BLO.TORCH To Take Part In Battle Of The Bands

Dutch death metallers BLO.TORCH have been selected to participate in the prestigious "Grote Prijs Van Zuid-Holland" competition, an annual event for regional bands in all genres. This event is an initiative of "De Zuid-Hollandse Popunie", an organization which promotes music from the Zuid (Holland) region, BLO.TORCH are the featured "Band of the Month" on the ...

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MICHAEL SCHENKER To Record Album Of Classic '70s Covers

Legendary guitarist Michael Schenker has teamed up with vocalist Davey Pattison (GAMMA, ROBIN TROWER) to record an album of cover versions of classic '70s songs. The CD, titled "Endless Jam" is tentatively due in the spring through Mascot Records in Europe and Shrapnel Records in the U.S. Also set to make a guest appearance on ...

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EXMORTEM To Enter Studio In May

Danish death metallers EXMORTEM will record the follow-up to 2002's "Pestilence Empire" in May/June at the Antfarm Studio (Aarhus, Denmark) with producer Tue Madsen. No title has been set for the album yet, but a few "working" songtitles are as follows: "Nihilistic Contentment", "Graveside Mourning Ritual" and "Parasite Paradise". According to the band, "The material ...

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DISBELIEF: New Album To Receive North American Release

Nuclear Blast Records USA has inked a licensing deal with Massacre Records for the release of the fifth album from German death metallers DISBELIEF, entitled "Spreading The Rage". The follow-up to 2002's "Shine", available in Europe since October, will be issued in North/South America and Australia on March 23. "Spreading The Rage" was recorded in ...

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MOTOGRATER Tour Cancelled

According to MOTOGRATER's official newsletter, the group's previously announced U.S. tour dates have been cancelled. The reasons for the cancellation, according to the newsletter, are as follows: #1. "The rest of the tour dates had not been confirmed yet, leaving us with less than two weeks to have the tickets on sale and do promotion. ...

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FALLEN YGGDRASIL To Mix New Album

German death metallers FALLEN YGGDRASIL will enter Maranis Studios this weekend to mix their sophomore CD, tentatively due in March through Supreme Chaos Records. FALLEN YGGDRASIL's previous release was a mini-CD, entitled "In No Sense Innocence" (2002). ...

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SLIPKNOT Bassist To Hold Autograph Session At Winter NAMM

Peavey Electronics Corporation, one of the largest manufacturers of musical instruments and professional sound equipment in the world, will host an autograph signing session with SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray at its Winter NAMM exhibit on Sunday, January 18 at 2:00 p.m. SLIPKNOT are currently recording the much-anticipated follow-up to 2001's "Iowa" in the Hollywood Hills, ...

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ARCH ENEMY, NASUM, KATATONIA Nominated For MANIFEST Award

ARCH ENEMY, NASUM, KATATONIA, CULT OF LUNA and BURST are nominated for a Manifest award in the category "Best Hard Rock/Punk." The event will take place at Debaser in Stockholm on January 29 at 8:00 p.m. CET. The Manifest Awards are being held by SOM (Svenska Oberoende Musikproducenter) (Swedish Independent Musicproducers), an organization that consists ...

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Holland's NEW AEON MEDIA: Supporting The Heavy Metal Underground

Holland's Karmageddon Media has launched a brand-new sub-division label, dubbed New Aeon Media, as a way to "support the [heavy metal] underground," according to an official press release. The first three signings to the label are FINAL DAWN from Finland (described as a "mix of ROTTING CHRIST, SENTENCED and older MEGADETH"), RIBSPREADER ("unbelievable old-school Swedish ...

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