NOCTURNAL RITES To Enter Studio In The Fall

Swedish melodic metallers NOCTURNAL RITES are continuing to write material for the follow-up to 2002's "Shadowland", tentatively due in early 2004 through Century Media Records. "We're getting more and more songs done and finally hearing the new record take shape," bassist Nils Eriksson writes on the band's web site. "In my ears it sounds pretty ...

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ANGRA Bassist Apologizes For RHAPSODY Slam

ANGRA bassist Felipe Andreoli has issued a statement apologizing for his recent comments about Italian melodic metallers RHAPSODY in the pages of the Brazilian magazine Cover Baixo. In the interview, Andreoli and SHAMAN bassist Luis Mariutti implied that RHAPSODY were nothing more than a studio band and accused the Italian act of relying ...

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H.I.M.: Love, Metal And Jägermeister Chess

According to Chessbase.com, Finnish goth metallers H.I.M. got together with members of a local chess club "for an evening of chess (and drinks and stuff)" during their recent stay in Mannheim, Germany. Chaos Mannheim, founded in 1987, calls itself one of the "most serious chess clubs in Baden. They do appear to have a strong ...

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IMAGIKA Split With Singer, Announce Plans To Change Name

San Francisco power/thrash metallers IMAGIKA have parted ways with singer David Michael. According to a post on the band's web site, "David's heart wasn't in it any more so it's time to move on. His reason was lengthy, but the bottom line was he just couldn't bear to continue with IMAGIKA. We will rename the ...

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BAD RELIGION To Tour West Coast In September

Punk rockers BAD RELIGION will embark on short club tour in September focusing primarily on the West Coast. The Southern California-based band are touring in support of their early-2002 release, "The Process of Belief", the group's first since the return of guitarist Brett Gurewitz. The CD also featured the recording debut with the band of ...

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SEVENDUST Lighting Up Radio Charts

SEVENDUST's new single, "Enemy", has generated over 30 major radio adds in its first 36 hours of availability and two full weeks ahead of its official add date, according to an official press release. "Enemy" comes off the group's fourth album, "Seasons", due on October 7 through TVT Records. The 12-track disc was produced by ...

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RAGE: New Album Delayed

Veteran German metallers RAGE have pushed back the release date of their new album, "Soundchaser", to October 6 through SPV/Steamhammer Records. As previously reported, the follow-up to last year's "Unity" (view cover here) was recorded in April at VPS Studio in Hamm, Germany and was mixed and mastered by producer Charlie Bauerfeind at ...

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WORLD BELOW Seek New Label

WORLD BELOW, the new band consisting of CARNAL FORGE/CENTINEX guitarist Jonas Kjellgren, CARNAL FORGE/ex-IN THY DREAMS drummer Stefan Westerberg, and ex-SIDEBURNERS bassist/vocalist Mikael Danielsson, have abandoned plans to release their debut album, "Sacrifices To The Moon", through Crestfallen/Extreme Noize Records. The group, whose music is being described as a mixture of "CANDLEMASS and early BLACK ...

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SUSPERIA To Enter Studio In Late September

Norway's SUSPERIA will enter the studio on September 24 to begin recording their third full-length album, tentatively titled "Unlimited". The band, who split with Nuclear Blast Records late last year, have struck up a new deal "with an interesting label," according to a post on the band's web site. "It will be made official, who ...

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