HORTUS ANIMAE Sign With BLACK LOTUS

HORTUS ANIMAE, the prog-black metal project of ANCIENT drummer Diego "GroM" Meraviglia, have signed a deal with Greek label Black Lotus Records. The group's upcoming album, titled "Waltzing Mephisto", will be completed in January at Alpha-Omega Studios in Como, Italy (where ANCIENT recorded their "God Loves The Dead" EP) for a May release. ...

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OSI Finish Mastering CD, Compile Extra Footage

OSI (OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE) — the new "prog" supergroup featuring DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy, FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos, CHROMA KEY/ex-DREAM THEATER keyboardist Kevin Moore, and GORDIAN KNOT/ex-CYNIC bassist Sean Malone — has finished mastering its self-titled debut album for an early 2003 release through Inside Out Records. A limited-edition two-disc set, containing ...

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DYSRHYTHMIA Signs With RELAPSE

Philadelphia's DYSRHYTHMIA has inked a worldwide recording deal with Relapse Records. The band — drummer Jeff Eber, guitarist Kevin Hufnagel and bassist Clayton Ingerson — will enter Chicago's Electrical Audio Studios in late January with engineer Steve Albini (NIRVANA, HELMET, NEUROSIS) to record their as-yet-untitled new album. The album will include the songs "Bastard", "My ...

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METALLICA's KIRK HAMMETT: 'MESHUGGAH Is Brilliant'

METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett has been singing the praises of Sweden's MESHUGGAH, calling the band's music "really fucking interesting." “You know, I think MESHUGGAH is brilliant," Hammett said in a recent interview with journalist Martin Popoff. "A lot of that extreme stuff doesn't make much sense to me, but when I heard MESHUGGAH, and everybody ...

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FEAR FACTORY Frontman Launches THE WATCHERS

FEAR FACTORY frontman Burton C. Bell has teamed up with longtime FEAR FACTORY collaborator/keyboardist John Bechdel in a new project called THE WATCHERS. Featuring a sound described by Bell as "painfully moody and eerily hypnotic at the same time," THE WATCHERS have launched their official web site at this location. ...

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ONEDICE Seeks Drummer

Bristol, UK-based ONEDICE is looking for a new drummer to replace sticksman Damien Radford who has left the band to spend more time with his family. Interested parties should send an e-mail to: [email protected] ...

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HANDFUL OF HATE Inks Deal With CODE666

Italian black metal act HANDFUL OF HATE has inked a deal with Code666 Records and will enter the studio in February to record its new album, "Vicecrown". Among the tracks set to appear on the CD are "Vexer's Kult", "I Hate!" , "Boldly Erected", "Risen Into Abuse", "Beating Violence", "Hierarch In Lust (Vice Ostentation XI)" ...

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