IN FLAMES/GARDENIAN Project Sign with CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS

Sweden's PASSENGER, the new project featuring IN FLAMES vocalist Anders Friden, ex-TRANSPORT LEAGUE drummer Patrik J. Sten, GARDENIAN guitarist Niclas Engelin (ex-IN FLAMES), and HEADPLATE bassist Håkan Skoger, have inked a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. The band, whose music is being described as "a cross between DEPECHE MODE and ROB ZOMBIE, with a ...

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HALFORD: Japanese Set List Revealed

The following is HALFORD's set list from the group's headlining performance at Tokyo's Shibuya Kokaido on Tuesday, Feb. 11: 01. Painkiller 02. Jawbreaker 03. Heretic 04. Resurrection 05. Made In Hell 06. Locked And Loaded 07. One Will 08. Hearts Of Darkness 09. Handing Out Bullets 10. Into The Pit 11. Nailed To The Gun ...

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EXODUS Reunite With ZETRO SOUZA, Prepare To Record New Album

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS have been rejoined by vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza and are preparing to enter the studio with producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, STUCK MOJO, SKINLAB) to record their first studio album in 11 years. "[Zetro and the rest of the band] had some great talks [over the course of ...

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ANTHRAX: ARTISTDIRECT Deal A No-Go

Contrary to previously published reports, ANTHRAX have NOT signed a North American record deal with ArtistDirect Records and are no longer involved in contract negotiations with the label, informed sources have told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. It is not presently clear how this latest development will affect the projected release date for the group's new album, ...

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HELLOWEEN Name CD, Confirm New Drummer

HELLOWEEN have reportedly set "Rabbits Don't Come Easy" as the title for their forthcoming studio album, due in Europe on May 5 through Nuclear Blast Records. In other news, the band have now officially confirmed the departure of drummer Mark Cross and addition to the group's lineup of former ACCEPT/RUNNING WILD skinsman Stefan Schwarzmann (as ...

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SARGATANAS REIGN Confirmed For Sweden's MOTALA METAL FEST

Sweden's SARGATANAS REIGN are the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's Motala Metal Fest, set to take place on April 19 at Folkets Park in Motala, Sweden. The complete list of artists currently scheduled to perform at the event is as follows: VADER TANKARD VOMITORY STORMWARRIOR FINNTROLL EVERGREY PARAGON SARGATANAS REIGN AUTOPSY ...

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SUPERJOINT RITUAL To Record New Album In March

SUPERJOINT RITUAL, the New Orleans-based band fronted by PANTERA/DOWN singer Philip Anselmo, are set to enter the studio in March to begin recording their sophomore album. The follow-up to last year's "Use Once And Destroy" is due in late summer through Sanctuary Records. ...

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SONY MUSIC Strike Back In INCUBUS Contract Dispute

Sony Music struck back in its contract dispute with INCUBUS on Tuesday (Feb. 11), asking a federal court to block the band's bid for free agency, according to the Los Angeles Times. The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan, said the band owes four more albums under an exclusive recording contract that band members signed in 1996. ...

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