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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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Ex-VIRGIN STEELE Guitarist JACK STARR: New Vocalist Needed

Former VIRGIN STEELE guitarist Jack Starr has launched a search for a vocalist for his band GUARDIANS OF THE FLAME. All applicants should submit their demo material to: Magic Circle Music PO Box 7214 Auburn, NY 13022 USA As previously reported, Jack Starr recently inked a deal with Magic Circle Music, the label founded by ...

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DEATH BY DAWN: Live Video Posted Online

A live video of DEATH BY DAWN, the German death metal band featuring legendary vocalist Martin Van Drunen (ex-PESTILENCE, ASPHYX, BOLT THROWER), performing the track "Legal Usury" at OT-Heim in Steinfurt-Borghorst, Germany on March 19, 2004 has been posted online at this location (scroll all the way down to the bottom of the ...

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Sonic Firestorm - DRAGONFORCE

If you're big on impassioned warbling, fluttering keyboards and perma-galloping rhythms, the question is why go for DRAGONFORCE's second album specifically? Can it bring fresh joys to your record collection? The answer is, well, yes, although not — in the spirit of this breed of dramatic metal — a resounding yes to be trumpeted from ...

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KOTIPELTO: 'Reasons' Single Tops Finnish Chart

Former STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto has entered the Finnish single chart at position No. 1 with his latest single, "Reasons". View the entire chart at this location. As previously reported, "Reasons" comes off KOTIPELTO's sophomore solo album, "Coldness", due in Europe on April 26 through Century Media Records (a May 18 U.S. release ...

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KOTIPELTO: 'Coldness' Audio Clips Posted Online

Former STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto has posted audio clips of all the tracks from his forthcoming sophomore solo album, "Coldness", at his official web site. Check them out at this location. As previously reported, "Coldness" is scheduled for release in Europe on April 26 through Century Media Records (a May 18 U.S. release ...

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CROWBAR Announce New Guitarist, Line Up European Tour Dates

New Orleans sludge-meisters CROWBAR have recruited former BLACK LABEL SOCIETY bassist Steve Gibb as their new guitarist. "I'm really stoked and so is Steve," CROWBAR frontman Kirk Windstein writes on the band's web site. "He's a great guy. I've been knowing him for about four years now, and it looks like he'll be in it ...

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DARK TRANQUILLITY Set U.S. Release Date For Collection Of Rarities

Sweden's DARK TRANQUILLITY have set a June 15 U.S. release date through Century Media Records for "Exposures: In Retrospect and Denial", a double CD featuring rare and previously unreleased material. Featuring almost two hours of material and 31 tracks, the collection contains two CDs for the single-release price. The first CD includes rare and long ...

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KOTIPELTO: New Song Available For Download

A brand-new KOTIPELTO track, titled "Reasons", has been posted online in MP3 format at this location. "Reasons" comes off the former STRATOVARIUS singer's sophomore solo album, "Coldness", due in Europe on April 26 through Century Media Records (a May 18 U.S. release is expected). The follow-up to 2002's "Waiting for the Dawn" was ...

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KOTIPELTO: More 'Coldness' Details Revealed

More information has surfaced regarding KOTIPELTO's sophomore album, "Coldness", due in Europe on April 26 through Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Waiting for the Dawn" was recorded by CHILDREN OF BODOM keyboardist Janne Wirman at his Beyond Abilities Studios as well as by Tero Kostermaa at High and Loud's ELK Studios and Finnvox ...

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KOTIPELTO: 'Coldness' Cover Art Posted Online

The cover artwork for KOTIPELTO's new album, "Coldness", has been posted online at this location. The follow-up to 2002's "Waiting For The Dawn", due on April 26 through Century Media Records, features contributions from the following world-class musicians: Janne Wirman (CHILDREN OF BODOM - keyboards) Jari Kainulainen (STRATOVARIUS - bass) Mirka Rantanen (THUNDERSTONE, ...

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FALLEN, GOLD STAR, CONQUEST Confirmed For CLASSIC METAL FEST 4

FALLEN, GOLD STAR, and CONQUEST are the final three bands confirmed for the Classic Metal Fest 4, set to be held May 13-15 at JJ Kelley's in Bernice Lansing, Illinois. The following is a list of the artists currently scheduled to appear at the event: SOLITUDE AETURNUS HIRAX RAFF DECEASED WRATH ATTACKER WRETCH IMPALER DESTRUCTOR ...

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THROES OF DAWN: New Music Posted Online

Finland's THROES OF DAWN have uploaded two sound clips from their forthcoming album, "Quicksilver Clouds", due in April through Avantgarde/Wounded Love Records. The two songs, "Vertigo" and "Black Carbon Snow", are available for preview here. The follow-up to 2000's "Binding of the Spirit" was recorded and mixed in three separate sessions between August ...

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DARK FUNERAL: Live Album Delayed

Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL have pushed back the release date of their upcoming live album, "De Profundis Clamavi Ad Te Domine", to April 19 through Regain Records. No reason was given for the delay. The CD, which was recorded on the band's 2003 South American tour, will contain the following track listing: 01. Intro ...

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