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FREEDOM CALL Set Working Title For New Album

German power metallers FREEDOM CALL, who feature in their ranks GAMMA RAY drummer Daniel Zimmermann, have set "Circle of Life" as the working title of their new album, tentatively due in January/February 2005 through SPV Records. "Drum recordings took place in Kai Hansen ‘s [GAMMA RAY] studio in Hamburg, all other recordings will be made ...

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HAMMERFALL Guitarist To Perform With Heavy Metal Tribute Band

METAL MONARCHS, the heavy metal tribute band based around HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak, will make a live appearance on Saturday (August 28) at the season-ending party at the Metallterrassen club in Gothenburg, Sweden. A number of local metal musicians will be DJing at this special event. As previously reported, HAMMERFALL will enter Lundgaard Studios in ...

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KORN: 'Greatest Hits' Release Date Pushed Ahead

The release date for KORN's forthcoming "best of" collection, "Greatest Hits Vol. 1" (Immortal/Epic), has been pushed ahead two weeks to October 5. In addition to such KORN favorites as "A.D.I.D.A.S.", "Falling Away From Me" and "Here To Stay", the 19-track disc will include covers of CAMEO's 1986 top 10 hit "Word Up" and PINK ...

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HAMMERFALL To Enter Studio In September

Swedish power metallers HAMMERFALL will enter a Danish studio with producer Charlie Bauernfeind (BLIND GUARDIAN, GAMMA RAY, RAGE) in September to begin recording their new album, tentatively due on March 7, 2005 through Nuclear Blast Records. A single will precede the album release in January. Songtitles set to appear on the follow-up to 2002's "Crimson ...

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W.A.S.P. Tribute Album Due Next Year

GODDESS OF DESIRE, IMPALER and DRACENA are among the bands scheduled to appear on a W.A.S.P. tribute album, "Shock Rock Hellions - A Tribute to W.A.S.P.", tentatively due next year through Denmark's Valhalla Records. Songs currently set to appear on the compilation include the following: 01. DRACENA (SWE) – "Animal (I Fuck Like a Beast)" ...

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FREEDOM CALL Begin Recording New Album

German power metallers FREEDOM CALL, who feature in their ranks GAMMA RAY drummer Dan Zimmermann, have commenced the recording process for their new album, tentatively due in early 2005 through SPV Records. No further details are available at this time. FREEDOM CALL issued a live album, entitled "Live Invasion", in May through SPV. The disc, ...

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ZEKE To Tour With MOTÖRHEAD

ZEKE have announced a U.S. tour in support of their latest album, "'Til the Livin' End". The band will team up with MOTÖRHEAD for a string of dates that kick off on September 10 in Hollywood, CA. The tour is expected to conclude on October 8 in New York City, with additional dates pending. On ...

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BLIND MELON Fans Organize Second Annual VIGILSTOCK

Fans of late BLIND MELON singer Shannon Hoon will gather for a Shannon Hoon Vigil on Saturday, September 25 at the Dayton/Fairfield Cemetary in Dayton, IN. The purpose of the Vigil, which is held annually on the first Saturday closest to Shannon's birthday (September 26), is to allow family, friends, and fans from all over ...

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KORN: 'Greatest Hits' Track Listing Revealed

KORN have revealed the track listing for their forthcoming "best of" collection, "Greatest Hits Vol. 1", due October 19 via Immortal/Epic. In addition to such KORN favorites as "A.D.I.D.A.S.", "Falling Away From Me" and "Here To Stay", the 19-track disc will include covers of CAMEO's 1986 top 10 hit "Word Up" and PINK FLOYD's "Another ...

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ROTTING CHRIST Finalize Track Listing For 'Sanctus Diavolos'

Greece's ROTTING CHRIST have finalized the track listing for their new album, "Sanctus Diavolos", due on September 20 through Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Genesis" was produced by ROTTING CHRIST guitarist/vocalist Sakis Tolis at SCA Studios in Athens and was mixed by Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden. "Sanctus Diavolos" track ...

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BLACK MAJESTY: New Album To Be Produced By IRON SAVIOR Frontman

Australian power metallers BLACK MAJESTY will begin recording their second album in November with acclaimed producer (and IRON SAVIOR guitarist) Pete Sielck (GAMMA RAY, BLIND GUARDIAN, GRAVE DIGGER and SAXON) at Sielck's Powerhouse Studios in Germany. BLACK MAJESTY have spent the last six months in pre-production for the follow-up to 2002's "Sands of Time", aiming ...

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FATES WARNING: 'FWX' Cover Art Posted Online

The cover artwork for the upcoming FATES WARNING CD, "FWX", has been posted online at this location. The CD cover art was designed by renowned record-cover artist Ioannis (DREAM THEATER, SEPULTURA, DEEP PURPLE, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, KING CRIMSON, BIOHAZARD, VOIVOD, UFO, OVERKILL), who has previously worked with FATES WARNING on the ...

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ICED EARTH: 'The Blessed And The Damned' Collection Due In August

Century Media Records has set an August 10 North American release date for the upcoming ICED EARTH "greatest hits" collection, entitled "The Blessed And The Damned". This double CD compilation contains 23 tracks featuring over two hours of remastered material spanning the band's Century Media career. Russian fantasy artist Leo Hao (BLIND GUARDIAN, ICED EARTH) ...

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ANGRA Announce New Album Title

Brazil's ANGRA have set "Temple of Shadows" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in September through SPV Records (NTS Records in France). The follow-up to 2001's "Rebirth" was recorded almost entirely in the group's home country, with only some of the vocals and the keyboards having been recorded in Germany, where the ...

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AT THE GATES Launch New Web Site

Long-defunct Swedish thrashers AT THE GATES have launched a new official web site at this location. Included on the site are a bunch of rare photos, recordings and other memorabilia. One of the more melodic death metal bands to expand beyond Sweden and spread their sound across the world alongside peers such as ...

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VELVET REVOLVER's SLASH Recalls Days Of Road Excess

VELVET REVOLVER guitarist Slash has told the U.K.'s Guardian that in the decade since he left GUNS N' ROSES, he has become an enthusiastic husband and father, having just flown in from L.A., where his wife had given birth to their second child. "I woke up the other day in my hotel room and I ...

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METALLICA's LARS ULRICH: 'I Feel Sad For DAVE MUSTAINE'

METALLICA's James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich recently spoke to the San Francisco Bay Guardian about the making of their $4.3-million documentary "Some Kind of Monster". Several excerpts from the interview follow: On the sequence when former METALLICA guitarist Dave Mustaine joins Ulrich for a one-on-one therapy session: James Hetfield: "When I saw that footage, I ...

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MEGADETH: Complete Reissue Details Revealed

www.cdon.com has posted what appears to be the complete track listing for the upcoming MEGADETH reissues, due on July 27 through Capitol Records. A total of seven albums from the group's back catalogue as well as the MD45 record re-sung by MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine have been remixed and remastered and will feature ...

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STRATOVARIUS Tribute Album Due In November

KALEDON, DARK HORIZON and HIGHLORD are among the band confirmed to appear on an upcoming tribute to STRATOVARIUS, "Within Infinity - Tribute to Stratovarius", tentatively due in November 2004 through Steelborn Records. The provisional track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. HIGHLORD – "Against the Wind" 02. DARK HORIZON – "Hunting High and ...

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AT THE GATES Tribute Album To Arrive In September

MÖRK GRYNING, VILE, ILLDISPOSED and ETERNAL GRAY are among the bands featured on the upcoming AT THE GATES tribute album, "Slaughterous Souls - A Tribute to At The Gates", due in September through Drowned Scream Records and Goi Music. The complete track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. TAETRE (Sweden) – "At the ...

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FIREBIRD To Tour U.S. East Coast In September

FIREBIRD, the British band led by former CARCASS/NAPALM DEATH guitarist Bill Steer, will release their latest CD, "No. 3", in the U.S. on August 31 through SPV Records. An American tour is in the works to coincide with the release. The band plan to play dates across the East Coast in late September. More details ...

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