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DEEP PURPLE 's STEVE MORSE Unveils New Signature Y2d Guitar

Music Man and DEEP PURPLE guitarist Steve Morse celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the Steve Morse signature guitar first created in 1985 with the new Steve Morse Y2d signature model, making its official debut at the Winter NAMM show 2005. Updated features will include a poplar body with maple top in flame or quilt, cream ...

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FLOWING TEARS To Commence Work On New Material

Germany's FLOWING TEARS have posted the following message on their web site: "Right now we're about to start writing new songs and developing our vision of the next album. We will take all the time we might need to explore some exiting new ground without any pressure of a deadline in mind, and we're sure ...

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KAMELOT Complete Work On 'The Haunting' Video

American/Norwegian power metallers KAMELOT have completed work on their new video for the track "The Haunting" with director Patric Ullaeus (DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES). The clip, which was shot in Sweden, also includes an appearance by EPICA singer Simone Simons. Mari also appears as Helena from the storyline of the "The Black Halo". ...

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KAMELOT: 'The Haunting' Video To Feature EPICA Singer

American/Norwegian power metallers KAMELOT recently travelled to Sweden to begin work on their new video for the track "The Haunting" with director Patric Ullaeus (DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES). The clip also includes an appearance by EPICA singer Simone Simons. "The Haunting" come off the group's new album, "The Black Halo", due on March ...

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EVERGREY: Live CD/DVD Details Revealed

Swedish progressive dark metallers EVERGREY will release their new live CD, "A Night To Remember", on March 15 via InsideOut Music, according to an online posting by the band's frontman, Tom Englund. The band's forthcoming double DVD, which features their 19-song live performance in their hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden, was filmed with 15 high-definition cameras ...

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KAMELOT: 'The Black Halo' Release Dates Confirmed

SPV Records has set a March 15 North American release date (one day earlier internationally except Japan, where it's due on Feb. 16) for the new KAMELOT album, "The Black Halo". The first release for Europe will be a limited-edition digipak with bonus material. As previously reported, KAMELOT were recently scheduled to head to Sweden ...

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MACBETH To Release Third Album In Early 2005

Italian female-fronted gothic metallers MACBETH will release their long-awaited third album, "Malae Artes", in early 2005. The follow-up to 2000's "Vanitas" (Dragonheart Records) will feature "10 new tracks in the vein of LACUNA COIL, NIGHTWISH and TRISTANIA," according to a press release. For more information, visit www.macbeth.it. ...

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IN FLAMES Perform PANTERA's 'Fucking Hostile' For DIMEBAG, Victims For Asian Earthquake

IN FLAMES performed a cover of PANTERA's "Fucking Hostile" as a tribute to both "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott (PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN) and the victims of the recent undersea earthquake and resulting tsunamis along South Asia's coasts during their headlining appearance at Monday night's (Dec. 27) "Hammered at Xmas" concert at London's Hammersmith Apollo. Meanwhile, support act CALIBAN ...

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The Silent Force - WITHIN TEMPTATION

In the wake of EVANESCENCE's massive worldwide success, it is no surprise that virtually every female-fronted guitar-heavy group is being compared to Amy Lee and Co., even when the similarities are marginal, at best (see LACUNA COIL). In WITHIN TEMPTATION's case, red flags were raised earlier thus year when the Dutch band came out with ...

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KAMELOT To Film Two New Videos

KAMELOT will head to Sweden to shoot the videos for "March of Mephisto" and "The Haunting" with director Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Films (LACUNA COIL, DIMMU BORGIR, IN FLAMES). "March of Mephisto" and "The Haunting" come off the group's new album, "The Black Halo", due on February 28, 2005 through SPV Records. The follow-up to ...

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IN FLAMES: Live DVD Due In June 2005

Sweden's IN FLAMES are currently working on a DVD, entitled "A Night In Flames", featuring the band on their 2004 world tour. The last stop on the trek is the special IN FLAMES show in London (Carling Apollo Hammersmith) on December 27, whre the group will be joined by LACUNA COIL, CHIMAIRA and CALIBAN. The ...

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LACUNA COIL To Begin Recording New Album

According to a posting on the group's official web site, Italy's LACUNA COIL recently spent time in Milan in pre-production with producer Waldemar Sorychta (TIAMAT, GRIP INC., SAMAEL). The band will soon enter the studio to record the first three songs for their much-anticipated follow-up to 2002's "Comalies". A late 2005 release via Century Media ...

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GENITORTURERS Featured On 'Vampire' Videogame

Florida-based "shock-rock" band GENITORTURERS will be featured on the new videogame "Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines", set for release November 16. The highly anticipated game release, which includes tracks by MINISTRY, LACUNA COIL and DANIEL ASH, will also be released as a very limited-edition CD made available to those who purchase the game through Best ...

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CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS Promotes Key Sales Staff

Century Media Records has promoted current Vice President of Sales & Distribution, Brian Sharp, to the newly created Vice President of Internal Operations position, while current Manager of Sales & Distribution, Andrew "Hoz" Hosner, has been promoted to Vice President of Sales & Product Development. Enjoying a 55% sales increase in 2004, Century Media Records ...

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LACUNA COIL Singer Hooks Up With SLIPKNOT's ROOT

In the latest issue of the U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine, LACUNA COIL frontwoman Cristina Scabbia confirmed that she is no longer involved in a relationship with the group's bass player, Marco Coti Zelati, after spending 10 years together. Asked about the reports that she is currently dating SLIPKNOT/STONE SOUR guitarist Jim Root, Cristina (who was ...

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SAMAEL: New Album To Receive U.S. Release In Early 2005

Switzerland's SAMAEL will release their new album, "Reign of Light", in early 2005 in North America through Galactical/Nuclear Blast Records. The CD, which was issued in Europe last month, was mixed at two different studios in Switzerland and was co-produced by Waldemar Sorychta (GRIP INC., LACUNA COIL, TIAMAT), who has worked with the group on ...

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FLOWING TEARS Founding Members Killed In Car Accident

On October 20, two founding members of the German goth metal band FLOWING TEARS, Björn Lorson and Christian Zimmer, died in a tragic car accident, according to a posting on the group's web site. "Even though they already left the band in '95 and '96 (Björn after the first demo tape 'Bijou' and Christian after ...

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IN FLAMES Top Sweden's PEPSI LIVE Chart

IN FLAMES are currently topping Sweden's Pepsi Live chart with their video for "Touch of Red". View the whole chart at this location. The "Touch of Red" clip was shot in Los Angeles during late August/early September with director Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company, who has previously worked with DIMMU BORGIR, CHILDREN ...

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IN FLAMES Begin Work On New Material

IN FLAMES are at home in Gothenburg, Sweden enjoying a well-deserved break after all the tours and gigs during 2004 in support of the band's latest CD, "Soundtrack to your Escape". Guitarists Björn Gelotte and Jesper Strömblad have already begun work on new material in the band's new studio. IN FLAMES' next live performance will ...

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IN FLAMES: 'Touch Of Red' Video Posted Online

IN FLAMES' video for the track "Touch of Red" is available for streaming via Nuclear Blast Records' web site at this location (Real Media). The "Touch of Red" clip was shot in Los Angeles during late August/early September with director Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company, who has previously worked with DIMMU BORGIR, ...

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SAMAEL: European Tour Postponed

SAMAEL have postponed their European tour to February 2005 from the previously announced October/November, according to Germany's Rock Hard magazine. No reason was given for the postponement. SAMAEL's latest CD, "Reign of Light", will be released on October 11 through the band's own label, Galactical Recordings, with exclusive licenses to Regain Records (whole world except ...

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