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JAMES MURPHY: DEATH Tribute Album Update

Former TESTAMENT/DEATH guitarist James Murphy has issued the following update regarding his upcoming DEATH tribute project, "Within The Mind - In Homage To The Musical Legacy Of Chuck Schuldiner" (web site), tentatively due in June through Holland's Mascot Records: "This past Saturday [Feb. 21] I traveled to Orlando to Richard Christy's [ICED EARTH, ...

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AYREON: 'The Human Equation' Cast Of Characters Revealed

AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE), have revealed the cast of characters included in the storyline on the group's forthcoming CD, "Ayreon: The Human Equation", and the singers performing them. They are as follows: James LaBrie (DREAM THEATER): "Me" Marcela Bovio (ELFONÍA): His "Wife" Arjen Lucassen: His "Best Friend" Mike Baker ...

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SCORPIONS Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

Veteran German hard rockers SCORPIONS have been confirmed as the third headliner (alongside JUDAS PRIEST and EUROPE) at this year's installment of Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows (in alphabetical order): ABRAMIS BRAMA APRIL ...

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THE GATHERING, Concert Promoter Engage In War Of Words Over Toronto Show Cancellation

Holland's THE GATHERING have accused the owners of a Toronto venue and associated concert promoters of trying to "rip [them] off financially" during their recent appearance in the city. THE GATHERING's second Toronto show (Feb. 14), originally announced on Wednesday (Feb. 11) as a last-minute replacement for their canceled New York (L'Amour) date, was called ...

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OPETH Drummer To Guest On DEATH Tribute CD?

OPETH drummer Martin Lopez is the latest high-profile metal musician linked with the upcoming DEATH tribute project, "Within The Mind - In Homage To The Musical Legacy Of Chuck Schuldiner", tentatively due in June through Holland's Mascot Records. "At [Monday] night's OPETH concert in Tampa, drummer Martin Lopez expressed his interest in playing at least ...

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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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KATAKLYSM Singer To DEZ FAFARA: 'Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is'

KATAKLYSM vocalist Maurizio Iacono has issued a response to DEVILDRIVER frontman Dez Fafara's assertion that Iocono "should shut the fuck up and take a listen to DEVILDRIVER" before passing judgment on the group. In a press statement issued in December, Iacono voiced his frustration over the fact that DEVILDRIVER were chosen over KATAKLYSM to be ...

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MONSTER MAGNET, SKID ROW Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

MONSTER MAGNET and SKID ROW have been confirmed for this year's installment of Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows (in alphabetical order): ABRAMIS BRAMA APRIL WINE ASTRAL DOORS BRAINSTORM CAGE CARNAL FORGE CHILDREN OF ...

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HELLOWEEN, TESTAMENT, IN FLAMES Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

HELLOWEEN, TESTAMENT, IN FLAMES, GRAND MAGUS and ASTRAL DOORS have been confirmed for this year's installment of Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows (in alphabetical order): ABRAMIS BRAMA APRIL WINE ASTRAL DOORS BRAINSTORM CAGE ...

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GENE HOGLAN Joins OPETH For Two Songs At Vancouver Show

Legendary drummer Gene Hoglan (DARK ANGEL, STRAPPING YOUND LAD, DEATH, TESTAMENT, OLD MAN'S CHILD) sat behind the kit for OPETH at the Vancouver stop of their current North American tour Friday night (Jan. 23) (as first reported here yesterday). Hoglan stood in for regular OPETH skinsman Martin Lopez, who is said to be ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Drummer To Play With OPETH In Vancouver

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD/DARK ANGEL drummer Gene Hoglan will reportedly be sitting behind the kit for OPETH at the Vancouver stop of their current North American tour Friday night (Jan. 23). Hoglan will be standing in for regular OPETH skinsman Martin Lopez, who is said to be at home in Sweden recovering from a recent bout ...

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OPETH Play Abbreviated Set In Calgary

Sweden's OPETH reportedly played a five-song set in Calgary, Alberta Wednesday night (January 21), with a drum technician filling in behind the kit for Martin Lopez, who is said to be still at home in Sweden recovering from a recent bout of panic attacks. OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt reportedly repeatedly apologized for the abbreviated performance ...

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DEVILDRIVER To Be Filmed For 'Headbanger's Ball' Episode

DEVILDRIVER, the new band fronted by former COAL CHAMBER singer Dez Fafara, will be filmed on February 27 in New York City for an upcoming episode of MTV2's "Headbangers Ball". They will also be playing Irving Plaza in NYC later that night with OPETH. The exact air date for the episode will be announced soon. ...

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AYREON Sign With INSIDE OUT RECORDS

AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE), have inked a new deal with Inside Out Records. Lucassen's first release for Inside Out under the AYREON banner will be the band's much-anticipated new CD, "The Human Equation", tentatively due in May. In other news, URIAH HEEP's Ken Hensley and IQ keyboardist Martin Orford ...

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OPETH Cancel Edmonton Date, Reschedule For Two Days Later

Sweden's OPETH were forced to cancel their date in in Edmonton (Canada) on Tuesday, January 20 due to one of their members falling ill. However, they have rescheduled a new date for Thursday, January 22 at Red's. OPETH are in the middle of a North American tour with MOONSPELL and DEVILDRIVER. The group's next show ...

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Reunited Hard Rockers EUROPE Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL

Reunited hard rockers EUROPE have been confirmed as one of the headliners this year's installment of Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. EUROPE will top the bill on Saturday, June 12, while JUDAS PRIEST will close the day's festivities on Thursday, June 10. The complete list of bands currently ...

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STORMLORD Complete Work On New CD

Italian "extreme epic metal" act STORMLORD have completed work on their third album, "The Gorgon Cult", at The Outer Sound Studios in Rome with engineer Giuseppe Orlando (NOVEMBRE, NECRODEATH, DGM, THY MAJESTIE). The follow-up to 2001's "At The Gates Of Utopia" was recorded and mixed over a two-month period and was mastered at the The ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD To Film First-Ever DVD

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD will film their first-ever DVD on Friday, January 16 at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, British Columbia. The as-yet-untitled disc, due later in the year through Century Media Records, will contain lots of outtake footage recorded over the past decade and is a precursor to the new STRAPPING YOUNG LAD CD, which ...

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PAT TRAVERS BAND Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL

PAT TRAVERS BAND are the latest act confirmed for next year's installment of Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12, 2004 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows (in alphabetical order): ABRAMIS BRAMA APRIL WINE BRAINSTORM CAGE CARNAL FORGE CHILDREN OF BODOM ...

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OPETH Offer End-Of-Year Update

Sweden's OPETH have posted the following update at their official web site: "OPETH are confirmed to play the annual Sweden Rock festival in Karlshamn/Sölvesborg in July 2004. The festival will be one of very few FESTIVAL appearances during 2004 as the band will be in resting/writing and eventually recording mode. Sweden Rock is headlined by ...

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LOST HORIZON, CARNAL FORGE Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

LOST HORIZON, HEART, DR. FEELGOOD, CARNAL FORGE and SUN CAGED are the latest artists confirmed for next year's installment of Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12, 2004 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows (in alphabetical order): ABRAMIS BRAMA APRIL WINE ...

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AYREON: More Guest Musicians Announced

AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE), have invited the following guest instrumentalists to contribute to the group's new album, "The Human Equation", due in May 2004 through an as-yet-undetermined label: Oliver Wakeman on keyboards: "Arjen has played guitar on some of Oliver's work, and they've been good friends ever since," reads ...

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DEVILDRIVER Singer Takes The High Road In KATAKLYSM Dispute

DEVILDRIVER singer Dez Fafara (ex-COAL CHAMBER) has responded to KATAKLYSM vocalist Maurizio Iacono's accusation that DEVILDRIVER are "trying to make themselves look real [metal] by getting on real metal tours." In a press statement issued earlier today, Iacono voiced his frustration over the fact that DEVILDRIVER were chosen over KATAKLYSM to be one of the ...

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