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FALCONER Complete Work On 'The Sceptre Of Deception'

Sweden's FALCONER have finished the recordings for their third album, "The Sceptre Of Deception", due on October 6 through Metal Blade Records. Says mainman Stefan Weinerhall, "This album is a concept album about greed, falseness and megalomania in the 1300s in Sweden. It is based upon a true story. Actually, a concept album to me ...

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OZZFEST Incident Leads To Charges Of Child Abuse

Gina Mace of Ohio's Beacon Journal is reporting that two men accused of abusing a 3-year-old child on the grounds of Cleveland's Blossom Music Center during Ozzfest 2003 this week were arraigned Thursday (July 24) on assault and child endangering charges. Scott Hart, 24, the child's father, and Carl Evanoff, 22, the child's uncle, pleaded ...

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Original AC/DC Singer Prepares To Tour Europe

Original AC/DC singer Dave Evans is about to embark on a three-month tour of Europe with the German AC/DC tribute band OVERDOSE. Dave Evans was the singer on AC/DC's debut single, "Can I Sit Next To You Girl". The song was later re-recorded with Bon Scott's vocal for the group's "TNT" album. According to Undercover ...

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NIGHTMARE Finalize Track Listing For 'Silent Room'

French power metallers NIGHTMARE have finalized the track listing for their fourth studio album, "Silent Room", due on October 13 through Napalm Records/SPV. "Silent Room" is a concept album featuring 12 songs in five "chapters". A limited-edition version of the CD will include the group's cover of VICIOUS RUMORS' "Ship Of Fools", a video clip, ...

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NIGHTWISH: 'End Of Innocence' DVD Delayed (Again)

NIGHTWISH's upcoming DVD, "End Of Innocence", has been pushed back to a September release through Spinefarm. As previously reported, the DVD will consist of 12-14 tracks of music, including promo videos and various self-recorded live tracks, and about 60 minutes of behind-the-scenes material. The documentary portion will have a projected total running time of 134 ...

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No METALLICA — Just Child Porn

An Australian university student who said he believed he had received photos of METALLICA in his email — but who had, in fact, been sent child pornography — was given an 18-month suspended sentence in a Perth court, according to NEWS.com.au. Despite being found guilty of possessing the photographs, Matthew Bounds, 22, claimed ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM, NIGHTWISH Sign American Deals With CENTURY MEDIA

Following a fierce label bidding war, Finnish melodic thrash titans CHILDREN OF BODOM have officially signed a U.S. deal for their upcoming album "Hate Crew Deathroll" with Century Media Records. The label has also secured North American licensing rights for the "Century Child" album by Finnish neo-classical operatic goth sensations NIGHTWISH. Both albums are scheduled ...

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MANDYLION: Video Posted Online

Norway's MANDYLION, the new band featuring former members of SACRALIS, OLD MAN'S CHILD, PECCATUM and DIMENSION F3H, have posted a video for the track "Nina" via their official web site at this location. "Nina" comes off the group's latest demo recording, "Exorcise", which can also be downloaded in its entirety from the group's ...

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EVANESCENCE Top U.K. Singles Chart For Fourth Week Running

EVANESCENCE continue their reign at the top of the U.K. charts for the fourth week with "Bring Me To Life". The track comes off the group's major-label debut, "Fallen", which moves into No. 2 this week after being bumped from the top spot by former DESTINY'S CHILD singer Beyonce's solo debut, "Dangerously In Love". As ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE To Sue Groupie Over Love-Child Claims

Bill Zwecker of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Ozzy Osbourne is planning to sue Sheron Lutz, who claims her 6-year-old son (whom she calls "Ozzy Jr.") is the son of the former BLACK SABBATH singer. Lutz says the child was born after she had a 1996 fling with Osbourne and points to the boy's speech ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE Says He's Not The Father Of Child

A woman is claiming that Ozzy Osbourne fathered her child six years ago, but the BLACK SABBATH singer said he has proof the child is not his, according to the Associated Press. Osbourne told People magazine that he had a vasectomy 17 years ago. "The most precious thing I have in my life is my ...

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Infant Gets An Earful At Noisy AC/DC Concert

An official inquiry into child neglect has been opened against a German couple who took their nine-day-old baby with them to a concert by ear-blasting heavy metal rockers AC/DC, according to Independent Online. Other fans at Sunday's (June 22) gig at the Hockenheim Formula One motor-racing ring in south-western Germany warned police after seeing the ...

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BLACK CROWES Singer Expecting First Child

BLACK CROWES singer Chris Robinson and wife/actress Kate Hudson ("Almost Famous") announced Thursday they are expecting their first child. The couple has been married since December 2000. The child is due sometime early next year, according to the couple's publicist, Brad Cafarelli. He refused to say how far along the pregnancy is. Hudson, 24, currently ...

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HALFORD Guitarist To Play National Anthem At Soccer Match

HALFORD/PAINMUSEUM guitarist Metal Mike Chlasciak will be playing tribute to the red, white and blue when he handles the national anthem duties at the MetroStars MLS soccer match on Wednesday, July 2, 2003 at Giants Stadium in New Jersey. "I wanted to do something to show my support for all those young metal heads in ...

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NIGHTWISH Announce New York City Gig

Finland's NIGHTWISH will follow up their appearances at the ProgPower Festival in Atlanta (Sep. 5) and at The Medley in Montreal, Canada (Sept. 6) with a one-off gig at L'Amour in Brooklyn, New York on Sunday, Sept. 7. NIGHTWISH's upcoming DVD, "End Of Innocence", is due on Aug. 4 through Spinefarm. As previously reported, the ...

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NIRVANA, GUNS N' ROSES Songs Among Best of Past 25 Years

NIRVANA's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and GUNS N' ROSES' "Sweet Child O' Mine" are among the 10 greatest songs of the past quarter-century, according to VH1. The Seattle band's groundbreaking grunge anthem is No. 1 on VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Songs of the Past 25 Years", which will air on the video music ...

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BOLT THROWER Pull Out Of Germany's ROCK HARD Festival

British death metal veterans BOLT THROWER have pulled out of this weekend's Rock Hard festival in order to allow vocalist Dave Ingram to be present for the impending birth of his first child (his wife's original due date was said to have been ten days ago). The organizers of the event — set to take ...

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NIGHTWISH: DVD Delayed (Again)

Finland's NIGHTWISH have once again pushed back the projected release date of their upcoming DVD, "End Of Innocence" — this time to Aug. 4 through Spinefarm. No reason was given for the delay. As previously reported, the DVD will consist of 12-14 tracks of music, including promo videos and various self-recorded live tracks, and about ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE Confirmed For TAMPA METALFEST 2003

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the new band fronted by former SAVATAGE singer Zachary Stevens, will perform at the Tampa Metalfest 2003 on July 4. Joining the group onstage will be "a VERY special guest on stage, a player we have never had live on stage with us before," the band write on their official web site. ...

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GODSMACK's 'Faceless' Certified Platinum!

GODSMACK's third full-length album, "Faceless", has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), signifying sales of more than 1,000,000 units. The band have reached this benchmark a mere five weeks after the album's release in April. The CD debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. The amazing sales ...

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AEROSMITH Frontman Receives Honorary Doctorate: Photos Available

AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler was given an honorary Doctor Of Music degree from Boston's Berklee College of Music on Saturday (May 10). Tyler addressed the graduates and guests at the school's commencement exercises, which were held at the Reggie Lewis Track And Athletic Center in Boston. Tyler cautioned the students, saying, "A career in music ...

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TOMMY LEE Released From Probation In Spousal Abuse Case

The spousal abuse case against Tommy Lee was reduced to a misdemeanor Thursday (May 8) and the former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer was released from a probation sentence he had been serving for the past five years for allegedly assaulting ex-wife Pamela Anderson, according to the Associated Press. Los Angeles County Superior Court spokesman Kyle Christopherson ...

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NIGHTWISH Singer To Tie The Knot

NIGHTWISH frontwoman Tarja Turunen has announced plans to marry her longtime fiancé in Finland this summer. According to the group's official web site, Tarja's relationship to a man from 'overseas' [reportedly Argentina — ed.] got sealed in the end of 2002," and the two will finally make their union official. In other news, Turunen has ...

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NIGHTWISH: 'End Of Innocence' DVD Delayed

Finland's NIGHTWISH have pushed back the projected release date of their upcoming DVD, "End Of Innocence", to July 7 through Spinefarm. As previously reported, the DVD will consist of 12-14 tracks of music, including promo videos and various self-recorded live tracks, and about 60 minutes of behind-the-scenes material. More information about the DVD contents is ...

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METALLICA: Some Kind Of Monster

The much-anticipated film documenting the trials and tribulations that led to the creation of METALLICA's upcoming CD, "St. Anger", has reportedly been dubbed "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster". This tidbit was revealed during the credits of "mtvICON: Metallica", which used parts of the footage of the band at their Northern California headquarters, including a scene ...

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