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RAVEN To Play SUN N' STEEL, MARCH METAL MELTDOWN Festivals

According to RAVEN bassist/vocalist John Gallagher, RAVEN are "99% certain" to play the Sun n' Steel festival March 6-7 in Tampa, Florida and the March Metal Meltdown VI festival March 12-13 in Irvington, New Jersey. In other news, RAVEN are continuing to compile footage for their first-ever DVD, tentatively due later in the year. "We ...

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New SLIPKNOT Track To Be Included In Upcoming Videogame

A brand new SLIPKNOT track, entitled "Don't Get Close", will be featured in an upcoming Activision videogame, tentatively due in April. A slightly reworked version of the song is expected to appear on the band's much-anticipated follow-up to 2001's "Iowa", due this summer through Roadrunner Records. SLIPKNOT is one of several metal bands featured on ...

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ATTACKER Confirmed For Germany's KEEP IT TRUE II Festival

Reunited New Jersey metal legends ATTACKER have been confirmed for this year's Keep It True II festival, set to be held on April 10 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany. The complete list of bands scheduled to appear at the event is as follows: MANILLA ROAD HALLOWEEN BLITZKRIEG CLOVEN HOOF ATTACKER WIZARD ELIXIR MAJESTY DARK QUARTERER ...

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VADER Frontman's Side Project PANZER X: CD Details Revealed

PANZER X, the solo project of VADER vocalist/guitarist Peter, have announced the details of their upcoming promotional CD. The disc, entitled "Steel Fist", "will contain more stuff than was previously announced and it's going to be more like a debut MCD of the band than simply a promo tape," according to a post on VADER's ...

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VADER: New Songtitles Revealed

Polish death metallers VADER have commenced work on the material for their sixth full-length album, tentatively titled "Spiritual Disease", for a May/June release through Metal Blade Records. Among the tracks set to appear on the CD are "Out Of A Deep" and "Lead Us!" The follow-up to 2002's "Revelations" will be recorded in February 2004 ...

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HAMERFALL Guitarist Reports From The ROCKFABRIK 20-Year-Anniversary Jam

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Happy holidays, Templars! As you might have gathered from the Forum, some of us were at the Rockfabrik in Ludwigsburg, Gemany, last weekend. The legendary club celebrated its 20-year anniversary, and HAMMERFALL was invited to the festivities. So Anders, Joacim ...

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STEVE GRIMMETT: No Plans For GRIM REAPER Reunion

Former GRIM REAPER/current LIONSHEART vocalist Steve Grimmett has contacted BLABBERMOUTH.NET to refute the rumors of a possible GRIM REAPER reunion at the upcoming Sun n' Steel I festival on March 6-7, 2004 at Pinellas Park Expo Center in Pinellas Park, Florida. Says Steve, "[I] have heard several rumors and saw your entry in ...

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MACABRE Confirm First U.K. Date In Almost 10 Years

Chicago's MACABRE will play Underworld in London on Saturday, February 21, 2004. The band have not played in the United Kingdom in almost ten years and are planning something very special to mark the occasion. MACABRE have also added a hometown gig to end the string of March U.S. dates at Oasis 160 in Chicago ...

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TANK, GRIM REAPER To Play Florida METALFEST?

TANK and GRIM REAPER are among the bands rumored to be appearing at the Sun n' Steel I Metalfest on March 6-7, 2004 at Pinellas Park Expo Center in Pinellas Park, Florida. In other TANK-related news, the long-running U.K. rock legends have reportedly secured a new deal in the U.S. for the release of their ...

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OZZY: I Am Iron Man

OZZY OSBOURNE is to have a 7-inch steel plate fitted to the back of his neck, it was revealed Monday (Dec. 15), according to Mirror.co.uk. Surgeons will perform the delicate operation as soon as the former BLACK SABBATH frontman is strong enough. It is understood they will insert the plate and take bone grafts from ...

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FLOWING TEARS Cancel Berlin Date

German goth metallers FLOWING TEARS were forced to cancel their Dec. 12 show at the Rockanova "Cold Winter Steel" party in the Kalkscheune, Berlin after drummer Stefan Gemballa was injured during a gig with his other band, RED AIM. According to the group, "Stefan was hit in the head and badly injured by a falling ...

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AGENT STEEL To Release New EP In February

Reunited California speed metallers AGENT STEEL have set a February 17, 2004 North American release date for their new EP/CD (which will also be available on limited 12" picture disc) The U.S. Version will include the following songs: "Insurrection" and "Earth Under Lucifer" (taken from "Order of the Illuminati"), plus the bonus tracks "Mad Locust ...

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IMAGIKA To Enter Studio In January

San Francisco power/thrash metallers IMAGIKA will enter Prairie Sun studios in Cotati, California to finish tracking their fourth album, tentatively due in early 2004 through an as-yet-undisclosed label. "All new vocal tracks and bass will be laid down," reads a post on the band's web site. "There's also going to be some more guitar since ...

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VADER Frontman To Record Promo CD With Side-Project

PANZER X, the solo project of VADER vocalist/guitarist Peter, are tentatively scheduled to enter Studio X in Olsztyn, Poland in December to record a four-song demo, titled "Steel First". The promotional CD, which will engineered by Szymon Czech and produced by Peter himself, will contain three original tracks plus a cover song from a "well-known ...

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Ex-PANTERA Drummer: 'PHILIP ANSELMO Was Afraid Of Success'

Ex-PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul recently spoke to Revolver magazine about the circumstances that led to the group's demise two years after the release of their critically acclaimed "Reinventing The Steel" CD. "With the last couple of PANTERA records, we kept getting more and more narrow-minded because of Phil," Vinnie said. "He didn't want to experiment ...

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STEEL PROPHET Complete Work On New Demo

STEEL PROPHET have completed work on a new three-song demo. The promotional CD, which is currently being shopped to interested parties, is the group's first recording to feature new vocalist Nadir D'Priest (ex-LONDON, D'PRIEST) and guitarist Pete Skermetta. STEEL PROPHET recently played their first show with the new lineup at the Dwell in Darkness festival ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND To Guest On New AYREON CD

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD mastermind Devin Townsend has been confirmed as one of the guest performers on the new AYREON CD, "The Human Equation", tentatively due in May 2004 through an as-yet-undetermined label. As previously reported, other vocalists set to appear on the album include Mikael Åkerfeldt (OPETH), James LaBrie (DREAM THEATER) Devon Graves (a.k.a. Buddy ...

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PEGAZUS: Live Album Details Revealed

Australia's PEGAZUS have posted the following update to their official web site: "The 'PEGAZUS – LIVE! Thunder Down Under' album is finally mixed and mastered and ready for release very soon. Just to clear a few things up, this album is NOT going to be released by our European label Nuclear Blast Germany because firstly, ...

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WIZARD Replace PARADOX At Germany's KEEP IT TRUE II Festival

German metallers WIZARD have replaced PARADOX on the bill for the Keep It True II festival, which is set to be held on April 10, 2004 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany. In addition, Italian epic metallers BATTLE RAM have been added to the warm-up show, "The Dawn Of Battle", which will be held at Alibi ...

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MANOWAR: 'Hell On Earth III' Details Revealed!

MANOWAR will issue a brand-new double DVD, titled "Hell On Earth III", on December 8 through SPV. The two-disc set features more than 90 minutes of ear-numbing performances private behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and pre- and post-show rituals. This package also contains the program "Live In Germany The Ringfest" — the legendary one-hour show that dominated ...

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CALLENISH CIRCLE Booted Off 'Bonded By Metal Over Europe' Tour

Dutch melodic death metallers CALLENISH CIRCLE have been forced to drop off the "Bonded By Metal Over Europe" tour due to financial reasons. The following is CALLENISH CIRCLE's official statement on the matter: "After already being kicked off the No Mercy - Easter Festivals last April for questionable reasons, CALLENISH CIRCLE got droppped from the ...

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CANCER To Headline U.K.'s BLACK WINTER DAY Festival

Reformed U.K. death metallers CANCER have been confirmed to headline "Black Winter Day", an all-day extreme metal festival set to take place on December 13 at the Empress in Bradford, England. Other bands scheduled to perform at the event include THE ENCHANTED, SHALLOW GRAVE, LIQUEFIED SKELETON, CRUEL HUMANITY, KHANG, CONQUEST OF STEEL, BUMSNOGGER and BLOODSTEAM. ...

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AGENT STEEL Drop Off 'Bonded By Metal Over Europe' Tour

AGENT STEEL have dropped off the "Bonded By Metal Over Europe Tour" as a result of unspecified disagreements with their booking agency. The following is the group's official statement on the matter: "AGENT STEEL would like to apologize to the European metal fans who will not be able to witness AGENT STEEL live on the ...

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PANTERA's New Found Power Has A Name: DAMAGEPLAN

PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul have officially named their new band DAMAGEPLAN. The group, whose debut album is due January 27 through Elektra Records, also features singer Patrick Lachman, who used to play guitar in HALFORD and DIESEL MACHINE. Former JERRY CANTRELL back-up guitarist Shawn Matthews, who played bass in an early ...

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