DIECAST To Release New Album In October

Boston-based quintet DIECAST will release their sophomore full-length album, "Tearing Down Your Blue Skies", in Europe on October 25 through Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Day Of Reckoning" (Now or Never) "shows the group's progression as musicians and songwriters, while the addition of new vocalist Paul Stoddard adds a whole new feel to ...

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KATATONIA, AMARAN To Team Up For European Mini-Tour

KATATONIA and AMARAN will be teaming up for a mini-tour leading up to the two bands' appearance at this year's ProgPower festival in Baarlo, the Netherlands in early October. "The trip from Sweden down to the ProgPower fest will include dates in Denmark, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands exclusively along the way," reads a posting ...

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MERCENARY Added To Germany's SUMMER BREEZE OPEN AIR Festival

Denmark's MERCENARY have replaced TOTENMOND on the billing for this year's Summer Breeze Open Air festival in Abtsgmünd, Germany. The band will perform on Friday, August 20 from 15:05 CET - 15:40 CET on the "Pain Stage". MERCENARY's third full-length album, "11 Dreams", is scheduled for release in Europe on August 23 through Century Media ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN, JAMES MURPHY To Guest On New FIREWIND Album

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman and ex-TESTAMENT/DEATH axeman James Murphy have contributed guest solos to the upcoming FIREWIND CD, tentatively titled "Forged By Fire". The disc, due before the end of the year through Leviathan Records, features lead vocals by Chity Somapala (ex-AVALON, FARO), who replaced Stephen Fredrick in February. Band leader/guitarist Gus G. is ...

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CHAOSBREED Singer Injures Back, Band Cancel Finnish Gig

CHAOSBREED, the new Finnish death metal supergroup consisting of drummer Nalle Österman (ex-GANDALF), bassist Oppu Laine (ex-AMORPHIS, MANNHAI), guitarist Marko Tarvonen (MOONSORROW), guitarist Esa Holopainen (AMORPHIS), and vocalist Taneli Jarva (ex-SENTENCED, THE BLACK LEAGUE), have been forced to cancel their previously announced appearance in Jyväskylä on Friday, August 20 after Jarva injured his back last ...

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H.I.M. To Celebrate 10-Year Anniversary With DVD Release

Finnish goth-metallers H.I.M. will celebrate their 10-year anniversary with the release of a longform DVD in October. The disc will reportedly include all 14 promotional videos the group have shot thus far, plus "making of" footage, videos featuring MTV skate legend Bam Margera ("Jackass", "Viva La Bam"), and interview material. More information will be made ...

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CARNAL FORGE Comment On Singer Switch

Swedish thrashers CARNAL FORGE have issued a statement on the recent departure of singer Jonas Kjellgren and addition of Jens C. Mortensen (LEECH, ex-REVOLVER, SLAPDASH). "Jonas' [decision to leave] the band came just a few days ago, so we have focused on getting someone to replace him instead of writing explanations to everyone," the band ...

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LINKIN PARK's MIKE SHINODA To Remix DEPECHE MODE

LINKIN PARK's Mike Shinoda has been tapped to rework a track for the upcoming two-disc set "Depeche Mode Remixes 81-04", due October 26. "DEPECHE MODE is one of the most influential groups of our time," the LINKIN PARK rapper says of the electro-pop veterans. "Their music is an inspiration for me." Shinoda's take on "Enjoy ...

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Ex-TESTAMENT Guitarist JAMES MURPHY Joins FOREIGN OBJECTS

Renowned metal guitarist James Murphy (ex-TESTAMENT, DEATH, OBITUARY) has officially joined FOREIGN OBJECTS, the "neo-technical death metal" band formed by CKY members Deron Miller (guitar) and Jess Margera (drums). The group are planning on playing scattered shows in support of their upcoming double-CD, "Universal Culture Shock/Undiscovered Numbers and Colors", due on October 31 through Distant ...

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