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Raw Dark Pure - SONIC REIGN

Well, it's not a name I would have suggested for a ripping black metal band, but Germany's SONIC REIGN make up for it with a solid debut album (not counting the demo) in "Raw Dark Pure". Consisting of members Ben (vocals, guitar) and Sebastian (drums), SONIC REIGN do a nice job of crafting songs that ...

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THE ESOTERIC: New Music Posted Online

Critically-acclaimed sonic trailblazers THE ESOTERIC have posted three new tracks from their highly-anticipated new album, "Subverter", online at their MySpace page. The tracks include the rocking "Destroy, She Said" as well as the titanic "Language Is a Virus / Shipyards of Foreign Cities" and the mind-bending "Clone Culture and the Cut-Up Method". Produced ...

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VICIOUS RUMORS: 'Warball' Artwork Revealed

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers VICIOUS RUMORS have posted the cover artwork for their new album, "Warball", at this location. Due in October via Mascot Records, the CD was recorded at Trident Studios in Pacheco, CA by Geoff Thorpe and Juan J. Orteaga and includes lead-guitar contributions from Brad Gillis (NIGHT RANGER) ...

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GLORIA MORTI To Enter Studio In October

Finnish black metallers GLORIA MORTI have issued the following update: "After long and painful writing process, GLORIA MORTI have finally set the dates for the recording of their second album. The recording is scheduled to begin at the early October and the album should be ready for release in the spring of 2007. Further info ...

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NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE Begins Demoing New Material

Finnish speed/thrash metal pioneers NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE have started demoing new material, according to a posting on the band's official web site. "Five brand new songs are starting to take shape," the posting adds. NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE's latest CD, entitled "Resurrection of the Wicked", was released earlier in the year via Poison Arrow Records. The ...

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SEBASTIAN BACH Drummer BOBBY JARZOMBEK Checks In

Drummer extraordinaire Bobby Jarzombek (HALFORD, ICED EARTH, SEBASTIAN BACH) has issued the following update: "It's been a busy summer (can you believe this heat we've been having....?!) and I thought I'd update you all on the latest in my neck o' da woods. "Back in June I recorded my drum tracks for the upcoming SEBASTIAN ...

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STRATOVARIUS Frontman Begins Recording New Solo Album

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto has entered Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland in August to begin recording his third solo album, tentatively due in early 2007 via his own label, High and Loud Records. "Mirka [Rantanen] has already laid down some good drum tracks with excellent drum sounds at the Sonic Pump Studios," Timo writes ...

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IMPERANON: New Demo Samples Available

Finnish melodic thrash/death metallers IMPERANON have uploaded several audio samples from their recently completed five-song demo at their official web site. The track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Corroded 02. Dead in the Water 03. Wound 04. Trendhold 05. Set It Off IMPERANON recently parted ways with bassist Eki Nurmikari ...

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IMPERANON Parts Ways With Bassist, Announces Replacement

Finnish melodic thrash/death metallers IMPERANON have issued the following update: "Since Eki Nurmikari [bass] had to go to the Great Southern Germany after his work, he couldn't be part of IMPERANON no longer, for no more than practical reasons. Eki leaving, we faced another line-up change in the band. After long discussions between the remaining ...

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VICIOUS RUMORS Complete Work On 'Warball'

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers VICIOUS RUMORS have completed work on their new album, "Warball", due in October via Mascot Records. The CD was recorded at Trident Studios in Pacheco, CA by Geoff Thorpe and Juan J. Orteaga and includes lead-guitar contributions from Brad Gillis (NIGHT RANGER) and Thaen Rassmussen (ANVIL CHORUS). The group's ...

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NECRODEATH Working On 'Master Of Morphine' Video

Long-running Italian black/thrash metallers NECRODEATH are currently working on a video for the song "Master of Morphine" from their latest album "100% Hell". In other news, NECRODEATH has been confirmed to headline the 2006 edition of the "Boat of Metal" festival, a unique one-day cruise through the Venice lagoon and islands (with destination Piazza San ...

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VICIOUS RUMORS Guitarist Hospitalized With Appendix Infection

Bassist Dave Starr of the veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers VICIOUS RUMORS has posted the following message on the band's official forum: "VICIOUS RUMORS guitarist Geoff Thorpe is in the hospital here in Alameda, Ca. with an infection in his appendix and he is waiting for surgery. If anyone would like to send him ...

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Angel Maker - BURN IN SILENCE

When a metalcore album starts out and makes me think of the first SINISTER record, I'm gonna sit up and take notice. Unfortunately, it only happens for the first few seconds, but the heavy synths laid atop crushing start-stop rhythms lay the groundwork for a surprisingly solid and very satisfying debut album. The quick tagline ...

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MACHINE MEN To Enter Studio Next Month

Vocalist Antony of the Finnish melodic metal act MACHINE MEN has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "If you have wondered why there is so quiet like in a church — the reason is simple. We have been in a local bar all days watching football and drinking beer. And we ...

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VICIOUS RUMORS To Release 'Warball' In October

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers VICIOUS RUMORS have changed the projected title of their new album to "Warball" from the previously announced "Sonic Rebellion". The CD was recorded at Trident Studios in Pacheco, CA by Juan J. Orteaga and includes guitarists Brad Gillis (NIGHT RANGER) and Thaen Rassmussen. The group's first CD with new ...

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ENSIFERUM Announces Release Date For New Album

Finnish folk-influenced melodic death metal band ENSIFERUM will enter the studio in November to begin recording their third album for a tentative February 21, 2007 release through Spinefarm Records. ENSIFERUM recently entered the Music DVD chart in their home country at position No. 2 with their "10th Anniversary Live" (Spinefarm) effort. The disc was recorded ...

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The Complete Recordings - ELDOPA

Here is a brief history lesson for you, courtesy of Tee Pee Records. ELDOPA was formed in 1995 by bassist Andy Branton, vocalist/guitarist Greg Valencia, vocalist/guitarist Brian Ward, and drummer Sean Taylor. Coming from bands ECONOCHRIST, SAMIAM, and GRIMPLE, and moving on to WATCH THEM DIE (Valencia), MEN OF PORN (Taylor), and KALAS (Branton), "The ...

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STRATOVARIUS Frontman To Begin Recording New Solo Album Next Month

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto will enter Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland in August to begin recording his third solo album, tentatively due in early 2007 via his own label, High and Loud Records. KOTIPELTO's sophomore solo album, "Coldness", was released in Europe in April 2004 through Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Waiting ...

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AMORPHIS: New Dates Announced

Following their appearance at the Scooprock Festival in Mikkeli, Finland on Friday, September 15, AMORPHIS will play a one-off club gig at Nosturi in Helsinki on Saturday, September 16. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, July 21. In other news, a brief AMORPHIS feature has been included in Imperiumi/MeduusaÄäni's Finnish Metal Expo special, which ...

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EMINENCE Announces New Album Title

Brazilian extreme metallers EMINENCE have set "The God of all Mistakes" as the title of their new album, tentatively due late 2006/early 2007 via an as-yet-undetermined label. The follow-up to 2004's "Humanology" will be recorded at the Ferretti Studio in the band's hometown of Belo Horizonte with engineer Stanley Soares (SEPULTURA's "Dante XXI") and will ...

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As Rapture Comes - GRAVE

What we have here is a good old-fashioned career upswing. The 2002 release of "Back from the Grave" marked GRAVE's comeback, while 2004's "Fiendish Regression" proved that the Swedish death metal legends had no plans to hang up the gloves any time soon. On "As Rapture Comes", GRAVE has hit bloody pay dirt! It is ...

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Inhuman Rampage - DRAGONFORCE

Should one believe the hype about DRAGONFORCE's extreme power metal prowess? Has the PR engine blown out of proportion the band's lightning quick shred fests and soaring melodic vocal passages? Probably, but that doesn't mean that the boys aren't a well-oiled machine. The members of DRAGONFORCE are immensely talented, the songwriting is good, if a ...

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ASSASSIN: Finnish Dates Announced

Reformed German thrashers ASSASSIN will make their Finnish live debut in late September/early October. Support on the dates will come from Finland's thrash machine and management stablemates NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE. The details are as follows: Aug. 31 - Helsinki, FIN @ Tavastia Sep. 02 - Lappeenranta, FIN @ Nightlife ASSASSIN has inked a deal with ...

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SUBSONIC To Film New Video

SUBSONIC, the solo project of former CELTIC FROST guitarist Ron Marks, will shoot a new video in Chicago between July 28 and August 3. The video will once again be directed by Jason Meudt. No further details are currently available. In other news, Marks recently posted the following message on his MySpace page: "I've just ...

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