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Former STRATOVARIUS Singer TIMO KOTIPELTO: 'Coldness' Details Revealed

Former STRATOVARIUS vocalist Timo Kotipelto has finalized the track listing for his second solo album, "Coldness", due this spring through Century Media Records. Joining Timo during the recording sessions for the follow-up to 2002's "Waiting For The Dawn" (which was issued under the KOTIPELTO banner) were the following world-class musicians: Janne Wirman (CHILDREN OF BODOM ...

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MELISSA AUF DER MAUR To Make U.K. Solo Debut In February

Former HOLE/SMASHING PUMPKINS bassist Melissa Auf der Maur will make her U.K. live debut as a solo artist on February 16 at the Carling Islington Academy in London. Auf Der Maur will release her self-titled debut album internationally on February 2, and in the U.K. on March 1 through Capitol Records. The single, "Followed The ...

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PSYCHOTIC WALTZ Albums To Be Reissued

Metal Blade Records (Europe) will re-release the long-out-of-print albums by acclaimed progressive metal outfit PSYCHOTIC WALTZ. All four albums will be released in two box-sets featuring a wealth of bonus material. The first box-set will include the albums "A Social Grace" and "Mosquito" and will be released on March 22. The bonus material will be ...

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WINDS Complete Work On New Album

WINDS, the Norwegian band featuring Carl August Tideman (ARCTURUS, TRITONUS), Jan Axel Blomberg (MAYHEM, ARCTURUS), Lars Eric Si and Andy Winter, have completed work on their new album, "The Imaginary Direction of Time", due in late April through The End Records. Recorded at Toproom and Fagerborg studios in Norway and mixed at The Factory in ...

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HEAVEN SHALL BURN Sign With CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS

German melodic death/metalcore act HEAVEN SHALL BURN have inked a deal with Century Media Records. The group's first album for the label, "Antigone", will be released on in Europe on April 26. The initial European pressing of the album will be a limited edition version with special packaging that includes two bonus cover tracks. More ...

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FORCE OF EVIL Debut To Receive U.S. Release

FORCE OF EVIL, the new Danish all-star band featuring guitarist Michael Denner (ex-MERCYFUL FATE), guitarist Hank Shermann (MERCYFUL FATE), bassist Hal Patino (KING DIAMOND), drummer Bjarne Holm (MERCYFUL FATE), and vocalist Martin Steene (IRONFIRE), will release their debut album on January 26 through Escapi Music in coordination with Navarre Distribution. "Compared to my previous projects, ...

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JIMMY PAGE 'Signature' Model Les Paul Unveiled

The Gibson Custom Shop will be introducing eight new models at this year's winter NAMM show, including the long-awaited Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul. With specs culled from in-depth research on Jimmy's original #1 Les Paul and featuring an aged finish by Tom Murphy, the Custom Shop replica of Jimmy's legendary instrument will initially be ...

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WITHERING SURFACE: New Album Details Revealed

Danish metallers WITHERING SURFACE have completed work on their fourth album, "Force The Pace", with producer Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, MNEMIC, RAUNCHY) at Antfarm Studio in Aarhus, Denmark. A late spring release through an as-yet-undetermined label is expected. "Force The Pace" track listing (in no particular order): 01. Gears 02. Inhale The Hyperpulse 03. State ...

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WOLF To Film Video For 'Wolf's Blood'

Swedish metallers WOLF will enter Flatfish studios on Saturday (January 17) to film a video for the track "Wolf's Blood". The theme of the clip, according to a posting on the band's web site, is "THIN LIZZY at 'Top of the Pops' '77 meets JUDAS PRIEST at Budokan in '81." "Wolf's Blood" comes off WOLF's ...

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Spanish Black Metallers GODÜS To Release Debut Album In March

Spanish black metallers GODÜS have inked a deal with Xtreem Music. Formed in 2000 as a side-project of members of WORMED and NÜLL, GODÜS are said to play "raw, mystic and extreme black metal" with influences from bands like ISVIND, JUDAS ISCARIOT, DARKTHRONE and ZYKLON-B. After releasing their debut five-track demo in 2003, the band ...

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MELVINS To Celebrate 20th Anniversary With Book, Tour

MELVINS will celebrate their 20th anniversary this winter with the publication of a very special coffee table book called "Neither Here, Nor There" on March 2. According to an official press release, "Neither Here, Nor There" is "an amazing retrospective highlighting artwork from [MELVINS'] releases, ruminations from the band and their friends and [including] a ...

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DESTINY: New Album Delayed

Long-running Swedish metal band DESTINY have pushed back the release date of their new album, "Future Of The Past", to March 5 through GMR Music Group. "Future Of The Past" was recorded at the band's own DRS Studios and features a guest appearance by former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN keyboardist Mats Olausson. As previously reported, DESTINY are ...

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EDGUY To Play 'Secret' Club Show In Germany

A "secret" EDGUY show has been announced for January 21 or 22 in Cologne, Germany. The exact date of the show is expected to be announced later today at the group's official web site. EDGUY are going to play an exclusive "secret" show in Cologne's mini-club Underground that will be video-taped for the German music ...

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SLIPKNOT Bassist To Hold Autograph Session At Winter NAMM

Peavey Electronics Corporation, one of the largest manufacturers of musical instruments and professional sound equipment in the world, will host an autograph signing session with SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray at its Winter NAMM exhibit on Sunday, January 18 at 2:00 p.m. SLIPKNOT are currently recording the much-anticipated follow-up to 2001's "Iowa" in the Hollywood Hills, ...

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BATHORY: New Album To Be Recorded In The Spring

According to the BATHORY fan site Twilight, BATHORY mainman Quorthon has been writing new material at his home base in Sweden and is planning to enter the studio late this winter or early in the spring to record the group's twelfth album (which apparently has the unserious working title of "Dra Ballen i ...

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NIGHTWISH Bassist Checks In From The Recording Studio

NIGHTWISH bassist Marco Hietala has posted the following studio update on the band's official web site: "Good evening from the southern seacoast of Finland. In this case 'southern' is just the geological location compared to the rest of the country. The wind is at the speed of storm, and the sea swells with the melting ...

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BRAZEN ABBOT DVD Due In The Summer

The following message was posted on BRAZEN ABBOT's official web site: "[BRAZEN ABBOT mainman] Nikolo Kotzev has completed production on MESSIAH'S KISS's new album! Everyone was pleased with the results and Nik has also been asked to produce other bands as well! "Nik then traveled from Germany to Bulgaria to work on the upcoming BRAZEN ...

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LULLACRY Announce Winter Tour Dates

Finland's LULLACRY have lined up the following dates during December/January: Dec. 27 - Green Christmas – Rakvere, EE Jan. 15 - Klubi – Tampere, FIN * Jan. 16 - Klubi – Turku, FIN ** Jan. 17 – Tavastia – Helsinki, FIN ** * Riemufestivaali Goes Metal w/ NORTHER, CAUSE FOR EFFECT, TOTAL DEVASTATION ** Riemufestivaali ...

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FLOWING TEARS Cancel Berlin Date

German goth metallers FLOWING TEARS were forced to cancel their Dec. 12 show at the Rockanova "Cold Winter Steel" party in the Kalkscheune, Berlin after drummer Stefan Gemballa was injured during a gig with his other band, RED AIM. According to the group, "Stefan was hit in the head and badly injured by a falling ...

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Review: IRON MAIDEN Break The Sound Barrier

The Evening Times is reporting that heavy metal veterans IRON MAIDEN rocked the SECC in Glasgow so hard Monday night (Dec. 8) they blew the sound system in an awe-inspiring set that delivered a full-on dose of rock theatrics. The audience in the packed auditorium was so eager to get close to their heroes that ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE To Duet With JESSICA SIMPSON On Christmas TV Special

MTV announced yesterday (Dec. 4) that "The Osbourne Family Christmas Special" will air on Thursday, December 11 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The 60-minute special, hosted by the Osbournes from their home in Beverly Hills, will take holiday specials to a bizarre level, with a wide range of celebrity guests joining in on the festivities, including ...

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LIEGE LORD Guitarist To Appear On JOHNNY WINTER's New CD

Former LIEGE LORD guitarist Paul Nelson has just completed laying down guitar tracks for rock/blues legend Johnny Winter's new release on which he will appear on as both guitarist and songwriter. Nelson is now part of an elite group of guitarists to have recorded with the famed Texas guitar slinger one other among those being ...

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IRON MAIDEN Announce 2004 Tour Dates

IRON MAIDEN have announced the following dates as part of the winter leg of their "Dance of Death World Tour": Jan. 11 - ARG - Buenos Aires - River Plate Stadium Jan. 13 - CHI - Santiago - Pista Atletica Jan. 16 - BRA - Rio de Janeiro - ATL Hall Jan. 17 - BRA ...

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BIOHAZARD: In Recording Mode

BIOHAZARD have commenced the recording process for their new album, tentatively due early next year. "We just did a few shows over the weekend... one in Long Island and another in New Jersey," guitarist/vocalist Billy Graziadei writes on the band's web site. "Long Island was awesome, it's been a long time since we played there! ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND To Guest On New AYREON CD

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD mastermind Devin Townsend has been confirmed as one of the guest performers on the new AYREON CD, "The Human Equation", tentatively due in May 2004 through an as-yet-undetermined label. As previously reported, other vocalists set to appear on the album include Mikael Åkerfeldt (OPETH), James LaBrie (DREAM THEATER) Devon Graves (a.k.a. Buddy ...

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