MAZE OF TORMENT Sign With HELLSPAWN RECORDS

Sweden's MAZE OF TORMENT have signed a deal with underground cult label Hellspawn Records (DARK FUNERAL, DEATHWITCH, WAR, INFERNAL). The group's long-awaited fourth album, "The Unmarked Graves", is slated for release in February 2003. "The Unmarked Graves", which was recorded at The Abyss studios with producer Tommy Tägtgren in late 2001, was put on ice ...

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FIREBALL MINISTRY Commence Work On New Album

Los Angeles-based FIREBALL MINISTRY are currently at Grandmaster Recorders working on a new studio album. Nick Raskulinecz (FOO FIGHTERS) is producing the as-yet-untitled project for a 2003 release. A label has not yet been announced. FIREBALL MINISTRY can be seen on MTV all month long as part of their "You Hear It First" series. For ...

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BATHORY: Early Albums To Be Reissued

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of BATHORY's formation, Black Mark Records will re-release the group's albums in the classic vinyl format. All LPs will be re-mastered and will include an enhanced original layout and sheet of full lyrics in full color. The records set to be reissued are the following: "Bathory" (1984), "The Return…" (1985), ...

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MELECHESH Hard At Work On 'Sphynx'

MELECHESH, who feature in their ranks ABSU drummer/vocalist Proscriptor McGovern, are currently at Andy La Rocque's (KING DIAMOND) Los Angered Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden recording their third album for Osmose Productions, titled "Sphynx". Among the cuts set to appear on the upcoming CD are the following: 01. Incendium Between Mirage and Time 02. Of Mercury ...

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MARYSLIM Split With WHITE JAZZ RECORDS

Stockholm, Sweden-based rock'n'rollers MARYSLIM have parted ways with White Jazz Records and have inked a new deal with Wild Kingdom Records. Wild Kingdom Records was founded by Calle Schewen, who launched White Jazz Records back in 1995 and left the company earlier this year. MARYSLIM's first release for the label will be a six-song live ...

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NUCLEAR ASSAULT Commence Songwriting Process For New CD

Reunited New York thrashers NUCLEAR ASSAULT have commenced the songwriting process for their next studio album, tentatively due in late 2003/early 2004. "We are in the process of writing new material, and I can tell you that it's definitely in the style of the old stuff," bassist Danny Lilker said in an official press release. ...

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CAMP FREDDY Perform At Strip Club Opening

CAMP FREDDY, the "jam" band consisting of JANE'S ADDICTION guitarist Dave Navarro, former THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison (on guitar), ex-GUNS N' ROSES/THE CULT drummer Matt Sorum, bassist Scott Ford, and vocalist Donovan Leitch, performed at the opening of what is purported to be "the world's largest strip club", Sapphire Gentlemen's Club, on Dec. ...

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MICHAEL ANTHONY, SAMMY HAGAR Rock Out In The Morning

VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony joined ex-VAN HALEN singer Sammy Hagar and THE WABORITAS on stage Friday morning (Dec. 13) at the "2002 Mark & Brian Christmas Show", ripping through supercharged versions of "Top Of the World", "Best of Both Worlds" and "Mas Tequila", the latter featuring Michael and Mona sharing bass duties. "The show ...

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