BORN FROM PAIN: In Pre-Production Mode

As first reported here on Oct. 10, Metal Blade Records has now confirmed the signing of Dutch metalcore act BORN FROM PAIN. The band commented on the signing: "We are proud to be part of one of the world's most authentic and dedicated labels when it comes to hard and heavy music. We ...

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Guitarist/Main Songwriter KARI KAINULAINEN Quits AMARAN

Guitarist/main songwriter Kari Kainulainen has left the Swedish progressive metallers AMARAN. "I have decided to leave AMARAN to devote my energy to my new band, SIBLIANCE," Kainulainen writes on the band's web site. "I not not leaving AMARAN because of any personal indifferences... AMARAN has just been working poorly lately, which has made me frustrated. ...

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COMMUNIC Complete Work On Debut Album

Norwegian progressive/power metallers COMMUNIC, featuring ex-SCARIOT members Oddleif Stensland (vocals) and Tor Atle Andersen (drums), have completed work on their debut album, "Conspiracy In Mind", at Hansen studio in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen (RAUNCHY, ILLDISPOSED, ANCIENT, MANTICORA, MERCENARY). A February 21, 2005 release through Nuclear Blast Records is expected. "Conspiracy In Mind" track ...

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AMPT: SLIPKNOT/BIOHAZARD Side Project To Play Benefit Concert

AMPT, the new band featuring SLIPKNOT DJ Sid Wilson (a.k.a. DJ Starscream) and BIOHAZARD guitarist Scott Roberts, are scheduled to perform at a benefit concert for underprivileged kids, Toys for Tots, on December 17 at DingBatz in Clifton, NJ. AMPT's current lineup consists of the following: Rob Gee – Vocals Scott Roberts (BIOHAZARD, AMONG THIEVES) ...

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MEGADETH Mainman Announces Touring Staff Change

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message at the group's official web site: "I wanted to take this time to inform you of a change with our touring staff out here on the 'Killing Road', to give thanks, and to avoid any further misunderstandings. "Our former tour manager, Claude 'Cowboy' Spencer, has left ...

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Former THY MAJESTIE Singer Bounces Back With Solo Project

PLATENS (Haramaic word for "cosmic equilibrium"), the Italian melodic rock brainchild of ex-THY MAJESTIE singer Dario Grillo, will release its debut album, "Between Two Horizons", on December 6 via Frontiers Records. Dario recorded two albums ("The Lasting Power" and "Hastings 1066") and one EP ("Echoes of War") with the Italian power metal band THY MAJESTIE ...

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DEATHBOUND Begin Work On Sophomore Album

Finnish/Swedish grinding death metal act DEATHBOUND, featuring members of ...AND OCEANS, THE DUSKFALL and ROTTEN SOUND, have entered Soundlab Studios in Örebro, Sweden to begin recording their second album, "Syringe - Death And Addictions", due in early 2005 via Dynamic Arts Records. Songtitles set to appear on the follow-up to "To Cure the Sane With ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE: I Had Burglar In Headlock

Ozzy Osbourne struggled with one of the masked raiders who stole around $3.7 million worth of jewelry from the star's mansion (photo), according to News.com.au. Osbourne had one of the burglars in a headlock as he attempted to stop items, including a wedding and engagement ring belonging to wife Sharon, from being stolen. ...

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