Lombardo's official web site, SLAYER will be performing on the TV show "Monster Garage" on Friday, April 19 at midnight (PST) on the Discovery Channel. Dave will also be performing drums for the soundtrack to the upcoming remake of the classic horror flick "Dawn of the Dead". FANTOMAS, Lombardo's ...

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FORCE OF EVIL Debut To Receive U.S. Release

FORCE OF EVIL, the new Danish all-star band featuring guitarist Michael Denner (ex-MERCYFUL FATE), guitarist Hank Shermann (MERCYFUL FATE), bassist Hal Patino (KING DIAMOND), drummer Bjarne Holm (MERCYFUL FATE), and vocalist Martin Steene (IRONFIRE), will release their debut album on January 26 through Escapi Music in coordination with Navarre Distribution. "Compared to my previous projects, ...

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SOLITUDE AETURNUS Confirmed For CLASSIC METAL FEST 4

Long-running Arlington, Texas-based doom metallers SOLITUDE AETURNUS have been confirmed for the Classic Metal Fest 4, set to be held May 13-15 at JJ Kelley's in Bernice Lansing, Illinois. The following is a list of the artists currently scheduled to appear at the event: SOLITUDE AETURNUS HIRAX RAFF DECEASED ATTACKER WRETCH IMPALER DESTRUCTOR PREMONITION TYRANT'S ...

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ATTACKER Confirmed For Germany's KEEP IT TRUE II Festival

Reunited New Jersey metal legends ATTACKER have been confirmed for this year's Keep It True II festival, set to be held on April 10 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany. The complete list of bands scheduled to appear at the event is as follows: MANILLA ROAD HALLOWEEN BLITZKRIEG CLOVEN HOOF ATTACKER WIZARD ELIXIR MAJESTY DARK QUARTERER ...

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DARK FUNERAL Name Live Album

Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL have set "De Profundis Clamavi Ad Te Domine" as the title of their upcoming live album, due on March 29 through Regain Records. The CD, which was recorded on the band's 2003 South American tour, will contain the following track listing: 01. Intro 02. The Arrival Of Satan's Empire 03. ...

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Former STRATOVARIUS Singer Completes Work On New Solo Album, Comments On Departure

Former STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto has completed work on his second solo album, tentatively due in the spring through Century Media Records. The as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2002's "Waiting For The Dawn" (issued under the KOTIPELTO banner) reportedly features "more or less the same" recording lineup as that on the debut, which featured contributions from Mike ...

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Holland's NEW AEON MEDIA: Supporting The Heavy Metal Underground

Holland's Karmageddon Media has launched a brand-new sub-division label, dubbed New Aeon Media, as a way to "support the [heavy metal] underground," according to an official press release. The first three signings to the label are FINAL DAWN from Finland (described as a "mix of ROTTING CHRIST, SENTENCED and older MEGADETH"), RIBSPREADER ("unbelievable old-school Swedish ...

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DEATH BY DAWN: More Live Dates Announced

DEATH BY DAWN, the German death metal band featuring former PESTILENCE/ASPHYX/BOLT THROWER frontman Martin Van Drunen, have lined up the following dates: Jan. 24 – Nordhoff –Neuenkirchen, GER May 14 – Talentschuppen – Steinfurt, GER (w/ CONTRADICTION) As previously reported, a recently recorded DEATH BY DAWN demo track, entitled "Legal Usury", has been posted online ...

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KATATONIA Welcome Addition To Family

BLABBERMOUTH.NET would like to congratulate KATATONIA guitarist Fredrik Norrman and girlfriend Hilma on the birth of their first child, a daughter, Saturday morning (December 27). As previously reported, KATATONIA are currently editing their first DVD, due sometime next year. A Polish Cracow gig from April 2003 will be the main attraction of the disc, but ...

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KATATONIA/AMARAN: Finnish Tour Dates Announced

Sweden's KATATONIA will be embarking on a Scandinavian tour with AMARAN beginning in early February. So far the following dates have been confirmed: Feb. 05 - Lutakko - Jyväskylä, FIN Feb. 06 - Loop - Oulu, FIN Feb. 07 - Tavastia - Helsinki, FIN Support at the above shows will come from BEFORE THE DAWN. ...

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CROWBAR Complete New CD, Seek Record Deal

CROWBAR guitarist/vocalist Kirk Windstein has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Hey ya'll, Kirk here again. We just want to let ya'll know that things are moving along well, albeit, rather slowly with the new CROWBAR deal. We want to take our time and get the best deal for this new ...

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TIMO KOTIPELTO Comments On STRATOVARIUS Departure

Former STRATOVARIUS vocalist Timo Kotipelto has posted the following message on his web site regarding his departure from the group: "Maybe you have seen in it on the STRATOVARIUS homepage (or read it somewhere else), that [drummer] Jörg [Michael] and I are no longer members of the band. That is unfortunately true. "I ...

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DARK FUNERAL Sign With REGAIN, Live Album Due In March

Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL have signed with Regain Records following their split with MNW/No Fashion Records earlier in the year. The group's first release for Regain will be their as-yet-untitled live album recorded on their recent South American tour, due on March 29. The complete track listing for the album is as follows: 01. ...

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OMEN To Support HELLOWEEN In Texas

Classic metallers OMEN have been confirmed to support HELLOWEEN at three Texas dates in January. In addition, the band will perform a special CD-release show in December. Upcoming OMEN dates: Dec. 12 - The Indigo - Dallas, TX Jan. 22 - The Engine Room - Houston, TX (w/ HELLOWEEN) Jan. 23 - White Rabbit - ...

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TIAGA: More Music Posted Online

TIAGA, the new Finnish goth-metal band featuring ex-TO/DIE/FOR singer Jape Perätalo, ex-TO/DIE/FOR guitarist Juppe "J.P." Sutela, ex-NEW DAWN FOUNDATION drummer/ex-TO/DIE/FOR drum tech Santtu Lonka, current TO/DIE/FOR guitarist Mika "Alli" Ahtiainen, and ex-H.I.M./NEW DAWN FOUNDATION keyboardist Juska Salminen, have now posted their entire three-song demo online in MP3 format. The tracks available for download are as ...

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TIAGA: Former TO/DIE/FOR Singer Launches New Band

TIAGA, the new Finnish goth-metal band featuring ex-TO/DIE/FOR singer Jape Perätalo, ex-TO/DIE/FOR guitarist Juppe "J.P." Sutela, ex-NEW DAWN FOUNDATION drummer/ex-TO/DIE/FOR drum tech Santtu Lonka, current TO/DIE/FOR guitarist Mika "Alli" Ahtiainen, and ex-H.I.M./NEW DAWN FOUNDATION keyboardist Juska Salminen, have completed work on a three-song demo containing the tracks "Forever Autumn", "World Is Made For Me" and ...

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TO/DIE/FOR To Play First Gig With Session Vocalist

Finnish goth-metallers TO/DIE/FOR will play at the Riviera club in Kouvola (Finland) on Wednesday, November 26. The concert will mark the group's first live performance with session vocalist Juha Kylmänen (FOR MY PAIN, REFLEXION), following the departure of Jape Perätalo in August. Support at the gig will come from ACCESS BEYOND. A Mexican tour will ...

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FEAR FACTORY: The Future Is Now

FEAR FACTORY frontman Burton C. Bell has posted the following message on the band's newly re-launched official web site: "The past has been nothing more than a template, a blueprint for what the future holds in store for us. The evidence is apparent, archived for all to see, hear, and comprehend. Nothing has ...

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IN BATTLE Ink New Deal, Prepare To Record

Sundsvall, Sweden-based death metallers IN BATTLE have signed a deal with Cold/Metal Blade Records, according to a post on the group's official web site. The band's forthcoming album will be recorded in March/April 2004 at Mana studio in Florida with producer Erik Rutan (HATE ETERNAL/ex-MORBID ANGEL). A summer 2004 release is expected. IN BATTLE's recently ...

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WIZARD Replace PARADOX At Germany's KEEP IT TRUE II Festival

German metallers WIZARD have replaced PARADOX on the bill for the Keep It True II festival, which is set to be held on April 10, 2004 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany. In addition, Italian epic metallers BATTLE RAM have been added to the warm-up show, "The Dawn Of Battle", which will be held at Alibi ...

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DAWN: Early Albums To Be Reissued

Swedish black metallers DAWN, featuring ex-members of AFFLICTED, DARK FUNERAL and CRANIUM, will re-release their old albums on a double CD with extra material on December 8. The album will be made available on Necropolis Records in the U.S. and will be distributed by Century Media Records in Europe. The band are still working on ...

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SLAYER: 'Soundtrack To The Apocalypse' Track Listing Revealed!

SLAYER have announced the complete track listing for their long-awaited "Soundtrack To The Apocalypse" box set, due on November 25 through American Recordings/Ume. "Soundtrack To The Apocalypse" includes tracks spanning every SLAYER album since 1986, soundtrack cuts, Japan-only tracks, more than a dozen rarities, and a DVD of live performances spanning 20 years, all digitally ...

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Former PESTILENCE Singer To Record With Germany's DEATH BY DAWN

Former PESTILENCE/ASPHYX/BOLT THROWER frontman Martin Van Drunen will be appearing on the new CD from German death metallers DEATH BY DAWN. The singer, who played two shows with the group in early October (in Germany and Italy), will continue to make music and perform live with the band during the coming months. For more information ...

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TO/DIE/FOR: Mexican Tour Postponed, Former Singer Launches New Band

TO/DIE/FOR's Mexican tour, which was originally scheduled to take place in late October/early November has been postponed until late February (Feb. 19-29). No reason was given for the postponement. As previously reported, the Finnish goth-metallers will be utilizing the services of FOR MY PAIN/REFLEXION singer Juha Kylmänen during the trek, following the departure of Jape ...

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CROWBAR Change Album Title, Set Tentative Track Listing

New Orleans-based sludge-meisters CROWBAR have changed the working title of their forthcoming CD to "Life's Blood For The Downtrodden" from the previously announced "You Don't Need An Enemy To Have A War". The follow-up to 2001's "Sonic Excess In Its Purest Form" was recorded in Louisiana with producers Warren Riker (DOWN) and Rex Brown (PANTERA, ...

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