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HAMMERFALL Announce Summer Festival Appearances

Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL have announced the following summer festival appearances: Jun. 27 - Bang Your Head - Balingen, GER Jul. 04 - Sundsvalls Gatufest - Sundsvall, SWE Jul. 05 - Töreboda Festival - Töreboda, SWE Jul. 25 - Karlskoga Stranddagar - Karlskoga, SWE Aug. 30 - Bloodstock Metalfest - Derby, UK In addition, the ...

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SKID ROW To Land On Germany's SPV/STEAMHAMMER?

SKID ROW are strongly rumored to have landed a European deal with SPV/Steamhammer Records for their already-completed new album, "ThickSkin". A spring release is expected. The band have yet to find a suitable U.S. label following their split with longtime home Atlantic Records. SKID ROW, who now feature in their ranks singer Johnny Solinger, recently ...

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Former NEUROTICA Singer Auditions For DROWNING POOL

Former NEUROTICA frontman Kelly Shaefer has reportedly tried out for the DROWNING POOL singer slot left vacant by the death of Dave Williams. Shaefer, who was recently linked with the new group formed by the former GUNS N' ROSES members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, didn't land the DROWNING POOL gig and has since ...

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AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT Set Release Date For 'District 6'

AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT, the solo project of former KITTIE guitarist Fallon Bowman, will release their debut album, "District 6", on May 20. AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT's sound is being described as a dancey, industrial "fusion [of] MINISTRY's 'The Land of Rape and Honey''s weirdness and KMFDM's 'Adios'' ferocity,' with a touch of VNV NATION's 'Empires'' more melodic vibe." ...

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BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION Fail To Land Slot On AEROSMITH/KISS Tour

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: "As you've heard, Mr. [John] Corabi has left the building. We're all the greatest of friends and there is nothing but respect and love for each other... We each have our own journey ...

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BATHORY: 'Nordland II' Track Listing Revealed

BATHORY's new album, "Nordland II", will be released on March 31 in Europe and April 29 in North America through Black Mark Records. The complete track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. Fanfare 02. Blooded Shore 03. Sea Wolf 04. Vinland 05. The Land 06. Death And Resurrection Of A Northern Son 07. ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM Land First-Ever Gold Album

CHILDREN OF BODOM's latest CD, "Hate Crew Deathroll", was certified gold for sales in excess of 15,000 copies in their native Finland. It is the group's first-ever gold album. Also certified gold was the single "You're Better Off Dead", which has shifted more than 5,000 copies since it was released last September. In other news, ...

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EVANESCENCE, VOIVOD First-Week Sales Numbers Revealed

Little Rock, Arkansas-based EVANESCENCE have shifted 141,765 copies of their major label debut, "Fallen", to land at position #7 on next week's Billboard 200 Pop Album chart. Meanwhile, VOIVOD's self-titled effort — the group's first to feature former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted — sold 3,030 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Soundscan. ...

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Former KITTIE Guitarist Delays Release Of Solo Debut

AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT, the solo project of former KITTIE guitarist Fallon Bowman, have delayed the release of their debut album, "District 6", to sometime in the spring. "With the cover art being late and with promotion not being where it should be right now, the release date will be pushed back," Fallon wrote on the group's ...

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EDGUY Name Live Album

German melodic metallers EDGUY have set "Burning Down The Opera" as the title for their upcoming double live album, due on May 26 through AFM Records. The band, whose last album, "Mandrake", was released in 2001, have begun the pre-production process for their new studio CD, tentatively due in early 2004. The complete track listing ...

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APARTMENT 26 Land New Record Deal, Complete Work On Sophomore CD

APARTMENT 26 — the group fronted by Biff Butler, son of BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler — have set "Music For The Massive" as the title for their sophomore CD, due late summer through Atlantic Records. The CD, which was produced by Tchad Blake and APARTMENT 26 at Real World Studios, Peter Gabriel's state-of-the-art recording ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE: EMI Reissues Postponed (Again)

QUEENSRŸCHE's "Queensrÿche", "The Warning", "Rage For Order" and "Operation: Mindcrime" releases — originally scheduled to be reissued on April 8 — will now not surface through EMI Records until May 6. Meanwhile, reissues of "Empire", "Promised Land" and "Hear In The Now Frontier" are not expected until May 10. No reason was given for the ...

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Former KITTIE Guitarist To Sell Solo Debut Online

AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT, the solo project of former KITTIE guitarist Fallon Bowman, will make its debut album, "District 6", available for purchase online on March 19. "District 6", which features an appearance by former KITTIE bassist Talena Atfield, will contain the following track listing (in no particular order): 01. Synergy 02. Post Apocalyptic Burn 03. The ...

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DAMNED NATION Land New Deal

Sweden's DAMNED NATION, featuring former SKINTRADE/JAGGED EDGE frontman Matti Alfonzetti, have inked a deal with Italy's Scarlet Records and are currently finishing up work on their fourth album, "Sign Of Madness", for a fall release. According to the band, "the recording of the album started about a year ago but had to be cancelled due ...

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MINISTRY's JOURGENSEN Outlines Touring Plans

MINISTRY's previously announced North American tour with MUDVAYNE and IN FLAMES is far from a done deal, according to MINISTRY mainman Al Jourgensen. In addition, the group are contemplating launching their own summer tour in the U.S. "with a full line-up of decent bands for a change," according to Al. The following is Jourgensen's latest ...

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EDGUY Finalize Track Listing For Live Album

German melodic metallers EDGUY have finalized the track listing for their upcoming double live album, due in April/May through AFM Records. The complete track listing for the as-yet-untitled effort is as follows: Disc I: 01. Intro 02. Fallen Angels 03. Tears Of A Mandrake 04. Babylon 05. Land Of The Miracle 06. Painting On The ...

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DIONYSUS To Enter Studio In The Spring

Swedish/German melodic power metal act DIONYSUS, featuring the voice behind guitarist Luca Turilli's solo work, Olaf Hayer, and ex-SINERGY drummer Ronny Milianowicz, are tentatively planning to record their new album in late spring for a fall release through AFM Records. According to Ronny, "The second album will include 'Paradise Land' and also the continued story ...

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ZWAN Land At #3 On BILLBOARD Album Chart

Chicago-based ZWAN, the new band featuring former SMASHING PUMPKINS mainman Billy Corgan, ex-PUMPKINS drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, former CHAVEZ guitarist Matt Sweeney, ex-SLINT guitarist David Pajo, and A PERFECT CIRCLE bassist Paz Lechantin, are the highest debuting act on the next Billboard 200 albums chart, having sold 90,025 copies of their debut album, "Mary Star of ...

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MYSTIC PROPHECY Sign With NUCLEAR BLAST

MYSTIC PROPHECY, the band consisting of VALLEY'S EVE vocalist R. D. Liapakis, ex-STORMWITCH bassist Martin Albrecht, RAISE HELL drummer Dennis Ekdahl, and DREAM EVIL/FIREWIND guitarist Gus G., have inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Records and will issue their second album, "Regressus" ('The Return'), on June 16. According to an official press release, "Regressus" is ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Reissues On The Way

Two decades after QUEENSRŸCHE released their self-titled 12-inch debut EP, EMI Records is celebrating the band's career by reissuing the disc and the six critically acclaimed albums that followed: "The Warning", "Rage For Order", "Operation: Mindcrime", "Empire", "Promised Land" and "Hear In The Now Frontier". Each of the seven QUEENSRŸCHE records has been repackaged with ...

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Former KITTIE Guitarist To Issue Solo Debut

AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT, the solo project of former KITTIE guitarist Fallon Bowman, has set "District 6" as the title for its upcoming debut, due later in the year through an as-yet-undisclosed label. "District 6", which features an appearance by former KITTIE bassist Talena Atfield, will contain the following track listing (in no particular order): 01. Synergy ...

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AUDIOSLAVE Land Gold Album

AUDIOSLAVE's self-titled debut has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of more than 500,000 copies in the U.S. "Audioslave" was released on Nov. 19 through Epic Records. ...

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