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FORCE OF EVIL: MP3 Clips Posted Online

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), have posted two MP3 clips for download via the official MERCYFUL FATE/KING DIAMOND web site. Check them out: 01.

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COLD To Release New EP In The Winter

COLD plan to record an EP for release this winter with a number of special guests, including STAIND's Aaron Lewis and members of SEVENDUST. "ALICE IN CHAINS did 'Sap' and they had a bunch of their friends from like MUDHONEY and SOUNDGARDEN . . . join in," COLD frontman Scooter Ward told Launch. "[We] talked ...

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PARAGON Finalize Track Listing For 'The Dark Legacy'

German melodic metallers PARAGON have finalized the track listing for their new album, "The Dark Legacy", due on July 28 through Remedy Records (distributed by Zomba). The follow-up to last year's critically-acclaimed "Law Of The Blade" CD will contain the following cuts: 01. The Legacy 02. Mirror Of Fate 03. Breaking Glass 04. Black Hole ...

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HYPOCRISY Explain Decision To Withdraw From X-MASS FESTIVALS

Sweden's HYPOCRISY, the band led by acclaimed metal producer and PAIN frontman Peter Tägtgren, have issued a statement explaining their decision to withdraw from the the upcoming X-Mass Festivals European tour, set to kick off on Dec. 7 in London, U.K. The band's statement reads as follows: "We sincerely apologize for the cancellation of the ...

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GAMMA RAY Perform At Spain's TORRES ROCK Festival

German power metallers GAMMA RAY played their first show of the year at Torres Rock Festival in Spain on Saturday (May 24). According to the group's official web site, "the band were in great shape and performed a set that was pretty similar to the 'Skeletons' tour set, just four or five songs were different." ...

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STEVE VAI To Release Collections Of Rarities

STEVE VAI will release the next two installments of "The Secret Jewel Box Set""Archives, Volume 3: Mystery Tracks" and "Archives, Volume 4: Various Artists" — on his birthday, June 6, 2003, exclusively through his official web site, Vai.com. "Archives Vol. 3" is a compilation of Steve's bonus tracks featured on Japanese releases of ...

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P.O.D. To Open For METALLICA In The Winter?

P.O.D. vocalist Sonny Sandoval recently told Launch that METALLICA wanted them for this summer's Summer Sanitarium Tour, but the two bands will probably hook up on the road next winter. "We've actually got a lot of offers to go out maybe in the beginning of the year," Sandoval said. "And so we actually got offered ...

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MOONSPELL: New Album Is 'Poisonous'

Portugal's MOONSPELL have posted the following update to their official web site: "To cut a long story short, the name of our next album, as well as its complete tracklist, was fully revealed during the past week, due to an information leak from the US office of Century Media, which we could not, by any ...

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SENTENCED Announce European Festival Dates

Finland's SENTENCED will play the following gigs during the coming months: May 25 - Urheilutalo – Oulu, FIN Jul. 19 - QStock festival – Oulu, FIN Jul. 31-Aug. 08 – Wacken Open Air – Wacken, GER As previously reported, SENTENCED are planning to enter the studio in the fall/winter to begin recording their next album ...

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INVOCATOR Announce Danish Tour

Reunited Danish thrashers INVOCATOR have announced the details of their upcoming winter tour in support of their latest CD, "Through The Flesh To The Soul", due in early October through Italy's Scarlet Records. The confirmed dates are as follows: Oct. 31 - Multihus Tobaksfabrikken - Esbjerg, DEN Nov. 01 - Metalfestival - Ålborg, DEN Nov. ...

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LED ZEPPELIN Artwork To Be Displayed At English Gallery

Original LED ZEPPELIN album cover artworks from their 20-year career will be displayed at a gallery in Birmingham, England beginning on May 27. Number Nine the Gallery is hosting the second of its "Art of Rock and Roll" exhibitions, and this show will be dedicated solely to the album artwork of the long-defunct British hard ...

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VIRGIN STEELE Frontman Has 'Incredibly Prolific' Winter

VIRGIN STEELE frontman David DeFeis has completed over 40 pieces of music for the much-anticipated "Lilith Project", according to the group's official web site. "He has recorded and sent over to the theatre for the upcoming performances 11 (eleven) instrumental pieces and 18 (eighteen) songs. Hopefully the majority of these compositions will actually be heard ...

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CATTLE DECAPITATION Split With Drummer, Announce Replacement

San Diego extreme metallers CATTLE DECAPITATION have parted ways with drummer David Astor due to his "inability to live up to the obligations of touring and regular necessities of the band." In his place, the group have recruited former CREATION IS CRUCIFIXION skinsman Michael Laughlin. Laughlin's recording debut with the group will come in the ...

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MÖTLEY CRÜE's SIXX Has A 'Blast' At AVRIL LAVIGNE Concert

MÖTLEY CRÜE/BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION bassist Nikki Sixx has posted the following message to the "Rock'n'Roll Diary" section of CRÜE's official web site: "I did take my daughter Storm to AVRIL LAVIGNE last night [May 1]… That was cool to see her eyes light up with that look when she took the stage... She sang every ...

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BLIND GUARDIAN Name Live CD

German melodic metallers BLIND GUARDIAN have set "Live" as the title for their upcoming live album, due on May 26. The two-disc collection, which is currently being mixed at a German studio, will contain 20 songs recorded last year on the band's world tour. The full track listing for the CD is as follows (in ...

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KILL II THIS Finish Filming Video

Britain's KILL II THIS have finished filming a video clip for the track "Universe In A Nutshell", taken from their forthcoming CD, "Mass.[Down.]-Sin.(Drone.)" . The album, the group's first since their split with Visible Noise Records in 2001, is due on May 5 through Loudspeaker/PHD Records in the U.K. and M10 Records in France. The ...

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CATTLE DECAPITATION Name New Album

San Diego extreme metallers CATTLE DECAPITATION have set "Humanure" as the title for their forthcoming full-length album, tentatively due in the fall/winter 2003 through Metal Blade Records. Among the titles set to appear on the upcoming CD are the following: 01. Anthropophagic Copromantik 02. Humanure 03. Lips And Assholes 04. Reduced To Paste 05. The ...

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DAVID LEE ROTH To Issue New Solo Album

Former VAN HALEN frontman DAVID LEE ROTH will issue his new solo album, "Diamond Dave", through Magna Carta/Magnatude Records on July 8. The album features several originals and a few covers. The complete track listing for the album is as follows: 01. Medicine Man 02. Thug Pop 03. Act One 04. Slip Away 05. Bold ...

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KULT OV AZAZEL Complete Work On 'Oculus Infernum'

South Florida black metallers KULT OV AZAZEL have finally completed work on their new album, "Oculus Infernum", for a summer release through Arctic Music. A limited-edition (limited to 500 copies), gatefold vinyl version of the album will surface through Regimental Records. The complete track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Rex Infernum In ...

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BLIND GUARDIAN: Live Album Details Unveiled

German melodic metallers BLIND GUARDIAN have set a May 26 release date for their as-yet-untitled live album. The two-disc collection, which is currently being mixed at a German studio, will contain 20 songs recorded last year on the band's world tour. The full track listing for the CD is as follows (in no particular order): ...

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ANAL CUNT Celebrate 15-Year Anniversary With String Of Live Dates

Legendary purveyors of sarcasm ANAL CUNT celebrate their 15th anniversary this year. To commemorate this milestone, the original AxCx lineup has reunited for a string of shows, including a stop at the Tribeca Bar in Manhattan (their ONLY New York appearance). The details are as follows: Thursday, March 20 @ Tribeca Bar 16 Warren Street ...

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DOMINE To Enter Studio In May

Italian "epic power metal" band DOMINE will enter New Sin Audio Design studios in May to begin recording their fourth full-length album, due later in the year through Dragonheart Records. According to the group's official web site, "the band has already rehearsed five new compositions. Titles are TOP SECRET to avoid copycats running amok. The ...

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PARAGON Name New CD, Prepare To Enter Studio

German melodic metallers PARAGON have set "The Legacy" as the title for their follow-up to last year's critically-acclaimed "Law Of The Blade" CD for a tentative July release through Remedy/Zomba Records. The band will enter the studio in late March to record 10 songs plus a remake of "Into The Black" from "World Of Sin" ...

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BRAINSTORM Begin Work On New Album

Germany's BRAINSTORM have posted the following message to their official web site: "Hi BRAINSTORM-Troopers, first of all, we hope you all had a good start in 2003! It's time to break the silence again for an update on our plans for 2003. We are in the studio to record our new CD. We are simply ...

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MENIKETTI: 'Live In Japan' Track Listing Unveiled

MENIKETTI, the band led by Y&T frontman Dave Meniketti, will release their live album, "Live In Japan", on March 26. The CD, which was recorded on Jan. 31 on the group's Japanese tour, will include the following track listing: 01. No Lies 02. Angel On My Shoulder 03. Storm 04. Take It Like A Man ...

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CELTIC FROST's FISCHER Speaks Out On SANCTUARY, Upcoming CD

Reunited Swiss avant-garde metallers CELTIC FROST are continuing work on their long-awaited comeback CD, tentatively titled "Probe". The group, who have yet to sign a label deal for the new effort, are self-financing much of the recordings, which are tentatively set to surface later this year. Among the working titles that are expected to appear ...

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