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ATHEIST Confirmed For 70000 TONS OF METAL Cruise

Reactivated seminal technical metal pioneers ATHEIST have been confirmed for next year's edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, which will set sail from Miami, Florida to Cayman Islands on January 23, 2012 and return four days later. A total of 40 acts will perform on the cruise. The festival billing is shaping up ...

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PENTAGRAM Confirmed For 70000 TONS OF METAL Cruise

Doom metal legends PENTAGRAM have been confirmed for next year's edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, which will set sail from Miami, Florida to Cayman Islands on January 23, 2012 and return four days later. A total of 40 acts will perform on the cruise. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: ...

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EVIL MASQUERADE Completes Work On New Album

Denmark-based symphonic metal band EVIL MASQUERADE has completed work on its fifth album, "Pentagram", for a late 2011/early 2012 release via an as-yet-undetermined record label. The CD was once again produced by guitarist Henrik Flyman and mixed by Tommy Hansen (JORN, HELLOWEEN) at Jailhouse Studios in Denmark. The track listing for the CD is as ...

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MEGADETH To Headline Mexico's HELL AND HEAVEN Metal Festival

MEGADETH will headline the Hell And Heaven Metal Fest, set to take place on Saturday, November 19 in Guadalajara, Mexico. Billed as "the only open-air metal festival in Mexico," the event will feature 57 bands performing on four stages in front of an expected audience of 20,000. Confirmed international artists: MEGADETH (USA) OVERKILL (USA) FEAR ...

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LOCK UP Drummer NICK BARKER: New Video Interview

Hectic Case conducted an interview with Nick Barker (LOCK UP, CRADLE OF FILTH, DIMMU BORGIR) after the BENEDICTION concert at the Eisenwahn Festival, not far from Frankfurt, Germany, on July 29. He speaks about the death of guitar player Jesse Pintado (NAPALM DEATH, LOCK UP); the reformation of BENEDICTION thanks to the invitation ...

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NOCTUM Signs With METAL BLADE RECORDS

Metal Blade Records has announced the signing of Swedish occult rockers NOCTUM. NOCTUM was formed in September 2009 by Tobias Rosn (bass), David Indelf (vocals/guitar) and Gustaf Heinemann (drums) during the growing of the globally well-known classic rock scene inspired by the late '60s and '70s. After a short while Per Wikstrm (guitar) came along. ...

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BLACK COBRA Completes Work On Fourth Album

Bay Area's devastating duo BLACK COBRA has completed work on its fourth full-length album, "Invernal", for a fall release via Southern Lord Recordings. The follow-up to 2009's "Chronomega" was helmed over a week-and-a-half period by CONVERGE guitarist Kurt Ballou and his GodCity Studio in Salem, Massachusetts and is described in a press release as "BLACK ...

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LOCK UP: Entire New Album Available For Streaming

"Necropolis Transparent", the new album from the extreme metal supergroup LOCK UP, is available for streaming in its entirety at AOL Music. Due in North America on July 12 via Nuclear Blast Records, the CD was recorded in November-December 2010 at HVR Studios in Ipswich, United Kingdom and was mixed in January. "Necropolis ...

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LOCK UP: Second 'Necropolis Transparent' Trailer Available

Extreme metal supergroup LOCK UP will release its new album, "Necropolis Transparent", on July 1 in Europe and July 12 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded in November-December 2010 at HVR Studios in Ipswich, United Kingdom and was mixed in January. A new three-minute trailer for "Necropolis Transparent" can be ...

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CATHEDRAL Pulls Out Of Germany's HAMMER OF DOOM Festival

Seminal U.K. doom metal act CATHEDRAL has issued the following update: "Regrettably, CATHEDRAL will be withdrawing from their planned appearance at this year's Hammer Of Doom festival [set to take place October 28-29 at Posthalle in Wrzburg, Germany). This is due to the use of animal blood as part of the stage show of one ...

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Norway's DEVIL Recording Debut Album

DEVIL, the Norwegian heavy doom rock band featuring members of VESEN, RIKETS CRUST, CEASE.AND.DESIST, FUCK YOU ALL and FAUSTCOVEN, has entered the studio to begin recording its debut album, "Time To Repent", for a late 2011 release via the Dutch label Soulseller Records. Commented guitarist Stian Fossum: "I must say it sounds pretty damn vintage, ...

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LOCK UP: 'Necropolis Transparent' Trailer Available

Extreme metal supergroup LOCK UP will release its new album, "Necropolis Transparent", on July 1 in Europe and July 12 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded in November-December 2010 at HVR Studios in Ipswich, United Kingdom and was mixed in January. A three-minute trailer for "Necropolis Transparent" can be seen ...

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LOCK UP Forced To Pull Out Of MARYLAND DEATHFEST IX

Extreme metal supergroup LOCK UP has been forced to cancel its appearance at the Maryland Deathfest IX, set to take place May 26-29 in Baltimore. Commented the band: "We regret to announce that LOCK UP will not be performing at this year's Maryland Deathfest. We are days away from the festival and our visas have ...

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CATHEDRAL To Record One Final Studio Album

According to The Quietus, seminal U.K. doom metal act CATHEDRAL will play its last-ever show on December 3 at the London Kentish Town Forum. Support will be provided by kindred spirits GRAND MAGUS, COMUS, and GENTLEMAN'S PISTOLS. The band will record one final studio album entitled "The Last Spire", to be released in ...

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Last Rites - PENTAGRAM

You can say that there aren't many albums around these days that sound quite like "Last Rites", with the possible exception of those released by PLACE OF SKULLS, but you sure can't say with any seriousness that it doesn't sound like PENTAGRAM. I'll spare you the detailed history lesson on Bobby Liebling's lifelong struggles with ...

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Hisingen Blues - GRAVEYARD

Surely you've heard of Sweden's WITCHCRAFT. What about Sweden's GRAVEYARD, a band that also grew out of the demise of NORRKSEN? Well, if you hadn't heard GRAVEYARD's self-titled Tee Pee debut, then certainly you've been hearing about the critical praise that sophomore release "Hisingen Blues" has been receiving. And there is a damn good reason ...

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LOCK UP: New Album Details Revealed

Extreme metal supergroup LOCK UP will release its new album, "Necropolis Transparent", on July 1 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded in November-December 2010 at HVR Studios in Ipswich, United Kingdom and was mixed in January. According to a press release, "the songwriting and production on ['Necropolis Transparent'] surpasses everything the band has ...

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PENTAGRAM: New Video Interview Posted Online

Robert Williams of Metal-Rules.com conducted an interview with Bobby Liebling and Victor Griffin of legendary doomsters PENTAGRAM last month in Austin, Texas during the South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival. Check out the chat below. PENTAGRAM, the band that has been churning out widely admired hard rock/doom metal for over four ...

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PENTAGRAM Interviewed On 'Heady Metal With Jeff Olson' (Audio)

Bobby Liebling, Victor Griffin, Greg Turley, and Albert Born of legendary doomsters PENTAGRAM were interviewed on this past Monday's (April 11) edition of "Heady Metal With Jeff Olson", the new Internet radio show hosted by original TROUBLE drummer and RETRO GRAVE mainman Jeff "Oly" Olson. Liebling and Griffin discussed PENTAGRAM's reunions over the years and ...

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PLACE OF SKULLS: 'As A Dog Returns' To Receive European Release

"As A Dog Returns", the fourth full-length album from Knoxville, Tennessee doom metallers PLACE OF SKULLS, will be released in Europe on April 4 via Volcom Entertainment. The follow-up to 2006's "The Black Is Never Far" was recorded at Lakeside Studios in Knoxville by Travis Wyrick and founding guitarist/vocalist Victor Griffin (PENTAGRAM, DEATH ROW, CATHEDRAL, ...

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