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DESTINY Continue Work On 'Beyond All Sense 2005'

Long-running Swedish metallers DESTINY are currently working on a re-recording of the band's debut album, "Beyond All Sense", originally released almost twenty years ago. "Beyond All Sense 2005" is scheduled for release on March 14, 2005, twenty years after the original album release (March 13, 1985). A studio update from bassist Stefan Björnshög follows: "Last ...

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EUPHROSYNE Change Name To SOULCAGE

Finland's prog-rockers EUPHROSYNE, the group featuring vocalist Aleksi Parviainen, the brother of SINERGY/WALTARI drummer Janne Parviainen, have changed their name to SOULCAGE. The group's newly launched web site is currently hosting a couple of audio samples from the group's 2004 promo CD, "With the Time I Run". SOULCAGE lineup: Aleksi Parviainen - Vocals ...

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GRAND MAGUS To Record New Album This Winter

GRAND MAGUS, the Swedish band which features in its ranks current SPIRITUAL BEGGARS frontman Janne Christoffersson, are planning on entering the studio in December/January to record the follow-up to last year's "Monument", tentatively due next spring via Rise Above Records. Produced by the band and Oneman at a small studio in Stockholm, "Monument" was issued ...

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STRATOVARIUS Singer Announces Lineup For 'Solo' Appearance

STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto has announced the lineup of his solo band for his upcoming appearance in Slovakia on November 20. The band's lineup will consist of the following: Timo Kotipelto (STRATOVARIUS) - vocals Mirka Rantanen (THUNDERSTONE, TUNNELVISION, WARMEN) - drums Lauri Porra (TUNNELVISION) - Bass Tuomas Wäinölä (HEARTPLAY, NYLON BEAT)- guitars Mikko Harkin (WINGDOM, ...

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Size Matters - HELMET

When listening to early HELMET, I always got this feeling of a massive wall of concrete rumbling across and flattening everything in its path. The band sounded so tight, so heavy, and so monolithic that it always generated a feeling of massive, controlled power. Frontman Page Hamilton's vocals veered effectively between a raging howl and ...

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POISONBLACK: Finnish Date Scheduled

The current lineup of POISONBLACKVille Laihiala (vocals, guitar, also in SENTENCED), Janne Markus (guitar), Marco Sneck (keyboards), Antti Remes (bass) and Tarmo Kanerva (drums) — will make their live debut on October 29 at Hevimesta in Oulu, Finland. As previously reported, POISONBLACK have pushed back the projected release date of their sophomore album ...

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DESTINY: New Live Guitarist Announced

Fredrik Olsson of LOST HORIZON will temporarily join Sweden's DESTINY as a live replacement for departed guitarist Niclas Granath. So far Fredrik has agreed to perform with DESTINY at their headlining appearance at the Keep It True Festival warm-up show on November 5 in Lauda, Germany and at the Halloween Metal Fest at Musikens Hus ...

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SACRED CRUCIFIX To Release 'Aeon Of Chaos' Next Month

Reunited Finnish death metallers SACRED CRUCIFIX have set an October 15 release date through Poison Arrow Records for their full-length debut, "Aeon Of Chaos". The album was recorded and mixed at Tonebox Studio in Oulu, Finland and was mastered at Finnvox in Helsinki. "Aeon Of Chaos" track listing: 01. Aeon Of Chaos 02. Gone 03. ...

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KOTIPELTO: Touring Lineup Announced

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto has announced the touring lineup for his KOTIPELTO project. Joining Timo on the road in South America and Finland will be Mirka Rantanen (drums), Lauri Porra (bass), Tuomas Wainola (guitars) and Jens Johansson (keyboards, STRATOVARIUS). The keyboard duties for KOTIPELTO's European summer festival appearances were handled by CHILDREN OF BODOM's Janne ...

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LORDS OF THUNDER: AMORPHIS Members' Cover Band To Embark On Finnish Tour

LORDS OF THUNDER, the Finnish heavy metal/hard rock cover band featuring members of AMORPHIS and SUBURBAN TRIBE, will be embarking on a tour of Finland in late September. The group, which performs songs from such acts as WHITESNAKE, IRON MAIDEN and W.A.S.P., consists of the following musicians: Janne Joutsenniemi (SUBURBAN TRIBE) Esa Holopainen (AMORPHIS) Santeri ...

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THE CROWN: More Details About Upcoming Triple-DVD Revealed

Vocalist Johan Lindstrand of the defunct Swedish thrashers THE CROWN has posted a message regarding the group's upcoming posthumous three-disc DVD, slated for release sometime next year. "This will be the final goodbye to our true fans out there that's been supporting us since the very beginning," he wrote. "It will contain as much sweet ...

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The January Tree - DEAD SOUL TRIBE

"A tree in winter – naked, the leaves have fallen, it stretches its thin branches in desperation to the cloudy sky." This is the conceptual basis of "The January Tree", according to DEAD SOUL TRIBE mainman Devon Graves — a man perhaps better known as Buddy Lackey from his days in Californian proggers PSYCHOTIC WALTZ. ...

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THE CROWN To Release Posthumous Three-Disc DVD Set

Defunct Swedish thrashers THE CROWN have announced plans to issue a posthumous three-disc DVD set in the near future. According to a posting on the group's web site, the upcoming set will be "a colossal damage to head and eyes!! This magnificent hail to the fans will take you on a dangerous rollercoaster-ride deep within ...

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SPIRITUAL BEGGARS: Percussion Extravaganza

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS drummer Ludwig Witt has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Hi there everybody. We continue to work on the new album. The other day we went back to the school where I first started playing the drums back in 1982 (!). Using some mobile recording equipment, we recorded timpani, ...

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SACRED CRUCIFIX Finish Mixing Debut Album

Reunited Finnish death metallers SACRED CRUCIFIX have finished mixing their full-length debut at Tonebox Studio in Oulu, Finland for a fall release through Poison Arrow Records. The mastering session if scheduled for Saturday (August 28) at Finnvox studio in Helsinki. As previously reported, the quartet — who consist of Janne Kela (drums), Miku Mertanen (bass ...

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SPIRITUAL BEGGARS: Vocal Recordings Completed

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS frontman Janne "JB" Christoffersson has posted the following studio update on the band's official web site: "Alright, JB here. Vocals have been recorded. Alcohol has been consumed. One busy week let me tell you! Me, Mike and Rickard (engineer and vocalist extraordinaire in his own right) have been at it relentlessly for the ...

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SPIRITUAL BEGGARS Singer Checks In From Recording Studio

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS frontman Janne "JB" Christoffersson has posted the following studio update on the band's official web site: "JB here, back in the [Slaughterhouse] studio in Halmstad doing vox for the new album. [Guitarist] Mike [Amott] is constantly on my case for singing out of key, ha-ha! So far we've done 2 songs: 'No One ...

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DRY KILL LOGIC, THE MORE IS SEE To Play London Showcase

Recent SPV Records signees DRY KILL LOGIC and THE MORE I SEE will be playing a showcase, open to the public, at The Underworld in London on August 19. Doors are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are 6.50£ in advance and 8.00£ at the door. DRY KILL LOGIC will be presenting material from their upcoming album ...

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THE CROWN Seek Live Footage For Posthumous DVD

Defunct Swedish thrashers THE CROWN have announced plans to issue a posthumous live DVD and are asking fans for help in compiling THE CROWN live footage for the as-yet-untitled release. Details of all submissions should be sent to Johan. "Of course if we use your stuff, you will be credited for it," the band ...

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HYBRID CHILDREN To Release New Album In September

Finnish horror/glam-punksters HYBRID CHILDREN will be releasing a new album in September 2004. In the meantime, you can download their new free MP3 single, "Downtown Downer", at this location. The album will be mixed in July by TT Oksala (H.I.M., PEER GYNT) and Janne Vuori (H.I.M., HANOI ROCKS front-of-house engineer) at Leningrad Cowboys ...

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THE CROWN: Release Date Set For 'Crowned Unholy'

Metal Blade Records Europe has set an August 9 release date for THE CROWN's "Crowned Unholy". A bonus DVD will be included as well. "Crowned Unholy" is a remake of the band's fifth album, "Crowned In Terror", with re-recorded vocal tracks by Johan Lindstrand, re-recorded bass tracks by Magnus Olsfelt, a new version of the ...

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TAROT: 1998 Live Show Available For Download

Finland's TAROT, the group led by NIGHTWISH/ex-SINERGY bassist Marco Hietala, have made available for download seven live tracks recorded in 1998 at Tulliklubi in Tampere, Finland during the final gig of the group's "For The Glory of Nothing" tour. "The tracks are 2-track DAT recordings of the live mix and contain natural flaws with levels, ...

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Prophecy - SOULFLY

The metal world was shocked last year when SOULFLY frontman Max Cavalera effectively fired his entire band, but then again, SOULFLY had never been what one could call a stable entity. Unlike Cavalera's previous band, SEPULTURA, SOULFLY has been squarely his sole vision, with any other musicians seeming more or less like hired hands. This ...

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