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VICIOUS RUMORS Guitarist To Guest On KALEDON CD

VICIOUS RUMORS guitarist Geoff Thorpe will be making a guest appearance on several tracks on the third full-length album from Italian symphonic power metallers KALEDON. The follow-up to 2003's "The King's Rescue", "The Way of the Light" will also feature the drumming talents of Jörg Michael (STRATOVARIUS). A late 2004 release through SteelBorn Records is ...

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ENSLAVED: 'Vikingligr Veldi' Reissue to Arrive In August

Candlelight Records has set an August 10 U.S. release date for ENSLAVED's "Vikingligr Veldi/Hordanes Land". Currently unavailable in the U.S., the mid-line priced reissue is expected to be followed by the band's new album sometime this fall or early next year. Recorded in 1994, the majestic romp of "Vikingligr Veldi" stands as one of ENSLAVED's ...

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SALEM Jam With BEHEMOTH's NERGAL: Photos Posted Online

Israeli death/black metallers SALEM have uploaded several pictures from their special performance at the City Hall club in Hifa on May 24 (Independence Day of Israel) when they were joined by special guest Nergal of the Polish metal band BEHEMOTH. Check out the photos here. Nergal had previously commented on the jam. "I ...

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STRATOVARIUS Drummer To Guest On KALEDON CD

STRATOVARIUS' Jörg Michael will be recording the drum tracks for the third full-length album from Italian symphonic power metallers KALEDON at the Alpha Omega studio in Como, Italy. "This is a very professional recording studio, and the sound engineer is the ANCIENT's manager," reads a post on the group's web site. "He is a very ...

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DRAGONLAND Members Launch Death Metal Side-Project

DRAGONLAND members Olof Morck (guitar) and Nicklas Magnusson (guitar) have reformed their old death metal band RAPTURE under the name THE RETURNING. The group, who will be reworking some of their old material, will begin writing new songs following the completion of the new DRAGONLAND album, "Starfall". THE RETURNING, whose current lineup is rounded out ...

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JEFF PILSON Announces WAR AND PEACE Touring Lineup

Former DOKKEN/DIO bassist Jeff Pilson has announced the touring lineup for his WAR AND PEACE project. "On guitar is the person I was hoping to get, Mitch Perry," Pilson writes on his web site. "Not only have I known and admired Mitch for a very long time, I’ve done some recent playing with him and ...

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Report: METALLICA Drummer 'Waiting On Test Results'

NME.com is reporting that METALLICA's Lars Ulrich is in a German hospital waiting for the results of tests after falling ill in Europe. As previously reported, the group had to play last night's (June 6) Download headline slot with SLIPKNOT and SLAYER drummers Joey Jordison and Dave Lombardo. According to NME.com, the drummer had "a ...

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THE DARKNESS: No Plans To Work With Producer 'MUTT' LANGE

Contrary to published reports, THE DARKNESS will NOT be utilizing the services of legendary producer Robert "Mutt" Lange (AC/DC, DEF LEPPARD, BRYAN ADAMS, FOREIGNER) on their upcoming sophomore album. Some Internet sources have gone as far as to quote the members of the band as saying that the follow-up to last year's gold-certified "Permission to ...

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The Art Of Live - QUEENSRŸCHE

Observing the gradual and unstoppable decline of the once-untouchable Gods of epic metal from Seattle has been nothing short of stupefying. "Where did it all go wrong?" sang Geoff Tate on the title track of the last album to deliver great things, "Promised Land", to which we can all now shout in unison, "You tell ...

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BEHEMOTH Frontman Performs With SALEM In Israel

Israeli death/black metallers SALEM were joined by special guest Nergal of the Polish metal band BEHEMOTH during their appearance at the City Hall club in Hifa on May 24 (Independence Day of Israel). "It was a blast!" Nergal writes on BEHEMOTH's web site. "I didn't expect the crowd to be sooo crazy and hungry for ...

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SKINLAB Guitarist SNAKE Joins RE:IGNITION

RE:IGNITION (formerly DEF IGNITION), the new San Francisco Bay Area band led by SKINLAB's Steev Esquivel, have issued the following update: "Hey everyone, time for some more news. we're gonna try our hardest to keep everyone up to date on the current RE:IGNITION activities. "First off, we are very pleased to announce that RE:IGNITION is ...

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Did METALLICA Use Strong-Arm Tactics To Land At WARNER BROS.?

Hits Daily Double reports: "Amid ongoing Atlantic-Elektra roster cuts, money-minting rockers METALLICA choose to leave, causing a stir by opting out of the new WMG East Coast order and heading for Tom Whalley's Warner Bros. How did they pull it off? Buzzers buzzing that the band’s tactics involved telling Edgar Bronfman Jr. and Lyor Cohen ...

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BLACK ABYSS Sign With MASSACRE RECORDS

German power metal band BLACK ABYSS have signed a deal with Massacre Records. The label will release the group's second album, "Angels Wear Black", later in the year. "Angels Wear Black" is the follow-up to BLACK ABYSS' successful debut, "Land of Darkness", which was released via B.O. Records. "Angels Wear Black" was produced by Dieter ...

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DRAGONLAND Set Title, Track Listing For New Album

DRAGONLAND, the Gothenburg, Sweden-based melodic metal sextet, have set "Starfall" as the title of their third album, tentatively due in October through Century Media Records. The recording of the follow-up to 2002's "Holy War" will take place at Tom Englund's (EVERGREY) Division One Studios in Sweden beginning on June 1. Englund will handle the production ...

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SoundScan Report: FLAW, SEVENDUST, DEMON HUNTER, DEATH ANGEL

According to Nielsen SoundScan, FLAW sold 27,527 copies of their sophomore effort, "Endangered Species" (Republic/Universal), to debut at position No. 42 on next week's The Billboard 200 chart. SEVENDUST's new acoustic live live CD/DVD, "Southside Double-Wide Acoustic Live" (TVT), shifted 13,908 copies to land at No. 90. Meanwhile, DEMON HUNTER's second album, "Summer of Darkness" ...

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THE DARKNESS To Work With Legendary AC/DC Producer On Sophomore Album

THE DARKNESS have recruited legendary producer Robert "Mutt" Lange to produce the follow-up to their mega-selling debut CD, "Permission to Land", according to NME.com. Lange, who is married to country/pop superstar Shania Twain, has previously produced a number of classic rock albums from such artists as AC/DC, DEF LEPPARD, BRYAN ADAMS and FOREIGNER. In other ...

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MADDER MORTEM: Studio Diary Available

Norway's MADDER MORTEM are at Space Valley Studios, just outside of Hamar, working on the follow-up to 2002's "Deadlands", tentatively due later in the year through Century Media Records. 12 songs are being recorded for the CD which is being described as "pretty creepy and dark," with "more experimental and crazy ideas" than its predecessor. ...

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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Get Lots Of Love In Japan

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE have posted the following message on their official web site: "What an amazing time we had in Japan, it is almost like a second home to us at this point. The overwhelming respect given to bands there is frightening. So much love. There is no other place in the world like Japan... Land ...

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SKEW SISKIN Singer: Fully Rested And Ready To Rock

SKEW SISKIN singer Nina C. Alice has issued a statement regarding the cancellation of the last three shows of the group's European tour. As previously reported, the dates were called off after Nina was advised by her doctors to "stay in bed for at least one week to give her body the needed rest and ...

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Magazine: AC/DC Among Australia's Richest Entertainers

AC/DC earned $14.9 million in 2003 to land at the third place on a list of Australia's richest entertainers, according to Business Review Weekly magazine. Oscar winner Nicole Kidman earned an estimated $18.6 million last year in 2003, making her Australia's richest entertainer, while singer John Farnham landed in the second place with an estimated ...

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