MUNICIPAL WASTE Add New Drummer

Metal/hardcore drummer extraordinaire Dave Witte has officially joined Richmond thrash-core squad MUNICIPAL WASTE. Revered in underground circles from the U.S. to Japan, Witte has hit the skins for such bands as HUMAN REMAINS, DISCORDANCE AXIS, MELT-BANANA and BURNT BY THE SUN. With ballistic thrash riffs, irreverent punk attitude, and a healthy dose of humor, MUNICIPAL ...

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EARACHE RECORDS Announces CODEBREAKER Licensing Deal

Earache Records have signed a licensing deal with fast-rising U.K. label Codebreaker Records for the North American territory. The deal will see releases from the likes of ZATOKREV, ABANDON and FIGURE OF MERIT released across North America, and subsequent albums unleashed by Codebreaker will all see a full U.S. release. Codebreaker Records, despite being a ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE: I'll Break SIMON COWELL's Nose

Fiona Cummins of Mirror.co.uk is reporting that Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne have launched a fierce attack on her fellow "X Factor" presenter Simon Cowell. Sharon, who has accused Cowell of rigging the result of the hit ITV talent show, said: "Ozzy warned me at the beginning 'You're not going to win'. "Even if I had ...

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FACE DOWN To Enter Studio Next Weekend

FACE DOWN, the reunited Swedish outfit featuring former THE HAUNTED singer Marco Aro, will enter Offbeat Studio in Stockholm next weekend (Oct. 30-31) to record three new songs: two brand new tracks ("Strife" and an as-yet-untitled number) as well as a reworking of an old unreleased song, now known as "Heretic". "These three songs are ...

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THE PROVENANCE To Release New Album In January

Swedish progressive goth/death metallers THE PROVENANCE will release their third full-length effort, "How Would You Like To Be Spat At", in January via Italy's Scarlet Records. The 53-minute follow-up to 2003's "Still At Arms Length" was recorded at Gesperrt Studios over a two-month period and is said to contain ten "brutally honest and rigid songs." ...

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INSENSE Sign With BLACK BALLOON RECORDS

Norwegian extreme metallers INSENSE have inked a deal with Black Balloon Records. The group's sophomore album, "Soothing Torture", is scheduled for release in early 2005. INSENSE have been around since 1999 and released their debut album on U.S. label This Dark Reign in 2002. "Soothing Torture" track listing: 01. Helplessness 02. Making Up for Lost ...

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MUMMIFICATION Sign With BRUTALIZED RECORDS

California death grinders MUMMIFICATION have signed a two-album contract with Brutalized Records. The first CD, "Runes of Blood", will be out in January of 2005 and will feature nine "brutal tracks of original death grind mayhem," according to a press release. The album will be recorded and engineered by Juan Urteaga of the band VILE ...

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BETZEFER: New Video Posted Online

Israeli metallers BETZEFER have posted a video for the track "Downlow" at their official web site. Also available for download is an MP3 of the song "Early Grave". Both tracks come off the band's recently completed album, which was recorded at CCR Studio in Belgium. Mixing duties were handled by Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, MNEMIC, ...

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