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November 2003

Saturday, November 29, 2003

Lake of Tears name new cd
Posted by: Stéphane @ 11:30 CET

Sweden's LAKE OF TEARS have set "Black Brick Road" as the title for their sixth album, tentatively due next summer through Noise Records.

The recordings for the follow-up to 2002's "The Neonai" will "probably start in February or March next year," according to a post on the band's web site, and will be followed by several festival appearances during the summer, including an appearance at Sweden Rock Festival in early June.

LAKE OF TEARS' last CD, "The Neonai" (Black Mark), was recorded with producer Ulf Wahlberg at Stockholm's XTC studios, and featured return guest appearances by former TIAMAT/DISMEMBER guitarist Magnus Sahlgren (who also appeared on 1999's "Forever Autumn") and vocalist Jennie Tebler (who also guested on "Lady Rosenred" off 1997's "A Crimson Cosmos").

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Friday, November 28, 2003

Castle Rock, Burgfolk Open Air: first bands confirmed
Posted by: Matze @ 8:48 CET

Castle Rock, 03.07.2004:


Burgfolk, 24.07.2004:

SCHANDMAUL (Headliner)

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Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Live Review: New Model Army
Posted by: Pax @ 7:22 CET

New Model Army: Live at the Galaxy

Read the review here

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CD Review: Justin Sullivan
Posted by: Pax @ 7:21 CET

Justin Sullivan: Navigating by the Stars

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CD Review: Angels of Venice
Posted by: Pax @ 7:20 CET

Angels of Venice: Sanctus

Read the review here

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Monday, November 24, 2003

New Waltari single: more details
Posted by: Matze @ 18:24 CET

"Yes, finally it´s true: new Waltari single "Life Without Love / One
Day" will hit the shops on Monday 15th December. It will include two new songs from the forthcoming album: a club mix of "Life Without Love" and a radio edit of "One Day" + a really weird mix of the first one designed by ex-Faith No More Billy Gould. He even played some bass of his own for this special bonus track in his home studio in San Francisco.

The mixing of the NEW ALBUM is about to be finished and mastering will happen soon so it looks like it will be available in February or March. The album will be released also in Austria, Switzerland, Finland and hopefully many other countries (still under negotiation).

Stay tuned for updates!"

source: http://www.waltarimusic.com

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Sunday, November 23, 2003

A clash in Stratovarius?
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:57 CET

STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki has posted the following message on the band's official web site:

"I am in the process of talking seriously with each bandmember about the future of STRATOVARIUS.

"There are lots of rumours circling around and this statement is issued to clear some of those.

"The band is in a severe crisis at the moment.

"Looking back now, it is very clear to me why the situation has catapulted into crisis.

"I have my own way to lead STRATOVARIUS and since being in this band since '84 (almost 20 years) I have had a very clear vision about the musical direction of STRATO. To put it short and simple, this is my band.

"I decide what STRATOVARIUS sounds like. Stylists might decide how STRATOVARIUS looks like. I don't give a fuck about that though, I love music and we are not some fucking BACKSTREET BOYS. We eat metal and shit chains.

"Before some of you start shouting 'dictator', I would like to tell you that we have always shared the income from the band equally. Everyone gets the same from all income. I can tell you many bands when it's not like this.

"Up until very last weeks I though things were fine, there have been arguments, but nothing fancy. At this point I feel that my vision of where to take STRATOVARIUS next is threatened. Along with many other things, which I cannot tell you due to legal reasons. Let me just say this: when the things get so heated that some people in the band enter into fistfight, then something is wrong, wouldn't you agree?

"I am talking with [singer Timo] Kotipelto and [bassist Jari] Kainulainen here in Finland at the moment and next week I fly to New York to talk to [keyboardist Jens] Johansson. Then I fly to Germany to talk to [drummer Jörg] Michael. And then I have to think.

"So you guys have to wait for some more time for some more news.

"At this point it seems 95% sure that 3 bandmembers have to leave. I really hope I can work things out with them, but if not, then they will have to go.

"And to those who say I should leave STRATOVARIUS I say, hmmm well, perhaps it's better that I don't say anything, so I just say, 'Fuck Off!' I am not leaving anywhere, we just signed this new deal and I am going to continue writing new songs and there will be more albums, no matter what the line up will be.

"Stay tuned for more..."

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Interview with Juhani Palomäki (Yearning)
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:48 CET

Here's one of the few interviews I'm proud of. Juhani Palomäki has agreeded to reply to my questions so all Yearning fans down here will be happy to read his interesting comments on the latest album and Yearning's plans for the future.

The interview can be read here : Interview with Juhani

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Saturday, November 22, 2003

New Waltari single next month
Posted by: Matze @ 15:32 CET

The new Waltari single "LIFE WITHOUT LOVE" will be released on 15. December.

1) Life Without Love (club mix)
2) One Day (radio mix)
3) Life Without Love (Billy Gould remix)

In related news, www.waltarimusic.com - the new official Waltari homepage - is finally online.

source: rumpelkammer.net

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Friday, November 21, 2003

Schandmaul: new album next spring
Posted by: Matze @ 8:21 CET

Schandmadmaul have entered a studio in Munich to record the follow-up to "Narrenkönig". Production is once again handled by Thomas Heimann-Trosien, release is planned for April 2004.

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New Vintersorg mp3
Posted by: Matze @ 7:57 CET

Bessi sent in the following:

"a sneak preview from the album the Focusing Blur due out in february


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Thursday, November 20, 2003

Schandmaul @ W:O:A 04
Posted by: Matze @ 21:12 CET

SCHANDMAUL have been confirmed for next year's Wacken Open Air!

The billing so far includes:

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Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Annie Lennox "into the west" ROTK soundtrack sample
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:30 CET

Annie Lennox's song for the last part of Peter Jackson's trilogy The Return of the king is online.

"Into the west" 128k

"Into the west" 56k modem

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Grammy winning Michael Kamen dies in London
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:27 CET

Michael Kamen, the Grammy-winning and Oscar-nominated composer who fused hard-rock riffs with classical styling in albums for Pink Floyd and provided music for the "Lethal Weapon" and "Die Hard" movies," has died at age 55.

Kamen collapsed in his London home Tuesday from an apparent heart attack, according to his Los Angeles-based publicist, Jeff Sanderson.

Kamen collaborated with a wide range of artists, from the London Philharmonic to Aerosmith , Metallica and jazz saxophonist David Sanborn.

Although Kamen was classically trained and studied oboe at New York's Julliard School, the composer's distinctive long, curly hair and beard made him look more like a heavy-metal guitarist than a classical conductor.

He was known for combining those two sensibilities. Among his most famous collaborations was on the orchestral arrangements in Pink Floyd's 1979 album "The Wall." He also worked with the band on the albums "The Final Cut" and "The Division Bell."

Kamen's most recent Grammy win came in 2001, when he shared the award for best rock instrumental performance with Metallica for conducting the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in the metal-rock band's song "The Call of Ktulu."

He also won a Grammy in 1996 for best instrumental arrangement with "An American Symphony," which he derived from his work on the Richard Dreyfuss (news) musical drama "Mr. Holland's Opus."

His first Grammy was in 1992 for best pop instrumental performance for the theme music to "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves."

In "Mr. Holland's Opus," Dreyfuss portrayed a passionate teacher who sacrificed his own ambitions to engage the imagination of his students through music. Inspired by the movie, Kamen established the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation in 1997 to raise money to make musical instruments available to the nation's children.

Kamen worked with singer Bryan Adams (news) to help craft the movie theme songs "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" from "Robin Hood" and "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman" from "Don Juan DeMarco." He received Oscar nominations for co-writing those songs.

Kamen also collaborated with such pop, jazz and rock stars as Sting, Rod Stewart (news), David Bowie (news) and Eric Clapton (news).

Kamen was born in New York City in 1948. He started learning to play the piano at age 2 and later added the guitar, clarinet and oboe. Among his parents' friends were the musicians Huddie Ledbetter and Pete Seeger, and he grew up listening to recordings of music by Bach and Gilbert and Sullivan.

Kamen played folk-blues in a jug band while simultaneously studying oboe at Julliard, and later experimented with techno, disco and rock while writing pure classical music for ballet performances.

Kamen is survived by his wife, two daughters, his father and three brothers.

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Sunday, November 16, 2003

In Flames new cd in march 04
Posted by: Stéphane @ 9:38 CET

Sweden's IN FLAMES have set "Soundtrack To Your Escape" as the title for their forthcoming album, due in Europe on March 29, 2004.

The follow-up to 2002's "Reroute To Remain" was recorded at a rented house/converted studio in Denmark with producers Daniel Bergstrand (MESHUGGAH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) and Örjan Örnkloo (ex-MISERY LOVES CO.) and is currently being mixed at Galaxy Studios in Mol, Belgium. Mastering will take place at the Cutting Room in Stockholm, Sweden.

The following is the tentative track listing for "Soundtrack To Your Escape" (in no particular order):

01. F(r)iend
02. The Quiet Place
03. Borders And Shading
04. Discover Me Like Emptiness
05. Touch Of Red
06. Bottled
07. Dead Alone
08. Superhero Of The Computer Rage
09. Like You Better Dead
10. Dial 595-Escape
11. Evil In A Closet
12. In Search For I
13. My Sweet Shadow

"Soundtrack To Your Escape" will be released in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records, with whom the group have two albums remaining under the terms of their present contract. IN FLAMES are currently in negotiations with several labels about a possible North American record deal. More information will be made available soon.

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Saturday, November 15, 2003

New Model Army: New US compilation
Posted by: Matze @ 16:29 CET

"Superfecta Recordings in Hollywod have just released a new singles compilation that takes in all the New Model Army singles from 1984 to present. There are a couple missing, for reasons of space (Bittersweet and Space) but this is the first collection to include titles from all the labels."

source: newmodelarmy.org

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Fiddler's Green on tour
Posted by: Matze @ 16:25 CET

Fiddler's Green are touring Germany again:

- NU FOLK Tour 2003/2004 -

November 2003:

14.11. 95444 Bayreuth Zentrum * VVK: 0921-22022
15.11. 36433 Bad Salzungen Kalle-Werk * VVK: 0180-5055505
16.11. 50667 Köln Kantine * VVK: 0221-1679160
19.11. 33602 Bielefeld Elfenbein VVK: 0521-66100
20.11. 20095 Hamburg Fabrik * VVK: 040-391070
21.11. 48155 Münster Sputnikhalle * VVK: 0541-22596
22.11. 44787 Bochum Matrix * VVK: 0228-4039090
23.11. 60311 Frankfurt/Main Batschkapp * VVK: 069-95218410
27.11. 30159 Hannover Faust * VVK: 0511-3681562
28.11. 39104 Magdeburg Baracke * VVK: 0391-5313559
29.11. 01067 Dresden Starclub * VVK: 0371-560460

Dezember 2003:

05.12. 72070 Tübingen Sudhaus VVK: 07071-934439
06.12. 88048 Friedrichshafen Bhf. Fischbach * VVK: 07541-44226
11.12. 79098 Freiburg Jazzhaus VVK: 0761-79197814
12.12. 66679 Losheim am See Eisenbahnhalle * VVK: 06872-1616
13.12. 97422 Schweinfurt Stattbahnhof * VVK: 09721-16661
20.12. 95028 Hof t.b.a., nähere Infos in Kürze!
26.12. 89073 Ulm Roxy * VVK: 0731-968620

Januar 2004:

09.01. 91052 Erlangen E-Werk VVK: 0911-414196
10.01. 93047 Regensburg Kulturspeicher + VVK: 0941-788810
22.01. 28197 Bremen Tower VVK: 0421-596060
23.01. 26382 Wilhelmshaven Pumpwerk * VVK: 04421-913690
24.01. 24143 Kiel Halle 400 * VVK: 04392-3720
30.01. 06712 Zeitz Haus d. Jugend @ VVK: 03441-212671
31.01. 08371 Glauchau Alte Spinnerei * VVK: 0371-6945702

* Support: Gruppe3 www.gruppe3.com
+ Support: Merlons Lichter www.merlons.de
@ Support: Sally Gardens www.sallygardens.de

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Letzte Instanz: DVD
Posted by: Matze @ 16:22 CET

Letzt Instanz are recording a live show in Berlin tomorrow. This gig, as well as parts of a show recorded in the band's hometown Dreseden earlier this month, will be included on a DVD in the (near) future. No title or release date a known yet.

Letzte Instanz tour dates - fall 03:
15.11.03 Herford Kick ***
16.11.03 Berlin Kesselhaus Kulturbrauerei ***
18.11.03 A-Innsbruck Utopia
19.11.03 A-Graz Explosiv
20.11.03 A-Wien Planet Music
21.11.03 A-Traun Spinnerei
22.11.03 A-Allentsteig Avalon
23.11.03 Leipzig Werk 2 ***
04.12.03 Pirna Hanno
05.12.03 Breidenbach Kleinsporthalle
06.12.03 NL-Leeuwarden Gothic Festival
07.12.03 NL-Amsterdam Melkweg

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Folkmetal.com back online
Posted by: Matze @ 16:15 CET

Nomad's great Skyclad page is back online!

-> folkmetal.com

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Friday, November 14, 2003

Flowing Tears news
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:03 CET

German goth metallers FLOWING TEARS have finalized the track listing for their new album, "Razorbliss", tentatively due in March 2004 through Century Media Records.

The follow-up to 2002's "Serpentine" was recorded at Woodhouse Studios in Hagen, Germany with producer Waldemar Sorychta (THE GATHERING, LACUNA COIL, SENTENCED, MOONSPELL) and is the band's first to feature new singer Helen Vogt, who replaced Stefanie Duchêne earlier in the year.

FLOWING TEARS made their U.K. live debut with Vogt on October 31 when they supported MY DYING BRIDE at the Astoria in London.

"Razorbliss" track listing, according to Century Media:

01. Razorbliss
02. Believe
03. Virago
04. Undying
05. Radium Angel
06. Firedream
07. Ballad Of A Lonely God
08. Snakes Of Grey
09. Mine Is The Ocean
10. Maladine
11. Unspoken
12. Pitch Black Water

A couple of the new songs as well as some older fan favorites will be presented in a very special semi-acoustic gig at the Rockanova party at Berlin's Kalkscheune on December 12. The show will also be recorded for some extra bonus material.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2003

CD Review : Clannad "An diolaim"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 13:44 CET

My latest review can be read here.

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Sunday, November 9, 2003

Return of the king O.S.T. samples!
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:19 CET

download and enjoy

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Tuesday, November 4, 2003

Flogging Molly - News
Posted by: Matze @ 22:32 CET

For the Molly faithful on the other side of the Atlantic, "SWAGGER" and "DRUNKEN LULLABIES" were released and re-released respectively in Europe on October 27th via Burning Heart Records. Our 34 date European Tour starts on November 5th (see detailed tour schedule below) with a support band from Los Angeles called Throw Rag. These guys are incredible and its there maiden voyage across the big pond, so don't miss this tour.

As always, tour dates are subject to change so check www.floggingmolly.com or www.pollstar.com for up-to-date show information and details.

Thank for listening and we will see you all somewhere soon.

George, FM


Wednesday November 5 - The Zodiac - Oxford, ENGLAND
Thursday November 6 - The Garage - Glasgow, Strathclyde, SCOTLAND
Friday November 7 - Carling Islington Academy - London, ENGLAND
Saturday November 8 - Carling Academy Liverpool - Liverpool, ENGLAND
Sunday November 9 - Night and Day - Manchester, ENGLAND
Tuesday November 11 - Wedgewood Rooms - Portsmouth, ENGLAND
Wednesday November 12 - Hofterloo - Antwerp, BELGIUM
Thursday November 13 - Mjc Abordage - Evereaux, FRANCE
Friday November 14 - Le Cat - Bordeaux, FRANCE
Saturday November 15 - Sala Caracol - Madrid, SPAIN 28012
Sunday November 16 - KGB - Barcelona, SPAIN 08025
Tuesday November 18 - Club LR - Toulouse, FRANCE
Wednesday November 19 - Estragon Club - Bologna, ITALY
Thursday November 20 - Palacisalfa - Rome, ITALY
Friday November 21 - Babylonia - Ponderano Biella, ITALY 015 541125
Saturday November 22 - La Gabbia Music Club - Bassano Del Grappa (Vicenza), ITALY
Monday November 24 - Gaswerk Winterthur - 8400 Winterthur, SWITZERLAND
Tuesday November 25 - Rockhouse Salzburg - Salzburg, AUSTRIA 5020
Wednesday November 26 - Arena - Vienna, AUSTRIA 1030
Thursday November 27 - Backstage - Bayern, München, GERMANY 80634
Friday November 28 - Schlachthof - Hamburg, GERMANY 20357
Saturday November 29 - Knaack - Berlin, GERMANY 10405
Sunday November 30 - Prime Club - Köln, GERMANY 50674
Tuesday December 2 - Loppen - Copenhagen, DENMARK
Wednesday December 3 - Sticky Fingers - Gothenburg, SWEDEN
Thursday December 4 - Debaser - Stockholm, SWEDEN
Friday December 5 - Stella Star Club - Helsinki, FINLAND
Saturday December 6 - Kulturbolaget - Malmö, SWEDEN
Monday December 8 - Doornroosje - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS
Tuesday December 9 - Effenaar - Eindhoven, NETHERLANDS
Wednesday December 10 - Melkweg - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
Thursday December 11 - Vera Groningen - Groningen, NETHERLANDS
Friday, Dec 12 - Corporation - Sheffield, ENGLAND
Saturday December 13 - Temple Bar Music Centre - Dublin, IRELAND

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Therion new cd in may 04
Posted by: Stéphane @ 22:15 CET

Therion have been busy as well, the work on the successor of “Secret Of The Runes” is making good progress, the recording has already been finished. Currently, the band is taking care of the mix at Danish Sun studios together with producer Lars Nissen (Tiamat etc.). If all goes well, the album will available in May 2004 via Nuclear Blast.

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In Flames new cd has been recorded
Posted by: Stéphane @ 17:54 CET

Sweden's IN FLAMES have posted the following update on the recording process for their new album:

"Hello all, now we are done with the recording of the upcoming IN FLAMES album, due out next spring. It took almost 7 weeks in total to record and the way we choose to do it was the most challenging, interesting way we've ever recorded an album.

"As you might know, we did this in Denmark, where we had found a house suitable for our purposes earlier this year. It was located just outside Fredrikshamn, so even though we were camped in the middle of nowhere, we had just a few minutes to reality.

"We took all our gear and hired our two great friends and producers Örjan Örnkloo and Daniel Bergstrand to produce the album. They brought their equipment along and the first week was spent mostly by building the two control rooms that were located in the two wings of the building. We also had two other good friends, Magnus & Magnus who took care of the cooking, driving, tuning, re-stringing and basically everything else that we had no time to do, as we were focusing on the recording. Without them we wouldn't be alive...

"Then, as the drums were recorded earlier in Dug-Out studios, we started with the guitars, and setting the sound that we needed for them.

"After another week it was time for the bass guitar, alongside the recording of the remaining guitar parts.

"When the bass was finished after 6 days, Anders started on his vocals, and it all sounded great. It was the first time we could hear the energy that we had created in a more finished form.

"We are really thrilled, as we built this 'studio' from scratch, and the sound that we achieved on this album can never be recreated 100%, this will be totally original, in a good way.

"Anyways, hope you all will enjoy it, take care.

"Anders, Peter, Daniel, Björn & Jesper"

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Edguy news
Posted by: Stéphane @ 17:53 CET

German melodic metallers EDGUY have announced the details of their upcoming EP, "King Of Fools", due on February 2, 2004 through Nuclear Blast Records.

The complete track listing for "King Of Fools" is as follows:

01. King Of Fools (3:30)
02. New Age Messiah (5:58)
03. The Savage Union (4:14)
04. Holy Water (4:13)
05. Life and Times Of A Bonus Track (3:23)

Total Running Time: 21:32

According to vocalist Tobias Sammet, "There will even be two orchestra songs on the EP...it's gonna be first-class stuff and some of the material is gonna be played live as well, so there is no B-side shit at all!" Only one of the songs from the EP will appear on EDGUY's forthcoming full length album, "Hellfire Club", and according to Tobi, will be different than the version on the EP. "Hellfire Club" is due for release on March 15, 2004.

The follow-up to 2001's "Mandrake", which includes a collaboration with the German film orchestra Babelsberg (THE SCORPIONS), was produced by EDGUY and Norman Meiritz, with additional assistance from Sascha Paeth (RHAPSODY, ANGRA), who was responsible for the drum sound on the album. The final mix took place at the famous Finnvox Studios (NIGHTWISH, STRATOVARIUS) in Helsinki, Finland.

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Manowar: Hell on Earth Part III
Posted by: Pax @ 6:53 CET

From the Kingdom of Steel:

From arena tours to the biggest festivals in the world, MANOWAR slaughter their way through another world tour delivering what heavy metal fans crave! Pure Power!

Hell On Earth III features more than 90 minutes of ear-numbing performances private behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and pre post show rituals.

This package also features the program 'Live In Germany The Ringfest', the legendary one-hour show that dominated the city of Cologne during the PopKomm. 2002 filmed and recorded in front of 27,000 people. This performance has been completely re-edited from at least a dozen cameras and remixed in 5.1 digital surround sound.

But that’s not all! For the first time ever the bands entire video collection is included.

Beginning with "Gloves Of Metal" to the latest "I Believe" plus several never before seen documentaries about the making of these videos.

Featuring more than 60 camera angles from performances in 17 countries and 35 cities, live footage from across the world, and the wildest, craziest and heaviest metal fans in the universe.

With the release of this double DVD MANOWAR have set the standard in heavy-metal video.

Get ready you’re about to go to HELL for the third time in your life!

Check this website soon for more details and information about Hell On Earth III shirts!

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Saturday, November 1, 2003

Skyclad, The Quireboys UK Xmas Tour
Posted by: Matze @ 22:43 CET

DEMOLITION RECORDS celebrate Christmas, and the labels Fourth birthday, with a series of shows rolling under the monicker "DEMOLITION XMAS BALL".
Performing at the show's will be the cream of the Demolition label namely THE QUIREBOYS, SKYCLAD, ANTIPRODUCT (Not Milton Keynes) and new label signings BECAUSE WE CAN (Newcastle Only).
All bands have new studio releases in early 2004, and will be utalising the show's to give the fans a taste of things to come!!
The dates are;


All show's will include label freebies, as well as the expected yuletide jollity's.


source: demolitionrecords.com

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Ayreon name new cd
Posted by: Stéphane @ 6:31 CET

AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE) has set "Ayreon: The Human Equation" as the title for the group's forthcoming CD, tentatively due in May 2004 through an as-yet-undetermined label.

Among the guest vocalists scheduled to appear on the album are James LaBrie (DREAM THEATER), Devon Graves (a.k.a. Buddy Lackey, DEAD SOUL TRIBE, ex-PSYCHOTIC WALTZ), Magnus Ekwall (THE QUILL), Heather Findlay (MOSTLY AUTUMN), Eric Clayton (SAVIOUR MACHINE) and Mike Baker (SHADOW GALLERY).

AYREON's last two albums, "The Universal Migrator" parts I and II were released at the same time (2000), but were made available for sale independently. Part I, "The Dream Sequencer" contained mainly features laid-back, atmospheric material with songs focusing on melody, while Part II, "Flight Of The Migrator", featured metal songs, with guest appearances by Andi Deris (HELLOWEEN, ex-PINK CREAM 69), Bruce Dickinson (IRON MAIDEN), Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X), Timo Kotipelto (STRATOVARIUS), Ralf Scheepers (PRIMAL FEAR) and Ian Parry (ELEGY), among others.

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