KATAKLYSM Split With Drummer, Announce Temporary Replacement

Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM have parted ways with longtime drummer Max Duhamel following the completion of the band's recent European tour. According to an official press release, "Max announced to the band that he will be retiring but accepted nonetheless to do the upcoming North American tour in Feb./March 2003 with HATE ETERNAL, DYING FETUS ...

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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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