VENOM Frontman: New Album Is 'A Musical El Nino'

British black metal pioneers VENOM caused a state of panic and mayhem during the recording of their latest tracks in their Newcastle, U.K. studio, according to a posting on the group's web site. While bassist/vocalist Conrad "Cronos" Lant was recording his bass, a crack appeared along the studio ceiling, covering the engineer, desk and other ...

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BLIND STARE Sign With ARISE RECORDS

Turku, Finland-based metallers BLIND STARE have inked a deal with Arise Records. The band, whose music is being decribed as "a combination of melodic death metal with keyboards, black/death vocals and orchestral arrangements," will record their debut album during Christmas 2004/January 2005 for an April/May 2005 release. ...

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DEVILYN Begin Recording New Album

Polish death metallers DEVILYN entered Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland on October 14 to begin recording their fourth album, "11", tentatively due in late 2004/early 2005 through Conquer Records. DEVILYN had previously released two albums on Listenable Records and one album on Blackened Records/Plastic Head. ...

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MARDUK: 2005 European Tour Dates Announced

MARDUK will embark on a massive world tour beginning in December. The European portion of the trek, dubbed "Deathmarch 2004/2005", will be divided into two parts, with the first taking place in December and the second during spring 2005. Several dates for the second leg of the tour have been released by the group's booking ...

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FAKTION Sign With ROADRUNNER RECORDS

Dallas, TX-based quintet FAKTION have inked a deal with Roadrunner Records. The group will travel to Orlando in November to record their debut album with producers Brett Hestla (VIRGOS) and Justin Thomas. A spring release is expected. FAKTION's music is described as "emotional, melodic, but aggressive rock with a metal edge." The band's influences "include, ...

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THE PB ARMY To Support TROUBLE, ABDULLAH In November

Toledo, Ohio-based "stoner-pop-metal" band THE PB ARMY, featuring Infernal Combustion webzine founder Keith Bergman on vocals/drums, have announced a string of dates in November, supporting the likes of TROUBLE, REBREATHER, ABDULLAH, and RED GIANT. The dates are as follows: Nov 17 – Little Brothers, Columbus OH (w/ TROUBLE, TEETH OF THE HYDRA) Nov 18 – ...

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