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SAVAGE CIRCUS: Debut Album Delayed

SAVAGE CIRCUS, the new band featuring former BLIND GUARDIAN drummer Thomen Stauch and PERSUADER members Jens Karlsson (vocals, guitar) and Emil Norberg (lead guitar), have pushed back the release date of their new album, "Dreamland Manor", to September 5 from the previously announced August 29. According to an official record company newsletter, "There was a ...

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SAVAGE CIRCUS: Single Available For Download

SAVAGE CIRCUS, the new band featuring former BLIND GUARDIAN drummer Thomen Stauch and PERSUADER members Jens Karlsson (vocals, guitar) and Emil Norberg (lead guitar), have uploaded an online single, featuring the entire songs "Evil Eyes" and "Ghost Story" as high quality (192Kbps) MP3s, plus full artwork and cover, at www.savage-circus.com. SAVAGE CIRCUS' debut ...

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EQUINOX To Record New EP

Floridian black/death metallers EQUINOX will enter Diet of Worms studio (MORBID ANGEL, DIABOLIC, UNHOLY GHOST) in Tampa, Florida this week to record a new five-song EP, tentatively tiltled "Wretched & Nameless". The recording marks a new chapter in the group's 12-year history, featuring a newly revamped lineup and direction with the addition of Gabriel Lewandowski ...

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SWALLOW THE SUN Name New Album

Finnish melodic death/doom metallers SWALLOW THE SUN have set "Ghosts of Loss" as the title of their second album, due on August 24 via Firebox Records. Two different versions of the album will be available; a standard release and a special two-CD version featuring the stylish video "Descending Winters" as well as live footage from ...

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GHOST MACHINE Featuring MOTOGRATER Members To Release Debut CD

GHOST MACHINE, the new band featuring MOTOGRATER members Ivan (Ghost) (vocals) and Chris "Crispy" Binns (drums), will release their self-titled debut CD on July 26 via their own label imprint, Black Blood Records. The CD was engineered and co-produced by Pete Murray (LO-PRO). Regarding the band's musical direction, Ivan said in a press release, "This ...

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BLASTMASTERS To Enter Studio Next Week

BLASTMASTERS, the Florida-based death metal band led by former DIABOLIC/UNHOLY GHOST drummer Lee "Aantar" Coates, will enter D.O.W. Studios on July 25 with producer Juan "Punchy" Gonzales (MORBID ANGEL, UNHOLY GHOST) to begin recording their full-length debut, entitled "Twisted Metal". The tentative track listing for the album is as follows: 01. Altricial Meta-Genesis 02. Catastrophic ...

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U.S. Death Metal Band EXMORTIS Return!

U.S. death metal band EXMORTIS, who released two classic demos (1988's "Descent into Chaos" and 1989's "Immortality's End") in the genre's heyday, has been resurrected featuring original members Brian Werking (guitarist/vocalist) and drummer Aantar Lee Coates (formerly of DIABOLIC and UNHOLY GHOST and currently in BLASTMASTERS). EXMORTIS are planning to release a new demo, titled ...

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SAVAGE CIRCUS Schedule BANG YOUR HEAD Meet-And-Greet

SAVAGE CIRCUS members Thomas Stauch (drums; ex-BLIND GUARDIAN) and Jens Karlsson (guitar/vocals; PERSUADER) will be making an appearance at the Bang Your Head festival this Friday (June 24) in Balingen, Germany to present songs from the group's upcoming debut album and to sign autographs for the fans. The meet-and-greet will take place at around 6:00 ...

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MALAKI Complete New EP With MORBID ANGEL Producer

Tampa, FL-based metallers MALAKI have just released their new EP, entitled "By the Hand of God". The EP was recorded in May at Diet of Worms studio with co-producer/engineer Punchy Gonzalez (MORBID ANGEL, UNHOLY GHOST). "By the Hand of God" track listing: 01. And So It Begins 02. Degradation 03. By the Hand of God ...

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Label Rep: New OPETH Album Is 'Crushing'

Roadrunner Records A&R rep Mike Gitter was in the studio with OPETH early last week checking out the progress of the recording sessions for the band's new album, "Ghost Reveries", due late summer via Roadrunner. Gitter had the following to say about what he's heard: "Heard four songs and was blown away....basically, they encompass all ...

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OPETH Announce New Album Title

Sweden's OPETH have set "Ghost Reveries" as the title of their new album, tentatively due late summer via Roadrunner Records. The follow-up to 2003's acoustic masterpiece, "Damnation", and OPETH's first disc in years without producer Steve Wilson, the album will include the following tracks, among others: "Ghost of Perdition", "The Baying of the Hounds" and ...

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OPETH Frontman: 'New Album Is Going To Really KILL!'

Roadrunner Records has officially announced the signing of OPETH. With a release planned for late summer 2005 — following a spate of international touring that includes the much-anticipated "Sounds of the Underground" run in the U.S. — OPETH has never been busier or more excited about the prospect of things. "The combination of a strong ...

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BLASTMASTERS: Live Dates Announced

BLASTMASTERS, the Florida-based death metal band led by former DIABOLIC/UNHOLY GHOST drummer Lee "Aantar" Coates, have lined up the following dates during the coming months: Jul. 21 - Tallahassee FL @ Beta Bar Jul. 23 - Tampa FL @ Brass Mug Jul. 24 - Miami FL @ Churchills Jul. 27 - Jacksonville FL @ Jack ...

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OPETH: New Album Due Late August/Early September

Sweden's OPETH have posted the following message on their official web site: "We can now officially announce that OPETH has signed a worldwide contract with Roadrunner records. The rumours were true! The new album is set to be released sometime in the late August or early September of 2005. "OPETH has cancelled their Vienna/Austria Aerodrome ...

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UNHOLY GHOST Announce New Members

UNHOLY GHOST, the band featuring former DIABOLIC members Jerry Mortellaro (guitars) and Paul Ouellette (bass/vocals), have announced the addition of drummer Gaberiel Lewandowski (NAPHOBIA, HELLWITCH, ACHERON, EQUINOX) and guitarist Bryan Hipp (DIABOLIC, BRUTALITY, CRADLE OF FILTH) to the group's ranks. "Bryan appeared on DIABOLIC's 'Subteraneal Magnitude' album and brings the same level of intensity to ...

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It's Official: OPETH Sign With ROADRUNNER RECORDS

As BLABBERMOUTH.NET first reported on April 18, OPETH mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt has now officially confirmed to MTV.com that the band have finalized a deal with New York's Roadrunner Records, bolstering an imposing roster that already includes KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, SLIPKNOT, OBITUARY and CRADLE OF FILTH. Åkerfeldt disclosed several details about the band's ...

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MOTOGRATER: On Hiatus

MOTOGRATER have posted the following message on their official web site: "Unfortunately, there are no updates for you at this time. I guess you could say that we're on indefinite hiatus right now. Doesn't mean we're dead, just means hiatus, haha. Anyway a few of the boys have decided to do some side projects to ...

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SAVAGE CIRCUS To Make Appearance At Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL

SAVAGE CIRCUS, the new band featuring former BLIND GUARDIAN drummer Thomen Stauch and PERSUADER members Jens Karlsson (vocals, guitar) and Emil Norberg (lead guitar), will make an appearance at the Rock Hard Festival on May 15 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The full band will be in attendance. At 6:00 p.m. CET, Rock Hard editor ...

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PAICE, ASHTON, LORD DVD To Be Released

T2 Media will release a DVD from PAL (PAICE, ASHTON, LORD) a group which emerged after the collapse of DEEP PURPLE in 1976. The band, which consisted of Ian Paice, Tony Ashton and Jon Lord, plus Paul Martinez (bass) and Bernie Marsden (guitar), didn't last long very long, having released just one studio album in ...

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