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Once Was Not - CRYPTOPSY

It has taken a while for Canadian death metal techsters CRYPTOPSY to get back on track after the departure of Mike DiSalvo. The last studio album was 2000's "And Then You'll Beg", after which vocalist Martin LaCroix entered the picture, lasting long enough to perform on concert LP "None so Live" and eventually departing. It ...

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POWER OF OMENS Call It A Day

San Antonio-based progressive metallers POWER OF OMENS have split up. An official statement on the matter by the group's guitarist, David Gallegos, reads as follows: "To all of our devoted fans… It comes with great sorrow the news I'm about to bring you. "For almost 12 years, this band has consistently found ways to be ...

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DISILLUSION Part Ways With Bassist, Seek Replacement

DISILLUSION, the prog-death band from Leipzig, Germany, have parted ways with bassist Ralf Willis less than five months after he joined the group. "Although we were highly euphoric in the beginning, we now know that things simply did not go together," the group write on their web site. "In Willis, the band has lost an ...

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ATARGATIS Putting Finishing Touches On Full-Length Debut

German gothic/dark metal band ATARGATIS, featuring female singer Stephanie Luzie (DARKWELL), are putting the finishing touches on their full-length debut, "Wasteland", at Hellion studios (DARKSEED, EQUILIBRIUM) in Munich, Germany. The CD will include a new version of the group's "hit" song "Angels Crying", which topped the German dark metal chart at www.mp3.de for 10 months ...

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RUSH Guitarist To Take Part In GOLFAPALOOZA

RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson will be participating in the eighth annual Golfapalooza Tournament on September 2, 2005 at Angus Glen Golf Club Markham, Ontario. Golfapalooza features Canada's best musicians and sports heros joined together to golf, celebrate and raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). Other confirmed celebrities include Richard Zokal, Ian Leggatt, Lanny ...

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ARMANI DEATH MACHINE To Support MESHUGGAH In Atlanta

Atlanta, Georgia-based metallers ARMANI DEATH MACHINE have been confirmed as the support act for MESHUGGAH on Monday, November 7 at the Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia. ARMANI DEATH MACHINE recently finished mixing their new four-song EP with Shawn Zuzek. The follow-up to the group's "Geared" full-length CD (2002) will feature the following track listing: 01. Sequence ...

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SAMAEL Begin Writing New Material

Switzerland's SAMAEL will spend the next few months writing material for the follow-up to last year's "Reign of Light" album. The group's as-yet-untitled new CD is not expected to surface until late 2006 at the earliest. In other news, SAMAEL's Vorph and Makro have secured an endorsement deal with ESP Guitars. SAMAEL's last release was ...

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ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO: More Tour Dates Announced

ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO, the experimental band led by former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick, have announced the following dates in August: Aug. 23 - Chicago, IL @ Martyr's Aug. 24 - Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall Aug. 25 - Cincinnati, OH @ Sudsy Malone's Aug. 26 - Cleveland, OH @ Nighttown Aug. 27 - Detroit, MI ...

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Coextinction - PLAYERS CLUB

Fans of pavement-scraping New York hatenoise along the lines of UNSANE and early HELMET should already be familiar with the liverish slice of rancid loud that is JJ PARADISE PLAYER'S CLUB. Put simply, if you buy FUDGE TUNNEL CDs out of the dollar bin to impress upon unwary friends, and if the words "produced by ...

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ARMANI DEATH MACHINE Complete Work On New EP

Atlanta, Georgia-based metallers ARMANI DEATH MACHINE have finished mixing their new four-song EP with Shawn Zuzek, who flew out from Los Angeles to produce the recording. The follow-up to the group's "Geared" full-length CD (2002) will feature the following track listing: 01. Sequence of Events 02. Concrete 03. Flatline 04. Get Right ARMANI DEATH MACHINE ...

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HORTUS ANIMAE: Release Date Set For 'The Blow Of Furious Winds'

Greece's Sleaszy Rider Records has set a September 12 European release date for the new album from HORTUS ANIMAE, the extreme experimental metal project of ANCIENT drummer Diego "GroM" Meraviglia. Entitled "The Blow of Furious Winds", the follow-up to the group's acclaimed 2003 debut, "Waltzing Mephisto", was recorded and mixed at Italy's Alpha-Omega Studios with ...

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NIGHTMARE Confirmed For France's VIBES IN PARIS FESTIVAL

French power metallers NIGHTMARE have been confirmed for the Vibes In Paris Festival, set to take place November 20 at La Loco in Paris, France. Also scheduled to appear at the festival are AFTER FOREVER, MAGICA, MALEDICTION and DORNFALL. As previously reported, NIGHTMARE have scheduled a CD-release party for their fifth album, "The Dominion Gate", ...

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REQUIEM AETERNAM To Play 10th Anniversary Show In New York City

Melodic black metal band REQUIEM AETERNAM, originally from Uruguay but currently based in New York, will mark their 10th anniversary by performing a special show in New York City in September. The group are also working on booking their first-ever U.S. tour. Exact cities and dates will be announced during the coming months. As previously ...

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TESTAMENT: Tacoma Photos Posted Online

TESTAMENT's original lineup — Chuck Billy (vocals), Eric Peterson (guitar), Alex Skolnick (guitar), Greg Christian (bass), and Louie Clemente (drums) — performed at the Old Shipwreck in Tacoma, WA on July 8. Check out pictures from AbrasiveRock.com. TESTAMENT recently completed a two-week European tour and made an appearance at the Louder Harder Faster ...

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NIGHTMARE Schedule 'The Dominion Gate' Release Party

French power metallers NIGHTMARE have announced a CD-release party for their fifth album, "The Dominion Gate", on Friday, September 9 at L’Art-scène in St. Martin D'Hères, France. "The Dominion Gate" is scheduled for release this fall via Regain Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Silent Room", "The Dominion Gate" was recorded at Soundsuite Studio with Norwegian ...

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