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NICODEMUS To Film Video For 'Next In Nocturne'

Portland-based progressive metallers NICODEMUS will be filming a long-form conceptual video for the track "Next In Nocturne" from their current release, "Vanity Is A Virtue". The video is being directed by Joni DeRouchie, a Northwest-based independent filmmaker who has worked on projects such as "Remote Control" and "Bigger Than Jesus". DeRouchie is a critically acclaimed ...

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AMORPHIS To Perform At Second Annual FINNISH METAL EXPO

Finland's AMORPHIS will celebrate the release of their new album, "Eclipse", with a live appearance at the second annual Finnish Metal Expo, which will take place on February 17-18, 2006 at Kaapelitehdas in Helsinki, Finland. Other bands scheduled to perform at the Expo include U.D.O., AJATTARA, SWALLOW THE SUN, VERJNUARMU, ANJ, NAILDOWN and many more. ...

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IMPALED NAZARENE Finish Recording New Album

Finnish extreme metallers IMPALED NAZARENE have finished recording their ninth studio album, "Pro Patria Finlandia", at Sonic Pump studio with producer Tapio Pennanen and will mix the CD in January. The album will be mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox studios for a tentative March 28, 2006 release through Osmose Productions. Cover artwork will be ...

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ELVENKING: New Album Cover Art, Track Listing Revealed

Italian folk/power metal band ELVENKING have finalized the track listing for their third album, "The Winter Wake", due on January 27, 2006 via AFM Records. The follow-up to 2004's "Wyrd" was recorded at Sherpa Studios (Italy), mixed at Sonic Pump Studios by Nino Laurenne and was mastered at Finnvox Studios by Mika Jussilla. "The Winter ...

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ZAKK WYLDE To Be Inducted Into HOLLYWOOD'S ROCKWALK

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY/OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Zakk Wylde will be inducted into Guitar Center's Hollywood's RockWalk, located at 7425 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, CA, on Tuesday, January 27, 2006 at noon. This event is FREE and open to the public. Wylde has played a significant role in the solo career of BLACK SABBATH frontman Ozzy Osbourne, ...

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AMORPHIS: More 'Eclipse' Details Revealed

The new AMORPHIS album, "Eclipse", is scheduled for release on February 17, 2006 on Nuclear Blast Records. The first single, "House of Sleep", will be released January 4, 2006. Introducing new vocalist Tomi Joutsen (SINISTHRA), AMORPHIS' seventh full-length release in their 15-year career marks a fresh start for the Finnish band. Thematically, however, the group ...

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WITCH Sign With TEE PEE RECORDS

WITCH, the band featuring J. Mascis of DINOSAUR JR. on drums alongside members of FEATHERS, have inked a deal with Tee Pee Records. WITCH began recording their self-titled debut record on October 10 with John Agnello (DINOSAUR JR., EARLY MAN, SCREAMING TREES, LAMB OF GOD) at the helm. The band's musical direction is being described ...

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AMON AMARTH Frontman Checks In From Dallas

AMON AMARTH frontman Johan Hegg has posted the following tour report on the band's official web site: "Time flies when you're having fun, and time during the last three weeks has been super sonic!! Since last time we checked in we've played Salt Lake City, Seattle, Vancouver, Portland, San Fransisco, Santa Ana, Los Angeles, Phoenix ...

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SILENT VOICES Complete Work On Third Album

SILENT VOICES, the Finnish melodic metal band featuring SONATA ARCTICA keyboardist keyboardist Henrik Klingenberg, REQUIEM/MENTAL CARE FOUNDATION bassist Pasi Kauppinen and SENTIMENT singer Michael Henneken, have completed work on their third album. Entitled "Building up the Apathy" the CD's musical direction is being described as "considerably more progressive" than that on the group's previous album, ...

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NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE: New Album Samples Posted Online

Reunited Finnish speed/thrash metal pioneers NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE will release their new album, entitled "Resurrection of the Wicked", in January 2006 via Poison Arrow Records. Two sample tracks from the CD — "Determination" and "Falling to Pieces" — have been posted online at the band's official web site. "Resurrection of the Wicked" was ...

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Emerald Vulture - SOURVEIN

Oh it's ugly alright...hairy and sticky too. SOURVEIN has returned with another helping of viscous swamp dirges. Guitars cranked to 10, the four stings just a buzzin, and T-Roy Medlin's (ex-BUZZOV*EN) vokills a tad less scratchy and every bit as brain-fried and miserable as WEEDEATER's Dave "Dixie" Collins. "Emerald Vulture" is the first of three ...

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MINISTRY: Photos Of New Lineup Posted Online

Two brand-new photos of MINISTRY taken during the recording sessions for their new album, "Rio Grande Blood", at Sonic Ranch studios in Tornillo, Texas have been posted online: Photo#1 (left to right: Tommy Victor [PRONG, ex-DANZIG], Al Jourgensen, Paul Raven [KILLING JOKE]), Photo#2 (left to right: Raven, drummer Mark Baker, Jourgensen, ...

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GLORIA MORTI Part Ways With Bassist

Finnish black metallers GLORIA MORTI have parted ways with bassist Jukka Salonen. "The decision is mutual and a very difficult one," the band write on their web site. "However, everyone feels strongly that this is the right decision for everyone and totally a win-win situation. The split is totally amicable and there is no bad ...

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DRAGONFORCE Sign With ROADRUNNER For U.K., France, Australia And New Zealand

Roadrunner Records has announced the signing of "extreme power metal" icons DRAGONFORCE, for the U.K., France, Australia and New Zealand. The truly multi-national London-based outfit is fronted by South African-born frontman ZP Theart and completed by drummer David Mackintosh, Ukrainian keyboardsman Vadim Pruzhanov and the twin-guitar assault of Herman Li and New Zealander Sam Totman. ...

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AMENRA Sign With HYPERTENSION RECORDS

Hypertension Records has announced signing of Belgian noisegiants AMENRA. The CD version of the group's latest effort, "Mass III", will be issued on February 15, 2006. "Mass III", which is already drawing critical acclaim from some of Europe's leading rock and metal press, was produced by The Dice, mixed by Zlaya Hadzic (SONIC YOUTH) and ...

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ENSIFERUM To Release 'Dragonheads' In February

Finnish folk-influenced melodic death metal band ENSIFERUM, now featuring in its ranks NORTHER frontman Petri Lindroos, have set "Dragonheads" as the title of their new EP, due in February 2006 via Spinefarm Records. The mini-CD is being recorded at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki and will contain one new track, new studio recordings of several ...

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DRAGONFORCE: Two Headline Shows In Holland Announced

London-based "extreme power metal" band DRAGONFORCE have confirmed two headlining shows as part of their "Inhuman Rampage European Tour: The First Strike" in 2006. The dates are as follow: Mar. 05 - W2 - Den Bosch, NETH Mar. 06 - Melkweg - Amsterdam, NETH A complete list of upcoming DRAGONFORCE dates can be found at ...

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THE BANNER To Hit The Road With NODES OF RANVIER

THE BANNER have announced they will hit the road in December with NODES OF RANVIER. After conquering the hardcore scene of their homestate of New Jersey, THE BANNER recently took to the road, supporting WALLS OF JERICHO on their national tour. The group also just released their first album for Ferret Records, entitled "Each Breath ...

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OMNIUM GATHERUM: MEGADETH, DEATH Covers Posted Online

Finnish death metallers OMNIUM GATHERUM have uploaded their covers of MEGADETH's "Hangar 18" and DEATH's "Suicide Machine" on their MySpace.com page. OMNIUM GATHERUM's latest album "Years in Waste", was released in the U.S. in March via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Spirits and August Light" was recorded at Sonic Pump studios ...

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BURNING POINT: New Demo Samples Posted Online

Finnish power metallers BURNING POINT have uploaded audio samples of two new demo songs — "Nocturnal Sight" and "Bring Me Oblivion" — at their official web site. Check them out at this location. BURNING POINT released their latest, critically aclaimed album "Feeding Their Flames" in 2003 on Limb Music. The band consists of Pete Ahonen ...

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AMORAL: 'Bleeder' Live Video Posted Online

Finnish melodic death metallers AMORAL have uploaded a live video of the song "Bleeder" at their official web site. The clip was shot on November 5 at Gloria in Helsinki, Finland and can be viewed at this location (Windows Media). "Bleeder" comes off AMORAL's second album, "Decrowning", available now on Spikefarm Records. AMORAL ...

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DRAGONFORCE Forced To Cancel New York Show

Due to "unforeseen circumstances," London-based "extreme power metal" band DRAGONFORCE will not be able to gain entry to the U.S. this time around to play the show at New York City's CBGBs on November 22. "The band are as stunned by this news as their fans who have waited a long time to see them ...

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ELVENKING: Live Shows Announced

Italian folk/power metal band ELVENKING have set "The Winter Wake" as the title of their third album, due on January 27, 2006 via AFM Records. The follow-up to 2004's "Wyrd" was recorded at Sherpa Studios (Italy), mixed at Sonic Pump Studios by Nino Laurenne and was mastered at Finnvox Studios by Mika Jussilla. ELVENKING have ...

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DISSECTION Part Ways With Bassist HAAKON FORWALD

Reactivated Swedish death metallers DISSECTION have parted ways with recently recruited bassist Haakon Forwald (a.k.a. General K; MYRKSKOG, DISIPLIN). The group's official statement on the matter reads as follows: "As a result of bassist Haakon Forwald's family situation back home in Norway and his initiatory work with the Norwegian cell division of the Misanthropic Luciferian ...

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DRAGONFORCE: New Song Available For Download

A brand-new DRAGONFORCE track, entitled "Through the Fire and Flames", is available for download at this location. The song comes off the London-based "extreme power metal" band's upcoming third album, "Inhuman Rampage", due on January 9, 2006. The follow-up to 2004's "Sonic Firestorm" was recorded at Thin Ice Studios in Virginia Water (Surrey) ...

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