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ABYSMAL DAWN Sign With CRASH MUSIC

Crash Music, Inc. has announced the signing of ABYSMAL DAWN, the Los Angeles-based extreme metal band featuring former members of RISE and INHUMAN VISION. According to a press release, ABYSMAL DAWN "plays aggressive modern death that combines some of the best elements of both black and thrash metal. The band seamlessly blends the catchiness and ...

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CARNIVAL IN COAL Sign With EQUILIBRE MUSIC

French duo CARNIVAL IN COAL, who were previously signed to Elitist/Earache Records, have inked a new deal with Equilibre Music (CRACK OV DAWN, ZUUL FX, LYCOSIA, MXD). Commented CARNIVAL IN COAL singer Arno Strobl: "The people at Equilibre are more motivated [to] work with us than any people at Earache would have ever been now ...

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IN AETERNUM Part Ways With Guitarist, Seek Replacement

Swedish death/black metallers IN AETERNUM have posted the following message on their official web site: "Things have been very quite since last year's tour. What we did after the tour was to take some time off from the band and do other things to clear our heads and think about the future. "Last weekend me ...

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RHAPSODY To Release First Live Album January 31

Italian film-score metal icons RHAPSODY have announced that they will release their first live album on January 31 via Magic Circle Music. Entitled "Live In Canada 2005 – The Dark Secret", the release is a testimony of pure energy, with over 60 minutes of footage recorded at the Metropolis in Montreal/Canada on June 14, 2005 ...

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SPARZANZA To Enter Studio This Weekend

Swedish hard rockers in SPARZANZA will enter the Tigra Music studio on January 7 with producer Rikard Löfgren to begin recording their third album, "Banisher of the Light", due later in the year. Löfgren, a former member of the death metal band DAWN OF DECAY and the goth act BAY LAUREL, also produced the band's ...

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SUIDAKRA Announce New Album Title

German melodic black/death metallers SUIDAKRA have set "Caledonia" as the title of their eighth album, tentatively due next fall. The follow-up to this year's "Command to Charge" will be a concept album dealing with Scotland's ancient history. "At the moment, the band are working on the album's eighth song, and it is fair to say ...

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DAWN OF DEFIANCE Sign With MYTHIC SILENCE RECORDS

South American death/thrash metal act DAWN OF DEFIANCE have signed with Mythic Silence Records. DAWN OF DEFIANCE is the solo effort of multi-talented musician Diego Sendra, who has independently released two demo CDs before finally completing the band's debut effort, "The Obscure Awakening", in 2005. The album will be available directly through Mythic Silence Records ...

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DISMEMBER, PUNGENT STENCH Confirmed For MARYLAND DEATHFEST

DISMEMBER, PUNGENT STENCH and VITAL REMAINS are among the confirmed bands for next year's Maryland Deathfest, set to take place May 27-28, 2006 at the Sonar in Baltimore. The complete lineup for the festival is as follows: ANATA BENEATH THE MASSACRE BURNT BY THE SUN BUTCHER ABC CATHETER CENOTAPH CLITEATER DEMILICH DISFEAR DISMEMBER ELECTRO QUARTERSTAFF ...

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DISGORGE To Tour New Zealand, Australia In March

California death-grind band DISGORGE will be teaming up with DAWN OF AZAZEL and INTENSE HAMMER RAGE for the "Torturing New Zealand & Australia 2006" tour beginning in late February. They will also be playing a one-off show in Bangkok, Thailand on March 18. The dates are as follows: w/ DAWN OF AZAZEL, INTENSE HAMMER RAGE: ...

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SACRED STEEL Comment On Lineup Changes

German power metallers SACRED STEEL have issued an official statement regarding the departures of guitarists Oliver Großhans and Jörg M. Knittel (as first reported here yesterday). It reads as follows: "After having had a stable line up for now nearly 10 years, a line up change had to be made in the SACRED ...

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SACRED STEEL Announce Lineup Changes

Guitarists Oliver Großhans and Jörg M. Knittel have left German power metallers SACRED STEEL in order to concentrate on their other projects MY DARKEST HATE and DAWN OF WINTER. Replacing them in the group's lineup are Jonas Khalil (guitar) and Kai Schindelar (bass, also in LANFEAR). Jens Sonnenberg, who previously played bass in SACRED STEEL, ...

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More Musicians Pick Best Albums Of 2005

Roadrunner Records has posted a list of some of their artists' picks for the best albums of 2005. Check it out below: Acey Slade (MURDERDOLLS): 01. CHELSEA SMILES - Easy Ride EP 02. LARS FREDERICKSON AND THE BASTARDS - Viking 03. TURBONEGRO - Party Animals 04. SOCIAL DISTORTION - Sex, Love and Rock n' Roll ...

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STRATOVARIUS Frontman Writing Material For Solo Album

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto has posted the following message on his official web site: "I had lots of fun while touring around the world. Even though it has been a bit tough to travel and to play that many gigs the feedback and the support from the fans have been excellent! I thank you all! ...

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TO/DIE/FOR Keyboardist To Take Break From Band To 'Heal Himself'

Keyboardist Juska Salminen (ex-H.I.M., NEW DAWN FOUNDATION) will be taking a break from performing and recording activities with Finnish goth-metallers TO/DIE/FOR. "The reason is that he is a bit sick and he needs time to heal himself," explained TO/DIE/FOR vocalist Jarno "Jape" Perätalo. "We don't know when he can come back, but the most important ...

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ROADRUNNER UNITED Concert: Complete Details Revealed!

Last night's (Dec. 15) Roadrunner United show at the Nokia Theater in New York City brought together the best and brightest from the hard rock/metal genres in a series of never-before-seen collaborations. This landmark live event consisted of moments like SLIPKNOT's Corey Taylor and LIFE OF AGONY's Keith Caputo singing STONE SOUR's hit "Bother" together ...

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DEICIDE: 'When London Burns' DVD Preview Available

Fresh from stirring up a storm in the U.K. with their appearance on the BBC documentary "Death Metal Murders", DEICIDE are back once again with a taster from their forthcoming debut DVD release, "When London Burns". DEICIDE's triumphant show at London's Mean Fiddler in November 2004 is remembered by anyone who was there as a ...

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DEZPERADOZ Sign With AFM RECORDS

Germany's DEZPERADOZ (formerly DESPERADOS) have inked a deal with AFM Records. The group, whose 2000 debut album, "The Dawn of Dying", featured guest lead vocals from SODOM mainman Tom Angelripper, will release their long-awaited follow-up effort, "The Legend and the Truth", on March 31, 2006. The CD, which is being produced by Dennis Ward (PINK ...

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AGAINST NATURE To Perform At Germany's DOOM SHALL RISE IV Festival

AGAINST NATURE, the new band featuring former members of the Maryland-based doom metal act REVELATION (guitarist/vocalist John Brenner, drummer Steve Branagan and bassist Bert Hall, Jr.), have been confirmed for the Doom Shall Rise IV festival, set to take place March 31-April 1, 2006 in Göppingen, Germany. Other bands scheduled to perform at the festival ...

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SWALLOW THE SUN: European Tour Dates Announced

Finnish melodic death/doom metallers SWALLOW THE SUN will be teaming up with BEFORE THE DAWN for a European tour beginning in early January. SWALLOW THE SUN's itinerary is shaping up as follows: Dec. 14 - Club Teatria - Oulu, FIN (w/ ANATHEMA, CHARON, ICONCRASH) Dec. 15 - Henry's Pub - Kuopio, FIN Dec. 25 - ...

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DEICIDE: More 'When London Burns' DVD Details Revealed

Earache Records has set a January 23, 2006 release date for DEICIDE's "When London Burns" DVD. Featuring an incendiary live set filmed on November 29, 2004 before a rabid, sold-out crowd of maniacs at The Mean Fiddler in London, Glen Benton and Co. rip the place apart with a smoking set, featuring crowd favorites. From ...

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ABYSMAL DAWN Complete Work On Debut Album

ABYSMAL DAWN, the Los Angeles-based extreme metal band featuring former members of RISE and INHUMAN VISION, have put the finishing touches on their debut release, entitled "From Ashes". The CD was engineered, mixed and mastered by John Haddad (EYES OF FIRE, PHOBIA, INTRONAUT) at Shiva Industries in Santa Ana, CA. "We have to say it ...

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RHAPSODY: Live Album Details Revealed

Italian epic metal band RHAPSODY will release their first-ever live album, "Live In Canada 2005 – The Dark Secret", on January 23, 2006. Recorded on June 13, 2005 at Salle Albert-Rousseau in Sainte-Foy, Quebec, Canada, the CD will feature the following track listing: 01. The Dark Secret 02. Unholy Warcry 03. Wisdom Of The Kings ...

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