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BLOODBATH: MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT Out, New Album On The Way

BLOODBATH, the Swedish death metal supergroup featuring Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström (KATATONIA, DIABOLICAL MASQUERADE, BEWITCHED), Jonas Renkse (KATATONIA, OCTOBER TIDE) and Dan Swanö (NIGHTINGALE, DAN SWANÖ, UNICORN, EDGE OF SANITY, INFESTDEAD, ODYSSEY, PAN-THY-MONIUM), have announced plans to enter the studio in the spring to record their sophomore album, tentatively due late summer through Century Media Records. ...

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METALLICA: 'This Monster Lives' Book Due In November

"Metallica: This Monster Lives", a book chronicling filmmaker Joe Berlinger's three years spent with METALLICA making the "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" documentary, is due in November via Martins Press. "It will be designed to tie into the DVD release of the film, which will be [in early 2005]," Berlinger told MTV.com last October. "The ...

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CRADLE OF FILTH: Studio Report No. 2

CRADLE OF FILTH bassist Dave Pybus has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Hail. Now we are well into week two of the session and I went home this weekend for a two-day break while guitars were started on the tracks me and Adrian had laid down in the first week. ...

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GLUECIFER Confirmed For THE ARTIC CHALLENGE

Norwegian rock 'n' rollers GLUECIFER have been confirmed to play the opening party of the snowboard contest The Artic Challenge on March 27 at Mackhallen in Tromsø, Norway. For more information, visit www.t-a-c.no. As previously reported, GLUECIFER's latest single, "A Call From The Other Side", debuted on the Norwegian charts at position No. ...

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HATEBREED, SLAPSHOT Confirmed For Holland's WALDROCK Festival

HATEBREED and SLAPSHOT are the latest act confirmed for this year's installment of the Waldrock festival, set to be held June 19, 2004 in Bergum, Holland. The following acts are currently scheduled to appear at the festival (in alphabetical order): CANNIBAL CORPSE CRADLE OF FILTH EXODUS FINNTROLL HATEBREED MONSTER MAGNET MY DYING BRIDE SLAPSHOT TESTAMENT ...

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MONSTER MAGNET Enter German Chart At No. 13!

MONSTER MAGNET's latest CD, "Monolithic Baby!", has entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 13. View the whole chart here. As previously reported, MONSTER MAGNET are on the verge of inking a deal with Sanctuary Records for all territories outside Europe (where the band are signed to SPV Records). The follow-up ...

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MACHINE HEAD Frontman Checks In With Studio, Tour Update

MACHINE HEAD frontman Robert Flynn has posted the following message on the band's official forum: "Woo–hoo! "Still recovering from Fat Tuesday, Yow! Drink of the night, Grey Goose Vodka Lemon Drops. Fuck – in – A! Kind of a fruity drink (in the metrosexual sense), but they're a manly color, so, you know... that's how ...

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MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY, GOD FORBID To Team Up For U.S. Tour

MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY and GOD FORBID will be hitting the road together this spring for the "Weapons of Mass Destruction" tour, a monster outing that is currently set to attack most major U.S. cities in its path starting this April and continuing on into May. Following their successful European tour in support of their ...

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METALLICA's 'Monster' To Receive Limited Release In July

METALLICA's much-anticipated $4-million documentary, "Some Kind of Monster", will be released in early July in small theaters in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, according to MTV.com. Then, when the band returns from Europe to the States to tour in the fall, the movie will be shown in almost every city on the tour ...

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VICIOUS RUMORS To 'Crush The World' With New DVD

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area melodic metallers VICIOUS RUMORS have confirmed that they have signed a multi-album recording contract with Holland's Mascot Records (as first reported here last week). "Mascot Records is a very 'guitar shred'-oriented label signing guitar legends such as Michael Schenker, Paul Gilbert, Marty Friedman and now VICIOUS RUMORS' Geoff ...

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Report: METALLICA Land Distribution Deal For 'Monster' Documentary

METALLICA's much-anticipated documentary, "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" has been picked up for U.S. theatrical distribution by IFC Films, according to Zap2it.com. The film, which is owned by METALLICA, was directed and produced by acclaimed documentary filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky. The filmmakers and the band agreed to pursue an unusual way of managing ...

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Finland: The Most 'Heavy Metal' Country In The World?

Heavy metal/hard rock music continues to thrive in Finland, where bands like CHILDREN OF BODOM regularly top the chart with their single and full-length releases. Here is how the metal/hard rock genre fared on the Finnish Pop Album (Top 120) chart for the week ending February 21, 2004: 04. EVANESCENCE – "Fallen" 12. DIABLO – ...

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JEFF PILSON Says Labels Would Not Give DOKKEN Chance Today

In an interview at Electricbasement.com, ex-DOKKEN bassist Jeff Pilson explained how the music industry has changed regarding how labels treat bands and sales, "We [DOKKEN] were always kind of our own monster. But put it this way, had we released 'Breaking The Chains' today and only sold about 100,000 units like we did back in ...

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MONSTER MAGNET To Sign With SANCTUARY RECORDS

MONSTER MAGNET are on the verge of inking a deal with Sanctuary Records for all territories outside Europe (where the band are signed to SPV Records). The band's latest CD, "Monolithic Baby" (view cover here), is scheduled to receive a European release today (Feb. 16) through SPV. A single containing the tracks "Unbroken ...

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SCORPIONS Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

Veteran German hard rockers SCORPIONS have been confirmed as the third headliner (alongside JUDAS PRIEST and EUROPE) at this year's installment of Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows (in alphabetical order): ABRAMIS BRAMA APRIL ...

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Review: 'Some Kind Of Monster' Captures METALLICA In Fabulous Crisis

James Christopher of the U.K.'s Times Online has reviewed the much-anticipated METALLICA documentary "Some Kind of Monster". "The needle match between [guitarist/vocalist James] Hetfield and [drummer Lars] Ulrich is the marvellously bitter heart," he writes. "The two take swings at each other like spoilt brats. 'You're just sitting here being a big dick,' snarls Ulrich ...

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MY DYING BRIDE Confirmed For Holland's WALDROCK Festival

MY DYING BRIDE are the latest act confirmed for this year's installment of the Waldrock festival, set to be held June 19, 2004 in Bergum, Holland. Also scheduled to appear are TWISTED SISTER, MONSTER MAGNET, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, CRADLE OF FILTH, CANNIBAL CORPSE, TRANSPORT LEAGUE, WITHIN TEMPTATION and FINNTROLL. A total of 14 bands will perform ...

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KITTIE's MORGAN On Writing New Material: No Rush, No Deadlines

The members of KITTIE recently spoke to SuicideGirls.com about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the follow-up to 2001's "Oracle". "You know, surprisingly I personally have had yet to encounter any difficulty while writing this time around," said frontwoman Morgan Lander. "I definitely can say that by far this is the most relaxed and ...

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UNIDA Finish Recording Song For HIGH TIMES Compilation

UNIDA, the California-based band featuring former KYUSS vocalist John Garcia, have finished recording a song for the compilation CD being released through High Times Records. The album, titled "High Volume: The Stoner Rock Collection", is expected to surface around April 20 and will feature such other artists as CLUTCH, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, MONSTER MAGNET, NEBULA, ...

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METALLICA: SUNDANCE Press Conference Posted Online

The four members of METALLICA were beamed into Park City, Utah on January 22 for a by-satellite press conference from their tour in Australia to coincide with the Sundance Film Festival premiere of their much-anticipated documentary "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster". Check out video footage of the press conference here. As previously reported, ...

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ATROCITY Confirmed For Germany's WITH FULL FORCE Festival

ATROCITY have been confirmed for the 11th edition of With Full Force festival, a three-day event set to be held July 2-4 at airport Roitzschjora, Löbnitz near Leipzig, Germany. ATROCITY will take the stage on July 4, according to a posting on the band's web site. Other acts set to appear at the festival include ...

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MONSTER MAGNET, SKID ROW Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

MONSTER MAGNET and SKID ROW have been confirmed for this year's installment of Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows (in alphabetical order): ABRAMIS BRAMA APRIL WINE ASTRAL DOORS BRAINSTORM CAGE CARNAL FORGE CHILDREN OF ...

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METALLICA's Four-Million-Dollar 'Monster' Hits The Road

METALLICA's much-anticipated documentary, "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" — an unusual look at the heavy metal band undergoing group therapy to help its members through addiction, fatherhood and "near-total disintegration" while recording their first original studio album in six years — cost a whopping $4 million to produce, according to a recent article in the ...

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GLUECIFER Enter Norwegian Album Chart At No. 2!

GLUECIFER have entered the Norwegian charts at position No. 2 with their new album, "Automatic Thrill". As reported here last week, GLUECIFER's latest single, "A Call From The Other Side", debuted on the Norwegian charts at position No. 15. The follow-up to 2002's "Basement Apes", "Automatic Thrill" was mixed by Ulf Holand at Lydlab studios ...

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