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SPIRITUAL BEGGARS To Release Live DVD And CD

Swedish hard rockers SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, the band featuring former CARCASS and current ARCH ENEMY axeman Mike Amott, have recorded material on their recent "Monstergroove 2003" European tour for an upcoming live DVD and CD. "The DVD and CD will be from two separate shows, so there's quite a lot of work to be done with ...

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DIVINE:DECAY Set Release Date For 'Maximize The Misery'

Finnish thrash/speed rockers DIVINE:DECAY have set a Sept. 8 release date through Osmose Productions for their sophomore effort, "Maximize The Misery". The follow-up to "Songs Of The Damned" was recorded and produced by Janne Joutsenniemi (of SUBURBANTRIBE fame) and it was mixed by Mikko Karmila (NIGHTWISH, STRATOVARIUS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, THERION). The complete track listing ...

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THE CROWN Prepare To Mix 'Possessed 13'

Swedish thrashers THE CROWN, recently rejoined by original vocalist Johan Lindstrand, have completed the recordings for their new album, "Possessed 13", and are taking a three-week break before returning to Gothenburg's Studio Fredman in mid-June to mix the effort for a tentative September release. "It sounds very fuckin' great and we can't wait to release ...

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GRAND MAGUS Announce Stockholm Gig

Sweden's GRAND MAGUS, featuring current SPIRITUAL BEGGARS frontman Janne Christoffersson, have lined up a Stockholm show on May 29 with ABRAMIS BRAMA and TERRA FIRMA. GRAND MAGUS have yet to announce the official release date through Rise Above Records for their sophomore album, "Monument". The complete track listing for "Monument" is as follows (not in ...

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TAROT Set Release Date For 'Suffer Our Pleasures'

Finland's TAROT, the group led by NIGHTWISH/ex-SINERGY bassist Marco Hietala, have set a May 19 Finnish release date for their new album, entitled "Suffer Our Pleasures". A single featuring the track "Undead Son" is slated for release on April 14. A "best of" collection, appropriately titled "The Best Of Tarot", is due on Feb. 28. ...

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GRAND MAGUS: 'Monument' Track Listing Unveiled

Sweden's GRAND MAGUS, featuring current SPIRITUAL BEGGARS frontman Janne Christoffersson, have finalized the track listing for their sophomore album, "Monument", due in the spring through Rise Above Records. The complete track listing for "Monument" is as follows (not in final order): 01. Ulvaskall (Vargr) 02. Brotherhood of Sleep 03. Baptised in Fire 04. He Who ...

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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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