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TESTAMENT Manager Attempts To 'Shed Light' On METAL GODS TOUR Cancellation

TESTAMENT manager Phil Arnold of Thrill Entertainment has issued a rambling statement in response to fan speculation over the cause of the cancellation of the band's The 2003 Metal Gods North American Tour. As previously reported, the multi-band package trek featuring HALFORD, co-headliners TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, CARNAL FORGE, PRIMAL FEAR, PAINMUSEUM, and AMON AMARTH was called ...

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OMEN Sign Record Deals For Europe, North America

Classic U.S. metallers OMEN have signed recording agreements for the European and North American territories with Mausoleum Records and Crash Music Inc., respectively. The group's recently completed new album, titled "Eternal Black Dawn", is expected in the fall. As previously reported, the follow-up to "Reopening The Gates" sees a triumphant return to the classic OMEN ...

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WOLVERINE To Remix Sophomore CD

Sweden's WOLVERINE have decided to remix their second full-length album, "Cold Light Of Monday", tentatively due later in the year through Elitist Records. "It's with mixed feelings we have decided to remix the entire upcoming album, 'Cold Light Of Monday'," reads a message from the band on their official web site. "In a way it's ...

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OMEN Confirmed For Germany's KEEP IT TRUE Festival

Classic U.S. metallers OMEN are the latest act to have been confirmed for Keep It True festival, set to be held on July 19 in Gerlachsheim, Germany. Organized by Oliver Weinsheimer from German magazine Heavy Oder Was?! and MAJESTY singer Tarek Maghary, the self-dubbed "underground metal" festival will feature performances from the following acts, among ...

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WOLVERINE Complete Work On 'Cold Light Of Monday'

Sweden's WOLVERINE have completed work on their second full-length album, "Cold Light Of Monday", tentatively due in June through Elitist Records. According to an official press release, "the album explores WOLVERINE's darker side, packed with high-quality, brooding classics tempered with the exquisite technical bravado that you'd readily expect." The full track listing for "Cold Light ...

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U.D.O.'s DVD To Include Bonus Live CD

U.D.O.'s forthcoming DVD will come in a special package containing a bonus live CD. "When the 'Live From Russia' [live album] was released, a lot of people were asking for the ACCEPT classics on it, but our concept for that album was to record only U.D.O. classics, and those songs that ACCEPT never released live," ...

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STAR ONE: 'Live On Earth' Track Listing Announced

STAR ONE, the project led by AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE), will issue a live CD and DVD recorded during the band's recent Intergalactic Space Crusaders European tour. In addition to Lucassen, the group's touring lineup included drummer Ed Warby (AYREON, STAR ONE, GOREFEST), bassist Peter Vink (AYREON, FINCH, Q65), keyboardist Joost van den ...

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THE CROWN Set Tentative Track Listing For New CD

Swedish thrashers THE CROWN, recently rejoined by original vocalist Johan Lindstrand, have set the tentative track listing for their forthcoming album, tentatively due in early September through Metal Blade Records. The as-yet-untitled follow-up to last year's "Crowned In Terror", which will be recorded and mixed at Gotheburg's Studio Fredman between May 5 and June 15, ...

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STABBING WESTWARD: 'The Essential' Track Listing Unveiled

The complete track listing for the upcoming STABBING WESTWARD CD collection, titled "The Essential Stabbing Westward (Remastered)" , has been released. The album is due on April 1 through Sony/Columbia Records. "The Essential Stabbing Westward (Remastered)" will contain the following cuts: 01. Lost 02. Control 03. Nothing 04. Lies 05. What Do I Have To ...

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BLOODFLOWERZ Begin Work On '7 Benedictions / 7 Maledictions'

German female-fronted dark/goth metal act BLOODFLOWERZ have entered Woodhouse Studio in Hagen, Germany with producers Siggi Bemm and Dan Diamond (JOACHIM WITT, PHILIP BOA, THE GATHERING, THERION) to record their sophomore effort, "7 Benedictions / 7 Maledictions". The CD, a concept album about the seven sins and the seven virtues, is slated for release on ...

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COURTNEY LOVE Arrested At London Airport

Former HOLE singer Courtney Love was arrested today (Feb. 4) at Heathrow Airport in London after being "verbally abusive" to cabin crew. She was held as she landed on a transatlantic flight from Los Angeles, Virgin Atlantic said. She had been travelling in Virgin's Upper Class cabin when she allegedly became disruptive and the captain ...

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THE CROWN Book Studio Time For Next Album

Swedish thrashers THE CROWN, recently rejoined by original vocalist Johan Lindstrand, have booked studio time at Gotheburg's Studio Fredman for the recording and mixing of their forthcoming album, tentatively due in early September through Metal Blade Records. The band — whose last album, 2002's "Crowned In Terror", featured the services of former AT THE GATES ...

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MEDICATION: European Tour Cancelled!

The previously-announced European tour featuring MEDICATION and Locomotive Music labelmates BEFORE THE DAWN, which was scheduled to kick off on Feb. 12 in Essen, Germany, has been cancelled. No reason was given for the cancellation. MEDICATION feature in their ranks ex-UGLY KID JOE/LIFE OF AGONY frontman Whitfield Crane and ex-MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader. ...

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BEFORE THE DAWN To Support MEDICATION In Europe

Finland's BEFORE THE DAWN will be the support act on the upcoming European tour by Locomotive Music labelmates MEDICATION (featuring ex-UGLY KID JOE/LIFE OF AGONY frontman Whitfield Crane and ex-MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader). The group's debut album, "My Darkness", will be released in January. Confirmed dates are as follows: Feb. 12 - Essen, GER ...

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THE CROWN: Heading For The Ultimate!

Swedish thrashers THE CROWN, recently rejoined by original vocalist Johan Lindstrand, are in the process of writing material for their next studio album, tentatively due in the summer. "This time we are heading for the ultimate and so far it sounds very promising," bassist Magnus Olsfelt stated. "The new material is pretty diverse but in ...

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MANOWAR Re-Enter German Album Chart

Due to the huge success of the group's recent European tour and their many TV appearances, MANOWAR's latest album, "Warriors Of The World" has re-entered the German sales chart at No. 66. Meanwhile, the group's current single, "The Dawn Of Battle", has climbed nine positions to No. 50 on the Singles Chart. ...

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BILLY MILANO: 'Fuck Iraq, Let's Take The Oil!!'

Unlike SYSTEM OF A DOWN's Serj Tankian, former S.O.D. and current M.O.D. frontman Billy Milano appears to be in favor of the U.S. going to war with Iraq. The following is Milano's "open letter" to Tankian, written in response to the S.O.A.D. singer's growing criticism of President Bush's policies in the Middle East: "Hey Serj, ...

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DAWN OF RELIC To Release 'Lovecraftian Dark' In January

Finland's DAWN OF RELIC have set Jan. 20, 2003 as the release date through Season of Mist Records for their new album, "Lovecraftian Dark". The CD, which was recorded at Tico-Tico studios and mastered at Finnvox, will include special guest appearances by Alexi Ranta (THE BLACK LEAGUE), Mikko Hyttinen (R.M.S.), Jarno Juntunen (IGNIS FATUUS), and ...

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OMEN Complete Work On 'Eternal Black Dawn'

Classic U.S. metallers OMEN have completed work on their eagerly-anticipated follow-up to "Reopening The Gates", entitled "Eternal Black Dawn", for an early 2003 release through an as-yet-undetermined label. The group's first CD with new vocalist Kevin Goocher, "Eternal Black Dawn" is being described as "a triumphant return to the classic OMEN sound heard on such ...

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DAWN PATROL, WYTCHCRAFT Confirmed For Pre-DOOM SHALL RISE Concert

DAWN PATROL, WYTCHCRAFT and an as-yet-undetermined third act will perform at a special concert on Jan. 31, 2003 at Talentschuppen in Steinfurt-Burgsteinfurt, Germany. The show, which is being staged by Unstoppable Force Concerts, will serve as a warm-up gig for Doom Shall Rise — the first-ever European two-day doom metal festival — which is set ...

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MANOWAR: New Single Debuts At German #44!

The third and current single from MANOWAR's "Warriors Of The World" CD, "The Dawn Of Battle/I Believe" has entered the German single charts at position #44. The video for "I Believe" was shot on 35 mm in the Czech Republic with the support of thousands of fans at one of the first shows of the ...

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ABIGOR Drummer Gets Signature Stick!

Drummer Moritz Neuner (ABIGOR, KOROVAKILL, DORNENREICH, DARKWELL) has been given his own signature drumstick by the Swiss company Agner. In other news, Neuner recently laid down the drums on the forthcoming album from long-running symphonic black metallers GOLDEN DAWN, who were reportedly "discovered" in the mid-'90s by Martin Schirenc of PUNGENT STENCH/HOLLENTHON fame. Titled "Masquerade", ...

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DIMENSION F3H To Release 'Reaping The World Winds' In March

Norway's DIMENSION F3H, featuring LIMBONIC ART whiz kid Morfeus, have completed work on their debut album, "Reaping The World Winds", for a Mar. 18 release through Hammerheart Records. The CD was produced by Morfeus and mixed at Sweden's renowned Fredman Studio (IN FLAMES, DARK TRANQUILITY, DIMMU BORGIR). "DIMENSION F3H is a great opportunity for me ...

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KAMELOT: 'Epica' Release Date, Track Listing Unveiled

Florida melodic metallers KAMELOT have set Jan. 13, 2003 as the release date through Sanctuary/Noise Records of their much-anticipated new offering, "Epica". The complete track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Prologue 02. Center of the Universe 03. Farewell 04. Interlude I (Opiate Soul) 05. The Edge of Paradise 06. Wander 07. Interlude ...

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