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SAMAEL To Release New Single

Switzerland's SAMAEL will be issuing a new single, "Telepath", prior to the release of their forthcoming full-length CD, "Reign of Light", which is expected to arrive in October. The complete track listing for the single is as follows: 01. Telepath 02. Inch'Allah 03. Telepathic (remix) 04. Inch'Allah (karaoke version) 05. Telepathic (instrumental version) A "Reign ...

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HADES ALMIGHTY: Album Reissue Features Bonus Tracks, Video

Norwegian black/extreme metallers HADES ALMIGHTY have just reissued their "forgotten classic", "The Pulse of Decay", through Dark Essence Records. The group originally released the album in 2001 through Psycho Bitch Records, the label formed by the band's then-management. That resulted in no distribution, making it virtually impossible for fans to find the album. Now the ...

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TO/DIE/FOR To Begin Recording New Album

Finnish goth-metallers TO/DIE/FOR are expected to enter Sonicimage studios in Kouvola, Finland soon to begin recording their new album, tentatively due in early 2005 through Spinefarm Records. The current TO/DIE/FOR lineup once again features vocalist Jape Perätalo, who allegedly decided to reclaim the T/D/F name for his TIAGA project after being offered a record deal ...

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CROWBAR Sign With CANDLELIGHT RECORDS

New Orleans sludge-meisters CROWBAR have signed a worldwide deal with Candlelight Records. The group's new album, "Life's Blood For The Downtrodden", is expected to see a February 8, 2005 Stateside release date. Final studio work on the album, produced by the working team of Warren Riker (DOWN) and Rex Brown (PANTERA, DOWN), is planned in ...

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HELLWITCH Schedule First Live Gig In Six Years

Legendary death/thrash metal band HELLWITCH will play their first live gig in six years at the Culture Club in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on Saturday, July 24. Also set to perform are MALEVOLENT CREATION and DIVINE EMPIRE. HELLWITCH's current lineup includes original member Pat Ranieri (guitar/vocals), Joe Schnessel (drums; he started playing in the band in ...

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TIMO KOTIPELTO To Release New Single

STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto will release his new solo single, "Take Me Away", in Finland on July 7. The single, which will be available in a limited edition of 1,000 copies, has already been "pre-sold out," according to a posting by Timo on his web site. "Unfortunately [for] my foreign fans, this single is only ...

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MEGADETH: Complete Reissue Details Revealed

www.cdon.com has posted what appears to be the complete track listing for the upcoming MEGADETH reissues, due on July 27 through Capitol Records. A total of seven albums from the group's back catalogue as well as the MD45 record re-sung by MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine have been remixed and remastered and will feature ...

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ODHINN: Recording Sessions Halted

The recording sessions for the upcoming ODHINN album, entitled "The Empty Book", have been halted after all material on the computers and all music got stolen during a recent break-in at the Epidemic studios. As a result, the band will be forced to track everything again from scratch. A late 2004 release through Imperial Dawn ...

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Former JUDAS PRIEST Singer Completing Work On Autobiography

Former JUDAS PRIEST singer Al Atkins is putting the finishing touches on his autobiography, "Dawn of the Metal Gods", scheduled for publication before the end of the year through Firefly Publishing. The book will recount the origins of the band from 1969 onward and includes exclusive photographs donated by friends, including Robert Plant, among others. ...

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INCAPACITY To Play First-Ever Polish Gig

INCAPACITY, the Swedish death metal band featuring vocalist Andreas "Drette" Axelsson (ex-MARDUK, EDGE OF SANITY, INFESTDEAD), guitarist Robert "Skoog" Ivarsson (PAN-THY-MONIUM, ASHES), guitarist Christian Älvestam (UNMOORED, SOLAR DAWN, TORCHBEARER), bassist Anders Edlund (SOLAR DAWN) and drummer Henrik Schönström (UNMOORED, SOLAR DAWN, TORCHBEARER), will make their Polish live debut on August 12 at DK "Slowianin" in ...

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ROB ZOMBIE: Legendary Effects Man Joins 'The Devil's Rejects' Team

According to a posting on Rob Zombie's web site, legendary effects man Bob Kurtzman has joined the behind-the-scenes team of "The Devil's Rejects", the much-anticipated sequel to Zombie's directorial debut, "House of 1000 Corpses", tentatively due in early 2005. "Bob has worked on many classic films, including 'Once Upon A Time In Mexico', 'The Green ...

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Australian Metal Compilation To Be Unleashed This Week

An Australian metal compilation, featuring 26 "hordes from under the southern skies," many presenting new and exclusive tracks, will be unleashed July 1 via Blacktalon Media. Titled "Legions – Opening Of The Southern Gate", the two-disc collection will feature the following track listing: Disc One: 01. SADISTIK EXEKUTION - Homicidal Suicide 02. ASTRIAAL - Ritual ...

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BLOODSHOTEYE To Film 'Hitlist' Video

Leamington, Ontario-based metallers BLOODSHOTEYE will be filming a video for the track "Hitlist" in mid-July. "We have been awarded VideoFACT funding to complete a shot-on-film, major-budget video," the band write on their web site. "Thanks to our friend Justin at Unstable Ground for making this happen and who will also be taking the project under ...

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IN BATTLE Finalize Track Listing For 'Welcome To The Battlefield'

Sundsvall, Sweden-based death metallers IN BATTLE have finalized the track listing for their third full-length album, "Welcome to the Battlefield", due on September 20 through Cold/Metal Blade Records. The recording of the new album started at Courthouse Studio in Östersund, Sweden, where the drums were recorded on February 2-3. The guitars and bass were recorded ...

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SAMAEL Name New Album

Switzerland's SAMAEL have set "Reign of Light" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in the fall. The CD was mixed at two different studios in Switzerland and was co-produced by Waldemar Sorychta (GRIP INC., LACUNA COIL, TIAMAT), who has worked with the group on most of their previous efforts. Mixing duties were ...

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NEAERA Sign With METAL BLADE RECORDS

Münster, Germany-based metalcore act NEAERA have inked a deal with Metal Blade Records. The group will enter the studio in the fall to begin recording their debut album for the label, tentatively due in early 2005. Commented the band in a statement: "It is still a little hard to grasp for us, but from today ...

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FLESH MADE SIN: Debut Album Due In September

Dutch thrashers FLESH MADE SIN will enter Harrow studio later this month with producer Marc ter Braak to begin recording their full-length debut, entitled "Dawn of the Stillborn". Cover artwork will be handled by Manuel Tinnemans (PENTACLE, NECROPHAGIA). A September release through an as-yet-undetermined label is expected. "Dawn of the Stillborn" track listing: 01. Crowned ...

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SOLEFALD Prepare To Enter Studio

Norway's SOLEFALD have posted the following message on their official web site: "The recording of SOLEFALD's fifth album is drawing closer, and we are just as excited over this as you are! We haven't been in a studio together since the summer of 2002, and now we're about to find out how each of us ...

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TO/DIE/FOR Schedule Finnish Gigs

Finnish goth-metallers TO/DIE/FOR have lined up the following dates in July: Jul. 02 - Kouvola, FIN @ Koria-Roll (w/ NEW DAWN FOUNDATION) Jul. 18 - Helsinki, FIN @ Tuska Postmortem Party (w/ HEVEIN, KORPIKLAANI, THE SLAYTANICS) The current TO/DIE/FOR lineup once again features vocalist Jape Perätalo, who allegedly decided to reclaim the T/D/F name for ...

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SAMAËL Finish Recording New Album

Switzerland's SAMAËL have finished recording their new album, tentatively due this summer. Recorded over a three-and-a-half month period in two different studios, using four different sound engineers (for electronic, guitars, vocals, and acoustic takes), and co-produced by Waldemar Sorychta (who had worked with the group on most of their previous recorded output), this CD is ...

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THE DUSKFALL Pull Out Of Germany's SUMMER BREEZE Festival

Luleå, Sweden-based metallers THE DUSKFALL have pulled out of their previously announced appearance at this year's Summer Breeze festival, set to take place August 19-21, 2004 in Abtsgmünd, Germany. "The gig at Summer Breeze has been cancelled due to problems beyond our reach," the band write on their web site. "We apologize to the fans ...

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MEGADETH: New Song Available For Download

A brand new MEGADETH song, entitled "Kick the Chair", has been posted at this location. "Kick the Chair" comes off the group's as-yet-untitled new album, tentatively due in September through Sanctuary Records. Commented MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine: "This is for the 95% of the people here who are my friends — the people ...

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BLOODSHED: New Recording To Be Issued As 7" Single

Swedish death/black metallers BLOODSHED will have their recently completed three-song promotional recording, "Blade Eleventh", released as a 7" vinyl single through Horrorfiend Records. Horrorfiend is also going to release 7" singles from ABSU, MANIAC BUTCHER and EQUIMANTHORN. In other news, BLOODSHED have been confirmed for the Bands Battle festival, a three-day event set to take ...

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HIRAX, HANKER, NIGHTMARE Confirmed For Germany's HEADBANGERS OPEN AIR Festival

HIRAX, HANKER, NIGHTMARE and OVERDRIVE are among the bands confirmed for this year's Headbangers Open Air festival, a two-day event set to take place July 9-10 in Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany. The complete list of acts currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows (in alphabetical order): ADRAMELCH (ITA) BATTLEROAR (GR) BLOODSTAINED (GR) BREAKER (USA) ...

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ROB ZOMBIE: 'The Devil's Rejects' Casting News

Rob Zombie is continuing work on "The Devil's Rejects", the much-anticipated sequel to the his directorial debut, "House of 1000 Corpses", tentatively due later in the year. According to a posting on Rob's web site, "Ken ('Dawn of the Dead') Foree has signed on the play Charlie Altamont a.k.a. Captain Spaulding's pimp brother. If that ...

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