MARK MOOTS Quits DECEMBER

DECEMBER vocalist guitarist Mark Moots has left DECEMBER after 10 years with the group. Moots, who performed his last show with DECEMBER on December 28 in Reno, Nevada, has helped to redefine extreme music several times, most notably with 2002's mind- and bone-crushing Earache Rec debut "The Lament Configuration". Drummer Jason Thomas, guitarist Julian Peach, ...

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DEICIDE Complete First-Ever Video

After 15 years in the business as one of the reigning heavyweight champs of death metal, Florida's legendary DEICIDE have shot their very first music video. For this historic occasion, the band chose to immortalize the title track off their forthcoming Earache Records debut, "Scars Of The Crucifix" — a song which brutally sums up ...

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KARI RUESLÅTTEN: Rarities/Live Collection Postponed

Former THE 3RD AND THE MORTAL "goddess of beauty" Kari Rueslåtten, presently known simply as Kari, has postponed plans to release "Live & Rare" — a collection of rare material as well as live tracks from shows in Moscow (Russia) and Trondheim (Norway). Kari will instead focus on the recording of her follow-up to 2002's ...

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Ex-HALFORD Guitarist METAL MIKE CHLASCIAK To Appear At NAMM 2004

Former HALFORD/current PAINMUSEUM guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak is confirmed to appear at NAMM 2004. Metal Mike will perform at the Digitech/Harman Music Group booth. Appearance dates/times are: Friday, Jan. 16 and Saturday, Jan. 17 at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 18 at 11:00 a.m. National Association Of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the largest equipment manufacturer ...

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BALANCE OF POWER: 'Heathen Machine' To Receive U.S. Release

British metallers BALANCE OF POWER will issue their latest CD, "Heathen Machine", in the U.S. in March. This will be the first title to be released under DCA Recordings' exclusive distribution agreement with Century Media Records. The album, available in Europe through Germany's Massacre Records, was recorded at POD studios in London and was mixed ...

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ILL NINO To Film New Video

ILL NINO will shoot a video for the track "This Time's For Real" early next week in the Spanish Harlem section of New York City. The clip should be competed by the second week of February. In other news, ILL NINO guitarists Ahrue Luster and Jardel Paisante have been honored their own signature series guitars ...

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THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT Hard At Work On New Material

Dutch brutal death metal band THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT have just returned from their successful second European tour with THE CROWN. The band are currently working on new material for their second CD, "The Bloody Fields Of History", tentatively due later in the year through Cold Blood Industries. Among the songtitles set to appear on the ...

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THE FORSAKEN To Support SOILWORK In Europe

Swedish death metal act THE FORSAKEN will be the support act for SOILWORK on their European tour beginning in early February. THE FORSAKEN will be promoting their third full-length album, "Traces Of The Past", which was released through Century Media Records in November. Confirmed dates are as follows: Feb. 06 – Tampere, FIN - Pukkahoune ...

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BOLT THROWER To Begin Work On New Album

Long-running British death metal band BOLT THROWER are currently writing new material for their eighth studio album, tentatively due in October/November through Metal Blade Records. The as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2001's "Honour Valour Pride" will be recorded in May and will be supported by a full European tour as well as the group's first U.S. tour ...

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