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IMMORTAL Cancel TUSKA 2002 Appearance

Norwegian black metallers IMMORTAL were forced to cancel their appearance at Finland's Tuska 2002 festival due to undisclosed "delicate family matters," according to an official statement from the group. "The band deeply feel bad about this, but promise to come back later in the year for another gig instead," continues the statement. As previously reported, ...

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THE PROJECT HATE, 2 TON PREDATOR To Play TUSKA 2002 Club Gig

THE PROJECT HATE, featuring Jörgen Sandström of ENTOMBED/GRAVE fame, and fellow Swedes 2 TON PREDATOR will play at Tavastia Club in Helsinki, Finland on July 12th as part of the Tuska 2002 festival. In its fifth installment, Tuska 2002 festival (which is scheduled to take place on July 12-14 in the Kaisaniemi park in the ...

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ALTARIA Sign Management Deal, Release Demo CD

Finland's ALTARIA, featuring SONATA ARCTICA guitarist Jani Liimatainen, have signed a management deal with Germany's GerMusica Promotion & Management and have made available for download their most recent Feed The Fire four-song demo CD via the group's official web site at this location. ALTARIA are currently shopping the above-mentioned recording in hopes of ...

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SONATA ARCTICA Cancel Moscow Date

Finland's SONATA ARCTICA were forced to cancel their planned concert in Moscow on May 18th after they were unable to locate an available venue to hold the gig. The band are hoping to reschedule the show to a later date. ...

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THE CROWN Confirmed For TUSKA OPEN AIR METAL FESTIVAL

Sweden's THE CROWN, featuring former AT THE GATES frontman Tomas Lindberg, will have been confirmed for the Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, which is scheduled to take place on July 12-14 in Helsinki, Finland. Other acts set to appear at the event include MACHINE HEAD, NIGHTWISH and SONATA ARCTICA, among others. ...

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TUSKA OPEN AIR METAL Festival: First Acts Announced

MACHINE HEAD, NIGHTWISH and SONATA ARCTICA are three of the acts that have been confirmed for the Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, which is scheduled to take place on July 12-14 in Helsinki, Finland. In its fifth installment, Tuska Open Air Metal Festival is expected to draw in excess of 10,000 attendees over a three-day ...

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SONATA ARCTICA To Issue First-Ever Live Album In July

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA will issue their first-ever live album, entitled Songs of Silence - Live in Tokyo, in Finland on July 1st. The full track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Intro 02. Weballergy 03. Kingdom for a Heart 04. Sing in Silence 05. False News Travel Fast 06. Last Drop ...

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STRATOVARIUS Frontman To Issue Solo Album In April/May

STRATOVARIUS vocalist Timo Kotipelto is presently negotiating with several record labels regarding the release of his upcoming solo album, and if all goes according to plan, the CD will receive a worldwide release in April/May. As previously reported, the album will be released in Finland via Timo's own High And Loud label, and will be ...

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SONATA ARCTICA Announce Brazilian Dates

Finnish power metallers SONATA ARCTICA have announced the details of their upcoming Brazilian tour. The dates are as follows: Mar. 20 Porto Alegre, BRA @ Bar Opiniao Mar. 22 Curitiba, BRA @ Studio 1250 Mar. 23 Belo Horizonte, BRA @ TBA Mar. 24 Sao Paulo, BRA @ Directv Music Hall ...

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SONATA ARCTICA Live Album In The Works

Finnish melodic power metallers SONATA ARCTICA have finished mixing their live album, entitled Live In Japan 2001, at Finnvox Studios with Mikko Karmila. The band are due to enter Tico Tico Studios shortly to record a couple of new songs, which may or may not appear on the aforementioned live CD as “bonus” cuts. A ...

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SONATA ARCTICA : Live In Finland

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have lined up the following dates in their home country: Jan. 25 - Tampere, FIN @ Pakkahuone Jan. 26 - Lapua, FIN @ Lapuahovi Feb. 08 - Paimio, FIN @ Tillintupa Feb. 09 - Turku, FIN @ Kåren Feb. 22 - Seinäjoki, FIN @ Uimahallin Urheilutalo Feb. 23 - Jyväskylä, ...

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STRATOVARIUS Vocalist To Issue Solo Debut In March/April

STRATOVARIUS vocalist Timo Kotipelto's recently-completed debut solo album will be released in Finland via Timo's own High And Loud label in March/April. No US or continental European release information has yet been made available. Among the tracks that are set to appear on the as-yet-untitled CD are the following: 01. Battle Of The Gods 02. ...

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Archive News Dec 03, 2001

APOLLYON SUN, featuring former CELTIC FROST mainman Tom Gabriel Fischer, are currently composing and demoing new material for the group's upcoming sophomore full-length album at the band's own rehearsal studio facility (where the act have just upgraded the computer-based recording system) and at Oakland Recording, the group's long-time home when recording in ...

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Archive News Nov 30, 2001

Here are some of the latest sales figures for various metal/hard rock releases in the US, as reported by Soundscan for the week ending November 25th, 2001 (number in parenthesis indicates the number of weeks the title has been on the sales chart):

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KID ROCK – Cocky: 223,062 (1) ...

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Archive News Nov 26, 2001

SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser will be joining former IRON MAIDEN vocalist Paul Di'Anno on stage as a very special guest at the latter's headlining appearance at the Manifesto Bar in Sao Paulo, Brazil on December 11th. Kisser will reportedly perform with Di'Anno at the first show of the singer's three-night stint ...

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Archive News Aug 16, 2001

Ex-VOIVOD bassist/vocalist Eric Forrest has denied that he is personally suing his former band for expenses incurred in relation to the near-fatal road accident in Germany in August 1998 that resulted in Forrest being thrown out of the band's van (who were on tour at the time) and suffering broken bones and internal damage. ...

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Archive News Jun 27, 2001

Contrary to the official statement posted by METAL CHURCH guitarist Kurdt Venaderhoof on the group's official web site (as reported here yesterday), the ongoing METAL CHURCH “dispute” involving Vanderhoof and vocalist David Wayne appears to be far less of a “united front” against the singer on the part of the band than the guitarist ...

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Archive News Jun 04, 2001

DESTRUCTION's brand new studio album, The Antichrist, will be released through Nuclear Blast Records in Europe on Monday, August 27th. Like its predecessor, last year's All Hell Breaks Loose, The Antichrist was recorded at Sweden's The Abyss Studios with producer Peter Tagtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN). In other DESTRUCTION news, the band have been added to the ...

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Archive News May 23, 2001

Popular '80s Bay Area metal band DEATH ANGEL will reunite for a one-off performance at the Thrash Of The Titans benefit concert for TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. As previously reported, Thrash Of The Titans will be taking place on Saturday, August 11th at San Francisco's Maritime Hall, and it ...

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Archive News May 19, 2001

COAL CHAMBER have recruited Ross Hogarth to produce their forthcoming third full-length album, which is tentatively titled Dark Days and is scheduled for release on October 8th in Europe and October 9th in the US. Hogarth is a virtual unknown in metal circles, having primarily worked with pop and rock acts in the past, including ...

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Archive News Apr 28, 2001 - update 1

The members of TESTAMENT — including the cancer-stricken vocalist Chuck Billy — were spotted at THE HAUNTED's show at Slim's in San Francisco on Thursday, April 26th. Billy, who was was reportedly in very good spirits, made it clear to everyone that TESTAMENT would continue and that he was confident he would beat the cancer ...

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Archive News Apr 27, 2001

According to informed sources, the UK's PITCHSHIFTER are still in talks with Sanctuary Records about a possible deal, and if all goes well, the band are hoping to begin recording a new album before the end of the summer. Vocalist JS Clayden recently confirmed that the group 'are talking to the labels that we think ...

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Archive News Apr 25, 2001

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has responded to mounting criticism over his less-than-complimentary comments about the alleged MOTLEY CRUE split and the behind-the-scenes circumstances that led to ANTHRAX getting thrown off the Maximum Rock tour (also featuring the CRUE and MEGADETH) last summer.

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Here is Mustaine's response in its entirety:

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'First, let me say ...

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Archive News Apr 14, 2001

German progresive metallers VANDEN PLAS have confirmed their appearance at the ProgPower Europe 2001 Festival, which is due to take place on October 5th and 6th in Baarlo, Netherlands.


After releasing five albums through Atlantic Records, BAD RELIGION has reportedly re-signed with Epitaph Records, the label owned by Brett Gurewitz, a founding member of ...

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Archive News Apr 03, 2001

Former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted made his first 'official' public appearance since leaving the group on Sunday, April 1st when he took the stage at Ashkenaz in Berkeley, California with the MOSS BROTHERS, 12-year-old Reuben and 15-year-old Evan, to perform a number of songs from the MOSS BROTHERS debut CD and the upcoming follow-up effort, ...

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