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PRIMAL FEAR: New Album To Be Mixed By MIKE FRASER

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have tapped Mike Fraser (AC/DC, METALLICA, VAN HALEN, COVERDALE/PAGE, AEROSMITH, THE CULT, SLIPKNOT, HATEBREED) to mix their upcoming album at a studio in Vancouver, Canada (most likely The Warehouse) for a tentative October 2005 release via Nuclear Blast in Europe/USA and JVC/Victor in Asia. "Even recording engineer and co-producer Charlie ...

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Producer: HELLOWEEN To Begin Recording This Month

Acclaimed German producer/engineer Charlie Bauerfeind (SAXON, HAMMERFALL, RAGE, BLIND GUARDIAN) has posted the following update at his official web site: "Finally we started the pre-production phase of the next HELLOWEEN record about a week ago. The guys are already in songwriting and rehearsal mode since [last] month and are working very hard to shape up ...

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LAW AND ORDER Sign Management Deal

LAW AND ORDER, the former MCA recording artists who released two critically acclaimed albums — "Guilty of Innocence" (1989) and "Rites of Passage" (1991) — have returned with their long-awaited third album, entitled "The Glass House". In light of this new release, the band — featuring all original members in Phil Allocco (guitar), Shane (vocals), ...

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PRIMAL FEAR Book Studio Time To Record New Album

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR will record their next album in April/May 2005 at the House Of Music Studio near Stuttgart, Germany. Producing the album will be the group's bassist, Mat Sinner, along with Charlie Bauerfeind (BLIND GUARDIAN, HALFORD, HAMMERFALL). "Regarding the album mix, we are in negotiations with some great names of the scene," ...

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SPAWN Finalize Track Listing, Artwork For New Album

German death metal band SPAWN have revealed the cover artwork and track listing for their new album, "Human Toxin", due on December 13 via Morbid Records. "Human Toxin" was recorded at DailyheroRecordings Studios and mastered at Mega Wimp Sound (DISINTER, DYING FETUS, HAEMORRHAGE). The group had previously toured Europe with KRISIUN and CRYPTOPSY, among others. ...

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ICED EARTH Film Video For 'Declaration Day'

ICED EARTH have shot a third video from their highly acclaimed "Glorious Burden" album. The clip, for the track "Declaration Day", is being directed by the Machine design/motion graphics studio (web site) and is expected to begin airing during the coming weeks. ICED EARTH are currently on hiatus while mainman/guitarist Jon Schaffer tends ...

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Former FATES WARNING Drummer Completes EP/Demo With New Band

Former FATES WARNING drummer Steve Zimmerman has completed work on an EP/demo with his new band INTERFACE, featuring former members of his previous group, MILLENNIUM X (Tom Blardo on guitars/vocals and Brian Doyle on bass). The band entered HomeGrown Recording Studios in Deltona, FL sometime in the fall and finished the final mixes on November ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN: New Songtitles Revealed

According to a posting at the YNGWIE MALMSTEEN fan site Guitar Alchemy, YNGWIE has now finished recording the new studio album. Vocals once again come courtesy of Doogie White (ex-RAINBOW). No other lineup details are available at present, although it's likely that Patrik Johansson played drums and keyboards came from Joakim Svalberg. It ...

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ANGRA: European/Japanese Tour Dates Announced

Brazilian melodic metallers ANGRA have lined up the following dates in support of their new album, "Temple of Shadows": Feb. 05 - Rainbow – Milan, ITA Feb. 06 – Z7 – Pratteln, SWI Feb. 07 - Transbordeur – Lyon, FRA Feb. 08 - La Laiterie – Strasbourg, FRA Feb. 10 - Arena – Madrid, SPA ...

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SOILWORK: Limited-Edition Version Of New Album To Include Bonus Track

Sweden's SOILWORK have confirmed via their official web site that the limited-edition European/U.S. version of their upcoming album, "Stabbing the Drama", will include a bonus track, entitled "Wherever Thorns May Grow". The Japanese edition will feature "Wherever Thorns May Grow" and an additional bonus cut by the name of "Killed by Ignition". The follow-up to ...

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CORROSION OF CONFORMITY Announce New Studio Album For 2005

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, the Grammy-nominated heavy rockers from North Carolina, will release an aggressive new studio album through Sanctuary Records in early 2005, to be followed by a worldwide tour. Tentatively titled "En los Brazos del Dios" (In the Arms of God), the upcoming album is among the band's heaviest in years. "We all have ...

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FIREBIRD Reject Breakup Rumors, Plan Live Shows

Despite Internet reports to the contrary, FIREBIRD, the British band led by former CARCASS/NAPALM DEATH guitarist Bill Steer, have not split up. An SPV Records representative who spoke to Steer on Wednesday (Nov. 10) told BLABBERMOUTH.NET that the band are still very much alive and are planning on hitting the road soon. FIREBIRD, whose latest ...

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LED ZEPPELIN: Live DVD Sold More Than 1.5 Million Copies Worldwide

According to an article in the U.K.'s Guardian, last year's biggest-selling music DVD was the LED ZEPPELIN live DVD, entitled simply "Led Zeppelin", which sold more than 1.5 million worldwide (but fewer than 200,000 in the U.K.) and last week's highest-selling British music DVD, "Queen Live", sold just 8,000 copies. Non-music DVD bestsellers typically sell ...

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Temple of Shadows - ANGRA

ANGRA's 2001 release, "Rebirth", proved beyond any doubt that the departure of singer Andre Matos (who, along with ANGRA's rhythm section, left the group to form SHAMAN) would be less difficult to overcome than initially expected. Matos' replacement, Eduardo Falaschi (ex-SYMBOLS), bore little musical resemblance to his predecessor without completely betraying the essence of the ...

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SLUDGE: New Album Delayed

Mighty Music has pushed back the projected release date of SLUDGE's third full-length album, "Yellow Acid Rain", to December 6. No reason was given for the delay. Described as "a mix of ENTOMBED, CELTIC FROST, CARCASS and the early material of SAMAEL," the Swiss extreme metal act's new CD was recorded in Switzerland and mixed ...

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CENTURY MEDIA Joins Forces With ALVERAN RECORDS

Century Media Records has joined forces with Alveran Records in a newly inked, exclusive contract for the production and distribution of selected Alveran titles throughout Europe via Century Media Records. Alveran Records is an independent record company founded by Sascha Franzen in 1995. Alveran's diversity in styles ranges from metalcore to emo pop punk, the ...

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BLIND STARE Sign With ARISE RECORDS

Turku, Finland-based metallers BLIND STARE have inked a deal with Arise Records. The band, whose music is being decribed as "a combination of melodic death metal with keyboards, black/death vocals and orchestral arrangements," will record their debut album during Christmas 2004/January 2005 for an April/May 2005 release. ...

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SLUDGE: SAMAEL Guitarist's Project Launch Web Site

Swiss extreme metal act SLUDGE, featuring SAMAEL guitarist Makro, have launched their official web site at this location. SLUDGE's third full-length album, "Yellow Acid Rain", is scheduled for release in November via Denmark's Mighty Music. Described as "a mix of ENTOMBED, CELTIC FROST, CARCASS and the early material of SAMAEL," the CD was ...

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SLUDGE: New Song Available For Download

A brand-new SLUDGE track, entitled "Blind Man", has been posted online in MP3 format at this location. "Blind Man" comes off the Swiss extreme metallers' third full-length album, "Yellow Acid Rain", due in November via Denmark's Mighty Music. Described as "a mix of ENTOMBED, CELTIC FROST, CARCASS and the early material of SAMAEL," ...

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ICED EARTH Guitarist: No Touring Until Next Summer

ICED EARTH guitarist Jon Schaffer has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Hello All! "It's time for an update once again. Things have been pretty crazy between the awesome news of being a future father for the first time, the back problems and the numerous doctor visits; MRI's, EMG's and a ...

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AT THE GATES Tribute Album Due Next Week

Drowned Scream Records has set a September 24 release date for the AT THE GATES tribute album, "Slaughterous Souls - A Tribute to At The Gates". The complete track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. TAETRE (Sweden) – "At the Gates" 02. GODHATE (Sweden) - "Kingdom Gone" 03. MÖRK GRYNING (Sweden) - "Neverwhere" ...

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BLIND GUARDIAN Guitarist Breaks Leg, To Undergo Surgery

BLIND GUARDIAN frontman Hansi Kursch has posted the following message on the group's web site: "Hi everyone, This morning I got a phone call from [guitarist] Marcus [Siepen] who told me that he is in hospital for quite a few days. Pretending to be a skateboarder he finally stumbled and fell right in front of ...

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KORN Seek Fans For TV Spot

KORN have posted the following message on their official web site: "KORN fans — if you're in Los Angeles, we need you to take part in a special project for KORN's 'Greatest Hits'. To advertise the Oct. 5 release, KORN is looking for fans willing to share with the world their personal stories about what ...

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KORN: 'Greatest Hits' Collection To Include Bonus Live DVD

A limited-edition version of KORN's greatest-hits package, "Greatest Hits, Vol. 1", will be released alongside the standard version of the album on October 5 via Epic. The limited-edition disc comes with a DVD capturing the band's concert at New York's CBGBs last November. The tentative track listing for the DVD portion of the set is ...

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