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OMNIUM GATHERUM Begin Work On New Material

Guitarist Markus Vanhala of the Finnish death metallers OMNIUM GATHERUM has issued the following update: "Harri Pikka and I have updated our guitar arsenal with a Gibson Flying-V and a Gibson Les Paul! "OMNIUM GATHERUM have started composing the new stuff for the next album which is planned to be recorded next spring. The first ...

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An Answer Can Be Found - CKY

CKY has been an anomaly in the hard rock world. Not quite heavy metal, but possessing a heavy sound and attitude and rabid fan base (as evidenced by fan response to recent critical reviews of the group), the band has managed to forge a unique identity over the course of three albums that keeps them ...

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DESTYNATION Sign With SONIC AGE RECORDS

Swedish heavy metal band DESTYNATION (formerly ETERNIA) have inked a deal with Greece's Sonic Age Records. The band, who hail from Ornskoldsvik in the northern parts of Sweden, have been spreading their message and music since 1997. Their debut album, "Tales of Power" (issued under their previous moniker), was released in March 2002 and was ...

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NAPALM DEATH, VOIVOD, BRUTAL TRUTH Featured On DIE KREUZEN Tribute Album

Legendary Milwaukee punk/hardcore kings DIE KREUZEN have beeen honored by an Erosion Records tribute compilation featuring both local Wisconsin and national artists, including VOIVOD, NAPALM DEATH and BRUTAL TRUTH. Liner Notes were written by Thurston Moore of SONIC YOUTH and the disc is packaged in a limited-edition cardboard Arigato pak. "Lean into It", released on ...

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PAMELA MOORE: QUEENSRŸCHE's 'Sister Mary' Begins Recording New Album

Pamela Moore, the voice of "Sister Mary" from QUEENSRŸCHE's legendary concept album "Operation: Mindcrime", entered Sonic Ranch studios near El Paso, Texas on Wednesday (July 6) with renowned producer Neil Kernon (QUEENSRŸCHE, NEVERMORE, JUDAS PRIEST, CANNIBAL CORPSE, DEICIDE) to begin recording a new album featuring material co-written with Benjamin Anderson of RORSCHACH TEST. In a ...

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ELVENKING To Master New Album This Month

ELVENKING's third album is scheduled to be mastered by on July 26 at Finnvox studios in Finland by Mika Jussila. A late 2005 release via AFM Records is expected. The follow-up to 2004's "Wyrd" was recorded at the Italian folk/power metal band 's own Sherpa Studios and was mixed at Sonic Pump studios in Finland ...

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22-Year-Old Tennessee Native Crowned GUITARMAGEDDON 2005 Winner

Screaming amps and sonic electricity merged on June 18, 2005 at the Wiltern LG Theater during Guitar Center's Guitarmageddon 2005 grand final competition. Utilizing a percussion-inspired and funk-laden performance, Tennessee native Robert Provine blitzed the crowd with his finest chops to capture the title of the nation's best undiscovered guitarist. For his efforts, Provine will ...

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SONIC SYNDICATE Complete Work On Debut Album

Sweden-based metal sextet SONIC SYNDICATE (formerly FALLEN ANGELS) have completed work on their debut album, "Eden Fire", at StudioMega (THE CROWN, BESEECH) in Varberg, Sweden for an August 30 release via Florida's Pivotal Rockordings. Online mailorder will be provided by Century Media Records mailorder, The End Records, and Interpunk, among others. An MP3 of the ...

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GBH: New Studio Album, Live DVD In The Works

Punk legends GBH are currently working on material for a new album and have about three-quarters of the writing completed. GBH also plan to release a DVD of their set at the Sonic Mania Festival in Tokyo from last year. GBH's last full studio album was 2002's "Ha Ha" on Go Kart Records and their ...

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IMPALED NAZARENE Re-Sign With OSMOSE, Prepare To Record New Album

Finnish extreme metallers IMPALED NAZARENE have re-signed with Osmose Productions for two more albums!! "We are more than happy to continue working with Osmose," the band write on their web site. IMPALED NAZARENE will enter Sonic Pump studios on November 21 to begin recording their next album. The follow-up to 2003's "All That You Fear" ...

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ELVENKING Finish Mixing New Album

Italian folk/power metal band ELVENKING have finished mixing their third album at Sonic Pump Studios in Finland for a late 2005 release via AFM Records. "Last week, Aydan and Damnagoras [came] back from Finland," reads a posting on the group's web site. "The mixing phase is finished and the band is totally satisfied with the ...

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CONFESSOR: Oslo Concert To Be Filmed For Upcoming DVD

Vocalist Scott Jeffreys of the reunited progressive doom-metal legends CONFESSOR has sent the following update to BLABBERMOUTH.NET: "CONFESSOR will be heading to Oslo, Norway to play the Sonic Solstice festival put on by Season of Mist Records. Also appearing will be ARCTURUS, RED HARVEST, NATTEFROST and TSJUDER. Season of Mist is putting together a huge ...

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VIO-LENCE: 'Eternal Nightmare" Reissue To Include Bonus Live Disc

Megaforce Records will be reissuing VIO-LENCE's classic debut album, "Eternal Nightmare", with a live bonus CD on June 28, 2005. The bonus disc was recorded on December 14, 2001 at Slim's in San Francisco and was mixed by Chris Hanson (TECHNOCRACY, THE SERVANTS, M.I.R.V., RIVERRED) of Redcar Lane Productions. Produced by John Cuniberti between February ...

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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA METAL UNDERGROUND To Release Compilation CD

Northern California Metal Underground (NCMU.COM) has put together a compilation CD, "Lessons In Brutality, Volume 1", featuring some of Northern California's most brutal underground metal acts. The bands appearing on the album are as follows: MUMMIFICATION TORRID REMAINS INSANITY SOL ASUNDER ARTILLERY HELL DEAD SYNDICATE SHITSTORM KURU IMAGIKA SILENT SINNER BENEATH A BLEEDING SKY SENTENCED ...

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AMORAL To Release New Album In November

Finnish melodic death metallers AMORAL will release their as-yet-untitled sophomore album in territories outside Finland on November 21. The Finnish release date is still set for October 4 via Spikefarm Records (a division of Spinefarm). The CD will contain 10 tracks, with an additional cover song planned for the Japanese edition of the album. "We ...

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Bassist BRICE LECLERCQ Quits DISSECTION

Bassist Brice Leclercq (NIGHTRAGE) has left reactivated Swedish death metallers DISSECTION. "This event, although unforeseen, will however NOT have any effect on DISSECTION's ongoing victorious onslaught!" the band write on their web site. "Last Friday [June 10] DISSECTION performed a successful concert as a three-piece at Undead Festival in Hungary, this time with the bass ...

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AKERCOCKE Begin Recording New Album

U.K. death metallers AKERCOCKE have once again entered their very own Goat of Mendes studios in West London to record their fourth album. Tentatively titled "Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone", the CD promises to be the band's most ambitious project to date. "The new material is a progression again from 'Choronzon'," explains ...

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BLUT AUS NORD: Back Catalog To Receive U.S. Release This Month

Candlelight Records has confirmed a June 28 U.S. release date for "Ultima Thulee" and "Memoria Vestusta", the previously unavailable back catalog from French extreme metal band BLUT AUS NORD. The releases follow the recent reissue of the band's current album, "The Work Which Transforms God", with the value-added bonus of the band's amazing new EP, ...

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ELVENKING Begin Mixing New Album

Italian folk/power metal band ELVENKING are currently at Sonic Pump Studios in Finland mixing their third album for a late 2005 release via AFM Records. "Everything's going great as we've nearly finished the first song," the band write on their web site. "Sonic Pump will surely become one the biggest and greatest studios over here ...

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AMORPHIS: Preparing To Enter Studio

Finnish rockers AMORPHIS are intensively rehearsing and writing new songs for their follow-up to last year's "Far from the Sun", tentatively due in late 2005/early 2006 via Nuclear Blast Records. On July 1, the band will enter the Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki to start the recording process. Producers will be Nino Laurenne (THUNDERSTONE) for ...

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DEVILDRIVER Complete Work On 'Hold Back The Day' Video

DEVILDRIVER, the Santa Barbara, California-based band featuring former COAL CHAMBER singer Dez Fafara, have completed work on the video for the track "Hold Back the Day". The clip is expected to be made available online next week. "Hold Back the Day" comes off the group's upcoming sophomore album, "The Fury of Our Maker's Hand" album, ...

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ELVENKING Putting Finishing Touches On New Album

Italian folk/power metal band ELVENKING have posted the following message on their official web site: "During these days the band have finished the recording process for the new album!!! Only some small particulars are missing and they'll be carried out within Friday 10th June since Aydan and Damnagoras will fly to Helsinki the morning of ...

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HELIX Frontman Is Ready To Kick Ass At SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL

HELIX frontman Brian Vollmer recently spoke to the The London Free Press about the group's appearance at this weekend's Sweden Rock Festival, a three-day sonic barrage of some of the world's hardest and most renowned metal bands. Speaking of the upcoming Swedish gig, Vollmer expressed total confidence in the band's ability to rock just as ...

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NICODEMUS Set To Release Third Album

Portland-based progressive metallers NICODEMUS will release their third album, entitled "Vanity Is A Virtue", through the Greek label Sonic Age Records on June 17. The album reportedly owes more to the progressive sound than previous NICODEMUS releases, 2000's "Tales of the Lovelorn and Necromantic" (Dark Throne Music) and 2003's "The Supernatural Omnibus" (Dark Symphonies), which ...

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