BLO.TORCH Win Dutch 'Battle Of The Bands' Competition

Dutch death metallers BLO.TORCH came out victorious in the "Grote Prijs van Zuid-Holland" competition finals Friday night (March 19) "after showing the jury, the audience and the five other finalists what we're made of," according to a post on the group's web site. "Besides direct placement in the regional finals of 'De Grote Prijs van ...

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DAVE GROHL: 'I'll Take THE DARKNESS Over Whiny Emo Bands Any Day'

FOO FIGHTERS frontman/ex-NIRVANA drummer Dave Grohl has "reviewed" some of his current favorite recordings for the "Playlist" column in the "Arts" section of today's New York Times. Among the bands Grohl covered were THE PIXIES, THE DARKNESS, MY MORNING JACKET and YEAH YEAH YEAHS. This is what he had to say about THE DARKNESS: "Show ...

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ROTTENNESS Confirmed For Germany's NRW DEATHFEST

Mexican "goregrinders" ROTTENNESS are one of the latest acts confirmed for the NRW Deathfest, a two-day indoor festival set to take place September 17-18 at AJZ Bahndamm in Wermelskirchen (near Leverkusen) Germany. The complete list of bands currently set to appear at the festival is as follows: ABORTED (Belgium) DISAVOWED (Netherlands) PUTRID PILE (U.S.) IMMERSED ...

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PSYCHOMANTHIUM: First Song Posted Online

PSYCHOMANTHIUM, the "old-school speed/thrash metal" band featuring vocalist Martin Missy from the cult German speed-thrashers PROTECTOR, Brian "Hobbs" Hobbie on bass (ex-INTERNAL BLEEDING, currently in CATASTROPHIC), plus Derek "Derekonomicon" Schilling on guitar and Ant Ichrist on drums (both from ARKHAM 13), have posted a "raw rehearsal" version of the track "Zombie Lake" at

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FOR MY PAIN…: In Recording Mode

FOR MY PAIN…, the Finnish "gothic metal" band featuring Tuomas Holopainen (NIGHTWISH) on keyboards, Altti Veteläinen (ex-ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW) on bass, Lauri Tuohimaa (EMBRAZE) on guitar, Olli-Pekka Törrö (ex-ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW) on guitar, Juha Kylmänen (REFLEXION) on vocals, and Petri Sankala (ex-ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW) on drums, have entered Tico Tico studio in ...

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EYES OF FIRE Part Ways With Keyboardist, Announce Replacement

EYES OF FIRE, the experimental Orange County, California-based featuring Matt Fisher and Dan Kaufman from the legendary cultists MINDROT, have parted ways with keyboardist Ben Smith. "[Ben] informed the band a couple of weeks ago that he needed to straighten things out in his life and he was unable to give 110% to the band," ...

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GF93 Sign With [INCENDIARY.RECORDS]

Italian "alternative metal" band GF93 have inked a three-album deal with [incendiary.records]. The group's new album, entitled "OSR", will be recorded at West Link Recorders in June with producers Kurt Ballou (CONVERGE) and Alessandro Paolucci. A September/early October release is expected. (Thanks: Tartarean Desire) ...

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LOVE/HATE Announce Tour Dates

LOVE/HATE have lined up the following dates in May: May 07 - Los Angeles, CA @ Paladino's May 14 – Bradford, UK @ Rio's May 15 – Sheffield, UK @ Corporation May 16 – Dudley, UK @ JB's May 18 – Crewe, UK @ Limelight May 19 – London, UK @ Underworld May 20 – ...

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