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January 2002


Thursday, January 31, 2002

Iron maiden benefit gigs
Posted by: Stéphane @ 22:09 CET

IRON MAIDEN will be performing two special benefit gigs at London's Brixton Academy on March 20 and March 21 in an attempt to raise funds to help former drummer Clive Burr who is suffering from multiple sclerosis.




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Hammerheat records signs Septic Flesh
Posted by: Stéphane @ 22:07 CET

Hammerheart Records signs Greece metal-legends SEPTIC FLESH! The band will enter the Swedish Fredman-studio in May to record their first album for the label. According to the band we can expect "a fine mix between the old stuff and modern Death Metal". "Melody meets brutality and ingenious songwriting", like we are used from them on their previous albums.

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Sinergy has a new and definitive drummer
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:41 CET

After 3 weeks of rehearsing Sinergy has decided to keep "session" drummer Janne Parviainen as a steady member of the band."He has shown tremendous dedication and is by far the best drummer we've ever played with", says the band.

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Yngwie Malmsteen : Concerto suite live cd and dvd
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:33 CET

Yngwie's Concerto Suite Live performance has now been released on CD, and DVD (since january the 17th).

I guess he keeps on zooming on him with different camera views with that narcissic dvd item :D


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Morten Veland/Elusive/Sirenia : end of the triptych
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:20 CET

Morten has resigned from Elusive in order to concentrate on his solo project Sirenia. His replacement in the goth rock band is Kristian Gundersen.

This has to be taken as good news in my opinion, cause Elusive don't need Morten really cause they are playing goth rock and i guess any guitarist can play the guitar lines in this band.
But, the good side of it is that we will have one more new excellent band!!! :)


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Children of Bodom : record deal discussions
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:14 CET

Children of Bodom are rumoured discussing a new record deal. Until they achieve to find their next label, every plan for a future release has to be postponed.

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Anathema : 'pressure' single
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:10 CET

Anathema will release its first ever single 'Pressure' on January 28 via Music For Nations. The single is taken from their latest album, 'A Fine Day To Exit' and contains the following tracks:
'Pressure' (edit)
'Underworld' (acoustic version)
'Pressure' (album version)
Enhanced section: 'Pressure' video."


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Tuesday, January 29, 2002

Paradise lost in studio
Posted by: Stéphane @ 22:05 CET

The band is currently composing and recording songs from the forthcoming new studio album. This one should come out in the stores in early september.
The title and the style of the songs are still a mystery. Let's hope they'll go back to a more metal oriented way of composing songs.


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Sunday, January 27, 2002

Manowar to Headline Metal Meltdown IV
Posted by: Pax @ 11:54 CET

From the Kingdom of Steel:

MANOWAR to Headline Metal Meltdown IV

It is official! MANOWAR will headline Metal Meltdown IV, the notorious two-day metal festival, which takes place at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park, New Jersey on Friday, April 5th and Saturday, April 6th.

MANOWAR will perform on Saturday, April 6th.

Visit www.metalfest.com to purchase tickets and get directions, hotel information and up-to-the-minute news.

I must say, this is a friggin killer show. Even Nomad's favorite, Blaze, will be in attendance. Of course, the year we have a great Metalfest, it's a good three thousand miles away, and right before finals. Such is life...


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Saturday, January 26, 2002

Al Di Meola compilation review
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:19 CET

I've just review the Al Di Meola 'anthology' compilation.
If you have never heard Al Di Meola or if you're a jazz rock fusion movement neophyte, go there immediately and then, confront theory to practise by using penny radio.

Al Di Meola : 'Anthology'


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Interview with Graeme English (SKYCLAD)
Posted by: Max @ 12:12 CET

Finally. Check out the INTER-active-Views section.
I'm sorry for the delay, hope you'll enjoy it anyway!
Love ye all!


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Shaman: new drummer
Posted by: Matze @ 11:51 CET

Shaman drummer Samu has been replaced by Nalle Österman (Gandalf).

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The Misfits launch their own record label
Posted by: Matze @ 11:23 CET

From the official Mistfits homepage:

It has always been the way of the Fits to take matters into their own hands and the time has finally come to launch Misfits Records! You heard it right fiends, the Misfits new record label will finally launch in 2002. We have lots of great stuff in the works and further details on this and more coming very soon. Until then, we can tell you that the new label will debut with a special split single in conjunction with Disk Union, between the Misfits and Japan's new premiere horror punk band Balzac.

Follow this link to read more.


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FINNTROLL - Katla's out???!!!
Posted by: Max @ 1:48 CET

The following message has been just published on the official website of our friends Finntroll:

Due to a tumor in my vocal cords I was not able to sing at all during the autumn. I had a surgery in december but now the tumor has started to revive. Because of this I will have to take a break from all my singing duties in Finntroll. I suspect to be revived and cured in time for the summer festivals (though no promises can be made…). The last gig for the spring for me will be in Tampere, Finland on the 26th of January. I will be momentarily replaced by Tommy Еberg (Bloodshed) and on some gigs (for example Moscow) by Tapio Vilska (Sethian, ex-Darkwoods my Betrothed, ex-Nattvindens Grеt, ex-Wizzard). I hope these guys will (…and trust me they will!) troll your asses off! I am sincerely sorry that it had to come to this and I shall overcome. Inquiries can be made to my personal e-mail: herra_sysi@hotmail.com
Keep trollinґ
Katla

Nothing really to add... :(



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Friday, January 25, 2002

Nightwish in studio
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:55 CET

Nightwish started to record their upcoming album in Finnvox with drum recording, and drums are ready now. The session continues in Kitee and in March they will go back to Finnvox to record vocals and mixing. The upcoming album includes 11 new songs and one cover -song. The still nameless album has a theme, but Tuomas doesn't call it a "concept" -album. The album has also more authentic string-sounds. If everything goes right, new album is out at the end of May/beginning of June 2002.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2002

Ataraxia 'suenos' review
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:31 CET

I've just reviewed ataraxia's 'suenos' cd in the review board.
It's a fantastic album and i hope you'll like it as much as i did.
It leaves me with only one regret : i guess i'm not a so good reviewer i can't share all the feelings i had listening to the cd as much as i would have wanted.


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Tuesday, January 22, 2002

Iced Earth and In Flames to tour US
Posted by: Pax @ 8:20 CET

According to inflames.com and www.metalmeltdown.com, Iced Earth and In Flames are going to tour the US in March, with a possible opening band in Jag Panzer. Sounds like it could be a pretty explosive tour to hit the states (bout damn time...)

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Shaman: New Members
Posted by: Matze @ 6:53 CET

Shaman have recruited a new guitarist (Juha Takkunen from from Jyväskylä) and a violinist (Jaakko Lemmetty from Porvoo).

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Tournament of the Gods!
Posted by: Pax @ 2:52 CET

Just got word from Theo and Marjo Verdooren (Directors of the Worldwide Web Warriors) that Metal Rules is hosting a Tournament of the Gods, to determine the Greatest Metal Band of them all! (Editorial Note: Vote for Manowar!)64 bands from all metal genres, everything from Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Manowar, Mayhem, Emperor, and Nightwish. (Of course they left off Skyclad and Tristania, but no ones perfect;)Its being done Tournament Fasion, one band versus another and the winner decided by your vote! (Editorial Note: Vote for Manowar!)The contest is found at:

http://www.metal-rules.com/polls/TotG.htm

Vote for your favorite band and show the world see who the Gods of Metal are!!!!!! (Editorial Note: Vote for Manowar!)


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Monday, January 21, 2002

Nightfall radio - New Zealand
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:36 CET

Just to let you all know that we received a proposition of link exchange with nightfall (metal site and radio from NZ) days ago but we were too busy - or is it lazy? - to put an update here.
So here's the message and link.

"Hi,

I have a Radio Show in New Zealand dedicated to the best in
heavy/thrash/death/power metal called 'Nightfall'. I also have a
website located at http://new5.djcafe.com/nightfall

I was wondering if you wanted to place my link on your page and I
would quite happily link to you. Great website, keep it up!

Cheers,
Sam"

********************************
The Metal Hamster
Head DJ and Web-Metal-Master
NIGHTFALL
Radio Control
http://new5.djcafe.com/nightfall
********************************

Maybe Max can tell us more about that radio? :)


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Some release dates
Posted by: Matze @ 8:07 CET

January 22nd
Pungent Stench - Masters of Moral - Servants of Sin
Agathodaimon - Chapter III
V/A - A Tribute to Accept Vol. II

February 5th
Sinergy - Suicide By My Side
Tidfall - Instinct Gate
Dimmu Borgir - Alive in Torment (ltd. shaped picture disc)

February 19th
Lock Up - Hate Breeds Suffering
Dew-Scented - Inwards
Timo Tolkki - Hymn to Life
The Defaced - Domination Commence

February 25th
Running Wild - The Brotherhood

March 5th
Immortal - Sons of Northern Darkness

March 19th
Hypocrisy - Catch 22

Apr. 2nd
Soilwork - Natural Born Chaos

April 9th
Ty Tabor - Safety

Apr 16th
Theatre of Tragedy - Assembly
Tapping the Vein - The Damage


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Sunday, January 20, 2002

Ataraxia : cd box compilation
Posted by: Stéphane @ 12:57 CET



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Saturday, January 19, 2002

PR: Noisegate Productions now online
Posted by: Matze @ 10:11 CET

Just got the following email from the Noisegate Productions Team:

Dear all,

we are proud to announce the website of Noisegate Productions (a division of A.S.S. Concerts & Promotion GmbH, Hamburg)! Here you can find information about the bands we are looking after [edit Matze: that's Skyclad, Blaze, Annihilator, Overkill, Arena, Axxis, Derek Sherenian,...], tourdates and more.
This site is concipated for all of you metalheads out there and we would apreciate your participation. Write us your comments and give us your feedback!!!

We will constantly update the page until we have the final look, so there is a lot to do and it will be done step by step!!!

Please spread the word around, this would be very much apreciated.

Check it out and have fun!!!

Your Noisegate Productions Team
www.noisegateproductions.com


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Friday, January 18, 2002

New Sentenced Album almost finished!
Posted by: Pax @ 7:50 CET

From www.Sentenced.org:

All recordings are now finished. The mixing and mastering will take place at Finnvox, Helsinki February 4th – 14th. The release date of the album has not yet been decided. For us the sooner is the better but the release date is more up to Century Media than it is to us. In any case it seems that they will push it at least to May. At least one single will be put out before the album.

The album will include 11 songs (about 45 mins). As we had so much stuff to choose from, we could build the album from songs that are as different as possible from each other. Also, we could pick only the strongest songs, and I think the new album album will be clearly our best one yet. The songs differ from each other not only musicwise but also lyricwise and productionwise. Because of that the new album will be the absolute opposite to a theme album.

The album title and song list will be published here sometime after the mixing.

/Lopakka


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Manowar to Headline Lorca Rock Festival
Posted by: Pax @ 7:45 CET

From www.Manowar.com:

MANOWAR and The Kingdom Of Steel announce that MANOWAR will headline the Lorca Rock Festival on Saturday July 13, 2002
The festival will be held in the south of Spain in the city of Lorca 60kms from Murcia.
More details to follow.

Blood and Damnation, I need to move to Europe! I'm missing out on too many Manowar concerts!


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Thursday, January 17, 2002

Finntroll - new keyboard player for European tour!
Posted by: Max @ 16:36 CET

Once again - big news from our friends Finntroll and once again Penny Dreadful is in avant-garde!

Just a few minutes ago Finntroll has officially announced that the band is looking for the keyboard player to join them on their European tour.

Finntroll will tour with the Norwegian band Windir as a support act and 15 gigs are already confirmed. Unfortunately, in the power of certain circumstances, Trollhorn have to stay in Finland and cannot perform with the band on these concerts.

Finntroll’s guitarist Somnium also underlined that Trollhorn DOES NOT leave the band.
The dates will be unveiled shortly. Look for announces!

Everybody PREPARE!


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Wednesday, January 16, 2002

Andy Sneap joins Fozzy
Posted by: Matze @ 19:06 CET

More Sabbat related news:

"Lord Edgar Bayden Powell" aka Andy Sneap has joined Fozzy (feat. WWF wrestler Chris Jericho and ex- members of Suck Mojo).

source: Blabermouth.net


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Simon Jones leaves R2TS
Posted by: Matze @ 19:05 CET

Blabermouth.net reports that Return to the Sabbat have parted ways with Simon Jones.

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Elusive:Live Recordings
Posted by: Pax @ 9:00 CET

Just got an email from Tommy Olsson:

On the 10th of January we did our first show after the release of our album Destination zero. The show was recorded by Stavanger nettpuls.no and is available at:

http://stream.songnetworks.no:8080/ramgen/tvvest/radio/index.smil

It was our first show in over two years so I guess everything isn't perfect(I haven't heard it yet) but I hope it is okay.

So if you have the time and interest.

Tracklist:
01.Last night
02.Tommorrow gone
03.Run away
04.Lonely satelite
05.Gemini
06.The circle never ends
07.A thin line
08.System breakdown
09.Asylum
10.Shadow dance
11.Susannah
12.Rebel yell

I'll have a review up in a day or two, schedule permiting. Unless someone beats me to it. Remember, this is an interactive website!
Cheers-Ed


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Tuesday, January 15, 2002

Hagalaz Runedance: Frigga's Web
Posted by: Pax @ 6:34 CET

Just in on the Hagalaz' Runedance site:

The new Hagalaz' Runedance album called "Frigga's Web" has been recorded in September/October. Promo copies will be available this month. Read more about "Frigga's Web" in the music/lyrics section.

Needless to say, I'm now running around my apartment like a chicken with its head cut off, I'm so excited. Read the lyrics, they're a lot more developed and even more personal that the last album "Volven." To be blunt, I'm quite excited about this. Woohoo!


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Monday, January 14, 2002

Blaze sound clip
Posted by: Matze @ 10:28 CET

'Leap of Faith' from the new Blaze album 'Tenth Dimension' is available at spv.de

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Saturday, January 12, 2002

Line-up changes...
Posted by: Matze @ 16:08 CET

  • Within Temptation: guitarist Jelle Bakker has been replaced by Ruud Jolie.
  • Apocalyptica: Max Lilja has left the band.
  • Thorn.Eleven are looking for a new bassist.
  • Exciter: vocalist Jacques Bélanger has left the group.
  • Cruachan: Ed Gilbert was recruited a new part-time band member for touring. He'll be play keyboard, bouzouki and banjo.

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    Tuesday, January 8, 2002

    Shaman: looking for international distribution
    Posted by: Matze @ 20:39 CET

    Jonne Järvelä lets us know that Shaman are looking for a licence deal out side of Finland. [Contact address: info@naturalbornrecords.com]

    Right now the Shaman records are available only in Finland's stores and on the band's homepage.


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    More release dates
    Posted by: Matze @ 19:19 CET

    ARCH ENEMY - Wages Of Sin:
    03/18/02

    BLIND GUARDIAN - A Night At The Opera:
    03/04/02

    FALCONER: Chapters From A Vale Forlorn:
    03/11/02

    THE JELLY JAM - The Jelly Jam:
    03/18/02

    KING DIAMOND - Abigail Part 2: The Revenge:
    01/28/02

    RAGE - Unity:
    May


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    Rush: new release date
    Posted by: Matze @ 18:58 CET

    It seems like the new Rush album will be released on 2nd April, a month later than reported before.

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    Sunday, January 6, 2002

    Blind Guardian - "And Then There Was Silence" review
    Posted by: Max @ 16:16 CET

    Hello, everybody! Finally, after the X-mas/New Year's break, I'm back with the review of Blind Guardian's new single "And Then There was silence". Check it out in the Reviews section.
    Love ye all!


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    Shaman: new release date, mp3s, contest
    Posted by: Matze @ 12:04 CET

    Due to some proplems with the booklet, Shaman's new album "Shamániac" has been delayed until January 15th, 2002.

    Some new sound samples from this CD are available here.

    edit Matze: If you're interested in winning a free copy of "Shamániac" check out this message at our forum!


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    Saturday, January 5, 2002

    Further American Shame...
    Posted by: Pax @ 2:25 CET

    The Grammy Nominations have just been released. For the category of Metal Performance:

    "The Wizard," Black Sabbath
    "Disciple," Slayer
    "Left Behind," Slipknot
    "Chop Suey!," System of a Down
    "Schism," Tool

    Am I the only person on this side of the Atlantic who realizes that only two of the five bands nominated actually perform and create Metal? Bad enough that Linkin Park and the Boy Bands actually got nominated for anything... Hopefully it'll go to either Sabbath or Slayer. But I have little faith that it will. At least Metallica didn't get nominated. Right, I get my degree and enough money saved up, its Ed moving to Europe time.


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    Friday, January 4, 2002

    Megadeth: KIMB Re-Release
    Posted by: Matze @ 18:51 CET

    The new, remixed/remastered version of Megadeth's debut album "Killing Is My Business..." will be released on 02.05.02.

    Tracklist:

    1. Last Rites/Loved To Death
    2. Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good!
    3. The Skull Beneath The Skin
    4. Rattlehead
    5. Chosen Ones
    6. Looking Down The Cross
    7. Mechanix
    8. These Boots
    9. Last Rites/Loved To Deth (Demo)
    10. Mechanix (Demo)
    11. The Skull Beneath The Skin (Demo)


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    Thursday, January 3, 2002

    Nevermore Rumors
    Posted by: Pax @ 21:31 CET

    It has been rumored here in the Underground of Los Angeles that Nevermore will be opening for Judas Priest and Anthrax in their upcoming January show here in LA. As I'll be at that show, I really hope this is true. Maybe I can score an interview with them while I'm there.

    Also, it looks like theres trouble between Nevermore and Century Media. In a statement from Nevermore's site:

    "CM has put out a press statement that appeared on blabbermouth.net and bravewords....it is totally false. We did not withdraw from the tour to work on our new cd. We were told the tour was cancelled. At this time they are trying to force us to resign before our contract is up....so come to your own conclusions"

    Sounds kinda odd. Why would CM try and get rid of one of their best bands?


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    Wednesday, January 2, 2002

    Review of Moonspell
    Posted by: Pax @ 23:36 CET

    Just added a review of Moonspell's "Darkness and Hope." Check it out in the reviews section.

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    Tuesday, January 1, 2002

    Watchtower News
    Posted by: Matze @ 17:11 CET

    Happy new year! :) Here's the first news item for 2002 (taken from the official Watchtower homepage):

    "The new WatchTower is not ready. I know none of you want this news, but it is true. We are to demo all of the material before we actually record it for a release. We will be entering the next step...
    pre-production (molding the songs, and recording them, possibly re-recording them and/or rehearsing them enough to refine and make changes if needed). We want this to be the best!"


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