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Hate Crew Deathroll - CHILDREN OF BODOM

CHILDREN OF BODOM are one of those bands who are able to polarize random listeners instantly, with their melodic death metal framework somehow melded tight around guitar/keyboard harmonies and showboating that Yngwie Malmsteen and Jens Johansson made famous a good 15 years ago. Over the course of three studio albums, the Finnish quintet have continually ...

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EUPHROSYNE To Record New Demo

Finland's EUPHROSYNE, the group featuring the brother of SINERGY/WALTARI drummer Janne Parviainen, Aleksi Parviainen, on lead vocals, will enter the studio in March to record a new demo. It will be produced by URBAN TALE guitarist Erkka Korhonen. ...

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BLACK SABBATH Drummer To Make Radio Appearance

BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward will be the "in studio" co-host with Mike Stark on WPMD Radio 1700 AM's "Rock 50" show in Los Angeles, California on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 11:00am PST. Bill will be playing his favorite tunes and giving insight into his life over the last 30 years with the band that ...

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NIGHTWISH Sued By Finnish Orchestra Conductor Over Unpaid Fees

Finland's NIGHTWISH are being sued by arranger/conductor Riku Niemi over unpaid fees Niemi claims are owed him for his work on the group's platinum-certified "Century Child" release. NIGHTWISH keyboardist/mastermind Tuomas Holopainen, who wrote the bulk of the material on the album, claims that the whole thing is the result of a misunderstanding and that only ...

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POISONBLACK: 'Escapexstacy' Details Unveiled

Finland's POISONBLACK (formerly SHADOWLANDS) — featuring SENTENCED vocalist Ville Laihiala on guitar, and CHARON frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto — have finalized the track listing for their debut album, "Escapexstacy", due on Feb. 17, 2003 through Century Media Records. It is as follows: 01. The Glow Of The Flames 02. Love Infernal 03. The State 04. All ...

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POISONBLACK Complete Work On 'Escapexstacy'

Finland's POISONBLACK (formerly SHADOWLANDS) — featuring SENTENCED vocalist Ville Laihiala on guitar, and CHARON frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto — have set Feb. 17, 2003 as the release date through Century Media Records for their debut album, titled "Escapexstacy". Completed by bassist Janne Kukkonen, guitarist Janne Dahlgren and drummer Tarmo Kanerva, POISONBLACK boast a musical direction that ...

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BLACK SABBATH Drummer To Co-Host WPMD's 'Rock 50'

On Saturday, Nov. 2, BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward will once again be the "in studio" co-host with Mike Stark on WPMD Radio 1700 AM's "Rock 50" show in Los Angeles, California. The show will air between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time. "Bill will be sharing his thoughts on a variety of subjects, ...

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GRAND MAGUS Name Upcoming CD

Sweden's GRAND MAGUS, featuring current SPIRITUAL BEGGARS frontman Janne Christoffersson, have set "Monument" as the title of their sophomore album, due in early 2003 through Rise Above Records. ...

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STRATOVARIUS Frontman Offers Update On Solo Activities

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto has posted the following message via his official web site: "I just thought to inform you about my activities in the past couple of weeks... "I've been composing some songs lately. If they will be used for my next possible (KOTIPELTO) album is still a little bit open. "There's also been ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM Get Ripped Off!

CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist Alexi Laiho had two of his Jackson Custom Shop guitars stolen on Saturday, September 28th after the group's 35-minute "showcase" gig at Nosturi in Helsinki, where the band performed as part of the Spinefeast festival. "You idiot who stole Alexi's guitars from Nosturi after the party, we recommend you return them ...

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Swedish Hard Rock/Metal Web Site Get Launched

Stark Music is a new site totally devoted to Swedish hard rock/metal. It contains news, interviews, sound-clips, reviews, a forum for trading information/records/thoughts and also information about The Encyclopedia Of Swedish Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Vol. 1 and now also Volume 2 (which has just been published). To visit the site, click

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MASTERPLAN Part With Keyboardist, Announce Replacement

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Jorn Lande, have parted ways with keyboardist Janne Wirman, who was unable to commit himself to the group due to his involvement with CHILDREN OF BODOM. Replacing him in the band is Axel Mackenrott, who has previously ...

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GRAND MAGUS Prepare To Record Sophomore CD

Sweden's GRAND MAGUS, featuring current SPIRITUAL BEGGARS frontman Janne Christoffersson, have finished writing the material for their sophomore album, due in early 2003 through Rise Above Records. "All songs are done and arranged and we think you're all in for a treat," reads the band's official statement. "There's no doubt in our minds that this ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM Sign New Record Deal

After six months of negotiations, Finland's CHILDREN OF BODOM have officially inked a new deal with Spinefarm/Universal Records. The group's new single, "You're Better Off Dead", is currently set for a September 16th release. Also included on the CD will be the group's cover of THE RAMONES classic "Somebody Put Something In My Drink". As ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM Push Back Single Release Date

Finland's CHILDREN OF BODOM, featuring SINERGY guitarist Alexi Laiho on guitar/vocals, have pushed back the tentative release date of their new single, "You're Better Off Dead", to August, most likely through Spinefarm Records. Also included on the CD will be the group's cover of THE RAMONES classic "Somebody Put Something In My Drink". "People think ...

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GRAND MAGUS Prepare To Record New CD

Sweden's GRAND MAGUS, featuring current SPIRITUAL BEGGARS frontman Janne Christoffersson, will record their next studio CD at the end of the year for an early 2003 release. In other news, the group will perform at Rabbit Fighter in Stockholm on June 12th. ...

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NICODEMUS Ink Deal With Dark Symphonies Records

American black/gothic/progressive metal act NICODEMUS have inked a deal with Dark Symphonies Records and are presently recording their sophomore album, entitled The Supernatural Omnibus, for a September release. According to Dark Symphonies, "this will be a truly unique listening experience as NICODEMUS take the best from black, gothic, and progressive metal to create haunting melodies, ...

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HALFORD Still On For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

HALFORD have not cancelled their appearance at Sweden Rock festival, according to event representative Janne Stark. Part of the confusion apparently stems from the fact that “[Germany's] Wacken [Open Air] festival [announced] HALFORD's appearance there before HALFORD had even confirmed,” says Stark. “When they couldn't confirm, [the] Wacken [organizers] said the band had 'cancelled'.” Sweden ...

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POISONBLACK: Finnish "Supergroup" To Issue Debut In Late 2002

Finland's POISONBLACK (formerly SHADOWLANDS), who feature in their ranks SENTENCED vocalist Ville Laihiala on guitar, and CHARON frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto, are tentatively due to record their debut album before the end of the summer for a late 2002 release through Century Media Records. Completed by bassist Janne Kukkonen, guitarist Janne Dahlgren and drummer Tarmo Kanerva, ...

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Finnish Benefit Gig In Honor Of CHUCK SCHULDINER Set For March 1st

MORBID DREAM, DIABLO, NORTHER, and EVIL CHUCKS, a one-off group made up of Finnish metal veterans, will appear at a charity concert honoring late DEATH frontman Chuck Schuldiner at Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland on Friday, March 1st. All proceeds from the gig will be donated to Juliana Von Wend foundation, which conducts cancer research without ...

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AGNOSTIC FRONT Frontman Collaborates On Oi Tribute CD

AGNOSTIC FRONT frontman Roger Miret has collaborated with Dutch journalist and noted hardcore expert Onno Cromag on The Worldwide Tribute To The Real Oi Vol. 2, a self-explanatory compilation that is due to be issued shortly through I Scream Records in Europe and Triple Crown in the US. The full track listing for the collection ...

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VACANT STARE Prepare Debut CD, Headlining Tour

Britain's VACANT STARE will release their debut album, entitled Vindication, through Copro Records in the UK on March 18th and in the rest of Europe during April. Recorded and mixed over a two-month period at Philia and Backstage studios, the album was recorded by Martin Barbour (i.e. CAPDOWN, MEDULLA NOCTE), Dave Chang (i.e. STAMPIN' GROUND, ...

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GRAND MAGUS Announce European Tour With ORANGE GOBLIN, ROADSAW

Sweden's GRAND MAGUS, featuring current SPIRITUAL BEGGARS frontman Janne Christoffersson, will be joining ORANGE GOBLIN and ROADSAW on a full European tour during March. The dates are as follows: Feb. 28 Leuven, BEL @ Soja Mar. 01 Groningen, NETH @ Vera Mar. 02 Arnhem, NETH @ Willemeen Mar. 03 - Den Bosch, NETH @ Wilhelm ...

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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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HELLOWEEN Announce Compilation Details

HELLOWEEN have confirmed that their upcoming Best Of double-CD set will be called Treasure Chest and it will have a lot of special packaging, making it a nice collector's item for any HELLOWEEN fan new or old. All of the songs have been remixed and remastered to modern standards. The full track listing for Treasure ...

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EUPHROSYNE Acquire New Bassist, Prepare To Release Fresh Material

Finland's EUPHROSYNE, featuring the brother of SINERGY/WALTARI drummer Janne Parviainen, Aleksi Parviainen, on lead vocals, have acquired a permanent bass player, Taneli Helminen, and will shortly release four new songs on two separate singles that will be used for promo purposes only. Meanwhile, you can download the track Waiting, culled from the band's Face Behind ...

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