MARILYN MANSON Leaves Record Execs In The Dark

While recording his new album, "The Golden Age of Grotesque", MARILYN MANSON did everything he could to keep record execs from hearing a sneak preview. "I was very vague and evasive with the record company," the ghoulish rocker tells the upcoming issue of Details. "I would give them recordings of me talking to my cat. ...

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THE CROWN Prepare To Mix 'Possessed 13'

Swedish thrashers THE CROWN, recently rejoined by original vocalist Johan Lindstrand, have completed the recordings for their new album, "Possessed 13", and are taking a three-week break before returning to Gothenburg's Studio Fredman in mid-June to mix the effort for a tentative September release. "It sounds very fuckin' great and we can't wait to release ...

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New CROWBAR Album To Be Produced By PANTERA Bassist

New Orleans sludge-meisters CROWBAR, the long-running band founded by DOWN guitarist Kirk Windstein, have set "You Don't Need An Enemy To Have A War" as the tentative title for their seventh studio album, tentatively due at the end of the year. "It's a title I've had for years," Windstein explained in a recent online posting. ...

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GODSMACK: Stronger Than Them All

Steve Morse of the Boston Globe reviewed GODSMACK's homecoming concert at the Tweeter Center on Thursday (May 22) before a crowd of 13,000. A large part of that crowd — 2,000 to be exact — were members of the military who had bought $10 tickets in the reserved section on the lawn. GODSMACK have taken ...

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TAAKE Singer Displays His Package At Norway's INFERNO FESTIVAL

Norwegian black metallers TAAKE gave a particularly "revealing" performance during last month's Inferno Festival in Oslo. For a first-hand look, click here. The second installment of Inferno Festival took place April 17-19 in Oslo's Rockefeller and John Dee clubs. Other acts that appeared during the event included THE KOVENANT, OPETH, ENTOMBED, IMMORTAL, CHILDREN ...

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AMARAN Part Ways With Bassist, Seek Replacement

Bassist Mikael Andersson has left Sweden's AMARAN. "Micke has contributed a great [deal] to what AMARAN has become and it will probably be hard to find a bassplayer as talented as he is," guitarist Kari Kainulainen wrote on the band's official web site. AMARAN, who feature in their ranks former members of MOURNING SIGN, are ...

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ELENIUM Name Debut Album

Finnish "progressive death" metallers ELENIUM have set "For Giving - For Getting" as the tentative title for their upcoming full-length debut, due in late 2003 through England's Rage Of Achilles Records. The CD, which is scheduled to be recorded in July at Sonic Pump studios, will contain the following tracks: 01. Up The Long Ladder ...

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IMAGIKA Prepare To Record New CD

San Francisco power/thrash metallers IMAGIKA will enter Sonic Ranch studios (formerly Village Productions) in Tornillo, Texas next month with producer Neil Kernon (CANNIBAL CORPSE, NEVERMORE, QUEENSRŸCHE) to begin recording their fourth album, tentatively titled "FallenGod", for a late 2003 release through an as-yet-undisclosed label. "We are very excited about the opportunity to work with Neil, ...

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