MESMERIZE Hard At Work On Fourth Album

Italian traditional heavy metallers MESMERIZE have commenced the recording process for their fourth album, tentatively due before the end of the year through Dragonheart Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Off the Beaten Path" is being recorded in part at drummer Andrea Garavaglia's Octopussy studio with engineer Giovanni Spinotti, who has previously worked with LABYRINTH. Songtitles ...

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ZUUL FX: 2003 Demo Available For Purchase

ZUUL FX, the French band featuring former NO RETURN singer Steeve "Zuul" Petit, will be selling their three-song December 2003 demo via their official web site and at upcoming gigs. The CD, containing the cuts "Behind The Light", "Devil Star" and "God Bless Them", plus a CD-Rom section featuring a studio report and a few ...

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AGENT STEEL Celebrate 20-Year Anniversary

Reunited California speed metallers AGENT STEEL have just celebrated the 20-year anniversary of their first live appearance, which took place in 1984 at Chuck Landis' Country Club in Reseda, California as the openinig act for SLAYER. AGENT STEEL are currently writing material for the follow-up to last year's "Order of the Illuminati", tentatively due in ...

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NIGHTINGALE: 'Invisible' Audio Samples Posted Online

A "teaser" medley MP3 of four songs from the upcoming NIGHTINGALE album, "Invisible", has been posted online at this location. In a recent online posting, NIGHTINGALE's Dan Swanö (BLOODBATH, EDGE OF SANITY, RIBSPREADER, ODYSSEY, PAN-THY-MONIUM) commented, "The material is extremely varied everything from metal to the fusion/grunge (!!!) of 'Worlds Apart'. My fave ...

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SLOWGATE Complete Work On New Album

Swedish metallers SLOWGATE have finished recording their new album, "Nordic Rage", at the Bat Cave North studios in Luleå, Sweden. The group are currently mixing the CD for a November release through the GMR Music subsidiary Extreme. Songtitles set to appear on the follow-up to 2002's "Force of the Unknown" include "Stolen Mind", "Rushhead", "Your ...

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MORTICIAN, AKERCOCKE, VEHEMENCE Tour Dates Announced

MORTICIAN, AKERCOCKE and VEHEMENCE will be teaming up for a U.S. tour beginning in late September. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Sep. 22 - Fayetteville, NC - Jesters Pub Sep. 23 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade (w/ DIMENTIANON) Sep. 26 - Tampa, FL - The Masquerade Sep. 28 - New Orleans, LA ...

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DEEP PURPLE: U.K. Tour Openers Announced

DEEP PURPLE will be supported by THUNDER and PETER FRAMPTON on their upcoming U.K. tour. Former GILLAN guitarist Dean Howard will also be on the bill for all shows except Plymouth, while BLUE ON BLACK will be added to the bill in Plymouth only. DEEP PURPLE U.K. tour dates: Nov. 06 - M.E.N. - Manchester, ...

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AFTERSHOK Announce Joint Venture With AUBURN, Complete Work On New Album

AFTERSHOK, the classic hard rock/metal band fronted by SHOK PARIS lead vocalist Vic Hix, have announced their partnership with Cleveland-based independent label Auburn Records. AFTERSHOK's second CD, "Burning Chrome", will be released this fall under a joint venture between the band's own Aftershok Muzik label and Auburn. The band commented: "We handled sales and distribution ...

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MEGADETH: EIDOLON Guitarist GLEN DROVER Joins The Fold

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has announced the addition of guitarist Glen Drover (EIDOLON, ex-KING DIAMOND) to the group's ranks. Speaking to the Shock Waves webzine, Mustaine said, "The webmaster for my website had talked to me about a couple guys and Glen's name popped up, we did some research and it was a perfect fit." ...

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HELL-BORN: In Writing Mode

Polish death/black metallers HELL-BORN have finished writing 10 new songs and will enter Hertz studio in Bialystok, Poland in early 2005 to begin recording their new album, tentatively due next summer through Conquer Records. In the meantime all previous HELL-BORN albums ("Hellblast", "The Call of Megiddo" and "Legacy of the Nephilim") will be released in ...

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