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Echoes of Decimation - ORIGIN

In order to properly record a band playing at the kind of velocity ORIGIN favors, certain compromises must be made. Low end just muddies things up, real drums are hard to hit consistently with enough force to sound good, and vocals and guitar riffs have to stay in a tight, compressed little sonic box, because ...

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Lions in this Game - DONNYBROOK

Christ, this is one tough ass hardcore CD! With all the teeth spittin' and rib-crackin' hardcore going on here, how appropriate that this Los Angeles band is named DONNYBROOK and the Michael Bukowski cover art depicts an all-out hockey brawl. The skull and bloody hockey sticks that serve as cross bones on the actual disc ...

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Winter Enclosure - OCTAVIA SPERATI

In the current global market, a Norwegian band comprised entirely of good-looking women seems destined to have A&R executives tripping over their erections in a race to get their checkbooks out. OCTAVIA SPERATI has entered the scene in a low-key fashion so far, making noise at home for several years before finishing a proper debut ...

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LOST SOUL Comment On U.K. Tour With VADER

Polish death metallers LOST SOUL will head out on the road again this month with VADER for a number of dates, which will include the group's debut U.K. appearances. Commented LOST SOUL drummer Adam Sierzega: "We are all very excited about [the tour]. It seems to be a killer tour. VADER is a great band ...

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DRAGONFORCE Announce U.K. Headlining Tour

London-based "extreme power metal" band DRAGONFORCE have announced the details of their headlining U.K. tour, set to take place in September 2005. In contrast to their summer schedule, which sees the band playing several of mainland Europe's largest festivals, as well as a batch of stadium shows as special guests of IRON MAIDEN, the tour ...

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MINISTRY: Anthology To Include Remixes, Brand-New Song

MINISTRY mainman Al Jourgensen is currently working on remixes for an upcoming MINISTRY anthology, tentatively dubbed "Rantology", due before the end of the year. In addition, the collection will feature a brand-new MINISTRY track called "The Great Satan", Jourgensen revealed during an online chat on Monday (May 30). Songs scheduled to be remixed for the ...

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AMORPHIS To Record New Album In July

AMORPHIS guitarist Esa Holopainen has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "We've been rehearsing intensively past two months now and the songs start to get their final shape. There's still couple tracks which need to be rehearsed but basically the songs are ready and the band is more motivated than ever. ...

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SONIC X Select Producer For Sophomore CD

Toronto-based hard rockers SONIC X have hired Warren Cooper to co produce and engineer the follow-up to their critically acclaimed self-titled debut CD. Warren co-engineered the SONIC X debut CD and this time will have a bigger role in the overall recording and production of the new record, which is slated for release in the ...

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ELVENKING Cancel METAL INVADERS FESTIVAL Appearance

Italian folk/power metal band ELVENKING were forced to cancel their previously announced appearance at the Metal Invaders Festival in Italy on Saturday, May 21 "due to seasonal illness." "The band feels verry sorry about this and hopes that all the ones who'd have been present Saturday will soon have the opportunity to see ELVENKING live ...

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Parallels of Infinite Torture - DISGORGE

If you're not already a fan of the bludgeoning death metal of DISGORGE, "Parallels of Infinite Torture" won't make you one. DISGORGE is not about melodious dalliance, groove-based chug, or even semi-decipherable guttural vocals. It's a simple matter of underground death metal extremity, the kind of sonic criminality you'll hear on labels like Unmatched Brutality ...

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MINISTRY And REVOLTING COCKS To Team Up For U.S. Tour

MINISTRY and its offshoot project the REVOLTING COCKS will be teaming up for a summer 2006 U.S. tour. More information will be made available during the coming months. REVOLTING COCKS' current lineup includes MINISTRY mainman Al Jourgensen alongside Phil "Phildo" Owen (SKATENIGS), John Monte (M.O.D., MIND FUNK, DRAGPIPE), Mike Scaccia (RIGOR MORTIS, MINISTRY) and Mark ...

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CHIMAIRA: New Music Coming Soon

Roadrunner Records has issued the following CHIMAIRA press release: "It's been almost exactly two years since the release of CHIMAIRA's genre-defining metal opus 'The Impossibility of Reason'. Filled with crushing anthems like 'Pure Hatred' and 'Power Trip', the album was direct and to the point, spewing pure sonic vitriol. Touring in support of 'Impossibility' saw ...

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DISSECTION: New Album Update

Reactivated Swedish death metallers 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 Light's Bane". The recording is taking place at Black Syndicate Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, with DISSECTION mainman Jon Nödtveidt's brother Emil Nödtveidt (a.k.a. THE DEATHSTARS' Nightmare ...

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AMORAL To Record New Album In July

Finnish melodic death metallers AMORAL have posted the following message on their official web site: "Well, we made it back home with no major losses or injuries (not counting cut fingers, stitched legs, lost phones and clothes or permanently damaged livers...) The atmosphere on the bus couldn't have possibly been any better than it was, ...

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DEVILDRIVER Check In From The Road

DEVILDRIVER frontman Dez Fafara has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "We had a four-day drive from california to Flint, MI to start out the States Turn Blue To Gray tour with MACHINE HEAD. First date, a sold-out show at The Machine Shop (May 6). The next day we stayed in ...

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PROFANE OMEN Schedule German Tour Dates

Finnish thrash/melo-death band PROFANE OMEN will shortly hit the road to do their first gigs outside Finland. The band's current mini-CD, "Adrenaline", was recorded and mixed at Sonic Pump Studios by Nino Laurenne (THUNDERSTONE) and was produced by Panu Willman (ex-ENTWINE/BEFORE THE DAWN, currently in DARK FILTH FRATERNITY). PROFANE OMEN will be teaming up with ...

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The Nihilist Demos - NIHILIST

If you're any kind of death metal fan, you recognize some of those song titles above as classic ENTOMBED cuts. NIHILIST was the band that spawned not only ENTOMBED, but UNLEASHED (formed by Johnny Hedlund upon NIHILIST's breakup in 1989). In the span of a short two years, before morphing into ENTOMBED, this band laid ...

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IMPALED NAZARENE: Live Album To Be Issued On Vinyl

Osmose Productions will be releasing a double 10" version of IMPALED NAZARENE's first-ever live album, entitled 'Death Comes In 26 Carefully Selected Pieces', according to a posting on the group's web site. "We will be working on the layout soon and this jewel will be out during summer 2005," the band write. As previously reported, ...

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Catch Thirty Three - MESHUGGAH

Without repeating the MESHUGGAH praise you've read a thousand times before, I'll simply point out that the importance of this band is without bound. The problem with what has been written about MESHUGGAH since the release of "Nothing" lies in the opinions of what this band is supposed to be about, and what I believe ...

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First CORROSION OF CONFORMITY/CROWBAR Tour Dates Announced

CROWBAR have been confirmed as direct support on CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's upcoming summer headline tour. Set to kick off June 2 at The Vogue in Indianapolis it is planned to run into early July. The tour is CROWBAR's second U.S. run in support of their latest album, "Lifesblood for the Downtrodden". "Lifesblood for the Downtrodden" ...

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DEATHSTARS Completing Work On New Album

DEATHSTARS guitarist Emil Nödtveidt (a.k.a. Nightmare Industries) has posted the following update on the group's official web site: "We've been busy as hell over here, I moved to Stockholm back in November and it's been chaotic but creative ever since. "Me and Skinny [bass] has opened up a studio called Black Syndicate Studios where we ...

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DEVILDRIVER: New Music Posted Online

Two brand-new DEVILDRIVER tracks, "End of the Line" and "Hold Back the Day", have been posted online at the Roadrunner Records web site. "End of the Line" and "Hold Back the Day" come off DEVILDRIVER's sophomore album, "The Fury of Our Maker's Hand", due on June 28 via Roadrunner. The follow-up to DEVILDRIVER's ...

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AKERCOCKE: New Axeman Aboard

U.K. death metallers AKERCOCKE have officially announced the addition of former BERZERKER guitarist Matt Wilcock to the group's ranks. "After surviving his recent Satanic baptism with great aplomb at a one-off show in Hamburg, Mr. Wilcock was offered the position, which he duly accepted," according to a press release. "The Satanic death metallers are currently ...

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