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ZEBULON Set Release Date For 'Troubled Ground'

ZEBULON, the Swedish band featuring former members of early '90s death metal act DESULTORY, have set a June 14 release date through People Like You Records for their sophomore full-length album, "Troubled Ground". The follow-up to 2001's "Volume One" was recorded and mixed at Stockholm's Sunlight Studios with veteran producer Tomas Skogsberg (ENTOMBED, DISMEMBER, BACKYARD ...

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PLANET X Part Ways With Guitarist, Announce Replacement

Progressive instrumentalists PLANET X have parted ways with longtime guitarist Tony MacAlpine. MacAlpine played on the band's first three albums, "Universe" (2000), "Live in Oz" (2002) and "Moon Babies" (2002). Keyboardist Derek Sherinian (ex-DREAM THEATER, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) and drummer Virgil Donati have already announced Tony's replacement — T.J. Helmerich. The trio have been working on ...

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BLOODSHED: New Recording To Be Issued As 7" Single

Swedish death/black metallers BLOODSHED will have their recently completed three-song promotional recording, "Blade Eleventh", released as a 7" vinyl single through Horrorfiend Records. Horrorfiend is also going to release 7" singles from ABSU, MANIAC BUTCHER and EQUIMANTHORN. In other news, BLOODSHED have been confirmed for the Bands Battle festival, a three-day event set to take ...

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HAWKWIND Confirmed For Finland's RUISROCK Festival

HAWKWIND have been confirmed to appear at this year's Ruisrock festival, a two-day event set to take place July 10-11 in Turku, Finland. The festival's promoter told Sonera Plaza, "As you know, MOTÖRHEAD will also play during Ruisrock. Since Lemmy used to be part of HAWKWIND, there's talk of him possibly joining HAWKWIND on stage ...

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FATAL SMILE To Begin Recording New Album

Swedish "traditional" heard rock/heavy metal band FATAL SMILE will shortly enter the studio to begin recording their new album, "Neo Natural Freaks", tentatively due late summer/early fall through GMR Music. The producer is once again HP Camper (a.k.a. former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN drummer Jonas Östman) and the album will be mixed by Stefan Glaumann (RAMMSTEIN, BACKYARD ...

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WHITESNAKE's COVERDALE Is Supportive Of Wife's New Career

When Cindy Coverdale, wife of WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale, decided to write a rock and roll cookbook, "Food That Rocks", she wasn't sure how her new career would go over with her husband. "After all," Cindy laughs, "he was used to being the one who got the attention while I did the wife and mother ...

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PRIME STH: Record Release Party Planned Next Week

Sweden's PRIME STH will hold a release party for their sophomore album, "Beautiful Awakening", on Thursday, March 11 at Öst 100 in Stockholm. Doors will open at 9:00 p.m. and the band will perform songs off the new album during the evening. The follow-up to 2002's "Underneath The Surface" (Giant Records), due in continental Europe ...

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GENERAL SURGERY Confirmed For Czech Republic's OBSCENE EXTREME FEST

Legendary Swedish grindcore merchants GENERAL SURGERY have been confirmed for the Obscene Extreme Fest, set to take place July 8-10 in Trutnov, Czech Republic. Other bands set to appear at the festival include EXTREME NOISE TERROR, EXHUMED, BIRDFLESH, BUTCHER ABC, NATRON, and KENT BROCKMAN. As previously reported, GENERAL SURGERY will be performing at Alcazar/Eldorado in ...

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ZEBULON Complete Work On Sophomore Album

ZEBULON, the Swedish band featuring former members of early '90s death metal act DESULTORY, have completed work on their sophomore full-length album, "Troubled Ground", due this spring through People Like You Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Volume One" was recorded and mixed at Stockholm's Sunlight Studios with veteran producer Tomas Skogsberg (ENTOMBED, DISMEMBER, BACKYARD BABIES). ...

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PRIME STH To Release Sophomore Album In April

Sweden's PRIME STH have set an April 5 continental European release date through Nuclear Blast Records for their sophomore album, "Beautiful Awakening". The follow-up to 2002's "Underneath The Surface" (Giant Records) was produced by vocalist Noa Modén and drummer Kasper Lindgren and mixed by Lasse Mårtén (BACKYARD BABIES) at the Decibel Studios in Stockholm. Check ...

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Virgin Megastore To Host Rock & Roll Cookbook Signing

Hollywood's Virgin Megastore will host a celebrity book signing for the rock & roll cookbook, "Food That Rocks", on Thursday, March 18, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. In addition to the authors, Cindy Coverdale (wife of WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale) and Margie Lapanja, many of the book's contributors will be there signing copies of the book ...

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SAVATAGE Guitarist Decides To Make Solo Debut A Double CD

SAVATAGE/TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA guitarist Chris Caffery has revealed the more details about his upcoming debut solo album, "Faces", due in September through Greece's Black Lotus Records. The two-disc set will consist of two parts, one called "Faces" and the other "God Damn War". "When you open the CD box, 'Faces' will be on the left, 'God ...

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Finland: The Most 'Heavy Metal' Country In The World?

Heavy metal/hard rock music continues to thrive in Finland, where bands like CHILDREN OF BODOM regularly top the chart with their single and full-length releases. Here is how the metal/hard rock genre fared on the Finnish Pop Album (Top 120) chart for the week ending February 21, 2004: 04. EVANESCENCE – "Fallen" 12. DIABLO – ...

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PSYCHOPUNCH To Record New Album In March

Sweden's PSYCHOPUNCH are scheduled to enter Sunlight Studio in Stockholm on March 6 with producer Tomas Skogsberg (THE HELLACOPTERS, ENTOMBED, BACKYARD BABIES) to begin recording their new album, "Smashed On Arrival", tentatively due in June via Germany's Silverdust Records. The band had previously released four albums on the White Jazz label. "Smashed On Arrival" will ...

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THE HAUNTED Win Swedish 'Grammy' For 'Best Hard Rock'

THE HAUNTED have won a Swedish "Grammy" award in the "Best Hard Rock" category for their 2003 release "One Kill Wonder". The highly acclaimed thrashers, who were recently rejoined by original vocalist Peter Dolving, beat out the likes of OPETH, MUSTASCH, EVERGREY and BACKYARD BABIES to win the award, which was presented to the group ...

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VENOM's CRONOS: 'DAVE GROHL's Not A Rock-Star Dick'

VENOM frontman Conrad "Cronos" Lant recently spoke to Rock Sound magazine about his involvement with the PROBOT project, the one-off metal album put together by ex-NIRVANA drummer/current FOO FIGHTERS guitarist/vocalist Dave Grohl. "Fuck, [Dave] is a totally down-to-earth guy, not a rock-star dick or nothing!" Cronos said. "We were hanging out an and having beers ...

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ALICE COOPER: The Billion-Dollar Man

Ruben Hernandez of The Business Journal of Phoenix reports that when Phoenix's Alice Cooper titled the best-selling song and album, "Billion Dollar Babies" in 1973, the original shock rocker may have foretold his own financial future. While Alice Cooper the musician was faking decapitating himself on stage, Alice Cooper the businessman was creating an empire ...

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MONSTER MAGNET Film Video For New Single: Photos Available

MONSTER MAGNET recently shot a video for the track "Unbroken (Hotel Baby)" with producer Braddon Mendelson (Noisivision) and director Brian Smith (Rose13 Creative). Click here to check out some stills taken during the video shoot. "Unbroken (Hotel Baby)" is the first single off MONSTER MAGNET's new album, "Monolithic Babies", due in Europe on ...

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MONSTER MAGNET Set Release Date For New Album

MONSTER MAGNET have set a February 16, 2004 European release date through SPV Records for their new album, "Monolithic Babies". The album's first single, containing the song "Unbroken" backed with an exclusive single-only version of the VELVET UNDERGROUND classic "Venus In Furs", will arrive on January 19. A video clip for the upcoming single has ...

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IN FLAMES Confirmed For Sweden's POPSTAD Festival

Sweden's IN FLAMES have been confirmed for the P3 Popstad 2004 festival in Jönköping (Sweden). IN FLAMES will play at Teaterladan on Friday, February 13, 2004. Other bands scheduled to appear at the festival include NASUM, ENTOMBED and BACKYARD BABIES. The Swedish national radio station P3 will broadcast many of the performances live during the ...

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MORRAH Complete Work On Debut EP

Russian death metallers MORRAH have completed work on their debut EP, "Experiment In Blood". The five-song effort (including the intro) was recorded at Fantom Pain Studio in St. Petersburg, Russia with producer Igor Anokhin and was mixed at Astia Studio in Lapenranta, Finland by Anssi Kippo. The complete track listing for "Experiment In Blood" is ...

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MONSTER MAGNET Complete Work On New Album

MONSTER MAGNET have completed work on their new album, tentatively entitled "Monolithic Babies", with producer Scott Humphrey (ROB ZOMBIE, SPINESHANK, ANDREW W.K.). The CD, the group's first with bassist Jim Baglino (LORD STERLING), will feature such cuts as "Master Of Light", "On the Verge", "Slut Machine Mach 2", "Ultimate Everything", "Monolithic Babies" and "Little Bag ...

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