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KEEP OF KALESSIN To Release New EP In December

Norwegian black metallers KEEP OF KALESSIN will release their brand new mini-album, titled "Reclaim", on December 1 in Norway through FaceFront Records. The rest of the European continent will receive the CD on January 19, 2004. The group's first release since 1999's "Agnen: A Journey Through The Dark" (Avantgarde), "Reclaim" (5 tracks, 27 minutes) features ...

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SEPTIC FLESH Call It Quits

SEPTIC FLESH, considered by many to be the premier Greek extreme metal band, have officially split up. The following is band manager George Zacharopoulos' statement on the matter: "It is my sad duty to inform you that SEPTIC FLESH has officially split up. After serious thinking the band decided that, due to various circumstances, they ...

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VAN HALEN: Ready To 'Jump' Again?

Veteran artist manager Irving Azoff (EAGLES, CHRISTINA AGUILERA, SEAL, JEWEL, JOURNEY, et al) has signed VAN HALEN for management, according to Hits Daily Double, the companion web site of music industry tip sheet HITS. Azoff's longtime representation of Sammy Hagar leads to instant speculation about a possible reunion tour and Warner Bros. greatest-hits album. Is ...

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FEAR FACTORY: The Future Is Now

FEAR FACTORY frontman Burton C. Bell has posted the following message on the band's newly re-launched official web site: "The past has been nothing more than a template, a blueprint for what the future holds in store for us. The evidence is apparent, archived for all to see, hear, and comprehend. Nothing has ...

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THE ETERNAL Sign With FIREBOX RECORDS

Australia's THE ETERNAL (formerly CRYPTAL DARKNESS) have signed a two-album deal with Finland's Firebox Records. The group will be entering the studio in January 2004 to record their debut CD, titled "The Sombre Light Of Isolation". A late spring release is expected. THE ETERNAL recorded three full-length albums and two EPs as CRYPTAL DARKNESS, including ...

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KONKHRA: The Israel 'Reality Check Tour' Report

KONKHRA mainman Anders Lundemark has sent us the following report from the band's recent tour of Israel: "After confirming our involvement in this festival we did get some calls from family, asking us what we were thinking. In Denmark, nothing much happens, so if there is something happening in Israel, preferably a suicide bombing, it ...

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JOURNEY's NEAL SCHON To Make G3 Appearance

According to the official JOURNEY web site, Neal Schon will be making two special guest appearances on the G3 '03 tour with Joe Satriani, Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai. He will perform on Friday, October 17 at the Chronicle Pavilion in Concord, California and Monday, October 27 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. (Thanks: ...

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ALEX SKOLNICK To Sit Out TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Tour

Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick has announced his decision not to participate in this year's TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA tour. The following is Alex's official statement on the matter: "It is with mixed emotions that I announce my decision to not participate in this year's TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA tour. It has been an honor to be a part ...

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Newspaper: Radio Host Proclaims He Has Suicide Video

Robert Farley of the St. Petersburg Times reports a Chicago man says he has exclusive video of the much-hyped HELL ON EARTH performance Saturday night, including "crazy" footage that purports to show a sickly-looking man commiting suicide through "some sort of asphyxiation." But Shane Bugbee isn't necessarily buying that it's real. Bugbee, 34, said he ...

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KROKUS Singer Lays Down Vocals On New WARRIOR Album

KROKUS singer Marc Storace has finished laying down vocal tracks on the new WARRIOR album, tentatively due in early 2004. "I'm finally back home from my two-week studio trip to L.A. and three-week tour of Europe with KROKUS and …. all went amazingly well!" Storace writes in an online post. "15 Years Later / Los ...

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ICED EARTH's Forthcoming CD To Honor The 'Valor And Sacrifices' Of Hundreds Of Thousands Of Men

ICED EARTH's forthcoming album, "The Glorious Burden", represents a ten-song musical enterprise honoring the valor and sacrifices that made the world what it is today. The band's ninth full-length album will be released through SPV Records on January 13, 2004. Having only hinted at their infatuation with history in the past with "Ghost Of Freedom" ...

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ENTOMBED Members To Guest On CHAOSBREED Debut

CHAOSBREED drummer Nalle Österman (ex-GANDALF) has posted the following message to the band's official web site: "Hi, this is your captain speaking... Fasten your seatbelts 'cos here we go. Thanxxx for everyone who were supporting us at [our show at Helsinki's] Nosturi [on September 15] — [headliners] ENTOMBED kicked ass and made shit burst through ...

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DREAM THEATER To Release 'Train Of Thought' In November

DREAM THEATER have set "Train Of Thought" as the title for their new album, tentatively due on November 11 through Elektra Records. The complete track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. As I Am 02. This Dying Soul 03. Endless Sacrifice 04. Honor Thy Father 05. Vacant 06. Stream Of Consciousness 07. In ...

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GROOVIES INC.: MP3 Sample Posted Online

GROOVIES INC., the new Swedish band led by former ELECTRIC BOYS and current SILVERGINGER 5 guitarist/vocalist Conny Bloom, have posted a sample of their music in MP3 format at this location. In addition to Bloom, GROOVIES INC.'s lineup features Diva Cruz (congas, bongos, timbales, bells), Stevie Klasson (guitar, vocals), Andy Christell (bass, vocals), ...

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CONSORTIUM PROJECT III: New Album Details Revealed

Century Media Records have licensed the new CONSORTIUM PROJECT III album for worldwide release. Gaining lengthy experience from fronting activities with acts like HAMMERHEAD, VENGEANCE, ELEGY and also appearing on Arjen Lucassen's AYREON, Ian Parry's third and latest rendition to the realms of symphonic, progressive power metal is realized with CONSORTIUM PROJECT III's "Terra Incognita ...

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DESPAIRATION To Release New Album In November

German ambient/gothic metallers DESPAIRATION have finished recording their fourth full-length album, "Music For The Night", for a November release through Holland's DVS Records. The band will enter X-Ton-Studio next week to master the effort, which will contain 18 songs and around 80 minutes of playing time. A record-release party is planned for October 30 at ...

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ACE FREHLEY Says He's Fine Without KISS

Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley recently spoke to Billboard magazine about his decision to sit out the band's co-headlining trek with AEROSMITH. "When I finished the [KISS Farewell] tour, [Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons] told me that was it," Frehley said. "So I'm not gonna sit around and twiddle my thumbs. I started preparing, before ...

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