IN BATTLE Announce New Bassist

John Frölén, guitarist for the Sundsvall, Sweden-based death metallers IN BATTLE, has taken over the bass duties in the band. Session guitarist for the group going forward will be Daniel Dlimi (AEON, SOULDRAINER, STUM). As previously reported, IN BATTLE will issue their new album, "Welcome To The Battlefield", on August 4 through Cold/Metal Blade Records. ...

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SYSTEMATIC: Live Dates Announced

San Francisco Bay Area metallers SYSTEMATIC have lined up the following dates during the coming months: Feb. 28 - Roosters - Alameda, CA (w/ THOUGHT CRIME, EMPIRE, MERIS) Apr. 09 - Pine Street - Livermore, CA (w/ AFTER THE SILENCE) As previously reported, SYSTEMATIC recently parted ways with Elektra Records after releasing two albums through ...

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HEAVENLY Chart In Finland, France

"Dust To Dust", the third album of the French metal band HEAVENLY, entered the Finnish charts at No. 71 and the French charts at No. 135 on its first week of release. View the entire French chart here. The follow-up to 2001's "Sign Of The Winner", which is being described by the band ...

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DOWNSET To Release New Album In March

DOWNSET will release their new album, "Universal", in March through Seattle, Washington-based label Hawino Records. "Universal" was produced by guitarist Brian "Ares" Schwager, mixed by Wes Seidman and mastered by Tom Baker, and features the band lineup of Ares, Rey Orepeza (vocals), Chris Lee (drums) and Rico Villasenor (bass). Commented label owner Kyle Gibbons, "My ...

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LACUNA COIL Extend Deal With CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS

Italy's LACUNA COIL have extended their deal with Century Media Records. "In light of the excellent support throughout the years and because of the good relations with the worldwide Century Media Family, LACUNA COIL have decided to renew their record deal with the label," the band said in an official statement. "We received many offers ...

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EXODUS To Tour Europe In June

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS will be embarking on a European tour beginning in early June. The first confirmed dates are as follows: Jun. 10-12 – Sölvesborg, SWE @ Sweden Rock Jun. 22 – Glasgow, SCO @ Cathouse Jun. 23 – Swansea, UK @ Escape Jun. 24 – London, UK @ Underworld EXODUS' ...

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HYPOCRISY Film Video For 'Eraser'

Long-running Swedish metal act HYPOCRISY, led by acclaimed producer/PAIN frontman Peter Tägtgren, have finished filming a video for the track "Eraser", taken from the group's upcoming album, "The Arrival". "The video contains some science fiction, some naked ladies and then some," Tägtgren writes on the band's web site. As previously reported, "The Arrival" is scheduled ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Comment On DAVE HOLLAND's Sex-Assault Charges

JUDAS PRIEST have commented via their official web site on the sex-abuse charges leveled against former PRIEST drummer Dave Holland by a 17-year-old youth with special needs who visited his home for lessons. Writing to the band's official Noticeboard, JUDAS PRIEST Management Co-Ordinator Jayne Andrews said, "Needless to say we find this whole ...

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