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JEFF LOOMIS, KEITH MERROW Talk To MADCAP MUSIC REVIEW About CONQUERING DYSTOPIA Project (Video)

Madcap Music Review's John Golden conducted an interview with former NEVERMORE guitarist Jeff Loomis and Portland, Oregon studio musician Keith Merrow at this year's NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, which took place January 23-26 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can now watch the chat below. A 15-minute ...

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CONQUERING DYSTOPIA Featuring NEVERMORE, CANNIBAL CORPSE Members: 15-Minute Teaser For Debut Album

A 15-minute teaser for the self-titled debut album from CONQUERING DYSTOPIA, the new project featuring former NEVERMORE guitarist Jeff Loomis and Portland, Oregon studio musician Keith Merrow, can be found below. The CD was mixed at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with Mark Lewis (ARSIS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER, DEICIDE, SIX FEET UNDER). ...

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RAGE To Release 'The Soundchaser Archives' In May

German power metallers RAGE will celebrate their 30th anniversary with the release of a unique collection of songs from their outstanding back catalogue. Due on May 23 via Nuclear Blast, "The Soundchaser Archives" will contain 30 tracks spread out over two CDs, covering everything from previously unreleased material to alternate versions, demo recordings and incomplete ...

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JEFF LOOMIS, KEITH MERROW Talk To MUSICIANS INSTITUTE About CONQUERING DYSTOPIA Project (Video)

Musicians Institute recently caught up with former NEVERMORE guitarist Jeff Loomis and Portland, Oregon studio musician Keith Merrow to discuss networking and inspiration. Jeff and Keith talk about how networking opportunities allowed them to work on their current project, CONQUERING DYSTOPIA. Check out the clip below. CONQUERING DYSTOPIA is mixing its debut album at Audiohammer ...

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ONE MACHINE Speaks To Revolution-Inc.dk (Audio)

Revolution-Inc.dk conducted an interview with ONE MACHINE, the brainchild of acclaimed guitarist/songwriter Steve Smyth (TESTAMENT, NEVERMORE, FORBIDDEN, DRAGONLORD, VICIOUS RUMORS), on February 1 at the Midwinter Meltdown festival in Randers, Denmark. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below. The Mike Sloat-directed lyric video for "The Distortion Of Lies ...

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HELLION To Release 'To Hellion And Back' 2-Disc Anthology In April

Los Angeles-based female-fronted metallers HELLION have inked a contract with London-based HNE/Cherry Red Records. The first of three HELLION albums set for release this year is a 2-disc anthology titled "To Hellion And Back", which will be released on April 1, and the first 1,000 copies will be autographed by the band's singer, Ann Boleyn. ...

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ONE MACHINE Featuring Ex-TESTAMENT, MERCENARY, Ex-MNEMIC Members: 'Distortion' Lyric Video

The Mike Sloat-directed lyric video for "The Distortion Of Lies And The Overdriven Truth", the title track of the debut album from ONE MACHINE, the brainchild of acclaimed guitarist/songwriter Steve Smyth (TESTAMENT, NEVERMORE, FORBIDDEN, DRAGONLORD, VICIOUS RUMORS), can be seen below. "The Distortion Of Lies And The Overdriven Truth" will be released on February 18 ...

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CONQUERING DYSTOPIA Featuring NEVERMORE, CANNIBAL CORPSE Members: Debut Album Being Mixed

CONQUERING DYSTOPIA, the new project featuring former NEVERMORE guitarist Jeff Loomis and Portland, Oregon studio musician Keith Merrow, is mixing its debut album at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with Mark Lewis (ARSIS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER, DEICIDE, SIX FEET UNDER). A spring release is expected. The recording lineup for CONQUERING DYSTOPIA's first ...

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SANCTUARY Taps Producer ZEUSS For 'The Year The Sun Died' Album

Reunited '80s cult metal outfit SANCTUARY will enter Jack Endino's Soundhouse Studios in Seattle on Superbowl Sunday (February 2) with producer Chris "Zeuss" Harris (SOULFLY, SHADOWS FALL, HATEBREED, MUNICIPAL WASTE) to begin recording its long-awaited "comeback" album, "The Year The Sun Died", due later in the year via Century Media Records. In 2010, four of ...

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ONE MACHINE Featuring Ex-TESTAMENT, MERCENARY, Ex-MNEMIC Members: First Webisode

ONE MACHINE, the brainchild of acclaimed guitarist/songwriter Steve Smyth (TESTAMENT, NEVERMORE, FORBIDDEN, DRAGONLORD, VICIOUS RUMORS), will release its debut album, "The Distortion Of Lies And The Overdriven Truth", on February 18 via Scarlet Records. The CD was recorded and produced by Steve Smyth and was mixed by Roy Z (JUDAS PRIEST, BRUCE DICKINSON, HALFORD). It ...

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MANTICORA Announces New Guitarist

Danish metallers MANTICORA have announced the addition of guitarist Stefan Johansson to the group's ranks. Says the band: "Stefan is not all new to the band, as he did tour with us nine years ago, on the European tour with ANGRA. He also joined us for festival shows in both USA and Romania at that ...

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World of Evil - SINISTER REALM

Allentown, Pennsylvania is not just the focal point of Billy Joel's catchy ode to Americana. It's a gritty town with gritty folk and therefore it should come as no surprise it's home to SINISTER REALM, a classic-themed heavy metal act that has quickly received international acclaim through three albums. Founded in 2008 by ex-PALE DIVINE ...

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ORIGIN Preparing To Enter Studio

Technical death metallers ORIGIN will enter the studio later this month to begin recording their sixth album, "Omnipresent", for a summer release via Nuclear Blast Records. Comments ORIGIN drummer John Longstreth: "We figured it would only make sense to return to Chapman Recording in Lenexa, Kansas and torture poor Robert Rebeck with our decompositions until ...

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ONE MACHINE Featuring Ex-TESTAMENT, MERCENARY, Ex-MNEMIC Members: New Song 'One Machine' Available

ONE MACHINE, the brainchild of acclaimed guitarist/songwriter Steve Smyth (TESTAMENT, NEVERMORE, FORBIDDEN, DRAGONLORD, VICIOUS RUMORS), will release its debut album, "The Distortion Of Lies And The Overdriven Truth", on February 18, 2014 via Scarlet Records. The CD was recorded and produced by Steve Smyth and was mixed by Roy Z (JUDAS PRIEST, BRUCE DICKINSON, HALFORD). ...

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RAVENLAND Releases New Single 'Poisoned'

Brazilian gothic metallers RAVENLAND have released a new single called "Poisoned". The song was produced by Augusto Lopes (ex-TORTURE SQUAD, FANTTASMA, ETERNAL MALEDICTION) at Casanegra Studios, Studio 24h and Norcal Studios. To celebrate 15 years since its first release, "October Of 1998", RAVENLAND has issued a compilation CD, "Ravensongs For The Ravenhearts", consisting of the ...

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GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS: Pre-Production Episode One

Video footage from the pre-production sessions for the forthcoming debut release from GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS, the new band featuring Matt Wicklund (guitar; ex-GOD FORBID, HIMSA, WARREL DANE) and Van Williams (drums; ASHES OF ARES, PURE SWEET HELL, ex-NEVERMORE), can be seen below. Guitarist Christopher Amott (ARMAGEDDON, ex-ARCH ENEMY) recently announced his departure from GHOST SHIP ...

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ONE MACHINE Featuring Ex-TESTAMENT, MERCENARY, Ex-MNEMIC Members: Debut Album Due In February

ONE MACHINE, the brainchild of acclaimed guitarist/songwriter Steve Smyth (TESTAMENT, NEVERMORE, FORBIDDEN, DRAGONLORD, VICIOUS RUMORS), has inked a deal with Scarlet Records. The band's debut album, "The Distortion Of Lies And The Overdriven Truth", will be released on February 18, 2014. The CD was recorded and produced by Steve Smyth and was mixed by Roy ...

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DIAMOND PLATE: 'Dance With Reality' Video Released

Chicago's DIAMOND PLATE recently teamed up with director Lester Cohn (MASTODON, NEIL YOUNG, CHEVELLE, TAKING BACK SUNDAY) to shoot a video for the song "Dance With Reality" off the band's sophomore album, "Pulse". Says the group: "Our goal with this music video was to capture the band's live energy in a cinematic way while giving ...

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ASHES OF ARES In Paris: 11-Minute Video Report Posted Online

A video report on ASHES OF ARES' September 26 concert in Paris, France with POWERWOLF, BATTLE BEAST and MAJESTY can be seen below. The 11-minute clip, which was created by Nicolas Houbre, includes backstage, interview and performance footage. ASHES OF ARES is the band featuring Matt Barlow (ex-ICED EARTH), Van Williams (ex-NEVERMORE) and Freddie Vidales ...

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Ashes Of Ares - ASHES OF ARES

So good to see Matt Barlow back in the saddle. Having once bowed out of metal for a spell while answering a higher calling in law enforcement, the ex-ICED EARTH vocalist starts over from scratch with his own entity, ASHES OF ARES. Founded alongside estranged ICED EARTH bassist Freddie Vidales and former NEVERMORE drummer Van ...

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DIAMOND PLATE: Teaser For 'Dance With Reality' Video

Chicago's DIAMOND PLATE recently teamed up with director Lester Cohn (MASTODON, NEIL YOUNG, CHEVELLE, TAKING BACK SUNDAY) to shoot a video for the song "Dance With Reality" off the band's sophomore album, "Pulse". A teaser for the clip can be seen below. DIAMOND PLATE is currently on tour with DEATH ANGEL, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, ...

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OBSCURA Drummer To Release Solo Debut

German drummer Hannes Grossmann (OBSCURA, BLOTTED SCIENCE, ex-NECROPHAGIST) will release his first solo album, entitled "The Radial Covenant", in December. In order to finance the album, Grossmann launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.com. On his official web site, Grossmann states: "The music on the album sounds a lot like my band OBSCURA, but ...

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