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NOCTURNAL RITES Begin Recording New Album

Swedish power metallers NOCTURNAL RITES have entered the studio in their hometown of Umeå to begin recording their new album, tentatively due later in the year via Century Media Records. "Once again we have teamed up with the mighty Shep and we are confident that together we will realise our best album to date," the ...

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RAMMSTEIN, APOCALYPTICA, HAMMERFALL Confirmed For Sweden's METALTOWN Festival

RAMMSTEIN, APOCALYPTICA, DARK TRANQUILLITY, NINE, HAMMERFALL and BESEECH are the confirmed acts for this year's Metaltown festival, set to take palce July 30 at Frihamnen in Gothenburg, Sweden. Last year's Metaltown festival included appearances by ALICE COOPER, DIMMU BORGIR, TURBONEGRO, IN FLAMES, BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION and MUSTASCH. For more information, visit www.metaltown.se. ...

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MNEMIC Confirmed For Finland's TUSKA OPEN AIR Festival

Danish modern metallers MNEMIC have been confirmed for the eighth annual Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, set to be held July 15-17 at Kaisaniemi Park in Helsinki, Finland. The Danes just recently played their first show in Finland at the Finnish Metal Expo and will now return to perform to larger crowds. In other news, ...

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ANTHRAX Confirmed For Finland's ILOSAARIROCK Festival

ANTHRAX's reunited classic lineup of Joey Belladonna (vocals), Dan Spitz (guitar), Frank Bello (bass), Scott Ian (guitar) and Charlie Benante (drums) has been confirmed for Finland's Ilosaarirock festival, set to take place July 15-17 in Joensuu. Other bands scheduled to appear at the three-day festival include AGNOSTIC FRONT, BACKYARD BABIES, DARK TRANQUILLITY, MONSTER MAGNET, APOCALYPTICA, ...

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NOCTURNAL RITES: 'Avalon' Video Posted Online

Swedish power metallers NOCTURNAL RITES have uploaded their video for the track "Avalon" at this location. The group's third clip off their most recent album, "New World Messiah", "Avalon" was directed and produced by Owe Lingvall for Satellite Productions. NOCTURNAL RITES' sixth studio album, "New World Messiah", was released last spring through Century ...

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WITHIN TEMPTATION And DRAGONFORCE Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

WITHIN TEMPTATION and DRAGONFORCE have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: ACCEPT APOCALYPTICA AXEL RUDI PELL BLOODBATH CANDLEMASS CORVUS CORAX COUNT RAVEN DISSECTION DRAGONFORCE EDGUY ENDHAMMER ...

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ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO Schedule Dates In Texas

ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO, the experimental band led by former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick, head from New York to Texas for an appearance at Austin's annual South By Southwest Music Festival, along with concerts in San Antonio and Houston. The group's SXSW showcase is on Saturday, March 19 at 8:00 p.m. at Flamingo Cantina (515 E. ...

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HANOI ROCKS Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Finnish rock 'n' roll legends HANOI ROCKS have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: ACCEPT APOCALYPTICA AXEL RUDI PELL BLOODBATH CANDLEMASS CORVUS CORAX COUNT RAVEN DISSECTION ...

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KREATOR Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Veteran German thrashers KREATOR have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: ACCEPT APOCALYPTICA AXEL RUDI PELL BLOODBATH CANDLEMASS CORVUS CORAX COUNT RAVEN DISSECTION EDGUY ENDHAMMER EISREGEN ...

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APOCALYPTICA: 'Wie Welt' Video Posted Online

Finnish cello-rockers APOCALYPTICA have posted the English and German versions of their "Wie Weit" video at their official web site. Check them out at this location. The English and German versions of "Wie Weit" feature Marta Jandová of Germany's alternative-hipsters DIE HAPPY while the French version (which is included on the group's new ...

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APOCALYPTICA Confirmed For Poland's METALMANIA Festival

Finnish cello-rockers APOCALYPTICA have been confirmed for Poland's MetalMania festival, set to be held March 12 at the Spodek venue in Katowice. The complete billing for the festival is now as follows: Main stage: 10:35 - 10:55 DARZAMAT 11:05 - 11:35 DIES IRAE 11:45 - 12:25 ANJ 12:40 - 13:15 AMON AMARTH 13:30 - 14:05 ...

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SENTENCED To Play Final German Show At WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Finnish metallers SENTENCED will perform their last-ever show in Germany at the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken. A complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: ACCEPT APOCALYPTICA AXEL RUDI PELL BLOODBATH CORVUS CORAX COUNT RAVEN DISSECTION EDGUY ...

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ZYKLON Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

ZYKLON, the Norwegian band featuring former EMPEROR members Samoth (guitar) and Trym (drums), are the latest act to be confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken. A complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: ACCEPT APOCALYPTICA ...

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MORGANA LEFAY Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Swedish "heavy doom progressive" band MORGANA LEFAY are the latest act to be confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken. A complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: ACCEPT APOCALYPTICA AXEL RUDI PELL BLOODBATH CORVUS CORAX ...

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THE HAUNTED Replace METAL CHURCH At Poland's METALMANIA Festival

Swedish thrashers THE HAUNTED will replace METAL CHURCH on the billing of Poland's MetalMania festival, set to be held March 12 at the Spodek venue in Katowice. The complete billing for the festival is now as follows: Main stage: DARZAMAT DIES IRAE ANJ AMON AMARTH PAIN DARK FUNERAL KATATONIA THE HAUNTED ARCTURUS TURBO NAPALM DEATH ...

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APOCALYPTICA To Release New Single In Three Languages

Finnish cello-rockers APOCALYPTICA will release a new single, "Wie Weit", on February 14 containing three different versions of their track "Quutamo": The French version featuring Manu of DOLLY, plus the English and German versions featuring Marta Jandová of Germany's alternative-hipsters DIE HAPPY. An online preview is available at this location. In other news, ...

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COUNT RAVEN Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Swedish doom legends COUNT RAVEN have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken. A complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: ACCEPT APOCALYPTICA AXEL RUDI PELL BLOODBATH CORVUS CORAX COUNT RAVEN DISSECTION EDGUY ENDHAMMER EISREGEN ...

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APOCALYPTICA's New CD Enters German, Finnish Charts At No. 5

Finnish cello-rockers APOCALYPTICA have entered the German and Finnish album charts at position No. 5 with their latest CD, "Apocalyptica". As previously reported, SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo guested on "Apocalyptica" on a song called "Betrayal/Forgiveness". The track, which is described by APOCALYPTICA's Perttu Kivilaakso as a "really fast, thrash metal-influenced song," marks the second time ...

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OOMPH! Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

OOMPH! have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken. A complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: ACCEPT APOCALYPTICA AXEL RUDI PELL BLOODBATH CORVUS CORAX DISSECTION EDGUY ENDHAMMER EISREGEN ENDSTILLE ENSIFERUM FINNTROLL GOREFEST ILLDISPOSED MARDUK ...

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