RED TIDE Sign With NEOBLAST RECORDS

Edmonton, Alberta-based progressive death metal doomsters RED TIDE have inked a deal with Neoblast Records for the release of their second album. "Para Bellum" will be made available worldwide in September 2004. The complete track listing for the 27-minute CD is as follows: 01. Pact Of Steel 02. Insurrection 03. Prussian Blue 04. Infallible (

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EVANESCENCE Begin Work On New Material

EVANESCENCE frontwoman Amy Lee has told Billboard.com that the writing process for the group's sophomore album is going well. "I've had the chance to really write [this year]," she said. "I bought a house — I'd been homeless forever. I've been playing my piano in the middle of the night, whenever, lighting candles and writing. ...

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THE FIFTH SUN: New Album Cover Posted Online

Minnesota-based melodic death metallers THE FIFTH SUN have uploaded the cover artwork for their second album, "The Hunger to Survive", at this location (conceived by renowned artist Mattias Noren). "The Hunger to Survive" is being recorded at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden and features the drumming talents of Patrik J. Sten (PASSENGER, KEROZENE, ...

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KISS: Set List For U.S. Tour Opener Revealed

KISS kicked off their "Rock The Nation Tour" with POISON last night (June 10) at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in San Antonio, Texas. The group's complete set list for the show was as follows: 01. Love Gun 02. Deuce 03. Makin' Love 04. Dr. Love 05. C'mon On And Love Me 06. Cold Gin 07. ...

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RAGE Guitarist Falls Ill, Temporary Replacement Announced

RAGE guitarist Victor Smolski fell "seriously ill" following the group's performance at the Gods of Metal festival last weekend. Smolski is now "in the hospital" and "he will not take part at the 24h race at the Nürburgring, and he also can't play the Helfenstein concert in Geislingen [Germany on June 19]," reads a post ...

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CONFESSOR: New Song Available For Preview

Reunited North Carolina-based progressive metallers CONFESSOR are in the process of signing a management contract with a company based in Raleigh, NC, according to the band's latest newsletter. "They are the same company who used to manage CORROSION OF CONFORMITY," the group write. "The company will shop our [new] demo which is already getting a ...

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KREATOR In The Studio: Video Posted Online

A 38-second Quicktime clip of German thrashers KREATOR laying down the basic tracks for their brand-new album at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, England with producer Andy Sneap has been posted online at this location (3.6 MB). The band are expected to record 12 songs towards the as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2001's "Violent Revolution", tentatively ...

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STRATOVARIUS: New Live Photos Posted Online

STRATOVARIUS keyboardist Jens Johansson has posted a bunch of photos from the group's appearance at Italy's Gods of Metal festival last weekend. Check them out here. Says Jens: "[There are] not that many pix actually. But they should make it clear to anyone why we had to postpone the gig [to a later ...

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HERALD: Live Video Posted Online

Estonian heavy metal quartet HERALD have uploaded a live video for the track "Black Heart Blues" at this location. The video was recorded during the group's performance at Winterfest 2004, Estonia's biggest winter metal festival. HERALD's six-song demo CD, "Heavy Metal Wakes The Beast", is currently available from the band's official

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INFERNAL MAJESTY: Canadian Tour Dates Announced

Long-running Canadian thrashers INFERNAL MAJESTY will kick off a six-week Canadian tour by supporting METAL CHURCH at The Cobalt in Vancouver B.C. on Sunday, June 20. Dates include (all shows with DEAD JESUS): Jun. 20 - Vancouver B.C. - The Cobalt (w/ METAL CHURCH) Jun. 24 - Calgary, AB - The Machine (w/ DIVINITY) Jun. ...

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