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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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DRAGONFORCE Announce Festival Appearances With IRON MAIDEN

London-based "extreme power metal" band DRAGONFORCE have announced the first of their major summer live appearances with IRON MAIDEN. The dates are as follows: May 29 - Mystic Festival @ Stadium Slaski - Chorzow, POL Jun. 11 - Gods Of Metal Festival @ Parco Nord Open Air Arena - Bologna, ITA Jun. 21 - Terra ...

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THUNDERSTONE: Tour Dates Announced

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have lined up the following dates during the coming months: Mar. 25 - Tampere, FIN @ Pakkahuone/Tulliklubi w/ HAMMERFALL, LORDI, FIREWIND: Apr. 21 - Pratteln, SWI @ Z 7 Apr. 22 - Filderstadt, GER @ Filharmonie Apr. 23 - Lichtenfels, GER @ Stadthalle Apr. 24 - Oberhausen, GER @ Turbinenhalle ...

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DEVILDRIVER Finish Recording New Album

DEVILDRIVER, the Santa Barbara, California-based band featuring former COAL CHAMBER singer Dez Fafara, have posted the following message on their official web site: "This past Sunday (Jan. 30), tracking on the upcoming DEVILDRIVER CD, 'The Fury of Our Maker's Hand', officially concluded. In fact, the last track to have vocals laid down was the title ...

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THUNDERSTONE: New Album Details Revealed

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have set "Tools of Destruction" as the title of their third full-length album, tentatively due in Europe on April 18 via Nuclear Blast Records. Release dates for the USA and Japan will be announced soon. "Tools of Destruction" was mixed at Timo Tolkki's (STRATOVARIUS) Goldenworks studio with producer/guitarist Nino Laurenne. ...

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ZAKK WYLDE Hits Studio To Record LYNYRD SKYNYRD Cover

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY/OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Zakk Wylde went into the studio on Tuesday, January 24 to lay down his version of a LYNYRD SKYNYRD classic for the upcoming tribute album, "Heavy Helping", due later in the year via Sanctuary Records. Other artists that have reportedly contributed to the CD include METALLICA, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, SEBASTIAN ...

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CROWBAR: New Song Available For Download

A brand new CROWBAR track, entitled "Dead Sun", has been made available for download at this location. "Dead Sun" comes off the group's new album, "Lifesblood for the Downtrodden", due on February 8 via Candlelight Records. The band will kick off their first tour in support of the record, alongside labelmates ENTOMBED, PRO-PAIN ...

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CROWBAR: New MP3 To Be Available Online This Weekend

Candlelight Records has announced the worldwide premiere of "Dead Sun" from CROWBAR's soon-to-be-released new album, "Lifesblood for the Downtrodden". Candlelight will premiere the song, also the album's lead video, beginning at 9:00 a.m. EST on Saturday, January 22. Bring your browser to the label's recently launched U.S. site at this location to download ...

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PENETRATOR Sign With SONIC AGE RECORDS

PENETRATOR, the Toronto-based power metal band featuring "Bulldog" Bess Ross, Tony Iommi's personal guitar tech during BLACK SABBATH's "Never Say Die" tour, have inked a deal with Greece's Sonic Age Records. The group's self-titled debut contains nine songs of "U.S.-type power metal with outstanding 'macho' vocals, reminding [the listener] of acts like JUDAS PRIEST ('Painkiller' ...

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DIRTY AMERICANS Sign North American Deal With LIQUOR AND POKER MUSIC

After receiving extensive international acclaim, "Strange Generation", the debut album from the Michigan-based quartet DIRTY AMERICANS, will receive a long-overdue domestic release by Liquor and Poker Music on March 22. The 13-track recording, produced by Paul Ebersold (3 DOORS DOWN, SALIVA), was initially released by Roadrunner Records last March in Europe and Japan, where it ...

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DEVILDRIVER Singer On New Album: 'Expect Brutality'

DEVILDRIVER, the Santa Barbara, California-based band featuring former COAL CHAMBER singer Dez Fafara, will release their sophomore album, "The Fury of Our Maker's Hand" on Roadrunner Records this coming spring. The follow-up to DEVILDRIVER's 2002 critically-acclaimed self-titled debut album, "The Fury of Our Maker's Hand" will be "a much more brutal, metal release" for the ...

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Former MORGION Members Launch New Band

According to a posting at Doom-Metal.com, former MORGION members Rhett Davis and Justin Christain have joined forces with NEPENTHEAN founder Ron Slater in a new band called KEEN OF THE CROW. Songs have been crafted and recording and touring are planned for the relatively near future. Musically speaking, the sonic output from KEEN ...

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DRAGONFORCE To Support ANGRA In Greece

Britain's "extreme power metal" band DRAGONFORCE will make their debut appearance in Greece as the special guest of ANGRA in February this year. The confirmed shows are as follow: Feb. 25 – Thessaloniki, GRE @ Hydrogios Club Feb. 26 – Athens, GRE @ Rodon Club These two shows follow DRAGONFORCE's one-off London headline show (Feb. ...

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CROWBAR's WINDSTEIN Auctioning Custom Guitar

CROWBAR guitarist/vocalist Kirk Windstein is auctioning a Les Paul custom guitar on eBay. "I just struck a deal with ESP and I'll be using them primarily," he writes on the group's web site. "I used this guitar for the drop B songs ('Bury Me In Smoke' and 'Eyes Of The South') on most ...

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METALLICA, SEBASTIAN BACH, ZAKK WYLDE To Appear On LYNYRD SKYNYRD Tribute CD

METALLICA, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, SEBASTIAN BACH, KID ROCK, SALIVA, Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE) and Dee Snider (TWISTED SISTER) are among the many artists that have reportedly contributed LYNYRD SKYNYRD tunes to an upcoming tribute album, "Heavy Helping", due later in the year via Sanctuary Records. C.O.C.'s contribution reportedly comes in the shape ...

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