DEFILED Sign With SEASON OF MIST RECORDS

Japan's DEFILED have inked a deal with Season of Mist Records. The group's fourth album, entitled "Divination", is scheduled for release on May 12. DEFILED play "progressive death metal with guttural vocals, hysteric guitars, insane bass and hyper-blasting drums, with a lots of tempo changes. Their style is very unique, twisted and technical," according to ...

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SUPARED Debut Delayed

The European release date through Noise/Sanctuary Records of the self-titled debut from Germany's SUPARED, the new group fronted by former HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske, has been pushed back to Jan. 27 from the originally planned Jan. 20. The delay is being blamed on "delivery problems," according to the band's official newsletter. The album is expected ...

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SOLSTICE Reform, Begin Work On New Material

British doom metal veterans SOLSTICE have reformed and are in the process of writing new material. The band are "back bigger, badder and bolder than ever," according to the latest newsletter from Miskatonic Foundation, to whom SOLSTICE guitarist Rich Walker is signed with his side project ISEN TORR. "The new [SOLSTICE] songs are stripped of ...

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MARCH METAL MELTDOWN 5: More Confirmations Announced

More artists have been confirmed for the upcoming March Metal Meltdown 5 festival, set to take place Mar. 7-8 at The Cricket Club in Irvington, New Jersey. The following is a list of bands (in alphabetical order) that have so far been "confirmed" to appear at March Metal Meltdown 5: 7 WITCHES ALL THAT REMAINS ...

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RUNEMAGICK Add Second Guitarist

Swedish "dark death metal" act RUNEMAGICK have announced the addition to the group's lineup of second guitarist Tomas Eriksson (ex-INTOXICATE, GROTESQUE, VALEDICTORY). RUNEMAGICK's next full-length effort, titled "Darkness Death Doom", is due on Mar. 16 through Aftermath Music. ...

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CHARGER To Headline Two-Day Festival In The U.K.

Britain's CHARGER will be making an appearance at the 1 In 12 Club in Bradford, U.K. as part of a two-day festival taking place on Feb. 1-2. The full line-up for the event is as follows: Saturday, Feb. 01: CHARGER DUKES OF NOTHING PALE HORSE JINN SEND MORE PARAMEDICS HUMANFLY SNOWBLOOD ULTIMO DRAGON BILGE PUMP ...

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Former ICON Guitarist Resurfaces In THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE

Former ICON guitarist Danny Wexler has resurfaced in a new band project called THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE. The group, whose lineup is completed by Michael Nitro (bass), Jimmy D (drums) and Dave Fiorinis (lead vocals/guitar), have completed work on their debut album, due in the spring through an as-yet-undetermined label. For more information on THIEVES ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Reissues On The Way

Two decades after QUEENSRŸCHE released their self-titled 12-inch debut EP, EMI Records is celebrating the band's career by reissuing the disc and the six critically acclaimed albums that followed: "The Warning", "Rage For Order", "Operation: Mindcrime", "Empire", "Promised Land" and "Hear In The Now Frontier". Each of the seven QUEENSRŸCHE records has been repackaged with ...

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ASSERT Ink Deal With MALT SODA RECORDS

Britain's ASSERT have inked a deal with Malt Soda Records for the release of their fourth full-length CD, entitled "Riotous Assembly". Included on the effort will be three "live in the studio" cuts (among them a cover of MOTÖRHEAD's "Ace Of Spades") and a version of "Agitate, Educate" featuring guest lead vocals by NAPALM DEATH's ...

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