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CANDLEMASS To Issue Collection Of Demos, Studio Outtakes

CANDLEMASS will issue a 22-track double album early next year containing demos and studio outtakes spanning the group's entire career. Tentatively titled "The Black Heart Of Candlemass — Leif Edling Demos And Outtakes '83-99", the collection will also include material from mainman Leif Edling's pre-CANDLEMASS project NEMESIS and his short-lived ABSTRAKT ALGEBRA collaboration with ex-YNGWIE ...

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BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION: Music Available For Download!

BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION, the new band featuring MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx, L.A. GUNS guitarist Tracii Guns, ADEMA drummer Kris Kohls, former MÖTLEY CRÜE frontman John Corabi (who plays guitar in the group), and vocalist London LeGrand, have posted clips of two recently-recorded demo tracks via their official web site at the following locations: 01. ...

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BALLISTIC Commence Work On New CD

BALLISTIC, the new band of former DEUCE / TENSION / WARDOG mainman Tom Gattis and JAG PANZER drummer Rikard Stjernquist, are very busy writing (and re-writing) material for the group's upcoming CD, which will reportedly be "much heavier and faster than before." Among the cuts set to appear on the as-yet-untitled effort are the following: ...

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SOULREAPER Ink Deal With HAMMERHEART

SOULREAPER, featuring ex-DISSECTION members Johan Norman (guitar) and Tobias R. Kellgren (drums), have inked a deal with Hammerheart Records. The band's second full-length album, entitled Life Erazer, was recently recorded at Los Angered Recording Studio with producer (and KING DIAMOND guitarist) Andy La Rocque (EVERGREY, WITCHERY, MORIFADE) and is expected to be released in late ...

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ARCH ENEMY To Embark On Headlining Tour Of North America

Sweden's ARCH ENEMY have confirmed plans to return to North America for a headlining tour in late October/early November. "We are in the final stages of booking the shows," stated guitarist Michael Amott. "These are headlining shows and we are stoked! "As far as support bands go, we are doing our best to get a ...

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Depopulate - VILE

They're called VILE. They've got song titles such as "Butchered" and "Path To Incineration" that, once you've obtained a lyric sheet and can comprehend what they're trying to get at lyrically, would undoubtedly favor ripping off societies head and shitting down inside its neck. So, why then, with all things considered, do this Californian quartet ...

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Demonstrations In Chaos - WATCHTOWER

If you've anxiously clicked into this review hoping for some information on the long-awaited third full-length from the Texas tech-metal quartet, you'll be disappointed. That record (Mathematics — a working title for some 12 years now!) is still in the making. But if you can't find the band's Energetic Disassembly debut anywhere (you're in the ...

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Still Going Strong - ANVIL

Still going strong? Well, that's certainly subjective. ANVIL's umpteenth album opens with two tracks of pure and total greatness. They've got the power, dynamics, passion and drive that ANVIL used to fill entire albums with. They rush out of the starting gate in a torrent, screaming "ANVIL is fucking back!" "Race Against Time" and "In ...

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SIX FEET UNDER To Issue Live DVD In November

SIX FEET UNDER's forthcoming live CD/DVD, entitled Double Dead, is due for release on November 5th through Metal Blade. Lensed at the Lab in St. Paul, Minnesota on June 14th, the group's performance was professionally shot on film by Dave Roth, who directed the band's "The Day The Dead Walked", "Victim of the Paranoid", and ...

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Beyond The Valley Of The Murderdolls - MURDERDOLLS

The debut album from the MURDERDOLLS, the long-simmering side project assembled by SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison (who plays guitar here) and STATIC-X axeman Tripp Eisen (who left the band since recording this album), gives ample proof why such affairs can often be detrimental to musicians even as they supposedly indulge creative impulses not fully explored ...

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STATIC-X Commence Writing Next CD

STATIC-X have commenced the songwriting process for their third album, tentatively due in late 2003. "We had written 3 new songs on our last break (April 2002) and the vibe was great," revealed guitarist Tripp Eisen via the group's official web site. "It was my first time writing with STATIC-X — very exciting and it ...

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CANDLEMASS Announce European Gigs

The reunited classic line-up of CANDLEMASS—vocalist Messiah Marcolin, bassist/founder Leif Edling, guitarist Mats Björkman, lead guitarist Lars Johansson and drummer Jan Lindh—have announced additional European dates in October. They are as follows: Oct. 06 - Tilburg, NETH @ Club 013 Oct. 19 - Thessaloniki, GRE @ Club Hydrogios Oct. 20 - Athens, GRE @ Club ...

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METALLICA's LARS ULRICH: 'SYSTEM OF A DOWN Blew My Head Off'

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich has become "extra-inspired" to create some killer new music after seeing SYSTEM OF A DOWN perform at Ozzfest 2002 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California this past Sunday. Here is the drummer's post on the subject as it appears in the "Jump In The Studio" section of the group's official ...

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CLAWFINGER Commence Recording Process For Fifth Album

Swedish rap metallers CLAWFINGER have finally commenced the recording process for their fifth full-length CD at a recording studio they co-own with MESHUGGAH in the outskirts of Stockholm, according to the latest online posting from frontman Zak Tell. "We're not completely lazy as we have now been writing songs for about half a year, and ...

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RACER X To Commence Work On New Album

The reunited RACER X, featuring JUDAS PRIEST drummer Scott Travis, ex-MR. BIG guitarist Paul Gilbert, and ex-BADLANDS drummer Jeff Martin (on vocals!), are scheduled to enter Batgirl Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada in September to record a new CD for a Christmas 2002 Japanese release. According to Gilbert, "Jeff Martin, John Alderete, Scott Travis, and ...

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RITUAL CARNAGE: The Tale Of The Missing Bonus Tracks

Japan's RITUAL CARNAGE have issued the following statement regarding the "missing" bonus tracks on the "limited digi-pack" CD version of their latest album, The Birth Of Tragedy, which was issued through Osmose Productions a couple of months back: "As many of you [who] purchased the so-called 'limited digi-pack CD' unfortunately found out, the two bonus ...

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CARNAL FORGE Prepare To Record Fourth Album

Sweden's CARNAL FORGE will enter Studio Underground on September 16th to begin recording their fourth full-length album for an early 2003 release through Century Media Records. According to guitarist Jari Kuusisto, "the songs sounds killer and the album will contain about 12-13 songs. We had 17 songs before we stopped writing for this album. But ...

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KREATOR To Embark On North American Tour

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: German Metal Pioneers KREATOR Embark on North American Hell Comes To Your Town Tour Celebrating 17 years of performing potent yet influential heavy metal music, Germany's KREATOR is geared to devastate North American venues to support its most recent endeavor Violent Revolution, released through SPV Music. KREATOR possesses an extensive history, pioneering ...

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HALFORD Drummer Hard At Work On Video

HALFORD drummer Bobby Jarzombek has been "keeping myself busy the last couple of weeks doing some work on (drum roll) my drum video," according to a statement by the drummer posted via his official web site. "I'm happy to say its turning out KILLER! The video includes 3 songs, 2 solos, a demonstration that I ...

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SKINDRED Demo Tracks Posted Online

Welsh crew SKINDRED, featuring former members of DUB WAR, have made available for download seven early demo tracks in MP3 form via their official web site at this location. The songs featured are as follows: 01. Brain Killer 02. Boom It Up 03. Ruff Neck 04. The Original Vampire Killa 05. The Target ...

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RAUNCHY Hard At Work On "Killer" New Material

Denmark's RAUNCHY have spent the last couple of weeks in the rehearsal room working on new material for the group's second album, tentatively due in early 2003 through Nuclear Blast Records. According to the band, "at this point we have made seven tracks which we think sound KILLER!!!!" In other news, RAUNCHY will be performing ...

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