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DIMMU BORGIR: Largest First-Week Sales In NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS History

DIMMU BORGIR's "Death Cult Armageddon" sold 6,352 copies in the U.S. during its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan, landing at position No. 169 on The Billboard 200 chart. This sales figure stands as the largest first-week SoundScan number ever achieved by a Nuclear Blast/Century Media recording artist. As previously reported, "Death Cult ...

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DIMMU BORGIR: European Chart Positions Announced

DIMMU BORGIR's "Death Cult Armageddon" has entered the European album charts at the following positions: Austria: #14 Finland: #9 France: #35 Germany: #12 Netherlands: #42 Norway: #2 Switzerland: #54 "Death Cult Armageddon" was recorded and mixed at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden and is the group's "most epic, majestic, somber, evil and grimmest release to ...

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HYPOCRISY's TÄGTGREN Checks In From Recording Studio

Long-running Swedish metal act HYPOCRISY, led by acclaimed producer/PAIN frontman Peter Tägtgren, have entered Tägtgren's Abyss studios to begin recording the follow-up to 2002's "Catch-22", tentatively due in early 2004 through Nuclear Blast Records. "So far the drums are done. We are on working with a deadline because the plan is to finish the recording ...

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DIMMU BORGIR Enter Norwegian Album Chart At No. 2!

DIMMU BORGIR's "Death Cult Armageddon" has entered the Norwegian Album chart at No. 2, just ahead of IRON MAIDEN's "Dance Of Death", which debuted at No. 3 on the same tally. View the complete chart here. "Death Cult Armageddon" was recorded and mixed at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden and is the group's ...

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CANNIBAL CORPSE To Enter Studio Next Week

Veteran death metallers CANNIBAL CORPSE will be heading back to the studio on September 15 to start the recording process for the follow-up to last year's "Gore Obsessed", due in early 2004 through Metal Blade Records. The band will once again record at Sonic Ranch Studios in Tornillo, Texas with producer Neil Kernon (NEVERMORE, JUDAS ...

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Former NEUROTICA Frontman Unveils New Band

STARRFACTORY, the new project led by former NEUROTICA/ATHEIST frontman Kelly Shaefer, have announced the details of their current lineup. Joining Shaefer in the new band are ex-SANCTUARY (pre-NEVERMORE) drummer Dave Budbill, and guitarists Donny Jaurols (ex-E3, SERRAPHINE) and Noah Thompson (ex-MEGALABLATTA). Says Shaefer: "Donny has been a friend of mine for the last few years, ...

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NEVERMORE To Be Joined by TESTAMENT Guitarist For European Tour

Steve Smyth (TESTAMENT, DRAGONLORD) will be handling second-guitar duties on NEVERMORE's "Enemies Of Reality" European Tour 2003 with special guests ARCH ENEMY. Says Steve: "I am very excited and would to thank Jeff, Warrel, Van and Jim for inviting me, and I would also like to thank Chuck and Eric of TESTAMENT for all their ...

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NEVERMORE Frontman Talks About Being 'Screwed' By His Record Label

NEVERMORE singer Warrel Dane spoke to Electric Basement about the band's decision to work with former QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist Kelly Gray on their latest CD, "Enemies Of Reality", instead of once again utilizing the services of Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, SKINLAB, ARCH ENEMY, STUCK MOJO), who had done such an amazing job on 2000's "Dead Heart ...

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Anthems Of Rebellion - ARCH ENEMY

Full marks to these Swedish heavyweights for absorbing a female singer into their ranks to replace former, very male, singer Johan Liiva in 2001. Not expected to stand there in a wedding dress and warble sweetly like a songbird (see just about ever other female-led band in Europe), German Angela Gossow in fact goes for ...

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PAIN: New Album Delayed Until 2004

Sweden's PAIN, the band led by acclaimed metal producer and HYPOCRISY frontman Peter Tägtgren, have pushed back the projected release date of their fourth full-length album to early 2004 through Stockholm Records. Among the tracks tentatively set to appear on the follow-up to 2002's "Nothing Remains The Same" are: 01. Tear It Up 02. Don't ...

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ARCH ENEMY Conquer European Charts

ARCH ENEMY's latest CD, "Anthems Of Rebellion", has entered the national charts in several European countries. Current chart positions are as follows: German Media Control Charts: #69 Swedish Album Charts: #76 Dutch Top 100: #97 Greek Rock/Metal Charts: #1 Finnish Album Charts: #42 "Anthems Of Rebellion" was produced, engineered, mixed and mastered at Backstage Studios ...

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MINISTRY Frontman To Remix EMINENCE Track

MINISTRY frontman Al Jourgensen is set to do a remix of the track "Citizen Zero" from Brazilian extreme metallers EMINENCE (featuring former SEPULTURA guitarist Jairo Guedz on bass). The song comes off EMINENCE's forthcoming CD, "Humanology", due in November through Switzerland's Timeless Productions. "Humanology", the follow-up to 1999's "Chaotic System", is currently being recorded at ...

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AGGRESSION CORE Split Up

AGGRESSION CORE, the Washington-based band featuring former NEVERMORE and current ANNIHILATOR guitarist Curran Murphy, have split up. Click here to read the complete tale of internal bickering and finger-pointing that led to the band's break-up. Former AGGRESSION CORE drummer Dale Puckett, who was ousted from the group in the fall of 2002, is ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM Hire SINERGY Axeman For Upcoming Tour

Finland's CHILDREN OF BODOM have recruited SINERGY/ex-STONE axeman Roope Latvala as the session guitarist for the remainder of their world tour in support of their latest CD, "Hate Crew Deathroll". "When [former guitarist] Alexander ["Aku" Kuoppala] left the band we were left in a difficult situation: how to keep on going [without a second guitarist]," ...

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JEFF SCOTT SOTO: Mammoth QUEEN Set Out On DVD

Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Jeff Scott Soto and his solo band — Howie Simon, Alex Papa and Gary Schutt — performed a set of QUEEN classics at the 2003 Queen Convention in the U.K. The performance, which was captured on video, has now been made available on DVD via Soto's official web site,

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NEVERMORE Enter Indie Album Chart At No. 19

NEVERMORE's latest CD, "Enemies Of Reality", has entered Billboard's "Top Independent Albums" chart at No. 19. "Top Independent Albums" are current titles that are sold via independent distribution, including those which are fulfilled via major branch distributors. View the whole chart here. In addition, the album has entered the "Top Heatseekers" chart at ...

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NEVERMORE Conquer European Charts

NEVERMORE's latest CD, "Enemies Of Reality", appears poised to become the band's most successful offering to date, according to the European chart rankings released by the band's label, Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2000's "Dead Heart In A Dead World", which was recorded at a Seattle studio with producer Kelly Gray (QUEENSRŸCHE, SLAVE TO ...

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Enemies Of Reality - NEVERMORE

Both hail from the state that gave us the space needle, an exceptionally high suicide rate and the origins of a threadbare pullover-sporting, poodle rocker-scorning musical movement (grunge) — but Seattle citizens NEVERMORE and QUEENSRŸCHE would not have been mentioned in the same breath a few years back. At a time when Geoff Tate's latter ...

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NEVERMORE: Expect The Unexpected

NEVERMORE singer Warrel Dane recently spoke to Australia's Beat magazine about the group's brand-new album, "Enemies Of Reality". "What I was trying to do with this record was to avoid the concept," he said. "We've done one concept album, and that was 'Dreaming Neon Black'. I have always felt that if we tried to do ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM Set Release Date, Title For 'Best Of' Compilation

Finland's CHILDREN OF BODOM have set a September 3 release date for their forthcoming "Best Of " album, titled "Bestbreeder (1997-2000)", to be released exclusively in Japan through Toy's Factory Records. As an added bonus, the album will include the group's cover of BILLY IDOL's "Rebel Yell", recorded during a recent session at keyboardist Janne ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM To Release 'Best Of' CD In Japan

Finland's CHILDREN OF BODOM recently entered keyboardist Janne Warman's Beyond Abilities studio to record a bonus track for the forthcoming "Best Of " album, to be released exclusively in Japan through Toy's Factory Records. "The Japanese record label, for the first three [CHILDREN OF BODOM] albums, wanted to come out with a special album due ...

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