JAGGERNAUT: Former HAMMERFALL Drummer To Remain In The Group

Despite a previous announcement to the contrary, drummer Patrik Räfling (ex-HAMMERFALL) will remain a member of Sweden's JAGGERNAUT, according to a posting on the group's web site. However, due to an "unfortunate accident," Patrik will be temporarily replaced by Rickard Johansson. A replacement for guitarist Alex Räfling has yet to be named. JAGGERNAUT, who feature ...

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STARRATS Begin Recording Sophomore Album

Danish hard rockers STARRATS have entered Whitebranch studio in Hillerød, Denmark to begin recording their sophomore album, tentatively due in early 2005. Nine drum tracks have been recorded thus far, and four more songs, plus a couple of covers, will be tracked in the near future. The upcoming CD will be the follow-up to "Broken ...

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BATHORY Tribute Album Changes Name

Germany's Black Goat Productions have changed the projected title of the upcoming BATHORY tribute album to "A Tribute from the Hordes to Bathory" from the previously announced "Twilight of the Goats". "After talking to [BATHORY's record label] Black Mark I had to change the name of the 'Twilight of the Goats - A Tribute to ...

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BLUDGEON Announce New Album Working Title

Chicago-based metallers BLUDGEON have set "Fuck My Wife Please" as the "working title" of their new album, tentatively due in late 2004/early 2005. The first signing to MANOWAR's Magic Circle Music, BLUDGEON had their debut album, "Crucify the Priest", produced by MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio. A live DVD/CD, entitled "Crucified Live", came out late last ...

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IMMOLATION, CEPHALIC CARNAGE Confirmed For MARYLAND DEATHFEST

IMMOLATION, CEPHALIC CARNAGE and BODIES LAY BROKEN are the latest acts confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Maryland Deathfest, set to take place May 28-29 at the Thunderdome in Baltimore, MD. Other groups set to appear at the festival include REGURGITATE, BIRDFLESH, ABSCESS, XXX MANIAK and KILL THE CLIENT. For more information, visit

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RE:IGNITION: West Hollywood Photos Posted Online

RE:IGNITION, the new band featuring SKINLAB members Steev Esquivel and Snake, performed a showcase gig Thursday night (Sept. 30) at The Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, CA. Check out pictures from DirtJunior.com. RE:IGNITION is: Dave Moore (ex-MINDBENDER) - Vocals Steev Esquivel (SKINLAB, ex-DEFIANCE) - Guitars Tim Howell (ex-FUELED, SACRILEGE B.C.) - ...

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8THSIN To Release Debut Album This Month

8THSIN, the new project led by IT (a.k.a. Tony Särkkä, WAR, ABRUPTUM, OPHTHTALAMIA, VONDUR), will release their debut album, "Sinners Inc.", on October 25 via Black Lodge Records. "Sinners Inc." was recorded and mixed at Sin Studios by Michael Bohlin and was mastered at Polar Studios by Henrik Jonsson. "Sinners Inc." track listing: 01. Karaoke ...

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GEWEIH Announce Farewell Show

German pagan metallers GEWEIH will play their farewell show on January 8, 2005 at Café Central in Weinheim, South Germany. Support will come from German black metallers VILKATES, NACHTMAHR and CHANT OF BLASPHEMY. A flyer for the concert can be viewed at this location. Formed in 1996, GEWEIH released two demos (1998's "Schrei ...

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MORTIIS Says He Wasn't Impressed By His U.K. Chart Success

Earache Records has posted an exclusive interview with Norway's legendary eccentric artist MORTIIS. Several excerpts from the interview follow: Q: How has the press treated you this time around? Do you care at this point? Mortiis: "Yes, I care. It's been pretty good treatment this time. They've pretty much been forced into realizing that my ...

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