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ELVENKING To Support JON OLIVA'S PAIN In Europe

Italian folk/power metal band ELVENKING have been confirmed as the support act for JON OLIVA'S PAIN (the solo project of SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva) on their upcoming European tour. Select dates on the trek will also feature DORO and SONATA ARCTICA. Confirmed shows so far can be found at JonOliva.net. ELVENKING released their ...

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DRAGONFORCE Announce New Bassist

London-based "extreme power metal" band DRAGONFORCE have found themselves a new bassist. Stepping up to fill the slot vacated last year by Adrian Lambert, who left the band to spend more time with his family, is DRAGONFORCE's current "touring bassist" Frederic Leclercq. Formerly guitarist with French metal outfit HEAVENLY, Fred is a longtime friend of ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM, NIGHTWISH Members To Guest On STONER KINGS Album

Finland's STONER KINGS are set to release their sophomore effort, entitled "Fuck the World", on March 1. After persevering through line-up changes, near break-up, considerable backlash by certain members of the metal and rock community, including the changing of the tides within the music industry and even being dropped from their former label Massacre Records, ...

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SONIC SYNDICATE Part Ways With Drummer, Announce Replacement

Swedish metal band SONIC SYNDICATE have parted ways with drummer Kristoffer Bäcklund. "This decision was very hard to make, ultimately came about due to lack of enthusiasm and motivation on his side," explained the band's guitarist and songwriter Roger Sjunnesson. "We came to the conclusion that if we were to continue SONIC SYNDICATE as a ...

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DYSRHYTHMIA Complete Work On New Album: Audio Available

Progressive instrumental trio DYSRHYTHMIA have completed recording their new album, "Barriers and Passages". "Barriers and Passages" was recorded at B.C. Studios in Brooklyn, NY with engineer Martin Bisi (SWANS, SONIC YOUTH, JOHN ZORN) and is set for a May 2 release in North America (May 9 internationally) via Relapse. A special "Barriers and Passages" preview ...

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THE WILDHEARTS Frontman Schedules U.K. Dates

THE WILDHEARTS frontman Ginger has scheduled a U.K. tour with his new band, dubbed GINGER AND THE SONIC CIRCUS. The dates are as follows: Mar. 24 – Bradford, UK @ Rio's Mar. 25 - Newcastle, UK @ Legends Mar. 26 - Wolverhampton, UK @ Wulfrun Mar. 27 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City Mar. 28 ...

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ENSIFERUM: New Song Available For Streaming

The track "Warrior's Quest" from Finnish folk-influenced melodic death metal band ENSIFERUM, now featuring in its ranks NORTHER frontman Petri Lindroos, is available for streaming at this location. The song comes off the group's new EP, "Dragonheads", due on February 15 via Spinefarm Records. The mini-CD was recorded and mixed in November at ...

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THE PANIC CHANNEL Prepare To Master Debut Album

THE PANIC CHANNEL, the new band featuring three quarters of the most recent lineup of JANE'S ADDICTION (guitarist Dave Navarro, drummer Stephen Perkins, and bassist Chris Chaney) and former SKYCYCLE vocalist Steve Isaacs, are preparing to master their debut album, tentatively due late spring via Capitol Records. Commented Navarro: "I've been working on the record ...

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Sis Masis - HARMFUL

Exercises in futility don't get much more futile than this one. I'm not talking about "Sis Masis", obviously, because it's a monster of an album with a high rating. But it almost seems silly to write a review for a disc so obscure I had to hunt it down and special order it for $35 ...

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Degree Absolute - DEGREE ABSOLUTE

Frontman, multi-instrumentalist, and former music teacher Aaron Bell formed progressive metal band DEGREE ABSOLUTE in 1999, and will finally release this self-titled debut album on January 31, 2006. The disc's nearly one hour of music mixes standard riff-heavy and melodic progressive tunes, jazz-influenced pieces, and moody interludes. Mixed by Neil Kernon at the famed Sonic ...

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JIMI HENDRIX Signature Amp Launched Via MARSHALL

According to Sonic State, Marshall Amplification have announced a limited-edition, handwired Jimi Hendrix Signature 100 Watt Stack (photo) in close close conjunction with Experience Hendrix, the family company established by James Al Hendrix, the late father of the legendary guitarist, and after many months of painstaking research. Not only is this ...

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AMORPHIS Confirmed For NECKBREAKER'S BALL European Tour

Finland's AMORPHIS have been confirmed for the Neckbreaker's Ball 2006 European tour, which is scheduled to take place in April. Also appearing on the bill are HYPOCRISY, SOILWORK, ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET, SCAR SYMMETRY and an as-yet-undisclosed "special guest." Confirmed dates are as follows: Apr. 11 - Aarhus, DEN @ Voxhall Apr. ...

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OMNIUM GATHERUM Finish Recording New Pre-Production Demo

Finnish melodic death metallers OMNIUM GATHERUM have finished recording a five-song pre-production demo at Woodbine Garden studio in Pyhtää, Finland. The tracks laid down during the session are as follows: 01. City Red Light 02. Remember The Frozen 03. Neither Dead Nor Alive 04. My Hands Were Tied 05. Das Wegrecht Diaries and photos of ...

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EMINENCE: Studio Change For New Album

Brazilian extreme metallers EMINENCE, who feature in their ranks former SEPULTURA guitarist Jairo Guedz on bass, have apparently had a change of plans and will now record their new album at the Ferretti Studio in their hometown of Belo Horizonte. The follow-up to 2004's "Humanology" will be recorded with engineer Stanley Soares (SEPULTURA's "Dante XXI") ...

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NEBULA: New Song Posted Online

"Fever Frey", the first single from NEBULA's new album "Apollo" (street date: Feb. 21), has been posted on the web site of the band's label, www.liquorandpokermusic.com. "Apollo", the band's second full-length on Liquor and Poker and fourth overall, was produced by Daniel Rey (RAMONES, MISFITS, L7) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (THE MARS ...

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EMINENCE To Work With SEPULTURA Producer On Upcoming CD

Brazilian extreme metallers EMINENCE, who feature in their ranks former SEPULTURA guitarist Jairo Guedz on bass, will enter Trama Studios in Sao Paulo later in the year with engineer Stanley Soares (SEPULTURA's "Dante XXI") to begin recording their new album. The follow-up to 2004's "Humanology" will include such cuts as "Enemy Inside" and "Written in ...

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AMORPHIS: 'House Of Sleep' Video Posted Online

AMORPHIS' video for their new single, "House of Sleep", has been posted online at NuclearBlast.de (Real Media). The single, which recently entered the Finnish single chart at position No. 1, comes off the group's new album, "Eclipse", due on February 17 via Nuclear Blast Records. A pre-release listening session for "Eclipse" will be ...

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AMORAL Added To DARK FUNERAL's European Tour

Finnish melodic death metallers AMORAL have confirmed for DARK FUNERAL's upcoming European tour. The trek, which also features NAGLFAR and ENDSTILLE on select dates, is scheduled to kick off on February 21 in Helsinki, Finland. A complete list of currently confirmed tour dates can be found at DarkFuneral.se. As previously reported, Candlelight Records ...

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ELVENKING: 'The Winter Wake' Release Dates Confirmed

Italian folk/power metal band ELVENKING have announced the worldwide release dates for their third album, "The Winter Wake". The follow-up to 2004's "Wyrd" was recorded at Sherpa Studios (Italy), mixed at Sonic Pump Studios by Nino Laurenne and was mastered at Finnvox Studios by Mika Jussilla. The CD will be issued in the following territories: ...

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DESTYNATION Complete Work On New Album

Swedish heavy metal band DESTYNATION (formerly ETERNIA) have completed work on their new album, "Rising Up", tentatively due in April via 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 ...

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PROFANE OMEN Sign With DETHRONE MUSIC

Finnish thrash/melo-death band PROFANE OMEN have inked a deal with Dethrone Music. The group are scheduled to record their debut album over a three-week period beginning on January 27 at Hideaway and Villvox studios with producer Ville Sorvali. A late spring release is expected. In other news, PROFANE OMEN have parted ways with drummer Mika ...

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New York's 3 To Be Joined By COHEED & CAMBRIA Drummer For Japanese Festival Appearance

Woodstock, NY-based post-metal band 3 will be joined by COHEED & CAMBRIA drummer Josh Eppard for their appearance at the the Independence-D Festival in Tokyo, Japan because the group's regular skinsman, Chris Gartmann, is unable to make the trip (reportedly "because of an unavoidable family commitment"). The Independence-D Festival is scheduled to take place March ...

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ENSIFERUM To Release Live DVD In The Summer

Finnish folk-influenced melodic death metal band ENSIFERUM, now featuring in its ranks NORTHER frontman Petri Lindroos, have posted the following message on their official web site: "ENSIFERUM thanks everyone who attended the 10th anniversary celebration concert [at Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland on Dec. 31, 2005]. If everything goes according our plans, the DVD of that ...

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