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VIO-LENCE Debut To Be Reissued In June

Megaforce Records will reissue VIO-LENCE's classic debut album, "Eternal Nightmare", on CD on June 28, 2005. Produced by John Cuniberti between February and April 1988 at Music Grinder and Alpha & Omega studios in Los Angeles and San Francisco, respectively, "Eternal Nightmare" sees brutal, speed-thrash riffage collide with a lightning-fast barrage of lyrics. The result: ...

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H.I.M.: Festival Appearances Announced

Finnish goth-metallers H.I.M. have lined up the following festival appearances during the coming months: Jun. 03 - Rock Im Park - Nürnberg, GER Jun. 05 - Rock Am Ring - Nürburgring, GER Jun. 11 - Download Festival - Donington, UK Jul. 09 - Ruisrock - Turku, FIN Aug. 13 - Summer Sonic - Tokyo, JPN ...

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HEVEIN: New Single Sample Posted Online

An audio sample of the new HEVEIN single, "iOta", has been posted online at the group's official web site. Due on April 6 via Spinefarm Records, the "iOta" single consists of the title cut and "Worth Fighting For". The recording was mixed by Mikko Karmila at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki and was mastered ...

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Anomalies - CEPHALIC CARNAGE

An apt title if there ever was one, if CEPHALIC CARNAGE's twisted style of mind fucking grindcore and death metal isn't anomalous in a world of pretenders and imitators, then please restate your definition of the term. It will come as no surprise to anyone that has spent any time at all with "Lucid Interval" ...

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The Pale Haunt Departure - NOVEMBERS DOOM

Being the best American doom metal band is sorta like being the best Italian chef in Des Moines. You may kick ass, but a lot of purists are gonna hold your address against you before they've sampled a bit of what you have to offer. NOVEMBERS DOOM has been dealing with this stigma since their ...

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SONIC X Release Debut Album Via Z RECORDS

Toronto-based hard rockers SONIC X have just released their self-titled debut CD on Z Records. "It's great to see the classic bands such as MÖTLEY CRÜE, JUDAS PRIEST, and even BILLY IDOL releasing new material and touring," said Adam Troy, lead singer for SONIC X, "It is very timely for what is happening with SONIC ...

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AKERCOCKE To Play First Gig Since Guitarist's Departure

The U.K.'s premier (and best dressed!) death metallers AKERCOCKE are set to play an exclusive one-off show at Headbangers Ballroom in Hamburg, Germany on Thursday, March 17. The gig will mark the group's first live performance since guitarist Paul Scanlan left the band (he has since been replaced by ex-BERZERKER guitarist Matt Wilcock). Also appearing ...

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THE BLACK HALOS Sign With LIQUOR AND POKER MUSIC

Vancouver, Canada's "most decadent rock outfit to date" THE BLACK HALOS have inked a deal with Liquor and Poker Music. Although there have been a plethora of punk and rock revivalists over the years, THE BLACK HALOS look to a slightly different golden age than that of THE CLASH and BUZZCOCKS; THE HALOS are more ...

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IMPALED NAZARENE: Death Comes In 26 Carefully Selected Pieces

Finnish extreme metallers IMPALED NAZARENE have posted the following message on their official web site: "Finally folks. IMPALED NAZARENE celebrates 15 years of chaos and drunken mayhem this year. To celebrate this achievement, we proudly present 'Death Comes In 26 Carefully Selected Pieces', our first official live album. "Recorded last December at Tavastia club in ...

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SILVER GINGER 5: 'Black Leather Mojo' Reissue To Include Bonus Disc

SILVER GINGER 5, the band featuring THE WILDHEARTS frontman Ginger and ex-ELECTRIC BOYS frontman/current HANOI ROCKS guitarist Conny Bloom, will have their "Black Leather Mojo" collection re-released this month by Sanctuary Records. The two-CD set features all the tracks from the original Japanese release, plus a bonus disc featuring live tracks and demos from the ...

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The Black Halo - KAMELOT

KAMELOT have walked the line between the prog/power scene and a more pomp AOR sheen for some time now, never descending too far into galloping European cliché, and maintaining a sonic toughness that keeps them in the metal camp. The addition of ex-CONCEPTION singer Roy Khan and the release of 2000's "The Fourth Legacy" brought ...

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SINISTHRA: Debut Album Details Revealed

SINISTHRA (formerly NEVERGREEN), the Finnish band featuring current AMORPHIS frontman Tomi Joutsen, will release their full-length debut, "Last of the Stories of Long Past Glories", on May 13 via Arise Records. The CD was recorded last summer at Sonic Pump studios and features a sound best described as "metal with all the most common metal ...

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ELVENKING: Studio Diary Posted Online

Italian folk/power metal band ELVENKING have launched a studio diary for their third album at their official web site. Check it out at this location. The follow-up to 2004's "Wyrd" is being recorded at the group's own Sherpa Studios while the mixing will take place at Sonic Pump studios in Finland with Nino ...

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VIOLENT STORM Sign Taiwanese Record Deal

VIOLENT STORM, the new band formed by ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/BLACKMORE'S NIGHT bassist Mick Cervino, have just signed a licensing deal with Rock Empire Music and Screaming Shout Records in Taiwan, republic of China. The group's debut album will be released in Taiwan on June 1. The Japanese release will take place on May 25 via King ...

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EXMORTEM To Headline Finland's JALOMETALLI FESTIVAL

Danish death metallers EXMORTEM have been confirmed as the headliners of the first night of this year's Jalometalli Festival, a two-day event set to be held August 19-20 in Oulu, Finland (LORD BELIAL will headline the second night). The complete list of artists currently confirmed to appear at the festival is as follows: ATAKHAMA BRUSSEL ...

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ELVENKING Begin Recording New Album

Italian folk/power metal band ELVENKING have officially commenced the recording sessions for their third album. "After the successful release of previous albums 'Heathenreel' (2001) and 'Wyrd' (2004), ELVENKING are ready to return with new songs and new line-up," reads a posting on the group's web site. "With singer Damangoras back in the band and the ...

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SINISTHRA Featuring AMORPHIS Singer Sign With ARISE RECORDS

SINISTHRA (formerly NEVERGREEN), the Finnish band featuring current AMORPHIS frontman Tomi Joutsen, have set "Last of the Stories of Long Past Glories" as the title of their full-length debut, tentatively due in May via Arise Records. The CD was recorded last summer at Sonic Pump studios and features a sound best described as "metal with ...

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LORD BELIAL To Headline Finland's JALOMETALLI Festival

According to a posting on their official web site, Sweden's LORD BELIAL have been confirmed as the headliners of the fourth annual Jalometalli Festival, set to be held August 19-20 in Oulu, Finland. The complete list of artists currently confirmed to appear at the festival is as follows: ATAKHAMA BRUSSEL KAUPALLINEN DE LIRIUM'S ORDER DEATHBOUND ...

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Singer MATT REARDON Completes Vocals For VIOLENT STORM Debut

Singer Matt Reardon has just finished laying down the vocals for the debut album from VIOLENT STORM, the new band formed by ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/BLACKMORE'S NIGHT bassist Mick Cervino. Hailing from the U.S., Reardon's roots are said to be in "metal, grunge and rock and roll of today." His "deep and unadulterated raw powerful baratone vocals ...

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ANIMOSITY Sign With BLACK MARKET ACTIVITIES

San Francisco-based death metal/hardcore band ANIMOSITY have inked a deal with Black Market Activities. The band will enter Castle Ultimate Studios on March 6 with engineer Zach Ohren to begin recording their new full-length album, "Empires". Artwork will be handled by Paul Romano (MASTODON, NASUM). According to the group, "Empires" is a natural and interesting ...

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CROWBAR: 'Dead Sun' Video Posted Online

CROWBAR's video for the track "Dead Sun" has been posted online at this location. "Dead Sun" comes off the group's new album, "Lifesblood for the Downtrodden", available now on Candlelight Records. The band have just kicked off their first U.S. tour in support of the record, alongside labelmates ENTOMBED, PRO-PAIN and THE ...

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HEVEIN Enter Studio To Record New Single

Finnish melodic thrashers HEVEIN entered Sonic Pump studios on February 5 with Nino Laurenne at the helm to begin recording their new single, entitled "iOta". The single will consist of the title cut and "Worth Fighting For" and will be mixed by Mikko Karmila at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki. An April 11 release via Spinefarm ...

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