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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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SINERGY Upgrade Session Drummer To Permanent Member Status

Finland's SINERGY have decided to upgrade "session" drummer Janne Parviainen (i.e. WALTARI, BARATHRUM, JIMSONWEED) to the status of a permanent member of the group, according to the band's official web site. "[Janne] has shown tremendous dedication and is by far the best drummer we've ever played with", stated the act in an official statement announcing ...

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SINERGY Recruit Session Drummer For Upcoming Tour

SINERGY will be utilizing the services of Finnish drummer Janne Parviainen (i.e. WALTARI, BARATHRUM, JIMSONWEED) for the duration of the group's 2002 Suicide By My Side world tour. Although Parviainen will appear with the band as a session musician, a possibility exists that he will be upgraded to the status of a full-fledged member at ...

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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 21, 2001

According to a report published in yesterday's edition of The New York Post, LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst “lied when he said he visited a dying Australian girl injured in a mosh pit at his concert. Durst told Access Hollywood he visited Jessica Michalik on her deathbed and kept in touch with ...

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Archive News Nov 19, 2001 - update 2

Kip Winger, he of WINGER fame, has placed “original and authentic WINGER/Kip Winger memorabilia” for sale via eBay. According to Winger's official web site, “this garage sale features clothing used in performances and photo shoots, and equipment used in the studio on his recent albums.” For more info, go to this location.

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Archive News Nov 09, 2001

Former HELLOWEEN vocalist Michael Kiske will make a guest appearance on several tracks on the upcoming album from ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow and drummer Uli Kusch, it was announced yesterday. Although recent reports indicated that SYMPHONY X vocalist Russell Allen would be absent from the project's recording line-up following Grapow and ...

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Archive News Nov 01, 2001

Correction: ANTHRAX will now appear on the Late Night With Jay Leno show on Friday, November 2nd. Although details are sketchy at the moment, ANTHRAX's appearance is said to involve a previously-taped skit that will be aired via video. In related news, former ANTHRAX vocalist Neil Turbin has just signed to Metal ...

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Archive News Oct 26, 2001

German thrashers DESTRUCTION have officially confirmed the departure of drummer Sven Vormann, a move that was first reported here back on October 22nd. A replacement skinsman has already been found, but his identity has yet to be revealed. More details will be forthcoming in the next few days.


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Archive News Oct 25, 2001

Norwegian black metal legends MAYHEM have finally broken their silence regarding the recent reports of vocalist Maniac's departure and rumors of a possible split. According to the band's official web site, “MAYHEM is NOT breaking up, nor is Maniac leaving.” Commented guitarist Blasphemer (aka Rune Erickson): 'Maniac felt tired and fed up ...

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Archive News Oct 18, 2001

The official web site of the heavy metal band ANTHRAX at www.anthrax.com has reportedly received 8 million hits in the last two weeks, with 325,000 unique visitors connecting to the site in the wake of the recent anthrax bacteria terrorist scare that has sent fear and panic through the streets of America. ...

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Archive News Oct 12, 2001

Former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted has sensationally announced that he would happily work with METALLICA again in the future, despite walking out on the group earlier this year. Newsted cited 'private and personal reasons, and the physical damage I have done to myself over the years while playing the music that I love' as ...

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