GRAVE DIGGER Slam Former Label Over Upcoming Reissues

Veteran German power metallers GRAVER DIGGER have slammed former company, G.U.N. Records, over a flurry of GD reissues that are scheduled to surface through the label before the end of the year. According to an official statement from the group, "[G.U.N. released now two [bex sets] and in two weeks they'll release also a 'best ...

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CELTIC FROST Re-Envisioned!

CELTIC FROST have begun the initial part of the recording sessions for the group's long-awaited new album, tentatively titled "Probe". As has been anticipated by a variety of sources, the group currently consists of the classic "To Mega Therion" and "Into the Pandemonium"-era line-up of Reed St. Mark (drums/percussion), Martin Eric Ain (bass/vocals), and Tom ...

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UPDATED: GUNS N' ROSES No-Show Sparks Riot

The long-awaited launch of GUNS N' ROSES' first North American tour in nine years, scheduled to take place last night (Nov. 7) at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, was canceled after frontman Axl Rose failed to make it to the Canadian city in time for the gig. Following the announcement of the cancellation, ...

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KABÁT: Czech Metal Veterans Launch Seven-City American Tour

KABÁT, the Czech Republic's #1 metal band, kick off their first American tour Thursday, Nov. 7 in New York at Brooklyn's Club Warsaw. Formed in 1984 in the northern Bohemian city of Teplice, KABÁT's early sound could be termed as old-school thrash, which effectively put them on the Czechoslovakian communist government's black list of subversive ...

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CARPATHIAN FOREST To Issue 'Defending The Throne Of Evil' In March

Norwegian cult black metal band CARPATHIAN FOREST will release their new album, "Defending The Throne Of Evil", on Mar. 17, 2003. The CD, the group's first full-length collection of all-new material in over three years, was once again recorded at Sound Suite Studio in France with producer Terje Refsnes (who helmed the last DESTROYER 666 ...

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POISONBLACK Complete Work On 'Escapexstacy'

Finland's POISONBLACK (formerly SHADOWLANDS) — featuring SENTENCED vocalist Ville Laihiala on guitar, and CHARON frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto — have set Feb. 17, 2003 as the release date through Century Media Records for their debut album, titled "Escapexstacy". Completed by bassist Janne Kukkonen, guitarist Janne Dahlgren and drummer Tarmo Kanerva, POISONBLACK boast a musical direction that ...

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ABIGOR Drummer Gets Signature Stick!

Drummer Moritz Neuner (ABIGOR, KOROVAKILL, DORNENREICH, DARKWELL) has been given his own signature drumstick by the Swiss company Agner. In other news, Neuner recently laid down the drums on the forthcoming album from long-running symphonic black metallers GOLDEN DAWN, who were reportedly "discovered" in the mid-'90s by Martin Schirenc of PUNGENT STENCH/HOLLENTHON fame. Titled "Masquerade", ...

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