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CURSED To Embark On European Tour

Canadian noisecore quintet CURSED will be heading to Europe in January for their first major tour outside of North America. They will release their second album, "Two", on Goodfellow Records on January 24, 2005 (distributed exclusively in the U.K. by Shellshock, in Germany by Century Media, in the USA by Lumberjack and in Canada by ...

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DEVILDRIVER: Recording Update

DEVILDRIVER, the Santa Barbara, California-based band featuring former COAL CHAMBER singer Dez Fafara, are currently at Sonic Ranch studio in Tornillo, Texas recording the follow-up to their self-titled debut, tentatively due in April/May 2005 via Roadrunner Records. Commented Fafara: "First of all, DEVILDRIVER would like to thank you all for a great year — anyone ...

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THROES OF DAWN: 'Vertigo' Video To Receive German Premiere

Finnish dark metal band THROES OF DAWN's latest music video, "Vertigo", will receive a German television premiere on Sunday, December 5 on the Viva channel's "Hell's Kitchen" program. As previously reported, THROES OF DAWN will release their latest album, "Quicksilver Clouds", in the U.S. in January 2005 via Cleopatra Records. The U.S. version of the ...

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AKERCOCKE Split With Guitarist

The U.K. Satanic black/death metal band AKERCOCKE have parted ways with guitarist Paul Scanlan. "The other members of the band feel that an injection of new blood would be the best way to achieve maximum creativity shaping their second album for Earache Records," reads a posting on the group's web site. "Scanlan's contribution to the ...

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DRAGONFORCE, ANGRA Announce One-Off U.K. Concert

Britain's "extreme power metal" band DRAGONFORCE and Brazilian melodic metallers ANGRA will be teaming up for a special one-off concert in London on Monday, February 21, 2005. The show, which will take place at The Mean Fiddler, will mark ANGRA's first-ever appearance in the U.K. DRAGONFORCE recently completed a successful U.K. tour in support of ...

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AURA NOIR: New Music Available For Download

Norwegian thrashers AURA NOIR have posted two full-length MP3s from their recently released album, "Merciless", at their official web site. Download the tracks "Hell's Fire" and "Black Deluge Night" at this location. "Merciless" was issued via Tyrant Syndicate Records (a division of Peaceville/Snapper Records), a new label started by Nocturno Culto ...

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SHADOWS FALL In Talks With Major Labels

According to Hits Daily Double, label reps from Hollywood, Epic, RCA, Capitol and others showed up for the SHADOWS FALL concert last week at the House of Blues on Sunset. The Syndicate-repped group has reportedly fulfilled its commitment to current label Century Media. The band's latest album, "The War Within", debuted in the Top 20 ...

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DEVILDRIVER Enter Studio To Record New Album

DEVILDRIVER, the Santa Barbara, California-based band featuring former COAL CHAMBER singer Dez Fafara, are scheduled to enter Sonic Ranch studio in Tornillo, Texas today (Nov. 15) with producer Colin Richardson (MACHINE HEAD, FEAR FACTORY, NAPALM DEATH) to begin recording their sophomore album, tentatively due in April/May 2005 via Roadrunner Records. The as-yet-untitled effort will be ...

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THE MEADS OF ASPHODEL Outline Upcoming Activities

U.K. black metallers THE MEADS OF ASPHODEL have posted the following update on their official web site: "'The Mill Hill Sessions' CD is now out on Godreah Records. This airs the band in a raw environment with guitars taking over the main sound, leaving the keyboards at a bare minimum. HAWKWIND's Alan Davey and Huw ...

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SUBSONIC Launch Official Web Site

SUBSONIC, the solo project of former CELTIC FROST guitarist Ron Marks, have launched ther official web site at this location. SUBSONIC's sophomore album, "No Such Soul", was released last week through Sonic Wave America. The follow-up to 2002's "Super-Vel" (Outlaw Entertainment) is available worldwide at such stores as Best Buy, Tower, Borders, Wherehouse, ...

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IMPERANON Finish Writing Four New Songs

Finnish melodic thrash/death metallers IMPERANON have finished writing four new songs for their sophomore album, tentatively due late next year through Nuclear Blast Records. The upcoming CD will be the follow-up to the group's debut, "Stained", which was released in May through Nuclear Blast. That CD was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios with engineer Nino ...

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THUNDERSTONE Begin Recording New Album

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have commenced work on their third album at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki for an April 2005 release through Nuclear Blast Records. Recording sessions for the follow-up to this year's "The Burning" will last until the end of the year, while the mixing process will take place in early 2005. ...

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Size Matters - HELMET

When listening to early HELMET, I always got this feeling of a massive wall of concrete rumbling across and flattening everything in its path. The band sounded so tight, so heavy, and so monolithic that it always generated a feeling of massive, controlled power. Frontman Page Hamilton's vocals veered effectively between a raging howl and ...

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OVERLORDE: New Album Due In December

Sonic Age Records has set a December 17, 2004 release date for the new album from American power metallers OVERLORDE, entitled "Return of the Snow Giant". The CD was recorded and mixed at Trax East studios in South River, NJ by Eric Kvortek and Eric Rachel, respectively. "Return of the Snow Giant" (view cover

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NIRVANA: Original 'In Bloom' Video To Re-Surface

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that the original video for NIRVANA's "In Bloom" will re-surface the week of November 8, two weeks before the band's long-awaited box set, titled "With the Lights Out", hits stores on November 23. The most striking difference between the old clip and the one most of us are familiar with ...

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IMPERANON Guitarist Collaborates With Keyboardist RISTO KUPIAINEN: Audio Available

Guitarist Aleksi Sihvonen of Finnish melodic thrash/death metallers IMPERANON recently recorded a song called "Pentatonic School" with a young and talented keyboardist by the name of Risto Kupiainen. You can download the track here. For more information about Risto, visit www.speedpianosoolo.cjb.net. As previously reported, IMPERANON recently parted ways with guitarist Lauri ...

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ANTHRAX Guitarist Talks Politics, Touring With DIO

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has posted another installment of his regular online column, dubbed "Alpha Mail". A couple of excerpts follow: On upcoming presidential elections: "There have been three televised debates between Kerry and Bush and Kerry has won all three. And don't just think I'm being partisan; I saw polls on Fox News say ...

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DOORS OF THE 21ST CENTURY Prepping Live DVD

THE DOORS OF THE 21ST CENTURY, featuring former THE CULT singer Ian Astbury, are prepping a live DVD, according to Launch Radio Networks. It was recorded in Japan when the band played there in early August of 2003, and it was originally shown on MTV there. The group performed in Osaka one day and Tokyo ...

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Former TESTAMENT Guitarist To Tour With TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA

Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick will be performing with TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA (East) at the following dates in November/December: Nov. 11 - Charleston WV @ Municipal Aud Theater Nov. 12 – Louisville, KY @ Palace Theater Nov. 13 - Ft Wayne IN @ Allen County War Memorial Nov. 14 – Akron, OH @ Akron Civic Center ...

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CROWBAR: In Mixing Mode

New Orleans sludge-meisters CROWBAR are currently mixing their new album, "Life's Blood For The Downtrodden", in Miami, FL for a February 8, 2005 Stateside release through Candlelight Records. "Life's Blood For The Downtrodden" was produced by the working team of Warren Riker (DOWN) and Rex Brown (PANTERA, DOWN). Brown also handled the bass duties on ...

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HEVEIN To Enter Studio In February

Finnish melodic thrashers HEVEIN will enter the studio in February 2005 to record a new single. The recording sessions for the band's new album will commence in the spring. As previously reported, HEVEIN recently inked a deal with Spinefarm Records. The group were signed on the strength of their "Break Out the Hammers" EP, which ...

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HEVEIN Sign With SPINEFARM RECORDS

Finnish melodic thrashers HEVEIN have inked a deal with Spinefarm Records. The group were signed on the strength of their "Break Out the Hammers" EP, which was mixed earlier this year at Sonic Pump studios by Nino Laurenne and mastered at Finnvox studios by Minerva Pappi. A full-length MP3 of the EP's title track can ...

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GOD.FEAR.NONE To Release Debut Album Next Spring

GOD.FEAR.NONE, the new Greek melodic death metal band formed by ex-SADWINGS members Jim Voutsas (guitar) and Chronis (vocals), are scheduled to release their debut album next spring via Sonic Age Records. GOD.FEAR.NONE, as SADWINGS, have supported NEVERMORE in the past, and are said to be "definitely one of the most promising European metal groups in ...

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