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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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SYMPHONY X Pull Out Of Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

SYMPHONY X have pulled out of their scheduled appearance at Germany's Bang Your Head festival after frontman Russell Allen was found to be suffering from stomach/intestinal bleeding, thus necessitating immediate medical treatment. Taking their place at the event will be German hard rockers BONFIRE. The complete list of artists currently set to appear at Bang ...

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Greece's ROCKWAVE FESTIVAL Cancelled!

Greece's much-anticipated Rockwave Festival, previously scheduled to be held on July 1-3 at the Athens Horse Training Park (KEIPP) in Athens, has been officially cancelled. The event, which was set to include appearances by SLAYER, DREAM THEATER, HALFORD, IN FLAMES, JAG PANZER, MOTÖRHEAD, NEVERMORE, OPETH, PARADISE LOST, and RUNNING WILD, was called off due to ...

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DORO Added To Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

DORO has replaced MAGNUM on the bill of this year's Bang Your Head festival, which is scheduled to take place on June 28th and 29th in Balingen, Germany. MAGNUM had reportedly cancelled their appearance due to the failing health of guitarist Tony Clarkin. The complete list of artists currently set to appear at the event ...

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NOVEMBERS DOOM Complete Work On "To Welcome The Fade"

Chicago doomsters NOVEMBERS DOOM have completed work on their latest album, entitled To Welcome the Fade, with producer Neil Kernon (i.e. CANNIBAL CORPSE, NEVERMORE, QUEENSRŸCHE) at Sheffield Studios in Hammond, Indiana and Sonic Ranch/Village Productions in Tornillo Texas. Due to be made available at the Milwaukee Metalfest in late July (with the official release to ...

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CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS To Issue 10-Year-Anniversary Live DVD

Century Media Records' upcoming 10-Year-Anniversary DVD has been dubbed, appropriately enough, Century Media Tenth Anniversary Party – Live, and will be released on August 6th. As previously reported, the disc will feature footage from the tenth anniversary show which was held in September 2001 at the Roxy in Hollywood, California. Along with assorted interviews and ...

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NEVERMORE Hire TESTAMENT Axeman For Upcoming Tour

TESTAMENT/DRAGONLORD axeman Steve Smyth will reportedly be filling the vacant second guitarist slot in NEVERMORE during the latter's upcoming European tour and Vans Warped dates. Smyth will be replacing Curran Murphy, who resigned from his position as NEVERMORE's touring guitarist in order to join Canada's ANNIHILATOR and continue work on his own AGGRESSION CORE project. ...

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EMINENCE: New Track Posted Online

Brazil's EMINENCE, featuring former SEPULTURA guitarist Jairo Guedz on bass, have posted an MP3 of a pre-production recording of the track "One Forty Five" at this location. As previously reported, EMINENCE are due to enter the studio shortly with veteran producer Neil Kernon (i.e. NEVERMORE, CANNIBAL CORPSE) to record their new CD, entitled ...

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BANG YOUR HEAD Festival: Final Running Order Announced

The final running order for this year's Bang Your Head festival, which is scheduled to take place in Balingen, Germany on June 28th and 29th is as follows: Friday, June 28th: RIVAL MÄGO DE OZ RHAPSODY JAG PANZER SYMPHONY X CANDLEMASS OVERKILL GAMMA RAY FOZZY NIGHTWISH SAXON Saturday, June 29th: S.A. ADAMS TANKARD VANDEN PLAS ...

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PURE SWEET HELL MP3 Up For Grabs

PURE SWEET HELL, the side project of NEVERMORE drummer Van Williams, have posted an MP3 of the track "Sentinels" at this location. "Sentinels" comes off the group's recent six-song demo, which features Williams on drums and vocals, and Christ Eichhorn on guitar, bass and keyboards. Longtime friends and bandmates since Williams' pre-NEVERMORE days ...

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NEVERMORE To Play Three Shows On Upcoming VANS WARPED TOUR

Seattle's NEVERMORE have been asked by the organizers of the Vans Warped Tour—an annual trek also known as "Punk Rock Summercamp"—to play a few dates, making them the first traditional metal band to ever perform on this tour. They will be joining some of the finest young metal, hardcore and punk bands on the PunkROCKS.net ...

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NEVERMORE Shuffle METALLICA Covers For Upcoming Tribute

NEVERMORE have apparently changed their minds and will now be covering METALLICA's "Ride The Lightning" and not "Fight Fire With Fire" (as previously reported) for an upcoming METALLICA tribute album, to be issued through Nuclear Blast Records later in the year. An instrumental version of the NEVERMORE rendition of the track was recently demoed during ...

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Metal/Hard Rock Album Sales In The US As Reported By SoundScan

Here are the latest sales figures for various current and catalog metal/hard rock releases in the US (in total units sold to date since the albums were issued), as reported by SoundScan for the week ending April 21st, 2002: KORN Issues: 3,047,076 KORN Follow The Leader: 3,414,717 LIMP BIZKIT Chocolate Starfish: 6,259,073 LIMP BIZKIT Significant ...

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