DESTRUCTION Hard At Work On New Material

Veteran German thrashers DESTRUCTION are currently working on the material for their next studio album, tentatively due in 2005. Following the completion of the album's touring cycle, the band plan on taking "a little creative break," according to a posting on the group's web site. "I mean, we could go on like this forever, but ...

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NEVERMORE Confirmed For SEATTLE METAL FEST 2004

NEVERMORE have been confirmed as the headliners of Seattle Metal Fest 2004, a one-day festival set to be held October 23 at Studio Seven in Seattle, WA. Previously announced headliners HIRAX will co-headline the event. The complete list of bands scheduled to perform at the festival is as follows: XEX 7TH SUNN NON-EXISTENCE SEVENPERCENT NORTH ...

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CHROMA KEY: New Album Due In November

InsideOut Music has set a November 9 release date for the new album from CHROMA KEY, entitled "Graveyard Mountain Home". The CD was produced and mixed in Istanbul, Turkey by the project's mastermind Kevin Moore (ex-DREAM THEATER, FATES WARNING) between September 2003 and September 2004. The track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. ...

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ZYKLON Begin Writing New Material

ZYKLON, the Norwegian band featuring former EMPEROR members Samoth (guitar) and Trym (drums), have re-signed with Candlelight Records for the release of their third album. The group are currently writing material for the follow-up to last year's "Aeon", tentatively due next year. Songtitles set to appear on the as-yet-untitled effort include "Vulture", "Vile Ritual", "Scum" ...

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EUROPE To Perform On Swedish National Television

Reunited Swedish hard rockers EUROPE will be the featured musical guests on "TV Huset" on Sunday, September 26 on Sweden's SVT 1. The band will perform their new single, "Got to Have Faith", for the first time on Swedish national TV. In other news, EUROPE guitarist John Norum and his wife Michelle (of PHANTOM BLUE ...

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JAMES HETFIELD Signed Nixon Watch Auction Launched

Nixon recently released a limited collection of one-of-a-kind watches made from celebrity leather jackets and guitar straps to be sold at retail with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting MAP (Musicians' Assistance Program). METALLICA's James Hetfield donated a leather jacket and has now made one of the watches from his personal collection available for auction. ...

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KAMELOT: More New Album Details Revealed

KAMELOT are scheduled to release the follow-up to last year's "Epica" in January/February 2005 via SPV Records. "Miro just finished the keys and orchestral arrangements and I am very happy," guitarist/main songwriter Thomas Youngblood writes on the band's web site. "Also I saw the final cover and it is killer, Derek has done his best ...

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Bassist TONY DOLAN Quits MANTAS, Blames Record Company Politics

Bassist Tony Dolan (ex-VENOM, ATOMKRAFT) has officially left MANTAS, the new band led by ex-VENOM guitarist Mantas. "After short deliberation, I have been forced to walk away from MANTAS owing to the decision from the [group's record] label, Demolition Records, to hinder and obstruct the [MANTAS] debut album, 'Zero Tolerance', if I remain as part ...

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