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MANITOU: Debut Album Samples Posted Online

MANITOU, the Finnish traditional/progressive heavy metal band who feature in their ranks members of OMNIUM GATHERUM, have released MP3 samples from their forthcoming debut album, "The Mad Moon Rising", on their official web site. The CD was recorded and mixed at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki and is scheduled for release on June ...

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GLORIA MORTI: Promotional CD Available For Download

Finnish black metallers GLORIA MORTI have uploaded two songs from their "Ephemeral Life Span" promotional CD at their official web site. Check them out: "The EnNightenment" (mp3), "Cliffs of Geburah" (mp3). As previously reported, GLORIA MORTI have finished recording their debut album, "Lifestream Corrosion", for an August release through Japan's World ...

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AMORAL Part Ways With MOONSORROW Bassist

Finnish melodic death metallers AMORAL have parted ways with bassist Ville Sorvali. "Ville is simply too busy with MOONSORROW, his work and studies, and can't give the 100% needed in this band anymore," the group write on their web site. "Ville told us about leaving already in the beginning of the year, but promised to ...

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CROWBAR, HATESPHERE To Team Up For European Tour

New Orleans sludge-meisters CROWBAR and Danish thrashers HATESPHERE will be teaming up for a European tour beginning in late June. Confirmed dates are as follows: Jun. 25 – Köln, GER - Underground Jun. 26 - Pressure Fest (no HATESPHERE) Jun. 27 – Tilburg, NETH – 013 Jun. 28 - Hamburg, GER – Knust Jun. 29 ...

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TOMAS LINDBERG Says He Had Nothing In Common With THE CROWN

In a recent interview with Holland's Lords of Metal, former AT THE GATES/current THE GREAT DECEIVER frontman Tomas Lindberg spoke very openly about his relatively brief tenure as the singer for the now-defunct Swedish thrashers THE CROWN. "They see life in a totally different way than I do," Lindberg said. "Totally opposite [to] how I ...

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Former SLEEP Members Launch New Band

Former SLEEP members Al Cisneros (bass/vocals) and Chris Haikus (drums) have formed a brand-new two-piece band called OM, according to StonerRock.com. "The hallmarks of OM are mondo drums with the greatest sonic bass waves this side of the giant black hole drone found in our galaxy," according to a posting on the site. ...

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JIGSORE TERROR Sign With LISTENABLE RECORDS

Swedish grindcore act JIGSORE TERROR have inked a deal with France's Listenable Records. The band recently entered Soundlab studio in Sweden with engineer Mieszko Talarczyk (NASUM) to record an "essential piece of grind-crushing sonic tornado" entitled "World End Carnage". The CD, the musical direction of which is said to be "in the vein of TERRORIZER ...

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Ex-HEAVENLY Members Form New Band, Seek Singer

Former HEAVENLY members Frédéric Leclercq (guitar), Pierre-Emmanuel Pélisson (bass) and Maxence Pilo (drums) have announced plans to form a new band. "We are currently looking for a singer, influenced by Dio, [John] Corabi, [David] Coverdale, [Graham] Bonnet, that kind of guys," the group write in a statement. "You may ask yourself (and you're absolutely right), ...

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VELVET REVOLVER: 'Slither' Video Posted Online

VELVET REVOLVER's video for "Slither", the first single off their upcoming "Contraband" debut, is available for viewing on the MTV.com web site at this location. As previously reported, the "Slither" clip, which was directed by Kevin Kerslake (NIRVANA, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, SONIC YOUTH), follows club kids as they chase through underground tunnels ...

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Nerve Damage - SKINLAB

Despite having only three full albums in the can, these Bay Area die-hards have lovingly pieced together a two-disc celebration of their decade-long tenure, featuring demos, remixes, out-of-print EPs and all the kind of stuff lying around cassette drawers. Basically all the material you'd hope fans would go out and buy because they love you ...

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VELVET REVOLVER: 'Makes A Video' To Air This Weekend

VELVET REVOLVER's "Slither" video and the accompanying show "Velvet Revolver Makes A Video" will now air on MTV2 on Saturday, May 1 at midnight, immediately following "Headbanger's Ball", according to a posting on the group's official web site. The video has already started running on MTV2, and will begin airing on Fuse this weekend. As ...

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VELVET REVOLVER: 'Slither' Video Premiere Postponed

The world premiere of VELVET REVOLVER's "Slither" video has been rescheduled from its originally announced April 29 air date, according to a posting on the group's official web site. The clip and the accompanying MTV2 show "Velvet Revolver Makes A Video" will be shown at an as-yet-undisclosed later date. As previously reported, the "Slither" clip, ...

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VELVET REVOLVER: 'Slither' Video To Premiere On Thursday

VELVET REVOLVER's video for "Slither" will be the subject of the MTV2 show "Velvet Revolver Makes A Video" airing this Thursday, April 29 at 9:00 p.m. EST. The show will be followed by the world premiere of the "Slither" video. The clip, which was directed by Kevin Kerslake (NIRVANA, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, SONIC YOUTH), ...

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GLORIA MORTI: Debut Album Due In August

Finnish black metallers GLORIA MORTI have finished recording their debut album, "Lifestream Corrosion", for an August release through Japan's World Chaos Productions. Mixing sessions for the CD will take place between April 12 and 21 at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki. "Lifestream Corrosion" track listing: 01. Xanadu 02. Ephemeral Lifespan 03. The EnNightenment 04. The ...

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Sonic Firestorm - DRAGONFORCE

If you're big on impassioned warbling, fluttering keyboards and perma-galloping rhythms, the question is why go for DRAGONFORCE's second album specifically? Can it bring fresh joys to your record collection? The answer is, well, yes, although not — in the spirit of this breed of dramatic metal — a resounding yes to be trumpeted from ...

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CROWBAR: More European Tour Dates Announced

New Orleans sludge-meisters CROWBAR have announced more dates as part of their upcoming European tour. They are as follows: Jun. 25 – Koln, GER - Underground Jun. 26 – Herne, GER - Pressure Fest Jun. 27 – Tilburg, NETH - 013 Jun. 28 – Hamburg, GER - Knust Jun. 29 – Salzgitter, GER - Forellenhof ...

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Back To Times of Splendor - DISILLUSION

On the face of it, the industry-standard sleeve adorning "Back To Times of Splendor" (ghostly woman staring mournfully across arid landscape) does precious little to prepare you for the stupendously ambitious music that emanates from it. You also discover that the band is three essentially unknown guys from Germany attempting to piece together black, death, ...

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EVERGREY Frontman Talks About New Album, Upcoming Tour

Swedish melodic metal outfit EVERGREY will release their new album, "The Inner Circle", on April 27 through InsideOut Music America. The follow-up to 2003's "Recreation Day", "The Inner Circle" sees EVERGREY intensifying their musical ability with the utilization of a string quartet, courtesy of the Gothenburg Symphonic Orchestra, as well as handling all of the ...

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CROWBAR Announce New Guitarist, Line Up European Tour Dates

New Orleans sludge-meisters CROWBAR have recruited former BLACK LABEL SOCIETY bassist Steve Gibb as their new guitarist. "I'm really stoked and so is Steve," CROWBAR frontman Kirk Windstein writes on the band's web site. "He's a great guy. I've been knowing him for about four years now, and it looks like he'll be in it ...

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CANNIBAL CORPSE Announce Mexican Dates

Veteran death metallers CANNIBAL CORPSE have announced the details of their upcoming Mexican tour. The dates are as follows: May 26 - Puebla, Puebla, MEX @ Salon Los Angeles May 27 - Guadalajara, Jalisco, MEX @ Hard Rock Live May 28 - Monterrey, N.L., MEX @ TBA May 29 - San Luis Potosi, S.L.P., MEX ...

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CANNIBAL CORPSE Enter German Album Chart At No. 74

CANNIBAL CORPSE's latest CD, "The Wretched Spawn", entered the German Media Control Album chart at position No. 74. According to the band's record label, Metal Blade Records, this is "pretty good, especially considering the fact that shitloads of copies were imported to Germany from abroad due to the more brutal artwork of that version." "The ...

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IMPERANON Set Release Date, Track Listing For Debut Album

Finland's IMPERANON have set "Stained" as the title of their debut album, due on May 17 through Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios with engineer Nino Laurenne and producer Titus Hjelm and was mixed at Finnvox studios with Mikko Karmila. The complete track listing for the effort is as follows: ...

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THUNDERSTONE To Support AXEL RUDI PELL In Europe

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE will be supporting AXEL RUDI PELL on a European tour in April/May. Confirmed dates are as follows: Apr. 24 - Biebob - Vosselaar, BEL Apr. 25 - Zeche - Bochum, GER Apr. 27 - Markthalle - Hamburg, GER Apr. 28 - Rockfabrik - Ludwigsburg, GER Apr. 29 - Batschkapp - ...

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OMNIUM GATHERUM Name New Album

Finnish melo-death metallers OMNIUM GATHERUM have set "Fall Grave Silence" as the working title of their sophomore album, tentatively due this fall through Rage Of Achilles Records. The follow-up to last year's highly acclaimed "Spirits and August Light" will be recorded during June-July at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland with engineer Nino Laurenne. "Fall ...

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THROES OF DAWN: New Music Posted Online

Finland's THROES OF DAWN have uploaded two sound clips from their forthcoming album, "Quicksilver Clouds", due in April through Avantgarde/Wounded Love Records. The two songs, "Vertigo" and "Black Carbon Snow", are available for preview here. The follow-up to 2000's "Binding of the Spirit" was recorded and mixed in three separate sessions between August ...

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DRAGONFORCE: 'Sonic Firestorm' Artwork Posted Online

The cover artwork for DRAGONFORCE's sophomore album, "Sonic Firestorm", has been posted online at this location. "Sonic Firestorm" is scheduled for release on April 19 through Noise Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Valley Of The Damned" was recorded primarily at Thin Ice Studios, Virginia Water, Surrey, England with producer Karl Groom. All the ...

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MACHINE HEAD, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, ARCH ENEMY Confirmed For NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL

MACHINE HEAD, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, ARCH ENEMY, ICED EARTH, CHILDREN OF BODOM have been confirmed to headline this year's New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, set to take place April 30-May 1 at The Palladium in Worcester, Mass. The following groups are currently scheduled to appear at the festival: Headliners – Friday, April 30: KILLSWITCH ENGAGE ...

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RAMMSTEIN: New Single Due In May?

According to Herzeleid.com, the German magazine Sonic Seducer is reporting that the new RAMMSTEIN single will be called "Rosenrot" (Rose Red). The single is reportedly due at the end of May. RAMMSTEIN entered the studio in early November to begin recording their new album, tentatively due late spring through Republic/Universal Records. Production duties ...

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