MORBID ANGEL: In Mixing Mode

Veteran death metallers MORBID ANGEL have finished recording their seventh album and are currently mixing the effort at D.O.W. (Diet Of Worms) studios in Seffner, Florida for a tentative September release through Earache Records. "We have working mixes and are tightening up the record. We will go into mastering in the next few days," writes ...

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KATAFALK Rejoined By Singer, Bassist

Holland's extreme death/thrashers KATAFALK have been rejoined by singer Wokkel and bassist Jurjen. Their return to the group follows the departures last month of guitarist Pier Abe and bassist Henk Jan due to "serious differences of opinion." In addition, vocalist Niels, who joined the band in late 2002, will be switching to playing guitar. KATAFALK's ...

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Former HELLOWEEN Drummer To Play Cover Gigs In Greece

VALANOS, the new hard rock/metal cover band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN/METALIUM drummer Mark Cross and former members of the Greek metal act SPITFIRE, will perform several gigs in Greece during July/August. The group's 90-minute set will include covers of various hard rock and metal classics, original tracks from SPITFIRE (who released two albums through EMI, 1986's "First ...

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THE BLUEPRINT To Support FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND In The U.K.

THE BLUEPRINT, the Nottingham, U.K.-based group consisting of former PITCHSHIFTER guitarist Matt Grundy, ex-EARTHTONE9 singer Karl Middleton, ex-PITCHSHIFTER bassist Mark Clayden, CONSUMED guitarist Will Burchell and CONSUMED drummer Chris Billam, will be promoting their new EP, "Ecliptic", by supporting FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND on their forthcoming U.K. tour. Confirmed dates are as follows: Jul. 24 ...

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ALCHEMIST: Australian Tour Dates Announced

Australia's ALCHEMIST have lined up the following dates during the coming weeks: Jul. 05 – Brisbane, AUS @ QUT Guild Bar (w/ SKINLAB) Jul. 11 – Sydney, AUS @ Caringbah Bizzo's (w/ SUPERHEIST) Jul. 12 – Blue Mountains, AUS @ Blaxland Kelt's Bar (w/ SUPERHEIST) Jul. 24 – Newcastle, AUS @ Uni (w/ SUPERHEIST) Jul. ...

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BEHEMOTH Add Session Bassist, Reveal Working Title For New CD

Polish black/death metallers BEHEMOTH have confirmed the departure of bassist Novy and have announced the addition of a new session bassist, Orion. Says guitarist/vocalist Nergal, "After three years of live contribution we parted our ways with Novy. He simply got a better offer from our countrymates VADER, to join as a permanent member. In BEHEMOTH ...

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