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AMORPHIS In Pre-Production For Next CD

Finland's AMORPHIS are presently working on demos for their forthcoming studio album. No release date or title has yet been announced for the effort, which is not expected before the end of the year, at the earliest. ...
June 6, 2002

Metal/Hard Rock Album Sales In The US As Reported By SoundScan

Here are the latest sales figures for various current and catalog metal/hard rock releases in the US (in total units sold to date since the albums were issued),as reported by SoundScan for the week ending April 21st, 2002: KORN Issues: 3,047,076 KORN Follow The Leader: 3,414,717 LIMP BIZKIT Chocola...
April 30, 2002

SENTENCED, AMORPHIS, Others Confirmed For Finland's NUMMIROCK Festival

SENTENCED, AMORPHIS and SONATA ARCTICA are among the artists that have been confirmed for this year's Nummirock festival, which is scheduled to take place on June 21st and on June 22nd in Nummijärvi, Finland. The complete list of acts currently set to appear at the event is as follows: EVERGREY AMOR...
April 18, 2002

AMORPHIS Line Up Drummer Replacement

Finland's AMORPHIS have recruited drummer Jan "Snoopy" Rechberger to replace Pekka Kasari, who recently left the group to focus on family life. Rechberger is no stranger to the AMORPHIS camp, having previously played on the group's first two full-length albums, 1992's The Karelian Isthmus and 1994's...
April 8, 2002

AMORPHIS Part Ways With Drummer, Replacement Found

After a lengthy career on the Finnish metal scene (including a stint with STONE, among others),drummer Pekka Kasari has left AMORPHIS to focus on family life. “We have tentatively found a replacement drummer, but I can't reveal his name yet,” guitarist Esa Holopainen told “This...
April 3, 2002

CHILDREN OF BODOM To Record New Album In August

Finland's CHILDREN OF BODOM are tentatively due to enter the studio in August to begin recording the follow-up to 2000's Follow The Reaper CD. I've been writing a lot of new music, mainman Alexi Laiho told I feel that the new stuff is even rawer than before. "We'll record the new...
March 5, 2002

KALMAH Set To "Return" With Sophomore CD In Late April

Finland's KALMAH will issue their sophomore CD, entitled They Will Return, in the US on April 30th. Already out in the group's home country, the highly-anticipated follow-up to last year's Swamplord contains the following track listing: 01. Hollowheart 02. Swamphell 03. Principle Hero 04. Human Fate...
February 23, 2002

Finnish Benefit Gig In Honor Of CHUCK SCHULDINER Set For March 1st

MORBID DREAM, DIABLO, NORTHER, and EVIL CHUCKS, a one-off group made up of Finnish metal veterans, will appear at a charity concert honoring late DEATH frontman Chuck Schuldiner at Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland on Friday, March 1st. All proceeds from the gig will be donated to Juliana Von Wend founda...
February 18, 2002

Archive News Nov 30, 2001

Here are some of the latest sales figures for various metal/hard rock releases in the US, as reported by Soundscan for the week ending November 25th, 2001 (number in parenthesis indicates the number of weeks the title has been on the sales chart): ... KID ROCK – Cocky: 223,062 (1) ...
November 30, 2001

Archive News May 10, 2001

The upcoming Thrash Of The Titans benefit concert for TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy, who was recently diagnosed with cancer, is tentatively scheduled to take place July 7th at either San Francisco's The Maritime Hall or Oakland's Henry J. Kaiser Arena. Besides the previously announced artists/music...
May 10, 2001

Archive News Apr 11, 2001 - update 2

BLUE OYSTER CULT's upcoming album will carry the title Curse Of The Hidden Mirror. According to the group's official web site, the band did not choose any of the fan suggestions that were collected earlier this year on that and the bocfanclub site, but rather drew from the earliest days of before-th...
April 11, 2001

Archive News Mar 14, 2001 - update 1

According to Jayne Andrews, Management Co-ordinator for JUDAS PRIEST, the reason Sad Wings Of Destiny and Rocka Rolla are not included in upcoming The Remasters series through the Sony / Columbia label is because the rights to the aforementioned releases are owned by Gull Records and the band 'get n...
March 14, 2001

Archive News Mar 08, 2001 - update 2

TAPROOT are tentatively set to take some time off in April/May to continue writing new material for their next album, which they hope to begin recording shortly after their Ozzfest stint ends later in the summer. Among the tracks set to appear on TAPROOT's sophomore offering for Velvet Hammer / Atla...
March 8, 2001