AREA 54: Our Old Record Label Wanted Us To Sound Like KORN

British metallers AREA 54 recently spoke to Holland's Metal Maidens magazine about the group's split with Dream Catcher Records and tehir future plans, among other topics. Several excerpts from the interview follow: Metal Maidens: Your first album, "No Visible Scars", came out on Dream Catcher Records. What happened, they dropped you after this release? Lakis ...

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PRIMAL FEAR Begin Writing New Material

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have posted the following message on their official web site: "Don't worry, we're still alive! We started with the songwriting for the new — so far unnamed — album and things are going very well. We recieved a lot of mails with questions about the last news posting. ...

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BARCODE To Enter Studio In December

Danish "freestyle hardcore bruisers" BARCODE will enter the studio in early December to begin recording their Nuclear Blast Records debut, tentatively due in April/May 2005. Recordings will take place at Jailhouse, Smart'n'Hard and Antfarm studios with producer Dr. J and the mixing/mastering duties will be handled by Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, MNEMIC, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER). ...

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GRAVEYARD RODEO Reunion Confirmed

Drummer Wayne "Doobie" Fabra of legendary Lousiana hardcore/metal pioneers GRAVEYARD RODEO has confirmed to NolaUnderground.com that the band have reformed and are currently rehearsing with a view towards playing a few reunion shows in the New Orleans area (as first reported here on Oct. 18). The current lineup of the group ...

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PAINMUSEUM Sign European/Japanese Deal With DEMOLITION RECORDS

PAINMUSEUM, the new band featuring guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak (TESTAMENT, ex-HALFORD), drummer Bobby Jarzombek (ICED EARTH, ex-HALFORD, RIOT), bassist Steve DiGiorgio (TESTAMENT, SADUS, DEATH, VINTERSORG) and newcomer singer Tim Clayborne (HATRED), have signed a long-term deal for Europe and Japan with the U.K. independent label Demolition Records. The Demolition press office comments: "We've been admirers ...

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BLOODY SIGN To Support KRISIUN/BEHEMOTH In Switzerland

French black/death metallers BLOODY SIGN will support KRISIUN, BEHEMOTH, INCANTATION and RAGNAROK on November 10 at Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland. BLOODY SIGN's Ilmar Uibo is currently filling in for INCANTATION drummer Kyle Severn, who was unable to tour with the group due to the recent death of his mother. BLOODY SIGN's debut album, "Vana Vigala ...

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