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PURE SWEET HELL To Record Debut

PURE SWEET HELL, the side project of NEVERMORE drummer Van Williams, will enter the studio in early 2003 to record their debut full-length album for a spring release through an as-yet-undisclosed label. Original vocalist Jim "Ravenfeeder" Colson will make a guest appearance on three songs along with Van. A couple of other guest musicians are ...

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EXODUS: Recording Plans Delayed Until Early 2003

Reunited Bay Area thrashers EXODUS have delayed the recording of their new studio album until early next year. The as-yet-untitled effort — the group's first studio CD since 1992's "Force of Habit" — was originally scheduled to be recorded during November at Sonic Ranch studios (formerly Village Productions) in Tornillo, Texas with producer Andy Sneap ...

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SKINLESS Select Producer For Upcoming CD

New York-based death metallers SKINLESS have tapped veteran producer Neil Kernon (NEVERMORE, MACABRE, CANNIBAL CORPSE) to man the knobs during the recording sessions for their next studio effort, due in the spring via Relapse Records. ...

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USURPER Hard At Work On 'Twilight Dominion'

Chicago death/thrash lords USURPER have entered Chicago's Engine Music Studios to record their sixth CD with producer Neil Kernon (CANNIBAL CORPSE, NEVERMORE) for an early 2003 release through Earache Records. Entitled "Twilight Dominion", the new album promises to be, in the words of USURPER guitarist Rick Scythe, "total old school thrash metal with some over-the-top ...

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ANTHRAX To Perform Headlining Show In Switzerland

ANTHRAX will perform a headlining show at Z-7 Konzertfabrik in Pratteln, Switzerland on Saturday, October 26th. The concert will take place on an "off" day during the band's European tour with MOTÖRHEAD, which is scheduled to kick off on October 13th in Manchester, England. Support at the Pratteln show will come from Switzerland's MEGORA, an ...

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AGENT STEEL Continue Work On New CD

AGENT STEEL are continuing work on the follow-up to Omega Conspiracy, tentatively entitled Order of the Illuminati/Agent Steel Vol. 4, for an early 2003 release. The full track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Avenger 02. Dead Eyes 03. Earth Under Lucifer 04. Enslaved 05. Forever Black 06. Human Bullet 07. Insurrection 08. ...

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AGGRESSION CORE Part With Founding Member

AGGRESSION CORE, the Washington-based band that features in its ranks former NEVERMORE and current ANNIHILATOR guitarist Curran Murphy, have parted ways with "founding member, chief songwriter, and drummer" Dale Puckett. "After the completion of their sophomore CD, Victim or Enemy, Dale was ousted just days before their US tour was to begin earlier this summer ...

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THE BLUEPRINT Record Debut EP

THE BLUEPRINT, the Nottingham, UK-based group consisting of former PITCHSHIFTER guitarist Matt Grundy, ex-EARTHTONE9 singer Karl Middleton, PITCHSHIFTER bassist Mark Clayden, CONSUMED guitarist Will Burchell and CONSUMED drummer Chris Billam, have completed the recordings for their debut EP, entitled Zero*Zero*One, with producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, NEVERMORE, SKINLAB) at his Backstage facility. The tracks tentatively ...

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MACABRE Want Your Children

On Wednesday, September 18th, MACABRE will be conducting a photo shoot for their debut recordings release of their acoustic campfire songs and are looking for children to sit around the campfire with Corporate Death (lead guitar/lead vocals) and Nefarious (bass/backing vocals). The campground is in Romeoville, Illinois and the shoot will take place one hour ...

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HALFORD Guitarist Launches Side Project, Seeks Vocalist

HALFORD guitarist Mike Chlasciak is currently assembling a side project called PAIN MUSEUM, which "will record and tour coinciding with my HALFORD schedule," according to the axeman. "I'm looking for an unbelievable METAL vocalist (male or female) — a cross between Angela from ARCH ENEMY and Warrel from NEVERMORE. The remaining musician slots are currently ...

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EXODUS Prepare To Record New Album, Embark On European Tour

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS are tentatively planning on entering Sonic Ranch (formerly Village Productions) studio in Tornillo, Texas in late October/early November to begin tracking their much-anticipated new CD for a late spring release, according to manager Steve Warner. Manning the knobs during the sessions will be acclaimed producer Andy Sneap (i.e. ...

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NEVERMORE's WARREL DANE: New Album Will Contain 'Only One Ballad'

During an online chat conducted on Sunday, August 25th, NEVERMORE frontman Warrel Dane revealed that the group's forthcoming CD, entitled Enemies Of Reality, will contain "only one ballad", because "it's time to get as heavy as possible for NEVERMORE." The singer also indicated that the album is tentatively due to be released in February 2003, ...

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OPETH To Begin Mixing In September

The two full-length albums currently being recorded by Sweden's OPETH at Nacksving/Maestro Music studios with producer Fredrik Nordström are scheduled to be mixed during September — the "heavy" one under the watchful eye of Andy Sneap (i.e. MACHINE HEAD, SKINLAB, NEVERMORE) and the "mellow" one by PORCUPINE TREE frontman Steve Wilson. As previously reported, the ...

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PURE SWEET HELL Land On MTV2

PURE SWEET HELL, the side project of NEVERMORE drummer Van Williams, have apparently made it to MTV2. Here's the band's official press release on the matter: "Iann Robinson, the lone Metal Crusader who does MTV News (you know the dude with the tattoos, sporting the mohawk), at the end of one of his news broadcasts ...

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EVERGREY: New Producer Needed!

Swedish "progressive power metal" band EVERGREY have been forced to look for a new producer to man the knobs during the recording sessions for their upcoming fourth full-length album after US immigration-related issues prevented original choice, British-born Neil Kernon (i.e. CANNIBAL CORPSE, NEVERMORE, QUEENSRŸCHE), from travelling abroad at this time. Here is Kernon's official statement ...

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MASTERPLAN Revise Album Track Listing

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Jorn Lande, have revised the track listing for their forthcoming self-titled debut album, due in January through AFM Records in Europe and Avalon Records in Japan. The songs "Through Thick And Thin", "The Kid Rocks On" and ...

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SINNER: "There Will Be Execution" Details Revealed

The current incarnation of the long-running German act SINNERMat Sinner (vocals/bass, also in PRIMAL FEAR), Frank Rössler (keyboards), Fritz Randow (drums, ex-SAXON), Henny Wolter (guitar), and Tom Naumann (guitar)—have completed work on their new album, entitled There Will Be Execution, for a January 13th, 2003 release through Nuclear Blast Records. Recorded at House of Music ...

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USURPER Commence Pre-Production For EARACHE RECORDS Debut

Chicago death/thrash lords USURPER have commenced pre-production for their sixth, as-yet-untitled CD with producer Neil Kernon (i.e. CANNIBAL CORPSE, NEVERMORE) for a late 2002/early 2003 release through Earache Records. According to the label's official web site, as-yet-undisclosed members of MANOWAR will make guest appearances during the recordings. USURPER's forthcoming CD will be the group's first ...

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SINNER Hard At Work On "There Will Be Execution"

The current incarnation of the long-running German act SINNERMat Sinner (vocals/bass, also in PRIMAL FEAR), Frank Rössler (keyboards), Fritz Randow (drums, ex-SAXON), Henny Wolter (guitar), and Tom Naumann (guitar)—are at House of Music Studios in Winterbach, Germany recording their brand new CD, entitled There Will Be Execution, for a January 13th, 2003 release through Nuclear ...

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NEVERMORE Cancel WARPED Dates

NEVERMORE have been forced to cancel their appearance on a portion of the ongoing Warped tour due to undisclosed "circumstances," according to the group's official web site. "The band would like to apologize to the fans and stress that they look forward to seeing everybody on the next US tour." The affected Warped dates are ...

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EVERGREY Line Up European Shows

Swedish "progressive power metal" band EVERGREY have lined up the following dates during July/August: Jul. 27 - Storsjöyran, SWE @ Parkscenen Aug. 04 – Wacken, GER @ Wacken Open Air Aug. 30 - Gothenburg, SWE @ Kåren Aug. 31 – Stockholm, SWE @ Klubben As previously reported, EVERGREY are scheduled to begin recording ...

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EVERGREY To Commence Work On Fourth Full-Length Album

Swedish "progressive power metal" band EVERGREY are scheduled to begin recording their fourth full-length album, tentatively titled Recreation Day, in mid-September with producer Neil Kernon (i.e. CANNIBAL CORPSE, NEVERMORE, QUEENSRŸCHE) for an early 2003 release through Inside Out Music. According to guitarist/vocalist Tom S. Englund, "the songwriting is going extremely well. As a matter of ...

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CANDLEMASS Crush At BANG YOUR HEAD Despite Luggage Mishap

CANDLEMASS' appearance at last weekend's Bang Your Head festival in Balingen, Germany was reportedly moved from its originally-scheduled slot on Friday, June 28th to Saturday, June 29th after all of the group's luggage and instruments were "lost in the Stuttgart triangle," according to the band's official web site. "Fortunately TITAN FORCE stepped in on the ...

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NEVERMORE: The WARREL DANE Update

NEVERMORE frontman Warrel Dane has posted the following update on the band's activities via the group's official web site: "We are currently doing pre-production demos for Enemies of Reality. I recently finished the vocals for a song called 'Tomorrow Turned Into Yesterday'. This tune is turning out great with a chorus that sticks in your ...

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EXODUS To Premier New Material At MILWAUKEE METALFEST, WACKEN OPEN AIR

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS are tentatively scheduled to premier two new songs during their upcoming appearances at the Milwaukee Metalfest and Wacken Open Air festival, guitarist Gary Holt has revealed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET. The two tracks—one of which has the working title "Throwing Down"—are reworked versions of songs originally written for and demoed ...

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