LUNARIS: New Song Available For Download

Elitist Records have released an advance MP3 from the upcoming LUNARIS album, "Cyclic", to be released early 2004. The track is called "Existence Unveiled", and it showcases the band's "brutal" new direction, according to the label. Download it here. Guest musicians on the album include members or ex-members of DEATH, SPIRAL ARCHITECT, BORKNAGAR, ...

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MAYHEM Announce Release Date For 'Chimera'

Norwegian black metallers MAYHEM have set a March 29, 2004 release date through Season Of Mist Records for their new full-length CD, "Chimera". The album, which is currently being recorded at a mobile studio in the mountains of Norway, will feature a musical direction that is being described by the band as "much more back ...

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CANDLEMASS To Premiere New Song During Hometown Gig

Reformed Swedish doom legends CANDLEMASS will premiere a brand new song, called "Witches", during their performance at Klubben in Stockholm this weekend. The track — which is described by songwriter/bassist Leif Edling as following "the true CANDLEMASS style, with both heavy and hard passages, lots of negative riffing, melody and slow doomy choruses" — is ...

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DOWNSET Ink New Deal, Prepare To Release Album

DOWNSET have signed a worldwide deal with the Seattle, Washington-based label Hawino Records. The group's new album, "Universal", was produced by guitarist Brian "Ares" Schwager and features the band lineup of Ares, Rey Orepeza (vocals), Chris Lee (drums) and Rico Villasenor (bass). The complete track listing for "Universal" is as follows: 01. Universal 02. The ...

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Ex-PANTERA Drummer: 'PHILIP ANSELMO Was Afraid Of Success'

Ex-PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul recently spoke to Revolver magazine about the circumstances that led to the group's demise two years after the release of their critically acclaimed "Reinventing The Steel" CD. "With the last couple of PANTERA records, we kept getting more and more narrow-minded because of Phil," Vinnie said. "He didn't want to experiment ...

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CHARON Guitarist Quits

Finnish goth-metallers CHARON have parted ways with guitarist Jasse Von Hast. The following is Hast's official statement on the matter: "After long consideration, I have decided to change my priorities around and end this chapter of my life. The band CHARON has nothing more to give me musically and my interest in playing in the ...

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KOBEAST Name Debut Album

KOBEAST, the brainchild of Denmark-based guitarist/bassist Michael Kopietz (FROZEN SUN, PANZERCHRIST, 12 GAUGE), have set "Arise From Ashes" as the title for their debut album, tentatively due in early 2004 through an as-yet-undisclosed label. Eight songs of "brutal death metal in the vein of MALEVOLENT CREATION, MORBID ANGEL and DEICIDE" will be laid down at ...

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Former NILE Bassist/Vocalist CHIEF SPIRES: 'I Don't Like KARL SANDERS'

Former NILE bassist/vocalist Chief Spires has spoken out for the first time about his departure from the group and his decision to form SHAITAN MAZAR with fellow ex-NILE member John Ehlers (guitar) Speaking to Poland's Masterful Magazine, Spires explained his reasons for leaving NILE. "Well the official press release was something like 'Spires leaves the ...

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