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FATAL SMILE Schedule Showcase Gig In Stockholm

Swedish "traditional" heard rock/heavy metal band FATAL SMILE will play a special showcase gig at the Kool Kat Club in Stockholm on December 3. The group's set list for the show will consist almost entirely of songs from their upcoming album, "Neo-Natural Freaks". As previously reported, the recording sessions for "Neo-Natural Freaks" took place at ...

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MAYHEM Documentary Maker Planning Sequel

A sequel to the acclaimed Norwegian/Swedish documentary "Cult of Aggression", focusing on the Norwegian black metal pioneers MAYHEM, is currently in the works. "The first documentary about MAYHEM, 'Cult of Aggression', was about their history — mainly about their music, but, of course, if a band has such a bloody history as MAYHEM, you can't ...

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BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION Guitarist Records 'Insane Version' Of L.A. GUNS Classic

BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION/ex-L.A. GUNS guitarist Tracii Guns has collaborated with singer Stella Soleil (a.k.a. Sister Soleil) on "an insane version" of the L.A. GUNS classic "Ballad of Jane". Contributing additional lead vocals to the track will be BACKYARD BABIES frontman Nicke Borg. In addition, Guns and Soleil have completed a Christmas song together called "Wrap ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE: Box Set Track Listing Revealed

The complete track listing has been revealed for the upcoming OZZY OSBOURNE box set, which has apparently been re-titled "The Prince of Darkness", according to IGN.com. The 52-song set, due on February 8, chronicles Ozzy's career via his biggest hits and most memorable collaborations, but the clincher is that the fourth disc of ...

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PSYCHOPUNCH To Embark On European Tour

Sweden's PSYCHOPUNCH will kick off a headlining European tour in early November. The trek's grand finale will take place on December 3 in their hometown Västeras, where they will rock the house alongside fellow countrymen ENTOMBED. A complete list of tour dates can be found at www.silverdust.de. PSYCHOPUNCH are touring in support of ...

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BACKYARD BABIES: Finnish Concert To Be Filmed For Upcoming DVD

Sweden's BACKYARD BABIES will have their October 12 concert at Tavastia in Helsinki, Finland recorded by Finnish TV YLE1. The footage is is tentatively expected to end up on the band's official DVD, tentatively due next year. BACKYARD BABIES' latest full-length album, "Stockholm Syndrome", was issued in Scandinavia in November through RCA/BMG Records. A wider ...

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BACKYARD BABIES To Support VELVET REVOLVER In Europe

Sweden's BACKYARD BABIES will support VELVET REVOLVER at the following European dates: Aug. 22 – Cologne, GER @ E-Werk Aug. 25 – Munich, GER @ Eiserhalle Aug. 31 – Glasgow, UK @ Academy Sep. 02 – London, UK @ Hammersmith Sep. 07 – Paris, FRA @ Bataclan Sep. 09 – Barcelona, SPA @ Razzamatazz Sep. ...

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MURDERDOLLS Bassist To Tour With ROXY SAINT

MURDERDOLLS bassist Eric Griffin has teamed up with Hollywood's rising star ROXY SAINT for a U.K. tour beginning August 24. The trek will include both the Reading and Leeds festivals and several other shows around Great Britain. Eric will also be playing in Los Angeles with the NAPOLEON BLOWNAPARTS on August 11 at the Troubadour. ...

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FATAL SMILE Complete Work On New Album

Swedish "traditional" heard rock/heavy metal band FATAL SMILE have completed work on their new album, "Neo-Natural Freaks", tentatively due before the end of the year through GMR Music. The recording sessions took place at Gig and Soundtrade studios in Stockholm with producer HP Camper (a.k.a. former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN drummer Jonas Östman), while the mixing duties ...

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GENERAL SURGERY: No Plans To Record Full-Length Debut Until 2005

Contrary to the information contained in the latest Listenable Records newsletter, legendary Swedish grindcore merchants GENERAL SURGERY will **NOT** be entering the studio to begin recording their full-length debut until late spring/early summer next year. "Right now we're preparing to record another split with Japanese gore heroes BUTCHER ABC (hopefully in September), and after that ...

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MOTÖRHEAD's LEMMY Joins HAWKWIND On Stage At RUISROCK Festival: Photos Available

MOTÖRHEAD's Lemmy Kilmister and MONSTER MAGNET's Phil Caivano were the special guests during HAWKWIND's set at Ruisrock festival in Turku, Finland this past Saturday (July 10). Check out pictures from Sonera Plaza (all photos by Timo Isoaho). Other bands that performed during the two-day event (July 10-11) included MOTÖRHEAD, MONSTER MAGNET, BACKYARD BABIES, ...

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BACKYARD BABIES To Play One-Off U.S. Date In August

Sweden's BACKYARD BABIES will play a one-off U.S. date on August 11 at the Troubadour in Hollywood, California. Support will come from DOHENY, the new band featuring ex-THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison (on guitar) and former PITCHSHIFTER frontman Jon "J.S." Clayden. BACKYARD BABIES' latest full-length album, "Stockholm Syndrome", was issued in Scandinavia in November ...

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DISBELIEF Replace GRIMFIST At Germany's WITH FULL FORCE Festival

German death metallers DISBELIEF have replaced Norway's GRIMFIST at the 11th edition of With Full Force festival, a three-day event set to be held July 2-4 at airport Roitzschjora, Löbnitz near Leipzig, Germany. GRIMFIST were forced to withdraw from the festival following their split with drummer Horgh (HYPOCRISY, ex-IMMORTAL). The complete list of bands confirmed ...

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PLANET X Announce New Bassist

Progressive instrumentalists PLANET X have announced the addition of bassist Rufus Philpot into the band. Rufus has played with many great musicians such as Al DiMeola, Gary Husband and Adam Nussbaum. More information is available at his web site, RufusBass.com. As previously reported, PLANET X recently parted ways with longtime guitarist Tony MacAlpine ...

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TWISTED SISTER Frontman Fights Premature Birth

TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider has been named the Grand Marshall and Chairperson of the March of Dimes ride, which is scheduled to take place Sunday, May 23 in Westbury, New York. Over 1,000 motorcycle enthusiasts will join Dee Snider to help the March of Dimes raise money to pursue its mission and fight premature ...

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ZEBULON Set Release Date For 'Troubled Ground'

ZEBULON, the Swedish band featuring former members of early '90s death metal act DESULTORY, have set a June 14 release date through People Like You Records for their sophomore full-length album, "Troubled Ground". The follow-up to 2001's "Volume One" was recorded and mixed at Stockholm's Sunlight Studios with veteran producer Tomas Skogsberg (ENTOMBED, DISMEMBER, BACKYARD ...

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PLANET X Part Ways With Guitarist, Announce Replacement

Progressive instrumentalists PLANET X have parted ways with longtime guitarist Tony MacAlpine. MacAlpine played on the band's first three albums, "Universe" (2000), "Live in Oz" (2002) and "Moon Babies" (2002). Keyboardist Derek Sherinian (ex-DREAM THEATER, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) and drummer Virgil Donati have already announced Tony's replacement — T.J. Helmerich. The trio have been working on ...

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BLOODSHED: New Recording To Be Issued As 7" Single

Swedish death/black metallers BLOODSHED will have their recently completed three-song promotional recording, "Blade Eleventh", released as a 7" vinyl single through Horrorfiend Records. Horrorfiend is also going to release 7" singles from ABSU, MANIAC BUTCHER and EQUIMANTHORN. In other news, BLOODSHED have been confirmed for the Bands Battle festival, a three-day event set to take ...

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HAWKWIND Confirmed For Finland's RUISROCK Festival

HAWKWIND have been confirmed to appear at this year's Ruisrock festival, a two-day event set to take place July 10-11 in Turku, Finland. The festival's promoter told Sonera Plaza, "As you know, MOTÖRHEAD will also play during Ruisrock. Since Lemmy used to be part of HAWKWIND, there's talk of him possibly joining HAWKWIND on stage ...

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FATAL SMILE To Begin Recording New Album

Swedish "traditional" heard rock/heavy metal band FATAL SMILE will shortly enter the studio to begin recording their new album, "Neo Natural Freaks", tentatively due late summer/early fall through GMR Music. The producer is once again HP Camper (a.k.a. former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN drummer Jonas Östman) and the album will be mixed by Stefan Glaumann (RAMMSTEIN, BACKYARD ...

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WHITESNAKE's COVERDALE Is Supportive Of Wife's New Career

When Cindy Coverdale, wife of WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale, decided to write a rock and roll cookbook, "Food That Rocks", she wasn't sure how her new career would go over with her husband. "After all," Cindy laughs, "he was used to being the one who got the attention while I did the wife and mother ...

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