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KALEDON Ink Deal With UNIVERSAL METAL PRODUCTION

Italian power metal band KALEDON have inked a new deal with Universal Metal Production. The band recently entered The Outer Sound Studios in Rome to begin recording their fourth full-length album, "Chapter 4: Twilight of the Gods". A summer release is expected. Commented Universal Metal Production in a statement: "Because of the effort KALEDON has ...

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NATRON: 'More Evil, Brutal And Damn Groovy Than Ever Before!'

Drummer Max Marzocca of the Italian death metallers NATRON has issued the following update: "Yes, we know it! Someone already started to think we disappeared because we didn't update [the web site] for a while but the reason of this three-month-long silence was that we preferred to wait a little while before to communicate to ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE: 'Burden Of Truth' Details Revealed

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the band featuring former SAVATAGE frontman Zachary Stevens, have finalized the track listing for their third album, "Burden of Truth", due on August 4 via AFM Records. CIRCLE II CIRCLE have created a very special record based on the "Holy Blood Holy Grail" and "The Da Vinci Code" theory of a Holy ...

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THE STORYTELLER To Go On Hiatus

Swedish power metallers THE STORYTELLER have issued the following statement: "The members of the Swedish metal band THE STORYTELLER have decided to take a break as of August 2006. The final gig before the break will be at Gävle Cityfest the 9th of August. "This might come as a surprise to many of you, especially ...

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Lunar Womb [reissue] - THE OBSESSED

Without diminishing the impact of this revered classic at all, it's only fair to say that Scott "Wino" Weinrich has topped "Lunar Womb" at least a few times since its original 1991 release. Hell, OBSESSED swansong "The Church Within" is arguably better, and definitely sounds more kickass. And the man hasn't let up since, releasing ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE Explain New Album Concept

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the band featuring former SAVATAGE frontman Zachary Stevens, have set "Burden of Truth" as the title of their third album, due on August 4 via Germany's AFM Records. Regarding the album's concept, CIRCLE II CIRCLE have issued the following explanation via the AFM web site: "Just imagine that through years of research ...

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YEARNING Part Ways With HOLY RECORDS, Seek New Label Home

Finnish progressive dark/doom-metal band YEARNING have parted ways with France's Holy Records after a four-album collaboration and are currently seeking a new label home. The is currently working on their fourth album with a working title "Merging into Landscapes". According to the band, the new material is "a bit more complex and heavy compared to ...

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SATYRICON Pull Out Of Slovenia's METALCAMP; KREATOR, JON OLIVA'S PAIN Step In

Norwegian black metallers SATYRICON have cancelled their previously announced appearance at the Metalcamp 2006 festival, set to take place July 21-23 in Tolmin, Slovenia. Commented the festival organizers: "Asking [the band's tour agency] for the reasons for the cancellation of the performance, we only got evasive answers and the certainty [is] that SATYRICON prefer to ...

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Crucifire - SAVIOURS

I am told that SAVIOURS falls into a hot new category called "hipster metal" that is also inhabited by bands like THE SWORD (and there are similarities between the two acts). Considering that a generally stoner rock (the metallic end) delivery with fat riffing, rumbling bass, earthy tones and old school metal fundamentals is what ...

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BLOODSIMPLE To Record New Album In The Summer

BLOODSIMPLE guitarist Mike Kennedy (ex-VISION OF DISORDER) has issued the following update: "We are home and I'm writing to your from good ol' crooklyn NY. Working out some mean material for the new record. The new tunes are sounding killer so far and we should be hitting the studio in the summer to start tracking ...

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ROB ROCK: Live DVD Postponed

Powerhouse heavy metal vocalist ROB ROCK (ex-IMPELLITTERI, DRIVER, JOSHUA) has posted the following message at his official web site: "Special thanks to the fans that attended OwenFest in Germany and Elements of Rock in Switzerland. We had a great time and appreciate your enthusiastic support. "The live DVD [which was supposed to be filmed at ...

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DIO: More Tour Dates Announced

DIO have lined up the following tour dates during the coming months: May 27 - Roeselare, BEL @ Schwung Festival May 28 - Saarbrucken, GER @ The Garage May 30 - Munich, GER @ Elserhalle Jun. 01 - Stuttgart, GER @ Longhorn Jun. 02 - Ulm, GER @ Tent Festival Jun. 03 - Frankfurt, GER ...

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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Record DIO Cover For Upcoming Compilation

MTV.com is reporting that KILLSWITCH ENGAGE will begin writing fresh material in July for the follow-up to 2004's "The End of Heartache" — an album Roadrunner Records hopes to be able to release in November, the group's bassist Mike D'Antonio said. He added that the band's also just recorded a cover of DIO's "Holy Diver" ...

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SOILWORK, SCAR SYMMETRY, MYSTIC PROPHECY Confirmed For Slovenia's METALCAMP Festival

SOILWORK, SCAR SYMMETRY, MYSTIC PROPHECY, BLIND PETITION and ASTERIUS have been confirmed for the Metalcamp 2006 festival, set to take place July 21-23 in Tolmin, Slovenia. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): Main Stage: AMON AMARTH ARCH ENEMY CALIBAN CATARACT DEATHSTARS DECAPITATED DIMMU BORGIR EDGUY EVERGREY EXCELSIS GOREFEST HEAVEN SHALL ...

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Holy Diver Live - DIO

I take absolutely no pleasure in doing this, because Ronnie James Dio is one of my personal heroes, a man who's lived it all, done it all and exuded nothing but class all the way. He's the reason some of my all-time albums are my favorites. I won't even dignify an idiot's "Ozzy or Dio?" ...

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RONNIE JAMES DIO Has No Plans To Rejoin BLACK SABBATH

Legendary heavy metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio's (BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW) official web site has been updated with the following message: "Just to put the BLACK SABBATH reunion rumors to rest, here is the inside scoop from Wendy Dio [Ronnie's wife/manager]: Ronnie was in the U.K. to do promo for the new 'Holy Diver Live' CD ...

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