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H.I.M. Launch 'Heartagram Tattoo Project'

Finnish goth-metallers H.I.M. have launched the "Heartagram Tattoo Project." Just take a photo of any "Heartagram" tattoos you have on your body, then e-mail it to the band. They are collecting images for a project to be revealed later in 2005 and want their fans to be involved. More information is available at

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Burn the Flags - BY NIGHT

I was prepared to toss this one into the metalcore overflow bin, even though the press quote states: "Expect influences that range from EXTOL to MESHUGGAH, OPETH to ENTOMBED, and BREACH to BURST." One should always take such grandiose statements with a grain of salt anyway. In the case of "Burn the Flags" by Sweden's ...

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Prosecutors In GREAT WHITE Nightclub Fire Case To Present Victim's Audio Recording

The Associated Press is reporting that prosecutors in the Station nightclub fire case intend to use a digital audio recording made by one of the victims of the blaze. According to court papers, prosecutors plan to present audio captured by 33-year-old Matthew Pickett of Bellingham, Massachusetts. The Providence Journal reports Pickett apparently he brought the ...

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Former MISFITS Frontman Discharged From Military

Former MISFITS frontman Michale Graves has been given an honorable medical discharge from the military and will be returning home to New Jersey to rest and get his body back to 100 percent. Never one to sit still, Michale has already begun working on the next chapter in his life. Michale's new CD, "Punk Rock ...

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GWAR Speak At Illinois High School: Video Available

Freeport-Rockford, Illinois' WIFR-TV is reporting that members of the heavy metal band GWAR spent Wednesday afternoon (March 2) speaking to an excited South Beloit High School audience. "It makes me think that anything is possible. They did it. I can do it, anyone can do it," freshman Bridgette Murphy said. Music teacher Zack Newman spent ...

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HANOI ROCKS Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Finnish rock 'n' roll legends HANOI ROCKS have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: ACCEPT APOCALYPTICA AXEL RUDI PELL BLOODBATH CANDLEMASS CORVUS CORAX COUNT RAVEN DISSECTION ...

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GRAVE To Be Joined By Former Frontman At Stockholm Gig

On Friday, March 4, legendary Swedish death metallers GRAVE will be teaming up with VICIOUS ART, the new Swedish death/thrash band featuring Jörgen Sandström (THE PROJECT HATE, ex-ENTOMBED, GRAVE) on bass, for a show at Club Aggression in Stockholm, Sweden. Word has it that, if the alcohol level in Mr. Sandström's body gets high enough, ...

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GRAVE FLOWERS To Release New Album This Month

Long-running Swedish "dark metal" band GRAVE FLOWERS will release their second album, "Incarcerated Sorrows", on March 30 via Firebox Records. Included on the 11-song CD is a cover version of COUNT RAVEN's "Leaving the Warzone", recorded as a tribute to the Swedish doom legends. Cover art was handled by Tuomo Lethonen, who has previously worked ...

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KREATOR Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Veteran German thrashers KREATOR have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: ACCEPT APOCALYPTICA AXEL RUDI PELL BLOODBATH CANDLEMASS CORVUS CORAX COUNT RAVEN DISSECTION EDGUY ENDHAMMER EISREGEN ...

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PHILIP ANSELMO Working On BODY IN BLOOD Project

In an interview with SMNnews.com conducted last Thursday (Feb. 24), CROWBAR frontman Kirk Windstein was asked about the current whereabouts of his DOWN bandmate and SUPERJOINT RITUAL/ex-PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo following the recent death of ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. An excerpt from the interview follows: SMNnews.com: If you don't mind me asking, ...

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The Voyeurs of Destruction - PURE SWEET HELL

I've had the pleasure of having "Voyeurs" for well over a year and a half. So, some of my observations are how well this release has held up for me, but I'll still try and tell you what it "sounds" like, which is the toughest part of any review, especially this band. They put the ...

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SENTENCED To Play Final German Show At WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Finnish metallers SENTENCED will perform their last-ever show in Germany at the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken. A complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: ACCEPT APOCALYPTICA AXEL RUDI PELL BLOODBATH CORVUS CORAX COUNT RAVEN DISSECTION EDGUY ...

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EXHUMED Film Los Angeles Shows For Upcoming DVD

Californian gore-metallers EXHUMED have just completed filming two shows in Los Angeles at the Alterknit Lounge room of the Knitting Factory. "Both shows were oversold, and all the necromaniacs and slaughtercultists in attendance made it truly a weekend well worth filming," the group write on their web site. "The band is currently compiling in-depth interviews ...

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NASUM Frontman Confirmed Dead

Sweden's NASUM have posted the following message on their official web site: "Today — Thursday, February 17, 2005 — we recieved a confirmation that Mieszko Talarczyk [NASUM guitarist/vocalist] died in the tsunami disaster December 26, 2004. His body has been identified and will be transfered to Sweden shortly. "His closest family and friends ...

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ZYKLON Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

ZYKLON, the Norwegian band featuring former EMPEROR members Samoth (guitar) and Trym (drums), are the latest act to be confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken. A complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: ACCEPT APOCALYPTICA ...

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QUEEN Guitarist Growing Excited For Tour

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that QUEEN guitarist Brian May says he's growing more "excited" about the upcoming tour with FREE/BAD COMPANY vocalist Paul Rodgers as its start date draws closer. May told Britain's Uncut magazine, "As the tour approaches, it feels like my whole body and soul have been tipped upside down. It's now ...

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MORGANA LEFAY Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Swedish "heavy doom progressive" band MORGANA LEFAY are the latest act to be confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken. A complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: ACCEPT APOCALYPTICA AXEL RUDI PELL BLOODBATH CORVUS CORAX ...

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