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RAMMER: Canadian Tour Dates Announced

Toronto thrash metal quintet RAMMER has confirmed the following select shows in Southern Ontario in support of their recently released debut album "Cancer" (Blue Fog Recordings): May 05 - Guelph, ON @ The Shadow May 06 - London, ON @ Call The Office May 11 - Hamilton, ON @ The Underground Jun. 06 - Oshawa, ...

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ENSIFERUM Set Release Date For 10th Anniversary DVD

Finnish folk-influenced melodic death metal band ENSIFERUM have set a June 14 release date for the DVD of their 10th anniversary celebration concert, which took place Dec. 31, 2005 at Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland. The band are planning on entering the studio in November to begin recording their third album for a tentative early February ...

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IGGY POP Working On New STOOGES Disc

Billboard.com is reporting that punk icon Iggy Pop has been holed up in "a little cottage in the boonies on a little river" in Florida writing music with his old band the STOOGES. The as-yet-untitled set, the legendary rock act's first since 1973, is due out next year via Virgin and will be ...

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NICODEMUS: 'Next In Nocturne' Video Posted Online

Portland-based progressive metallers NICODEMUS have unveiled the web premiere of their new longform conceptual video for the track "Next In Nocturne". The clip is now available at the band's web site, www.nicodemus.us. The video was directed by Joni DeRouchie, a Northwest-based independent filmmaker who has worked on projects such as "Remote Control" and ...

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KATAGORY V: New Album Delayed

Utah-based progressive/power metallers KATAGORY V have had the release date of their new album, "The Rising Anger", pushed back one month to May 23 from the previously announced April 25. A statement from Nightmare Records regarding the delay reads as follows: "Due to some unseen circumstances during mastering and the time frame of when the ...

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PEARL JAM: More U.S. Tour Dates Announced

PEARL JAM have announced the second leg of their 2006 U.S. tour in support of their new, self-titled album due out May 2. Leg two is scheduled to kick off on June 23 in Pittsburgh, PA and will finish on July 22 in George, WA. According to Billboard.com, the George show will be "an evening ...

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LIVING COLOUR Guitarist To Release New Solo Album

On April 16, LIVING COLOUR guitarist Vernon Reid will release his third solo album and second featuring the backing of virtuosos called MASQUE. On "Other True Self", Vernon Reid exposes a vivid personal landscape. Each track illuminates one or another side of Vernon Reid: his African lineage in "Prof. Bebey", the Latin flavor of the ...

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ARCTURUS: 'Shipwrecked In Oslo' DVD Delayed

Due to "manufacturing issues," Season of Mist has pushed back the release date of the ARCTURUS DVD, entitled "Shipwrecked in Oslo", to May 22 from the previously announced April 24. The disc contains footage of the band's September 24, 2005 appearance at the Sonic Solstice Festival at Rockefeller in Oslo, Norway. Check out the "Shipwrecked ...

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The Trident - UNEARTHLY TRANCE

Relapse has a nose for sniffing out those special kinds of acts that usually bridge gaps, push boundaries, or possess that something extra to help set them apart from the rest of the herd. NYC's UNEARTHLY TRANCE is not quite as "out there" as vocalist/guitarist/noise-maker Ryan Lipynksy's black metal expeditionary force, THRALLDOM, but this third ...

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EMINENCE Announce New Bassist

Brazilian extreme metallers EMINENCE have announced the additon of bassist Rodrigo Nunes to the group's rnaks. Nunes joins the band as the replacement for previous bassist Jairo Guedz (former SEPULTURA guitarist), who left EMINENCE due to "personal reasons" and "scheduling conflicts." EMINENCE are tentatively scheduled to record their new album at the Ferretti Studio in ...

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ARTIMUS PYLEDRIVER Sign With DRT ENTERTAINMENT

Atlanta's own ARTIMUS PYLEDRIVER have inked a deal with DRT Entertainment. The band's self-titled DRT debut will be in stores June 6. "This album is just the beginning of our sonic assault on Southern rock and hardcore," raves singer Dave Slocum. "This is the shit that bridges the gap between DAVID ALLEN COE and BLACK ...

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AssassiNation - KRISIUN

First of all, if you haven't liked KRISIUN's virtuoso hyperspeed attack before, nothing on "AssassiNation" is going to change your mind. And if you do like them, don't be an idiot and worry when you hear about progression, or the occasional slow moment on this album. "Slow" is a relative term, folks — and KRISIUN ...

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Sinner's Intuition - ENFORSAKEN

I'll not beat around the bush. "Sinner's Intuition" by Chicago's ENFORSAKEN is one of the best examples of melodic death metal that I have heard in quite some time. Bold words, I know, but ENFORSAKEN gets everything right with the Gothenburg-infused style heard on its third full-length release (and first for Crash Music). It is ...

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SONIC SYNDICATE Begin Writing New Material

Swedish metal band SONIC SYNDICATE have finished writing eight songs for the follow-up to their debut album, "Eden Fire". New songtitles include "Psychic Suicide", "Blue Eyed Fiend", "Callous" and "Presence of Mind". "We're currently rehearsing these babies to perfection, and it sounds marvelous!" stated guitarist and songwriter Roger Sjunnesson. "Eden Fire", which was recorded at ...

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Acclaimed Metal Cover Artist Releases Artwork Book

Visual artist Juha Vuorma has released a limited-edition artwork book, which includes GHOULTOWN's "Fistful of Demons" poster and a foreword by Count Lyle (GHOULTOWN, SOLITUDE AETURNUS, GG ALLIN BAND). The book also includes cover paintings for such acts as AUTOPSY and IN THE WOODS, among others. Vuorma is an underground artist/musician from Finland, who played ...

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CLIVEAID 2006 Benefit Concert To Be Held In May

The organizers of Cliveaid, which was set up in 2004 as a fund-raising event for original IRON MAIDEN drummer Clive Burr (who suffers from multiple sclerosis), have issued the following update on this year's event: "It is with great pleasure that we can announce this year's 'Cliveaid' show. As you may or may not know, ...

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EMINENCE Part Ways With Ex-SEPULTURA Guitarist JAIRO GUEDZ

Brazilian extreme metallers EMINENCE have parted ways with bassist Jairo Guedz (former SEPULTURA guitarist) due to "personal reasons" and "scheduling conflicts." "Jairo has been a fantastic musician [in] the band for six years," the group write in a statement. "We would like to thank Jairo Guedz for his contribution and wish him well in his ...

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METALLICA: Estonian Date Announced

METALLICA have added an Estonian date to their upcoming "Escape from the Studio '06" tour. The group's schedule is now shaping up as follows: Jun. 03 - Nurburgring, GER - Rock Am Ring Festival Jun. 04 - Nurnberg, GER - Rock Im Park Festival Jun. 06 - Berlin, GER - Waldebuhne Jun. 08 - Arnhem, ...

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THE WILDHEARTS Frontman Schedules New York City Date

GINGER AND THE SONIC CIRCUS, the new band formed by ex-THE WILDHEARTS frontman Ginger, will play their first U.S. date at Don Hills in New York City on April 4. Upcoming GINGER AND THE SONIC CIRCUS shows now include: Mar. 23 - Glasgow, UK @ Cathouse Mar. 24 - Bradford, UK @ Rios Mar. 25 ...

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NICODEMUS Wrap Up Filming For 'Next In Nocturne' Video

Portland-based progressive metallers NICODEMUS have wrapped up the filming of a long-form conceptual video for the track "Next In Nocturne" from their current release "Vanity Is A Virtue" (Sonic Age Records). The video was directed by Joni DeRouchie, a Northwest-based independent filmmaker who has worked on projects such as "Remote Control" and "Bigger Than Jesus". ...

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