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THE HAUNTED Win Swedish 'Grammy' For 'Best Hard Rock'

THE HAUNTED have won a Swedish "Grammy" award in the "Best Hard Rock" category for their 2003 release "One Kill Wonder". The highly acclaimed thrashers, who were recently rejoined by original vocalist Peter Dolving, beat out the likes of OPETH, MUSTASCH, EVERGREY and BACKYARD BABIES to win the award, which was presented to the group ...

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HAMMERFALL Singer To Shoot Video Clip In February

HAMMERFALL frontman Joacim Cans began recording the vocals for his upcoming solo album, titled "Beyond the Gates", on January 15 with producer Charlie Bauerfeind (HELLOWEEN, MOTÖRHEAD, SAXON, BLIND GUARDIAN, RAGE). Charlie is also slated to mix the CD, which will be released under the CANS banner on April 26 through Sanctuary Records. Late February, the ...

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Report: KORN On The 'Kok

Kitchana Lersakvanitchakul of Thailand's The Nation reports that the five members of KORN are expected to blow the minds of Thai heavy rock disciples who have waited for a long time to see their heroes play live in Thailand. And they are counting: in just seven days – next Saturday (Feb. 7) – the much ...

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PSYCHOTIC WALTZ Albums To Be Reissued

Metal Blade Records (Europe) will re-release the long-out-of-print albums by acclaimed progressive metal outfit PSYCHOTIC WALTZ. All four albums will be released in two box-sets featuring a wealth of bonus material. The first box-set will include the albums "A Social Grace" and "Mosquito" and will be released on March 22. The bonus material will be ...

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METALLICA's HETFIELD And ULRICH To Make Their Animation Debut Tonight

The new animated comedy series "Disney's Dave the Barbarian", featuring the animation debut of METALLICA's James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, is scheduled to premiere Friday, January 23 at 5:30 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel. Produced by Walt Disney Television Animation, the series follows the title character's hilarious escapades with his offbeat family — including his ...

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KATAFALK: Live Video Posted Online

Dutch extreme death/thrashers KATAFALK have posted a live video of the songs "Birthmark 666" and "Blind Envy" (recorded at Belgium's Frontfest) in MP4 format at this location (file size: 52.5, Quicktime 6.5 required). In other news, KATAFALK have been confirmed for the Bands Battle Festival in Stavenhagen, Germany on Saturday, May 15. Also ...

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Report: IRON MAIDEN Helps SANCTUARY Buck The Downbeat Trend

Richard Wray of The Guardian is reporting that live music's return to popularity helped Sanctuary Group, one of the world's largest independent music companies, buck the downbeat trend set by the industry last year. The group, which counts IRON MAIDEN, SLAYER and JANE'S ADDICTION among its bankable live acts, saw sales for the year to ...

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AEROSMITH/CHEAP TRICK: More Unconfirmed Dates Leaked

More unconfirmed dates have been leaked for the forthcoming AEROSMITH/CHEAP TRICK North American tour, which is scheduled to kick off in March. They are as follows: Apr. 14 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Center Apr. 17 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre Apr. 18 - Quebec City, QC @ Colisee Pepsi Apr. 22 – Hamilton, ...

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'Monsters Of Metal Vol. 1' DVD To Arrive Later This Month

Nuclear Blast Records USA will be releasing the "Monsters Of Metal Vol. 1" DVD on January 27. Described as the "ultimate metal DVD compilation," the two-disc set will contain the following track listing: DVD 1: 01. MANOWAR - "Warriors Of The World United" 02. HAMMERFALL - "Hearts On Fire" 03. HELLOWEEN - "Just A Little ...

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DISINCARNATE, NAILBOMB Albums To Be Reissued

DISINCARNATE and NAILBOMB's classic debuts will be issued in new "remastered" editions, featuring bonus material, including rare b-sides and demo tracks, as well as brand new artwork and liner notes. Due in late February through Roadrunner Records, DISINCARNATE's "Dreams Of The Carrion Kind" (featuring former DEATH/TESTAMENT guitarist James Murphy) will contain the following track listing: ...

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ICED EARTH's JON SCHAFFER: 'We Are Kicking Serious Ass'

ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Season's Greetings! "First of all, please accept my apology for the delay in this posting. These last 3 months have been extremely busy and I've been pretty overwhelmed with the workload. However, everything came to a screeching halt a ...

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AXEL RUDI PELL: In Recording Mode

German axe hero AXEL RUDI PELL is in the middle of recording his new album, titled "Kings & Queens", for a late February release through SPV Records. The new CD is being produced by Axel and co-produced, mixed and engineered by Charlie Bauerfeind (HELLOWEEN, MOTÖRHEAD, SAXON, BLIND GUARDIAN, RAGE). Johnny Gioeli is presently laying down ...

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FAIR WARNING, EUROPE Members Join Forces In LAST AUTUMN'S DREAM

LAST AUTUMN'S DREAM, the new melodic rock "supergroup" featuring famed Swedish singer Mikael Erlandsson together with former FAIR WARNING guitarist Andy Malecek plus three-quarters of EUROPEMic Michaeli (keyboards), John Leven (on bass) and Ian Haugland (on drums) — have signed a deal with Frontiers Records. The group's self-titled debut album will be released ...

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MANITOU To Begin Recording Debut Album

Finnish prog-metallers MANITOU will enter Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki at the end of the month to begin recording their debut full-length album, entitled "Mad Moon Rising". Mixing will be done by Nino Laurenne of THUNDERSTONE fame. The album will be released in the spring through the British label Rage Of Achilles. The tentative track ...

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ZEKE Sign With RELAPSE RECORDS

Seattle's celebrated speed punk trio ZEKE have signed to Relapse Records. The high-powered group will release their much-anticipated new full length album in the spring. ZEKEBlind Marky Felchtone (guitar / vocals), Donny Paycheck (drums) and Diamond Jeff Matz (bass / vocals) — began their career in 1993 and are known for their vicious ...

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GODSMACK: Acoustic EP Delayed To 2004

GODSMACK's acoustic E.P., "The Other Side", has been delayed from a November 18 release to mid-2004, a management spokesperson confirmed Thursday (October 23). The release was delayed in order to continue promotional efforts for the band's third full-length album, "Faceless", which came out earlier this year. There's no specific release date yet for "The Other ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE Says He's Regained Control Of His Health

Ozzy Osbourne sat down with MTV.com Thursday (october 16) to discuss the "shakes" that have plagued him for decades, causing him to stammer, stutter and shuffle around with a walk that grew increasingly hunched over and motor functions that only seemed to be getting worse. "I swear on my wife and my children's lives that ...

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KORN Management Says No Tour Dates Have Yet Been Confirmed

A representative for KORN's management, The Firm, has branded as "inaccurate" the tour dates currently being floated around for the upcoming KORN/DROID tour (which were originally posted on DROID's web site). According to the representative, the KORN tour — for which no dates are completely confirmed yet — will probably start on the ...

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GODSMACK: 'The Other Side' Track Listing Announced

Despite rumors to the contrary, GODSMACK intend to go through with their previously announced plans of releasing an acoustic EP on November 18. Titled "The Other Side", the disc features seven tracks recorded earlier this year in Hawaii after the band finished their tour of Asia. Among the cuts recorded for the EP are two ...

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PARADOX To Record New Album In Early 2004

Veteran German metallers PARADOX have announced plans to record a new studio album in early 2004. The as-yet-untitled effort will feature the same lineup as 2000's "Collision Course" (including current RHAPOSODY/occasional BLIND GUARDIAN fill-in drummer Alex Holzwarth), and will surface in late 2004 through Germany's AFM Records. As previously reported, PARADOX are confirmed to appear ...

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Britain's KERRANG! RADIO To Launch Next Summer

Richard Wray and Julia Day of The Guardian report that media company Emap, publisher of U.K.'s long-running weekly heavy metal publication Kerrang!, won a lucrative radio license Thursday (October 2) to broadcast a station based on the magazine. Emap beat 10 rivals, including bids backed by Ozzy Osbourne and local comedian Jasper Carrot, in a ...

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KISS/AEROSMITH Show In Virginia Postponed Due To Hurricane Threat

Due to Hurricane Isabel, the threat of severe weather and the bands' concerns for their fans' well-being, the KISS/AEROSMITH concert scheduled for Virginia Beach, Virginia Wednesday night (September 17) was postponed. Fans are encouraged to hold on to their tickets and listen for the rescheduled date. In other KISS-related news, KISS's "Kiss Symphony" DVD has ...

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GODSMACK To Support METALLICA In Europe

GODSMACK have been officially confirmed as the opening band for METALLICA on their upcoming European tour. The band were previously scheduled to open for OZZY OSBOURNE on his European trek, but ended up pulling out of the tour — as well as their own headlining dates on the continent — due to unspecified "scheduling conflicts." ...

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NAPALM DEATH: Covers Album Pushed Back To Early 2004

NAPALM DEATH have pushed back the projected release date of their upcoming collection of covers, entitled "Leaders Not Followers 2", to early 2004 through the band's own Feto label. "[We're] finally gonna get the mixing underway next week which is a relief," writes bassist Shane Embury on the band's web site. As previously reported, "Leaders ...

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GODSMACK To Show 'The Other Side' In November

GODSMACK have set "The Other Side" as the title for their upcoming eight-song acoustic album, featuring four new songs and four unplugged versions of album cuts, according to MTV.com. Two of the previously unreleased tracks, "Running Blind" and "Voices", are old songs GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna wrote but never recorded, one will be by DROPBOX, ...

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AGGRESSION CORE Split Up

AGGRESSION CORE, the Washington-based band featuring former NEVERMORE and current ANNIHILATOR guitarist Curran Murphy, have split up. Click here to read the complete tale of internal bickering and finger-pointing that led to the band's break-up. Former AGGRESSION CORE drummer Dale Puckett, who was ousted from the group in the fall of 2002, is ...

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