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SIMEN HESTNAES Of DIMMU BORGIR/ARCTURUS Is Named CODE's New Vocalist

British/Norwegian black metal project CODE has announced the addition of vocalist Simen Hestnaes (a.k.a. ICS Vortex; DIMMU BORGIR, ARCTURUS, ex-BORKNAGAR, LAMENTED SOULS) to the group's ranks. "Obviously we are really excited about this," the band writes in a press release. "It is going to do great things for the new material. Writing is underway now ...

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RHINO BUCKET: New Live Video Posted Online

A video clip of RHINO BUCKET playing the song "Welcome to Hell" on January 20, 2007 at the Viper Room in Hollywood, California has been posted online at this location. RHINO BUCKET recently announced the departure of drummer Jackie Enx. According to a press release, "the parting of ways was by mutual agreement. ...

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CRYSTAL VIPER To Release Debut Album Next Month

Polish female-fronted "true heavy metal" band CRYSTAL VIPER will release its debut album, titled "The Curse Of Crystal Viper", on February 25 via the German label Karthago Records (home of classic '80s metal bands such as NOISEHUNTER, BLACK FATE, GRAVESTONE, ALIEN FORCE and others). The conceptual CD, which will be distributed in Europe through Twilight ...

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CRASH KELLY To Make Hollywood Curtain Call

After an eventful year that saw them support the legendary ALICE COOPER for three legs of his 2006 tour (including a show at the Sturgis Bike Rally), Toronto hard rock quartet CRASH KELLY will return to Southern California — where they performed five shows in five days last August — next week in conjunction with ...

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HELLFUELED To Support SAXON And MASTERPLAN In Europe

Sweden's HELLFUELED will support SAXON and MASTERPLAN on the following tour dates: Apr. 12 - Germany - Saarbrücken Garage Apr. 13 - Germany - Langen Stadthalle Apr. 14 - Germany - München Große Elser Halle Apr. 15 - Italy - Milano Live Club Apr. 16 - Italy - Firenzo Viper Apr. 17 - Italy - ...

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WOLF: 'What Happened In 06(66)????'

Sweden's WOLF has issued the following update: "We've had a great year. We started it by waking up early 2006 with a hangover and a new record deal. We spent the beginning of the year writing the songs for the album, which means fighting about riffs, lyrics, intros, titles, solos, kick-drums, if a heavy metal ...

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FU MANCHU Frontman Comments On VAN HALEN, CARS Covers

FU MANCHU — recently described by the Los Angeles Times as "Southern California sludge-merchants (who) deliver riff-heavy rock straight out of the '70s" — have frequently covered other artists’ music over the course of their career. In addition to their well-known take on BLUE ÖYSTER CULT's "Godzilla", the band has previously tackled DEVO ("Freedom of ...

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FU MANCHU Announces New Album Title

Orange County fuzz-rock quartet FU MANCHU have set "We Must Obey" as the title of their tenth studio album, which will be released on Feb. 20, 2007 (a day earlier in Europe) via Century Media Records. The complete track listing is as follows: 01. We Must Obey 02. Knew It All Along 03. Let Me ...

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PAUL GILBERT: 'The Double-Guitar Team From RACER X Is Back!'

Guitar shredder Paul Gilbert (RACER X, ex-MR.BIG) has issued the following update: "The double-guitar team from RACER X is back! Yes! I have been rehearsing with Bruce Bouillet, and he will be joining my band for our upcoming tour of Japan! "Bruce has just completed his own all-instrumental guitar album and has been concentrating 100% ...

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GODHEAD Confirms U.K. Dates With SOIL

Returning from a holiday season break following completion of the thunderous "Congress of Corruption" fall U.S. tour with new Cement Shoes Records (Fontana/Universal) labelmates ILL NINO and RA, post-industrial glam slammers GODHEAD are set to go back on the road and take their riveting live show overseas in January as the main support on SOIL's ...

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BORN FROM PAIN To Embark On European Headling Tour

Dutch metallic hardcore heroes BORN FROM PAIN have just confirmed a headline tour throughout Europe for February - March 2007. Support on the tour will come from FIRST BLOOD, BLOODLINED CALLIGRAPHY and THE SETUP. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon. BORN FROM PAIN's third album, "War", has just been released through Metal Blade ...

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TWISTED TOWER DIRE: 'Back To Running At Full Steam Again'

Virginia's "classic metal" act TWISTED TOWER DIRE has issued the following update: "As many fans might know, TWISTED TOWER DIRE vocalist of nine years Tony Taylor has officially left the band and is now singing for German metal band CUSTARD. He is still like a brother and TWISTED TOWER DIRE wishes him all the best. ...

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FU MANCHU: New Song Posted Online

The title track of "Hung Out To Dry", the new EP by Southern California rock quartet FU MANCHU, has been posted on the band's MySpace page. "'Hung Out To Dry' is one of our new favorites to play live," says guitarist/vocalist Scott Hill. "We've played it live a few times and it seems ...

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FU MANCHU: New EP Artwork Revealed

The cover artwork for the new FU MANCHU EP, "Hung Out To Dry", has been posted at CMDistro.com. The 3,000-copy, limited-edition CD — to be released Nov. 28 — can currently be pre-ordered for $6. The artwork was designed by John McGill, who first collaborated with FU MANCHU on their 2004 release, "Start ...

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FU MANCHU Announces EP Release Show

California rock quartet FU MANCHU will celebrate the Nov. 28 release of their new EP, "Hung Out To Dry", with a record release show at the Viper Room in Hollywood on Dec. 1. Although the "Hung Out" EP will be available for purchase at the show, a $6 pre-order for the 3,000-copy, limited-edition release is ...

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L.A. GUNS, BULLETBOYS: U.S. Tour Dates Announced

The L.A. GUNS version featuring guitarist Tracii Guns alongside fellow original members Paul Black and Nickey Alexander will team up with BULLETBOYS for a U.S. tour beginning late October. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Oct. 27 - Farmington, NM @ Big City Nite Club Oct. 28 - Aurora, CO @ Hubba's Oct. 30 ...

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WOLF Announces U.S. Release Date For 'The Black Flame'

Swedish traditional metal act WOLF will see the North American release of the band’s fourth album, "The Black Flame", on October 3 through Prosthetic Records. The band's previous record, "Evil Star", along with its back catalog, was also licensed for North American release through Prosthetic in early 2004. WOLF has offered the following update on ...

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GHOULUNATICS Members Featured In 'Heads Of Control' Film

GHOULUNATICS members Gary Lyons, Brian Craig and Francis Dubois appear as zombies in a horror scene rendering homage to retro Italian fright flicks in Pat Tremblay's (video director and graphic artist for such bands as GHOULUNATICS, WURDULAK, NECROPHAGIA, VIKING CROWN and ROSTRUM) first feature film, entitled "Heads of Control: The Gorul Baheu Brain Expedition". Francis ...

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BROKEN TEETH Announce U.S. Tour

Austin balls-to-the-wall rockers BROKEN TEETH — featuring Jason McMaster of WATCHTOWER/DANGEROUS TOYS fame — are gearing up for a-30 day U.S. tour in support of their new live CD, "Blood on the Radio". "Blood on the Radio" features songs from the band's first two studio albums. During the upcoming tour, the group will be visiting ...

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KILLINGBIRD Complete Work On New Album

Los Angeles gutter glam/sleaze rockers KILLINGBIRD, featuring SCUM OF THE EARTH guitarist Skyla Talon, will tear into the Viper Room in Hollywood at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 3. Also on the bill that night are Sunset Strip legends BLACKBOARD JUNGLE and VAINS OF JENNA from Sweden. KILLINGBIRD recently completed work on album number three, ...

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SEPULTURA Filming European Shows For Documentary

SEPULTURA bassist Paulo Xisto Jr. has checked in from the band's European tour with IN FLAMES, which has seen the Brazilian thrashers play more than 20 shows in less than 30 days. Commented Paulo: "We have been on tour for over two weeks now and have been great so far!!! We had passed through Scandinavia, ...

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SEPULTURA: 'Dante XXI' Enters German Chart At No. 64

SEPULTURA's latest album, "Dante XXI", has entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 64. The CD was recorded at Trama Studios in São Paulo, Brazil, where the group had previously laid down the "Revolusongs" EP, which contained cover versions of songs from such acts as MASSIVE ATTACK to HELLHAMMER to JANE'S ADDICTION (and ...

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RHINO BUCKET: U.S. Tour Dates Announced

RHINO BUCKET, the Bon Scott-era AC/DC sound-alike band that recorded two albums for Warner Bros./ EMI back in '90 and '92 and an independent album in '94 with former AC/DC drummer Simon Wright, have lined up the following dates in April/May: Apr. 12 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Viper Room Apr. 19 - Costa ...

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