CONTRIVE To Record New EP

Melbourne, Australia's CONTRIVE are currently writing new tracks for an upcoming EP due out mid this year. It will also feature a cover from Australian metal legends ARMOURED ANGEL ('89/'90 era). After a huge year of shows including supports with SEPULTURA, SOILWORK and SKINLAB, CONTRIVE make a return to the stage this Friday, March 5 ...

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HORTUS ANIMAE Record DEAD CAN DANCE Cover Featuring LIV KRISTINE

HORTUS ANIMAE, the prog-black metal project of ANCIENT drummer Diego "GroM" Meraviglia, have finished recording a cover of DEAD CAN DANCE's "Summoning of the Muse" for the upcoming DEAD CAN DANCE double-CD tribute album, "The Lotuseaters". The band will shortly enter Alpha-Omega Studios in Como, Italy to mix and master the track, which features a ...

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STRATOVARIUS Keyboardist Pisses On TIMO TOLKKI: Photos Available

Finland's Sonera Plaza has posted several photos of STRATOVARIUS performing at Spain's Piorno Rock festival on Saturday, including pictures of keyboardist Jens Johansson pissing (literally!) on guitarist Timo Tolkki during the opening notes of the song "Forever" (no, we're not kidding). Check them out here. STRATOVARIUS' set list for the Piorno Rock performance: ...

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LULLACRY: New Studio Photos Posted Online

LULLACRY have posted several photos from their recent recording sessions at Astia Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland. Check them out here. As previously reported, LULLACRY have finished recording several new tracks for inclusion on an upcoming single or EP, due later in the year through Spinefarm Records. Produced by Kippo and main songwriter Sami ...

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HELL ON EARTH Dropped From SUN N' STEEL METALFEST Bill

Industrial rock band HELL ON EARTH have been dropped from the bill of Florida's Sun n' Steel Metalfest after "Baptists were calling [the promoter] and complaining about [the band] performing at the show," according to a post on the group's web site. In response to the cancellation, band leader Billy Tourtelot said, "It's a sad ...

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DESTINY To Film Video This Week

Long-running Swedish metal band DESTINY will shoot a video clip for the track "In the Shadow of the Rainbow" later this week. "In the Shadow of the Rainbow" comes off the group's new album, "Future of the Past", due on March 15 through GMR Music Group. The CD was recorded at the band's own DRS ...

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Poland's FRONTSIDE Ink Deal With REGAIN RECORDS

Polish extreme metallers FRONTSIDE have inked a deal with Sweden's Regain Records. An English version of the group's Polish "Grammy"-nominated 2003 album, "...And Forgive Us Our Sins...", will be released in May. The group's musical style is being described as "a lethal mixture of SLAYER-influenced riffing, death metal heaviness and NYC hardcore attitude." ...

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DEF LEPPARD: All-Covers Album On The Way?

MelodicRock.com is reporting that DEF LEPPARD are recording an all-covers album focusing on the British bands of the '70s, tentatively due this summer. No further information is available at this time. As previously reported, DEF LEPPARD singer Joe Elliott and bassist Rick Savage will perform at a charity concert called "Sincerely Sheffield" on March 12 ...

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DIMENSION ZERO Complete 'Immaculate' Video

DIMENSION ZERO, the Swedish band featuring IN FLAMES guitarist Jesper Strömblad (on bass), ex-MARDUK vocalist Jocke Göthberg, LUCIFERION/DIABOLIQUE drummer Hasse Nilsson, and PATHOS guitarist Daniel Antonsson, have finished filming a video for the track "Immaculate" from their latest CD, "This Is Hell". DIMENSION ZERO's sophomore full-length album, "This is Hell", was released last October through ...

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DARK FUNERAL, DEFLESHED To Team Up For Italian Tour

Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL will embark on a short Italian tour with DEFLESHED later this month. Confirmed dates are as follows: Mar. 12 - Transilvania Live – Milan, ITA Mar. 13 – Krossover - Catania, ITA Mar. 14 - Vecchio Mattatoio - Roma, ITA DARK FUNERAL's live album, "De Profundis Clamavi Ad Te Domine", ...

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