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KAMELOT: New Album Nearing Completion

KAMELOT guitarist Thomas Youngblood has posted the following studio update on the band's official web site: "We are nearing the end of our visit to Germany and we are very, very pleased with the sessions. [Vocalist Roy] Khan has once again surpassed himself and the vocals are killer! Guitars are quite killer if I do ...

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EPICA To Release First DVD In October

Holland's EPICA (formerly SAHARA DUST), the new group formed by ex-AFTER FOREVER guitarist Mark Jansen, ex-CASSIOPEIA guitarist Ad Sluijter and keyboardist Coen Janssen, will be releasing their first DVD, "We Will Take You With Us / 2 Meter Sessies", on October 4. This DVD will come in a limited-edition deluxe ECO-Book (containing a 40-page booklet) ...

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KAMELOT: Vocal Recordings Half Done

KAMELOT frontman Roy Khan has posted the following studio report at the band's official web site: "Hi everybody! Just wanna give y'all a brief report from Wolfsburg, Germany. I'm in the middle of the vocal recordings these days, and everything is going great (of course :) . Half of the songs are now done, and ...

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KAMELOT Putting The 'Finishing Touches' On New Album

According to a posting on KAMELOT's web site, guitarist Thomas Youngblood and singer Roy Khan will soon be heading back to Germany to put the finishing touches on the follow-up to last year's "Epica", tentatively due before the end of the year through SPV Records. Vocal sessions and guitar sessions will be done as well ...

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KAMELOT Drummer: New Album Is Going To Be 'Bad-Ass'

Florida-based power metallers KAMELOT have entered the studio to begin recording the follow-up to last year's "Epica", tentatively due before the end of the year through SPV Records. The following is the latest studio report from drummer Casey Grillo: "Hey everyone, WOW, it’s been a crazy week! Lots of grueling work recording drums….. My day ...

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Heavy Metal's Premier Guitarists Pick Their Dream G3 Lineups

Norway's Imhotep zine recently asked more than 100 guitarists to choose their own dream G3 lineups. "The respect that the guitar players have for Joe Satriani and Steve Vai is a proven fact," writes the magazine's Thiago Pinto Corrêa Sarkis (also of Brazil's Whiplash). "Anyway, talking with some musicians, I could realize that the G3 ...

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EPICA To Release New Single In Early May

Holland's EPICA (formerly SAHARA DUST), the new group formed by ex-AFTER FOREVER guitarist Mark Jansen, ex-CASSIOPEIA guitarist Ad Sluijter and keyboardist Coen Janssen, will be releasing their third single, "Cry For the Moon", in early May. "Cry For the Moon" comes off EPICA's debut album, "The Phantom Agony", which was released last June through Transmission ...

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KAMELOT: Touring Keyboardist Wanted

Florida-based power metallers KAMELOT are currently taking submissions for a touring keyboardist. All applicants must be able to commit at least three months to touring and have proper passports. In addition, they must be proficient at the keyboards and have some live experience. All expenses are paid with a good salary. Residents of all countries ...

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KAMELOT: Studio Update

Florida-based power metallers KAMELOT will shortly enter the studio to begin recording the follow-up to last year's "Epica", tentatively due in September/October through SPV Records. "Casey [Grillo] will probably record the drums at his studio Above the C and the remainder will be done in Wolfsburg [Germany]," guitarist Thomas Youngblood wrote in a recent online ...

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DARK FUNERAL: Live Album Delayed

Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL have pushed back the release date of their upcoming live album, "De Profundis Clamavi Ad Te Domine", to April 19 through Regain Records. No reason was given for the delay. The CD, which was recorded on the band's 2003 South American tour, will contain the following track listing: 01. Intro ...

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KAMELOT To Release New Album In The Fall

Florida-based power metal gods KAMELOT have set a tentative September/October release date through SPV Records for their follow-up to last year's "Epica". Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "March of Mephisto", "Nothing Ever Dies" and "Serenade". A Japanese tour will likely take place in December, to be followed by a European trek beginning ...

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CAGE Cancel PIORNO ROCK Appearance

Fugitive Records recording artists CAGE have been forced to cancel their appearance at the 2004 Piorno Rock festival, held on February 28 in Atarfe, Granada, Spain. The band called off their appearance at the festival due to the recent disclosure that a family member has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Despite the Piorno Rock ...

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SACRED STEEL, DISBELIEF, CIRCLE II CIRCLE Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARZ OPEN AIR Festival

SACRED STEEL, EDGE OF THORNS, DISBELIEF and CIRCLE II CIRCLE have been officially confirmed for this year's Rock Harz Open Air festival, set to take place on June 18-19 in Osterode/Dorste, Germany. Meanwhile, EPICA, GRAVEWORM, MALEVOLENT CREATION and MYSTIC CIRCLE have all cancelled their participation in the festival. Other bands scheduled to appear at Rock ...

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LACUNA COIL, ANCIENT Confirmed For Spain's PIORNO ROCK FESTIVAL

LACUNA COIL and ANCIENT are the final bands confirmed for the Piorno Rock Festival 2004, which is set to take place on Saturday, February 28 in Pinos Puentes (Granada), Spain. The complete list of artists scheduled to appear at the event is as follows: AMON AMARTH ANCIENT AXXIS BATTELORE CAGE CALLENISH CIRCLE CONTHRA DARK FUNERAL ...

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DARK FUNERAL Name Live Album

Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL have set "De Profundis Clamavi Ad Te Domine" as the title of their upcoming live album, due on March 29 through Regain Records. The CD, which was recorded on the band's 2003 South American tour, will contain the following track listing: 01. Intro 02. The Arrival Of Satan's Empire 03. ...

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EPICA To Perform Live On Dutch Radio

Holland's EPICA (formerly SAHARA DUST), the new group formed by ex-AFTER FOREVER guitarist Mark Jansen, ex-CASSIOPEIA guitarist Ad Sluijter and keyboardist Coen Janssen, will be performing live on the Radio 3FM program "Hard En Giel" (hosted by Dutch DJ Giel Beelen) on Friday, January 30 between 7:00 and 10:00 p.m. More details will follow soon. ...

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EPICA: New Single Details Revealed

Holland's EPICA (formerly SAHARA DUST), the new group formed by ex-AFTER FOREVER guitarist Mark Jansen, ex-CASSIOPEIA guitarist Ad Sluijter and keyboardist Coen Janssen, have announced the details of their new single, "Feint", due on Thursday, January 8. The complete track listing for the single is as follows: 01. Feint 02. Feint (previously unreleased piano version) ...

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KAMELOT: Mexican Dates Cancelled

KAMELOT's previously announced dates in Monterrey and Guadalajara have been cancelled by their Mexican promoter, Ekosysmusik. No reason was given for the cancellation. The group's EpicaFest date in Mexico City will go ahead as planned on February 14, with five support bands also on the bill, including Californian metallers CAGE. As previously reported, KAMELOT are ...

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AXAMENTA Record New Promo CD

Belgium's AXAMENTA, the former band of current EPICA bassist Yves Huts, spent time in the recording studio this past weekend recording three songs for a promo release, which the band describe as "16 minutes of neo-classical horror-metal." The effort, which is scheduled to be mixed and mastered within the next few weeks, will be "unlike ...

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EPICA To Support DORO, BLAZE In Germany

Holland's EPICA (formerly SAHARA DUST), the new group formed by ex-AFTER FOREVER guitarist Mark Jansen, ex-CASSIOPEIA guitarist Ad Sluijter and keyboardist Coen Janssen, will be supporting DORO and BLAZE at three German dates at the end of the year. In other news, EPICA will be playing a show with AFTER FOREVER on March 21 at ...

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