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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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DARK FUNERAL: Live Album Details Revealed

DARK FUNERAL guitarist Lord Ahriman has posted the following update on the band's official web site: "It has been quite some time since DARK FUNERAL has released any official news. We might have been quiet but we sure haven't been inactive! After a successful gig at the Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany the first ...

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JAG PANZER Announce Exclusive German Gig

Colorado power metallers JAG PANZER have confirmed a one-off German show on Friday, September 26 at JZ Köln Porz (Glashütte) in Köln. Support at the gig will come from DOOMSWORD, BATTLE RAM, SAVALLION DAWN and BOOMERANG. JAG PANZER will release a new album, titled "Decade of the Nail-Spiked Bat", in Europe on November 17 through ...

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CRISS OLIVA MEMORIAL CONCERT Venue Change

Due to the large number of pre show ticket sales, the venue for the Criss Oliva 10th Anniversary Memorial Concert has been changed. The Memorial Concert will now be held on Friday, October 17, 2003 at The Masquerade located in the historic Ybor City district of Tampa, Florida. Doors will open at 7:00 pm. Details ...

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GREAT WHITE Concert In Massachusetts Called Off

GREAT WHITE's previously announced concert at Club Odyssey in Weymouth, Massachusetts was cancelled yesterday after complaints from people who thought the Massachusetts venue was too close to the scene of the Feb. 20 tragedy, according to the Providence Journal. "We did get official word that it was actually cancelled," Shelby Tillett, assistant to Weymouth Mayor ...

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STRATOVARIUS: New Song Posted Online

A brand new STRATOVARIUS track, titled "I Walk To My Own Song", has been posted online in MP3 format at this location (file size: 3.6 MB). "I Walk To My Own Song" comes off the Finnish neo-classical metallers' forthcoming CD, "Elements Part 2", due on October 27 through Nuclear Blast Records. The album, ...

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THE 69 EYES: 'Best Of' CD, DVD Details Revealed

Finnish goth-metallers THE 69 EYES will release a new "best of" CD and their first-ever DVD on September 26 through Gaga Goodies/Poko Rekords/EMI. "Framed In Blood - The Very Blessed Of The 69 Eyes" is a compilation CD featuring THE 69 EYES' "goth 'n' roll classics," while the "Helsinki Vampires" DVD will include a live ...

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DENATA To Release Third Album Next Week

Swedish thrashers DENATA will release their third album, "Art Of The Insane", on August 26 Arctic Music Group. The follow-up to last year's "Deathtrain" will include the following cuts: 01. Marionettes Of Death 02. Insomnia 03. Prophecies 04. Whitechapel's Murder 05. Art Of The Insane 06. Satanic Thrash Hell 07. A World Of Lies 08. ...

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STRATOVARIUS Singer To Begin Recording New Solo Album

STRATOVARIUS vocalist Timo Kotipelto has completed the songwriting process for his second solo album with only "some lyrics [left] to be written," according to a post on his web site. Timo will enter the studio in September to begin recording the as-yet-untitled follow-up to last year's "Waiting For The Dawn" album (issued under the KOTIPELTO ...

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GENE SIMMONS Explains KISS' Longevity

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons recently told The Toronto Sun that the secret to the band's longevity lies in defining themselves as a flashy band that plays non-flashy music, rather than the other way around. "When you think about it, we make no sense, because we're completely against fashion," he said. "Look at us — we ...

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THROES OF DAWN To Begin Recording Fourth Album

Finland's THROES OF DAWN are set to enter Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki on August 17 for five days to record the drums and bass for their fourth full-length album. According to the band's official web site, "10 new brilliant songs will be recorded in three parts," with guitars and synths scheduled to be tracked ...

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SAVATAGE Members To Perform Together For First Time In Eight Years

For the first time in eight years, bassist Johnny Lee Middleton and drummer Steve "Doc" Wacholz will join vocalist Jon Oliva and guitarist Chris Caffery on stage for the Criss Oliva 10th Anniversary Memorial Concert to remember and celebrate the life and contributions of Jon's brother, late SAVATAGE guitarist Christopher Michael Oliva. The concert will ...

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DEATHWITCH To Release 'Violence Blasphemy Sodomy' Later This Year

Swedish "raw, bestial death metallers" DEATHWITCH have inked a deal with Earache Records imprint Wicked World. The group's new album, "Violence Blasphemy Sodomy", was recorded at Fuck Recording and Magick Sound Studio with the lineup of Terror (vocals, guitar and bass), Slade Doom (guitar) and Morbid Juttu (drums). An official release date will be announced ...

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'Wacken Metal Overdrive' To Be Released On DVD

On July 28, SPV/Steamhammer will be releasing a special DVD, entitled "Wacken Metal Overdrive", featuring interviews and live footage of various artists performing at the annual Wacken Open Air Festival, widely considered to be the biggest and best "pure metal" festival in the world. The complete track listing for "Wacken Metal Overdrive" (view cover

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