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DAWN OF AZAZEL Announce New Drummer

New Zealand-based death/grind outfit DAWN OF AZAZEL have announced the addition of drummer Martin Cavanagh to the group's ranks. Martin's "arrival brings to an end many months of searching for a replacement for Phill Osborne, who was removed from the lineup following [DAWN OF AZAZEL's] Australian tour because of his lack of commitment to the ...

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DISSECTION Mainman: We Are Not Racist, Just Satanic

Guitarist/vocalist Jon Nödtveidt of the reactivated Swedish death metallers DISSECTION has issued the following statement via the group's official web site: "There have been rumors and allegations surrounding the band and I, we want our fans to know and to make it a point that it is not and never has been part of our ...

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BRAINSTORM Complete Work On 'Liquid Monster'

German power metallers BRAINSTORM have finished mixing their long-awaited new full-length album, "Liquid Monster", at House Of Music Studios in Germany with producer Achim Köhler. An April 4 release via Metal Blade Records is expected. "Some people were surprised about my enthusiastic comments on the new tracks, as I am usually the most critical part ...

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MOURNING BELOVETH confirmed for Ireland's DAY OF DARKNESS Festival

Irish doom metal act MOURNING BELOVETH are among the first four bands confirmed for this year's Day of Darkness metal festival in Ireland. The acclaimed five-piece will release their third album, "A Murderous Circus", through Grau Records, a subsidiary of Germany's Prophecy Productions, in March. MOURNING BELOVETH headlined a previous installment of the one-day event, ...

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MORTIIS: New Single, DVD On The Way

Norway's legendary eccentric artist MORTIIS has returned to Silvertone Studios in Fredrikstad, Norway to work on a new single — "Decadent & Desperate" — which is scheduled for a U.K. release in April. The single is expected to be released in various formats and will include a new, as yet unnamed song, plus further remixed ...

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Widow Of Original SAVATAGE Guitarist CRISS OLIVA Passes Away

Dawn Marae Oliva, widow of original SAVATAGE guitarist Criss Oliva, passed away on Tuesday (Jan. 11). No cause of death has yet been revealed. As most SAVATAGE fans know, in the early morning hours of October 17, 1993 Criss Oliva and Dawn were en route to the Livestock Festival in Zephyrhills, Florida when tragedy struck. ...

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Hardcore/Metal DVD Compilation To Surface In February

Century Media Records will release the DVD compilation "Eye For An Eye – The New Breed Of Hardcore & Metal" on February 21 in Europe. A compilation of modern bands that share their true love to hardcore or metal music, the DVD is described in an official press release as "a collection of some of ...

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TO/DIE/FOR To Kick Off European Tour In March

Finnish goth-metallers TO/DIE/FOR will kick off a European tour in support of their new album, "IV", in late March. Countries that will be covered on the tour include Germany, Italy, Slovakia, Switzerland, Holland, Austria, Poland, Belgium, Hungary, and Croatia. As previously reported, "IV" is scheduled for release on March 16, 2005 via Spinefarm Records. A ...

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BEFORE THE DAWN: New Music Available For Download

Finnish dark-metallers BEFORE THE DAWN have posted demo versions of two new songs from their upcoming third album, "The Ghost", at their official web site. The tracks "Disappear" and "Enemy" were recorded and mixed by Juho Räihä at Pink Sound studio and feature clean vocals by the Norwegian Grammy award-winning singer Lars Eikind ...

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THE 69 EYES Rejoined By Drummer Following Surgery

THE 69 EYES drummer Jussi 69 has recovered from surgery for a ruptured appendix and has rejoined the group on the road, according to a posting on the band's web site. "Lacu from HANOI ROCKS was an awesome sick-leave replacement, thank you all for the support and THANK YOU LACU!!!" the group write. In other ...

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ZUUL FX Sign With EQUILIBRE MUSIC

ZUUL FX, the French band featuring former NO RETURN singer Steeve "Zuul" Petit, have inked a deal with Equilibre Music (CRACK OV DAWN, MXD). The group's debut album, "By the Cross", was recorded over a two-week period and mixed in five days with producer François Caste at Studio Sainte-Marthe in Paris, France. Mastering duties were ...

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TO/DIE/FOR Complete Work On New Album

Finnish goth-metallers TO/DIE/FOR have set "IV" as the title of their fourth album, due on March 16, 2005 via Spinefarm Records. A single will precede the album on February 17. The follow-up to 2003's "Jaded" was recorded at Sonicimage studios in Kouvola, Finland and was mixed at Finnvox studios in Helsinki with Mikko Karmila. Songtitles ...

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SLIPKNOT Drummer To Release CRACK OV DAWN Album In North America

SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison has reportedly told France's Hard N Heavy magazine that he is planning on releasing CRACK OV DAWN's debut album, "Dawn Addict", in North America through his label imprint via Roadrunner Records. CRACK OV DAWN is the French punk/rock/metal act featuring ANOREXIA NERVOSA vocalist Hreidmarr. No further information is currently available. ...

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THROES OF DAWN: 'Vertigo' Video To Receive German Premiere

Finnish dark metal band THROES OF DAWN's latest music video, "Vertigo", will receive a German television premiere on Sunday, December 5 on the Viva channel's "Hell's Kitchen" program. As previously reported, THROES OF DAWN will release their latest album, "Quicksilver Clouds", in the U.S. in January 2005 via Cleopatra Records. The U.S. version of the ...

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DISSECTION Joined By MAYHEM Singer At Budapest Gig

Reactivated Swedish death metallers DISSECTION were joined by newly reappointed MAYHEM singer Attila Csihar (ex-TORMENTOR, ABYGOR) for renditions of two old-school black metal hymns, "Elizabeth Bathory" (TORMENTOR) and "Freezing Moon" (MAYHEM), during the band's appearance at Kultiplex in Budapest, Hungary Wednesday night (Nov. 17). According to one eyewitness, "the packed house went absolutely crazy." DISSECTION ...

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DISSECTION Announce Release Date For New EP

Reactivated Swedish death metallers DISSECTION will release their much-anticipated comeback single/EP, "Maha Kali", on November 16 via Escapi Music/Screaming Ferret Wreckords. Armed with a fresh lineup, consisting of mainman Jon Nödtveidt (vocals and guitar), Set Teitan (guitar, ABORYM, BLOODLINE), Brice Leclercq (bass guitar, NIGHTRAGE) and Thomas Asklund (drums, DARK FUNERAL, INFERNAL, DAWN), DISSECTION describe the ...

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MORGOTH: Two-CD 'Best Of' Collection Due In January

Legendary German death metallers MORGOTH will release a posthumous "best of" collection in January 2005 via Century Media Records. MORGOTH was one of the first, best and most important death metal bands from Germany. Their first demo was recorded in 1987 and their first tour was with AUTOPSY and PESTILENCE in 1990, the same year ...

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SCAR SYMMETRY Complete Work On Debut Album

SCAR SYMMETRY, the Swedish melodic death metal band featuring members of THEORY IN PRACTICE, INCAPACITY, and CENTINEX, have completed work on their debut album, "Symmetric In Design", due on January 31, 2005 via Cold/Metal Blade Records. According to a Metal Blade press release, "Symmetric In Design" can most closely be described as "a mix between ...

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