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DIMENSION ZERO To Play European Dates As A Four-Piece

DIMENSION ZERO, the Swedish band featuring IN FLAMES guitarist Jesper Strömblad (on bass), ex-MARDUK vocalist Jocke Göthberg, LUCIFERION/DIABOLIQUE drummer Hasse Nilsson, and PATHOS guitarist Daniel Antonsson, have decided against adding a replacement for recently departed axeman Glenn Ljungström (ex-IN FLAMES) during their upcoming mini-tour. "A second guitar player might be considered later on this winter, ...

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CANCER: EP Delayed Until Early Next Year

Reformed U.K. death metallers CANCER have pushed back the projected release date for their new EP, "Corporation$", to early 2004. The band, who are currently unsigned, recently played a couple of reunion dates in the U.K. and have a few more planned for next month. The group's current lineup consists of vocalist/guitarist John Walker, drummer ...

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THREE INCHES OF BLOOD: U.S. Album Release Delayed

Canadian metallers THREE INCHES OF BLOOD have pushed back the U.S. release date of their full-length debut, "Battlecry Under a Winter Sun", to February 17 through Arena Rock Recording Co. (distributed by ADA). Upcoming THREE INCHES OF BLOOD tour dates: Nov. 14 - Seattle, WA @ Studio 7 Nov. 22 - Kamloops, BC @ Sportmart ...

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DESTINY: Special Releases In The Works

Long-running Swedish metal band DESTINY are currently working on two special releases containing a total of 22 songs. One of the albums is a re-recording of the group's out-of-print debut album "Beyond All Sense", originally released as a limited vinyl edition in 1985. The album will also contain two newly-recorded bonus tracks originating from the ...

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MARILYN MANSON Track To Be Featured On New 'Spawn' Videogame

The MARILYN MANSON track "Use Your Fist, Not Your Mouth", from the shock-rocker's recent Nothing/Interscope album, "The Golden Age of Grotesque", will be featured on the new "Spawn Armageddon" videogame, according to Billboard.com. "If any artist epitomizes my anti-hero Spawn, it's MARILYN MANSON," says Todd McFarlane, head of McFarlane Enterprises, which is producing the game ...

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JANE'S ADDICTION, MARILYN MANSON Line Up East Coast Dates

JANE'S ADDICTION and MARILYN MANSON will be joining forces this winter for a series of co-headlining dates that kick off right after Christmas. Only a handful of dates have been scheduled so far, beginning with a Dec. 27 performance in Auburn Hills, MI. Plans also include a New Year's Eve show at New York City's ...

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LINKIN PARK, P.O.D. To Team Up For U.S. Tour

LINKIN PARK will be hooking up with P.O.D. for about six weeks of North American dates beginning in early January. The tour will start in early January and will feature LINKIN PARK in the headlining slot. "Their success is huge. You can't knock LINKIN PARK's sales," P.O.D. frontman Sonny Sandoval told MTV.com about playing second ...

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THREE INCHES OF BLOOD Secure U.S. Deal For Debut Album

Canadian metallers THREE INCHES OF BLOOD will release their full-length debut, "Battlecry Under a Winter Sun", in the U.S. on January 20 through Arena Rock Recording Co., distributed by ADA. "Good times were had for the month of October," the band write on their web site. "Our first U.K. tour was an unbelievable success. Huge ...

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RIOT Announce One-Off Show In Texas

RIOT have announced plans to perform a very special show in Texas on April 30, 2004. According to the group, "we will be offering air fare and hotel packages for all of [the RIOT fans] that would like to come to Texas and see the band perform live. [The fans] will also get a backstage ...

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ORPHANED LAND Complete Work On 'Mabool'

Long-running Israeli metallers ORPHANED LAND have completed work on their third full-length album, titled "Mabool", for an early 2004 release through Century Media Records. "Mabool" was recorded at Zaza and Bardo Studios in Israel. Commented singer Kobi Farhi, "[The new CD] is the most hard and painful creation we did in our lives, the album ...

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DISSECTION Continue Search For Musicians, Plan Documentary DVD

DISSECTION guitarist/vocalist Jon Nödtvedt and drummer Bård "Faust" Eithun (ex-EMPEROR) have spent the past few weeks looking through the audition videos that have been sent to them from all over the world. In the beginning of next year, real auditions will be held for some of the musicians needed to complete the group's lineup. It ...

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H.I.M. Announce European Tour Dates

Finnish goth-metallers H.I.M. have lined up the following European tour dates during the winter: Dec. 19 – Astoria - London, UK Dec. 31 - Tavastia - Helsinki, FIN Jan. 15 - Arena - Oberhausen, GER (w/ OZZY OSBOURNE) Jan. 17 - Ahoy - Rotterdam, Holland (w/ OZZY OSBOURNE) Jan. 19 - Alcatrazz - Milan, ITA ...

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DIONYSUS Added To SAXON/DORO European Tour

DIONYSUS, the Swedish/German melodic power metal act featuring the voice behind guitarist Luca Turilli's solo work, Olaf Hayer, and ex-SINERGY drummer Ronny Milianowicz, have been added to the upcoming SAXON/DORO/CIRCLE II CIRCLE European tour. Confirmed dates are as follows: Nov. 29 - Murcia, SPA - Sala Gamma (w/out CIRCLE II CIRCLE) Nov. 30 - Bergara, ...

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CANCER To Headline U.K.'s BLACK WINTER DAY Festival

Reformed U.K. death metallers CANCER have been confirmed to headline "Black Winter Day", an all-day extreme metal festival set to take place on December 13 at the Empress in Bradford, England. Other bands scheduled to perform at the event include THE ENCHANTED, SHALLOW GRAVE, LIQUEFIED SKELETON, CRUEL HUMANITY, KHANG, CONQUEST OF STEEL, BUMSNOGGER and BLOODSTEAM. ...

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METALLICA: Fade To Bluegrass?

Terry Pace of TimesDaily.com reports that bluegrass group IRON HORSE will be releasing their genre-bending, redefining tribute (view cover here) to the head-banging, heavy-metal sounds of monster rockers METALLICA nationwide today via the Los Angeles-based label CMH Records. "It's the last thing in the world we ever expected to do," admitted IRON HORSE ...

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TYPE O NEGATIVE Members Name Side Project

TYPE O NEGATIVE members Johnny Kelly and Kenny Hickey along with DUST TO DUST's Rob Traynor have set SKYND as the name of their new project, the musical direction of which is being described as "SABBATH, SOUNDGARDEN, BEATLES, groove-oriented — nothing happy, all in minor." SKYND are tentatively scheduled to make their live debut this ...

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KULT OV AZAZEL Begin Work On New Material

South Florida black metallers KULT OV AZAZEL have begun writing material for the follow-up to this year's "Oculus Infernum", tentatively due in late 2004. "There's no working title as of yet but songs written so far are 'And Earth is Filled With Violence', 'The Glorification of Evil' and 'An Eternity with Satan'," the band write ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN: Upcoming Appearances Announced

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman has lined up the following appearances during October/November: Oct. 08 – Osaka, JAP @ Festival Hall (w/ Sera Masanori) Oct. 09 – Tokyo, JAP @ Budokan (w/ Sera Masanori) Oct. 19 – Osaka, JAP @ (w/ Aikawa Nanase) Oct. 29 – Peking, CHI (Mini-Concert Event) Oct. 30 - Hong Kong ...

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POISONBLACK Launch Singer Search

Finland's POISONBLACK (formerly SHADOWLANDS) — the new band featuring SENTENCED vocalist Ville Laihiala (on guitar) and CHARON frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto — are currently searching for a new singer in the wake of Leppäluoto's announcement that he will leave the band following their upcoming European tour. Interested parties can send a demo to following address: POISONBLACK ...

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LACUNA COIL, MOONSPELL, PASSENGER, POISONBLACK To Tour Europe

LACUNA COIL, MOONSPELL, PASSENGER and POISONBLACK will teaming up for a European club tour this winter. An as-yet-unannounced opener will kick off the proceedings, and will be followed by Finland's POISONBLACK, who feature in their ranks SENTENCED frontman Ville Laihiala on guitar and CHARON frontman J.P. Leppäluo. Sweden's PASSENGER will add a different favour: Anders ...

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DEAD OF WINTER Announce New Members

Chicago doom metal act DEAD OF WINTER have announced the addition of ex-AVERNUS guitarist/current FLESHGRIND bassist James Genenz and ex-AVERNUS drummer William Hamning to the group's ranks. The band, who are currently writing material for a new demo, hope to secure a label deal in 2004 and release their debut album shortly thereafter. In the ...

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HAMMERFALL: 'One Crimson Night' Track Listing Announced

Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL have confirmed the track listing for their upcoming live CD/DVD, "One Crimson Night", due on October 20 through Nuclear Blast. The CD/DVD will contain the entire concert from Lisebergshallen in Göteborg, Sweden on February 20, 2003, while the DVD will also include an "On The Road" documentary from the European part ...

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AREA 54 To Support KILL II THIS In The U.K.

AREA 54 will be supporting KILL II THIS on their U.K. tour in September. Confirmed dates are as follows: Sep. 13 - Railway Inn – Winchester, UK Sep. 14 - Agincourt - Camberley, UK Sep. 15 - Soundhouse - Colchester, UK Sep. 16 - Fleece & Firkin - Bristol, UK Sep. 17 - Cavern - ...

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Review: OZZFEST 2003 Is A Magnet For Metalheads

Rebecca Dana of the Washington Post reports that "to be a second-stage act, which is to say not a headliner, at Ozzfest 2003 — the darkest, loudest and most heavily metallic touring show on Earth — is unequivocally lovely on a sunny summer day. It is to be 27 years old with a spike in ...

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