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BLO.TORCH Announce New Singer, Seek Record Deal

Dutch death metallers BLO.TORCH have announced the addition of vocalist Chris van der Valk to the group's lineup following the departure of Michel De Wilde earlier in the year. The band, whose self-titled debut was released through Wicked World Records in 1999, recently performed their first gig with the new singer and are currently writing ...

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TWELFTH GATE Complete Work On New CD

TWELFTH GATE, featuring former members of SYRIS, have completed work on their as-yet-untitled new album at Studio One in Racine, Wisconsin under the watchful eye of producer Chris Djuricic (SOIL, NOVEMBER'S DOOM, ENFORSAKEN, DISINTER, JUNGLE ROT, MICHAEL ANGELO). A January release through Crash Music Inc. (formerly Pavement Music) is expected. The album's cover artwork, courtesy ...

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BLIND GUARDIAN/SYMPHONY X Show In Toronto Gets Upgraded

The BLIND GUARDIAN/SYMPHONY X tour date in Toronto has been moved into a larger venue to accomodate the demand for more tickets. The tour will now make its Toronto stop on Nov. 17 at the Opera House and not the previously reported Big Bop. In related news, SYMPHONY X will be participating in a special ...

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ICED EARTH Set Title For Next Album, Continue Writing

ICED EARTH have set "The Glorious Burden" as the title for their next full-length album, which they hope to begin recording by January. "What I've been doing right now is writing for ICED EARTH and DEMONS & WIZARDS [side project with BLIND GUARDIAN's Hansi Kursch] simultaneously," ICED EARTH mastermind Jon Schaffer told Brave Words & ...

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KORN, DISTURBED Celebrate Halloween On Stage

KORN dressed as cowboys and performed a country rendition of "Here To Stay" during their Halloween night performance in Dallas, Texas on the Pop Sux! tour. Meanwhile, opening act DISTURBED came dressed as KORN and played a rendition of the classic KORN tune, "Blind", as part of their regular set. Vocalist David Draiman and co. ...

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SYMPHONY X To Participate In Online Chat

Guitarist Michael Romeo and vocalist Russell Allen from InsideOut Music America recording artists SYMPHONY X will be participating in a special online live chat with Seismicradio.com on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern US Time to promote their forthcoming album, "The Odyssey" (released Nov. 5) and the upcoming North American tour with BLIND GUARDIAN. ...

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PRIMAL FEAR: Festival Bound!

German melodic metallers PRIMAL FEAR have already been confirmed for three festivals next year: the Blind Guardian Open Air Festival, the Wacken Open Air and the Summer Breeze Open Air. More dates will be announced in the months to come. ...

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KORN To Issue Live DVD, Digipak Version Of 'Untouchables'

KORN will be releasing a new DVD, entitled Korn Live on November 19th through Immortal/Epic. The disc will include 16 tracks recorded during an exclusive performance which took place at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom on June 10th, 2002. Also due for release on November 19th is a digipak version of KORN's latest album, Untouchables, ...

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JEFF PILSON Speaks Out On DOKKEN, L/P And World Politics

Former DOKKEN and current L/P bassist Jeff Pilson has addressed the rumors surrounding his previous group, the plans for his new band and the current political situation in a lengthy posting via his official web site. According to Pilson, "I don't know if [drummer] Mick [Brown] is still in DOKKEN or not. And as for ...

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INCUBUS Rock The House At 24th MGD Blind Date Event

INCUBUS performed last night to a raucous, wild crowd at the 24th MGD Blind Date at Atlantis on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. "What an event and what a crowd! It's great to be part of the MGD Blind Date with such a rich tradition following in the footsteps of people like METALLICA," said INCUBUS ...

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SYMPHONY X Confirm BLIND GUARDIAN Tour

SYMPHONY X have finally confirmed that they will be supporting BLIND GUARDIAN on their North American tour, which is scheduled to kick off on November 16th in Montreal, Canada. The tour routing currently stands as follows: Nov. 16 - Medley - Montreal, QUE Nov. 17 - Big Bop - Toronto, ONT Nov. 18 - Water ...

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SHAMAN Perform Special Hometown Gig

Brazil's SHAMAN, featuring former ANGRA members Andre Matos (vocals), Luis Mariutti (bass) and Ricardo Confessori (drums), performed the following songs during their special set at Via Funchal in Sao Paulo on Saturday, September 14th: 01. Ancient Winds 02. Here I Am 03. Distant Thunder 04. Time Will Come 05. For Tomorrow 06. Wings of Reality ...

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IRON MAIDEN Trio Join DEEP PURPLE During London Gig

Three members of IRON MAIDEN — drummer Nicko McBrain, guitarist Janick Gers, and vocalist Bruce Dickinson — joined DEEP PURPLE on stage during the latter's concert at London's Hammersmith Apollo on Saturday, September 7th for a rendition of the DP classic "Smoke On The Water" (with McBrain handling congas and DP drummer Ian Paice's cymbals, ...

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BLIND GUARDIAN, SYMPHONY X Announce North American Tour

BLIND GUARDIAN have announced the initial routing for their first-ever North American tour, which is set to feature SYMPHONY X in the support slot. So far the following shows have been scheduled: Nov. 15 - Atlanta, GA @ ProgPower Festival Nov. 16 - Montreal, CAN @ Le Medley Nov. 17 - Toronto, CAN @ TBA ...

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SYMPHONY X To Tour Europe With STRATOVARIUS

SYMPHONY X have reportedly been confirmed as the main support act on the upcoming STRATOVARIUS European tour, which is scheduled to kick off in early 2003. The opening act for tour will be Finland's THUNDERSTONE. In other news, a possibility reportedly exists that SYMPHONY X will be touring with HAMMERFALL and BLIND GUARDIAN in North ...

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BLIND GUARDIAN Utilize RHAPSODY Drummer During Brazilian Tour

BLIND GUARDIAN are utilizing the services of RHAPSODY drummer Alex Holzwarth for the duration of their Brazilian tour due to a tendon infection suffered by regular BG skinsman Thomas Stauch which is preventing him from performing live for the next few weeks. The following is a statement issued by Stauch to the Brazilian fans explaining ...

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Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE Guitarist Announces US Dates

New York's ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO, led by former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick, will embark on the first of several tours in support of their album, Goodbye To Romance: Standards For A New Generation in late August/early September. According to Skolnick, "this has been the subject of much planning and organizing which continues as we speak. ...

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HELLOWEEN Prepare To Enter Studio

HELLOWEEN are completing work on new songs in Hamburg, Germany in preparation for the recording of their new album, which is scheduled to begin at the end of August in vocalist Andi Deris' Mi Sueono Studios in Tenerife, Spain. The as-yet-untitled disc will once again be produced by Charlie Bauerfeind, who also recorded the most ...

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NAPALM DEATH's BARNEY GREENWAY: New Album Is "Fast And Crazy"

NAPALM DEATH will tentatively issue their latest album, entitled Order Of The Leech, in October through Snapper Music in Europe and Spitfire Records in the US, frontman Mark "Barney" Greenway has told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "The [deal] with Dreamcatcher [Records, who released the group's Enemy Of The Music Business CD in 2001] didn't really work out in ...

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BLIND GUARDIAN Cancel Brazilian Date

BLIND GUARDIAN were forced to cancel their show in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, scheduled for August 11th, and have replaced it with a date in Bauru. According to the Brazilian promoter, there was a problem with the venue in Belo Horizonte, so the show had to be cancelled," states a message on the band's official web ...

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BLIND GUARDIAN Cancel Argentine Appearance

BLIND GUARDIAN have been forced to cancel their appearance in Buenos Aires, Argentina, originally scheduled to take place in early August, "due to the economical crisis the country is facing," according to frontman Hansi Kursch. "The promoter, who really tried everything to make it happen, is not able to keep up the date, because of ...

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