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ANATHEMA Confirmed For Italy's GODS OF METAL Festival

The U.K.'s ANATHEMA have been confirmed for the Gods of Metal Festival, scheduled to take place June 5-6 at l'Arena Parco Nord in Bologna, Italy. ALICE COOPER will top the bill on Sunday, June 6, while JUDAS PRIEST will headline the event on Saturday, June 5 — the same day that Finland's STRATOVARIUS are scheduled ...

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HAMMERFALL Drummer: TIMO TOLKKI Needs Professional Help

HAMMERFALL drummer Anders Johansson has issued a statement explaining his brief involvement with Finnish neo-classical metallers STRATOVARIUS as the band's new drummer. The statement reads as follows: "OK, this is what happened regarding the STRATOVARIUS turmoil: After all the member changes in my brother Jens' band STRATOVARIUS, he and Timo Tolkki asked me to help ...

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TWISTED SISTER's SNIDER Speaks: Audio Available

TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider has posted another "audio" installment of his regular online update, "Dee Speaks", at this location. Among the topics covered in the latest update are the band's current status, the group's plans to re-record their entire "Stay Hungry" album to mark its 20-year anniversary, Dee's VAN HELSING'S CURSE ...

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BENT BROTHER (a.k.a. TWISTED SISTER) To Play New Jersey

BENT BROTHERTWISTED SISTER's evil twin (essentially a makeup-less version of the real thing) — will be re-emerging from the ashes of infamy to perform on Saturday, January 31 at The Shark Bar at Double Ds in Morristown, New Jersey. For more information and directions, call (973) 326-9554. As previously announced, TWISTED SISTER have ...

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NAGLFAR Confirmed For Italy's GODS OF METAL Festival

Swedish death/black metallers NAGLFAR are the latest act confirmed for the Gods of Metal Festival, scheduled to take place June 5-6 at l'Arena Parco Nord in Bologna, Italy. ALICE COOPER will top the bill on Sunday, June 6, while JUDAS PRIEST will headline the event on Saturday, June 5 — the same day that Finland's ...

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TWISTED SISTER Confirmed For Holland's WALDROCK Festival

Reunited '80s hard rockers TWISTED SISTER are the latest band confirmed for this year's installment of the Waldrock festival, set to be held June 19, 2004 in Bergum, Holland. Also scheduled to appear are MONSTER MAGNET, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, CRADLE OF FILTH, CANNIBAL CORPSE and FINNTROLL. A total of 14 acts will perform at the event, ...

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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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'The Sharon Osbourne Show' To Get The Ax?

People magazine is reporting that word out of the National Association of Television Program Executives conference in Las Vegas is that Tribune is canceling "The Sharon Osbourne Show" and is already in search of a replacement, according to Hits Daily Double. The article notes that Sharon's style hasn't connected with daytime audiences the way "The ...

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EXMORTEM To Enter Studio In May

Danish death metallers EXMORTEM will record the follow-up to 2002's "Pestilence Empire" in May/June at the Antfarm Studio (Aarhus, Denmark) with producer Tue Madsen. No title has been set for the album yet, but a few "working" songtitles are as follows: "Nihilistic Contentment", "Graveside Mourning Ritual" and "Parasite Paradise". According to the band, "The material ...

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Holland's NEW AEON MEDIA: Supporting The Heavy Metal Underground

Holland's Karmageddon Media has launched a brand-new sub-division label, dubbed New Aeon Media, as a way to "support the [heavy metal] underground," according to an official press release. The first three signings to the label are FINAL DAWN from Finland (described as a "mix of ROTTING CHRIST, SENTENCED and older MEGADETH"), RIBSPREADER ("unbelievable old-school Swedish ...

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GREAT WHITE Nightclub Fire: Last Survivor Goes Home

The last hospitalized survivor of a Rhode Island nightclub fire that killed 100 people last year has returned home to continue his recovery, according to the Associated Press. Joe Kinan, 34, was burned over his arms and much of the upper half of his body, losing fingers and portions of his nose and ears. He ...

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OZZY's Son LOUIS: 'All I Want Him To Do Is Get Better'

Ozzy Osbourne missed out today on the wedding of his eldest son, Louis, in Ireland, according to the Belfast Telegraph. Louis, 28, married Irish girl Louise Lennon, 30, with the reception held in Kinnitty Castle in Birr, Co Offaly. Around 160 guests attended the fairy-tale wedding, including Louis's mother Thelma (Ozzy's first wife) and his ...

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MACABRE Confirm First U.K. Date In Almost 10 Years

Chicago's MACABRE will play Underworld in London on Saturday, February 21, 2004. The band have not played in the United Kingdom in almost ten years and are planning something very special to mark the occasion. MACABRE have also added a hometown gig to end the string of March U.S. dates at Oasis 160 in Chicago ...

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SODOM Confirmed For Italy's GODS OF METAL FESTIVAL

SODOM are the latest act confirmed for the Gods of Metal Festival, scheduled to take place June 5-6 at l'Arena Parco Nord in Bologna, Italy. ALICE COOPER will top the bill on Sunday, June 6, while JUDAS PRIEST will headline the event on Saturday, June 5 — the same day that Finland's STRATOVARIUS are scheduled ...

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TWISTED SISTER Frontman Speaks: Audio Available

TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider has posted the very first "audio" installment of his regular online update, "Dee Speaks", at this location. Among the topics covered in the latest update is the band's current status, Dee's VAN HELSING'S CURSE project, his radio-hosting gig, and the latest news on the sequel to his acclaimed ...

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Poland's INDREAD COLD Sign With BLACKDOOM RECORDS

Poland's INDREAD COLD have signed a two-album deal with BlackDoom Records, the British label co-founded by MY DYING BRIDE guitarists Andrew Craighan and Hamish Glencross. The band, who consist of former members of DARZAMAT, MASTIPHAL, ECLIPSE and CHORT, will release their debut album, entitled "Underaba", in the beginning of 2004. The recording sessions for "Underaba" ...

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CONTROL DENIED: Unfinished Album To See Light Of Day

Holland's Hammerheart Records have announced plans to release the unfinished sophomore album from CONTROL DENIED over the objections of Jane Schuldiner, mother of late CONTROL DENIED/DEATH frontman Chuck Schuldiner. Chuck, who passed away in December 2001 after a battle with pontine glioma, a rare type of brain tumor, began work on the album (tentatively titled ...

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