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Finnish Square Named After LORDI

BBC News is reporting that the Finnish city of Rovaniemi says it will name a square after monster rock band LORDI, its surprise Eurovision Song Contest winners. The band was the first Finnish act to claim victory in the competition. It also made history as the first heavy metal group to win. Its ...

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TERRORFEST 2006 Details Announced

Terror Establishment Inc. has announced it will present its annual Terrorfest event on July 14 through July 16, 2006, at The Reverb, Kathedral and The Funhaus in the heart of downtown Toronto, ON. The second annual event is scheduled to be Toronto's largest heavy metal festival this year, with over 75 signed and unsigned international ...

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WINTERSUN Begin Recording New Album

WINTERSUN, the band led by former ENSIFERUM singer Jari Mäenpää, have posted the following message on their official web site: "We entered the studios [on May 2]. The day went setting up the drums, changing the drumheads, miking the drums, making the basic drumsound and Kai playing too fast all day long (and driving Nino ...

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E-FORCE: French Festival Date Confirmed

E-FORCE, the band featuring former VOIVOD bassist/vocalist Eric Forrest, have scheduled an appearance at the Festival Combines A Sons on September 10 in Toulouse, France. As previously reported, E-FORCE have posted four songs from their 2006 demo on their MySpace.com page. Check out the tracks "Satanic Rituals", "Lobotomized", "Agent 99" and "Exterminator" at

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KISS Tribute Band Rivalry

Robert W. Welkos of the Los Angeles Times is reporting that Joey Fatale, the 4-foot, 4-inch New Yorker who heads the all-dwarf KISS tribute band MINIKISS, is denying published reports that he tried to sneak past security last month at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas to confront a rival ...

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Life In Ruin - IF HOPE DIES

Taken individually, one IF HOPE DIES song at a time might seem pretty cool. Listen to "Anthem For the Unemployable" or "Some Skynyrd", for example: simple, catchy three-minute slice of upbeat, energetic metalcore. The vocals are sorta in that LAMB OF GOD "angry bear" vein, with occasional melodic screams of the "Speed" Strid variety. The ...

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ABDULLAH Named 'Best Local Metal Band' By Cleveland's FREE TIMES

Cleveland doom rockers ABDULLAH have been honored as the "Best Local Metal Band" in the annual Free Times music awards for 2006. The Cleveland Free Times is the big weekly entertainment publication in Northeastern Ohio, along with long-standing rival Scene magazine, and past winners of this award have included CHIMAIRA, RINGWORM and MUSHROOMHEAD. ABDULLAH took ...

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BLINDED COLONY Sign With PIVOTAL ROCKORDINGS

Swedish metallers BLINDED COLONY have inked a deal with Pivotal Rockordings. The band will enter Sound Palace Studios later this month to begin the recording process for their sophomore effort. A late 2006 release is expected. BLINDED COLONY was formed in 2000 by guitarists Johan Blomström and Tobias Olsson, and vocalist Niklas Svensson. In 2003, ...

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DAVID LEE ROTH Brings Twang To VAN HALEN Songs

Launch Radio Networks reports: David Lee Roth will be singing VAN HALEN songs again this spring, but not with the band. Roth is featured on three tracks on "Strummin' With the Devil", a collection of VAN HALEN songs done in bluegrass style that will be released on June 6. Roth joins the JOHN JORGENSON BLUEGRASS ...

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LORDI Confirmed For EARTHSHAKER FEST Kick-Off Concert

Finnish hard rockers LORDI, whose live show is described as "a combination of theatre, fire and horror," have been confirmed for the Earthshaker Fest kick-off concert on Thursday, July 20 in Kreuth, Germany. More acts for the pre-festival party are expected to be announced soon. This year's Earthshaker Fest is scheduled to take place July ...

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ARISE AND RUIN: 'In Life' Video Available Online

Guelph, Ontario's ARISE AND RUIN will be releasing a new EP, entitlted "The Fear Of", on April 18 via Stereo Dynamite Recordings. The CD was produced by Ken Susi (UNEARTH) and will feature new artwork by the "extremely talented guys" at Sons Of Nero as well as some "kick-ass" enhanced CD features, according to the ...

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LINKIN PARK Singer Is New Father

The Associated Press is reporting that Chester Bennington of the Grammy-winning music group LINKIN PARK is a new father. Bennington's wife, Talinda, gave birth in Los Angeles on Thursday to a 9-pound, 3-ounce boy named Tyler Lee, according to a statement from their publicist. Other details were not disclosed. Bennington has two other sons, 10-year-old ...

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REBELLION To Enter Studio In April

REBELLION, the German band that features in its ranks former GRAVE DIGGER members Uwe Lulis (guitar) and Tomi Göttlich (bass), have posted the following update on their official web site: "We're in the middle of the songwriting progress, and in April, we'll start to record the new album. The release will be in January 2007 ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE: 'Violence Doesn't Work'

On the eve of BLACK SABBATH's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Ozzy Osbourne appeared on Sirius Satellite Radio to discuss SABBATH's legacy, this year's Ozzfest tour, his current state of health, and his own upcoming studio album. Discussing the controversial video intro to "War Pigs" used during Ozzfest 2004, Ozzy let ...

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LORDI To Represent Finland In EUROVISION SONG CONTEST

Finland's hard rockers LORDI, whose live show is described as "a combination of theatre, fire and horror," have been selected as the Finnish representatives in the Eurovision Song Contest. LORDI won the Finnish national selection with the song "Hard Rock Hallelujah" and will represent the country in the semifinal of the 51st Eurovision Song Contest ...

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P.O.D.: 'The Warriors Tour 2' Dates Announced

P.O.D. have unveiled details of their headlining spring tour of the United States. The month-long trek comes in the wake of the Southern California-based band's fourth full-length label release, "Testify", which has sold 122,000 copies since its late January release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The tour — dubbed "The Warriors Tour 2: Guilty By Association" ...

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JON BON JOVI Is Envious Of AXL ROSE

The New York Post is reporting that Jon Bon Jovi is disgusted rock rival Axl Rose receives more media attention than he does, because the elusive GUNS N' ROSES frontman "hasn't made a record in 13 years." Jon can't seem to get over the fact that the press will always be more fascinated with the ...

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MANOWAR, RHAPSODY And HOLYHELL Postpone Tour

Due to an unfortunate accident involving MANOWAR guitarist Karl Logan, all upcoming European dates of the "Demons, Dragons and Warriors World Tour" will be postponed until further notice. This postponement will include the performances of RHAPSODY and HOLYHELL. Logan was injured on Tuesday, January 24, 2006 in a motorcycle accident. He sustained severe injuries to ...

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