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SIGH: 'Gallows Gallery' Finally Sees Light Of Day

In 2004, Japanese psychedelic, avant-garde metal band SIGH recorded their sixth album, "Gallows Gallery", but Century Media allegedly "refused" to release it as the album's lyrical content deals with the infamous sonic weapon techniques experimented with during World War II. The CD, which reportedly "has the good old heavy metal vibe from the '80s along ...

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BUCKCHERRY: Japanese Tour Announced

Reunited Los Angeles hard rockers BUCKCHERRY will be embarking on a Japanese tour in November in support of their new album, "Fifteen". The dates are as follows: Nov. 14 – Tokyo, JPN @ Club Quattro Nov. 15 – Tokyo, JPN @ Club Quattro Nov. 17 – Nagoya, JPN @ Club Quattro Nov. 18 – Osaka, ...

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DISSECTION Cancel Shows In Chile, Venezuela

Reactivated Swedish death metallers DISSECTION have been foced to cancel this weekend's appearances in Chile and Venezuela due to the "failure of promoter Jorge L. Chuna of Metal Aliance to fulfill his contractual commitment, particularly as it relates to covering the cost of plane tickets," according to a posting on the group's web site. As ...

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DISSECTION To Finish Recording New Album This Month

According to a posting on their official web site, reactivated Swedish death metallers DISSECTION are expecting to complete the recordings for their as-yet-untitled new album by the end of September. DISSECTION entered the studio on February 2 to begin recording their long-awaited third album, the group's first release since 1995's classic album "Storm of the ...

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SONIC SYNDICATE: Full-Length MP3 Available For Free Download

Florida's Pivotal Rockordings uploaded a full-length MP3 of the track "Soulstone Splinter" from the Sweden-based metal sextet SONIC SYNDICATE (formerly FALLEN ANGELS) at www.pivotalrage.com/label (the song is also available at www.sonicsyndicate.com). SONIC SYNDICATE's first single, "Jailbreak", has landed at No. 14 on TheDarkestHours.com's radio chart. It has also made No. 23 ...

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AMORAL: New Album Samples Posted Online

Finnish melodic death metallers AMORAL have uploaded two sound samples from their upcoming sophomore album, "Decrowning" due on November 21 via Spikefarm Records (a division of Spinefarm). The CD was mastered on August 4 at Finnvox studios by Mika Jussila. "Decrowning" (view cover here) track listing: 01. Showdown (mp3 clip) 02. ...

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ENSIFERUM To Record New Album Next Summer

Finnish folk-influenced melodic death metal band ENSIFERUM, now featuring in its ranks NORTHER frontman Petri Lindroos, will enter Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki in November to record a mini-CD containing one new track, new studio recordings of several old demo songs, and a couple of traditional Finnish folk covers. The as-yet-untitled effort will be released ...

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DISSECTION To Headline Germany's WINTERNOISE Festival

Reactivated Swedish death metallers DISSECTION have been confirmed as the headliners of Germany's Winternoise festival, set to take place January 28, 2006 in Osnabrück. DISSECTION will play "the last set ever in Germany based on old songs," the band write on their web site. "This will also be the last concert in Germany before the ...

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Deuce - BEAUTIFUL CREATURES

Seeing BEAUTIFUL CREATURES play to 35 people at an Ohio headlining gig to support their 2001 debut, it was remarked that nowhere in the show's advertising was singer Joe LeSte's status as an ex-member of BANG TANGO mentioned. Since the only people in the front row were aging, in-the-know Metal Sludge chicks with mom-butt crammed ...

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NICODEMUS Part Ways With Guitarist, Seek Replacement

Portland-based goth metallers NICODEMUS have parted ways with longtime lead guitarist Matthew McGee. According to a press release, "He leaves the group under great terms and remains a friend to the band. The band wishes him only the best in his future efforts. The band, which is based out of Portland, Oregon, is now accepting ...

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BUCKCHERRY: 'Fifteen' Details Revealed

Reunited Los Angeles hard rockers BUCKCHERRY will release their new album, "Fifteen", on October 5 via Universal in Japan. The follow-up to 2001's "Time Bomb" was produced by guitarist Keith Nelson and is expected to receive a U.S. release in the first quarter of 2006. "Fifteen" track listing: 01. So Far 02. Next 2 You ...

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DEFTONES: 'B-Sides & Rarities' Due In October

Since the textured aggression of the DEFTONES' 1995 debut, the Northern California quintet has become an icon approved by mosh pits and critics alike for its exquisitely sculpted sonic roar. While the DEFTONES record the follow-up to their self-titled 2003 album, Maverick Records releases "B-Sides & Rarities". Filled with import-only B-sides, intriguing covers, unreleased mixes, ...

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Don't Push Us When We're Hot - DROWNINGMAN

After several years of label-jumping (Hydra Head, Equal Vision, Revelation) and a fairly recent breakup, Vermont's DROWNINGMAN has found yet another home on Thorp Records and will release "Don't Push Us When We're Hot" on October 11. DROWNINGMAN stays just clear of being classified as a traditional noisecore act. There's much that's entertaining, musically stimulating, ...

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GLORIA MORTI: New Song Available For Download

Finnish black metallers GLORIA MORTI have posted the following message on their official web site: "First and foremost, we are sorry for the lack of updates on the site, but we have been busy working on the material for the second GLORIA MORTI album as well as promotion etc. It is true that we had ...

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IRON MAIDEN Inducted Into HOLLYWOOD ROCKWALK: Photos Available

IRON MAIDEN were officially inducted into Guitar Center's Hollywood RockWalk Friday evening (August 19). Band members added their handprints — with a fake skeleton hand to stand in for their album cover skeleton mascot, "Eddie" — to the sidewalk gallery outside the Guitar Center on Sunset Boulevard, according to the Associated Press. Check out pictures ...

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DISSECTION: South American Tour Dates Announced

Reactivated Swedish death metallers DISSECTION have lined up the following South American dates during September: Sep. 02 - Sao Paulo/SP (BRAZIL) - Hangar 110 Sep. 04 - Porto Alegre/RS (BRAZIL) - Manará Sep. 09 - Santiago (CHILE) - Teatro Gabriela Mistral Sep. 10 - Caracas (VENEZUELA) - La Casa Del Artista As previously reported, DISSECTION ...

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SONIC SYNDICATE: 'Eden Fire' To Surface In September

Florida's Pivotal Rockordings has set a September 13 release date for the debut album from the Sweden-based metal sextet SONIC SYNDICATE (formerly FALLEN ANGELS), entitled "Eden Fire". "Eden Fire" was recorded at StudioMega (THE CROWN, BESEECH) in Varberg, Sweden. A 90-second MP3 clip of the song "Lament of Innocence" can be heard at

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DRAGONFORCE Guitarist To Broadcast For BBC WORLD SERVICE

Hong Kong-born guitarist Herman Li of the London-based "extreme power metal" band DRAGONFORCE will broadcast for the BBC World Service program "The Music Feature - China's Music Revolution". This series explores the last great untapped music market for record companies — China. It looks at the rock/pop music scene and at how the influence of ...

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MINISTRY: 'The Great Satan' Sample Posted Online

An audio sample of "The Great Satan", a previously unreleased MINISTRY track, taken from the group's upcoming 25th anniversary collection, entitled "RaNtologY", has been posted online at this location. As previously reported, "RaNtologY" is scheduled for release on September 27 via Sanctuary Records. The 15-track release features "redux, remixes and alt mixes" by ...

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SHENOAH Call It Quits

SHENOAH, the Cleveland, Ohio-based band featuring former members of CHIMAIRA, RINGWORM and ERASE THE GREY, have officially disbanded. Founders Jason Hager (guitar, ex-CHIMAIRA) and Ben Hollowell (bass, ex-RINGWORM) are currently pursuing YEARS OF FIRE, while Vince DiFranco (guitar, ex-ERASE THE GREY) and Matt Danko (drums) are keeping busy with their new project SONIC TRANSMISSIONS. Meanwhile, ...

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IRON MAIDEN To Be Inducted Into HOLLYWOOD ROCKWALK

IRON MAIDEN will be inducted into Guitar Center's Hollywood Rockwalk, located at 7425 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, CA, on Friday, August 19 at 7:30 p.m. This event is FREE and open to the public. Hollywood's RockWalk is the only sidewalk gallery dedicated to honoring those artists who have made a significant impact and lasting contribution ...

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Counting Hallways to the Left - EMBRACE THE END

Sacramento's EMBRACE THE END are another in a long line of metalcore bruisers on the Abacus label, albeit the more brutal end of metalcore with plenty of deathcore parts and absolutely no crooning. As devastating as the music may be, it's not devoid of melody; the Swedish style melodic twin guitar leads make sure of ...

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BUCKCHERRY: New Song Posted Online

Reunited Los Angeles hard rockers BUCKCHERRY have posted a brand-new song, entitled "Crazy Bitch", on their MySpace.com page. "Crazy Bitch" comes off the group's forthcoming third CD, "Fifteen", which will be released on Universal in Japan in October. The follow-up to 2001's "Time Bomb" was produced by guitarist Keith Nelson and is expected ...

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MINISTRY: First 'RaNtologY' Audio Sample Posted Online

An audio sample of the track "No W Redux", taken from MINISTRY's upcoming 25th anniversary collection, entitled "RaNtologY", has been posted online at this location. As previously reported, "RaNtologY" is scheduled for release on September 27 via Sanctuary Records. The 15-track release features "redux, remixes and alt mixes" by MINISTRY mainman Al Jourgensen ...

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BUCKCHERRY: New Lineup Revealed; Third Album Due In October

It is now confirmed that reunited Los Angeles hard rockers BUCKCHERRY will be playing a "secret" club show tonight (August 5) at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, California The band will hit the stage at around 8:30 p.m. under the name THE CHERRY BROTHERS. Headlining the concert will be MOLLY HATCHET. This will be ...

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EMINENCE: Live Video Posted Online

Brazilian extreme metallers EMINENCE, who feature in their ranks former SEPULTURA guitarist Jairo Guedz on bass, have uploaded a live video of the track "Hawking Radiation", recorded on the band's 2005 European tour at TSR in Geneva, Switzerland. Check it out at this location. "Hawking Radiation" comes off the band's latest CD, "Humanology", ...

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