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ALTARIA: 'Divinity' Track Listing Revealed

Finnish melodic metallers ALTARIA have revealed the track listing for their sophomore album, "Divinity", due in late May through AOR Heaven sub-label Metal Heaven Records. "Divinity" was mixed at Tico Tico Studio (SONATA ARCTICA, SENTENCED, FOR MY PAIN…) and will initially be available as a limited-edition digipack, featuring one bonus track — a cover version ...

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METALLICA, EVANESCENCE Among Winners At 46th Annual GRAMMY AWARDS

METALLICA have won a Grammy in the "Best Metal Performance" category at the 46th annual Grammy Awards, which are being held tonight (Feb. 8) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. METALLICA ("St. Anger") beat out such other "Metal" nominees as KORN ("Did My Time"), MARILYN MANSON ("mOBSCENE"), SPINESHANK ("Smothered") and STONE SOUR ("Inhale"). Also ...

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KATAKLYSM Singer To DEZ FAFARA: 'Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is'

KATAKLYSM vocalist Maurizio Iacono has issued a response to DEVILDRIVER frontman Dez Fafara's assertion that Iocono "should shut the fuck up and take a listen to DEVILDRIVER" before passing judgment on the group. In a press statement issued in December, Iacono voiced his frustration over the fact that DEVILDRIVER were chosen over KATAKLYSM to be ...

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ALTARIA To Begin Mixing Sophomore Album

Finnish melodic metallers ALTARIA will begin mixing their sophomore album, "Divinity", on February 16 at Tico Tico Studio (SONATA ARCTICA, SENTENCED, FOR MY PAIN…, etc.). A late May release through AOR Heaven sub-label Metal Heaven Records is expected. The first limited edition of the album will be available as digipack, including one bonus track — ...

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Former STRATOVARIUS Drummer Explains His Departure

Former STRATOVARIUS drummer Jörg Michael has issued a lengthy statement explaining the reasons for his split with the band and other recent STRATOVARIUS-related events. His statement reads as follows: "Sorry that it took me so long to find time to comment about the situation around STRATOVARIUS. Due to private reasons I wasn't able to do ...

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TEXTURES Part Ways With Singer

Dutch metal act TEXTURES have parted ways with singer Pieter Verpaalen due to "musical disagreements." "We, as well as any band, stumble upon difficult choices on the path we walk," the group write on their web site. "During our final conversations with Pieter, it was hard for us to keep musical and personal elements separated ...

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TAD MOROSE, NOCTURNAL RITES To Support EDGUY In Scandinavia

TAD MOROSE will join fellow Swedes NOCTURNAL RITES as special guests on the Scandinavian part of EDGUY's European tour in May. The band, whose latest album, "Modus Vivendi", was released in Europe in November, will also appear at the Decibel 2000 festival in Sweden in late May. "We are really looking forward to playing in ...

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CYBERYA Part Ways With BREAKER RECORDS

German metallers CYBERYA have parted ways with Breaker Records, the label owned by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider. The band are currently demoing new material at Peter Dirkschneider's (Udo's brother, VANIZE) studio in the hopes of landing a new deal soon. CYBERYA's debut album, "Mindcontrol", was released in 2001. ...

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CRYSTAL BALL To Support U.D.O. In May

Swiss melodic metallers CRYSTAL BALL will support U.D.O. at the following shows in May: May 20 – Pratteln, SWI @ Z7 May 21 – Chiasso, SWI @ Palapenze May 22 – Wörgl, AUT @ KOMMA May 24 – Budapest, HUN @ Petofi Hall CRYSTAL BALL's fourth full-length album, "Hellvetia", was released in November through Nuclear ...

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STRATOVARIUS Guitarist: 'It's Time To Accept The Changes'

STRATOVARIUS guitarist/mainman Timo Tolkki has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "I just got back from IRON MAIDEN concert in Helsinki and I must tell you that it was really, really cool gig. It felt good to see that MAIDEN still rules. "I just heard their new record for the first ...

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U.D.O. To Release Special Mini-DVD

U.D.O., the German band led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, will release a special mini-DVD early next year through AFM Records. The disc will contain the video for the title track to the band's forthcoming album, "Thunderball", plus two more as-yet-undisclosed clips. Additionally, the mini-DVD will include two exclusive bonus audio tracks and a ...

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STEVE VAI: 'YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Doesn't Compromise'

Guitar virtuoso Steve Vai recently spoke to Rock Confidential about the G3 '03 tour with Yngwie Malmsteen and Joe Satriani. Asked for his opinion of Yngwie's attitude on stage, especially during the jam at the end (where Malmsteen reportedly seemed to push everyone into the background and just keep on playing), Steve said, "I know ...

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REBELLION, MAJESTY To Open For U.D.O. In Germany

REBELLION, the German band that features in its ranks former GRAVE DIGGER members Uwe Lulis (guitar) and Tommi Goettlich (bass), and MAJESTY (featuring former VANIZE guitarist Rolf Munkes) have been confirmed as the support acts for U.D.O. on the German leg of their "Thunderball World Tour 2004". U.D.O. w/ REBELLION, MAJESTY: May 06 – Solingen, ...

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DEVILDRIVER Singer Takes The High Road In KATAKLYSM Dispute

DEVILDRIVER singer Dez Fafara (ex-COAL CHAMBER) has responded to KATAKLYSM vocalist Maurizio Iacono's accusation that DEVILDRIVER are "trying to make themselves look real [metal] by getting on real metal tours." In a press statement issued earlier today, Iacono voiced his frustration over the fact that DEVILDRIVER were chosen over KATAKLYSM to be one of the ...

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Ex-HELOWEEN Singer MICHAEL KISKE: I Will Not Join STRATOVARIUS

Former HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske has shot down the rumors linking him with Finnish neo-classical metallers STRATOVARIUS as the replacement for the recently departed Timo Kotipelto. The following is the official statement released by the webmaster for Kiske's new project, SUPARED: "The fact that vocalist Timo Kotipelto left STRATOVARIUS was awakening the hope of many ...

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U.D.O.: European/Japanese Tour Dates Announced

U.D.O., the German band led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, have announced the dates for their upcoming European and Japanese tour in support of their new CD, "Thunderball". The group's follow-up to 2002's "Man And Machine" is currently being produced by U.D.O. guitarist/former ACCEPT drummer Stefan Kaufmann for a late February release through AFM ...

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U.D.O. Name New Album

U.D.O., the German band led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, have set "Thunderball" as the title for their next studio CD, tentatively due in late February through AFM Records. The band are currently recording guitar solo and vocals tracks before producer (and U.D.O. guitarist/former ACCEPT drummer) Stefan Kaufmann commences work on the final mix ...

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CRYSTAL BALL Added To PINK CREAM 69/AXXIS European Tour

Swiss melodic metallers CRYSTAL BALL have been added to the forthcoming PINK CREAM 69/AXXIS European co-headlining tour. CRYSTAL BALL's fourth full-length album, "Hellvetia", was released earlier this month through Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to last year's "Virtual Empire" was recorded and mixed at Roxx studios in Pulheim, Germany with producer Stefan Kaufmann (ACCEPT, U.D.O.). ...

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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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