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Reunited BRUTAL TRUTH Announces Worldwide Tour Dates

Recently reunited seminal grindcore/extreme metal outfit BRUTAL TRUTH have announced forthcoming U.K. and Japanese tours as well as select festival dates. After two very well-received performances at this year's Chicago's Electric City Rockfest and BW&BK 6-Pack Weekend IV, BRUTAL TRUTH has expanded their touring plans to include tours of the United Kingdom and Japan in ...

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THE VISION BLEAK Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

THE VISION BLEAK have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. The billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): AMORPHIS BELPHEGOR BENEDICTUM BLACK MAJESTY BLIND GUARDIAN CANNIBAL CORPSE COMMUNIC DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER DISILLUSION ENSLAVED GRAVE DIGGER HAGGARD ...

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BENEDICTUM Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

San Diego-based female-fronted power metallers BENEDICTUM have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. The billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): AMORPHIS BELPHEGOR BENEDICTUM BLACK MAJESTY BLIND GUARDIAN CANNIBAL CORPSE COMMUNIC DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER DISILLUSION ENSLAVED ...

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BATTERED Schedules Norwegian One-Off Date

BATTERED, the Norwegian band featuring former EINHERJER members Frode Glesnes (a.k.a. Grimar, vocals/guitar), Aksel Herløe (guitar) and Gerhard Storesund (a.k.a. Vivar, drums), has scheduled a one-off date at Byscenen in Haugesund, Norway on December 26. BATTERED is currently writing material for its second full-length effort, tentatively due next year. "While the bandmembers may have been ...

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STRATOVARIUS Mainman Begins Work On INFERNOISE CD

STRATOVARIUS mainman Timo Tolkki (guitar) has issued the following update: "Flying today to Madrid to do the INFERNOISE [Spanish metal band] production basics. I'll be there three weeks. Thank God it's not so hot this time of the year there, otherwise it would be INFERNOISE for me. I love cold, snow and rain. Well, being ...

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VADER Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Polish death metallers VADER have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. The billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): AMORPHIS BELPHEGOR BLACK MAJESTY BLIND GUARDIAN CANNIBAL CORPSE COMMUNIC DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER DISILLUSION ENSLAVED GRAVE DIGGER HAGGARD ...

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DIABLO Frontman To Guest On New OMNIUM GATHERUM CD

Finnish death metallers OMNIUM GATHERUM have tapped DIABLO frontman Rainer Nygård to lay down guest vocals on the group's upcoming third album, tentatively titled "Stuck Here on Snake's Way". The CD is currently being recorded at Southeast Studios in Karhula, Finland with producer Teemu Aalto. A studio diary entry, including video clips from the recording ...

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DEVILDRIVER Launches YouTube Channel

DEVILDRIVER, the Santa Barbara, California-based band featuring former COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara, has launched its own exclusive channel on YouTube. Go to this location to see videos, updates from the recording sessions and more. DEVILDRIVER recently entered Sonic Ranch studios in El Paso, Texas with producer Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, GOD FORBID) to ...

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MUNICIPAL WASTE Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Crossover thrash merchants MUNICIPAL WASTE have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. The billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): AMORPHIS BELPHEGOR BLACK MAJESTY BLIND GUARDIAN CANNIBAL CORPSE COMMUNIC DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER DISILLUSION ENSLAVED GRAVE DIGGER ...

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AMORPHIS: PROVINSSIROCK Performance To Air On Finnish TV

AMORPHIS' performance at this year's Provinssirock festival in Finland will be broadcast on Yle TV2 on December 3. A repeat airing is scheduled for December 6. Following their appearance at Helldone Festival on December 30 at Helsinki's Tavastia Club, AMORPHIS will head up north to Oulu, Finland for a New Year's Eve party at Club ...

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War - BORN FROM PAIN

"This war…is relentless!" comes the commanding bark of vocalist Ché Snelting and the gang shouts of his band mates in BORN FROM PAIN. It is a most appropriate introduction to an album that is every bit as explosive and riddled with bullets as any battlefield scene from anywhere in the world. This is the hard ...

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DEVILDRIVER Completes Drum Tracks For New CD

DEVILDRIVER, the Santa Barbara, California-based band featuring former COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara, has entered Sonic Ranch studios in El Paso, Texas to begin recording its third album, tentatively due next summer via Roadrunner Records. "We got to Sonic Ranch three days ago, loaded in and began getting drum tones yesterday," Dez writes in an ...

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DESTRUCTOR's New Full-Length Album Due Next Spring

DESTRUCTOR's headlining appearance at the opening night of the Keep It True VIII festival in Germany on April 13, 2007 is officially sold out. The legendary Cleveland, Ohio power/thrash band will be delivering an extended headlining set that will feature classics from past releases "Maximum Destruction" and "Sonic Bullet", along with selections from their forthcoming ...

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ELVENKING: New Touring Guitarist Announced

Italian folk/power metal band ELVENKING has introduced a new member to their live lineup. "After the European tour we have decided to fill Jarpen's [recently departed guitarist] place at least on the live side. The guy who's helping us out at the moment is Luca, a friend of ours. Both of us will take our ...

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NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE Parts Ways With POISON ARROW RECORDS

Finnish speed/thrash metal pioneers NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE have severed ties with Poison Arrow Records. This will not affect the band's co-operation with Trinity Records, which released the band's latest album, "Resurrection of the Wicked", earlier in the year. The CD was recorded at Helgate Studio and was mixed at Tonebox Studio by Kakke Vähäkuopus. As ...

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VICIOUS RUMORS Guitarist Performs JUDAS PRIEST Cover With BEYOND FEAR: Photos Available

VICIOUS RUMORS and BEYOND FEAR (featuring former JUDAS PRIEST and current ICED EARTH frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens) performed at The Lantaarn In Hellendoorn, Holland on Saturday, November 11. VICIOUS RUMORS guitarist Geoff Thorpe celebrated his birthday and joined BEYOND FEAR onstage to perform the JUDAS PRIEST song "The Green Manalishi". Check out pictures at

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ELVENKING: Studio Update

Italian folk/power metal band ELVENKING recently entered Gernhart studios in Germany to record the drums for their new album, tentatively due in early 2007 via AFM Records. A brief studio report can be found on the group's official web site. ELVENKING released its third album, "The Winter Wake", in Europe in January via ...

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PARAGON: Possible New Album Title Revealed

PARAGON bassist Jan Bünning has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Tomorrow [November 15] we will have the last rehearsal for our show on Friday which will take place at the Falkendom in Bielefeld, Germany. It will be the last show for this year, and and next Buschi (Andreas Babuschkin; vocals) ...

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OMNIUM GATHERUM Begins Recording New Album; Studio Diary Launched

Finnish death metallers OMNIUM GATHERUM entered Southeast Studios in Karhula, Finland on November 6 with producer Teemu Aalto to begin recording their third album, tentatively titled "Stuck Here On Snake's Way". So far, the drums have been recorded, according to a posting on the group's web site. A studio diary following the band's progress has ...

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GRENDEL To Release Debut Album In December

GRENDEL, the melancholic metal band from Finland, will release its debut album, "Lost Beyond Retrieval", on December 13. The group was formed in 1999 and has so far released two self-financed EPs and three promotional CDs. "Lost Beyond Retrieval" was recorded and mixed by Nino Laurenne at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki bewteen June and ...

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BATTERED: New Songs Are Starting To Take Shape

BATTERED, the new Norwegian band featuring former EINHERJER members Frode Glesnes (a.k.a. Grimar, vocals/guitar), Aksel Herløe (guitar) and Gerhard Storesund (a.k.a. Vivar, drums), has posted the following update on its official web site: "We started out 2006 with a bang, with excellent album reviews, and fantastic live reviews including KKKK in Kerrang! and being referred ...

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SONIC SYNDICATE To Enter Studio This Month

Swedish metal band SONIC SYNDICATE will enter Black Lounge Studios in Avesta, Sweden on November 20 with producer Jonas Kjellgren (SCAR SYMMETRY guitarist) to begin recording its second album, tentatively due in April 2007 on Nuclear Blast Records. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Psychic Suicide", "Blue Eyed Fiend", "Callous" and "Presence of ...

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