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URIAH HEEP Signs With SANCTUARY RECORDS

U.K. hard rock legends URIAH HEEP have signed a new, exclusive worldwide recording deal with Sanctuary Records. The band will go into pre-production rehearsals in February. Recording sessions for the HEEP's 21st official studio album will take place during March/April with producer Mike Paxman. The follow-up to 1998's "Sonic Origami" will feature at least ten ...

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OMNIUM GATHERUM: New Album Track Listing Revealed

Finnish death metallers OMNIUM GATHERUM entered Southeast Studios in Karhula, Finland on November 6 with producer Teemu Aalto to begin recording their third album, entitled "Stuck Here On Snake's Way". Due on April 2 via Candlelight Records, the CD will contain the following track listing: 01. The Snake And The Way 02. Into Sea 03. ...

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DRAGONFORCE: Australian Tour Dates Announced

U.K. extreme power metallers DRAGONFORCE will return to Australia in May 2007 as part of their Inhuman Rampage World Tour. This is will be DRAGONFORCE's second time in Australia touring in support of their latest album. Tickets go on sale February 16. The dates are as follows: May 09 - Sydney, AUS - The Forum ...

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FINNTROLL Confirmed For Germany's SUMMER BREEZE Festival

FINNTROLL has been confirmed for the tenth-anniversary edition of Germany's Summer Breeze festival, set to take place August 16-18, 2007 in Dinkelsbühl. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): AMON AMARTH THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER COMMUNIC CREMATORY DARK FUNERAL DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER DORNENREICH DORO EISBRECHER FEAR MY THOUGHTS FINNTROLL HARDCORE SUPERSTAR ...

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ENSIFERUM Confirmed For Norway's KARMØYGEDDON Festival

Finnish folk-influenced melodic death metal band ENSIFERUM has been confirmed for Norway's Karmøygeddon festival, set to take place May 4-5, 2007 in Haugesund. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): BREED (NOR) COMMUNIC (NOR) DORO (GER) ENSIFERUM (FIN) KAMELOT (USA) KEEP OF KALESSIN (NOR) LEAVES' EYES (GER) PICTURES OF PAIN (NOR) ...

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TIMO KOTIPELTO: New Solo Album Title Revealed

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto has set "Serenity" as the title of his third solo album, tentatively due in early 2007 via his own label, High and Loud Records. The CD was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland and was mixed by Mikko Karmila. A video for the album's first single, "Sleep Well", has ...

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VICIOUS RUMORS, AGENT STEEL: European Tour Postponed

The European tour featuring VICIOUS RUMORS and AGENT STEEL has been postponed to May-June from the previously March. The trek was reportedly pushed back due to the fact that VICIOUS RUMORS just recently completed a European tour with BEYOND FEAR and that AGENT STEEL's new album would not be ready in time for a March ...

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SODOM Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Veteran German thrashers SODOM have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. The billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): AMORPHIS BELPHEGOR BENEDICTUM BLACK MAJESTY BLIND GUARDIAN BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE CANNIBAL CORPSE COMMUNIC DESTRUCTION DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN ...

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MYOPIA Signs With SELFMADEGOD RECORDS

MYOPIA, the Bielsko-Biala, Poland-based thrash metal outfit, has signed a record deal with Selfmadegod Records. "Enter Insectmasterplan", a reissue of the group's second full-length album — originally self-released in 2005 — will be made available in January 2007. According to a press release, "Enter Insectmasterplan" features nine tracks of "sonic forward-thinking with astonishing musicianship and ...

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DESTRUCTION Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Veteran German thrashers DESTRUCTION have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. The billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): AMORPHIS BELPHEGOR BENEDICTUM BLACK MAJESTY BLIND GUARDIAN BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE CANNIBAL CORPSE COMMUNIC DESTRUCTION DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN ...

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DRAGONFORCE To Guest On IRON MAIDEN Singer's Radio Show

U.K. extreme power metallers DRAGONFORCE will be IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson's guests on Saturday, January 20 during Bruce's weekly BBC 6 Music radio show, aptly named "Rock Show". Listen to the program live via the Internet between 9:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. (midnight) U.K. time (between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. EST) at

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NORTHER Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Finnish metallers NORTHER have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. The billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): AMORPHIS BELPHEGOR BENEDICTUM BLACK MAJESTY BLIND GUARDIAN CANNIBAL CORPSE COMMUNIC DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER DIMMU BORGIR DISILLUSION ENSLAVED GRAVE ...

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DEVILDRIVER: New Songtitles Revealed

California's DEVILDRIVER is hard at work recording their third album for Roadrunner Records at the Sonic Ranch studio outside El Paso, Texas. Producing and mixing the album is Jason Suecof, known for his great work with TRIVIUM, CHIMAIRA, GOD FORBID, and BURY YOUR DEAD. Engineer Mark Lewis is helping the band in the studio as ...

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GILBY CLARKE Solo Collection Due In January

Now is the time to reflect back upon the stunning achievements of one Gilby Clarke, singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer. Spitfire Records will do just that with the January 30, 2007 release of "Gilby Clarke". The album includes 14 tracks from his muscular solo catalog, two from his days in the criminally-ignored COLONEL PARKER with ex-STRAY CATS member Slim ...

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ELVENKING: Studio Diary Launched

Italian folk/power metal band ELVENKING has launched a studio diary covering the recording sessions for its new album, tentatively due in early 2007 via AFM Records. Check it out at this location. ELVENKING recently introduced a new member to its live lineup. "After the European tour we have decided to fill Jarpen's [recently ...

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AMORPHIS To Enter Studio In January

AMORPHIS guitarist Esa Holopainen guitarist has issued the following update: "It's been a really hectic year in the AMORPHIS camp and at the same time one of the best ones in our career. We released 'Eclipse', the first album with Mr. Joutsen on vocals, in spring and all the response from album & shows has ...

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SONIC REIGN Signs With METAL BLADE RECORDS

Metal Blade Records has announced the signing of SONIC REIGN. According to a press release, SONIC REIGN is one of the best black metal bands ever to come out of Germany and will take the metal world by storm with their upcoming album "Raw Dark Pure". "SONIC REIGN is exactly the band we were looking ...

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ENSIFERUM Confirmed For Slovenia's METALCAMP Festival

Finnish folk-influenced melodic death metal band ENSIFERUM has been confirmed for the Metalcamp 2007 festival, set to take place July 16-22, 2007 in Tolmin, Slovenia. More than 80 bands will perform on two stages over the course of five days of live music. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: AMON AMARTH BLIND GUARDIAN ...

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DRAGONFORCE: Russian Dates Announced

U.K. extreme power metallers DRAGONFORCE will continue their "Inhuman Rampage World Tour" in 2007 starting with two shows in Russia. Confirmed dates are as follows: Feb. 09 - St. Petersburg, RUS - Roks Club Feb. 10 - Moscow, RUS - Club Tochka As previously reported, DRAGONFORCE's video for the song "Operation Ground and Pound" has ...

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STRATOVARIUS Frontman Finishes Mixing New Solo Album

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto entered Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland in August to begin recording his third solo album, tentatively due in early 2007 via his own label, High and Loud Records. He has just issued the following update on the album's recording sessions: "Now the album is finally completely mixed! I will do ...

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DRAGONFORCE: First Part Of Tour Diary Available

DRAGONFORCE drummer Dave Mackintosh recently took time out of his hectic schedule to update fans on the band's current U.K. tour. Read the first part of Dave's tour diary at the Roadrunner Records U.K. web site. As previously reported, DRAGONFORCE's video for the song "Operation Ground and Pound" has been posted online at ...

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OBLITERATION To Enter Studio In January

Tyrant Syndicate Productions, the label headed up by DARKTHRONE guitarist/vocalist Nocturno Culto, has announced the signing of Norwegian death metallers OBLITERATION. Hailing from Kolbotn (just outside Oslo), the band will enter the studio in January to begin recording its debut album. OBLITERATION is: Sindre A. F. Solem - Vocals Arild M. Torp - Guitar Didrik ...

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NECRODEATH: 'Fragments Of Insanity' Reissue Due Next Week

Originally released in 1989, "Fragments of Insanity" is NECRODEATH's second full-length album, one of those records that every true fan of heavy music should worship, a real masterpiece that contributed to set the standards for Europe's death/thrash scene. The long-awaited reissue on CD will be finally available via Scarlet Records on December 11 (January 26 ...

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